Everyone wants to do good, but actually doing it takes a fair bit of supply chain coordination. In this episode, Mike Griswold of Gartner joins Scott and Greg to examine the supply side of charitable initiatives, including current challenges and success stories. Tune in as they discuss the importance of giving forward, how to do your due diligence before donating, the ongoing need for relief in Ukraine and more.
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Scott Luton (00:00:31):
Hey, good morning. Good afternoon. Good evening. Scott Luton and Greg right here with you on supply chain. Now, welcome to today’s livestream, Greg. You know how we’ve kind of broadened that. I try to use it all the time. Cause our listeners are tuned in from around the globe. Yeah, this morning I got another powerful reminder as we were preparing for one of our upcoming, uh, live streams. And it was, um, it was like 3:00 PM their time. It was, uh, I think eight or 9:00 AM our time. And as I said, Hey, good morning, everybody. They’re like, you mean good afternoon, good it’s dinner time. Right? It, it was three o’clock coffee time. Uh, so
Greg White (00:01:05):
Also, you know, people list, we, I don’t know if everybody knows this, we publish these as YouTube videos and podcasts that people could listen to any time of any day or night. Right. So it’s almost like, I don’t know what we should say. Right. <laugh>
Scott Luton (00:01:21):
We, and plus I’m such a, uh, good morning is such a go-to phrase for me. So I’ve gotta, I’ve gotta really embrace that omnichannel approach folks
Greg White (00:01:29):
That are here. I like the, I like making sure you hit all channels. I don’t think there’s any reason not to say it because the, I mean, there’s only so many choices, Scott, right? Morning, afternoon or night, right? Well, you’re covering the whole world no matter what time they listen or what vehicle they listen on.
Scott Luton (00:01:45):
That is right. And Hey, uh, kidding aside. Talk about covering the world folks today. We’re talking about a very special subject, uh, to all of us here, but we’re continuing, it’s all falls under the, our, one of our longest running series supply chain today and tomorrow with Mike Griswold with Gartner. Now, Greg, as I mentioned, special topic ones, that one that is really near and dear to our hearts, as it’s baked into our culture here at supply chain. Now we’re focusing on how some companies, uh, how they’re powering their own do, uh, big, do good initiatives and are making a major impact out there in industry. Is that right?
Greg White (00:02:20):
Right. Yeah. I mean, there’s so many companies that, you know, I think the, well we’ll, I’ll save it for the one that I admire. I happen to know you’re gonna ask that question, Scott. So, um, but there are so many companies that have so many initiatives to do such great things, and it’s great to be able to celebrate that. So, you know, usually when we’re with Mike, we’re talking about the big issues or the big opportunities in supply chain, what to do in the turns. Right, right. Um, and by the way, we’re in a turn now, I wonder if anyone’s noticing that. Mm. But, um, but it’s great that Mike and the folks at Gartner and, and we, and everyone become aware of, of how companies are contributing to the good of humankind. Right.
Scott Luton (00:03:02):
That’s right. You know, maybe, maybe they’ll roll up some of what they hear here today and, you know, elsewhere with, uh, big fillin philanthropic efforts. I can never say that word. Right. Holy cow. Um, you know, maybe it’ll, it’ll guide some folks with where to spend their dollars. You know, I I’m about you. I like to spend money where, you know, companies are really investing and especially to in, um, to those, uh, in those in need, you know? Um, so all of that said, uh, we’re gonna say hello to a few folks here momentarily. We see, uh, a bunch of folks coming into the cheap seats or the, uh, club seats since this football season. Yeah. Wanna share a couple of quick announcements, Greg first? Okay. Uh, let’s see here coming up tomorrow, September 8th, 12 noon, uh, CROX has been on the move. You know, a lot of folks may, when they hear CROs, they may think only footwear, but they have really expanded portfolio. So we’re gonna be talking with Christopher from CROs and John from Infor about how they, the company CROX has been able to digitize their financial supply chain. So join me in C Bura, uh, the eighth at 12 noon. That’s tomorrow, already. Goodness gracious. And then Greg, we’ve got our dear friend, the one only Kevin L. Jackson, back with us. He’s doing big things with digital transformers. Uh, next week we’ve got a webinar on September 13th, better business outcomes with blockchain. Lots of bees there. Yeah.
Greg White (00:04:24):
Well, and my favorite word, right. Provenance.
Scott Luton (00:04:29):
Greg White (00:04:30):
So perfect. I, if anyone is wondering, is I think a lot of people do wonder what the heck do you do with supply chain or with blockchain? A lot of people are wondering what to do with supply chain also, but with blockchain, um, you know, provenance is perfect. It is an immutable ledger, a register of transactions. If you think of it, as simple as that. Right. And it’s yes, Scott, I did give you five bucks for gas money. Right. And you can’t deny it.
Scott Luton (00:05:00):
Right. It was me that gave it here’s the amount you got it. Right, right.
Greg White (00:05:04):
Here’s when, right. Yeah. All
Scott Luton (00:05:07):
Of ’em. But you know, to your point, Greg, uh, it’s, it’s really cool to see some of the really practical use cases, more and more coming out of how blockchain’s being applied out there. So join us on the 13th at 12 noon, especially as it relates to, um, uh, digital document Providence, uh, again, Greg’s favorite, uh, favorite things to talk about for sure. Okay. Uh, so we’re gonna be,
Greg White (00:05:30):
Before you say it better,
Scott Luton (00:05:32):
<laugh> you mean without any international or global
Greg White (00:05:36):
Flare? I think that’s what I’m doing, isn’t it? I think I’m like, uh, Franco it,
Scott Luton (00:05:41):
Whatever. Well, you’ve, you’ve been around the globe and, and that’s where usually I come to you when I get tongue twisted in my Georgia English. So, uh, um, well
Greg White (00:05:50):
You you’ve paid me back now. Okay.
Scott Luton (00:05:52):
Greg White (00:05:52):
Scott Luton (00:05:53):
So, so we’re gonna be bringing in Mike Griswold folks. So one only he’s with us. The first wins of each month, uh, goes back probably a couple years. Now. You’re not gonna miss some of what he shared here today. Uh, including maybe some of the things you’ve always assumed you knew, uh, how things worked and the impact they’re making, but we’re gonna get some crystal clarity here today, say hello to a few folks. Katherine is, uh, part of the production team helping to make today’s event happen. Happy Wednesday. She says everybody big, thanks to Catherine and Amanda and clay, the whole gang, uh, behind the scenes, uh, helping to make these shows happen, follow
Greg White (00:06:27):
Supply chain now on Twitter, cuz she’s gonna be sharing some of the undoubtedly brilliant tidbits that Mike shares with us.
Scott Luton (00:06:34):
That is such a great point. Folks, if you love Twitter, you know, then there might be, that might be like a, a yes or no love it or hate it type of equation these days. But if you love Twitter, Chuck do definitely check out Greg and myself and supply chain. Now on Twitter. Um, Balan welcome in via LinkedIn. Let us know where you’re dialed in from, uh, Nazarene, uh, is back with us from be LinkedIn. She joined us, uh, I wanna say about a month, uh, within the last few weeks. So great to have you
Greg White (00:07:01):
Back. How you, that it’s such a gift that you remember
Scott Luton (00:07:05):
Greg White (00:07:06):
Scott Luton (00:07:06):
We try, we try Greg. We try Farra is in Jordan tuned in via LinkedIn
Greg White (00:07:12):
Evening. There, there you go.
Scott Luton (00:07:13):
That’s right. So fair. Looking forward to your, uh, dinner time observations in our conversation today. Amad tuned in via LinkedIn, let us know where you’re dialed in from. Uh, let’s see here, Goma, uh, Goma limo, uh, tuned in from Botswana via LinkedIn. Great to see you here today. Uh, Lieutenant Colonel Capla. I think I got that right. Or Rohit, uh, RO it, I think Greg right row
Greg White (00:07:39):
It. Yeah, I think it depends on the region. I’m guessing that’s probably India, but RO I think Rohe is correct.
Scott Luton (00:07:45):
So Colonel, we wanna get this right? Let us know.
Greg White (00:07:48):
Right. Spell, spell it out for us. Give us the phonetic.
