Dr. Kevin Strathy doesn’t just spend his days performing life-changing reconstructive surgery. As the Founder of Liberia Medical Relief, he’s also making sure emerging Liberian clinicians have the training they need to succeed while coordinating medical supply shipment and distribution in the country. Don’t miss the chance to learn more about his organization’s incredible work as he joins Kristi and Monica to discuss his career, pressing medical needs and lessons learned.
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Kristi Porter (00:34):
Hi, I’m Kristi Porter with vector global logistics, and I’d like to welcome you to another episode of logistics with purpose. I today, I’m excited to have my teammate Monica Roche with me. Hi, Mon, how are you today?
Monica Roesch (00:46):
Hi, Christy. Doing great. And you,
Kristi Porter (00:48):
I am really good. I know you are especially excited for this interview. Um, it’s been one you’ve wanted to set up for a long time and you’ve been a fan of this organization for the last few years being able to move their shipments. So we are thrilled to welcome and introduce, uh, Dr. Kevin Strathy plastic surgeon at CRE plastic surgery and, uh, founder of Liberia medical relief. So Dr. Kevin, thank you so much for being here and welcome to the show.
Dr. Kevin Strathy (01:14):
Thank you very much.
Monica Roesch (01:16):
Hi, Dr. Kevin, as Christy was mentioning, it’s a really big pleasure for us to have you here today. Uh, so first of all, I would like to talk a little bit about where you grew up, how was your childhood like, um, can you share some memories of your upbringing place?
Dr. Kevin Strathy (01:32):
Yeah, sure. Um, I’m originally from the Midwest. I grew up, uh, in Minnesota and Wisconsin. I was born in Minneapolis. Uh, my father was a, a hospital administrator, so that was my first introduction to medicine. Uh, but I grew up in a pretty typical, uh, middle class American family. Um, I never had, uh, to really worry too much about things. Um, I was always in a secure environment and that, uh, has made it a lot easier, I think, to be able to give back because I’ve never had to really be too concerned about, uh, my own wellbeing.
Kristi Porter (02:12):
Yeah. Makes sense. I can hear a little bit of the Minnesota whenever you say it. So still hanging on there. Yeah. And now are joining us from Liberia today. Um, we’re gonna talk a lot about medicine and your medical influence sounds like it started at a very early age. So I’m curious, um, looking back at those early years, what’s a story is you spent a lot of time, obviously in a hospitals in, in and around the medical field. So is there one or two specific memories that stand out that you think contributed to where you got to today?
Dr. Kevin Strathy (02:46):
Well, you know, I, um, uh, I think that one of the, the, uh, influences that I had when I was a child was a man by the name of Dr. Richard Owen. Uh, he was, um, he was a, a friend of my father’s and he was one of the people that I respected, uh, more than just about anybody else. I knew as a child, he was just a wonderful guy and he was very giving and very caring. And I think he had a huge influence on me, uh, wanted to become a physician. The, the truth is I, uh, wasn’t necessarily inclined to become a physician when I was young. Uh, or even when I was in college, when I was in college, I was very interested in chemistry and I thought that, uh, that was the career I wanted to choose. Uh, I have an identical twin brother who is an orthopedic church, and he always wanted to be a surgeon. Uh, and my father sort of coached me into the fact that I could do a lot more with an MD degree than I could do with other degrees. And it just would open a lot of doors and made a lot of sense. I’ve always advised my kids, keep the doors open, don’t slam any doors by behind you. And so I followed my dad’s advice and went to medical school. Uh, when I got into medical school, I found out that I just really, really loved surgery. And so I became a plastic reconstructive surgeon.
Kristi Porter (04:12):
And what was it like growing up with a twin?
