Supply Chain Now
Episode 814

One of our biggest, biggest compliments, which I love, is that the students who have graduated have come back to us and said, 'you know, this really helped.' Because they're seeing it in the real world now that they're working.

-Terri Seese

Episode Summary

High school students know a thing or two about their phones – but what do they know about all the moving parts that come together to make and deliver those same devices? Quite a bit thanks to people like Terri Seese, founder and CEO of Alliance Solution Group. Through the ASG Hope Foundation, a non-profit she launched, Terri helps students in grades K-12 learn about supply chain and logistics through STEM activities. Tune in as co-hosts Kristi Porter and Monica Roesch discuss the foundation with Terri and get her wisdom on how to succeed in the business of supply chain from a young age.

Episode Transcript

Intro/Outro (00:17):


Kristi Porter (00:18):

Hello, and thank you so much for joining us for another episode of logistics, with purpose, where we spotlight change-makers across the world, who are making a difference in all kinds of ways. And we’re excited to welcome another do good this morning. I am Kristi Porter with vector global logistics and co-hosting with me today is Monica Roesch. Who’s also on our team. Hi money. How are you? Hi, Christie.

Mónica Roesch (00:41):

It’s great to see you again. Good. And

Kristi Porter (00:43):

You great to see you. I’m excited to co-host this with you. We’ve been trying to organize this interview for a while and it’s going to be another good one, especially for everyone listening, who is in the automotive and manufacturing space. So this will be a really interesting one and we’re excited to welcome, um, Terry, so let’s bring in Terry. Uh, Terry is actually Terri Seese is the founder and CEO of Alliance solutions, group hope foundation. So we are thrilled that she is able to join us this morning. So hi Terry, how are you?

Terri Seese (01:16):

Hi, good morning. I’m doing well. How are you? Good.

Kristi Porter (01:19):

We’re so excited to be here and, um, chatting with you. We’ve been trying to get this interview scheduled for a while and we love what you’re doing. So we’re, we’re thrilled to finally have you on. And, um, as we were just talking about, this is going to be a great interview for everybody, but not just, um, but also just the people in the automotive and manufacturing space to, to hear what you’re doing is really incredible. So I know it’s going to be, um, really exciting and inspiring for a lot of people. So we appreciate you joining us.

Terri Seese (01:47):

Thank you. Thank you for the invite and being with you ladies and everybody it’s, I’m honored and it’s a huge compliment. Thank you very much.

Kristi Porter (01:54):

Yeah. Well, before we get into what you’re doing, um, right now let’s back it up a little bit. So if you’d tell us first where you grew up about a little about your childhood and just to give us a snapshot of your background growing up.

Terri Seese (02:08):

Yeah. That would be the, the, yeah, the snapshot I like that we don’t have, we don’t have that much time.

Kristi Porter (02:15):

Um, for some reason, these are the hardest questions for people to answer.

Terri Seese (02:19):

Uh, you know, I have to tell you, you, you asked very good questions. Um, but now I, I had a very, uh, good childhood, very blessed and, um, I was born and raised in Georgia. Um, so I’m still here and, um, it, you know, like life was good and life is still good. Um, you know, what’s good times, bad times, um, hard times, um, you know, everything. So I’m born and raised and I’m still here and I’ve, I guess it would fall under economic development. So I have seen it all.

Kristi Porter (02:52):

It’s a good place to be.

Terri Seese (02:53):

It is. Um, and, and, you know, not to date myself, but, uh, you know, things were, you know, there, there, there was not the technology that there is today and, um, you know, it’s, uh, it, it was good. You’re, you’re riding your bike through the neighborhood and the neighborhood lights when it was, when they went out, you had to go home. So

Mónica Roesch (03:14):

Good. So looking back me, what is the story from your early years it’s shaped you to who you are today, or even connects you with what you’re doing?

Terri Seese (03:24):

Uh, good question. Um, you know, I, I guess early on and even today, um, I always know what I want and, uh, you know, definitely work towards that goals. Um, so, you know, to go back to when I was growing up, it was, you know, again, back to the good times and the bad times, and, uh, seeing that kind of help shape, I know what I wanted and what I didn’t want, um, you know, growing up, you know, to, to, to this day. So, um, that’s yeah, working towards where I wanted to be and what I wanted to do both on a personal and a professional side.

Kristi Porter (04:05):

You’re definitely very driven and we’re excited to hear more about everything going on, but so I’m curious, of course we all know hindsight is 2020, so I’m also curious if there is something you’ve learned now as an adult that you wish you knew as a child or a teen so much, right.

Terri Seese (04:25):

Uh, w one word, patience,

Terri Seese (04:31):

Patience, patience. Um, believe it or not. Um, I mean, obviously as we all get older, you know, we’re supposed to get wiser, but, um, yeah, honestly, patients, um, you, you actually kind of learn more than when you’re always in a hurry. Yeah. Um, you really do so to answer that question, that would be patient and plus too. Um, you know, I know in today’s world, there is, you know, again, personal and professional, everybody has so much going on, but, you know, I had somebody tell me once, you know, and, and, and even a lot of times it’s the stress and the hustle and the bustle and the, you know, all of that. It’s not going to solve the problem. So it just patients to answer that question. Yeah.

Kristi Porter (05:16):

The problem with trying to learn patients though, is it means you’re continually being tested in it.

Terri Seese (05:22):

Yes. Yes. And again, and again, just, it, it just kind of goes back to that, take a step back and that just mental it’s like, okay, deep breath and, you know, let’s just fix it and how are you going to fix it moving forward.

Mónica Roesch (05:34):

That’s awesome. And I think it’s a really tough one. Yeah.

Terri Seese (05:40):

I would agree.

Mónica Roesch (05:42):

Well, so let’s jump a little into your career. Uh, you are the founder of two companies and a nonprofit, and you also serve as an advisor for a couple of other organizations. So you’re doing a lot of things at the same time and that’s, that’s just amazing. So there was a little bit about what you’re doing at the moment and how you manage it.

Terri Seese (06:05):

Oh, um, goodness. Well, I started, um, Alliance, um, in 2008, um, when the whole world was downsizing, um, you know, I’m very passionate. I enjoy what I do. Um, you know, if I have any kind of input to anybody, you know, just do what makes you happy. And, um, so I started the company then, um, so obviously we’re still here and still growing. Um, and then about, you know, over five years ago I started the foundation. Um, so what does the company do first? Yeah, I’m sorry. What, tell us a little

Kristi Porter (06:39):

Bit about what your company does first.

Terri Seese (06:41):

Oh, Alliance. We, we are a software and hardware solution provider, uh, supporting the supply chain industry. Um, so we’re an authorized partner, was zebra technologies, um, on a hardware side and on a software side, we did custom database design and integration. Um, that, yeah, thank you. And, um, thanks. And so manufacturing, distribution, um, all that, but again, in 2008, when the whole world was downsizing, you know, it doesn’t matter what industry you were in. I wanted to keep going and it allowed me to keep going on my beliefs and, and, you know, implementing that foundation, working with everybody. And so it’s very blessed. Um, thanks. And then about five years ago, um, as a mom and as a business person, I started the foundation, um, you know, Alliance solutions, group, hope, foundation, ASG help. And you know, what that model is, is we teach them, uh, to K through 12 specific to supply chain. Um, so, so the two companies, um, so I, you know, also too, I I’ve learned you really kind of have to manage what you do so that you can put your attention to it. You just can’t, you cannot put too much on your plate. You know, you have to pick and choose, but, you know, teaching the kids and working with them and growing the foundation as well, um, is it’s just a big passion and determination. And they,

Kristi Porter (08:11):

Now that you talk about them, they do sort of go hand in hand. I can, I can understand how they came together, but there must have been, they’re still very different at the same time. So there must have been sort of some sort of realization or aha moment that led to the creation of the foundation. So what was that like?

