Supply Chain Now Radio Episode 87

Supply Chain Now Radio, Episode 87
“SCNR Live from Birmingham, AL: Part Two”
Broadcast Live from the University of Alabama at Birmingham

Jordan Giroud serves as Supply Chain Manager with Lohr North America, a leading manufacturer of automotive transport trailers. Originally from France, Jordan graduated with a Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from ECAM Lyon in 2016 and has been hired by Lohr Industries to take part in the restructuring of the American subsidiary of the group. For three years now, Jordan has been in charge of the organization’s Supply Chain Department including purchasing, warehousing, procurement and planning activity. The team has already secured 41% in annual cost reductions. He has a strong knowledge of Lean Manufacturing, 5S and Inventory Management and is committed to achieving a world class Supply Chain for the company. He is playing a major role in the strategy of the North American business and in the relocation into a brand new 200,000 sq ft facility located in Lincoln, Alabama. Connect with Jordan Giroud on LinkedIn and learn more about Lohr North America here:

Mark Brown is the vice president of business retention and expansion for the Birmingham Business Alliance. He is responsible for implementing business retention and growth strategies for companies in the Birmingham seven-county region. He has extensive economic development experience and has been with the BBA since August 2011. Previously, Brown worked as director of workforce recruitment at the Chamber of Commerce of Huntsville/Madison County. In that role, he was responsible for the planning, creation and implementation of the workforce recruitment and retention programs for the chamber. He developed college campus recruitment initiatives, a comprehensive plan to recruit mid- to senior-level executives, coordinated chamber workforce-related committees and executed a workforce preparedness program working with existing industries in the region. In addition, Brown supported BRAC (Base Re-alignment and Closure) related events and activities for the Tennessee Valley BRAC Committee to include town hall meetings, job fairs and marketing activities supporting the Redstone Arsenal Commands. He has worked for large companies throughout the Southeast during his career in various leadership roles in operations, sales and business development for Verizon Wireless, Saia Inc., Southeastern Freight Lines, AAA Cooper Transportation and Consolidated Freightways. Brown is a graduate of the University of North Alabama, Auburn University’s Economic & Community Development Institute and the University of Oklahoma Economic Development Institute. He lives in the Birmingham area with his wife and three daughters. Connect with Mark Brown on LinkedIn and learn more about the Birmingham Business Alliance here:

Doug Duvall serves in outside sales for Hydra Power Systems. He has been married for 25 years to his wife, Monica, and is the father of six girls. Doug attended Portland State University in Portland, OR, where he majored in English Literature. He has spent almost 26 years on the Hydra-Power Systems team, both in Portland, OR and Birmingham, AL. When not helping manufacturers with their needs, you can often find him at The Cathedral of St. Paul’s Catholic Church. Learn more about Hydra-Power Systems here:

Barika McNeal Hamilton is a Productivity Engineer with the University of Alabama Productivity Center. The APC is a non-profit organization, housed within the Culverhouse School of Business, that enhances economic and workforce development. Barika has 17 years of logistics and business leadership experience, mostly in the automotive industry. Barika is a proud Alabama A&M University graduate and has an MBA from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. 

Prior to joining APC, Barika was a Group Logistics Manager for Ryder System Inc. and worked with the company for 14 years. While at Ryder, Barika led multiple teams that provided inbound transportation and crossdocking solutions to Honda Manufacturing of America and Otis Elevator. In her current role, Barika is a consultant to industry providing business, coaching and training assistance. Barika holds the APICS Certified in Logistics, Transportation and Distribution (CLTD) credential and teaches Supply Chain Management 101 to Birmingham area high school students enrolled in the Ready to Work Program.  When she is not working, Barika enjoys spending time with her husband Ronald Sr., son RJ and daughter Justise-Monroe. Connect with Barika McNeal Hamilton on LinkedIn and learn more about the Alabama Productivity Center here:

Greg White is a supply chain technology entrepreneur. In his 20-year career, Greg has guided companies dedicated to improving the operational performance for professionals both in the office and the field. Prior to his most recent role as CEO at Curo, Greg founded supply chain planning company Blue Ridge and served as President & CEO for the Gartner Magic Quadrant Leader, which helps companies balance inventory with customer demand.  Greg has also held leadership roles with Servigistics (now PTC), E3 Corporation (now JDA Software), and has led transformations at more than 100 companies, including Amazon, Ace Hardware, REI, Henry Schein, Williams Sonoma, LVMH, Arc’teryx & Stokke. Connect with Greg White on LinkedIn.

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

Learn more about the University of Alabama at Birmingham:
Learn more about Women in Trucking Accelerate! Conference: click here
Learn more about the Association for Supply Chain Management:
SCNR’s Scott Luton at Verusen event on “Digital Innovation & Intelligence”: click here
APICS Atlanta CSCP and CLTD Boot Camps at Georgia Tech: click here
Georgia Manufacturing Summit on October 9th:
Learn more about Supply Chain 101:
Check out SCNR on YouTube: click here
EFT 3PL & Supply Chain Summit: click here