September 07 - 09, 2020
Westin Galleria Houston, TX
Past Speakers 2018
Head of Global Supply Chain and Logistics Center of Expertise
Beth joined BASF as a Supply Chain and Global S&OP Manager in 2011 and is currently the Head of BASF Global Supply Chain & Logistics Center of Expertise, Supply Chain Operations. Her responsibilities include oversight of the Global Supply Chain & Logistics Center of Expertise, supply chain operations, service and network design, logistics service requisitioning.
Beth obtained her Bachelor of the Arts degree from University of North Carolina at Charlotte and a Master of Science in Management degree from College of Saint Elizabeth
Global Logistics Senior Director
Michelle was appointed Chemours Global Logistics Senior Director in November 2016 after 1.5 years as Chemours Chemical Solutions Sourcing Manager. She started her career in 1988 at Dupont's Performance Coatings (DPC) Marshall Laboratory. Her first 19 years were spent in DPC and Conoco's Environmental (SHE) groups, DPC Regulatory Affairs and Sourcing. In 2007, she moved to Dupont Titanium Technologies and spent the next 8 years in various roles spanning Sourcing (Chloralkali buyer), Minerals and Co-Products Business Manager, Ores Venture Manager and North America Technical Marketing Manager. Michelle holds a M.S. in Environmental Science from Drexel University. She enjoys home projects, sports and the outdoors with her husband, Tim, and their 3 sons. They live in Garnet Valley, PA.
Vice President-Operations, Commercial, Supply Chain & Logistics Regeneration Services
Veolia North Amerca
Denise M. Kopko is Vice President of Operations-Commercial, Supply Chain and Logistics for Veolia North America, based at the company's Christiana Executive Campus in Newark, Del. Denise has over 27 years experience as a demonstrated leader in improving business profitability, streamlining logistics operations and supply chains while increasing competitive advantage. She has a proven track record as a business manager developing and executing marketing, logistics and supply chain strategies while building and leading successful cross-functional teams.
Prior to joining Veolia North America in January 2017, Denise held various assignments as Global Marketing Intelligence Leader, Global Demand Manager, North American Business & Marketing Manager as well as numerous other business, supply chain and logistics positions within Chemours and DuPont where she worked beginning in 1992.
Denise earned her MBA at Drexel University, LeBow College of Business and an undergraduate degree at Penn State, Smeal College of Business, with a focus on supply chain and logistics. Additionally, she has garnered numerous recognitions and awards for professional excellence.
Founder and Chief Futurist
Forbes contributor and Featured Technology Futurist on CNN, Ian Khan is a highly sought after emerging technology expert. A three times TEDx Speaker & Author, Ian has impacted over 5000 organizations in his career of 20 years to help organizations understand emerging technology and the steps they can take to create limitless value.
An advocate of emerging technologies, Ian helps organizations gain a competitive advantage in today’s era of disruption and rapid change. His core speaking topics include technology trends, industry future outlook and the role of IoT, AI & Blockchain in shaping our future.
Ian is also the author of over 8 books. Some of these include Cloud Wars, The Internet of Things (IoT) A Concise Introduction, The Internet of Things & the Future of Innovation, Make Me Like You, 21 Steps & Get Ahead and Meaningful Conversations.
A highly sought after expert, Ian has dedicated the last 20 years evangelizing technologies such as Cloud Computing, Internet of Things, and emerging tech. Though his career he Ian has worked with Information Technology startups, SAP EBS Partner Companies and key Microsoft partner ecosystem providers. Through his two decades of working in the industry he also gained a complete understanding of where organizations face maximum challenge as his roles included Sales, Business Development, Management, to managing global marketing teams.
Ian is also an active speaker and spends more than 200 days per year on the road speaking at industry conferences. He is also a frequent contributor to industry publications and his work has appeared in McGraw Hill Education, Huffington Post, & Techvibes.
