Veteran Voices
Episode 31

Episode Summary

“I want to be the guy that not only fires the room up, but I want to be the guy that actually coaches, mentors, trains, teaches and gives the equipment – – and gives the knowledge to individuals to where they can go out there and successfully overcome & beat & navigate the storms that hit you unexpectedly.”

-Jack Beavers


In this episode of Veteran Voices, host Scott W. Luton welcomes Jack & Lynette Beavers to the show, who’ll share various aspects of their journey: past, present & future. Jack describes how he “lives life backwards,” while he & Lynette have been raising 3 daughters. Jack shares why he joined the Marines, even against his father’s wishes, and the impact it had on his life. The Beavers share several challenges that their family has faced, including being homeless for a few months in 2020 – – and how they overcame each of those, while developing a passion to help others facing adversity in life. Jack also shares his next chapter in life: serving as a dynamic motivational speaker to help others overcome life’s storms.

Episode Transcript

Scott Luton (00:02):

Welcome to veteran voices, a podcast dedicated to giving a voice to those that have served in the United States, armed forces on this series, jointly presented by supply chain. Now in vets to industry, we sit down with a wide variety of veterans and veteran advocates to gain their insights, perspective, and stories from serving. We taught with many individuals about their challenging transition from active duty to the private sector, and we discuss some of the most vital issues facing veterans today. Join us for this episode of veteran voices,

Scott Luton (00:46):

Nunes Scott Luton, right here with you own veteran voices. Welcome to today’s show. Thanks for joining us today. We’ve got an outstanding conversation teed up. You’re not going to want to miss this one. And some of the life lessons we’re all going to take away from this conversation. Uh, stay tuned for what promises to be one of the more powerful conversations you’ve heard here lately. Quick programming before we get started here today, the program is part of supply chain. Now family of programming, and you can find veteran voices though, wherever you get your podcasts from be sure to subscribe for free. So you don’t miss conversations like this. Our shows conducted in partnership with our is where you can learn more about this powerful nonprofit doing special things for our veteran community across the country. So with no further ado, I want to welcome in our two featured guests here today.

Scott Luton (01:35):

Lanette and Jack Beaver. Good afternoon to you both. Amen. Good afternoon. Now it’s an honor to be on your show today and, uh, we, we appreciate it. We’re just ready to get this thing going and see, see what we can do to help somebody else in life. Man, love it, love it. Well, we’re excited about it and it’s been on the books a little while and I’ve been tracking y’all a bit on social media. I love the passion you both bring and what you just shared there, Jack your, you know, your commitment and passion towards helping others because that, that is the name of the game and Lynette. Great to have you been with us here as well? Thank you so much. Thanks for inviting us and helping us to share our heart with the world. Well, so up for, on that note upfront, before we get into some of the heavier lifting here, let, let’s get to know you both a little better.

Scott Luton (02:22):

So let’s talk about that universal question where you’re from and, and some anecdotes from your upbringing and maybe Jack, let’s start with you. The handmade album.

Jack Beavers (02:31):

I’m a born and bred Georgia boy born and raised in East Cobb, Marietta, Georgia. The only time I’ve ever left the state of Georgia is when I was in the military. After I got out of the military, I came back to my home roots and, uh, and, and dug deep into the end of the state. And um, so born and bred, Georgia guy, man,

Scott Luton (02:50):

that makes you a bulldog fan?

Jack Beavers (02:52):

I can’t do it, man. My, my father, my father’s a big time engineer, man. So, uh, he graduated and got master’s degree From Georgia tech. Uh, so I’m a good old yellow jacket got kinda guy.

Scott Luton (03:05):

I love that. So let’s, we’re gonna circle back and get it maybe a story or two from your upbringing and Georgia, but Lynette let’s where are you from? Tell us, tell us where you, where you grew up.

Lynette Beavers (03:14):

I grew up in Ohio, so I’m an Ohio state fan. My dad taught at Ohio and is an alumni with a high state. He was an aviation professor, but I grew up in Ohio and right Pat air force base in Dayton. And I spent all my time there as, as a child because my dad was a civilian contractor before he started teaching at Ohio state. And we literally would spend our Sundays at the officer’s club at the right pattern for a space. I remember it well loved that. Yeah.

Scott Luton (03:44):

He ever tell you any, any stories about what they might have brought to right Pat from, from Roswell and any to sharing secrets with you?

Lynette Beavers (03:52):

Not really. He, he, he, he, nah, I think he, yeah, he kept everything pretty clear, pretty close to his chest. He didn’t share a lot with me.

Scott Luton (04:01):

All right. Well, let’s talk. So grew up growing up in Georgia, uh, Jack Baton to you, um, the, those hot summers were where’d you spend your time when you went in school, what what’d you do as a kid

Jack Beavers (04:11):

Lakeland air man? You know, luckily I was, I was born and bred into a successful family. My dad was a, you know, owned his own engineering, HPAC and plumbing commercial company, um, president of local 72, which is the plumbers and pipe fitters pipe fitters union here and here in the state of Georgia. So we had a condominium on Lake Lanier, man had boats, jet skis, wet bikes. So, you know, I always joke around with people and tell people that I’ll live life completely backwards. And, and, and, and not the way a normal person lives. And most people go from poverty to success. And I went from success to poverty. So, uh, you know, I I’ll live my life back. You know, I grew up, grew up with a golden and silver spoon in my mouth. And when I turned 18 and went in the Marine Corps, my dad yanked spoon out of my mouth and told me you’re your own man Nelson. So, uh, I did life back.

Scott Luton (05:07):

Well, we’re going to, we’re going to dive a lot more into that. And that’s a very unique point of view. So I look forward to learning a lot more and Lakeland air, as we all know, that’s like, that’s like part of Hollywood of the South, these days, lots of movie filmmaking taking place, I think around that Lake. So Lynette, you shared talking about, you know, some stories of growing up, you shared pre-show that y’all were dodging tornadoes and the part of Ohio you live. So tell us about that.