Dr. Kevin Strathy (04:14):
Well, what’s it like not to grow up with a twin? You know, the only thing I know, um, I always had a best friend. Uh, he just was here, left here about a week and a half ago. He was here in Liberia for five weeks doing reconstructive pediatric orthopedics, uh, teaching the librarians how to do that. And so it was really wonderful to have him here for those weeks. Uh, but you know, being a twin is, uh, just, it’s just being another guy, I guess. Yeah,
Kristi Porter (04:46):
That’s fantastic. I love that. Uh, so yeah, you talked a little bit about the chemistry background. Um, so what was it that really was there another kind of epiphany shift or a slow shift over time and why you decide when you decided to study medicine and become a plastic surgeon? And I, I’m assuming, um, there’s still some of that research chemist background that comes into play in your life now, too.
Dr. Kevin Strathy (05:11):
Oh yeah. I, um, I’ve always enjoyed academics. Um, I was a clinical professor in, uh, two departments at the university of Minnesota when I was practicing in Minnesota. Uh, I’ve always liked teaching. I’ve always liked studying. I still study. I still read a lot. Uh, there’s always information to be gotten. And so, uh, the, you don’t really lose that. Uh, I, I don’t do real research right now, although I’ve done some in the past, uh, but academics is exciting. Learning is exciting. And I think we just have to keep it up coming here and being in Liberia now I’ve had to relearn a lot. I learn a lot from the local doctors about tropical medicine and how to handle things in a, uh, more limited, uh, uh, you know, resource limited environment. And so it’s, uh, it’s just an ongoing learning experience here.
Kristi Porter (06:08):
Yeah. And so what was that shift, um, to move into medicine? Did it, did it happen over time or did you just suddenly have an epiphany make? Uh,
Dr. Kevin Strathy (06:17):
It was just sort of a progression of, uh, excitement, I guess. Uh, I, I always, like I said, enjoy learning new things. And when I got into, uh, medical school, I was studying my basic sciences and my chemistry and thinking I was going to go for further with that. But once I got into surgery, I realized that, uh, surgery and my personality fit together very well. I always enjoyed fixing things, repairing things, building things. And as a reconstructive surgeon, that’s basically what I do on a daily basis. It’s just that I’m fixing and repairing human beings as opposed to broken furniture or something.
Kristi Porter (07:01):
Yeah. Fascinating. I never thought about it from that perspective.
Monica Roesch (07:05):
Yeah. And it’s just, it, it’s great. I think you have to have such a specific personality for doing this, so it’s great that you notice that before you went to chemistry, what were some of your professional experiences before the creation of Liberia medical relief? I know that you have already spoken about, uh, teaching two classes in the university of Minnesota while practicing there, but was there anything else that you did before you decided to, to create an organization like this one?
Dr. Kevin Strathy (07:38):
Oh, yes. I, um, I had always been involved in, uh, some form of charitable work. Uh, I had a very good friend who was a Ukrainian physician in Minneapolis, and he worked with the Ukrainian church and would bring children particularly over from Ukraine, for healthcare in the United States, in min apple, specifically. Uh, I was very active in helping a lot of those children. Uh, I was kind of a pushy guy. I would tell everybody we were gonna take care of these kids and nobody was getting paid and we were gonna use the, or, and the hospital wasn’t gonna get paid. And, uh, I never had, I never had any problems with telling everybody that they were gonna have to work and not get paid. And it just that’s great was the right thing to do. Yeah. I worked with some children from south America and did a lot in the, in Minneapolis for people that came to Minneapolis.
Dr. Kevin Strathy (08:34):
I had mentioned that I, uh, have a twin brother and in the, um, I want, I say it was in the early nineties. Uh, he went to an island off the east coast of Africa called Chemours. And he’d gotten in touch with these people through ham radio, which my father was doing and they needed help, uh, with orthopedic surgery. So, uh, for about five years, he would go over to this island called Chemours off the east coast of Africa and, uh, do orthopedic surgery over there. So that’s been in the family for, you know, quite a while. Wow.
Kristi Porter (09:13):
Yeah. Um, and through ham radio, I mean, that is not a story you hear every day either. That’s pretty fascinating.
