Supply Chain Now Radio Episode 142

Supply Chain Now Radio, Episode 142
“VETLANTA Voice Series: Veteran Transition Stories & Hiring Resources”
The VETLANTA Voice Series
Exclusively on Supply Chain Now Radio

Matthew Grob serves as the U.S. Department of Labor’s representative for the Veterans Employment Outreach Program for the Southeast US since June 2015.  Matthew provides consultative expertise and advisory services to regional and national employers through direct engagement and strategic partnerships with Veterans’ service organizations, state workforce partners and government agencies to promote Veterans’ employment opportunities.  Matthew enlisted in the US Army in 1989 and served as an Intelligence Specialist in Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, and tours in Germany and Italy.  He completed ROTC as a Distinguished Military Graduate and commissioned a Second Lieutenant in July, 1999.  Matthew’s assignments include directing a Human Resources department of a transportation agency and commanding a regional Human Resources unit in Germany and Kuwait.  He culminated his military career as the Senior Program Manager and Force Development Officer for Headquarters, US Army Europe leading Army-wide transformation programs over a 6-year period.  Upon retirement, Matthew and his family relocated from Heidelberg, Germany to the Atlanta, Georgia area and found most meaning and purpose in serving fellow Veterans, their families and the military community through volunteer, non-profit and governmental service.  He is actively involved with numerous Veterans organizations, including lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, a member of the Atlanta Chapter of Team RWB.  Matthew currently serves as an Executive Board of VETLANTA and the Chief Strategy & Government Relations Officer since 2015.  Matthew has earned an Executive MBA from Emory University’s Goizueta Business School, a Master of Arts in International Relations from Webster University and a Bachelor of Arts in Business Management & Communication from Concordia University – Wisconsin.  He has an extensive background in Program and Project Management with certified Lean Six Sigma training and experience. 

Christopher Plamp joined Hire Heroes USA after leaving the Air Force as a colonel in May 2014. He was an Air Force Command Pilot, flight instructor and evaluator, primarily flying the A-10 Warthog, the MQ-1B Unmanned Predator, the UV-18B Twin Otter, and the TG-16 Sailplane. He was an A-10 Fighter Squadron Director of Operations, and an MQ-1B Reconnaissance Squadron Commander, as well as a Flying Training Group Commander at the United States Air Force Academy. He also served in the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) as the director of a four-star generals Commander’s Action Group (CAG). In his final position, Christopher was director of one of only two NATO Combined Air Operations Centers, which were responsible for the military air defense of the 14 NATO countries in Northern Europe. Christopher participated in Operation SOUTHERN WATCH, Operation ENDURING FREEDOM and Operation IRAQI FREEDOM. He received two Bronze Stars for actions in Afghanistan, the first one in 2001, as a member of JSOC, for actions during the initial combat operations after 9/11.  The second was earned for his work in critical operations in the 74 the Fighter Squadron, including the planning and execution of the Operation Redwing “Lone Survivor” rescue.  As Commander of the 15 the Expeditionary Resonance Squadron, he led his team to provide all conventional Predator Unmanned Aircraft operations during ‘The Surge’ into Iraq, in addition to personally flying some missions.  Christopher’s other awards include: Defense Superior Service Medal; the Legion of Merit; the Defense Meritorious Service Medal; three Air Medals; and, the German Silver Cross of Honor.  When he first joined Hire Heroes USA, Christopher served as Director of Veteran Programs. He was promoted to Chief Programs Officer in 2015, Chief Operating Officer in 2017, and Chief Executive Officer in 2018.  He holds a Master’s in Military Art and Science, and a Master’s in Strategic Studies. He also has a Bachelor of Science degree from the United States Air Force Academy.

Lloyd Knight is a Senior Director of International Air Freight based at UPS Supply Chain Solutions corporate campus in Alpharetta, GA. Lloyd began his career with UPS in 2007 and in addition to his current assignment has served multiple capacities including Director of Global Freight Forwarding, Director of Global Government Operations and Government Operations Manager. In addition to these roles, Lloyd has been selected for several special assignments including a six month rotation with corporate HR establishing the UPS Veterans Management Training Program, a six week deployment to Hong Kong in 2017 to support peak season and the Chairman of the UPS Veterans Council in 2019. Lloyd retired from the Air Force in 2007 after 20 years of service. During his military service, Lloyd logged over 3,000 flight hours as a Loadmaster on several aircraft including the C-141 Starlifter, C-5 Galaxy, and C-23 Sherpa. He also served as a Functional Manager at HQ Air Mobility Command and First Sergeant for Medical and Communications Squadrons. Lloyd participated in Operations “Just Cause”, “Desert Storm” “Northern Watch”, “Southern Watch”, “Allied Force” and supported Operations “Enduring Freedom” and “Iraqi Freedom”.  Lloyd started the first UPS Veterans Business Resource Group in Atlanta and co-founded and is the President of VETLANTA, an industry collaboration of veteran friendly/affiliated organizations striving to make Atlanta the premier community for veterans and their families. He is an active volunteer supporting multiple non-profits including American Corporate Partners, FourBlock, Veterans Empowerment Organization and Hire Heroes USA. Lloyd is the recipient of the 2017 UPS Jim Casey Community Service Award. This award is given annually to just one of 454,000 global UPS employees for demonstrating an exceptional commitment to helping others in their community. He is also two time recipient of the President’s Volunteer Service Award and was awarded an Atlanta Journal Constitution Hometown Hero Award in 2018. Lloyd has associate degrees in Aircrew Operations and Human Resources Management from the Community College of the Air Force, a Bachelor Degree and Master’s Degree in Transportation & Logistics Management from American Military University. Lloyd is married to Suzan for 31 years and has two sons. Connect with Lloyd Knight on LinkedIn and learn more about UPS here:

Greg White serves as Principle & Host at Supply Chain Now Radio. Greg is a founder, CEO, board director and advisor in B2B technology with multiple successful exits. He recently joined Trefoil Advisory as a Partner to further their vision of stronger companies by delivering practical solutions to the highest-stakes challenges. Prior to Trefoil, Greg served as CEO at Curo, a field service management solution most notably used by Amazon to direct their fulfillment center deployment workforce. Greg is most known for founding Blue Ridge Solutions and served as President & CEO for the Gartner Magic Quadrant Leader of cloud-native supply chain applications that balance inventory with customer demand. Greg has also held leadership roles with Servigistics, and E3 Corporation, where he pioneered their cloud supply chain offering in 1998. In addition to his work at Supply Chain Now Radio and Trefoil, rapidly-growing companies leverage Greg as an independent board director and advisor for his experience building disruptive B2B technology and supply chain companies widely recognized as industry leaders. He’s an insightful visionary who helps companies rapidly align vision, team, market, messaging, product, and intellectual property to accelerate value creation. Greg guides founders, investors and leadership teams to create breakthroughs that gain market exposure and momentum, and increase company esteem and valuation. Learn more about Trefoil Advisory:

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.

Upcoming Events & Resources Mentioned in this Episode

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Check out VETLANTA:
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Check out Hire Heroes:
2019 AIAG/SCAC Supply Chain & Quality Conference:
Georgia Manufacturing Summit on October 9th:
eft Logistics CIO Forum in Austin, TX:
Reverse Logistics Association Conference & Expo:
SCNR to Broadcast Live at MODEX 2020:
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