TECHquila Sunrise
Episode 20

Episode Summary

“Don’t let others determine your fate. That really came from my parents, and became part of my DNA.”

-Kevin L. Jackson, GC GlobalNet

 

In this episode of TECHquila Sunrise, Greg welcomes Kevin L. Jacson, CEO of GC GlobalNet, and host of Supply Chain Now’s newest podcast program, Digital Transformers, to the show. Listen…and be Lifted UP!

Episode Transcript

Greg White (00:02):

This week on tequila, sunrise, we’re talking to a veteran in every sense of the word technology, military, and just life in general. Listen up to what Kevin L. Jackson can tell you about his life story and what he wants you to take away from it. You know what to do listen up. It’s time to wake up to tequila, sunrise, where without the aid of tequila, unfortunately, we open your eyes to how tech founders and venture investing ticks focused on supply chain tech every week at this unholy hour of the day. So if you want to know how tech startup growth and investment has done, join me every single week for another aligning tequila, sunrise, Greg white here from supply chain. Now always happy, never satisfied, willing to acknowledge reality, but refusing to be bound by it. My goal is to inform, enlighten and inspire you in your own supply chain tech journey, subscribe to tequila, sunrise on Spotify, Apple podcasts, Google podcasts, or anywhere else you get your podcasts. So you don’t miss a thing. The first half of our interview with Kevin L. Jackson,

Greg White (01:40):

All right, let’s bring in our guests. Kevin L. Jackson, Kevin is CEO and founder of GC global net, a global social networking and consulting platform aiming at educating small businesses and large corporations on cloud computing. And you’re going to hear why he’s eminently qualified to do that, but wait, there’s more Kevin’s list of current endeavors is as long as my arm, I could just send you to his Wikipedia page or his personal website, but I really wanted to pick a few of these things and highlight some of my favorites. So Kevin is a graduate of the Naval Academy, a BS in aerospace engineering. So when he says it’s not rocket science, he knows he’s also, uh, holds an M M a in national security and strategic studies with the Naval war college. And as if that isn’t enough and gosh, don’t you think it ought to be a master’s in electrical engineering from Navy postgraduate school, 15 years in the Navy, a Lieutenant commander carrier aviator and spacecraft systems engineer.

Greg White (02:42):

Kevin previously has led technology at numerous firms in the military finance and technology industries. He is currently also an adjunct professor in applied computing systems and technology at Tulane university GreenWave strategic to total network service in the crypto industry and strategic advisor to deal box who is out to democratize wealth by democratizing venture capital author of click to transform digital transformation game plan for your business. As of this moment, number one, new release on Amazon. I checked right before the show. Kevin, thanks for joining us. First of all, I don’t know how you have time, but I’m glad that you have chosen to share a little bit of time with us. And it’s particularly an honor to get some of your time knowing how hard that is.

Kevin L. Jackson (03:32):

No, thank you very much. I was wondering, I didn’t recognize the person you were talking about.

Greg White (03:39):

It sounds really good when somebody else says it, doesn’t it, it makes you feel really, really

Kevin L. Jackson (03:44):

I’m blushing. Can you see?

Greg White (03:46):

Yeah, again, so let’s, uh, let’s dive into this. I really appreciate you being here. I’ve actually talked to you several times on supply chain. Now this is the first time you and I have gotten to talk without adult supervision, the great Scott loop, right? Yeah. This could get dangerous.

Kevin L. Jackson (04:08):

You’re sure Scott’s not going to bust into your rung the second.

Greg White (04:12):

I’m sure he’s observing from somewhere, right? We’ll look. So we know even just a tiny bit about your education and your career days. First of all, thank you for your service. Thank you for everything you’ve done since that, to help, you know, with digital transformation with cloud, with other technology cybersecurity, I mean, you’ve had your hands in everything. So we’ll talk more about your journey a little bit later, but what we don’t know anything about is those 12 years in the desert. Kevin, tell us a little bit about your youth, about your, about your parents, your hometown, what kind of kid were you growing up?

