Supply Chain Now
Episode 1250

National Supply Chain Day is a great opportunity to give people a glimpse into what the real heroes and the real change makers in the supply chain industry really do. And let's celebrate them because truly, the world keeps moving because of the people and the professionals that work in supply chain.

-Amanda Luton

Episode Summary

Who’s ready to celebrate the amazing supply chain professionals who keep the world connected? The ladies of Supply Chain Now, Mary Kate Love, Amanda Luton, and Katherine Hintz, take over the podcast in today’s episode, as they look forward to the upcoming National Supply Chain Day on April 29th!

Listen in and learn more about:

  • The genesis of National Supply Chain Day and the reasons behind the mission of celebrating the crucial role supply chain professionals play in the global workforce, economy, and marketplace
  • The importance of supply chains in various sectors, including e-commerce, disaster relief, healthcare, and manufacturing.
  • The special National Supply CHain Day livestream on Monday, April 29th at 12 Noon ET
  • And how you can be a part of the National Supply Chain Day celebration!

Episode Transcript

Intro/Outro (00:03):

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Mary Kate Love (00:32):

Welcome everyone to a special episode of Supply Chain. Now we’re super excited. Today we’re going to cover a really fun topic, national Supply Chain Day, and you’re joined here by a few women from the supply chain now team Catherine and Amanda. So I’ll introduce myself and then Catherine will go and Amanda will go, but I’m Mary Kate Love, I’m VP of Marketing here, and also a co-host on the supply chain. Now team.

Katherine Hintz (01:00):

Hi everybody, I’m Catherine Hints. I am the creative manager and a producer here at Supply Chain now.

Amanda Luton (01:06):

And hi everybody. I’m Amanda Luton, the VP of Production at Supply Chain. Now it’s fun because Catherine and I are usually behind the scenes so we can be on the podcast today. We’re taking over.

Mary Kate Love (01:18):

Yeah, it’s a takeover. I love that

Amanda Luton (01:20):

Supply chain takeover. Anyway, we’re here today to talk about a day that we’re really looking forward to celebrating coming up on April 29th, which is National Supply Chain Day. But before we get into national Supply Chain Day, let’s chat just a second about all these new holidays that are being added to the calendar. You cannot go a single day without a fun holiday that are on the calendar. Some are created for fun and celebration, summer for recognition. Days of appreciation and gratitude for those people are things that may otherwise go.

Katherine Hintz (01:57):

Yeah, just like you said Amanda, some are fun like National Ice Cream Day talk like a Pirate Day. If you’ve listened to any of our live streams that there are a lot of National Food Days, national Siblings Day, but we wouldn’t be able to celebrate all of these national days without our supply chain. So Mary Kate had the great idea that it was about time that we had a national supply chain day too.

Amanda Luton (02:21):

I love that. And some of these days are totally fun. My favorites are absolutely the national food days, but some are meant to be taken a bit more seriously. International Women’s Day, that was just last month, a LS Awareness Day, world Refugee Day, and I think National Supply Chain Day is one of these fun holidays. It’s fun, but it is something that we need to take maybe a little bit more Morely. So let’s kind of get into why we’re here today to talk about National Supply Chain Day, what we’re doing to celebrate as supply chain. Now, the number of voice of supply. So Mary Kay kind of give us some information about the background of National Supply Chain Day and why we’re here doing this.

Mary Kate Love (03:06):

So I’ll go through some of the basics and Catherine will too, but you guys just made me think of some people might wonder how do you create a national day? And it is really, really easy. You just kind of have to submit online while you’re creating the day, while you’re the right person or entity to create the day. And the team will review and they’ll kind of designate it as the National day of X. I know we just celebrated the National Day of Oreos or something recently.

(03:36):

Exactly a plethora of days, but this is going to be the National Supply Chain Day. Every year is on April 29th, so that falls on a Monday this year. So we’ll be celebrating at noon Eastern time and there’s a link to register. Go to supply chain now.com/ns cd. I had to say that a few times before the show, but you’ll see everything there about joining our live stream. A few fun things you can do in advance, but this is really a day that is meant to shine a spotlight on the incredible people who keep our rural connected, right? Supply chain is really how the world is connected. They’re the unsung heroes behind the scenes, making sure everything from your morning cup of coffee to lifesaving medical supplies get where they need to be. So I think every single person in the world is, I think, more aware of supply chain. Now after Covid and everything that happened, I was working at a company that produced toilet paper. So that was really,

Katherine Hintz (04:40):

Yeah,

Mary Kate Love (04:41):

That was the one time in my life that people were like, oh my gosh, can you hook me up with toilet paper? So crazy times. But I think right, that really highlighted how important supply chain is and how apparent it is in our everyday life. So make sure you join us this year again, Monday, April 29th, but join us every year, April 29th, mark it on your calendar so you know exactly when it is.