Terri Seese (08:30):

Um, thank you. It, uh, I think the aha moment, um, th th more than one, but, um, there’s a, there’s a huge gap between the generations and the real world, um, between, you know, knowledge. Um, and again, it’s, you know, can we, can we do things better? I’m guilty of it raising my daughter. Um, but the, the ah-ha moment there, there’s just a gap and, um, it’s just that it needs to be blended. And, um, so that’s, that’s a big part of our model. Um, and then also too, you know, just from my past experiences, um, and just life and, and everyone in the world who, you know, challenges it’s, um, you know, if we can share those with our current generation and of course working towards our future workforce, you know, to share our experiences, and this is why things are done this way and, um, you know, kind of give them a leg up, um, that that’s, that’s a big part of what we do and what I wanted to do, um, and starting a foundation. Um, and I’m happy to see that, you know, the results and, um, it’s working on both sides.

Kristi Porter (09:40):

Yeah. And stem is obviously hugely popular and growing. Um, thank goodness. And in a lot of ways over the last couple of years, and you, you gave us a little bit of an overview, but tell us a little bit more about the inner workings. It’s not easy working with the school. Um, but tell us a little bit more, yeah. Tell us a little more about what that, what that looks like in a day to day, as far as, especially supply chain coming into it late in my career as well. It’s not an easy thing to learn. So I’m curious as to what that actually looks like, um, through a school system.

Terri Seese (10:11):

Sure. Um, it, you know, it’s, um, that, that was a learning experience in itself. And, um, it is a challenge, but you know, the teachers and the students, um, you know, they’re all on board and, you know, they, you know, they’re like, you know, sign us up. What do we need to do? But, um, it’s really nice when we’re working with the students and the teachers, but specifically the students that when you’re introducing the real world to them and, and projects and why things are done, um, you know, or it’s like, Hey, you know, you have an iPhone in your hand or you have an Android phone in your hand, you know, but everything it takes to get it in your hand, you know, or, you know, the gaming system, you know, whatever it is, this generation, or even adults that they want to buy, you know, um, pointing those things out to them. Um, it, it’s nice to see that it’s an attention getter to them,

Kristi Porter (11:08):

For sure. And what does some of the lessons look like?

Terri Seese (11:11):

Um, well, on a technology side, um, you know, a lot of what we call one-on-one lessons, um, you know, just basically what is supply chain? How does it work? Um, and, and again, just, you know, companies, this is what they do. This is why, um, it’s really, we’re just, you know, we’re that platform, uh, between corporate America and, uh, K through 12 and, um, you know, we have expanded into other states and it’s just a huge compliment that, you know, everyone’s wanting this, like, Hey, let’s do this together.

Kristi Porter (11:44):

Yeah. And supplies has certainly, I’m more visible in the last 18 months. So there’s probably tackle your conversation happening now. Yeah. Yeah.

Terri Seese (11:53):

And, you know, and it also really, you know, there’s so many positives to all of this, because what it also does is, you know, I’m very adamant about communication and, and we all learn, but regardless of what age group we’re in, it’s, it’s all about the communication. So it’s pointing things out and the communication to the students, um, and to anybody. Um, and then once they see it, um, it, it just really opens everybody’s eyes and, and, you know, we put clarity to things, um, you know, cause that’s another thing we’ve learned is, you know, a lot of people in the students, they have a perception of things in the real world, but that’s not really what it is.

Mónica Roesch (12:38):

So talking about the lessons and I can tell that you love entrepreneurship and you love to keep innovating and stuff like that. So, uh, or do you find all of your inspiration in motivation? Uh, I know that it has a lot of, a lot to do with people because you were mentioning like you need the, this, these teachers and talented people, but where do you find your, like you cherry, your motivation?

Terri Seese (13:07):

Um, I think it’s another good question. You ladies are also, you know, I think it’s just, it falls under my own lessons learned, you know, um, like we talked about and it’s, um, you know, whether it’s the good or the bad, um, it sharing both. Um, and of course, you know, being a mom, you don’t want, uh, and, and, and it’s anybody, it just, you know, sharing life experiences. And, um, but as far as the K through 12, you know, helping them with that leg up on what to expect, you know, because everybody’s like a guy I have to go to school. Okay. I’m an elementary now, my middle now I’m in high school and all of a sudden it’s like, I’m done, I’m 16. You know, I have to start working on 18. I have to do this. What do I have to do?

Terri Seese (13:54):

And, and it’s all of a sudden, you’re just like, you hit a brick wall and it’s like, what do I do? Um, so it’s, you know, working with all the states and, and the, the students to, you know, the passion comes from, you know, if we can help share those stories to where people don’t have the hard times or don’t have as many hard times, um, it’s really just kind of opening the eyes and, and given that leg up on what to expect and prepare, you know, and that even goes all the way down to a financial side, you know, which, you know, to me, that contributes in other areas. I mean, you know, you don’t want people to struggle if they can help it. But again, it, just, to me, it just, it casts a wide net, um, on where the passion and you know, what we do comes from if it’s personal experience and, um, just th th there’s a gap between how the real world works and our, you know, current students, you know, they’re focused on school and learning and all that, but again, it’s, you know, just need to kind of blend it together.

Kristi Porter (14:59):

Yeah. And you talked about, um, well, first I’d love for you to tell us some of the successes that you’ve had with the program. I know you’re expanding to other states, you mentioned, which is incredible. I think before the first time you and I talked, you also had mentioned taking, taking students on field trips to automotive plants because of your background with the automotive industry. So yeah. Tell us a few of the things that are going on and some of the successes that you guys have had,

Terri Seese (15:24):

Um, well, we continue to have that assesses and it’s a extra good feeling. Um, you know, when we give our scholarships and, um, so we continue to have those successes and our corporate partners, um, you know, supporting us and being with us and, um, new corporate partners, um, and, and just the success that everyone likes, you know, the model and what we’re doing. Um, and again, it all points to, you know, the communication and working with the students and, you know, just kind of opening new doors and, um, you know, it’s huge and it makes us all work harder, you know? Um, and then, you know, that leads to, you know, whether you have students that don’t want to go to college or can’t go to college, um, you know, that goes into the trade skill category. Um, so it’s just a, win-win all the way around. And, um, again, it just comes down to all of the communication and just kind of sharing, you know, the real world with the students and helping it. It’s, we’ve created that revolving door. Um, and it just makes us work harder than everybody is a part of it and likes it and supports it.

Kristi Porter (16:33):

Yes. And obviously Monica is, and I was calling in to us, one of our other offices, huge area for cars and manufacturing. We’re in Atlanta. Talk about just how the, um, well, I’d love to also just kind of to tie this further together with people, your career in the automotive industry, why these areas are so, um, what’s happening in automotive and how, uh, as you said, the companies are responding to the students in the program.