Scott Luton (00:07:50):
Greg White (00:07:51):
Uh, pronunciation. I was no help to you there where I,
Scott Luton (00:07:54):
No, you are buddy. Great to have you here. Uh, let’s see here, Dr. LA Griffin tuned in via LinkedIn. Great to see you looking forward to your perspective, Jose Sanchez, who I believe Jose hails from the Metro Atlanta area like you and I do, uh, Greg, although you’ve got one foot on the coast these days, but welcome everybody. I know we ha we haven’t been able to hit everybody, but looking forward to your perspectives here today on one of our favorite topics. So with no further ado, Greg,
Greg White (00:08:22):
And that was some, some ado, there’s
Scott Luton (00:08:24):
Lots of ado, but Hey, we, we try, we try to celebrate, you know, folks, if y’all been watching this for quite some time, we love what Mike or any of our guests bring, especially Mike, but we also love to share the perspective from folks that are dialed in from around the world. So y’all keep that coming, but with no further ado, lots of ado already, no further ado. I wanna bring in our featured guests, Mike Griswold, vice president analyst with Gartner. Hey Mike, how you doing? Hey,
Mike Griswold (00:08:53):
Uh, I’m great. Uh, a couple of years ago, Greg or, sorry, Scott, you could have gotten a lot farther with the five bucks for gas that Greg got you today. I don’t know. You can get very far <laugh> maybe around the block
Greg White (00:09:03):
Go across the parking lot. Mike
Mike Griswold (00:09:05):
<laugh> man. Yeah,
Scott Luton (00:09:07):
Yeah. It’s I can’t even get far enough to avoid the conversation, uh, and the debt. Can I, Mike? Yeah. Uh, but Hey, all of that aside, great to have you back and really enjoy Hey, to be here. Appreciate. Yeah. And, and what we’re gonna be talking about today. So folks we’re talking about companies, leaders, organizations out there that are really, truly doing good, uh, leading with actions rather than words. So we’re gonna talk about all of that momentarily. Um, okay. And really quick. Uh, Raan great to have you here via LinkedIn from the UAE and Krista. Great to have you back from Baldwin, Wisconsin. I bet that’s a, a pretty place this time of year.
Greg White (00:09:44):
That’s two people sounding off from the states. Everyone else all around the globe.
Scott Luton (00:09:49):
Greg White (00:09:51):
This day, you have gone global <laugh>
Mike Griswold (00:09:54):
Yes. That’s that’s a bit scary,
Greg White (00:09:56):
Greg born already.
Mike Griswold (00:09:57):
We’ll see how that works out today.
Scott Luton (00:09:59):
<laugh> that’s a perfect segue. Thank you, Greg, because Mike has been going global here recently. Yeah.
Greg White (00:10:05):
Scott Luton (00:10:05):
Point. Yes. And I think that’s gonna feed into no pun intended our, our kind of quick warm up question. Right? So today folks is here in the states is national acorn squash day. It’s also national salami day. So we have plenty, plenty to celebrate so that all of that, cause you know, we love talking food around here, Greg and Mike, uh, I wanna pose this question to you, Mike. What’s one delicious meal that you’ve had here recently. Please share that with us.
Mike Griswold (00:10:31):
Yeah. So my wife and I just got back from a, a trip to Scotland and I’m sure most people, when I tell you what we had that I really enjoyed will not, will initially not put it in the wonderful category, but yeah, until
Greg White (00:10:44):
Mike Griswold (00:10:45):
Right. We had an opportunity to have Haus and it, it was, it, it has a really bad reputation. It was really good. Um, it, it tastes so I mean, people, I don’t need to go into the gory details around how it’s made, but, but basically it’s got the, the consistency of kind of a, a, a sweeter ground beef. Okay. Um, it was really, really good. You know, I, I figured, you know, while in Scotland, it’s obviously one of the national dishes, uh, there was a ceremony around presenting the Haus, so, and it was good. And then, you know, there were other people on the tour who later on in the tour actually had, you know, like a, a Haus pop pie or had, you know, something, uh, a, a full meal built around it versus kind of an appetizer. So, okay. The, the, the Scottish people said, you know, it’s, it’s better than what goes in hot dogs and baloney. So you, you Americans really shouldn’t crinkle your nose. So, so I tried and it was really good. It was really good.
Scott Luton (00:11:45):
Greg White (00:11:46):
Let’s share why people think it’s gross. Mike, you don’t have to, I will, it’s this ground beef served in, in sheeps and intestines, but correct. Mike, please share why that’s not gross.
Mike Griswold (00:12:00):
Well, you don’t, it’s, it’s basically think of it as a, as a large sausage, right? The, the, the casing is, is designed to hold the meat and, and what it’s cooked in, you know, part of the ceremony is they bring the Hauss out in, in kind of a loaf like this, and then you cut it open, and then you just kinda spoon out the, the, the ground beef that’s inside. You don’t eat the outside. You, you scoop out the ground beef, so, okay.
Greg White (00:12:25):
That’s why it’s not gross.
Mike Griswold (00:12:28):
Exactly. As, as, I guess, as opposed to eating what, who knows what’s in, in actually eating all the baloney, right. Eating all the hot dog. Right. We don’t really
Greg White (00:12:36):
Know what any those
Scott Luton (00:12:37):
Exactly. So thank yes. So it’s important to note, to be fair, um, you know, there’s sausage type traditions globally. And I bet if we investigated all of them with our flashlights and about in terms of how it all was made, you know, there’s probably not a safe and delectable corner across the globe, but Mike, I appreciate you sharing. I hope you had a great trip to Scotland. Um, Greg, I want to ask you one of your favorite meals and folks, we’re gonna get into some of the, uh, do good fill-in topic initiatives that need to be on your radar here in just a minute, because supply chain is a very unique position to lead and to act and to deliver on things like that. But, uh, really quick, Greg, our friend, Fred Tober is back with us from he, he resides in STAM, Georgia now, great day to be in supply chain. He says, Greg, his nickname,
Greg White (00:13:28):
The doc holiday of supply chain. That
Scott Luton (00:13:30):
Is right. Fred. Great to have you back <laugh>. And also Chris, uh, a new first time attendee, Chris, Christopher Anderson from Lynchburg, Virginia tuning in for the first time. Good stuff. I was gonna ask you, um, Mike, you know, the famous Lynchburg is in Tennessee. I didn’t know if you may need some of the famous product from Lynchburg, Tennessee to kind of wash down some of the, your, uh, cuisine you were having in Scotland.
Mike Griswold (00:13:55):
Well, funny story. So when you’re in Scotland, you drink a lot of scotch, which was no problem to me, but we were in a pub in Glasgow our first night looking for something to eat. And I’m in, I had a nice scotch, but I’m looking at the bar and they’ve got a tap with cores light. It’s like what we’re in, we’re in Scotland. And someone actually is gonna buy a cos light at anyway, no disrespect to Coors light, but that’s not what I expected to see when I was, was in Scotland.
Greg White (00:14:26):
Scott Luton (00:14:26):
To the system. All right. So Greg, Greg, uh, whether you wanna comment on what Mike just shared there, or comment on one of your delicious meals you’ve had recently?
Greg White (00:14:35):
Yeah, well, I’ve had a traditional, uh, Irish meal. Okay. Coastal Irish ancient historical American Irish immigrant meal.
Scott Luton (00:14:48):
Greg White (00:14:48):
Of, of shrimp recently, that was just absolutely spectacular. So just cooked, real simple, just steamed, uh, or, or boiled and steamed with, with, um, old bay seasoning. And of course here, it was the shrimp that you literally saw come off the boat, go into the pot and into my tummy. So love that. That’s just, you know, that’s just one, uh, that I think of, you know, if we’re thinking experientially about meals. Yeah.