Global Director, Logistics
Richard Boulware, MBA, CPSM, is Director, Global Logistics for International Flavors & Fragrances Inc. Rich collaborates with procurement, planning and operations to streamline inbound, outbound and intercompany material flows delivering improved levels of cost control, process governance and trade compliance. In his 15 years with IFF, Mr. Boulware has held various positions in IFF’s Supply Chain organization. Mr. Boulware has been an active leader in supply chain strategy, strategic sourcing and global supplier relationship management.
Over his career, he has held roles in engineering and operations in the pharmaceuticals industry and in software development and program management for the automotive industry during the dot com boom. Mr. Boulware recently relocated to the Netherlands to join his peers working in IFF's new Supply Chain Hub office.
Mr. Boulware will be sharing his recent real world experiences in taking on the task of integrating IFF's 3PL logistics partners as a key component of an enterprise-wide Logistics Strategy for International Flavors and Fragrances Inc.
Leader, Sourcing and Logistics
Mark Porter is currently the Sourcing & Logistics leader for DuPont’s Nutrition & Health Business. He received his degree from Clemson University in Chemical Engineering and received his CPSM certification (Certified Professional in Supply Management) from the Institute of Supply Management. He has a diverse background at DuPont, having worked in roles in plant engineering, operations, R&D, business leadership, and finance. He has been involved in procurement since 2001 and in his present role leading the Nutrition & Health procurement organization since 2014.
Global Director, Supply Chain
Mark is leading the development and implementation of the global supply chain business strategy for fast growing Advanced Materials business unit of Air Liquide. Business is primarily focused on the design and manufacturing of thin film precursors for the semiconductor industry for use in Atomic Layer Deposition (ALD) and Chemical Vapor Deposition (CVD) applications.
Mark is responsible for all areas of planning, logistics, and procurement, driving change to the procurement processes including strategic sourcing, raw material procurement, supplier qualification and ongoing supplier quality. He oversees supply chain operations for 5 US sites and 2 Korea sites and is leading improvements to S&OP and all other planning processes, as well as improved logistics processes to support tight customer timelines and complex packaging requirements.
Leader, Supply Chain Assurance
Heath Dhayer has been in the chemical industry for 22 years - 20 of those with Nova. Over the 22 years he has held various positions in logistics, customer service, marketing, planning, business development and most recently supply assurance managing the aspects of sales and operations planning.
Head, Supply Chain
Over the last 20+ years, Bill has held numerous leadership and transformation roles in the chemical industry. He led multiple large SAP implementations across the world, managed organizational and process redesigns, and held global supply chain leadership positions.
With his unique background, Bill has strengths in all aspects of the supply chain with vast knowledge of best practices and proven ability to deliver results with inventory optimization, planning, scheduling, S&OP, customer service, forecasting, and system implementations in the global environment. He has also led businesses to gain successful recognition as world class supply chains, including the Oliver Wight – Class A Certification.
Most recently, Bill has been optimizing the BYK NAFTA supply chain.
Bill is a graduate of West Virginia Tech with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. He is also a Six Sigma Master Black Belt.
Director International Ops
Manager, Supply Chain Operational Design
Steve is currently the Manager, SC Operational Design North America. He leads a team that has responsibility for operational network design and SC Optimization in the region. He previously worked in Logistics Procurement serving in a variety of roles to include domestic and international modal management. Prior to working at BASF, he was with Honeywell working in a variety of SC Roles at both Business Unit and Corporate Levels.
Manager - Logistics & Trade Compliance
W. R. Grace & Co
Alisha is a Manager - Logistics, Warehousing & Trade Compliance at W.R. Grace. She is goal-oriented executive with a broad range of global S&OP expertise and best in class operations management experience centered on delivering customer-focused results that grow the business bottom line while driving accountability and team development. Alisha possesses international experience in the consumer goods, pharmaceutical and chemical markets. She is a certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt who utilizes proven techniques and tools to drive transformational change and continuous improvement throughout a matrix environment which shifts company culture as we achieve sustainable results.
Supply Chain Manager, NA
Bernice Cannon is the Supply Chain Manager for North America for Nouryon Pulp and Performance Chemicals, LLC Formally AkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals. She is responsible for logistics and supply planning for 5 North American plants. Bernice has over 18 years of experience in the chemical industry, managing functions of Customer Service, Logistics and Supply Planning.
