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.
Greg White most recently served as CEO at Curo, who was on a mission to connect the digital workforce and eliminate workplace communication chaos. 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 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.
Chris Barnes is a professional education instructor for the Georgia Tech Supply Chain & Logistics Institute’s Supply Chain Management (SCM) and University of Tennessee-Chattanooga Center for Professional Education certificate courses. Barnes holds a B.S., Industrial Engineering and Economics Minor, from Bradley University, an MBA in Industrial Psychology with Honors from the University of West Florida. He is a certified APICS instructor and is one of the rare few holding CPIM-F, CLTD-F and CSCP-F designations. He served on the international Board of Trustees for the Institute of Industrial Engineers, is Past President of WERC Atlanta, and is currently involved with APICS Atlanta. He is a certified adult education trainer and has presented to/trained over 1900 people. He served on the editorial advisory board for Warehouse Management & Control Systems Deck Reference and authored the book “WMS: Phase 1: Assessment & Selection” a WERC Publication. He is also the author and lead facilitator of “Quarters in the Couch: Low Hanging Fruit ideas to Improve Warehouse Performance.” Barnes is a supply chain advocate, visionary and frequent blogger at APICS.Coach. In 2016, Barnes partnered with Supply Chain Now Radio (SCNR) as executive producer and senior analyst. SCNR is a social networking community organizing and sharing supply chain thought leadership through seminars, webinars, blogs and podcasts. Barnes has over 27 years of experience developing and managing multiple client, engineering consulting, strategic planning and operational improvement projects in supply chain management. Connect with Chris on LinkedIn and reach out to him via email.
Will Haraway is Founder & Lead Evangelist at Backbeat Marketing. Will has 20 years of executive experience in B2B Technology Marketing. Will is a certified analyst relations practitioner by the Knowledge Capital Group and has helped companies including Manhattan Associates, Aptos, Atlantix Global Systems, American Software
Ben Harris serves as Director, Supply Chain & Advanced Manufacturing at the Metro Atlanta Chamber where he is responsible for enhancing metro Atlanta’s efforts to recruit, retain and expand companies and investment within the supply chain ecosystem. Prior to joining the Chamber, Ben was Senior Manager, Market Development for Manhattan Associates. There, Ben was responsible for developing Manhattan’s sales pipeline and overall America’s supply chain marketing strategy. Ben oversaw market positioning, messaging and campaign execution to build awareness and drive new pipeline growth. Before joining Manhattan Associates, Ben spent four years with the Georgia Department of Economic Development’s Center of Innovation for Logistics where he played a key role in establishing the Center as a go-to industry resource for information, support, partnership building, and investment development. Additionally, he became a key SME for many logistics and supply chain-focused projects. Ben began his career at Page International, Inc. where he drove continuous improvement in complex global supply chain operations for a wide variety of businesses and Fortune 500 companies. An APICS Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP), Ben holds an Executive Master’s degree in Business Administration (EMBA) and bachelor’s degree in International Business (BBA) from the Terry College at the University of Georgia. Ben also serves on the board of directors for TAG Logistics Society and Aerotropolis Atlanta.
Bill Stankiewicz has 20+ years’ experience in Industrial Facility Operations, Business Development
Ashley Liebke is the CEO of Vision Media Group, LLC, Co-Host of Supply Chain Now Radio’s #TechConnect series, a Wine consultant with Scout & Cellar, and Co-Founder/Chief Editor and YouTube Creator with her Epic-Taste lifestyle blog. She was formerly the Vice-President of Marketing for Deposco, a provider of Supply Chain Software solutions for Coca Cola, Chickfila and hundreds of other shippers, distributors, and 3PLS. Ashley is a 12 year veteran of UPS, where she mastered the retail technology arena and implemented a new Retail Partner Marketing program. She frequently consulted with company Presidents and Enterprise retailers such as Macy’s, QVC, Cabela’s. Ashley managed UPS and ComScore’s multi-year, global research project, the UPS Pulse of Online Shopper Studies, to inform retailers and industry of consumer preferences and suggest necessary supply chain solutions to better meet their needs. As a long-time member of UPS’s Customer Technology Marketing group, Ashley launched global software upgrades for millions of
Ashley, aka @thevisionchic, has spoken at numerous events, webinars and is a blogger on her own Food & Lifestyle Blog Epic-Taste. Passionate about fashion and food logistics, Ashley and her firm are helping brands, restaurants, organizations and technology companies to optimize their brand and leverage the latest technology for automation of their marketing and logistics. Ashley lives in Peachtree Corners, GA with her daughter and son and enjoys eating while photographing food, yoga
Beau Groover is the Founder and CEO of The Effective Syndicate, and co-host of our #LeadershipMatters series. Beau has been working with manufacturing and operations-focused organizations for almost 20 years, including The Coca-Cola Company, Nordson Corporation, and Westrock (formerly RockTenn). Just prior to launching The Effective Syndicate, Beau served as the Director of Lean Supply Chain at Serta Simmons Bedding, LLC, and currently serves as an Advisory Board Member with TalentStream. He has earned his Six Sigma Master Black Belt and is Lean certified from the Association of Manufacturing Excellence (AME).
Beau’s hands-on approach has helped organizations save millions of dollars in addition to improving their customers’ experiences and building high-performance teams that drive business forward. Connect with Beau on LinkedIn.
Elba Pareja-Gallagher the Director of Finance at UPS and the Founder and President of ShowMe50. Elba is a finance and strategy professional with 20+ years of experience at UPS. She’s held roles in Finance, Investor Relations, Marketing and Strategy. She lived as an expat in Asia for three years. After working on a cross-functional team developing long term strategies for Global e-commerce, she’s now part of a Business Intelligence and Analytics team, reporting on the $40B US Domestic business unit.
Elba is also the founder of the social impact organization ShowMe50.org. The non-profit’s vision is to achieve 50% women in senior leadership positions through a grassroots movement. Using a one-of-a-kind collaborative approach, individuals learn to influence change at work in gender bias awareness, talent management, workplace flexibility and executive accountability. ShowMe50 is a Lean In Regional Leader whose Lean In Circles focus on career development, inclusive leadership and strategy.
Elba holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi, and a Master of Science in Supply Chain Management from the Florida Institute of Technology. She is an APICS Certified Supply Chain Professional. Elba is the Chair of the UPS Hispanic Business Resource Group, Crecer. Crecer was recognized as the #1 Hispanic Employee Resource Group by the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and Latina Style Magazine.
Jason Moss is the CEO and Founder of the Georgia Manufacturing Alliance. He launched the organization in 2008 with a mission to help connect, educate, and promote manufacturing companies, engineers, and designers throughout the state of Georgia. GMA now has seven chapters across the state serving more than 300 member companies who have more than 65,000 Georgia employees.
GMA organizes regular networking opportunities where members come together to share best practices and business expertise, as well as monthly plant tours and leadership training in each chapter. In 2018 more than 3,500 industry leaders attended the 120 events hosted by GMA. Members have the chance to tour world class manufacturers like KIA, Coca Cola, Caterpillar, King’s Hawaiian and Yamaha
Jason has created several other great resources including the Georgia Manufacturing Directory which is a “Best Seller” on Amazon and the Georgia Manufacturing Calendar that helps promote 18 industry associations that support Georgia manufacturing professionals.
Jason is on a mission to bring more awareness about Georgia manufacturers and the amazing people who make things every day in our state. Today you will learn how you can play a part of this grass roots movement.