Scott Luton (00:15:18):
Sign me up. I I’d love to partake in that meal. Hey, really quick. You’re just talking seasonings there and then we’re talking food. I, I was one day old when I found out that low’s the seasoning salt. It actually, the restaurant came first and then they launched a line of seasonings, which eventually became, uh, acquired by McCormick. Had no idea thought it was just first
Greg White (00:15:39):
Company where what’s the restaurant,
Scott Luton (00:15:42):
Uh, California, I wanna say Beverly Hills or, or LA, they got one in Vegas now. And a couple of the places called,
Greg White (00:15:48):
Scott Luton (00:15:49):
Yeah. Low’s my, my grandparents not even using, yeah. My grandparents used their seasoning salt, you know, all the time growing up. So, um, Amanda already knew that, but I’ll say that rest of that story for another time. Um, cause we wanna talk about one of our favorite things here, especially really outcomes, action, real impact. And, and Mike, you know, uh, with all the conversations we’ve had, you’re, you’re part of the kindred spirits, part of the, uh, do good family here for sure. Um, I wanna lead with this one and then I wanna, I wanna get Mike and Greg to weigh in with some of their favorite initiatives. So I was talking, we were interviewing, uh, Tom Mar with Dell, uh, a few weeks back. He’s been with us before. Uh, he’s very connected with making an impact far beyond what to do at Dell. Um, he just joined the advisory board for this group called pay it forward nine 11.
Scott Luton (00:16:41):
Now this was new to me. Um, it is inspired by the actions of the townspeople of Gander, which is a town in new Finland, Canada of what took place on September 11th, 2001. And the organization seeks to have individuals take action and do good deeds for their communities over the course of September 1st through the 11th right now, Greg, Mike, we all know the power, the simple gestures and life simple, good deeds and ripple effect. It can have, I love the simplicity behind this effort, as well as the, you know, the powerful impact that I could I could lead to. Um, so y’all check that out, pay it forward nine 11. I think we’re dropping the link in the comments there and folks, even if you have nothing to give nothing to give, you know, it’s about, there’s simple things you can do to make it, uh, a better day, better time in your community. Um, alright, so Mike, I’m gonna start with you, what’s, what’s a couple of your favorite really do good initiatives out there.
Mike Griswold (00:17:41):
Yeah. So let me circle back to that one real quick, because that’s a really interesting story, which I didn’t know about. Um, but they’ve actually turned that whole story around that town into a Broadway show called come from away. It’s actually coming here to Boise, uh, at the beginning of October, it’s on Broadway it’s I believe won several Tony’s, but they it’s. It’s about the, some of the passengers and it’s really about the town and how the town rallied when they had, you know, I, I think it’s something like the regular population of that town was like 15,000. It grew to almost 40,000 when all of these planes had to be diverted in land in this little airport. So that’s a great, uh, it’s a great, um, organization and it’s, and it’s a great story. And I’m really excited just to go to the show and see how they’ve turned that into, into a Broadway show,
Scott Luton (00:18:35):
Come from away, come
Mike Griswold (00:18:37):
From away from away. There’s actually a book. Um, my wife was looking at the book on Amazon. Um, I might get the book and read that first. I tend to do that, but anyway, so that’s a great story. Um, but back, yeah, sorry, back to your question. You know, when, when I think about, um, kind of the, the charitable aspect, it’s hard for me not to think about it through the lens of the supply chain, if you think about charitable and sense in, in the sense of product and charitable in the sense of supply, right on the product side, you know, Walmart comes to mind with a lot that they do both on the food side in terms of donating to, to local food banks, um, to even just having overstock product that they find places to put in the, in the community, temp, Seally, the mattress company, a lot of those same activities, you know, we mentioned, can I say in the green room makes me feel special right. In the green
Greg White (00:19:29):
Room? Yeah. Say that. Yeah.
Mike Griswold (00:19:30):
Impress the green room. Thank you. Yeah. It makes me feel special. Um, we talked, you, you mentioned Scott about, you know, wanting to, um, patron or, or be a patron of, of organizations that do those types of things. I would encourage folks to look at even your local supermarket, cuz I’m sure without a whole lot of fanfare, they’re doing a lot of stuff to local food banks. I know Albertsons does a lot here, um, in the Boise area with our local food banks in terms of donating food. So that’s one on the product side, but probably where I would spend most of my discussion is, is on this idea of the supply side. Hey
Scott Luton (00:20:08):
My, so before I, yeah, before you shift gears there, can I get Greg you,
Mike Griswold (00:20:12):
Scott Luton (00:20:13):
Yeah. You know, Greg wait at Walmart temp, temp silly some of your local supermarkets, like Albertson’s Greg weigh in there. What your, what some of your thoughts are.
Greg White (00:20:21):
Yeah. Well, I mean, I think I hadn’t really thought about it this way, but there’s almost always an opportunity to do something, even just throw a change in a bucket at your local grocery store. Right. Um, and you see that more, you know, more and more places. Um, but I, you know, I think about, and I know we’re gonna talk about some really big initiatives, but some think simple things like throwing your, your spare change in for the Ronald McDonald house at McDonald’s or various and sundry other things. I mean that turn into really big initiatives. Right. So, uh, to me the message here is, you know, give small, give simple give now. Right. And there are so many opportunities where, you know, somebody, I, I, I just went to the store the other day, I’m allowed in the grocery store again, by the way guys. So <laugh>, and I’ve gotten a lot better at it. Yep. Um, where somebody just taps on a little bucket and says, do you want to give I’m like, yeah, sure, whatever. Right. It’s spare change, whatever. Um, and you know, EV that adds up. Right, right. So I, I just think that that is the key thing for people to understand these big corporations do big bold initiatives, but everyone can give some spare change that is going to matter
Scott Luton (00:21:37):
Well said, well said one, one more quick thought. Uh, and we’ll get to a comment and just a minute, but my one more quick thought before you continue is as much as I love. And this is just my, my opinion here, as much as I love the, you know, the movement to, you know, buy fast food or Starbucks for the person behind you. I love that. But you know, where I think some of the biggest value, even if you, you only have the $6 or whatever you wanna give to, to Greg’s point is focusing on those truly in need. Cause there, I mean, you know, globally, there’s, there’s a, there’s massive in, in your own community. You’d be surprised about how many folks are, are under, um, um, um, from a food standpoint, U under, under, um, what’s the word I’m trying to look for nourish. Thank you. Under nurse. Thank you, Greg. Uh,
Greg White (00:22:24):
Okay. We’re back even. Thanks. Yeah.
Scott Luton (00:22:25):
<laugh> but really targeting, you know, everyone’s got limited resources targeting that to those in need. Uh, I think there’s a big value there. Okay. So Mike, you’re kind of talking to man side and supply side. Yeah.
Mike Griswold (00:22:36):
I wanna circle back real quick though, to Greg’s comment, which I, which as Greg normally does triggers another thought in my head, which was Greg. You’re exactly right. I, I can’t, you know, it’s almost now every store I go into and this it’s an observation, it’s not a bad thing. Almost every store I go into, I was in the other day. They all have now this Roundup capability, which to me is fantastic. Yes. And, and it’s, it is a push of a button and, you know, I go to the checkout. Right. And I spend, you know, let’s say $8 in, in 10 cents. I can round it to nine. Yeah. It’s only 90 cents, but if we all do that, right. And it, and for at least the Dick stuff goes to some local, um, activities here in Boise where, you know, getting athletic equipment for kids that may not have access to athletic equipment. Right. So my message is, I, I, I know when it’s time to pay, we all just wanna get the heck out of wherever we are <laugh>. But I would ask people maybe just to pause and see if there is that Roundup capability. And if it aligns with something that, that you’re passionate about, give them that 50, 60, 70 cents, whatever it might be. Right. It, it, it, it, it, to your point, Greg, which was a really good one, if everyone gives like 60 cents, you know, things will add up pretty quickly.
Greg White (00:23:54):
Yeah. No doubt said, you know, I’ve totally forgot about the Roundup thing, but that is fantastic. Cause it is who carries change these days anymore. Yeah.
Scott Luton (00:24:03):
It’s easy and it makes it too easy not to do it. Um, yeah. Alright. So, and then I’ll shared a couple. Yeah, I’ll go, Scott. I shared a couple comments here. Y’all keep it coming. Uh, Dr. LA Griffin, uh, give, as you can and for the right need. Now I love that message there. Good morning, Gloria. More great to have you here. And Amanda says, I’ve actually heard paying for the person behind you in Starbucks causes logistical problems and confusion for the employees. How about that? An alternative idea is to give the baristas a tip at the window or through the app. Hey, that talk about folks. Um, you know, that could use that support. I love that idea, Amanda. Okay.
