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Director, Innovation & Field Operations,Best Buy
Wes Whalberg leads the Innovation & Field Operations team for Best Buy’s North American Supply Chain. Wes has spent the last four years at Best Buy addressing key supply chain challenges with innovative technologies and capabilities. His passion lies in finding elegant solutions to complex problems. Prior to Best Buy Wes spent 6 years working for Target as an Engineering Lead for several automated warehouse projects. He has a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Minnesota and an MBA from the Carlson School of Management. He currently lives in Minnesota with his wife and three children.
SVP and Chief Supply Chain Officer,La-Z-Boy
Chief Supply Chain Officer ,Farfetch
As Chief Supply Chain Officer, Luís is globally responsible for all areas of operations at Farfetch, overseeing all the teams working on service, order experience and content creation. He also manages all Farfetch operations across the company’s Portuguese offices in Porto, Lisbon, Guimarães and Braga.
Luís has been at Farfetch for almost seven years and is part of the Executive Board. He has over 15 years’ experience in the fashion and energy industries in fields ranging from retail to wholesale, distribution and production.
Luís Teixeira holds a degree in Management and Industrial Engineering from the University of Porto (Portugal) and an MBA in Logistics from Porto Business School.
Director - Office of Freight Mobility,New York City Department of Transportation
CSCO,Peter Thomas Roth
VP Logistics & Distribution,Fred's
Executive Director Logistics,Glossier
VP Supply Chain,MM.LaFleur
Director Global Indirect Procurement,Estée Lauder
Director Omnichannel Operations,REI
Business Lead,The Farmer's Dog
Senior Manager Drop Ship Fulfillment,QVC
Global Supply Chain Expert,Zeroodle
Senior Product Manager – Supply Chain,Carvana
Leslie O’Regan has 15 years in the Supply Chain, warehousing and technology sector. She has worked in both the consulting and industry sector in that time. Companies such as Carvana, Cognizant Technologies, Sears, Advanced Auto Parts, True Value and NicePak Products have been part of her resume. In her current role as Sr. Product Track lead for Supply Chain and integration at Carvana, she has taken over many of the activities of former boss Jonathan McCutcheon to manage a supply chain that includes a world-class Supply Chain Management Application (that uses Blockchain, AI, Machine Learning, RFID, and Predictive Analytics), a cutting edge Transportation Management System (TMS), a fully automated Carrier Management system, and an internally built Reconditioning Application. In addition she is responsible for highly customized RFID inventory tracking solution that is leveraged across the network to keep inventory accuracy at ~98%. Leslie is certified in PMP and currently working on her CSCP thru ASCM (Association for Supply Chain Management) and is a member of SWE (Society for Women Engineers). She spends her free time traveling the world, jumping out of airplanes and catching the latest movie in theaters.
Vice President, Supply Chain and Customs Policy,National Retail Federation (NRF)
Retail Industry Analyst,Forrester
Senior US Retail Analyst,Bloomberg
SDirector - Office of Freight Mobility,New York City Department of Transportation
Planning Director,New York Metropolitan Transportation Council (NYMTC)
CoFounder & CEO,Flexe
CEO & Co-Founder,Onera
Partner, Vice President of Supply Chain Strategies,LJM Group
Kenneth Moyer comes to LJM Group with 25 years of industry experience, including a 16-year multidisciplinary tenure at UPS. During his time there, he spent almost 10 years in the UPS Sales & Pricing Groups, developing, analyzing and implementing UPS pricing and costing models. Progressing through district, region, and corporate accounts, he evaluated and constructed pricing programs, using shipper-speci c package characteristics and cost modeling to reduce customer transportation costs while maintaining appropriate carrier operating ratios. The art and science of incentive agreement construction requires detailed data analysis, along with shipping practice ef ciency and effectiveness reviews, all while showing proper deference to the competitive environment. In this role, Mr. Moyer built thousands of UPS incentive agreements and reviewed many thousands more.
Mr. Moyer leveraged this valuable experience at UPS and entered the private sector where he launched the Logistics Services arm of Trendset Inc., Folio Logistics. As Director of Logistics, he oversaw the development, implementation and management of a sophisticated suite of supply chain solutions serving a Fortune 100 clientele, including such economy leaders as General Motors, Dell Computer, L’Oréal, Schlumberger, Delphi, Federal Mogul, and Bayer Healthcare, to name a few. Following the purchase of Trendset by AFS, Mr. Moyer joined the Executive Committee at AFS and oversaw several departments. As Director of Supply Chain Strategies, he continued his stewardship of the Logistics Services Group while developing internal operations and product synergies from the acquisition.