Kevin L. Jackson (04:51):

Oh, wow. That’s um, and I’m glad you didn’t ask me where are you from? Because that can be a very difficult question because my family moved around round quite a bit where my, my parents both were both born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland. So I guess you could call that home because that’s where my extended family is, but, uh, actually never lived there other than like going and staying with my grandmother over the summer or saying a few months here and there,

Greg White (05:29):

Weddings and graduations and whatnot.

Kevin L. Jackson (05:32):

Yeah. Graduations and whatnot. So I’m always in Baltimore, but, uh, my, my father was actually for short time in the army as an electronic technician and I was born right there in Atlanta. Believe it or not Pearson.

Greg White (05:51):

Wow. At Fort McPhearson. Wow. That’s where

Kevin L. Jackson (05:55):

I was born. That’s where I started. Then we moved to the Mississippi Gulf coast. My father was, uh, the left the army and he was a civilian in the air force already taught, um, electronics, 40 air force at Keesler air force base for a short while. Then we moved to new Orleans where believe it or not, my father worked on the Apollo moon, rocket, uh, the third stage, uh, McDonald Douglas there in new Orleans. And then he finally settled in with the FAA 30 plus year career with the FAA as a aviation facilities engineer, you know, all the technology that, uh, routes the planes. Oh yeah. Their traffic control system and all that. That’s what he was responsible for. Actually the retard. He was at FAA headquarters running quite a large component of the FDA. So we moved to Jersey and the district of Columbia, DC and Louisville, Kentucky, you know, so all over the place, I’m from the United States, but my mom was a nurse all those years. So she worked in hospitals in all those cities.

Greg White (07:17):

Well, I can see one why you embrace so much going on so much change and also why electronics, why aerospace, why military that had to have had a big influence on you.

Kevin L. Jackson (07:33):

So look, you know, I grew up in the sixties, right? So I was always into space travel and I’m sure my father working on a moon rocket was, was quite an influence, but my earliest memories really, uh, revolve around wanting to emulate the early astronauts and star Trek. And I know I looked in your past, you’re tracking yourself.

Greg White (08:03):

How could you not be in those days, man? I mean, it, you know, it was by the time I was watching it, it was, I think it was reruns. I don’t even remember star Trek was only just a few seasons. Right. But I’m not saying it was on all that. What’s that

Kevin L. Jackson (08:20):

Also in the original ones

Greg White (08:24):

I’ll never give you up. Yeah. But I mean, it was a special time, wasn’t it? I mean, there was a lot going on all the way through the sixties all the way through the eighties space was the final frontier to quote the show. So

Kevin L. Jackson (08:42):

I guess also, uh, growing up on the Mississippi Gulf coast, the fight for civil rights was really my everyday experience. I mean, uh, I mean, I R remember being in fourth grade and watching their KKK parading outside of my house. I’m not my house is my school actually. And, uh, being told during show and tell one of the classmates brought in a microscope and everybody was lined up to, uh, uh, look through the microscope, you know, in fourth grade. And when it’s Tom Khan for me to look at it, you know, the, a little kid at the stickler, I remember saying, I don’t want that inward look touching my microscope. Right. And, uh, and, uh, the teacher actually saying, well, if he doesn’t want you touching the microscope, you can’t touch his microscopes. I never got to look at the micros

Greg White (09:42):

Of course, appalled, but fascinated by these stories because I grew up in, mostly in Kansas, I’d moved around like you, but mostly in Kansas. And it was distinctly different. I can’t say that, you know, of course I would never experience what you’ve experienced, but I feel like there’s a lot more unity, comfort distance. Uh, still astounding to me to hear that that stuff happens when I have friends who, who not, not even in, you know, when, in the days when you were a kid, but in the fairly recent past have had things like that happen. It’s just foreign to me that people think that way, I guess. How do you think that, I mean, how, how much of that happened, Kevin, and how much do you think that impacted you and, and your clear and present drive and initiative or your goals as a person?