Mike Griswold (00:24:41):
Yeah. My, my, my advice to people that want and Amanda, great suggestion, Scott, great suggestion of a paying for the car behind you when you’re in Starbucks. So you gotta be careful, right. If someone’s behind you in a minivan, I mean, that could be, that could be a second mortgage. So you might just wanna be careful. Who’s actually behind you, particularly at Starbucks and I love Starbucks, but
Greg White (00:25:02):
Yeah. Cause you know, they don’t need it, first of all, they’re in line waiting in a car to buy coffee so they don’t need it. Right. And, and, you know, I wonder, I hadn’t thought about this, Mike. I wonder if people load up in cars and just hope that somebody will pay,
Mike Griswold (00:25:18):
They go around and around and around
Scott Luton (00:25:20):
Yeah. Target the folks on the motorcycle if you’re gonna do that. I think Mike, yeah, there you
Mike Griswold (00:25:25):
Go. Perfect. Scott, sorry to digress.
Scott Luton (00:25:28):
Mike Griswold (00:25:29):
On this supply side, there’s a couple and, and, and this, I mean, if, if you go in and Google, um, kind of supply chain ch uh, charities, there’s, there’s a couple of interesting things. One that I don’t think we’ll talk about, which is just the challenges that charities have with their supply chains. Mm-hmm <affirmative> right. Given how much people are now relying on different types of charities, whether it’s natural disasters, whether it’s just a byproduct of the economy charities in general, their supply chains are getting stressed. That’s maybe a topic for a different day. Yeah. But when I think about supply on the charity side it’s it’s organizations like the American logistics aid network, as an example, is an organization that, that acts as a matchmaker between people that have disaster relief supplies and getting it to the disaster site. So everything from, Hey, I need a warehouse to store a bottled water because I need it near where, you know, Katrina was to, Hey, I’ve got this warehouse full of stuff, but I have no way to move it.
Mike Griswold (00:26:34):
Right. I need forklifts. I might need tractor trailers. So organizations like that, excuse me. I think play a critical role in kinda matchmaking between people that have stuff that they wanna give and actually getting it to the people that need it. And it’s, to me, it’s those infrastructure types of companies that we probably don’t talk enough about in terms of making sure that people get what they need when they’re impacted by a natural disaster. So, so that’s one, the other one that I think is probably known, but not necessarily known is the Ronald McDonald house. Yep. So we see the ads, you know, you see the ads every once in a while for the Ronald McDonald house. And I think just, just the idea that, and to me, when I started looking at the Ronald McDonald’s house and the Ronald McDonald foundation, there, there’s a couple elements to that.
Mike Griswold (00:27:29):
There’s certainly the, you know, the housing next to hospitals or near hospitals, so that families can be together when kids are going through, you know, usually not really good times. I think being able to keep the family together and, and try to, to, to, you know, inject as much, you know, spirit and family as you can, during an incredibly difficult time, I think is really important. But the other thing that I learned is, is they’ve started to, to build and have, you know, mobile facilities where they can take, you know, semi-trailers that have exam rooms have, x-rays have blood work, have all the things that you would want in a hospital. And the ability to take that into remote regions, whether that’s remote regions in the states, whether that’s remote regions worldwide. So thinking about kind how, you know, what, what Ray CRO started in terms of the fast food restaurant and the impact that, that had obviously on the fast food industry, but also the impact. I think the Ronald McDonald house has on people’s lives and just overall care for people. Um, I, I think is, is one that I, that I would like to recognize
Scott Luton (00:28:43):
Mike so well said, Greg, we get your take here in just a second. Sure. I, I shared pre-show that, you know, having gone to McDonald’s thousands of times y’all might have forgotten about the chicken fajitas McDonald’s rolled out in the eighties. I was one of the three people that actually loved those things. Uh, they were like a bucket piece ate ’em before Wednesday night church all the time. They broke my heart when they went away. But all that kidding aside, I, I think you, you, when you walk into a restaurant, you I’ve heard that Ronald McDonald house a million times, but Mike, what I love, what you’ve done here is I never stopped to think about the real impact that they’re making and the investment they’re making and what it means to gosh, can you imagine all those families that are going through those tough times that have very few places to turn to that’s what we should be doing, you know, as business leaders, as, as supply chain leaders, you name it and, and they’re writing a check, Greg, uh, your thoughts there,
Greg White (00:29:34):
You know, as Mike was talking, it made me think of a tiny book, um, that someone gave me ages ago and they said, you wanna be wealthy. This is the first thing you need to read. It’s called the gospel of wealth. And it’s by admittedly a Robert Barron, Andrew car Carnegie. But it’s about a 40 page book that talks about how, if your goal is to become wealthy, that you have to not have to for, because you owe it to anybody you have to because you owe it to yourself to give back and how simple that is. And rather than, you know, continuing to enrich yourself. I mean, I, I think we’ve realized by all the seizures, um, that have, that have occurred since, uh, the Ukraine war that even, uh, even, uh, what do they call those guys? Oli GARS only need one 800 foot yacht.
Greg White (00:30:29):
So I think once <laugh>, I, I think what’s cool about that is, is you can translate that. Having read that book, you can translate that in, at any level of wealth that you’re at, if you’re struggling paycheck to paycheck, but you want to figure out how to give, you’re trying to save for your first home. All of those things. It’s just such a simple formula anyway. Gospel of wealth, Andrew Carnegie. Yep. Um, and then the other is, you know, Scott, I love this philosophy instead of giving forward or giving back, give forward. Right. It’s kind of like paying it forward, but it’s really give forward. So organizations like, um, like, oh my God, I totally forgot. Enrique’s company’s name vector global,
Scott Luton (00:31:12):
Greg White (00:31:12):
Right. Um, and you’re gonna talk about, uh, um, some of their initiatives, but that comes from their philosophy of giving forward. And more companies are taking the approach of doing good as part of their corporate culture. Right. As, um, give for the good before you give for the shareholder in a way, right. Cause you’re gonna do it either way. You’re gonna, you’re gonna return goodness to your shareholders, but, but why not make impacting humanity positively a part of your culture and do it as, as generously or minimally as you possibly can. I mean, not every company is as equipped to give right. As every other, but, uh, if you make it part of your, part of your business plan, um, then it doesn’t hurt so much. It’s kind of like when the feds take taxes out of your paycheck rather than having you write them a check at the end of the year.
Scott Luton (00:32:12):
Uh, alright. We gotta say the tax discussion for much later day. That’s
Greg White (00:32:15):
Go there. Let’s keep this good.
Scott Luton (00:32:16):
<laugh> really quick. Um, really quick. A couple comments there. I love Mike brought up Alan, the American logistics aid network. We’ve had Kathy Fulton on with us a couple times. In fact, she’s probably do, we can reach out and make that happen again. Y’all should check out Alan a.org.
Greg White (00:32:32):
I’ll call her right
Scott Luton (00:32:33):
Now. Yeah, please don’t please. But you know what I love there is the marshaling. They do, you know, she’s made the comment numerous times here. We all wanna help when there’s a disaster, but one of the worst things we can do is flood a, a local area, right? With pallets of water, you know, cause it, they could, it could go to waste. So I love the Marshing of resources. They do. Y’all check out a, a.org and then a couple of quick comments and then Michael will circle back and make sure, um, we have checked off everything on your box. Greg says, always thought that each state should have two to four facilities that have disaster, um, semis that are built with showers, bathrooms, washers, and dryers, sandbag equipment, and the like that could be sent to disaster areas to help the devastated community. It’s a good thought that staging is a good thought there. Um, Catherine talked about taking actions every day. She says, instead of dropping more stuff, stuff off at Goodwill, I donate my extras to a local women’s and children’s shelter to help domestic violence survivors. Let
Greg White (00:33:32):
Great idea. Let me make this incredible clarification. Goodwill is not a charity. It is a core profit entity and their CEO makes $2 million a year. Wow. You are not giving to charity. When you give to Goodwill,
Scott Luton (00:33:46):
Hey, do your
Greg White (00:33:46):
Homework. It has its own business model and it, it, it, um,
Scott Luton (00:33:53):
Greg White (00:33:53):
Does a little bit of good, but if you have a church or, or something like that must ministries is a, is a Methodist thing. If anyone’s familiar with that, that every church and other community organizations do things where you can actually make sure that that gets to people in need.
Scott Luton (00:34:11):
Well said, and Hey, don’t take Greg’s word for it. Do your homework, do your own due diligence, especially whether it’s related to good will or anyone else that’s really important. Yeah. Uh, Dr. Ronda, and I’m coming back to you, Mike, Dr. Rhonda says, Hey, be of service and give what you can win-win for everyone to fill a sense of purpose in life. Beautifully said Dr.