Dr. Kevin Strathy (09:20):
Well, it’s kind of, it’s kind of interesting the, um, the ham radio operators, when they have their, their competitions, they want to get, be able to communicate with as many people around the world as they can. And so they get their little, um, uh, contacts. Well, the Chemours islands didn’t really have much in the way of ham radio. So one fellow went over and set up a, uh, a station over there. So he could talk to people all over the world and everybody in the world wanted to talk to him because it was such a unique place. Wow. Well, that is how it started. And then the, uh, the physicians over there, uh, started operating the ham radio and they were talking with my father. My father told him about his boys and, uh, one thing led to another and my brother ended up going over there for several years.
Kristi Porter (10:08):
Wow. How long did that relationship last?
Dr. Kevin Strathy (10:10):
Well, it, I think it was about five years and then there was some political unres and so, uh, it kind of fell apart.
Kristi Porter (10:19):
Yeah. Wow. What an interesting origin story though. Um, so we’ve mentioned now Liberia medical relief, a couple of times you’re coming to us today from Liberia. So I guess, tell us more about the mission. Tell us more about where you are right now. And of course you’ve mentioned a couple of places around the globe right now. So why Liberia specifically? Well,
Dr. Kevin Strathy (10:44):
The it’s a real simple answer. I’m married to a librarian.
Kristi Porter (10:47):
Ah, okay. That would do it. Wow.
Dr. Kevin Strathy (10:49):
Yeah. My, my wife is the librarian, uh, and she’s a nurse and, uh, she is the best nurse I’ve ever known her. And I’m not saying that because she’s my wife.
Kristi Porter (11:00):
Now we have it recorded for you.
Dr. Kevin Strathy (11:02):
She’s just, she is a superb nurse. Uh, she’s very well organized. She is a leader and, uh, she always wanted to give back to Liberia. Uh, so we came here, well, Liber is, you may know, uh, underwent, uh, some civil unrest and they had two civil wars. And, um, if you went back into the nineties, uh, Liberia was sort of the jewel of west Africa. It was a beautiful, beautiful country, very sophisticated. The graduates from the medical school here in those days could anywhere in the world, just like an American graduate could. Uh, but then there was civil war and, um, the, the country was really, really badly damaged. And so the there’s been rebuilding. There’s been peace now for, you know, a couple of decades. Uh, and so, uh, we came over originally in 2013, basically for her to be able to get a chance to come back home.
Dr. Kevin Strathy (12:07):
And for me to see where she was from and to see what we might be able to do when we got here, there were, were just maybe 200 doctors for about 4 million people. And a lot of the physicians really weren’t very well trained. Most of the good doctors had left and the need was just staggering. And one of the ways I describe it to people is the only thing that exceeds the need here is the surplus and the United States. We have so much surplus, uh, in, in all aspects of society in the United States, uh, in healthcare, we have, um, items that are discarded, uh, and, and they’re perfectly useful, the perfectly useful. And it isn’t just because of expiration dates, it’s because somebody changed what they wanted to do. Uh, they changed the company they wanted to work with and so on and so forth.
Dr. Kevin Strathy (13:00):
And there’s just, there’s warehouses all over the United States full of medical surplus equipment. And so that’s what we decided to do at first was to just get supplies. Um, if you recall, there was a tear Ebola outbreak here in 2014, and, uh, we had recognized some of the issues with not having enough gloves and gowns and masks and protective equipment. And so just kind of serendipitously that was, uh, uh, a lot of what was in our first container that came over 2014. And so we were able to distribute that around and get a little bit of a head start on Ebola. And then of course, Ebola took full force. What people don’t really understand is that, um, prior to this west African outbreak, the total number of deaths from Ebola in the recorded history was less than 200. And there were thousands, you know, over 10,000 deaths, uh, in the Ebola outbreak here in west Africa.