Katherine Hintz (05:06):

And you might be wondering, who is this for? Who’s invited to come to this? And this kind of ties back to why Amanda and I are here too. National Supply Chain Day is for all supply chain professionals, enthusiasts, whether you’re a practitioner, a solution provider, a truck driver or a marketer, there’s something for everybody on the day to celebrate and just kind of learn more about the impact the supply chain has on everyone’s day-to-Day life. We’re really excited this year that Vector Global Logistics, who’s a long time partner of Supply Chain now is sponsoring the session. So tune in to social and come to our event to hear more about it. But if you are looking to be a sponsor and want to participate in the celebration in any capacity, really feel free to reach out to us via email. At NCD stands for National Supply chainDay@supplychainnow.com. The whole celebration is really inspired by National Manufacturing Day and that’s used as an opportunity to inspire the next generation to look into careers in modern manufacturing. So much has changed in the past few years, let alone the past decade. So really opening people’s eyes to what it looks like to work in these industries. And that event is hosted by the Manufacturing Institute and National Association of Manufacturers. But I’m going to pass back to MK to speak a little more about these holidays and what it means.

Mary Kate Love (06:35):

Yeah, so National Manufacturing Day, October 4th, I believe every year I was working at a facility where we actually hosted an event because it’s open and the idea is that National Manufacturing Day shouldn’t just be celebrated in one spot. People should host students, they should host young professionals in their career, they should really showcase manufacturing of the future. And so we hosted a group of students at our facility in Chicago, and it was really cool to see how their perceptions of manufacturing shifted positively through their experience. And so we literally had, it was like 20 students come on our manufacturing floor, sit with us, learn about manufacturing of the future, and they left completely jazzed about manufacturing, which that’s not typical of students. Young students know, Hey, there’s all these really cool jobs in manufacturing. And I feel the same way about supply chain too.

Amanda Luton (07:38):

Well, and I think a lot of people, you don’t know what you don’t know. So there’s a lot of students that may have an idea of what manufacturing is, but they don’t really know that so many different types of sectors are in manufacturing. So many types of different sectors are in supply chain. I feel like a lot of people probably understand the basics of manufacturing that’s been around, of course a very, very long time. So is supply chain, but I think part of National Supply Chain Day is the same as National Manufacturing Day. It’s educating people on what the people that work in the supply chain actually do. There’s so many sectors and roles and responsibilities and like Mary Kate was saying before, the pandemic people understood what manufacturing was, but nobody knew what supply chain was. Scott has worked in manufacturing, or I’m sorry, in supply chain for the last 20 years, and honestly up until, I don’t know, a couple of years before the pandemic, I even didn’t exactly know what he right.

Katherine Hintz (08:39):

Me neither.

Mary Kate Love (08:40):

Yes.

Amanda Luton (08:42):

But now in the four years, if y’all can even believe it, it’s been four years, like this week, four years ago. This week is when Covid shut down schools across the country. So it’s been four years since schools were first shut down due to Covid and grocery store shelves were bare. We were all trying to find toilet paper, Mary Kate, like you’re saying. Yes. But it’s only been in these four years or so that people have really gotten a grasp of what supply chain is and understood it and how it really affects our life. So I think National Supply Chain Day is a great opportunity to give people a glimpse into what the real heroes and the real change makers in the supply chain industry really do, and let’s celebrate them because truly the world moves because of the people and the professionals that work in supply chain.

Mary Kate Love (09:35):

Agreed.

Katherine Hintz (09:36):

Absolutely. Yeah, and I think something that I’m really looking forward to about National Supply Chain Day is the opportunity to really dig into the stories and breakthroughs and all of the technology that we have in global supply chain and recognize those people throughout it. I mean, just getting to hear some of the technologies that people use now in warehousing and manufacturing is just crazy. It feels like we’re living in the future in a lot of ways.

Amanda Luton (10:04):

Absolutely. And I think there are some really cool things that we can share about supply chain. One of my favorite things, supply chain statistics and information. But if you like online shopping and if you like two day shipping, same day shipping, you can thank your friends in supply chain E-commerce sales are projected to hit 6.5 trillion in the next couple years with supply chains playing a pivotal role in managing this digital shopping surge.

Mary Kate Love (10:33):

I’m playing a pivotal role in that too.