Kevin L. Jackson (10:39):

Well, yes, it absolutely happens. And it still happens in, in today’s world, but it can either make you stronger or it can destroy you in, in my case, it taught me really don’t listen to what is, don’t let others determine your faith and to always move forward and, and trust in yourself. And I think that really came from, from my parents. I mean, they taught me to always strive for yourself, Stroud for your future, and don’t let others put you down. So, um, that really became my DNA. And, and that has driven me my entire life. Even when the note a high school counselor tells me that you are not good enough to go to college, you should go get a good job at the Ford plant on the assembly line. You know, you can’t let others, uh, determine your future.

Greg White (11:49):

Yeah. I think that’s a particularly poignant message. Now. I think that’s a struggle. I mean, I see it. You can see the sort of, uh, hopelessness or helplessness that’s certain people have. And I really want to give them that guidance. I really want to give them that hope that nobody defines your future.

Kevin L. Jackson (12:10):

And it’s also important for education. It’s critical that you learn about the world and learn from others, but don’t take them on their word. You know, when, when we were young, your whatever your parents said was true, that had a lot of influence on everyone today. Like when my kids were, were going up after he got older, I mean, you would say something, but they’re just go to the internet right now, dad, but what’s happening now and go in the early days of the internet, most of the information on the internet was actually good. It was true. But nowadays it’s actually maybe flipping where much of the information, because it is, um, I guess, exciting, but it’s lies. It’s wrong, it’s false.

Greg White (13:15):

Or, or at least it’s what do you want to say hyperbolic, right? Yeah, yeah. You’re right. You’re absolutely right. And that’s what we’ve encouraged our kids. And I bet you have too is to look at both sides. And as my great grandparents used to tell me, there’s his side, her side and the truth. Right. So, um, so that, I mean, I think you really have to be discerning about that. And I started recognizing that a lot when well, look who cares what I think, I want to know when you started recognizing that. Sorry, I’m used to just talking to you Kevin, so

Kevin L. Jackson (13:56):

No, no problem.

Greg White (13:58):

Here’s what I think. Well, so what did you do as a kid? I mean, I know you must have done something besides work at seven places at once kids. So what did you do as a kid? What did you do for fun? Or,

Kevin L. Jackson (14:13):

You know, like I said before, I was a space age, right. So of course I built model rockets and launched them. Did you really? Wow. And I, um, I actually got into bowling when I was young and I’ve carried that, uh, until in the pre COVID age, my family and my wife and kids, we were in every type of bowling league. You could imagine really, really, really enjoyed that as, as a family. What’s your average? Uh, well, when I was bowling, my average is about one 85, one 86. That’s solid or yeah, but my son has like eight, 300 rings. So I’m not even a

Greg White (15:03):

That’s harsh when yeah. When your kids get better than you that’s when a lot of parents hang it up on a sport. Right.

Kevin L. Jackson (15:13):

Absolutely. Let’s go boat. Nah, it’s all good.

Greg White (15:20):

I don’t think so.

Kevin L. Jackson (15:21):

But even, even today I keep tabs on space X and commercial space, but about 10 years ago, I started writing my blog as a hobby cloud musings, and then that blossomed into full-time writing and social media and my books. So, but that’s sort of goes back to what we were saying before work shouldn’t be work. It should be something that you enjoy. Uh, and I’ve been lucky in that things that I enjoy doing have been able to help me pay my bills.

Greg White (15:57):

Yeah.

Kevin L. Jackson (15:59):

A bit of luck I’ve had. So I enjoy social media, but I just so happened to be a social media influencer.

Greg White (16:06):

Yeah. For at least two companies Broadcom and at, and T I think correct. Or,

Kevin L. Jackson (16:12):

And Erickson and IBM and Intel and Microsoft and many others.

Greg White (16:18):

Yep. That’s right. That’s right. And you’ve done something with Dell as well. Um, that’s not social media though. That was a technology council or something. Right.

Kevin L. Jackson (16:29):

And also at some of the events like, uh, VMware and Dell, I, I do, I guess doc leadership pieces, a lot of writing,

Greg White (16:39):

So. All right. So I gotta ask you, what are you not good at seriously? I mean, I’m not seriously. There’s gotta be something that you’re not good at. I can’t imagine what it can be.

Kevin L. Jackson (16:53):

Oh, I, I mean, ask my wife, she has a long list.