A move to Vice President of Revenue Management brought involvement in competitor research, developing new and diverse revenue streams, consistent and appropriate market messaging, and advanced analytics to allow for granular and actionable analysis of transportation data.
Now as Vice President of Supply Chain Strategies for LJM Group, Mr. Moyer brings his extensive experience to bear for LJM clients to maximize the value of every transportation dollar spent. He helps guide the effort to combine the multifaceted LJM solutions suite — of exhaustive carrier invoice and service audit recovery activities, industry-leading carrier contract evaluation and negotiation, and best-in-class transportation spend analytics — to make LJM clients more cost-effective, better informed shippers. Mr. Moyer has a marketing degree from the University of Maryland.
Director of Freight Initiatives – Ports and Transportation Department,New York City Economic Development Corporation
Executive Vice President,Red Hook Container Terminal LLC
Executive Director,Lehigh Valley Planning Commission
Chief Operating Officer,Horizon Group
Founder & CEO,Convey
Vice President, North American Truckload,C.H. Robinson
Kevin Abbott was named Vice President of North America Truckload in June of 2016, having served as Director of Truckload Pricing since 2014. Kevin joined C.H. Robinson via its acquisition of American Backhaulers in January 2000. Since joining the transportation industry in 1994, Kevin has worked in virtually all facets of the business including roles in operations, sales, solution design and analytics. Kevin owns responsibility for C.H. Robinson’s North American truckload business, with accountabilities covering everything from customer pricing through product delivery. Kevin holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from The University of Kansas.
Professor for Retail Management,DHBW Heilbronn
Daniela is a professor for retail management. Her research focuses on digitalization and its impact on the retail value chain and workforce. Prior to academia, she worked at EY as business consultant for Retail and CP companies. She holds a PhD from WHU and was a visiting scholar at Kellogg School of Management.
Investor and Advisor,
Scott Breitenother is an investor and advisor who specializes in building data driven organizations. He was employee #16 at direct-to-consumer mattress startup Casper and founded the company’s industry-leading Data & Analytics team. In a former life, Scott was a Management Consultant at L.E.K. Consulting (which is probably where he developed his love of frameworks and structure). He has a BS in Business Management from Babson College and a MSc in International Management from London School of Economics. When he’s not blogging about analytics trends at LocallyOptimistic.com, you can find him walking around Brooklyn with his wife and daughter.
Senior Manager of Channel Control,Home Depot
Joy has over two decades of experience in reverse logistics supporting manufacturing, service and retail sectors including companies such as Philips, IBM and now at The Home Depot for the last six years. In her current role, she is a Senior Manager responsible for the critical analysis of product flowing into Home Depot's return centers and their subsequent disposition. Joy ensures that the policy of returned products, both online and in store, are maintained to ensure the highest level of P&L recovery is achieved and to meet the Company’s sustainability goals.
General Manager,IBM US Distribution Market
Paulo Carvao is the General Manager for IBM's US Distribution Market with clients in retail, consumer goods, and travel and transportation. He brings more than 30 years of technology experience to these industries, as well as the perspective of a husband, and a father of two young adult consumers.
US Managing Director,Neurored
Joseph R Hudicka is The Managing Director of Neurored, the leading Global Trade & Logistics Solution in the Salesforce.com Appexchange.
Recognized by CIO Applications as a Top 25 Logistics Technology Solution Provider, clients leverage Neurored to manage more than $3 Billion in shipments annually.
Hudicka also serves on Rider University’s Center for Entrepreneurship Advisory Board in the School of Business Administration and also as adjunct professor teaching Innovation and Entrepreneurship, where he also earned his MBA.
Hudicka is a twenty five year veteran of the Supply Chain Industry, and internationally recognized as both a published author and speaker on business process reengineering, business intelligence and technological innovation.
For fun, Hudicka volunteers with his wife and children, teaching young people to transform their creativity into their greatest professional asset, through innovation and entrepreneurship.
Principal,Supply Chain Technologies
Jonathon McCutcheon has over 30 years of experience in Supply Chain technology and operations, working for Fortune 500+ companies such as Ryder Logistics, Frito-Lay/Pepsi, and Verizon. His most recent experience was as Director of Supply Chain for Carvana, helping them to build a ground up digital supply chain that would scale to keep up with their record growth. The supply chain includes a world-class Supply Chain Management Application (that uses Blockchain, AI, Machine Learning, RFID, and Predictive Analytics), a cutting edge Transportation Management System (TMS), a fully automated Carrier Management system, and an internally built Reconditioning Application. As owner of Supply Chain Technologies, an Ohio-based consulting company, Jonathon is following his passion of continuing to work with companies to solve challenges, large and small and work with really fun people across multiple industries. Jonathon is a Certified Transportation Professional (CTP), a Lean Six Sigma Black belt, and serves within multiple groups such as the ASCM (Association for Supply Chain Management) and BiTA (Blockchain in Transport Alliance).