Terri Seese (16:59):

Yeah. It’s um, well of course, you know, the workforce is a challenge, you know, um, the, the lack of, um, you know, it’s also the perception, um, that some people have, um, you know, in manufacturing and, and it doesn’t apply just to specifically automotive, it’s just manufacturing in general. Um, you know, so that’s something we’re all working on is to put clarity to that and, um, you know, introduce and show the benefits of, you know, working in manufacturing and, um, you know, again, so they can look ahead at their future career options

Kristi Porter (17:39):

And how have they, I guess, for the students themselves, what, um, what kind of questions are you hearing, or maybe, uh, things that they had no idea, just how

Terri Seese (17:49):

Supply chain work or possible future careers. What do students think about all of this? Um, you know, then if they listen, it’s kind of nice to see them listening. And it’s like, you know, that the whole world is supply chain, really the whole world is stem, you know, and, and, and it really is. And, um, so just explaining that to them, um, you know, we’re, we’re going, you know, you go to a manufacturing plant and, um, or you go to an automotive manufacturing plant and it just really opens their eyes. And, um, and then they, they do, it’s nice to see them start asking questions, because again, that kind of puts, you know, it’s like, okay, you’re interested. You know, now that you have seen this, we are opening your eyes and, and we follow, we follow through with the students. That was the other thing, you know, I didn’t want what the foundation is, you know, it’s like, okay, today was today.

Terri Seese (18:46):

And then now we’re on the next day and it’s all forgotten. You know, that’s something else that, you know, we, we stay consistent about, but, um, we follow the students and it’s nice that this students, um, stay in communication, um, is also nice to hear, um, of course before COVID it, you know, we couldn’t go into the classroom as much or at all, but, um, you know, one of our models is leadership and we have some of our teachers one specifically who broke out, um, in teams and, um, you know, teaching, okay. You know, this student has to be the supervisor or the executive for that team. And, and one of our biggest, biggest compliments, which, which I love it is that the students who have graduated or were in that have come back to us and that teacher and said, you know, we, this really helped because they’re seeing it in the real world now that they’re working. Um, so that, that’s another huge thing. Good thing to hear.

Mónica Roesch (19:51):

Yeah. Especially because the automotive industry is, is just huge, as Chrissy was saying, um, um, in [inaudible], and here we have the largest Nisa manufacturers, and it’s been growing a lot in the last years, and you can see a lot of young people trying to, uh, start their careers over there, but we also have, uh, 2, 1, 2, 2 to three manufacturers that sell some outer parts to [inaudible] the Honda Ford. Uh, so it really is huge. And it’s great to see that everything keeps evolving and everything changes. The processes are not the same as a few years ago. And the companies are constantly looking for people who has that leadership, like that vision that they want to, they want to share. And it’s great that there’s people like you and foundations like these, that can encourage people that opportunity, because sometimes you just don’t know where to start or how to do it. So, yeah.

Terri Seese (21:06):

Thank you. And, and, you know, and your experience too, I appreciate that. And your experience, you know, a supplier OEM or, you know, any manufacturing by any company you’re right. It’s, um, you know, once they see it and, um, see the benefits, you know, and, and on a, on a supplier side, you know, one, um, I was in classroom one time. Um, and you know, some of these students, they’re like, you know, do I have to go to college? Um, or, you know, I want to open up my own shop. I want to do this, you know, okay, well, that’s fine, but you still have to go to school. Um, and here’s why, you know, um, you, you still have to have certifications. And when I talk about communication and really pointing out, you know, one of the things that I pointed out to them was, you know, all, all of us here on the call as three ladies and, um, you know, myself, it’s like, okay, on, on an automotive topic, you know, I take my car in to get serviced.

Terri Seese (22:00):

I’m trusting you, that’s working on my car to make sure that I’m safe. Um, so we w I’m adamant about communication and it, and it’s really just pointing things like that out, you know, um, if, if I took my car to you and, you know, okay, that’s fine. You want to open up your own mechanic shop. That’s great, you know, but here’s what you still have to do. And here’s why you need to be careful, you know, I’m trusting you. I don’t want to get hurt on the highway. I don’t want to have a wreck, or I don’t want my tire to fall off, or, you know, so it’s, you know, whether it’s an automotive or robotics, I mean, just anything it’s, it’s also pointing those details out to the kids.

Kristi Porter (22:45):

I’m sure you have a lot of plans for the future, a lot of hopes for the future. Um, what are, what can we expect either, uh, coming short-term or maybe your long-term vision you’ve already expanded into a couple other states. You talked about other corporate partners coming on. So what is your, uh, what, what are some of your, the goals ahead of you?

Terri Seese (23:06):

Um, we don’t have enough time now. It’s all good. It’s all good. Thanks. Um, well, on an immediate level, definitely continue with the scholarships and helping, and, um, you know, all of us, including the other states, you know, just working together and, and, you know, making that change positive change, but the big, um, the big challenge that I’m working on and, and continuing to work on is, um, the apprenticeships, um, you know, to, to get in at a, at a younger age. Um, so, so that’s, that’s a big thing that continuing to work on right now with everybody

Kristi Porter (23:49):

At executive level or in the plants themselves, or what does that look like?

Terri Seese (23:55):

Um, to be in the, in, in the company and the plants in the company, um, in corporate, um, and on a state level, um, you know, every company’s different and, and the requirements and the liability requirements that they have. Um, but I’m not convinced yet that that cannot be worked around.

Kristi Porter (24:17):

That’s fantastic. Um, and I’m guessing you’re hoping to continue expanding across the U S and perhaps into other countries as well. It sounds like it’s a model that could be replicated in a lot of ways.

Terri Seese (24:29):

Thanks. Um, I think so. Yeah, definitely. And it’s just, you know, it makes us work harder and it’s a huge compliment working to share, um, in other states, um, you know, our, our model, because it’s, it really is just kind of wondering and where that platform, you know, between the students and corporate America and it’s, you know, and I’m still a lot of old school, you know, and, you know, I was playing with tinker toys and, you know, I was out riding my bike and, you know, and I’d like to see, you know, more of that in the world today. Um, you know, I always look for positives out of everything. And to me, one big positive out of COVID was she saw families really spending time together and walking in my neighborhood and the kids were riding bikes, you know? Um, and, and again, that kind of puts proof and, you know, my beliefs and what we do today, you need everything you need, you need both, you need everybody. Um, but it’s just a matter of working together and putting those processes together, you know, from, from all generations to make it work right. You know, and, and working together, you know, is also with respect for each other and communication. Yeah,

Kristi Porter (25:50):

Sure. I’m curious between your, um, either your for-profit companies or the non-profit, um, is there a mistake that you’ve made that others can learn from, you’ve talked about a number of different subjects under both categories. So I’m curious if anything stands out to you that the rest of us can learn from.

Terri Seese (26:09):

That’s a great, hard question. That that’s a great one. I, you know, I’m not sure. I mean, yes, nobody is perfect, so we all make mistakes. Um, but it might just be hard for me to answer or think of something because, you know, I had somebody tell me growing up, you know, if, if you learn something, you know, it wasn’t a mistake. Right. Um, so I guess you just learn that that’s tough

Kristi Porter (26:46):

Going into a learning experience. Yeah,

Terri Seese (26:47):

Exactly. So, yeah, I guess she learned, um, yeah, learn, learn. I, that’s a good question. Yeah. That’s a good one heart,

Kristi Porter (26:56):

Just to get back to us. I know it’s hard to pick out just one.

Terri Seese (27:03):

Yeah, no truth. There there’s so many, but it’s, you know, some you don’t want to share

Kristi Porter (27:10):

We’ll do that after the recording.