Jack Beavers (05:32):

Yes I did. When I was about, I was like 17 when I was just driving and we always had lots of tornadoes where I’m from. We had the big senior tornado in 1974 that wiped out the city. And then of course when, but when I was 17, there was a tornado. I was at a friend’s house and my mom called me and was like, you’ve got to get home. The windows are open and I’ve got new carpet and it’s getting ruined. So you’ve to get home and close the windows. I’m like, okay, I guess I’m driving home. So I go out there, get in my car to race, home, and close her windows, the carpet doesn’t get ruined. And then a like huge tree, like those big 200 pound trees literally fell across the road when I was driving. So I back up and then telephone, Paul goes across. It’s definitely like interesting. Yeah. Big trees and telephone poles just to go across town and close the windows. But you saved the carpet. You got me. Yeah, I did. I did save the carpet. It was definitely a testimony to, uh, some adversity for me having to drive and get the wet, scared out of me with a huge tree and a telephone call when I was driving. I’m like, okay, God, if this is now, okay,

Scott Luton (06:43):

Well, so fast forward. Tell us about your family. What makes up y’all’s family and Jack was let’s start with you.

Jack Beavers (06:50):

Our family is in our immediate family.

Scott Luton (06:52):

Yeah. I think you’ve got a, yeah.

Jack Beavers (06:54):

Yeah. It’s me and my wife and three daughters, man. Got it. No. 16 year old, 15 year old and a seven year old all girls, God cursed me. He, he told me, he told me since man, since you were such a player back in your young days, man, I’m going to show you what being a player is all about. So, uh, God, God played a game with me, man. He gave me all girls and wouldn’t give me any sons man. So, um, but they give us a run for our money every day. Man,

Scott Luton (07:22):

Keep you on your toes. 16, 15 and seven. Is that right?

Jack Beavers (07:25):

16, 15 and seven. Wow. Never a dull moment. And the beavers house, you know, it’s definitely the, leave it to Beaver family of 20, 21.

Scott Luton (07:35):

Well, I bet. And y’all have to write a book after all three of them go off and get jobs and start have families of their own. So we look forward to that bestseller. I’m sure. Alright. So Jack, now that we’ve kind of gotten to know you and you and Lynette a little bit better. I’d like to ask you about your military career. And so for starters, cause you joined the Marines, it sounds like, you know, at 17, 18 years old, what made you join the military?

Jack Beavers (08:01):

Well, I’ll tell you that it was a combination of several things. My father wanted me to go into the plumbing and HVHC apprenticeship program and uh, and learn the business and take his business over. Cause I was the only son out of four older sisters, but that’s just not the route that I wanted to take. And um, I was dating my high school sweetheart and her brother was a ne a United States Marine. So she wanted a Marine Corps wedding. And then I thought, you know, if I’m going to go into the military, man, I’m going to go into the, to the branch. That’s the biggest baddest, the few, the proud. And so he know, I decided that that’s what I was going to do. I told him when I went to the, uh, uh, recruiter by myself at the age of 18, no, I was a senior in high school, told the Marine Corps recruiter, man, I’m ready, man. I want to be, I want to be a part of the few and the proud and uh, I want to be part of the elite. And so,

Jack Beavers (08:56):

Uh, I joined the delayed entry program, went back home with my delay entry program paperwork and slapped it down on the kitchen table in front of my dad. And that wasn’t, that wasn’t a good idea. And he knows, so he didn’t approve her decision, knew he was, he was livid. His only son, wasn’t going to walk in his footsteps and wasn’t going to go down the same road he went. And so, uh, he wasn’t a happy camper about it, but, uh, it’s was the best thing I’ve ever done in my life, uh, because it built traits and it built things in me that, that, uh, most people that’s never experienced the military never get to experience as far as, you know, determination and, and, and how to overcome adversity. And, um, and just to have that tough mentality of being able to, you know, achieve and overcome, you know, hard stuff that hits you out of, out of nowhere. So, you know, the military, I, I don’t regret one thing about it. Matter of fact, I wished I would’ve stayed in and, and made a 20 year commitment out of it, but I didn’t. And you know, so I had to, I had to move on the best way I could in the civilian sector. Yeah.

Scott Luton (10:11):

So, so in the Marines, what was your, what was your job?

Jack Beavers (10:15):

Well, when I first started, I mean, when I, when I got out of bootcamp, they assigned me to be an, a, a service record book clerk hated that with a passion. So after my first year, man, I, I, I learned back back when I was in the Marine four, man, you, you could backdoor a lot of things that you can’t back door nowadays, but I, I became, I got smart and became good friends with the career jammer. And, uh, the career jammer hooked me up after my first year of being at cherry point North Carolina. Uh, even though I was a service record book clerk, I was attached to a land to air missile, battalion third lamp battalion out of, uh, cherry point North Carolina. And, uh, while I was at cherry point, became good friends with them, one of the career jammers. And he ended up getting me changed over to, uh, being an MP in the, uh, in the Marine Corps. So left Jerry point, went to MP school, man, and, and finished up my time in the Marine Corps as an MP.

Scott Luton (11:10):

So we’ll talk about your transition here in a few minutes, but who are some of the folks when you think about, uh, the folks you serve with, and this year I’m learning a new term at and heard the term career jammer. So you’re adding to my military lexicon there. We didn’t have that in the air force, but, and, and hold your air force jokes, hold your ed check,

Jack Beavers (11:32):

Brian Arrington’s money or one of your buddies, man. So I’ll be nice, man, because I love Brian so much.

Scott Luton (11:38):

He is a good dude. You’re right. He is a good dude and retired air force. So, and also, uh, an SP and air force. So I bet y’all have some stories that exchange there. So some of the folks you serve with that, you know, your, your time in the Marines would have been different without them. Who does some of those folks that you love to work with?

Jack Beavers (11:55):

Say what? I had a, uh, a gunnery Sergeant when I was stationed at NAS Norfolk, Virginia. And, um, he took me under his wing man and, and, and treated me as not only as a younger E four corporal, but he actually treated me as a son man. And in school, he coached me, train me, train me, and coach me in many different aspects of life. Not only did he trained me and coach me in the aspects of being a Marine, but he also schooled me and coached me in beating him, being a man. And he was, he was also one of the guys that I could turn to, to, uh, uh, get things done. Like I said, behind the scenes that you can’t get away with in the military nowadays, I’m like, you know, wanting to get a specific duty station. Now he helped pull some strings to get me a duty station that, you know, I was really wanting to go to.