Dr. Kevin Strathy (14:07):
So that’s, that’s a, a huge, huge, uh, number. And it just is a, a testimon to how poor the medical infrastructure was over here. So we started doing everything we could to help rebuild it. And, uh, I provided surgical services. I’ve been training, uh, physicians here since, uh, 2014. And, uh, now we are established with one particular hospital. We are with a hospital called the 14 military hospital. It’s the first military hospital in history of Liberia. And we were asked to help, uh, get this hospital off the ground, trying to get a new hospital going is a tremendous undertaking. And the military had never done it. Uh, I’ve been, uh, on the board of hospitals and, uh, not too, as I said, is profoundly capable. So we came here and helped get this hospital started. So that’s, that’s where we’re located was the 14 military hospital, which is just outside of Monrovia in Liber.
Monica Roesch (15:15):
Yeah. And this, this story is amazing. And, and well, you can, uh, already explained a little bit of the next question, but still, I, I want to ask it because, well, we know that your wife not too, and you, well, you guys often gather medical cost supplies, um, in the us and ship them to Liberia the nation for hospitals and for the, the military hospital too. But how do you start to doing this? Um, and who helped you and what are some challenges that you haven’t found during this process? Because I know that you, you guys gather medical supplies with the help of other, uh, friends of yours who are also doctors or in the, in, in the health area. But I also know that sometimes you load them, uh, not in a hospital, but in a house, uh, with help of volunteers. So how do you manage to put all that emotional? Like, yeah. How do you do it
Dr. Kevin Strathy (16:15):
When you, you ask about the challenges? Uh, there there’s plenty. Um, what, the only way to do something like this is to really, really, truly believe in it. And so if you really believe in it, uh, the work is, uh, is not as much work it’s exhausting. Uh, we’ve shipped, I don’t know how many containers, um, we’re estimating it at about 400 tons of supplies. Uh, I don’t, I don’t know how close that is the real number, but it should be pretty close, but at every single item that has gone into the containers has been sorted and packed by not to and myself, mostly not to, uh, we do not ship garbage there’s, uh, a lot of times people will ship a container full of quote unquote medical supplies. And when it gets over here, half of it goes in the trash, cause it’s just useless stuff.
Dr. Kevin Strathy (17:16):
And, uh, we, we inspect everything. And so we started doing it out of our garage and, um, for years we never parked our cars in the garage and, uh, we would get, uh, help, uh, with packing and, uh, so on when we load the containers, we’re fortunate enough to have a good relationship with our county Sheriff’s department. And they bring the, uh, reliable inmates over from the county jail, and they do all the heavy lifting to get the containers back. We work with church groups and other groups, uh, friends, and so on to, uh, help get the containers, ready, help get the shipment ready. We have moved into a warehouse. Now we, uh, own a, uh, 3000 square foot warehouse, uh, where we can, uh, work now. So we don’t have to work out of well, that’s a little bit of how it matured.
Kristi Porter (18:11):
That’s fantastic. Um, I, I love even, yeah, all the people that have been able to be involved and participate as a stakeholder and feel like they have ownership in the mission, um, down to even utilizing the prison system. That’s really creative. Um, and so you, you’re involved from start to finish literally. Uh, so what does, I guess, what are some of the highlights for you? What are some of the, your favorite parts of being involved in the process?
Dr. Kevin Strathy (18:37):
Oh, well, for me, the biggest thing is the teaching. Uh, I’ve always loved teaching. And so, um, I’ve been able to watch some of the young doctors here or come out of the medical school, go through their training, mature into very capable young physicians, and now watching them, uh, strike out on their own. Uh, that’s probably the most rewarding thing. The second most rewarding thing of course is treating the children. And we get I as a plastic surgeon, I do burn and work. So we get some pretty awful things. And, uh, I take care of cancers and burns and all the sort of unpleasant things. Uh, but when you can take somebody who’s in a, in a real tough spot and, uh, give them some improvement and some hope and some, uh, uh, quality of life that that’s improving, uh, it is just, uh, you, the reward can’t be measured.