Mónica Roesch (27:13):

Well, and talking about your experience as an advisor, uh, for example, at Georgia automotive manufacturers association, what is the current challenge in this industry that you see and what are one or two solutions?

Terri Seese (27:28):

Uh, definitely, uh, parts, shortages, um, and then a workforce that would be the top two immediate answers, um, you know, and, and regarding workforce, um, there, there’s a lot of reasons why on that. Um, but you know, what is in our control and you know, what we’re doing is just introducing and putting clarity, uh, to these job options, um, for the students.

Kristi Porter (28:01):

That’s fantastic. Um, and then outside of challenges, what do you see again, you’ve been around the automotive industry for a long time, and certainly going through a lot of changes in the last couple of years. So current or future trends, um, what do you see coming, and then how will those come into play at the foundation as well?

Terri Seese (28:21):

Uh, well, um, as far as the future, um, to date myself again, um, we are headed towards whoever invented that cartoon, the Jetsons, that is where we are headed,

Kristi Porter (28:34):

Still waiting for one hoverboard for back test.

Terri Seese (28:36):

Exactly. I mean, the, the technology and all my opinion. Um, but yeah, at the Jetsons, I was like, somebody really saw into the future on that one. Um, but, but, um, I mean, we’re, we’re kind of already there. I mean, there’s so much already being worked on and things that I continue to learn, um, you know, working with friends and colleagues and, and, you know, on a technology side, um, I, I feel we, we, we all can’t keep up with what we already have right now. Um, and especially on supply chain, um, which also leads into we’re already developing and thinking so far into the future. We, we, we’re not even close to being that far ahead, um, you know, on a work workforce and, and bandwidth size, I think we’re further ahead than a lot of people may realize. Yeah.

Kristi Porter (29:37):

So what’s something you’ve learned recently. Oh,

Terri Seese (29:40):

Goodness. Uh, related to which topic, well, we’ll stick in either automotive or nonprofit leadership, your choice. Oh, God, I have, I’m sorry, what Monica or both, or both. There you go. Um, you know, again, just, um, continue to practice patience, you know, continue to practice patients. And, um, the that’s, uh, that’s another good

Mónica Roesch (30:10):

Question. Um, the patients and, um, just, just really just take one day at a time, but, but definitely do not lose sight of your goals, continue to work towards your goals. Um, you know, I always, you know, within myself have a saying, if you want something bad enough, you’re going to make it happen. And, and, and with people out there and, and the students and adults, um, you know, really just network and, and lean on your friends and, and just ask as questions. Yeah, that’s right. Some many people is afraid of asking questions, but they don’t realize the growth they can achieve if they just ask or, or the difference that they can make, if maybe they come to a better answer or something, and we can develop something great, but it will not happen if they don’t, if they, if they are afraid of asking,

Terri Seese (31:05):

You’re exactly right. And that was well said, and it, and it is. And you, and it doesn’t mean you have to ask just anybody, you know, you can ask, you know, someone who you want to confide in and trust and, and all that. But, um, yeah, don’t, don’t keep everything inside, just really work together. And, um, and trust is a big thing. Um, personal and professional, I’ve always been big on trust. And, um, but yeah, th this work together, there are so many things in today’s world that I, that I wish people would stop and think about and, uh, change, you know, um, working together, even on a leadership side. Um, because yeah, like we talked about before, people should not be afraid, um, to go ask questions, like you said, and, um, or fear of, um, something’s going to happen. Um, you know, there there’s, I wish if I had a magic wand, there’d be some immediate things that I would like to change.

Terri Seese (32:06):

Uh, you can email me or just go to our website. Uh, the website is alliances Inc. That’s Inc com. Uh, and then my email is, um, first name dot last name at that domain. And so for, uh, you talked about corporate partners, we have people in the automotive industry listening. So what are you looking for specifically from corporate partners right now, outside of dollars, which is always helpful? Well, yeah, dollars are good for scholarships. And, but, um, you know, I would love, you know, for anybody who wants to be a part and work together, uh, and become a corporate partner, um, you know, because partnership, it’s a two way street. That’s always been my definition. Um, it’s never been one sided. Um, you know, so if we can work together towards that, that goal of supporting and training our future generation, I would definitely share more details on how we do that. And, um, and really, you know, everybody’s kind of contributing to their own workforce as well, you know, working with us. Perfect.

Kristi Porter (33:12):

Well, thank you so much for your time. Um, so much, uh, so much great insight and, um, I love what you’re doing and definitely we need more mentorship. We need more apprenticeship and, um, when you just start training the next generation or supply chain, so thank you so much, Terry.

Terri Seese (33:30):

Thank you. You ladies are wonderful. Thank you. Learn from YouTube today, too.

Kristi Porter (33:35):

Yes. Thanks for being here money. Thank you again, Terry. Thanks to everyone for listening at home. Um, we look forward to bringing you another great interview with the logistics with purpose series again soon. So we’ll talk later.

Terri Seese (33:48):

Thank you. Have a good one.

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Terri Seese is the CEO and Founder of Alliance Solutions Group and the Alliance Solutions Group HOPE Foundation. Terri has more than 20 years of experience in all areas of supply chain management and design, including: information technology, engineering, operations, human resources, and application development and support. Connect with Terri on LinkedIn.

Monica Aurora Roesch Davila has a Bachelor’s degree in Management and International Business from Universidad Panamericana in Aguascalientes, Mexico. She has work experience in purchasing, logistics, and sales for automotive companies, and is currently working at Vector handling some non-profit accounts and helping them achieve their goals. She also develops new accounts and plans with them the better routes and strategies for them to have efficient and cost-effective operations.

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Nick Roemer

Host, Logistics with Purpose

Nick Roemer has had a very diverse and extensive career within design and sales over the last 15 years stretching from China, Dubai, Germany, Holland, UK, and the USA. In the last 5 years, Nick has developed a hawk's eye for sustainable tech and the human-centric marketing and sales procedures that come with it. With his far-reaching and strong network within the logistics industry, Nick has been able to open new avenues and routes to market within major industries in the USA and the UAE. Nick lives by the ethos, “Give more than you take." His professional mission is to make the logistics industry leaner, cleaner and greener.

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Katherine Hintz

Creative Director, Producer, Host

Katherine Hintz, MBA is a marketing professional who strives to unite her love of people with a passion for positive experiences. Having a diverse background, which includes nonprofit work with digital marketing and start-ups, she serves as a leader who helps people live their most creative lives by cultivating community, order, collaboration, and respect. With equal parts creativity and analytics, she brings a unique skill set which fosters refining, problem solving, and connecting organizations with their true vision. In her free time, you can usually find her looking for her cup of coffee, playing with her puppy Charlie, and dreaming of her next road trip.

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Kim Reuter


From humble beginnings working the import docks, representing Fortune 500 giants, Ford, Michelin Tire, and Black & Decker; to Amazon technology patent holder and Nordstrom Change Leader, Kimberly Reuter has designed, implemented, and optimized best-in-class, highly scalable global logistics and retail operations all over the world. Kimberly’s ability to set strategic vision supported by bomb-proof processes, built on decades of hands-on experience, has elevated her to legendary status. Sought after by her peers and executives for her intellectual capital and keen insights, Kimberly is a thought leader in the retail logistics industry.