Greg White (16:58):

She’s she’s next on the interview list.

Kevin L. Jackson (17:04):

You know, I, I’m horrible at details. You know, I’m a big picture kind of guy. And as soon as you got to get down to the details, I said, okay, somebody else come along.

Greg White (17:15):

That’s good to know. How about sports? Are you a fan of anything

Kevin L. Jackson (17:21):

I see? Is that the Washington football team Jersey behind you?

Greg White (17:26):

Uh, no. Okay. That’s why all the, all the Cowboys fans hate me is they think that is, they think that’s yeah, that’s actually, uh, that is my favorite football player ever. The one who inspired me to play football, Otis Taylor from the Kansas city chiefs. Oh Yeah. Yeah. Well, Hey man, I paid my dues years of waiting or a great team. I’m happy. I’m happy.

Kevin L. Jackson (17:56):

Yeah. But big and football. I mean, uh, you know, with my family being from Baltimore that would have heydays of the, uh, Baltimore

Greg White (18:06):

Cool Colts. Yeah. Bert Jones. Yeah.

Kevin L. Jackson (18:10):

And, uh, so not hate the Colts.

Greg White (18:13):

Right. Cause they moved to Indy. Right.

Kevin L. Jackson (18:16):

The moving vans and left Baltimore. Yeah.

Greg White (18:21):

So are you a Ravens fan?

Kevin L. Jackson (18:23):

So my, my father, my father is a season ticket holder.

Greg White (18:31):

Wow. That, that does your goodness.

Kevin L. Jackson (18:33):

The big grape and span. And my father in law’s Redskins. Oh, let me, sorry, Washington.

Greg White (18:42):

Well, the whole team. Yeah. We have to get up. We got to take a poll here for what they ought to be called right

Kevin L. Jackson (18:49):

Along as my, and my son, my son is a huge Washington fan. Uh, so, um, I, I’m a I’m Raven skin.

Greg White (18:59):

Are you okay? You gotta, you gotta walk a fine line there, but at least you’ve always got something to do on Thanksgiving day because like Washington plays almost every Thanksgiving you, because of when you grew up, I could totally see that. I remember Burt Jones and the coast. See you. Of course.

Kevin L. Jackson (19:23):

While game was in Memorial stadium in Baltimore watching Johnny Unitas play. Yeah.

Greg White (19:29):

Wow, man. What an incredible quarterback. The prototypical quarterback in Washington had some, some great quarterbacks too. I’m trying to think.

Kevin L. Jackson (19:40):

Let’s see Jorgensen,

Greg White (19:42):

Sonny, Sonny Jurgensen, right. Number 18. All right. So I feel like we’ve gotten to know a little bit about your childhood. Obviously you moved around. I mean, do you feel like that gave you kind of some of the ability to multitask to address things at a high level and, and obviously, you know, you relate at least one experience that kind of drives you to Excel.

Kevin L. Jackson (20:08):

Actually, I think it did because it taught me the value of change and how to look at things from multiple points of views, how to appreciate, you know, the other person’s viewpoint. Um, and empathy is a very important aspect of, of leadership. And I think the ability to understand other viewpoints to understand, um, that people have different backgrounds. And by moving around, I was able to experience a bit of, a lot of different things lived on the West coast, East coast. I’ve been overseas, I’ve been around the world. Right. So you really can, uh, engage with other people with other backgrounds and other thoughts in a constructive manner. Um, I think that

Greg White (21:08):

Even if their thoughts are stupid, I mean, arguably right. Even if I’m right, I mean, even if you arguably might think their thoughts are ignorant or oppressive or whatever you see, you can, by having experienced it so much, you can actually see where they’re coming from, whether it’s justifiable or just a vacation or not, um, you can actually see where people are coming from.

Kevin L. Jackson (21:35):

Right. And having that appreciation is important when you want to come to some type of an agreement to work.