Jack Beavers (12:47):

But then there was a young female Sergeant who really changed my whole entire outlook on, on women being in the military. She was in my unit, uh, Suzy Sergeant, Susie Dotson. I’ll never forget her, man. I still remember her name this day. And I’m 51 years old. That was back in the day, bro. But Sergeant Susie Dodson, man, she was, she was the, the leading NCO of, of our unit and her leadership and just her whole entire demeanor and personality as a leader and an NCO. It just, it really changed my whole entire outlook on the, what women should do or be entitled to in the military. And I tell you, man, there’s, there’s nothing I wouldn’t support for a woman to do in the military man. They’re incredible leaders. And just, she was just somebody I hold dear, even to this day, even to this day, I’m married and I love my wife, man, but I still think about her as crazy as that sounds because we, we were me and her were real good friends and she was my, you know, my boss

Scott Luton (14:00):

Change your view, change your outlook. It sounds like of, um, how everyone can make a difference serving in the military.

Jack Beavers (14:07):

It did. And I, I I’ve gotten the most utmost respect for women in the military after training under her and, and, and being under her leadership and, and being, you know, real good friends with her outside of military hours. We, we never were a girlfriend or boyfriend item, but, you know, we were pretty, pretty inseparable and she, she’s another one that taught me and train me, mentored me, train me, and taught me a lot about, you know, how to be a strike soldier.

Scott Luton (14:37):

Um, Sergeant Susie Datsun. And what was the name of the previous gunnery Sergeant at? Uh, I think it was Naval air station, cherry point cherry point. Who was that a gunnery Sergeant? Remember?

Jack Beavers (14:48):

No, I don’t, you know, I, as bad as I, this as much as I hate to admit it, I really don’t remember his name. I’ve still got pictures with me, of me and him at the Marine Corps ball. Um, and I still got some pictures of me and him at cold-weather training out in Norway, but I don’t remember the guy’s name now

Scott Luton (15:07):

And down. We’ll track him down after the fact. So let’s one final question about your military service as a Marine Jack there’s one accomplishment. You talked about some of the folks that you serve beside that made, made your Tom special and really had a big impact on you. What’s that one accomplishment that you’re going to be talking to for talking about for the next hundred years to your daughters and, and your, your, your, uh, eventual, you know, grandkids, whole nine yards. What’s that one thing you point to

Jack Beavers (15:34):

The day that I made my ethos, my entire goal from day one of the city, as I stepped off the yellow bus onto the yellow footprints parasol in South Carolina, you know, my whole goal and mission was to make fun. You know, I told myself as long as I made E five, I didn’t care what happened to me after that. I know I didn’t care if I, if I didn’t make a career out of it. I didn’t, you know, the only thing that I knew was I wasn’t going to leave the military until I made the five, you know, I don’t know why that was such a big deal to me because my father, when he was in the Navy, but he hated it. So he never talked about it, just brutally hated it. So I don’t know why they do it beat making E five making my Sergeant rank. Was this the most important thing to me and in my whole entire military career?

Scott Luton (16:26):

Hmm. Well, you know, I’m not sure what that rank is in the Marines. And then the air force that is a staff Sergeant, I believe right. The five you said, right? Yeah. That’s a Sergeant in the Marine Corps. Gotcha. All right. Gotcha. Well that, I bet a lot of, a lot of Marines may not earn that rank. And I don’t know where that comes typically in, in enlistment periods, but I love that you went in with, with kind of one singular goal and you obtained it and while serving your country. So a lot to be said for simplicity when it comes to planning out our careers and, and you obtained it, and we look forward to learning a lot more about the stories behind it. Let’s switch gears a bit. So Lynette Jack has shared some of his, his military journey here and, and folks, he worked with some of the stories there, but I know there’s a lot more Jack. We’ll try to get to some of those here momentarily and you know, his career accomplishments. What, you know, tell us more about your journey.

Lynette Beavers (17:18):

My journey up in Ohio, I worked in downtown Columbus. There’s actually a real estate group that I worked for. We used to be CB commercial. I don’t know if you remember CB commercial.

Scott Luton (17:31):

Yeah. Rings a bell. I believe

Lynette Beavers (17:34):

I worked with them in my twenties and it was really, it was really a good group that I got started with Joan Prochaska and Ron Smith, or a couple that I worked with that were both managers to me. And they were great leaders that really made

Lynette Beavers (17:50):

An impact on me. They were some leaders that I worked for back then that I still remember to this day is they had an amazing leadership quality that I wanted. So

Scott Luton (18:01):

Stay as a real estate industry where you spent some of those formative years and Joanne and Ron were two of the folks you worked with, what was one aspect of their leadership style that you really admire?

Lynette Beavers (18:13):

Just the fact that it, it really, the office didn’t have that corporate feel. You know, like the, the agents that I supported and that I worked with there, it was really a lot like a family. There were a lot, there was another gentleman named Tom McGarity, who was one of the realtors that just really went out of his way to make everybody feel important. Like it was really a team effort that everybody was working together, that it wasn’t like a corporate job. It just really felt like a company and an, a family and a team. And everybody just worked together

Scott Luton (18:51):

That, I mean, uh, Jack ma kinda brings to mind my air force days and that tight-knit family and how you supervisor, you know, look, you know, checked in on ya at the dorms. And it was, it was, uh, us, you know, it felt like a father, son relationship at times. Right. So that’s important. I think, I think that makes people want to do more, which y’all both agree. And w when, when, when, when, when you’ve got that family dynamic working, right.

Jack Beavers (19:16):

Yeah. Yeah. I mean, anytime you get, anytime you get into a situation where you’ve got somebody that’s mentoring you and they’re mentoring you properly and they take you under their wing and, uh, and they show you compassion and love and admiration and lift you up and, and, uh, just want, want to see you succeed and want to take you from level to level to level. You know, there’s nothing better than that. And, you know, it’s hard to find in today’s world in the civilian sector, but it’s there, man. Um, there’s, uh, I’ve never worked anywhere where I couldn’t find at least one person that I knew would be a great mentor and was willing to take me under their wing.

Scott Luton (19:58):

We all need people like that. We all need people like that. You know, I mean, it really is such a big boost in life and, and, and our journeys. So speaking of family Lynette, I skipped over a question I wanted to ask you about, and you talked about, you know, growing up, um, a second ago in a military family, your father worked on, right. Pat, you know, every day, it seems like the military community is, is, is, is part of your upbringing and part of, you know, a big part of your journey. What do you find so fascinating about what military families do you know, day in, day out, week in, week out, you name it?