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Kristi Porter

Host, Logistics with Purpose

Kristi Porter is VP of Sales and Marketing at Vector Global Logistics, a company that is changing the world through supply chain. In her role, she oversees all marketing efforts and supports the sales team in doing what they do best. In addition to this role, she is the Chief Do-Gooder at Signify, which assists nonprofits and social impact companies through copywriting and marketing strategy consulting. She has almost 20 years of professional experience, and loves every opportunity to help people do more good.

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Sofia Rivas Herrera

Host, Supply Chain Now en Espanol

Sofia Rivas Herrera is a Mexican Industrial Engineer from Tecnologico de Monterrey class 2019. Upon graduation, she earned a scholarship to study MIT’s Graduate Certificate in Logistics and Supply Chain Management and graduated as one of the Top 3 performers of her class in 2020. She also has a multicultural background due to her international academic experiences at Singapore Management University and Kühne Logistics University in Hamburg. Sofia self-identifies as a Supply Chain enthusiast & ambassador sharing her passion for the field in her daily life.

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Demo Perez

Host, Supply Chain Now en Espanol

Demo Perez started his career in 1997 in the industry by chance when a relative asked him for help for two just weeks putting together an operation for FedEx Express at the Colon Free Zone, an area where he was never been but accepted the challenge. Worked in all roles possible from a truck driver to currier to a sales representative, helped the brand introduction, market share growth and recognition in the Colon Free Zone, at the end of 1999 had the chance to meet and have a chat with Fred Smith ( FedEx CEO), joined another company in 2018 who took over the FedEx operations as Operations and sales manager, in 2004 accepted the challenge from his company to leave the FedEx operations and business to take over the operation and business of DHL Express, his major competitor and rival so couldn’t say no, by changing completely its operation model in the Free Zone. In 2005 started his first entrepreneurial journey by quitting his job and joining two friends to start a Freight Forwarding company. After 8 months was recruited back by his company LSP with the General Manager role with the challenge of growing the company and make it fully capable warehousing 3PL. By 2009 joined CSCMP and WERC and started his journey of learning and growing his international network and high-level learning. In 2012 for the first time joined a local association ( the Panama Maritime Chamber) and worked in the country’s first Logistics Strategy plan, joined and lead other associations ending as president of the Panama Logistics Council in 2017. By finishing his professional mission at LSP with a company that was 8 times the size it was when accepted the role as GM with so many jobs generated and several young professionals coached, having great financial results, took the decision to move forward and start his own business from scratch by the end of 2019. with a friend and colleague co-founded IPL Group a company that started as a boutique 3PL and now is gearing up for the post-Covid era by moving to the big leagues.

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Kim Winter

Host, Supply Chain Now

The founder of Logistics Executive Group, Kim Winter delivers 40 years of executive leadership experience spanning Executive Search & Recruitment, Leadership Development, Executive Coaching, Corporate Advisory, Motivational Speaking, Trade Facilitation and across the Supply Chain, Logistics, 3PL, E-commerce, Life Science, Cold Chain, FMCG, Retail, Maritime, Defence, Aviation, Resources, and Industrial sectors. Operating from the company’s global offices, he is a regular contributor of thought leadership to industry and media, is a professional Master of Ceremonies, and is frequently invited to chair international events.

He is a Board member of over a dozen companies throughout APAC, India, and the Middle East, a New Zealand citizen, he holds formal resident status in Australia and the UAE, and is the Australia & New Zealand representative for the UAE Government-owned Jebel Ali Free Zone (JAFZA), the Middle East’s largest Economic Free Zone.

A triathlete and ex-professional rugby player, Kim is a qualified (IECL Sydney) executive coach and the Founder / Chairman of the successful not for profit humanitarian organization, Oasis Africa (www., which has provided freedom from poverty through education to over 8000 mainly orphaned children in East Africa’s slums. Kim holds an MBA and BA from Massey & Victoria Universities (NZ).

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Adrian Purtill

Host, Logistics with Purpose

Adrian Purtill serves as Business Development Manager at Vector Global Logistics, where he consults with importers and exporters in various industries to match their specific shipping requirements with the most effective supply chain solutions. Vector Global Logistics is an asset-free, multi-modal logistics company that provides exceptional sea freight, air freight, truck, rail, general logistic services and consulting for our clients. Our highly trained and professional team is committed to providing creative and effective solutions, always exceeding our customer’s expectations and fostering long-term relationships. With more than 20+ years of experience in both strategy consulting and logistics, Vector Global Logistics is your best choice to proactively minimize costs while having an exceptional service level.

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Kevin Brown

Host, Logistics with Purpose

Kevin Brown is the Director of Business Development for Vector Global Logistics.  He has a dedicated interest in Major Account Management, Enterprise Sales, and Corporate Leadership. He offers 25 years of exceptional experience and superior performance in the sales of Logistics, Supply Chain, and Transportation Management. Kevin is a dynamic, high-impact, sales executive and corporate leader who has consistently exceeded corporate goals. He effectively coordinates multiple resources to solution sell large complex opportunities while focusing on corporate level contacts across the enterprise. His specialties include targeting and securing key accounts by analyzing customer’s current business processes and developing solutions to meet their corporate goals. Connect with Kevin on LinkedIn.

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Jose Miguel Irarrazaval

Host, Logistics with Purpose

Jose Manuel Irarrazaval es parte del equipo de Vector Global Logistics Chile. José Manuel es un gerente experimentado con experiencia en finanzas corporativas, fusiones y adquisiciones, financiamiento y reestructuración, inversión directa y financiera, tanto en Chile como en el exterior. José Manuel tiene su MBA de la Universidad de Pennsylvania- The Wharton School. Conéctese con Jose Manuel en LinkedIn.

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Vicki White


Vicki has a long history of rising to challenges and keeping things up and running. First, she supported her family’s multi-million dollar business as controller for 12 years, beginning at the age of 17. Then, she worked as an office manager and controller for a wholesale food broker. But her biggest feat? Serving as the chief executive officer of her household, while her entrepreneur husband travelled the world extensively. She fed, nurtured, chaperoned, and chauffeured three daughters all while running a newsletter publishing business and remaining active in her community as a Stephen’s Minister, Sunday school teacher, school volunteer, licensed realtor and POA Board president (a title she holds to this day). A force to be reckoned with in the office, you might think twice before you meet Vicki on the tennis court! When she’s not keeping the books balanced at Supply Chain Now or playing tennis matches, you can find Vicki spending time with her husband Greg, her 4 fur babies, gardening, cleaning (yes, she loves to clean!) and learning new things.

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Allison Giddens


Allison Krache Giddens has been with Win-Tech, a veteran-owned small business and aerospace precision machine shop, for 15 years, recently buying the company from her mentor and Win-Tech’s Founder, Dennis Winslow. She and her business partner, John Hudson now serve as Co-Presidents, leading the 33-year old company through the pandemic.

She holds undergraduate degrees in psychology and criminal justice from the University of Georgia, a Masters in Conflict Management from Kennesaw State University, a Masters in Manufacturing from Georgia Institute of Technology, and a Certificate of Finance from the University of Georgia. She also holds certificates in Google Analytics, event planning, and Cybersecurity Risk Management from Harvard online. Allison founded the Georgia Chapter of Women in Manufacturing and currently serves as Treasurer. She serves on the Chattahoochee Technical College Foundation Board as its Secretary, the liveSAFE Resources Board of Directors as Resource Development Co-Chair, and on the Leadership Cobb Alumni Association Board as Membership Chair and is also a member of Cobb Executive Women. She is on the Board for the Cobb Chamber of Commerce’s Northwest Area Councils. Allison runs The Dave Krache Foundation, a non-profit that helps pay sports fees for local kids in need.