Greg White (21:46):

That’s a really interesting perspective. I had not really kind of thought of it that way until you were saying that, but it doesn’t matter what somebody’s position is. You can create empathy for it, even if only to find agreement or to avoid conflict. Right. So, all right. So let’s jump forward a little bit to maybe your, certainly to your education. I’m fascinated by that. And you’re, and maybe even your early career days, but can you pin down one or two things happenings or experiences or mentors or anything like that, that you felt like really created a, an awakening or an epiphany or a pivotal moment in your life?

Kevin L. Jackson (22:29):

Actually, one that really sticks out in my life is actually in high school with my track coach. I ran track in high school and in college, but my, uh, track coach, coach B’s was also my physics instructor wow. In high school. And, um, he sort of instilled in me the, uh, drive to Excel in two ways. He, he took me on a track and taught me that I could reach down into my inner self to perform. And then he also in the physics class taught me that I needed to reach down into myself to be able to perform intellectually and that it was important to blend the two. So I think that put me in a position to move forward. Uh, the other thing that was a big, important aspect of my life as when I actually went to the neighborhood, went to flight training.

Kevin L. Jackson (23:40):

So I, uh, you know, always wanted to go on space. So when you’re in your late the astronauts, it’s all about becoming a pilot, a jet pilot, and being a, a test pilot because of all of the early astronauts were test pilots are determined by my research that of course, maybe pilots were the best. So that’s why that’s one reason why I wanted to go to the Naval Academy. But one thing I didn’t think about was that if you’re going to be in the Navy, you have to know how to swim. And he asked me, what do I don’t know at that time, I didn’t know

Speaker 4 (24:20):

How to swim really.

Kevin L. Jackson (24:23):

And when I went to flight training, one of the first things they did was you have to pass a swimming class and they throw you into the pool and say, swim to the other side where they threw me in the pool. Now I suddenly like a rock. We’re going to the bottom. Next thing I knew, I’m, I’m holding on to a pole. They’re pulling me out of the pool and I’m coughing up chlorine. And I saw my entire future going away because, Oh my God. So my best friend, um, actually, um, he was best man at my wedding. And, uh, he became an Ironman in the Navy, actually author Johnson. Uh, we were going through flight training in Pensacola at the same time. And we were, were, we both went through the Naval Academy, so we’ve known each other forever, so app, but he was in that class, uh, and he failed to, he couldn’t swim either. So, so that, that evening, you know, we, we left the base and we went out and we, uh, we were looking out, you know, to w w we think we’re, you know, we’re everything right. We’re going through jet training or flight training and the Navy, and we just failed a swimming. You had to be a little off. Huh?

Speaker 4 (25:56):

You had to be a little bit off Kevin, then something like that could keep you from being a pilot. You’re like, I’m going to be flying above it.

Kevin L. Jackson (26:04):

Exactly. And it’s like, so we’re sitting on the curb, sort of shaking our heads and, uh, what are we going to do? And he looked at me and he said, look, Kevin, we’re not going to quit. And we’re not going to stop. And we’ll take all the extra swimming training they need to give to us until we pass this course. And if, if I ever see you looking like you’re going to quit, I’m going to kick your . And, and, and you’re just not going to quit. And I looked at him and I said, you know, Audrey you’re right. And if I see you beside the drug on her, I’m going to kick your . I, we made a pack right there that neither one of us would let the other quick. And both of us, we did, they called it sub squad, remedial, swimming every day for like six months in order to pass all of the swimming tests. But we both pass. We both got our wins and we both became aviators, you know, but that was another lesson. Just keep pushing, never, ever give up, never ever.

Greg White (27:21):

And, and also a good lesson is a guy that threatened you to kick your is the right guy to be the first man at your wedding. You know, he’s got your back and you know, he’s going to keep you in check for the rest of your life, right? Yeah. So what do you, then this is probably way too deep on this topic, but do you recall what it was, who that, that kind of made it click that made I can do this swimming thing or

Kevin L. Jackson (27:51):

So I guess, and when I look back in my journey, it w it was, it was, um, sort of always having a plan, right. I always look to what I want to do in the future. And I made a sort of unconscious initially, but it became a regimen of mine that every year I would make my five-year plan. No, we talked a little bit about socialist countries, but I have your plans every year. Exactly. Right. Every year I would make my five-year plan about what I was going to be in five years and what I would need to do over the next five years to get there. Now, the plan always changed. Right? Any plan I made, always changed, but the mere act of thinking about the future and planning for the future gave me direction when things did change. And I think that’s really what enables me even today to keep moving forward. It’s not that I’m smarter than anyone else or better than anyone else. No, I don’t know about that, but

Greg White (29:14):

I’m guessing that you are smarter than a lot of other elses,

Kevin L. Jackson (29:18):

But really it’s about thinking about where you want to be in the future and planning to be there.