Dr. Kevin Strathy (19:35):
That’s all there is to it. It, yeah. And then, like I said, the teaching to me is just so exciting because I love to see the, uh, the young doctors get it. You know, when you, when you able to impart the knowledge onto somebody else so that you know, that it’s carrying on, uh, that’s profoundly rewarding. Uh, at one point here, uh, we got a little frustrated with the teaching hospital because we couldn’t get as much work done as we’d like. Uh, so we moved to a different hospital where we got a lot of work done. Uh, but it came down to give a man a fish, teach a man to fish kind of concept. And we realized we really had to teach this. And like I said, my brother was just here. And, uh, he talked to young librarian surgeons how to do a lot of very creative, uh, pediatric orthopedics, and now they’re gonna continue on with it. So we know we’re making a D yeah.
Kristi Porter (20:33):
Yeah. I was gonna ask, do you have any idea how many, uh, medical professionals you’ve trained over the years?
Dr. Kevin Strathy (20:39):
Oh, well, you know, I mean, over the years, I mean, I, I was involved with, uh, two different residency programs, you know, residency is the postgraduate, uh, specialty programs. Uh, I, I, I can’t even, you know, it was just a constant stream of, of, of young doctors and, you know, I graduated from medical school, uh, over 40 years ago. So it’s been a few years.
Kristi Porter (21:02):
Yeah. And do you know how many in Liberia?
Dr. Kevin Strathy (21:05):
Oh, here. Yeah. Um, yeah, probably I’ve had, well, you know, there’s, uh, the ones who are the real, um, the ones that have completed their training, there’s probably about a half dozen that, you know, from starting in, uh, 2000, well, actually it was because of Ebola. I didn’t get really involved in the teaching until about 2016. Yeah. So since 2016, we’ve had about, you know, about six or eight of the surgery residents come through that I’ve had, uh, plenty of, uh, good, strong contact with.
Kristi Porter (21:40):
Yeah. So you’re, you’re evening out that ratio a little bit.
Dr. Kevin Strathy (21:43):
Monica Roesch (21:45):
So, uh, well, you’ve talked about some of the type of cases that you treat over during Liberia. Um, we talked about severe burns cancer and other very delicate stuff, but what has been one of the cases that most marked your career? Like what a very important case in, in, in the, your whole career, which has been more than four years now? So,
Dr. Kevin Strathy (22:13):
Well, um, I think the, uh, the cases that are the most memorable are the ones where I bring a skillset that nobody else has around here. And so there are cases that will sometimes be delayed, uh, when I, I used to come twice a year for a month, each time. And so there would be cases that would be waiting six months for me to arrive so that I could do some of those. Um, the, the most, uh, memorable ones are often some of the most unpleasant ones as small child with a cancer of the eye that, or you have to remove the eye, uh, and reconstruct that area. That’s very challenging, uh, severe burns children with severe burns who need extensive reconstructive surgery, just knowing that you’re giving them a chance to, to survive. These are, these are not lethal injuries, but they are, um, crippling, profoundly crippling injuries. And so you give the children a, a greater quality of life. Those are the most rewarding ones.
Monica Roesch (23:24):
Kristi Porter (23:24):
Is there an average age of victim over there? Is it
Dr. Kevin Strathy (23:30):
Burn? You know, people ask me why are there so many burns over there? I say, there’s just so many burns in the United States. The thing is, is that if you’re in a developed country and you get burned, you’re gonna be treated. We don’t even have a burn unit over here. So, uh, it’s been one of my fantasies is to actually establish a true burn unit, but, uh, people get burned everywhere in the world. Um, but if you are somewhere in a developed country, you’ll be transported very quickly to a sophisticated burn center and get treated here. We don’t have that. And so, uh, the, um, there was a, a group of young doctors who did a study on what was going on with pediatric burns here. And unfortunately the mortality rate in a serious pediatric burn here was 80%. And so, uh, that should be down around 20%. And so, uh, we’ve got a lot long ways to go, uh, on trying to at least, you know, save the lives and then improve the lives of those that we do save.