Lynette Beavers (20:30):

Well, I, I’m just amazed at the resilience and the adversity and the determination that military families have, that they just, you know, able to PCs and move around. And it’s just awesome to me. I mean, I met Jack after his service, but I’ve always been passionate about veterans and things, you know, and being that I grew up air force with my dad, but, um, I’m just always, it’s just always been close to my heart about how, you know, how resilient they are. And I love that there’s so many organizations out there that are working to help veterans, you know, that’s, the industry is one and another one is code of that. That’s really a great, um, a great organization. That’s actually combating, uh, veterans suicide, which is also another one that’s passionate. So my heart also is, you know, preventing veterans suicide.

Scott Luton (21:26):

What was the name of that group again? Code of vets code of vets. Okay.

Lynette Beavers (21:32):

That’s her name is Gretchen Smith.

Scott Luton (21:34):

Okay. Code of vets. We’ll add that to the show notes of folks can click on it and get involved and support it. Yes.

Lynette Beavers (21:41):

She’s mainly on Twitter. It’s at Coda vets on Twitter.

Scott Luton (21:45):

Gotcha. Okay. So, you know, one last comment before we talk about Jack’s transition from the Marines, it seems like, um, you know, a lot of folks may not have never served. They don’t think they’re, there may be an, a lack of an awareness around how it’s the whole family that serves when there’s a military member in a family that deploys and, and PCs is, or, or whatever aspect of the mission takes them here, there, and everywhere. The whole family’s got to sacrifice to make that happen. And, and, you know, I think we’ve got some work to do to make more folks aware of that, which I’ll agree.

Jack Beavers (22:16):

Absolutely definitely would agree, but you know, it it’s come along. It’s come a tremendous way since when I got out, you know, I’m an old, old Marine man. I, I hate some ate some real old dirt back then, man. But you know, I’m proud to see how, how far the military has come as far as making the transition for, for, for military a lot better, as far as getting them completely ready for success in the civilian sector, whether they made a career in their coming out after 20, or whether they decided to bail after four and the, the comradery, as far as the government and the civilian sector rallying around military. Now that just wasn’t, wasn’t real. When I was in, when I was in, there was no government backing really. And in, in the civilian sector really didn’t pay attention to the military like they do now. I mean, we got a long way to go still, as far as the government and the civilian sector realizing what military, what the military and their families do and the sacrifices that they make for the, for this country. But I’m proud to see that it has come as far as it has since I was in. But, you know, I also would like to see it go a little bit further, especially a lot of different

Jack Beavers (23:46):

Levels, especially maybe even like on the pay level. You know, I think military deserves a lot better pay than what they even get now. And it’s, it’s tremendously better than when I was in, but you know, it, it’s still, even, even though I know where it’s at now, I still think that that’s one thing that our government can take another look at because amen. Let’s just face it. If you get, if you get called over to a hot zone, you really don’t know if you’re gonna come back in one piece and you don’t know if you’re gonna come back at all. So, you know, I, I think, I think that needs to be looked at, in, in a, in a lot different, many different levels and many different perspectives, but yeah, man, I’m, I’m proud that it’s come as far as it has. Uh, but like you said, we still got a long way to go.

Scott Luton (24:40):

Yeah. Agreed. All right. So nice segue there. Jack can tell you do all kinds of speaking all the time. Let’s talk about your transition. So when did you get out of the, of the Marines and tell us, tell us what that transition was like for you?

Jack Beavers (24:55):

Well, the first time I got out, I got out of the Marine Corps after serving five, got out of the Marine Corps in September of 1992. And man, when I got out, I wasn’t ready to get out because my heart was still in it. And, um, I just, I couldn’t fit into the civilian sector to be honest with you. You know, a lot of people don’t understand branches are, are, are there for a reason. We got the army Navy air force and Marines. Um, naturally depending on what branch you go into and what MOS you do within that branch, you’re trained in different ways. And so being in the Marines, man, my it’s sort of like Donald Trump, okay. Donald Trump really wasn’t accepted by a bulk of the, the politicians and by bulk of the United States in general because of his disposition. And I, I was the same way when I first got out of the Marines, man, I, I couldn’t fit in.

Jack Beavers (25:50):

I was too aggressive. I was too, I had too much of that Marine Corps mentality and, you know, men, men were, were different back when I got out, then, then what men are, are being taught and trained now. I mean, now we’re, we’re being in, it’s a good thing. You know, now we’re being taught to have more compassion and, uh, into, you know, be more in touch with our feelings. And cause it’s just, it’s just out in the forefront more now than it ever was back in the day. So when I got out, man, I, I couldn’t deal with it. I, I was every job I got, I would get end up getting fired from it because, you know, they didn’t like, they didn’t like somebody that was supposed to be low on the totem pole. One to act like he’s the CEO of the company.

Jack Beavers (26:36):

And I wanted to take charge. I wanted to take, I wanted to be a leader. You know, I wanted to show my leadership skills and that didn’t fit into the civilian sector. They didn’t like that. Um, I wasn’t, I wasn’t high enough on the food chain to be doing the things I was doing, making the calls I was making and, and having the attitude and the disposition in the, in the, in the aggressiveness that I had. So I stayed out a year. I went back to the Marine Corps, prior service recruiter, and I said, man, you got to get me back in there. I can’t, I can’t do the civilian thing, man. And he said, I’d love to, but there’s only one problem, chief it’s downsized, the men, we’re not taken back for our service. And I said, dang. So I went right next door to the army recruiter, man.

Jack Beavers (27:21):

And the army recruiter said, not only will I put you back in, but I’ll put you back in at the same week, given your same rank and you won’t lose any Thomas service. Wow. So the army put me back in as an [inaudible] and um, and I kept my time and service as well. So yeah, I mean, you know, it, it was, it wasn’t as, I wasn’t, as disciplined as the Marine Corps had a hard time adjusting to that, you know, the, the army, they’re just not a real disciplined outfit. And then that’s probably gonna make a lot of army guys mad, but you know, I got, I won’t tell anybody, you know, but I got to play on both sides of the field, man. I got to, I got to be the defense and the offense, you know, but yeah, I went back in the army man and then spent another two years on active duty in the army. And, and then, uh, decided to get out like in like an idiot, you know, one of them in one of the things I do regret in life, man was not putting my 20th.

Scott Luton (28:21):

Hmm. What was the second transition? Was that any better when you, when you exited the separate from the army, versus when you separate from the Marines?