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Billy Taylor


Billy Taylor is a Proven Business Excellence Practitioner and Leadership Guru with over 25 years leading operations for a Fortune 500 company, Goodyear. He is also the CEO of LinkedXL (Excellence), a Business Operating Systems Architecting Firm dedicated to implementing sustainable operating systems that drive sustainable results. Taylor’s achievements in the industry have made him a Next Generational Lean pacesetter with significant contributions.

An American business executive, Taylor has made a name for himself as an innovative and energetic industry professional with an indispensable passion for his craft of operational excellence. His journey started many years ago and has worked with renowned corporations such as The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. (GT) leading multi-site operations. With over 3 decades of service leading North America operations, he is experienced in a deeply rooted process driven approach in customer service, process integrity for sustainability.

A disciple of continuous improvement, Taylor’s love for people inspires commitment to helping others achieve their full potential. He is a dynamic speaker and hosts "The Winning Link," a popular podcast centered on business and leadership excellence with the #1 rated Supply Chain Now Network. As a leadership guru, Taylor has earned several invitations to universities, international conferences, global publications, and the U.S. Army to demonstrate how to achieve and sustain effective results through cultural acceptance and employee ownership. Leveraging the wisdom of his business acumen, strong influence as a speaker and podcaster Taylor is set to release "The Winning Link" book under McGraw Hill publishing in 2022. The book is a how-to manual to help readers understand the management of business interactions while teaching them how to Deine, Align, and Execute Winning in Business.

A servant leader, Taylor, was named by The National Diversity Council as one of the Top 100 Diversity Officers in the country in 2021. He features among Oklahoma's Most Admired CEOs and maintains key leadership roles with the Executive Advisory Board for The Shingo Institute "The Nobel Prize of Operations" and The Association of Manufacturing Excellence (AME); two world-leading organizations for operational excellence, business development, and cultural learning.  He is also an Independent Director for the M-D Building Products Board, a proud American manufacturer of quality products since 1920.

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Tandreia Bellamy


Tandreia Bellamy retired as the Vice President of Industrial Engineering for UPS Supply Chain Solutions which included the Global Logistics, Global Freight Forwarding and UPS Freight business units. She was responsible for operations strategy and planning, asset management, forecasting, and technology tool development to optimize sustainable efficiency while driving world class service.

Tandreia held similar positions at the business unit level for Global Logistics and Global Freight forwarding. As the leader of the Global Logistics engineering function, she directed all industrial engineering activies related to distribution, service parts logistics (post-sales support), and mail innovations (low cost, light weight shipping partnership with the USPS). Between these roles Tandreia helped to establish the Advanced Technology Group which was formed to research and develop cutting edge solutions focused on reducing reliance on manual labor.

Tandreia began her career in 1986 as a part-time hourly manual package handling employee. She spent the great majority of her career in the small package business unit which is responsible for the pick-up, sort, transport and delivery of packages domestically. She held various positions in Industrial Engineering, Marketing, Inside and On-road operations in Central Florida before transferring to Atlanta for a position in Corporate Product Development and Corporate Industrial Engineering. Tandreia later held IE leadership roles in Nebraska, Minnesota and Chicago. In her final role in small package she was an IE VP responsible for all aspects of IE, technology support and quality for the 25 states on the western half of the country.
Tandreia is currently a Director for the University of Central Florida (UCF) Foundation Board and also serves on their Dean’s Advisory Board for the College of Engineering and Computer Science. Previously Tandreia served on the Executive Advisory Board for Virginia Tech’s IE Department and the Association for Supply Chain Management. She served on the Board of Trustees for ChildServ (a Chicago child and family services non-profit) and also served on the Texas A&M and Tuskegee Engineering Advisory Boards. In 2006 she was named Business Advisor of the Year by INROADS, in 2009 she was recognized as a Technology All-Star at the Women of Color in STEM conference and in 2019 she honored as a UCF Distinguished Aluma by the Department of Industrial Engineering and Management Systems.

Tandreia holds a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering from Stanford University and a master’s degree in Industrial Engineering and Management Systems from UCF. Her greatest accomplishment, however, is being the proud mother of two college students, Ruby (24) and Anthony (22).

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Marty Parker


Marty Parker serves as both the CEO & Founder of Adæpt Advising and an award-winning Senior Lecturer (Teaching Professor) in Supply Chain and Operations Management at the University of Georgia. He has 30 years of experience as a COO, CMO, CSO (Chief Strategy Officer), VP of Operations, VP of Marketing and Process Engineer. He founded and leads UGA’s Supply Chain Advisory Board, serves as the Academic Director of UGA’s Leaders Academy, and serves on multiple company advisory boards including the Trucking Profitability Strategies Conference, Zion Solutions Group and Carlton Creative Company.

Marty enjoys helping people and companies be successful. Through UGA, Marty is passionate about his students, helping them network and find internships and jobs. He does this through several hundred one-on-one zoom meetings each year with his students and former students. Through Adæpt Advising, Marty has organized an excellent team of affiliates that he works with to help companies grow and succeed. He does this by helping c-suite executives improve their skills, develop better leaders, engage their workforce, improve processes, and develop strategic plans with detailed action steps and financial targets. Marty believes that excellence in supply chain management comes from the understanding the intersection of leadership, culture, and technology, working across all parts of the organization to meet customer needs, maximize profit and minimize costs.

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Laura Lopez

Marketing Coordinator

Laura Lopez serves as our Supply Chain Now Marketing Coordinator. She graduated from Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Occidente in Mexico with a degree in marketing. Laura loves everything digital because she sees the potential it holds for companies in the marketing industry. Her passion for creativity and thinking outside the box led her to pursue a career in marketing. With experience in fields like accounting, digital marketing, and restaurants, she clearly enjoys taking on challenges. Laura lives the best of both worlds - you'll either catch her hanging out with her friends soaking up the sun in Mexico or flying out to visit her family in California!

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Jake Barr


An acknowledged industry leader, Jake Barr now serves as CEO for BlueWorld Supply Chain Consulting, providing support to a cross section of Fortune 500 companies such as Cargill, Caterpillar, Colgate, Dow/Dupont, Firmenich, 3M, Merck, Bayer/Monsanto, Newell Brands, Kimberly Clark, Nestle, PepsiCo, Pfizer, Sanofi, Estee Lauder and Coty among others. He's also devoted time to engagements in public health sector work with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. At P&G, he managed the breakthrough delivery of an E2E (End to End) Planning Transformation effort, creating control towers which now manage the daily business globally. He is recognized as the architect for P&G’s demand driven supply chain strategy – referenced as a “Consumer Driven Supply Chain” transformation. Jake began his career with P&G in Finance in Risk Analysis and then moved into Operations. He has experience in building supply network capability globally through leadership assignments in Asia, Latin America, North America and the Middle East. He currently serves as a Research Associate for MIT; a member of Supply Chain Industry Advisory Council; Member of Gartner’s Supply Chain Think Tank; Consumer Goods “League of Leaders“; and a recipient of the 2015 - 2021 Supply Chain “Pro’s to Know” Award. He has been recognized as a University of Kentucky Fellow.