Greg White (29:28):

And that never say die spirit, man. Yeah. That, that, that’s just so impressive. So let’s, let’s turn to your, your daily life a little bit. So what, if anything, and currently know it’s not bowling and I’m sad for you in that regard, but outside of work, what do you spend your time on and, and blogging since you don’t count that as work I’m going to, I’m going to qualify that as work

Kevin L. Jackson (29:53):

Or to, yeah. So, um, right now, actually I’m in my home office most, most of the time. Um, I really enjoy teaching though. And you say, well, that’s work. I say, okay, I’m sorry, but it’s not. If you say so, uh, I started working with the Tulane university, the school of professional advancement and everything that I’ve learned in my life. Everything I’ve experienced in my life, the work I’ve done in building companies and changing companies and leveraging technology in a lot of ways, I feel that it’s important and why, and others should know what I learned. And I feel that it’s in a way, a duty to teach others about my experience and my world view. So they, they could leverage that, that point of view as they go into the world. Um, and I guess that’s one reason why I find myself, you know, writing books every time I finished writing a book, I say, best the last thing that’s too hard. I’m never gonna do that again. And three months later, I’m trying to write another book, you know, and it, and it’s, it’s like, I, I want others to learn what I have learned so they can leverage and be better than, than me developing a course right now on developing and designing information systems. I developed a course earlier on the diversity and inclusion in technology. And I don’t really see it as work as much as I see it as a responsibility.

Greg White (31:57):

I sense that even just looking at your profile, right, your LinkedIn profile or whatever, you can see the education in everything you do, including your companies, right. There is definitely that compulsion. And I really appreciate and applaud you for doing that because you do have a lot of knowledge. You have learned a lot. You’ve seen a lot and you, I believe can help people accelerate and catalyze their success because you can say, do this, don’t do that. Is it as much for you about helping people avoid missteps as it is giving them the right answer?

Kevin L. Jackson (32:33):

I’m curious, what’s right. Is different for everyone. And I can’t tell you what’s right for you, but I can tell you what I’ve seen in my life.

Greg White (32:43):

Do you leverage any challenges other than your initial bout at swimming? Are there any other challenges that you had that you might call even temporarily a failure or such a struggle as to be oppressive? Something you felt like something else you felt like you needed to overcome?

Kevin L. Jackson (33:02):

Well, yeah. I mean, everyone has failures in life, right? I mean, I want it to be a jet pilot and I actually got removed from the jet pipeline because my, one of my very last check rides, I was actually, you know, when you’re a jet pilot, you have to learn how to shoot down other planes. And I was in a test on how to shoot down or the planes. I was in a training aircraft and I was shooting at, was called a banner and I didn’t do well. And they actually say it. So you’re not going to be a jet pilot. You don’t want to go fly another aircraft. And I wound up flying Hakkasan in greyhounds, which was great. Right. Uh, but at the time I thought it ended my quest to become an astronaut because I was still pushing for that. But later people, the NASA was looking for people to go on the show and needs and requirements for becoming an astronaut just changed dramatically.

Kevin L. Jackson (34:11):

So then I focused on becoming a system specialist, a mission specialist that go into space. And what I’ve noticed is that not only does things change in the world, but what you can do to realize your dreams change. So never give up on your dreams. So I could still go to space while I didn’t become a mission specialist because hypertension, but it was just, just yet another thing, something that was outside of my control. It didn’t mean that I couldn’t continue working in the space industry. And I actually had the opportunity to work on the new horizon spacecraft to go to Pluto. Right. And I, I worked with, um, low earth orbit systems forwarder for the military. So, um, uh, really enjoyed being a part of the space industry. Although I never became an astronaut. So you can say I’ll fail, but not becoming an astronaut. But in reality, I succeeded in doing so many other things.