Jack Beavers (28:31):

I am, I’m extremely proud that we have veteran organizations like Brian Arrington in vets, the industry and Brian Arrington doesn’t realize what a dream he is. Um, he doesn’t realize what a dream his organization is to veterans, man. You know, cause when I got out both times, we didn’t have anything like best industry, hell we didn’t even have, we didn’t even have cell phones yet. Cell phones wasn’t even around when I got out in 96. Well they were, but they weren’t as big, right? Yeah. Yeah. They were bricks, man. So we didn’t have the social media and all that stuff that, that in 1996, when I got out in 96 and when I got out in 92, right? So, you know, industries like bench, the industry where, where these guys can get transitioning help before they even get out of the military is just unbelievable.

Jack Beavers (29:23):

But to answer your question, man, it was my second time around was a lot easier. And the reason for that is because my mother just happened to be best friends with a, with a very high up manager, with the IBM corporation. Wow. So my mother got to pull some strings, man. So I stepped right out of the army, right into a real good paying position with the IBM corporation man. So it was a tremendous man, a lot easier in the, in the IBM corporation man. I had some Rick, I had some incredible managers, both male and female that literally took me under their wing and just helped me achieve like crazy man. When, when, when IBM, you know, got popped and ninth in 2000 year, 2000, when we got popped with that huge layoff and you know, half of IBM got nailed. It was a sad day to have to leave the IBM corporation because I had so many incredible managers that just led me from stage to stage man. And I ended up being a manager myself before I ended up having to go on a layoff.

Scott Luton (30:33):

Oh, I hear that terrible, terrible, terrible. What, especially just from a sheer luck. I mean, you know, after you, you, as you, as you spoke about trying to find that right culture to that where you connected and, and, and you saw a path there and finally found that IBM just for them to go through that, that huge reduction in force. So Lynette, I wanna bring you back into it. I’m not exactly sure to our conversation. I’m not exactly sure when y’all met or, or, or what have you, but was that after IBM where you, where you were y’all together when you were at IBM and, and as you’re entering that reduction force, Jack.

Jack Beavers (31:09):

No, we actually met two years after I got out of the military for the last time. Okay. Yeah, man, uh, Friday night, you know, you know how back when you were a young man, you had to, you had to go bar hopping and partying man. And you had to get, you had to get that foolishness out of your system. Right? So, uh, one Friday night, man, me and the boys, man, we headed up to old, good old cowboy G hall honky-tonk man in a bar called Cowboys man, and then good old Kennesaw, Georgia, good old, good old country bar, man. And, uh, that’s where I met my wife, man. I chased her all around that bar the whole night, like a, like a sick wet wimpy puppy in heat, man. It was relentless, bro. It was almost like I was a stalker or something, man. I chased her all night around that far.

Scott Luton (32:03):

You paint such a romantic picture, Jack.

Lynette Beavers (32:06):

I love him,

Scott Luton (32:09):

But it seems like, I mean, y’all, y’all really, um, you know, started something special and beautiful and you know, three daughters later and a lot more stories that we can get to here today. But so after IBM then after IBM, what, how did you, from that point to what you’re doing now, which we’re gonna talk about here momentarily. Tell, tell me more about that.

Jack Beavers (32:29):

Well, you know, when I, when I got hit with the layoff, I decided that I was going to get out of the corporate environment to political man. And, uh, even though I loved it, loved the IBM corporation, loved every manager that I ever had there, but I just knew I wanted to do something. If I wasn’t going to be lucky enough to be in the Marine Corps for the rest of my life. I knew that I wanted to do something other than something that involved politics and had a lot of political play in it. So that’s when I decided to go in the construction industry, man started my construction career off, right? When I left there, got a job with a plumbing and HVHC company decided that, you know, I wanted to conduct, you know, be able to go back to my dad’s grave site and let him know.

Jack Beavers (33:12):

I sorta walked in his footsteps, you know, after, after all. And so, uh, I went to a plumbing and HVHC company man, and got me a job as a commercial sales manager and uh, started selling commercial plumbing and HVHC service and then, uh, made it real successful in there and then decided I wanted to, uh, branch off to something a little bit different than that then, then in the sales end of it. Um, so then I went into the project management side of the house. So, you know, that’s what I do now. Construction project manager.

Scott Luton (33:47):

Well, where did you inherit? You know, a lot of, well, at least when I got out and a lot of my fellow airman, I can’t, I don’t think many of them went into like a sales business development role who you inherit those, those extraordinary sales skills from Nan the Marine Corps. Oh yeah, yeah,

Jack Beavers (34:04):

Yeah, yeah, yeah. You know, people don’t understand, man. And in the Marine Corps, man, you’re, you’re, you’re really God, honestly, man, you’re taught to have a tremendous amount of self pride and, and a tremendous amount of, you know, confidence and uh, you know, in, I don’t know if it was this way in the air force, but I know in the Marine Corps, in order for you to go from rank to rank, you had to go in front of her, what they call the promotion board. And, uh, that promotion board was, uh [inaudible] and above all the way to Colonel full bird Colonel, you had yet three enlisted guys from [inaudible] all the way up to first Sergeant Sergeant major, you know, whoever they decided to put on that promotion board. And then you had three officers. So you had to go in front of three, senior NCS and three officers.

Jack Beavers (34:57):

And you, you, you had to, you had to be a strike soldier, man. You had to play yourself gain. You had to get up there. Yeah, man. I mean, you had to get up there and fight for that rank man. And uh, so you know, a lot of people don’t understand that. And so it’s, it’s essentially selling yourself, man, when you go in front of the, you know, those, those NCO in officer’s in, in, at the promotion board and no, if you don’t go in there and you don’t and you don’t sell yourself and you’re not going to get promoted, man. Cause that’s, that was just one of the things that you had to achieve in order to make that next rank.

Scott Luton (35:31):

So, you know, given all the folks, uh, and including a lot of Marines, I’ve spoken to, since I out in Oh two, I’ve never really come, I never was really aware of what you just shared and I never really connect those dots. So now I’m looking at Marines in a whole different way now, Jack. So I appreciate that. Maybe, maybe I need to look at some Marines to drive sales here. We’ll see. But you’ve given me some new inspiration. What I want to ask you all this, this one question next, uh, when you think of advice, you’d give others and then we’re gonna talk about redemption warrior speaking in a minute, a really cool entity that yard are leading. But before we do that, what’s one piece of advice that you would offer, you know, veterans transitioning or, you know, civilians, transition, you name it, what’s something they should really wrap their head around and, and Jack, we’ll start with you.