Founder & CEO,Roadie
Marc Gorlin has been a successful entrepreneur in Atlanta for almost 20 years.
Marc founded Roadie in 2014 as the first on-the-way delivery service that puts unused capacity in passenger vehicles to work by connecting people with items to send with drivers heading in the right direction. Roadie works with consumers and businesses across almost every industry to provide a faster, cheaper, more scalable solution for same-day and urgent delivery.
Before starting Roadie, Marc co-founded and was Chairman of Kabbage Inc., which provides working capital to small and medium-sized businesses. To date, Kabbage has raised more than $500MM and provided more than $6B in capital to more than 120,000 small businesses. Prior to Kabbage, Marc co-founded VerticalOne Corporation, a content personalization service that was sold to S1 Corporation (Nasdaq: ACIW) for $166 million.
In 1996, Marc was a co-founder and an original board member of Pretty Good Privacy (“PGP”), a company formed to commercialize one of the most prevalent security standards on the Internet, popularized in the book The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Marc assisted with the initial formation of PGP and oversaw the financing, growth and eventual sale of the company to Network Associates in December of 1997. Marc is an active speaker on serial entrepreneurship, innovation, and venture funding.
Executive Director,Reverse Logistics Association
Founder & Principal,JHL Solutions
Juli Lassow is an accomplished retail executive with nearly 20 years of experience in the disciplines of sourcing, merchandising, inventory planning and analytics.
Juli’s particular area of expertise (and professional passion) is supplier relationship management and how it can be a differentiating factor in today’s ever-changing retail landscape. If product businesses want to thrive in these uncertain times, Juli believes, they must partner with amazing suppliers who share their core business values. As the founder and principal of JHL Solutions, Juli helps businesses navigate the complex world of global sourcing.
Before establishing her business, Juli held several progressive leadership roles at Target Corporation. She received her B.A in Economics and Math from Concordia College, Moorhead, MN.
When she’s not supporting her clients, Juli likes to explore Minnesota with her husband, Rick, and their two children. You’ll most likely find the Lassow clan kayaking on a lake, hiking or biking along a trail, or sampling the fare at a newly-opened eatery.
Jim Barnes is CEO of enVista and is a leading expert in supply chain management and unified commerce. Jim Barnes co-founded enVista in 2002 in response to market demand for comprehensive supply chain consulting services. He has spent the last 25 years deploying supply chain and enterprise solutions and synchronizing material and information flow for fortune 500 brands and retail companies. His expertise includes all areas within the extended supply chain, including global supply chain network design, strategic facility design, international and domestic transportation management, labor management, organizational change management and supporting supply chain and execution technology. Jim has successfully implemented strategies for hundreds of companies including Sephora, Sur La Table, Shopko, Tory Burch, Nature’s Best, Payless Shoes, Boot Barn, Brightpoint, Gulf-States Toyota, Wal- Mart.com, Genesco, Hibbett Sports, Modell’s and Sport Chalet and sits on the Board of Directors at Walker Edison.
Principal,Bain Capital Ventures
Founder & CEO,Ohi
Executive Managing Director,NGFK
Director of Business Integration,Essendant
Meg Dolan is the Director of Business Integration at Essendant, a leading wholesaler of office products, janitorial items and other business essentials. In her current role, Meg is responsible for identifying and merging best practices and system enhancements into existing business systems and procedures. Meg's broad business experience in project management, customer service, sales support, demand planning, purchasing, operations and returns enable her to build trusting relationships across departments.
Meg began her career in the public-sector awarding federal grants to deserving towns across the state of Indiana. After obtaining her MBA in Finance from the University of Indianapolis, Meg moved to the private sector where she held increasing roles of responsibility enabling her to hone her strong analytical, leadership and influencing skills.
Meg's current project takes her back to her returns roots. She's helping drive system and process improvements targeted at increasing the through put and recovery of distressed inventory.
VP Operations,Great Jones Goods
Director events, sales and marketing,Mercury Gate
Christine has been in the transportation industry for over 34 years. Cutting her teeth back in the mid 80’s for a Western Regional LTL carrier then moving on to the Transcontinental LTL carriers such as Yellow Freight, YRC and FedEx. She has been in the TMS software solution for MercuryGate for the past 9 years and continues to support, educate and share her knowledge of the need for transportation management globally. Christine enjoys travel, spending time with her family and simply enjoys finding laughter in the walk of life.