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Marcia Williams


Marcia Williams, Managing Partner of USM Supply Chain, has 18 years of experience in Supply Chain, with expertise in optimizing Supply Chain-Finance Planning (S&OP/ IBP) at Large Fast-Growing CPGs for greater profitability and improved cash flows. Marcia has helped mid-sized and large companies including Lindt Chocolates, Hershey, and Coty. She holds an MBA from Michigan State University and a degree in Accounting from Universidad de la Republica, Uruguay (South America). Marcia is also a Forbes Council Contributor based out of New York, and author of the book series Supply Chains with Maria in storytelling style. A recent speaker’s engagement is Marcia TEDx Talk: TEDxMSU - How Supply Chain Impacts You: A Transformational Journey.

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Luisa Garcia

Host, Logistics with Purpose

Luisa Garcia is a passionate Marketer from Lagos de Moreno based in Aguascalientes. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing from Universidad Autonoma de Aguascalientes, Mexico. She specializes in brand development at any stage, believing that a brand is more than just a name or image—it’s an unforgettable experience. Her expertise helps brands achieve their dreams and aspirations, making a lasting impact. Currently working at Vector Global Logistics in the Marketing team and as podcast coordinator of Logistics With Purpose®. Luisa believes that purpose-driven decisions will impact results that make a difference in the world.

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Astrid Aubert

Host, Logistics with Purpose

Astrid Aubert was born in Guadalajara, she is 39 years old and has had the opportunity to live in many places. She studied communication and her professional career has been in Trade Marketing for global companies such as Pepsico and Mars. She currently works as Marketing Director Mexico for Vector Global Logistics. She is responsible for internal communications and marketing strategy development for the logistics industry. She is a mother of two girls, married and lives in Monterrey. She defines herself as a creative and innovative person, and enjoys traveling and cooking a lot.

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Constantine Limberakis


Constantine Limberakis is a thought leader in the area of procurement and supply management. He has over 20 years of international experience, playing strategic roles in a wide spectrum of organizations related to analyst advisory, consulting, product marketing, product development, and market research.Throughout his career, he's been passionate about engaging global business leaders and the broader analyst and technology community with strategic content, speaking engagements, podcasts, research, webinars, and industry articles.Constantine holds a BA in History from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and an MBA in Finance & Marketing / Masters in Public & International Affairs from the University of Pittsburgh.

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Scott W. Luton

Founder, CEO, & Host

As the founder and CEO of Supply Chain Now, you might say Scott is the voice of supply chain – but he’s too much of a team player to ever claim such a title. One thing’s for sure: he’s a tried and true supply chain expert. With over 15 years of experience in the end-to-end supply chain, Scott’s insights have appeared in major publications including The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and CNN. He has also been named a top industry influencer by Thinkers360, ISCEA and more.

From 2009-2011, Scott was president of APICS Atlanta, and he continues to lead initiatives that support both the local business community and global industry. A United States Air Force Veteran, Scott has also regularly led efforts to give back to his fellow veteran community since his departure from active duty in 2002.

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Greg White

Principal & Host

When rapid-growth technology companies, venture capital and private equity firms are looking for advisory, they call Greg – a founder, board director, advisor and catalyst of disruptive B2B technology and supply chain. An insightful visionary, Greg guides founders, investors and leadership teams in creating breakthroughs to gain market exposure and momentum – increasing overall company esteem and valuation.

Greg is a founder himself, creating Blue Ridge Solutions, a Gartner Magic Quadrant Leader in cloud-native supply chain applications, and bringing to market Curo, a field service management solution. He has also held leadership roles with Servigistics (PTC) and E3 Corporation (JDA/Blue Yonder). As a principal and host at Supply Chain Now, Greg helps guide the company’s strategic direction, hosts industry leader discussions, community livestreams, and all in addition to executive producing and hosting his original YouTube channel and podcast, TEChquila Sunrise.

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Chris Barnes

Principal, Supply Chain Now
Host of Supply Chain is Boring

Talk about world-class: Chris is one of the few professionals in the world to hold CPIM-F, CLTD-F and CSCP-F designations from ASCM/APICS. He’s also the APICS coach – and our resident Supply Chain Doctor. When he’s not hosting programs with Supply Chain Now, he’s sharing supply chain knowledge on the APICS Coach Youtube channel or serving as a professional education instructor for the Georgia Tech Supply Chain & Logistic Institute’s Supply Chain Management (SCM) program and University of Tennessee-Chattanooga Center for Professional Education courses.

Chris earned a BS in Industrial Engineering from Bradley University, an MBA with emphasis in Industrial Psychology from the University of West Florida, and is a Doctoral in Supply Chain Management candidate.

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Tyler Ward

Director of Sales

Tyler Ward serves as Supply Chain Now's Director of Sales. Born and raised in Mid-Atlantic, Tyler is a proud graduate of Shippensburg University where he earned his degree in Communications. After college, he made his way to the beautiful state of Oregon, where he now lives with his wife and daughter.

With over a decade of experience in sales, Tyler has a proven track record of exceeding targets and leading high-performing teams. He credits his success to his ability to communicate effectively with customers and team members alike, as well as his strategic thinking and problem-solving skills.

When he's not closing deals, you can find Tyler on the links or cheering on his favorite football and basketball teams. He also enjoys spending time with his family, playing pick-up basketball, and traveling back to Ocean City, Maryland, his favorite place!

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Kevin L. Jackson

Host of Digital Transformers

Kevin L. Jackson is a globally recognized Thought Leader, Industry Influencer and Founder/Author of the award winning “Cloud Musings” blog.  He has also been recognized as a “Top 5G Influencer” (Onalytica 2019, Radar 2020), a “Top 50 Global Digital Transformation Thought Leader” (Thinkers 360 2019) and provides strategic consulting and integrated social media services to AT&T, Intel, Broadcom, Ericsson and other leading companies. Mr. Jackson’s commercial experience includes Vice President J.P. Morgan Chase, Worldwide Sales Executive for IBM and SAIC (Engility) Director Cloud Solutions. He has served on teams that have supported digital transformation projects for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and the US Intelligence Community.  Kevin’s formal education includes a MS Computer Engineering from Naval Postgraduate School; MA National Security & Strategic Studies from Naval War College; and a BS Aerospace Engineering from the United States Naval Academy. Internationally recognizable firms that have sponsored articles authored by him include CiscoMicrosoft, Citrix and IBM.  Books include “Click to Transform” (Leaders Press, 2020), “Architecting Cloud Computing Solutions” (Packt, 2018), and “Practical Cloud Security: A Cross Industry View” (Taylor & Francis, 2016). He also delivers online training through Tulane UniversityO’Reilly MediaLinkedIn Learning, and Pluralsight.  Mr. Jackson retired from the U.S. Navy in 1994, earning specialties in Space Systems EngineeringCarrier Onboard Delivery Logistics and carrier-based Airborne Early Warning and Control. While active, he also served with the National Reconnaissance Office, Operational Support Office, providing tactical support to Navy and Marine Corps forces worldwide.