Jack Beavers (36:21):

Well, I’ll tell you, man, they really need to, if it’s military transition, they really need to sink their teeth in an organization like Brian, Arrington’s got bets, the industry, you know, I can’t, I can’t say enough good things about vets to industry. I mean, it’s, it’s, it’s phenomenal, uh, because not only do they help veterans in, in successful transition, but their team is incredible. You know, I personally got to work with their team, uh, because you know, me and my wife had at one point, I mean, not at one point, but me and my wife and last year in 2020, man, we, we went through some horrific storms in 2020 man. And, and uh, we ended up, ended up homeless literally. And Brian Arrington found out that we were homeless man, and, and him and his organization came to our aid in our rescue and, and literally took us out of, out of being homeless and, and, and, you know, put us up and, and, and took care of us until I was able to get back on my feet.

Jack Beavers (37:19):

So, you know, not only do they take care of people, transitioning, teaching them, you know, resume, you know, resume stuff, interviewing techniques, just, just the, the, the, the massive amount of knowledge that they, you know, have at their disposal. And so my advice would be, it would be to really dig your teeth into the wonderful world of social media and, uh, and, and get on platforms like LinkedIn and, and, and, and seek out and find veteran organizations like bets the industry, because I’m going to tell you right now, man, I’m 51 years old. I’ve been a veteran and been out for a long time. But, and I did not even know all of the government agencies and government help that’s out there for veterans had no clue, man. I mean, if it wasn’t for Braun Arrington us, I would still be in the dark. Wow. You know, there’s so many different government agencies out there that help veterans, man. I mean, to literally find you home, if you’re homeless or if you’re struggling financially, um, there’s government agencies out there will actually pay your

Jack Beavers (38:36):

Bills for you. I mean, it’s just, it’s incredible. The amount of help that’s out there nowadays in 2021 for veterans, man. So that’s,

Scott Luton (38:48):

That’s some great news. And, and to our listeners, I know, I think we mentioned on the front end, but vets to is where you can find some of these resources that Jack’s speaking to. And that’s the numeral two vets to We’re proud to partner with them and the great work they’re doing as part of this podcast. So Jack, I appreciate pointing that out, but I got to go back and look at that. I asked you for your one piece of advice, but it, it is, it is such a kick in the gut to hear, you know, any of our veterans going without, and, and certainly any of our fellow veterans that, you know, go through the storms, the size of what y’all went through last year. So we got to echoing something you said earlier, Jack, I think you Orla net and we’ve come a long way, but we still have a long way to go. Especially given how heavily we’ve leaned on our military to last, you know, 20, 25 years. Uh, well, yeah, about 20 years, Holy cow. So that’s why we got to work to get that awareness out and make sure they focus on understand there’s still plenty of needs by all the corporate, what, you know, how far we’ve come there, but Lynette feel free to piggyback on something that Jack just shared there. Or, you know, again, the initial question, you know, what’s one piece of transition advice you’d like to share with folks.

Jack Beavers (40:01):

Well, I, I want to share also, not just that, I mean, the code Yvette’s was really instrumental to, with us helping us rebuild. I mean, they they’re amazed that Gretchen Smith is an amazing, I mean, she’s literally, she raises, she raised like $4 million last year for her organization. Wow. She’s really got some outreach out there and she’s, she helps that, that, you know, people that are down on their luck, people that have trouble paying their bills, you know, with, I mean she helps save people’s mortgages. And it’s just amazing how she helps, you know, to really combat so that, you know, to combat her father actually committed suicide. So that’s because of his PTSD. And so she, that’s why she formed Coda vets to help combat veterans suicide so that no veteran, you know, ever is lost, you know, out there and they can’t pay their bills or something. And they, they said that they don’t look at suicide. It’s just me. Meaning that organization was really an amazing outreach for us. I wasn’t wouldn’t you guys, the ones that, that did that newspaper article on the veteran and Kenton Georgia.

Scott Luton (41:20):

So I think vet Lana, while that I think we help promote it because that’s such a great story. I cannot remember that gentleman’s name, but he’s done a lot of work with homeless veterans, raising funds and build, I think even building homes, I can’t remember his name. Linda

Jack Beavers (41:34):

Mar uh, Brian Arrington and vets to industry. They hooked me up with Jim and Jim was another instrument that, that helped me and my wife and my family while we were homeless. And, um, man, he actually was, was a key guy to get me hooked up with a lot of government funded stuff for veterans. That once again, I didn’t even know existed, man. Jim was a, is a standup guy, man.

Scott Luton (42:03):

That’s what I’ve heard. I hadn’t had the pleasure and honor of meeting him yet. I volunteered with vet Atlanta. Where were we? I think he ended up joining the volunteer leadership team there to really serve that housing pillar for the great folks at Atlanta. But that’s, I’ve heard he is like a Titan of an individual that really can move mountains for people. And so Jack, to hear you and Lynette speak about him, we’re gonna have to make sure we pass this along, but we need to

Jack Beavers (42:28):

[inaudible] he’s like you say, Jim can move mountains, brother. The people that he knows and you know, just getting into the community as deep as he does, you know, I’ve applied for military disability on two occasions and got turned down both times, both times. It was like, it’s a no go. You’re not getting disability. The guy Jim Lindenmeyer. He said, that, not on my watch. So Jim was the one that actually refiled my disability claim for me. He took my DD two 14 man, and I don’t know what he did with them, but he was like, dude, all I can tell you is when you start getting phone calls and emails, you need to respond to them and you need to go to these appointments and you need to do this and do that. And I, I mean, I didn’t even go anywhere to file it. He literally filed it for me. And I got my letter in the mail last week and uh, I got approved.

Scott Luton (43:24):

Wow, congrats. Congratulations. And well-deserved

Jack Beavers (43:28):

So Jim, you know, Jim is, is Linda Meyer, man. He can move mountains. There’s no doubt about it, man. I don’t know. I don’t know what kind of connections he’s got, but they’re, they’re impressive and they’re powerful, man.