Greg White (00:34:30):
Ronda. Yeah. Time is as important as money in some cases more so that’s
Scott Luton (00:34:33):
Right. Excellent point. Okay. So Mike, before I share a couple others that are, and certainly on me and Greg’s radar and team here, anything, any final thoughts from your end, Mike?
Mike Griswold (00:34:43):
Yeah, I, I think just, I wanted to, again, react to, to a, a comment that Greg made, you know, and we’ve talked here at length in, in different segments around our supply chain, top 25 in 2021. Some people may recall one of our macro trends in the top 25, what’s this idea of purpose driven organizations, right. Which is exactly how Greg just described that. It’s recognizing that an organization, you know, exists for shareholders, but it also equally exists for the community and for the ecosystem. However you wanna define that you kicked off the segment, Scott with Dell, I mean, Dell has long been recognized within our top 25. Not only is it leading supply chain, but also they, they were a purpose driven organization before we were calling it a purpose driven, uh, organization. You know, they have their legacy for good. They, they are extremely committed to everything around ESG, right?
Mike Griswold (00:35:41):
Environmental, social, and governance. So this idea of, of purpose driven I think is, is definitely gaining traction. I think it’s definitely taking hold. We see that within our top 25, um, community. And I think, you know, for individuals, I think we can ask ourselves the same question, right? Can we, are we purpose driven, whatever that purpose might be? You know, for me, as I’ve shared on here before, I’m a huge, you know, military charity type of, of person, those are those, those entities are really important to me. Um, for others, you know, it could be, it could be something else. You know, my message is, you know, I think, uh, as a couple of our, our guests have, have already mentioned, find what you’re passionate about and give what you can cause. And my last observation to Greg, uh, Greg, I could tell you wanted to say more, I appreciate your restraint on, uh, on Goodwill, but it is about doing due diligence, right? Because yes, you know, there are some, some I’ll put it in quotation fingers, right. Charities around some really important topics, things like cancer and those types of things that if you do some due diligence, you will find that not a whole lot of your dollar goes to where you think it should go. Mm
Greg White (00:37:06):
Excellent point, charity, navigator.com, best resource on the internet to find out that exact thing.
Scott Luton (00:37:14):
Greg White (00:37:14):
Is how much of your money actually goes to help those yeah. In need.
Scott Luton (00:37:19):
And, and as we know, as we know Greg, some of the newer ones, there may not be as much information on any site, including charity navigator, and you’ll have to take the extra step, have the right conversations. Right. But
Greg White (00:37:31):
Scott, you, we at supply chain now give to one that’s so small and so early that they’re not on there yet, but we’ve done. We you’ve done, you’ve done our due diligence.
Mike Griswold (00:37:42):
<laugh> a collective we,
Scott Luton (00:37:44):
Yes. Collective we, you know, right. And, and that’s, uh, I don’t know about y’all, but as much as I love, there’s some really big organizations, we’ve all, we’ve all shared plenty that are doing really big things and we can, they deserve our support, but there’s something I, it might be the startup, um, uh, in my DNA, I love where, you know, you can make an impact with folks that are, you know, not just getting their sea legs together, but just, you know, they’re, they’re, they’re closer to their birth than they are, you know, um, their death station. So, yeah. Um, anyway, one of the last thing, uh, Mike, and I appreciate your last thought there is when I grow up, I hope to trigger a thought for, uh, Mike Griswold. I will know I have arrived when I do that.
Greg White (00:38:22):
You just don’t talk as much. That’s why,
Scott Luton (00:38:24):
Yeah. Way all in good fun. Let’s so let’s shift gears in, uh, so Mike, really, again, I knew this would, um, hit your heart, so to speak when I shared, you know, what we wanna talk about here today, cuz you’re geared much like we are in this regard and you know, really finding powerful ways of taking action. Do good. Uh, a couple of those that are on our radar, we already mentioned the pay it forward nine 11. And I think, uh, the production team dropped that into comments. Um, this other one that, uh, Greg, you, you remember, we interviewed, uh, the one and only Donald Fry, uh, Friesen, uh, with Lowe’s right. The, the fearless supply chain leader at Lowe’s. Right. And Lowe’s doing some really cool things. Um, but one of the many things that we talked about with Don was this, um, this hometown initiative, uh, basically the companies picked a hundred cities across the country and they’ve committed to investing about a hundred million across these a hundred cities build things like, uh, Q <laugh> community centers, man, difficult for you to say I met, uh, community centers, shelters, parks, schools, and a lot more, some of the towns, Greg and Mike Overland park, Texas Madison, Georgia, not too far down the road here, Ontario, California, and a lot more so big fan.
Scott Luton (00:39:43):
You talk about, you know, practical investments, uh, for some infrastructure, uh, that, you know, any community needs man, a hundred million dollars. That’s the kind of, uh, initiatives I love to get behind Greg. Your thoughts.
Greg White (00:39:57):
Yeah. I mean, I think, um, what was funny about that discussion was the way Don talked about it, which was not, it was just so matter of fact, just like it was just part of everyday business for them, you know, Mike, to your point, um, that it, it was part of their business model, right? So Scott, that’s the thought that you’ve prompted in my mind, <laugh> with what
Scott Luton (00:40:20):
You just <laugh>
Greg White (00:40:22):
Is, is just how matter of fact that discussion was that it was just right. Is just part of the every day. And I think if you can get to that point in your life and it’s not hard to do, you just look for opportunities to give and there are plenty of them out there. Right.
Scott Luton (00:40:38):
And, and I think, uh, important to note is this is just one of many, you know, when, when the floods took place in, in Kentucky aid that the company brought that was over above and beyond these major commitments they’re having. Right. So with consumers, I mean, consumers should really know, um, you know, who they’re spending their dollars with. So I love that from Lowe’s Michael will give you a chance to kind of comment on this hometown initiative that we were just talking about.
Mike Griswold (00:41:06):
Yeah. I, I think it it’s a great example. I mean, I, you know, I’ll go back to the, kind of the rounding up at and some of the other places, you know, I try where I can to, to, to mix between kinda large organizations. I’m a huge basketball fan. So I give regularly to the V foundation as an example, mm-hmm <affirmative> cause I know to earlier point, Greg, you know, almost all of the money I give the V foundation is going straight to cancer research. Right. Um, but I also try to find things locally, cuz I know just even within everyone’s own community, um, you know that the shelters, the food banks, all those types of things locally, they all need help. Right. You never see on the news a report that the local food bank is like, oh, we don’t need anymore food, please don’t give us more food. Right. We, we have enough. Right. You never hear that. So, um, my, my ask of people is, is to, is to also look locally. Yeah. And where can you help cuz then, you know, for sure that, you know, in, in some ways you, you are helping your neighbors, you’re helping other people in your local community,
Scott Luton (00:42:13):
Well said, well said, Mike, uh, alright, couple quick comments. Glomar great to have you back with us. It is so crazy to see how much money goes to the charity management than the needy. I wish they had monitored more closely, excellent point there Glomar and that’s where Greg mentioned the charity navigator it’ll help you, um, really figure out the overhead percentages and some of where, where the money goes. Right? Greg.
Greg White (00:42:37):
Yeah. And charity navigator gives you kind of a go be warned and no go, uh, alert. So for instance, I’m, uh, I am very involved and have been, since I started college with the ALS association Lou Gehrig’s disease. And last I saw about 86% of the money goes to those in need. Now the rest of it is, and I, I know because I’ve been on boards at, at this organization. Hmm. It it’s very, shall we say, uh, conservatively positioned to administer all of that because it’s, you know, there is no cure for Lou Gehrig’s disease. There’s not likely to be one in the near future. Most of the, what that association does for instance is provide equipment and materials. There’s a ton of logistics, right? There’s a ton of volunteers. So you have to think about very few charities where a hundred percent is gonna go to right to those in need. But, but I think charity navigator likes it when it’s between 80 or 80, maybe even 85 or more goes to the charities or goes to the, those in need, right.