Kristi Porter (24:33):
Yeah, for sure. Um, well, in your, your mission for Liberia, uh, medical relief, you talk about your goal is to continue to help people who are suffering. So where, where did that specifically come from? What does that mean for you each day?
Dr. Kevin Strathy (24:47):
Well, you know, the, uh, when you, when you get into an environment like this, especially the way it was in 2013, and I can tell you things have gotten a lot better in the last nine years, but when you see that, uh, you’re really compelled to, uh, to do what you can to make it, even if it’s a small difference, it’s a, it makes a difference. Um, there’s, uh, you, it’s really almost hard to put into words. Uh, the, uh, people who think they’re, they’re, uh, not well off in the United States are better off than the vast majority of the people here. Uh, you don’t really understand what poverty is in the United States. I mean, sure. There’s people who are impoverished, but not to the level that it is here, the people here, uh, um, I, I, I don’t know exactly what the number is now, but they say they at the average librarian probably lives on about $2 a day.
Dr. Kevin Strathy (25:51):
Uh, minimum wage was about $90 at one point, uh, $90 a month at one point. And, you know, it’s awfully hard to live on that. Uh, it’s very subsistence living. Uh, most people don’t have automobiles. People don’t have, uh, things that we take for granted in the United States or in Mexico, you know, there’s, uh, it’s, uh, it’s one of these things that when you get in, when I first got here, Liberia was the fourth poorest country in the world, and it just is it’s orders of magnitude worse than, than just about any you’ll see in, in the developed world. So it’s not hard to get motivated. I mean, you, you see what’s going on, you see what you can do as an individual. You see what we can do as an organization. And, uh, it’s just about impossible to say, no, my brother who just left, uh, you know, we’re, we’re, we’re getting older, we’re in our late sixties. And so, um, uh, we’re slowing down a little bit, but when he left, he said, well, uh, I’ll be back in about six months. And so that’s, uh, that that’s just the mental, you just gotta keep doing what you can do.
Monica Roesch (27:05):
Definitely. And well, I just wanted tell you that you are an amazing person, and because of all, what you do, you general only help people to reconstruct their life or, or kill from these horrible burns, but also you teach them you’re in other country that, and have taken it if, if it was your country. So congratulations for what you’re doing for what you’re teaching for all the heart and passion that you’re putting into this, because you mentioned earlier that the only way to make this happen, if, is if you truly believe in this, and we can tell that you do your are involved in everything in going back to the USA, gathering the material, making sure that it it’s useful, packaging it, and then getting other people involved into the shipping and then being a Liberia to receive it. That’s just, it, it, it’s crazy. And I know that there are a lot of challenges. I remember, number one day, uh, where you were telling me, we really need to load this container because I’m gonna fly to, to Liberia tomorrow. This cannot wait. So
Dr. Kevin Strathy (28:14):
Dr. Kevin Strathy (28:15):
You know, this, this current supply chain problem that we’re having now is unique. Uh, for anybody who’s listening out there, I can tell you that they, global logistics has been wonderful. Uh, we’ve gotten great service. And what she’s referring to is this last time we were supposed to load a container and the container didn’t show up. So we were pretty upset, but, uh, everybody got to work and we got the, we got the container the next day and loaded it and got over here. So I appreciate the work you guys put into it because I know it’s, uh, the last year or two has been tough for you guys.