Scott Luton (43:39):

I love it. And that was a big lesson learned here, especially if you’re a veteran or a military member veteran, uh, that would be transitioning out of the military. Hey, take the moment. Now get connected. You’ll find these these resources regardless of what you need or what you’re interested in, make these connections. That’s going to help you through any of your challenges and your path ahead. So love this store, Jacqueline, this is good news. We all need good news. And I love hearing, you know, kind of how resilient y’all were to get through that period. You know, we all kind of have that those roller coasters of life and, and to fight through that. And, and now to arrive at this next chapter, we’re going to talk about, as we start to wrap up, let’s see here, redemption, warrior speaking. So let’s talk about that and let’s talk about why you formed it and what you do. So who who’d like to go first.

Lynette Beavers (44:26):

I’d like to go first before we jump to Jack, I just want tell you we’ve Been married 17 years and he is the most resilient man I’ve ever met that she can just get the, this is the best man for me to get their storms with. I mean his determination and his adversity to get through storms is amazing. So he’s definitely a leader and I’m proud of him for starting this. So I’ll let him tell you about it.

Scott Luton (44:57):

Well said jacket, that’s a ringing endorsement and that’s gotta, you know, regardless of whatever, whatever storm you face or whatever, big initiative you launch, it’s gotta be, it’s gotta be wonderful to have a close friend and confidant like that, going through it with you.

Jack Beavers (45:13):

Yeah. Oh absolutely. I mean, you know, behind every good man is a good woman, man. My father taught me that and he told me that my whole life man. So, uh, you know, there, there’s no doubt about that. I mean, we can’t be who we are without the women that, that support us, but redemption warrior, man, I’m pumped. I’m excited, man. That, that’s something that I love to talk about and to talk about for days, man, you know, for the last, for the last three years, man, for the last three years, I’ve wanted to become a Christian motivational speaker, man. And, and, and I’ll tell you why in 51 years of life, man, I’ve been through more hell and I’ve been through more dark seasons and dark valleys. And I would venture to say without being egotistical or arrogant, that I’ve been through some heavy storms that most people would have committed suicide over me and my lifetime.

Jack Beavers (46:03):

And so I wanted to, I wanted to really become this speaker man for like three years now and is what broke the camels, the hair on the camel’s back and made me actually take it from a dream to reality was when I found myself homeless this in 2020, when I found myself homeless in 2020, I decided that’s when God, you know, that’s when God really knocked me over the head with a brick and said, it’s time, it’s time for you to quit laying on it, quit sleeping on it unless let’s go from it being a dream to a reality man. So the reason why I’m so excited about redemption warrior is, you know, there’s a million motivational speakers out there. And so many of them get paid, you know, incredible money, right? But here’s the key man here here’s, what’s missing. And here’s what sets me apart from the rest of the million that are out there, man, a lot of motivational speakers, they can fire up a 3000 room audience with their speaking talent and get them fired up motivated and want to go and conquer the world for the next two weeks.

Jack Beavers (47:12):

But after two weeks of hearing that particular speaker speak, you know, they’re right back to where they started, just like with a new year’s resolution, man, we all make resolutions. And within 30 days, 45 days into the new year, man, those, those resolutions don’t even exist anymore times, two days, sometimes, sometimes one day. So, uh, you know, so that, that’s where, that’s what brought me into really wanting to be a motivational speaker because I want to be the guy that not only fires the Ruma, but I want to be the guy that actually coaches, mentors, trained teachers and gives the equipment and gives the knowledge to individuals, to where they can go out there and successfully overcome and, and be, and, and navigate, you know, the storms that hit you unexpectedly, the dark seasons that you go through. You know, I want to be that guy that pulls somebody off the Brinks of suicide.

Jack Beavers (48:18):

I want to be that individual man that, that somebody has been wanting to change and wanting to be able to be able to overcome a certain thing in their life. And they like addiction and they haven’t been able to overcome that. And why, because they wasn’t given the knowledge, they wasn’t given the tools, they wasn’t coach mentor trained and taught. So through my motivational speaking, you know, I wanna use my life story as the platform to where I can take nuggets of, of, of the different dark seasons and then in the different valleys and in hell that I’ve been through, but actually teach somebody and give them the power and the knowledge of how to actually overcome their own hell, how to overcome their own dark Valley. So that’s, what’s going to separate me from your other motivational speakers out there because I don’t want to just come in and fire up a 3000 person audience.

Jack Beavers (49:19):

I want to be able to actually, you know, change people’s lives and make a major impact, bring them off, bring them out of suicide, bring them out of addiction, actually teach them, you know, to be able to overcome all these hardcore storms that hit people because we all get hit with it, man. There’s nobody on this earth that can honestly tell me that they’d never had the kicked out of my life, right? So I want to be that guy, man. I want to be that guy to teach them how to overcome, how to navigate and how to, how to enter the storm. One individual come out the other end, a different individual, a better individual

Scott Luton (50:01):

Stainable manner as you, as you said it. So there’s not a drop off after a couple of days or a couple of weeks or 30 days or what have you, right? Yeah. Big differentiator there. And I love the fire in the belly, Jack, uh, is it’s it’s seen it comes across really genuine, really purposeful. And to be able to, as you said, use your story as a platform, kind of as proof look, you know, look what we fought back through. You can do too. Yes. It’s not time to give up. So I love that. So it was still in that you mentioned that, you know, you’re entrepreneurially minded and clearly you are in it together, but, uh, y’all about to take over the world with redemption warrior speaking. And how are you helping Jack bring this to, uh, you know, reality?

Jack Beavers (50:47):

Well, I, I kinda just, you know, handle paperwork things in the back and the social media, I’m, I’m good with social media and that kind of things setting up helping, you know, build a website, working on things like that for him and, and, you know, setting up her hand to get him to speak out there for speaking engagements, setting that up and just kinda marketing.

Scott Luton (51:13):

Love it. Well, and y’all still working on, I guess, your, your booking for 2021, right? Yeah. You’re available. Ready to go.

Jack Beavers (51:22):

I’m pumped and ready. Um, you know, we, I just took this up off the ground really November of last year and it’s still very, very raw startup. So I’ve only got one speaker engaged that’s booked right now, but you know, hopefully, and look, man, I want everybody to know out there, man, I’m not, I’m not trying to make this a paid gig. Um, this is truly my way of giving back. This is truly my way of helping others because I’ve been helped along the way, my entire life by somebody God’s always put somebody in my path that needed to be there. So, you know, a lot of people, a lot of speakers tell me where you’re, you’re an idiot for making those statements that you want to do it for free. Well, I’m not an idiot and I do want to do it for free.