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Enrique Alvarez

Host of Logistics with Purpose and Supply Chain Now en Español

Enrique serves as Managing Director at Vector Global Logistics and believes we all have a personal responsibility to change the world. He is hard working, relationship minded and pro-active. Enrique trusts that the key to logistics is having a good and responsible team that truly partners with the clients and does whatever is necessary to see them succeed. He is a proud sponsor of Vector’s unique results-based work environment and before venturing into logistics he worked for the Boston Consulting Group (BCG). During his time at BCG, he worked in different industries such as Telecommunications, Energy, Industrial Goods, Building Materials, and Private Banking. His main focus was always on the operations, sales, and supply chain processes, with case focus on, logistics, growth strategy, and cost reduction. Prior to joining BCG, Enrique worked for Grupo Vitro, a Mexican glass manufacturer, for five years holding different positions from sales and logistics manager to supply chain project leader in charge of five warehouses in Colombia.

He has an MBA from The Wharton School of Business and a BS, in Mechanical Engineer from the Technologico de Monterrey in Mexico. Enrique’s passions are soccer and the ocean, and he also enjoys traveling, getting to know new people, and spending time with his wife and two kids, Emma and Enrique.

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Kelly Barner

Host of Dial P for Procurement

Kelly is the Owner and Managing Director of Buyers Meeting Point and MyPurchasingCenter. She has been in procurement since 2003, starting as a practitioner and then as the Associate Director of Consulting at Emptoris. She has covered procurement news, events, publications, solutions, trends, and relevant economics at Buyers Meeting Point since 2009. Kelly is also the General Manager at Art of Procurement and Business Survey Chair for the ISM-New York Report on Business. Kelly has her MBA from Babson College as well as an MS in Library and Information Science from Simmons College and she has co-authored three books: ‘Supply Market Intelligence for Procurement Professionals’, ‘Procurement at a Crossroads’, and ‘Finance Unleashed’.

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Mary Kate Soliva

Host, Veteran Voices

Mary Kate Soliva is a veteran of the US Army and cofounder of the Guam Human Rights Initiative. She is currently in the Doctor of Criminal Justice program at Saint Leo University. She is passionate about combating human trafficking and has spent the last decade conducting training for military personnel and the local community.

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Amanda Luton

Vice President, Production

Amanda is a production and marketing veteran and entrepreneur with over 20 years of experience across a variety of industries and organizations including Von Maur, Anthropologie, AmericasMart Atlanta, and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Amanda currently manages, produces, and develops modern digital content for Supply Chain Now and their clients. Amanda has previously served as the VP of Information Systems and Webmaster on the Board of Directors for APICS Savannah, and founded and managed her own successful digital marketing firm, Magnolia Marketing Group. When she’s not leading the Supply Chain Now production team, you can find Amanda in the kitchen, reading, listening to podcasts, or enjoying time with family.

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Clay Phillips

Business Development Manager

Clay is passionate about two things: supply chain and the marketing that goes into it. Recently graduated with a degree in marketing at the University of Georgia, Clay got his start as a journalism major and inaugural member of the Owl’s football team at Kennesaw State University – but quickly saw tremendous opportunity in the Terry College of Business. He’s already putting his education to great use at Supply Chain Now, assisting with everything from sales and brand strategy to media production. Clay has contributed to initiatives such as our leap into video production, the guest blog series, and boosting social media presence, and after nearly two years in Supply Chain Now’s Marketing Department, Clay now heads up partnership and sales initiatives with the help of the rest of the Supply Chain Now sales team.

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Trisha Cordes

Administrative Assistant

Trisha is new to the supply chain industry – but not to podcasting. She’s an experienced podcast manager and virtual assistant who also happens to have 20 years of experience as an elementary school teacher. It’s safe to say, she’s passionate about helping people, and she lives out that passion every day with the Supply Chain Now team, contributing to scheduling and podcast production.

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Chantel King

Social Media Manager

My name is Chantel King and I am the Social Media Specialist at Supply Chain Now. My job is to make sure our audience is engaged and educated on the abundant amount of information the supply chain industry has to offer.

Social Media and Communications has been my niche ever since I graduated from college at The Academy of Art University in San Francisco. No, I am not a West Coast girl. I was born and raised in New Jersey, but my travel experience goes way beyond the garden state. My true passion is in creating editorial and graphic content that influences others to be great in whatever industry they are in. I’ve done this by working with lifestyle, financial, and editorial companies by providing resources to enhance their businesses.

Another passion of mine is trying new things. Whether it’s food, an activity, or a sport. I would like to say that I am an adventurous Taurus that never shies away from a new quest or challenge.

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Lori Sofian

Marketing Coordinator

Lori is currently completing a degree in marketing with an emphasis in digital marketing at the University of Georgia. When she’s not supporting the marketing efforts at Supply Chain Now, you can find her at music festivals – or working toward her dream goal of a fashion career. Lori is involved in many extracurricular activities and appreciates all the learning experiences UGA has brought her.

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Katherine Hintz

Director, Customer Experience

Katherine is a marketing professional and MBA candidate who strives to unite her love of people with a passion for positive experiences. Having a diverse background, which includes nonprofit work with digital marketing and start-ups, she serves as a leader who helps people live their most creative lives by cultivating community, order, collaboration, and respect. With equal parts creativity and analytics, she brings a unique skill set which fosters refining, problem solving, and connecting organizations with their true vision. In her free time, you can usually find her looking for her cup of coffee, playing with her puppy Charlie, and dreaming of her next road trip.

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Mary Kate Love

Chief of Staff & Host

Mary Kate Love is currently the VP of marketing at Supply Chain Now focused on brand strategy and audience + revenue growth. Mary Kate’s career is a testament to her versatility and innovative spirit: she has experience in start-ups, venture capital, and building innovation initiatives from the ground up: she previously helped lead the build-out of the Supply Chain Innovation Center at Georgia-Pacific and before that, MxD (Manufacturing times Digital): the Department of Defense’s digital manufacturing innovation center. Mary Kate has a passion for taking complicated ideas and turning them into reality: she was one of the first team members at MxD and the first team member at the Supply Chain Innovation Center at Georgia-Pacific.

Mary Kate dedicates her extra time to education and mentorship: she was one of the founding Board Members for Women Influence Chicago and led an initiative for a city-wide job shadow day for young women across Chicago tech companies and was previously on the Board of Directors at St. Laurence High School in Chicago, Young Irish Fellowship Board and the UN Committee for Women. Mary Kate is the founder of National Supply Chain Day and enjoys co-hosting podcasts at Supply Chain Now. Mary Kate is from the south side of Chicago, a mom of two baby boys, and an avid 16-inch softball player. She holds a BS in Political Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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Joshua Miranda

Marketing Specialist

Joshua is a student from Institute of Technology and Higher Education of Monterrey Campus Guadalajara in Communication and Digital Media. His experience ranges from Plug and Play México, DearDoc, and Nissan México creating unique social media marketing campaigns and graphics design. Joshua helps to amplify the voice of supply chain here at Supply Chain Now by assisting in graphic design, content creation, asset logistics, and more.  In his free time he likes to read and write short stories as well as watch movies and television series.

Donna Krache

Director of Communications and Executive Producer

Donna Krache is a former CNN executive producer who has won several awards in journalism and communication, including three Peabodys.  She has 30 years’ experience in broadcast and digital journalism. She led the first production team at CNN to convert its show to a digital platform. She has authored many articles for CNN and other media outlets. She taught digital journalism at Georgia State University and Arizona State University. Krache holds a bachelor’s degree in government from the College of William and Mary and a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from the University of New Orleans. She is a serious sports fan who loves the Braves. She is president of the Dave Krache Foundation. Named in honor of her late husband, this non-profit pays fees for kids who want to play sports but whose parents are facing economic challenges.

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