Supply Chain Now Radio Episode 104

Supply Chain Now Radio, Episode 104
“Live from the eft Media Zone: Sheila Sitzer with Panera Bread”
Broadcast from eft’s 3PL & Supply Chain Summit

Sheila Sitzer has nearly 25 years’ experience in human resources leadership, with the majority of her career concentrated in manufacturing and supply chain roles.  She is currently the Director of Human Resources, International Business & Global Supply Chain for Panera LLC, which operates over 2,600 bakery-cafes across North America and employs over 120,000 associates.  In her role, she provides strategic leadership for people & culture initiatives for Panera’s 19 fresh dough manufacturing facilities, sourcing, quality & commercialization, and international business departments.   Sheila is a member of the Panera Women’s Network Advisory Group, serves as a mentor and mentee in partnership with Diverse Talent Strategies mentorship program, and is active in diversity and inclusion initiatives within Panera. Sheila received her undergraduate degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia where she majored in Political Science.  She is a former teacher of “Human Resources for the Non-Human Resources Professional” at St. Louis Community College.  She is a prior volunteer for the Annie Malone Foundation, teaching individuals in the community how to prepare for re-entry into the workforce.  Sheila received her Senior Professional in Human Resources from the Human Resources Certification Institute in 2007 and has successfully maintained this credential for the past 12 years.   In 2016, she was awarded “Professorship status” to teach Listen Like a Leader by the Barry Wehmiller Leadership Institute after a months-long rigorous certification process culminating with a week-long audition at Washington University in St. Louis.   She has participated in multiple lean manufacturing educational events and is a certified Green Belt.  Sheila is a current member of the Society of Human Resources Management and St. Louis Human Resources Management Association. When she’s not at work, Sheila enjoys spending time with her family, gardening, attending OrangeTheory fitness classes, and planning her next competitive running event.  She is an avid sports enthusiast and enjoys watching hockey, football, soccer, and baseball.  Sheila and her husband live in the St. Louis area with their 5 teenagers and 2 dogs.

Lance D. Roberts serves as Branch Manager at Becker Logistics – a third party logistics company based in Glendale Heights, IL. In this role, he oversees all aspects of the sales and operations for the Irving, Texas facility. At the age of 47, Roberts has been involved in every aspect of the industry. He has spent 31 of his 35 years of business experience in management and leadership positions. A visionary entrepreneur even at a young age, Roberts found ways to make money, selling roses from his mother’s garden and going door-to-door in his Canyon Lake, California neighborhood selling candy. He also held garage sales, selling items around his parent’s house to make money. He paid cash for his first car at age 16 – a 1978 Honda Accord. Roberts spent the first ten years of his professional career at the Canyon Lake Property Owners Association in California, starting as an assistant to the golf pro, and then moving into administration where he was city maintenance manager. He later worked for Gottschalks department store in San Bernardino as a dock worker, and was promoted twice within two weeks to the role of shipping/receiving manager. In 1997 he spent five years with Roadway Express in operations management. During his tenure at Roadway, he successfully completed his Bachelor of Science in Business Management from University of Phoenix. Roberts attributes his promotion at Roadway and successive opportunities to the bachelor’s program. Roberts ran his own company as a truck broker/agent for Freedom Express. He then joined JTS in April 2003 as an agent in the Fresno office. Bringing a small book of business to the company, he quickly developed the dairy division within two months and as a result was promoted in 2003 to Director of Sales for the Dairy division. He left JTS in 2009 as VP of Sales and Marketing and then in 2010 he Open RLS a $65M 3PL & RTC a 20-truck operation. In 2012 Roberts sold the two companies and worked as VP of RMX then in 2016 he opened a consulting firm. Roberts successfully turned around 5 companies & a few M&A due diligence projects including a 100-unit trucking company and helped 3 start ups before joining Becker Logistics. Roberts while working at JTS, received a Master of Business Administration from the University of Phoenix in 2007. The masters program prepared him for the working world using real life business applications of the principles taught in the classroom for courses such as business, finance, sales, and human resources – all of which contributed to the creation of the JTS, RLS, RMX  and many of the turnaround strategic business plan. Roberts resides in Fort Worth, Texas along with his wife Amy, step daughter Asha and son Logan and has one step son in college in Wisconsin.  He is an ardent supporter of charitable organizations such as MDA, United Way, and Habitat for Humanity CEC and is active with his local church. In his spare time he enjoys spending time with his wife and kids and watching his kids hockey matches. Connect with Lance Roberts on LinkedIn and visit Becker Logistics’ website for more information:

Scott W. Luton is the founder of Supply Chain Now Radio. He has worked extensively in the end-to-end Supply Chain industry for more than 15 years, appearing in publications such as The Wall Street Journal, Dice and Quality Progress Magazine. Scott currently serves as Executive Vice President of APICS Atlanta and was recently named a 2019 Pro to Know in Supply Chain by Supply & Demand Executive. He founded the 2019 Atlanta Supply Chain Awards and also served on the 2018 Georgia Logistics Summit Executive Committee. He is a certified Lean Six Sigma Green Belt and holds the APICS Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP) credential. A Veteran of the United States Air Force, Scott volunteers on the Business Pillar for VETLANTA and serves on the advisory board for the Georgia Manufacturing Alliance. He also serves as an advisor with TalentStream, a leading recruiting & staffing firm based in the Southeast. Connect with Scott Luton on LinkedIn and follow him on Twitter at @ScottWLuton.

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