Jack Beavers (52:11):

Uh, so you know, my, my speaking engagements, um, you know, maybe at a later date later on down the road, maybe it might come to, to, you know, doing it as a, as a paid gig. But for right now, man, it’s a hundred percent free. You will help others. I just want to help others. I just want to be a blessing, you know, and I want people to understand that there is absolutely nothing. Life can hit you with that. You can’t overcome, man. I mean, absent, man. I tell you if we had time, I could just go into some stories about what I’ve been through in my life, man, but I kid you not, some of the things I’ve been been through in my lifetime and know so many other people would have committed suicide as their way out.

Scott Luton (53:00):

Well let’s so we’ll have to record a second edition of this interview, uh, part two, and we’ll dive deeper into that. Perhaps. I love, I love the noble mission in your own, right? And, and, and again, that it seems so pure and, and purposeful and passionate about helping others. And, and there’s plenty of, as we all know, lots of folks have been hurting and, and, and they were hurting before the pandemic and the pandemic of course makes, makes need even greater and a lot more to spear out there. So, um, we’ll see if we can’t find some ways to plug in different folks that, that, um, we collaborate with and work with, but I’m a hold you to it. Cause we want to bring you back and we’ll dive deeper in some of the stories that you’re, that, that you’re alluding to Jack.

Jack Beavers (53:43):

We love him and it’d be an honor.

Scott Luton (53:45):

All right. So let’s make sure though, because, uh, I’m hoping you get some inbound inquiries after folks, uh, have heard you and Lynette and your, some of your story here today. How can folks connect with you both?

Jack Beavers (53:57):

Well, right now, um, LinkedIn is the biggest way. You know, like my wife said, we’re, we’re in the middle of trying to get a website put together for redemption. Maurier, uh, it’s still so young and so raw that I haven’t, I haven’t been able to get that up and running at a hundred percent yet. A lot of work goes, I didn’t realize it, man, but there’s a tremendous amount of work that goes into these websites, right? I’m not an it guy. I never wanted to be. I’m not a tech kind of guy, Hey man, if I could have a flip phone still, I would. But, uh, you know, we’re, we’ll, we’ll, we’ll get the website up and running within hopefully within the next three months, man. But until then, LinkedIn is the best way my wife is as has done a Twitter account. She can let you know what the name of that Twitter account is. Cause I don’t, I don’t, I don’t do Twitter, never done Twitter and I don’t even know how to tweet and I’ll let my wife be the Twitter queen.

Scott Luton (54:55):

Sure. Make it easier for folks. We’re going to have your LinkedIn profiles, one click in the show notes. And then as Jack was sharing the network and folks come connect with you on Twitter

Scott Luton (55:05):

And Jack and Lynette.

Scott Luton (55:07):

And Jack we’ll include that as well for folks.

Jack Beavers (55:11):

And then I got, I got my re yeah, I got my email redemption warrior All right. Three redemption warrior. The number two, the

Scott Luton (55:26):

All right, well, um, it’s been such a pleasure and, and rewarding to sit down over the last hour or so with you both, I know that we’re just scratching the surface and it’s tough to tackle a lot of the topics that we brought up and broached in an hour’s time. But I admire, you know, the aspects of the journey journey I heard about today and, and, and Howard, just how resilient y’all have been to go through what you went through, especially in a year to go through that. And those, those dark times, you know, in a year like 2020 and, and how that can now be an inspiration for so many others. So we’re gonna keep our finger on the pulse as your startup continues, to gather some steam and grow and let’s reconnect again.

Jack Beavers (56:07):

Thank you, man. Thank you for having us on the show today. It was an honor to be on here today and man, I’d love to come back and hopefully when I come back me and you can, can throw some, some hardcore stories out there, man, and less inspire some people with them. It sounds great.

Scott Luton (56:24):

That sounds great. Really appreciate Lanette and Jack Beaver joining us here on veteran voices. Thanks so much. Let too, yeah, thanks. We love watching your podcasts. Thank you very much, but suppose you bet. It’s about great guests though. I mean, when you got great guests, everything else is easier and y’all got that in spades and it’s motivating and inspiring and rewarding. So, um, y’all keep it up. And we look forward to reconnecting really soon. So really quick to our listeners. Hopefully you already run through brick walls. Like I am after talking to you, Jacquelyn that here. I mean that, you know, we all need extra good news during times like this. And that’s what this last hour has been, at least for me. So if you’ve enjoyed this, uh, you can, you can find better voices wherever you get your podcasts from subscribe. So you don’t miss stories like what the bee beavers brought here today. You can find us on Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn, Jack. I’m still figuring out Instagram talk about that’s that’s a whole world in and of itself, but Hey, find us there. And if anything, uh, you know, finding, you can find all of our programs patching, but on behalf of our entire team here, one challenge, we’ve got an issue then do good. Give forward, be the change that’s needed.

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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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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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Allison Giddens

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.

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Greg White

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.

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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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Karin Bursa

Host of TEKTOK

If there’s one Supply Chain ‘Pro to Know,’ it’s Karin. She’s earned the title for three years and counting – culminating in her designation as the “2020 Supply Chain Pro to Know of the Year.” Karin is also an award-winning digital supply chain, business strategy and technology marketing executive. A sought-after speaker at industry conferences, you will find her quoted in a variety of supply chain publications – and active in forums like ASCM/APICS and CSCMP.

With more than 25 years of supply chain experience, Karin spearheaded strategy and marketing for Gartner Magic Quadrant Leader and IDC MarketScape Leader, Logility. Karin has the heart of a teacher and has helped nearly 1,000 customers transform their businesses and tell their success stories. Today, she is a sought-after advisor helping high-growth B2B technology companies with everything from defining their unique value propositions to introducing new products and capturing customer success. No matter their goals, she makes sure her clients have actionable marketing strategies that help grow global revenue, market share and profitability.

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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 transitioning from active duty in the US Army. She is currently in the Doctor of Criminal Justice program at Saint Leo University. She is passionate about combating human trafficking and has spent the last decade conducting training for military personnel and the local community.

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Jeff Miller


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.

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Amanda Luton

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.

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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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Billy Taylor

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.

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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

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.

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Ben Harris


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.

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Page Siplon

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).

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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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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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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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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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Demo Perez

Host, Supply Chain Now en Espanol

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

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Kim Winter

Host, Supply Chain Now

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

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

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

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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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Alex Bramley

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.

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