Scott Luton (00:43:43):
Four star I believe is what they call those, those organizations to your point, Greg. Um, alright. Solomar great point there. Jose jumping on the Goodwill thing, Goodwill, he says is more expensive than Walmart. Um, then, uh, Dr. Rhonda, if you haven’t for any folks out there, if you haven’t heard of charity navigator, really, and if you’re a big fan of doing due diligence, it is a great tool. So check it out. And I think it’s free to use you don’t it is register. Um, so good stuff there and we dropped in the Lowe’s hometown initiative. So y’all can learn more about, uh, what the good people there are doing. Okay.
Greg White (00:44:22):
Scott Luton (00:44:24):
Thank you. Dot org. Thank you very much. Uh, so I just said good people and Greg you’ve alluded to good, good people, you know, beyond Mike Griswold, beyond some of these organizations we’re mentioning, we’re big fans of Enrique Alvarez and all the folks over at vector. Now check this out and folks take note because this is an easy one to get involved in. So this leveraging logistics for Ukraine, this has been an ongoing thing going back probably now six, eight months even, um, you know, Ukraine, depending on the day, depending on the week, it may, you know, other things may TA take the top headlines, but as we all know, there’s tons of suffering going on there. So vector has made it easy, hard for them, but they’ve made it easy for folks to tune in. You know, there’s a monthly planning meeting and all they do Greg is they, um, they find they vet the need, right, right.
Scott Luton (00:45:19):
In Ukraine, Poland, and in the region, right. Figure out what they really need, not the things we assume, but things they really need. And then they find the folks that can either donate the resources or donate the services to get the humanitarian aid there. Now I try to get an updated figure. You know, this is on top of their business and many other, uh, philanthropic, uh, initiatives, right. Uh, but, but as of like a month ago, over 300,000 pounds of vetted targeted need had landed in the region, right. Gotten to the folks in need. So one last comment and Greg, I wanna get you to weigh in here is if that appeals to you, you know, even if you’re not in position to write a check or donate anything, Hey, join the monthly planning sessions. The next one, September 13th, you can listen in to, as a share market Intel, they share updates on, on, um, what they’re doing on the needs, on updates on containers that are on their way, you name it. And once you’re informed, it may be something where you can jump in and help in some way, shape or form. But Tuesday, September 13th, 11:00 AM Eastern time, uh, we’re dropping a link into chat and we’d love to have, y’all be a part of that. And, and again, big, thanks to folks that really, uh, lead with logistics with purpose. And that is Enrique and the vector team, Greg, your commentary on, on this, um, initiative here.
Greg White (00:46:43):
Yeah. I mean, you, you don’t even have to be able to do anything to join those calls, just join the call. If you think you might know somebody that might be able to help at some point. So, um, Enrique and the team at, at vector have hooked up with Greg OSH, which is how you say Greg and Polish, by the way. Okay. I forget his last name. Um, but remember we had him on the show some months back, um, yes. Who has put his own startup technology company on hold or, you know, stepped away from his role in large part to facilitate a lot of this. So this is not gonna be on charity navigator, um, but still worthy and well vetted. I can verify that Scott and I have vetted this cause. So, uh, you know, if you can give money, give money, if you can ship goods, if they’re having trouble getting stuff out of the Midwest or whatever the issue is, just figure out what their problem is and see if you can maybe help ’em out, just get on the, uh, the link that we have here and, um, and join the, the call and see if there’s anything you can do to help
Scott Luton (00:47:49):
Excellent point com uh, Greg expertise is really needed. Uh, Mike, any, uh, response when you, when you, when you come across projects like this that are really more initiatives than they are organizations, right? It’s a C of folks and resources coming together. Any thoughts on your end, Mike?
Mike Griswold (00:48:03):
Yeah. I, I think that the challenge with this and, and I think Scott, you alluded to it is how, how do you keep this top of mind? Because it was, you know, I’ll date myself, it was front page for weeks and now it’s not, and it’s not like things have stopped over there. So with these types of initiatives, whether this particular one in the Ukraine or other initiatives, it’s really important to figure out how do, how do you keep people aware of the problem? Because just because we don’t talk about it or just because the media chooses to talk about other stuff doesn’t mean this conflict is, has stopped. It is still going on. People are still dying and, and people are still being displaced and people still need help. So I think the work that you Scott and Greg do to continue to raise awareness around this, through your platform is incredible. And, you know, I think everyone needs to just kind of keep their eyes and ears open to things that maybe aren’t talked about as much anymore. Right. Because other things have come up. Right. Um, but there’s still opportunities and there’s still challenges. And, and, and the worst thing we can do is just forget about it because you know, the media isn’t talking about it, it’s still a problem.
Scott Luton (00:49:28):
Yeah. Right. Well said. And, and, uh, you know, I cannot remember the ocean carrier that stepped up, but, uh, Greg APO
Greg White (00:49:35):
Scott Luton (00:49:36):
Thank you. They stepped up and are shipping all that stuff, uh, across upon at cost. That is a at cost. Yeah. That’s major. Which, so, which
Greg White (00:49:46):
Is both, uh, it’s both endearing and angering when you see what cost is versus what’s being
Scott Luton (00:49:53):
Charged. <laugh> well, regardless, Hey, join the planning sessions, join the planning sessions. You’ll be better off, you’ll leave that call more informed and probably with some new perspective on what’s going on. So Mike and Greg, I, I appreciate how eloquent y’all were, uh, in talking about those initiatives. And Hey, we’ve got the link as Greg alluded to, we’ve got link right there to do your own, Hey, due diligence, check it out, kick the tires, make sure something that, um, is important to you. Something that you’re in position to, to be a part of and would love that T squared holds down a for force on YouTube. Great to see ya. Uh, this was a good discourse. Uh, I appreciate that. And I always appreciate your perspective, uh, through all of our live streams. Yes.
Greg White (00:50:35):
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Scott Luton (00:50:38):
That is right. That, and we finally, our, our prize <laugh> are the item from the prize vault, the still local radio stations, uh, approach here finally made it to, uh, T squared. Okay. So folks check out all those links. Mike, uh, love the good work that you and Gartner team do. Um, we, that you’ve got a big event coming up, uh, right. Many probably yes, but, uh, one in Orlando coming up around the corner. What what’s next, uh, in your world.
Mike Griswold (00:51:08):
So we’ve got, um, London, actually, Scott London, uh, at the end of this month, I’m looking at my calendar. It is the 27th through the 29th out at the oh two venue outside of London, still trying to figure out how, how I’m gonna get from Heathrow out there. I may, I may take my chances with, uh, I mean the underground system in the UK is fantastic. The tube within London is fantastic. I’m thinking I can find my way from Heathrow out, uh, out to Greenwich. Um, but yeah, that, that event’s already, that event’s already sold out, um, which is, which is great for us. Um, the other thing I’ll, I’ll let people know right. Is, is we’re thinking about, I know we’re still in the middle of 20, 23, but in 2024, not only are we gonna have our, our two symposium, it’s gonna be in Orlando.
Mike Griswold (00:52:00):
And then we’re going back to Barcelona for those people that are, that like Spain will be in Barcelona in June, but Greg, this will be near and dear to your heart. We’re running two planning summits next year as well. So smaller events focused just on planning, hot, uh, one, one in London and one in Phoenix in the October, November timeframe. If I put us in the way back machine in 2019, we had our first planning summit in Denver and it was a huge success. We expected like two 50, we got over 500 and then this little thing called COVID happened. So that put a KIBO on all that. But 20, 24 for people that are really interested in planning, uh, we’re gonna have two summits, uh, in the fall.
Greg White (00:52:46):
Mike Griswold (00:52:48):
Exciting about that
Scott Luton (00:52:49):
Is planning kind of an important topic here lately.
Mike Griswold (00:52:52):
Greg, it depends who you talk to. Yeah, yeah.
Greg White (00:52:54):
<laugh> yeah. Uh, there are some companies where I would argue that it, I think that, uh, both their inventory results and their stock price reflect that maybe it ought to be a little more important
Scott Luton (00:53:06):
To them. Nice. I, I like that foreshadowing. Yes. Uh, speaking of, uh, folks, if you’re not checking out Greg white supply chain commentary every Monday, Wednesday, Friday on LinkedIn, you are missing out. So, uh, I love, love what you’ve been sharing. Um, alright, so Greg and Mike, and by the way, I also wanna mention, um, the, uh, in our Orlando, October 17th through 20th, uh, the Gardner it symposium expo. Mm. Uh, I’m gonna be there, uh, with Mark Holmes from InterSystems. Uh, again, we had a blast last time, few months back. So looking forward to that, um, okay. So Mike, our four of our favorite questions as we wrap and, and let you go, cause we know you, you’ve got plenty, plenty to get to here today. How can folks connect with you and the Gartner team?