Greg White (35:25):

I would argue that you found a different path for success, right. Which is a common refrain. I’m sure you hear that all the time with all the people you talk to and educate and advise. Um, so many people had a, they had a vision for their life, but life had a different vision for them, right. And sometimes it’s more, it’s not even about failure. It’s more about recognition, but it’s also about knowing yourself, know, know what you can control, uh, and know what you can’t. That’s really, um, that’s really mature. I’m going to have to write that down and start using that at some point in my life.

Greg White (36:10):

Um, that that is a truth. I think the great Groucho Marx had something to say about that. If you’re not having fun, what are you doing it for to paraphrase? Exactly. Thanks for joining me for the first half of our interview with Kevin L. Jackson. Part two is coming next week. Don’t forget to join us in, listen up. And in the meantime, if you want to talk to Kevin, you can reach him on LinkedIn, GC, global net.com, Kevin L jackson.com or on his Wikipedia page. How many times do you get to say that? All right, that is all you need to know about supply chain tech for this week. Don’t forget to get to supply chain now,

Greg White (36:58):

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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), a “Top 1000 Tech Blogger” (Rise Social Media 2019) and provides integrated social media services to AT&T, Broadcom, Ericsson, and other leading companies. Mr. Jackson’s commercial experience includes Vice President J.P. Morgan Chase, Worldwide Sales Executive for IBM and Engility Corporation 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 “Practical Cloud Security: A Cross-Industry View” (Taylor & Francis, 2016), and “Architecting Cloud Computing Solutions” (Packt, 2018). He also delivers online training through Tulane University, Germanna Community College, 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.

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Jose Miguel Irarrazaval

Host, Logistics with Purpose

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

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Vicki White

Controller

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

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Katherine Hintz

Creative Director, Producer, Host

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

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Kim Reuter

Host

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

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Kristi Porter

Host, Logistics with Purpose

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

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Sofia Rivas Herrera

Host, Supply Chain Now en Espanol

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

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Demo Perez

Host, Supply Chain Now en Espanol

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

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Kim Winter

Host, Supply Chain Now

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

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

A triathlete and ex-professional rugby player, Kim is a qualified (IECL Sydney) executive coach and the Founder / Chairman of the successful not for profit humanitarian organization, Oasis Africa (www. 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).

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Adrian Purtill

Host, Logistics with Purpose

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

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Kevin Brown

Host, Logistics with Purpose

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

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Donna Krache

Director of Communications and Executive Producer

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

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Nick Roemer

Host, Logistics with Purpose

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

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Allison Giddens

Host

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

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

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Billy Taylor

Host

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

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

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

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

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Tandreia Bellamy

Host

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

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

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

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

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Marty Parker

Host

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

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

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Laura Lopez

Marketing Coordinator

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

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Jake Barr

Host

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

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Marcia Williams

Host

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

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Constantine Limberakis

Host

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

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Scott W. Luton

Founder, CEO, & Host

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

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

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Greg White

Principal & Host

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

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

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Chris Barnes

Principal, Supply Chain Now
Host of Supply Chain is Boring

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

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

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Tyler Ward

Director of Sales

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

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

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

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Kevin L. Jackson

Host of Digital Transformers

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

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Enrique Alvarez

Host of Logistics with Purpose and Supply Chain Now en Español

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

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

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Kelly Barner

Host of Dial P for Procurement

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

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Mary Kate Soliva

Host, Veteran Voices

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

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Amanda Luton

Vice President, Production

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

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Clay Phillips

Business Development Manager

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

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Trisha Cordes

Administrative Assistant

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

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Chantel King

Social Media Manager

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

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

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

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Lori Sofian

Marketing Coordinator

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

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Katherine Hintz

Creative Manager & Executive Producer

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

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Mary Kate Love

Chief of Staff & Host

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

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

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Joshua Miranda

Marketing Specialist

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