Monica Roesch (28:52):
Yeah. Thanks a lot. And it’s been incredibly challenging for everyone. There’s a lot of things happening that we cannot control that we also take this, your mission like personally. So for me, it’s like, no, there’s no way that we don’t ship this. We need to do it. So we just try our best. And I’m glad to, to be able to say that we are contributing a little bit in, in the mission that you, that you have. So I just want to ask you one more question, what’s coming next. Uh, what are your, your plans for, for, well, what you do
Dr. Kevin Strathy (29:30):
Well, what’s coming next is, uh, natu and I, so I retired in the United States at the end of 2020. And so natu and I are here, uh, on a much closer to full-time basis. And so, uh, this hospital we’re in, has been open six months and, uh, we have all kinds of ideas about what needs to be done to, uh, improve the hospital, to take it to the next level and so on and so forth. So we’ve got, I probably, uh, well, I’m gonna guess three to four years of development here. And during that time, we’ll certainly be calling you to help us get some supplies over here. We’re working harder on raising, uh, larger sums of money to try to get some more, uh, purchase equipment. Uh, the vast majority of everything that we’ve shipped has been donated. Uh, of course we do have to purchase some things, but it’s all been kept on, uh, fairly, uh, economic scale. Uh, we’re trying to, uh, change that little bit and try to get some, uh, higher quality equipment, some new equipment. Uh, and so, um, we’ll see how successful we are in that endeavor.
Kristi Porter (30:46):
Yeah. Sounds like there, uh, might be a specific burn unit in the future as well.
Dr. Kevin Strathy (30:51):
Yeah. Yeah. Just send money. Yes,
Kristi Porter (30:55):
Yes, for sure. So speaking of, um, tell us about, tell, uh, everyone who’s listening, how they can connect with you and continue to learn more about your work and get that money to you, um, or yeah. Provide, uh, new and new medical equipment.
Dr. Kevin Strathy (31:11):
Yeah. Okay. Well, we have a, uh, a Facebook page called Liberia medical relief that we post on. Uh, regularly. We have a website, uh, library, medical relief.com, uh, and you know, I have to confess it isn’t as isn’t updated as often as I would like it to be. But I think both of them have a, um, uh, a link to a PayPal account. So we, the Liberia medical relief has a PayPal account. It’s simply Dr. firstname.lastname@example.org, which was our old website. Uh, that’s still the email that that’s linked to the, um, the PayPal account. Uh, that’s the, that’s the only electronic, uh, method we use, uh, that works things can be, we, we have an address of it’s 30, a KC court south. That’s a C a C I a Acaia court, south lake PLA Florida, 33 85 2. And if somebody wants to send a donation, uh, by check, it can go to that address. And, and we’ll, we certainly try to keep all of our donors, uh, prized as to what we’re doing. And, and of course, all we’re a 5 0 1 [inaudible] [inaudible] corporation. So all, all, uh, donations are, you know, eligible for tax deduction. And so we we’d be more than happy to accept any donations.
Kristi Porter (32:36):
Yes, absolutely. A terrific cause for sure.
Monica Roesch (32:39):
Thanks a lot. Well, thanks a lot, Dr. Kevin for being here today with us to all of you for joining us and seeing the next one.
Dr. Kevin Strathy is a 1980 graduate of the Mayo Clinic School of Medicine and a Board Certified Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon. Along with his wife, Natu, a registered nurse and native Liberian, he founded Liberia Medical Relief to provide medical supplies, surgical services and teaching to Liberia. In 2021 they retired after 36 years of practice in the US and currently reside in Liberia where they were instrumental in establishing Liberia’s first Military Hospital. It is estimated that Dr. Strathy and Natu have shipped over 400 tons of equipment and supplies, and exclusively utilize Vector Global Logistics for their shipping needs.
Monica Aurora Roesch Davila has a Bachelor’s degree in Management and International Business from Universidad Panamericana in Aguascalientes, Mexico. She has work experience in purchasing, logistics, and sales for automotive companies, and is currently working at Vector handling some non-profit accounts and helping them achieve their goals. She also develops new accounts and plans with them the better routes and strategies for them to have efficient and cost-effective operations.
Monica believes that everything we do matters and that we can make a difference and impact the world in a positive way with our daily actions, so she tries to do her best every day.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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 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.
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.