Katherine Hintz (10:35):

I feel like

Amanda Luton (10:41):

Some other fun statistics and cool fun facts about,

Katherine Hintz (10:46):

On a slightly more serious note, red Cross and other disaster relief organizations literally cannot function without the hardworking supply chain professionals. And supply chain agility was so key in delivery in the 200 million units of essential supplies during those first months of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Amanda Luton (11:06):

That’s very true and very important. Supply chains are vital for healthcare delivering. This really blew my mind when I read this statistic. 95% of medical products are delivered to their destinations on time because of the hardworking people in supply chain. And you think about it, medications or emergency tools and things like that, they’ve got to get there on time. There’s drugs that can expire, things have to be refrigerated, and they have to get to their locations in a timely manner when the healthcare professionals need them. So making sure that they arrive on time, I mean, what a logistical miracle that those things can get where they’re going 95% of the time.

Katherine Hintz (11:52):

That’s amazing. I can’t even arrive on time to have

Mary Kate Love (11:54):

95.

Katherine Hintz (11:55):

I have to get to serious and I’m not lifesaving materials.

Mary Kate Love (12:00):

That is a great stat. I love that one. And it kind of feeds in perfectly to this next stat that I love, which is supply chain professionals employ over 44 million people worldwide. So that just really lends its hand to all the different careers that you can have in supply chain, right? There are so many different careers. So if you’re looking for a job, you should probably check out the supply chain industry for that. And you should probably join us at noon eastern on Monday, April 29th because we’re going to be talking about those things. We’ll be talking about what the workforce of the future looks like for supply chain. We’ll be highlighting some of the unsung heroes of supply chain today, and it will start to get you thinking maybe a little bit different about supply chain, but it will also allow you to celebrate the people of supply chain who make up all of these stats that we just read out. So don’t forget to join. It’s going to be myself and Scott co-hosting on the date, and we’ll bring in some other people and we’ll hear from Be Global Logistics our sponsor on that date as well.

Amanda Luton (13:05):

And the really cool thing is audience member, yes, you listening to this podcast right now,

(13:11):

You can also participate in National Supply Chain Day with us. You can submit a picture or video on the role that you play in the global supply chain, whether you’re a data analyst, a doc worker, a planner or forecaster, you name it. Send us a picture or a video of you and your team in action and what role you play in the supply chain. You can submit your photo or video to N scd@supplychainnow.com. You can email it to us. You can also post it to Social Tag Supply Chain now on any of your social platforms. And we will also just an FYI include all of these links and information in the show notes today, but we would love for you to participate. So send us an email or add a post to social and let us know the role that you play.

Katherine Hintz (14:03):

Yeah, that might be one of the things I’m most excited to see is learning all the different facets of supply chain and being able to share that with our global audience. Absolutely. Because even just yesterday, we were learning about the oyster and lobster supply chain, the buzz, and it’s just so wild that everything we have has to get to us somehow. And there’s a lot of very hardworking men and women behind the scenes making sure that I can get all of the books off of Amazon that I order and get all the things I buy at Sam’s Club and Costco. So I’m really looking forward to it. But if you guys want to learn more about National Supply Chain Day, you can check out our website@supplychainnow.com slash ns cd, or you can email us at n cd@supplychainnow.com. And we are so excited to celebrate with you all.

Mary Kate Love (15:01):

Thanks everyone. I hope you enjoyed this special episode and takeover from the Women of Supply Chain now about National Supply Chain Day.

Intro/Outro (15:10):

Thanks for being a part of our supply chain now community. Check out all of our programming@supplychainnow.com and make sure you subscribe to Supply Chain now, anywhere you listen to podcasts. And follow us on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Instagram. See you next time on Supply Chain. Now.

 

Hosts

Amanda Luton

VP of Production & Host

Mary Kate Love

VP, Marketing & Host

Katherine Hintz

Director, Customer Experience

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Jake Barr

Host

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

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Marcia Williams

Host

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

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Luisa Garcia

Host, Logistics with Purpose

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

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Astrid Aubert

Host, Logistics with Purpose

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

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Constantine Limberakis

Host

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

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Scott W. Luton

Founder, CEO, & Host

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

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

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Greg White

Principal & Host

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

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

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Chris Barnes

Principal, Supply Chain Now
Host of Supply Chain is Boring

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

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

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Tyler Ward

Director of Sales

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

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

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

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Kevin L. Jackson

Host of Digital Transformers

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

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Enrique Alvarez

Host of Logistics with Purpose and Supply Chain Now en Español

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

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

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Kelly Barner

Host of Dial P for Procurement

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

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Mary Kate Soliva

Host, Veteran Voices

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

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Amanda Luton

Vice President, Production

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

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Clay Phillips

Business Development Manager

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

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Trisha Cordes

Administrative Assistant

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

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Chantel King

Social Media Manager

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

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

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

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Lori Sofian

Marketing Coordinator

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

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Katherine Hintz

Director, Customer Experience

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

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Mary Kate Love

Chief of Staff & Host

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

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

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Joshua Miranda

Marketing Specialist

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

Donna Krache

Director of Communications and Executive Producer

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

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