Mike Griswold (00:53:52):
Uh, so email, uh, Mike do firstname.lastname@example.org. If you go to gartner.com, it’s, it’s a great, we’ve done a lot of work on the website to give kind of a better perspective to people that may not know what we do in terms of research and advisory. So that’s a good place to start. LinkedIn. I’m still kind of getting, you know, slowly better at that. Um, but maybe for me, I’m still old school, just drop me an email. Mike email@example.com.
Scott Luton (00:54:19):
So Hey, asking you shall receive so Dr. LA Griffin, um, shoot Mike an email or go to gartner.com. I bet y’all have a, a, a nice vibrant, um, uh, email reminder that kind of keeps these events on people’s radar, right?
Mike Griswold (00:54:35):
Oh, yes, yes. But yes. Please reach out to me and, and I can, um, yeah, you mentioned the event in October, Greg. I mean, that’s the granddady if I can, you know, uh, chat on my inner Keith Jackson, right? That’s the granddaddy of them. All right. 20,000 of your closest it friends. Oh, Nelly. Yes. We’ve just lost half the audience, Greg that’s right. Um, but 20,000 of your closest it friends, it is our flagship event. Um, I’m glad you you’re going, Scott. You should, you’ll have a great time. Lots of stuff going on at that event pretty much takes over the venue, um, for those days that they’re there. So everyone will have a great time.
Scott Luton (00:55:18):
Uh, so everyone connect, uh, you can learn more. I think we’ve got some, uh, the, the links in the show notes than the commentary. So y’all check that out. Uh, Mike Griswold really admire you and, and love, uh, appreciate, really appreciate you spending time outta your really busy schedule to be with us each month in particular. I really, uh, appreciate the message you shared here and that yeah. Initiatives you’ve highlighted, uh, Greg, your final thoughts with, uh, for Mike.
Greg White (00:55:45):
Well, my, yeah, my final thoughts are, if you think about Mike Griswold folks, um, Mike is very busy influ to actually too busy influencing people who are leading technology and practitioner companies and CPG retailers and that sort of thing to be an influencer. <laugh> so true. Don’t expect him to get too active on LinkedIn <laugh> but understand that the influence that he provides is influencing the people that you either are, want to become or hope to sell to. So, um, beautiful.
Scott Luton (00:56:20):
Greg White (00:56:21):
Percent. Yeah. Heavy, heavy hitter. I don’t think you can overstate, uh, how important, what it is that Mike and the team at Gartner do for, uh, not just supply chain, but you know, technology and industry in general,
Scott Luton (00:56:34):
Well said, all right, Mike I’m knew Greg, nice. Greg I’m knew Greg had hit the mark with that. And
Greg White (00:56:39):
I was gonna do that after you went off the air, I knew you hate it, but I did while you were on the, but
Scott Luton (00:56:44):
Yes, well, we agree with
Greg White (00:56:45):
Came to, then
Scott Luton (00:56:47):
We agree with each syllable. So Mike, always a pleasure. Uh, we’ll be back in touch with Mike Griswold, uh, from Gartner next month. Thank you, Mike. Perfect.
Greg White (00:56:55):
Thanks everyone. Byebye,
Scott Luton (00:57:00):
Greg, uh, I guess, uh, prompted you to lose your closing comment a little bit early, but I, uh, but I wanted Mike, but you
Greg White (00:57:07):
Know, what I should have said was go Broncos, you know, he’s Boise state grad, right. And it’s college football season officially now. So probably should have said that then. Yeah. Um, and saved all the rest of that for this. But, uh, I think it’s important for people to understand that. And I don’t think we’ve ever actually said that in front of Mike before. Um, so, uh, you know, I, I, I think it, you know, we have to recognize the difference between being an influencer and the difference between influencing the shape of an industry. Yeah. Right. Some people influence people, Mike influences an entire industry. So,
Scott Luton (00:57:49):
Uh, alright. So folks, hopefully we’ve put some things on your radar. Hopefully we’ve, we’ve, we’ve brought some initiatives that are really making a big impact for folks in need. Uh, you know, brought it to surface level. We’d again, I’d ask you plead with you get involved in this leveraging logistics for Ukraine effort. I promise you, you won’t ever regret it. There’s no obligations that comes with that’s true. September 13th is next planning session and y’all can check that comment out. Um, Greg, one final, uh, call out here, as we wrap on today’s show, Mike always brings it love his perspective here. Yeah. But one of the other organizations you’re part of, um, uh, they, they appeared on the livestream and, and, uh, neuro diverse, um,
Greg White (00:58:33):
Oh, um, McKenna farms. Yeah.
Scott Luton (00:58:35):
Share that really quick.
Greg White (00:58:36):
Yeah. McKenna farms therapy services. So it’s, it started out as a horse farm for horse therapy with one horse, by the way, and a very, very gener generous veterinarian, um, horse therapy for the neurodiverse people on the autism spectrum. So if you’re watching love on the spectrum right now, which if you’re not ought to, it’s an amazing show. Yes. Those are the kind of people that we work with every day, but now, and, and some are less functional than others. Um, so we’re, so not only is it horse therapy to help people cope with maybe Asperger’s or, or, or, uh, milder autism, but also speech therapy and physical therapy for those who are, are seriously, um, handicapped and disabled and, and occupational therapy. Right. And, um, and even work therapy. So we’re building a new facility at McKenna farms to not only, uh, expand and, and, um, enable us to, to solve the, or, or, or, uh, reach the enormous waiting list of families who want to get their kids involved and, and young adults involved with McKenna farms, but also to give them a place to work. And let me tell you, when somebody has the kind of focus that someone on the narrow diverse spectrum has, they make a hell of a cup of coffee.
Scott Luton (01:00:00):
Greg White (01:00:02):
Scott Luton (01:00:04):
Well, and, and so this has been something you’ve been involved with for, uh, what going back a year or so, right.
Greg White (01:00:10):
Uh, coup a couple years now. Believe couple years now. Yeah, yeah. Just before COVID started. Okay. So,
Scott Luton (01:00:18):
Well, I just
Greg White (01:00:18):
Dropped, it seems like forever. Well, it seems like not forever, but it has been a minute.
Scott Luton (01:00:23):
Well, folks check that out. Uh, I just dropped that in the comments and there may be a McKenna farms type organization in your local communities. Right. Going back to what Mike said,
Greg White (01:00:33):
Scott Luton (01:00:34):
Investigate. What’s there in your neck of the woods to get behind and make a impact in. So Greg, I appreciate your leadership, your deeds, not words, leadership in that regard. Um, it, it’s just so critical that folks follow in your footsteps and, and do that a big part, as you mentioned, it should be an important part of anyone’s business plan. Okay. Folks, thank y’all for this journey over the last hour. Thanks for being a part of it. Thanks for all the comments we got. I know this is a different episode, but it’s a really important episode, an important discussion, uh, don’t lose sight of, of these folks in need, regardless of what we see on the news headlines, find a way to make your impact and, uh, and have your voice, uh, help others, uh, your voice or your wallet or your actions or your expertise. There’s all these different levels you can get involved in. Uh, big thanks. I hope that
Greg White (01:01:25):
Barge lift that bail, right? The other way around. Isn’t it. <laugh> I’ll take,
Scott Luton (01:01:30):
I’ll go with it. I will go with it. Um, but big, thanks. All everyone that showed up big. Thanks. Of course, Mike Griswold and, and the Gartner team, the production team, Amanda, Catherine Clay, Chantel, you name it, Greg, always a pleasure to knock these conversations out with you.
Greg White (01:01:44):
Scott Luton (01:01:46):
Folks, whatever you do, uh, on behalf, our entire team, Scott Luton signing off challenging you. Hey, it’s about deeds, not words, right? Do good. Get forward and be the change that’s needed. And we’ll see next time, right back here at supply chain now. Thanks everybody.