Head of Product Management, Sales Enablement (OMS & MDS) & Enterprise Architecture,iTradeNetwork
Nathan has 20+ years of information technology experience and a history of scaling IT, business operations, and software development teams. Most recently he was CIO at Control4–a leading home automation technology firm–and prior to that held IT leadership and software architecture roles at BEA Systems and NASA Ames Research Center.
Director of Fulfillment Strategy,Peapod Digital Labs
Daniël has been passionate about grocery e-commerce for fifteen years. Initially with The Netherlands' leading grocer Albert Heijn, then with its sister-company Peapod in the United States for the past five years, working on a diverse range of supply chain development initiatives. This past January, parent company Ahold Delhaize created Peapod Digital Labs (PDL) to be the Center of Excellence for e-commerce development for all of their US brands, and Daniël assumed the role of Director of Fulfillment Strategy for PDL. His team works with each of AD's great local brands to develop their e-commerce strategy, including network design, facility design and location analysis.
General Manager,Districon Solutions North America LLC
Districon thinks and works globally, in close cooperation with medium and large organizations, developing new logistics strategies and creating logistic solutions. From strategy to implementation; realistic, energetic and always focused on operating results.
Districon can offer a broad team of experienced specialists with logistics written all over their DNA. We are driven by our ambition to be a leader in our field, combining innovation with craftsmanship and in-depth knowledge of logistic processes and sectors.
Our specialists develop and implement IT solutions using the AIMMS optimization platform as one of our tools in our analytics toolset, tailored to the complexity of your supply chain. Solutions that connect and integrate easily with your existing IT systems. We believe in the potential value of data, algorithms and fact-based diagnosis. Calibrated and supported by our best practice experiences.
AIMMS is a forward-thinking software platform provider democratizing the use of prescriptive analytics so that everyone is self-enabled to make better decisions.
Our software helps you evaluate and identify the best options to tackle your most pressing challenges with sophisticated analytics that leverage mathematical modeling and scenarios while pulling from multiple data sources. You can immediately gauge, not just what is likely to happen, but what you should do about it for the best possible outcome.
Whether you seek to improve your strategy, planning, operations or transform your entire supply chain, AIMMS software is the ideal combination of being tailored to your unique situation paired with speed to value (ROI). That's why teams at M&S, Peapod, Heineken and many more fire up AIMMS every day.
President,The Ackerman Company
Ken Ackerman has been active in logistics and warehousing management for his entire career. Since 2007, he has also been a group chair for Vistage International, the world’s leading chief executive organization. Before entering the consulting field, he was chief executive of Distribution Centers, Inc., a public warehousing company which is now part of Exel Logistics USA. In 1980, Ackerman sold the company and joined the management consulting division of Coopers & Lybrand. Later, he formed the Ackerman Company, a management advisory service.
He is editor and publisher of Warehousing Forum, a monthly subscription newsletter. His newest book, Warehousing Profitably – 3rd Edition, was published in 2011. Other recent books include: Lean Warehousing, Auditing Warehouse Performance and Warehousing Tips. He is also a co-author (with Art VanBodegraven) of Fundamentals of Supply Chain Management, a 2007 book published by D. C. Velocity. Harvard Business Review published an article, "Making Warehousing More Efficient", co-authored by Bernard J. La Londe. His by-lined article “Just-in- Time, Right for Retail” was published in The New York Times. He is the author of numerous other articles dealing with warehousing and management.
He has the following educational and professional credentials: B.A., Princeton University
M.B.A., Harvard University Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals - Past President Warehousing Education and Research Council - Founder
Ken Ackerman has provided management advisory services to companies throughout the world. These clients include manufacturers, wholesale distributors, retailers, warehousing firms, carriers and trade associations. He has provided advisory support to several consulting firms. He has conducted training seminars on warehousing and has served as a speaker at many conferences. His fluency in Spanish enables him to lecture and consult in that language. His activity with Vistage International involves counseling and interaction with chief executives in many different fields.
Ken Ackerman was honored by Warehousing Education and Research Council (WERC) with a lifetime membership. He is the first person ever to receive similar recognition from three different organizations: CSCMP, IWLA and WERC. He received the Distinguished Service and Leadership Award from International Warehouse Logistics Association and had earlier received the Distinguished Service Award from Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals. He is an honorary life member of the Ohio Warehousemen’s Association and a former director of American Warehouse Association.
In civic activities, he was chapter chairman for Young Presidents Organization. He is past president and founder of the Wellington School, former officer of Columbus Association for the Performing Arts and past president of Opera Columbus.
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