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Mike Griswold serves as Vice President Analyst with Gartner’s Consumer Value Chain team, focusing on the retail supply chain. He is responsible for assisting supply leaders in understanding and implementing demand-driven supply chain principles that improve the performance of their supply chain. Mr. Griswold joined Gartner through the company’s acquisition of AMR. Previous roles include helping line-of-business users align corporate strategy with their supply chain process and technology initiatives. One recent study published by a team of Gartner analysts, including Mike Griswold is Retail Supply Chain Outlook 2019: Elevating the Consumer’s Shopping Experience. Mr. Griswold holds a BS in Business Management from Canisius College and an MBA from the Whittemore School of Business & Economics at the University of New Hampshire. Learn more about Gartner here: www.gartner.com
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.
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.
Data Analytics and Metrics Intern
Patch is a fourth-year Management Information Systems and Marketing major at the University of Georgia. He is working with Supply Chain Now in data analysis, finding insights and best practices to increase company efficiency. Patch previously worked as an intern at AnswerRocket, a data analytics company where he gained invaluable knowledge about analytics, webpage SEO and B2B marketing best practices. In his free time, he enjoys playing tennis, going to concerts, and watching movies.
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.
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.
Host, Logistics with Purpose
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.
Principal, Supply Chain Now
Host of Supply Chain Now and TECHquila Sunrise
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.
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.
Host of TEKTOK
If there’s one Supply Chain ‘Pro to Know,’ it’s Karin. She’s earned the title for three years and counting – culminating in her designation as the “2020 Supply Chain Pro to Know of the Year.” Karin is also an award-winning digital supply chain, business strategy and technology marketing executive. A sought-after speaker at industry conferences, you will find her quoted in a variety of supply chain publications – and active in forums like ASCM/APICS and CSCMP.
With more than 25 years of supply chain experience, Karin spearheaded strategy and marketing for Gartner Magic Quadrant Leader and IDC MarketScape Leader, Logility. Karin has the heart of a teacher and has helped nearly 1,000 customers transform their businesses and tell their success stories. Today, she is a sought-after advisor helping high-growth B2B technology companies with everything from defining their unique value propositions to introducing new products and capturing customer success. No matter their goals, she makes sure her clients have actionable marketing strategies that help grow global revenue, market share and profitability.
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 Cisco, Microsoft, 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 University, O’Reilly Media, LinkedIn Learning, and Pluralsight. Mr. Jackson retired from the U.S. Navy in 1994, earning specialties in Space Systems Engineering, Carrier 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.
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.
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’.
Host, Veteran Voices
Mary Kate Soliva is transitioning from active duty in the US Army. 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.
Jeff Miller is the host of Supply Chain Now’s Supply Chain is the Business. Jeff is a digital business transformation and supply chain advisor with deep expertise in Industry 4.0, ERP, PLM, SCM, IoT, AR and related technologies. Through more than 25 years of industry and consulting experience, he has worked with many of the world’s leading product and service companies to achieve their strategic business and supply chain goals, creating durable business value for organizations at the forefront of technology and business practices. Jeff is the managing director for North America at Transition Technologies PSC, a global solution integrator, and the founder and managing principal of BTV Advisors, a firm that helps companies secure business transformation value from digital supply chain technologies and their breakthrough capabilities.
Chief Marketing Officer
Amanda is a marketing veteran and entrepreneur with over 15 years of experience across a variety of industries and organizations including Von Maur, Anthropologie, AmericasMart Atlanta, and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. In 2016, Amanda founded and grew the Magnolia Marketing Group into a successful digital media firm, and now she develops modern marketing strategies, social campaigns, innovative operational processes, and implements creative content initiatives for Supply Chain Now. But that’s just the beginning of her supply chain impact. Amanda also served as the VP of Information Systems and Webmaster on the Board of Directors for APICS Savannah for several years, and is the face behind the scenes welcoming you to every Supply Chain Now livestream! She was also recently selected as one of the Top 100 Women in Supply Chain by Supply Chain Digest and IBM. When she’s not leading the Supply Chain Now marketing team, you can find Amanda with her and her husband Scott’s three kids, in the kitchen cooking, or reading.
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.
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.
Host of Dial P for Procurement
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.
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.
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.
Sales and Marketing Coordinator
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.
Ben Harris is the Director of Supply Chain Ecosystem Expansion for the Metro Atlanta Chamber. Ben comes to the Metro Atlanta Chamber after serving as Senior Manager, Market Development for Manhattan Associates. There, Ben was responsible for developing Manhattan’s sales pipeline and overall Americas supply chain marketing strategy. Ben oversaw market positioning, messaging and campaign execution to build awareness and drive new pipeline growth. Prior to joining Manhattan, Ben spent four years with the Georgia Department of Economic Development’s Center of Innovation for Logistics where he played a key role in establishing the Center as a go-to industry resource for information, support, partnership building, and investment development. Additionally, he became a key SME for all logistics and supply chain-focused projects. Ben began his career at Page International, Inc. where he drove continuous improvement in complex global supply chain operations for a wide variety of businesses and Fortune 500 companies. An APICS Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP), Ben holds an Executive Master’s degree in Business Administration (EMBA) and bachelor’s degree in International Business (BBA) from the Terry College at the University of Georgia.
Host, The Freight Insider
Prior to joining TeamOne Logistics, Page Siplon served as the Executive Director of the Georgia Center of Innovation for Logistics, the State’s leading consulting resource for fueling logistics industry growth and global competitiveness. For over a decade, he directly assisted hundreds of companies to overcome challenges and capitalize on opportunities related to the movement of freight. During this time, Siplon was also appointed to concurrently serve the State of Georgia as Director of the larger Centers of Innovation Program, in which he provided executive leadership and vision for all six strategic industry-focused Centers. As a frequently requested keynote speaker, Siplon is called upon to address a range of audiences on unique aspects of technology, workforce, and logistics. This often includes topics of global and domestic logistics trends, supply chain visibility, collaboration, and strategic planning. He has also been quoted as an industry expert in publications such as Forbes, Journal of Commerce, Fortune, NPR, Wall Street Journal, Reuters, American Express, DC Velocity, Area Development Magazine, Site Selection Magazine, Inbound Logistics, Modern Material Handling, and is frequently a live special guest on SiriusXM’s Road Dog Radio Show. Siplon is an active industry participant, recognized by DC Velocity Magazine as a “2012 Logistics Rainmaker” which annually identifies the top-ten logistics professionals in the Nation; and named a “Pro to Know” by Supply & Demand Executive Magazine in 2014. Siplon was also selected by Georgia Trend Magazine as one of the “Top 100 Most Influential Georgians” for 2013, 2014, and 2015. He also serves various industry leadership roles at both the State and Federal level. Governor Nathan Deal nominated Siplon to represent Georgia on a National Supply Chain Competitiveness Advisory Committee, where he was appointed to a two-year term by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce and was then appointed to serve as its vice-chairman. At the State level, he was selected by then-Governor Sonny Perdue to serve as lead consultant on the Commission for New Georgia’s Freight and Logistics Task Force. In this effort, Siplon led a Private Sector Advisory Committee with invited executives from a range of private sector stakeholders including UPS, Coca-Cola, The Home Depot, Delta Airlines, Georgia Pacific, CSX, and Norfolk Southern. Siplon honorably served a combined 12 years in the United States Marine Corps and the United States Air Force. During this time, he led the integration of encryption techniques and deployed cryptographic devices for tactically secure voice and data platforms in critical ground-to-air communication systems. This service included support for all branches of the Department of Defense, multiple federal security agencies, and aiding NASA with multiple Space Shuttle launches. Originally from New York, Siplon received both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in electrical and computer engineering with a focus on digital signal processing from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He earned an associate’s degree in advanced electronic systems from the Air Force College and completed multiple military leadership academies in both the Marines and Air Force. Siplon currently lives in Cumming, Georgia (north of Atlanta), with his wife Jan, and two children Thomas (19) and Lily (15).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. oasisafrica.org.au), 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).
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.
Sales Support Intern
Alex is pursuing a Marketing degree and a Certificate in Legal Studies at the University of Georgia. As a dual citizen of both the US and UK; Alex has studied abroad at University College London and is passionate about travel and international business. Through her coursework at the Terry College of Business, Alex has gained valuable skills in digital marketing, analytics, and professional selling. She joined Supply Chain Now as a Sales Support Intern where she assists the team by prospecting and qualifying new business partners.