Trade Compliance Specialist - Logistics & Trade Compliance
W. R. Grace & Co
Daniel is an experienced Trade Compliance Specialist at W.R. Grace with a demonstrated history of working in the chemicals, electronics, furniture, and industrial industries. He is a strong business development professional with a Bachelors of Science focused in International Business from Florida Institute of Technology.
Emmanuel Carena is a CSCP certified business professional with expertise in inventory management, logistics, and data analysis. Currently, he is a Supply Chain Data Analyst and Quality Assurance Global Coordinator at Houghton International, Inc., a metalworking fluids manufacturer and service provider located in Valley Forge, PA. Out of work, Emmanuel is pursuing an MBA degree at the Villanova School of Business with a focus in Strategic Management. He enjoys traveling, watching comedy shows, and routing for the Philadelphia Eagles.
Global Logistics Lead
Erica is a supply chain and logistics executive with international expertise in strategic management, operational planning and defining business processes across different industries including transportation, chemicals, agriculture, and healthcare. She is highly skilled at analyzing end-to-end business process to streamline workflows and optimize the operational benefit. Erica has a proven track record in team selection and development, building strong relationships at the Board level through direct customer.
Erica joined AdvanSix, a fully integrated manufacturer of Nylon 6 resin, chemical intermediates and ammonium sulfate fertilizer, as a is a Global Logistics Lead in 2016 and currently oversees logistics, procurement and operations for all modes.
Regional Trade Manager, Americas
International Flavors & Fragrances, Inc.
Luis Gil, MBA in Supply Chain – candidate, is Regional Trade Manager for International Flavors & Fragrances Inc. Mr. Luis is responsible for overseeing trade related activities for IFF for the American. In his 5 years with IFF, Mr. Luis has held various leadership positions in IFF’s Supply Chain organization.
Over the last 15 years, he has held roles in technology, operations, logistics and inventory management in the manufacturing and 3pl industries.
Luis is also a 5-year member of the Board of Directors for APICS-Central Jersey.
Luis will be joining Richard Boulware and their experience with integrating IFF’s 3PL logistics partners to the company’s enterprise-wide Logistics strategy.
Supply Chain Consultant, Fluoroproducts
Director of Chlor-Alkali and Blends
Steve Watts is the Director of Chlor-Alkali and Blends for Brenntag Northeast, Inc. Steve joined Brenntag in 2012 as their Process Improvement Manager.
Prior to Brenntag, Steve worked for Univar/Basic Chemical Solutions as their Continuous Improvement Lead. Steve obtained his Lean Six Sigma black belt with Rohm and Haas Company when he was in their engineering development program.
Steve graduated from Lehigh University with a degree in Chemical Engineering and later an MBA from Temple University. He is married to Joanne and they have two young children, Andrew and Lauren.
Former Global Process Manager, Supply Chain – ERP Implementation Core Team
Cliff is an experienced technical professional with a background in a multiple industries (Pharmaceuticals, Medical Devices, Foods, & Specialty Chemicals). His skill sets include operations management, quality systems, supply chain planning, capital project management, ERP implementation, and lean six sigma methodologies.
In his recent role as Global Process Manager, Supply Chain - ERP Implementation Core Team at H.B. Fuller, Cliff was part of the ERP Implementation Core Team and served as a Global Subject Matter Expert (SAP / MRP) - scheduling and purchasing, supply chain planning, SAP business processes, quality systems integration, supplier controls and lean business practices.
Cliff holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania and is a Board of Trustees member at Bet Shalom Congregation, Minnetonka MN.
Vice President of Logistics and Carrier Management
Lori Fellmer has spent the majority of her professional life working on the provider-side of international shipping, including 20 years with a major ocean carrier and and another 5 years in freight forwarding. Her experience spanned many disciplines including pricing, regulatory, sales and operations.
In 2011, Lori made the leap from service provider to shipper. Since then, she has worked with Ashland Chemical and more recently, with BassTech International, where she is Vice President of Logistics and Carrier Management. In both companies, Lori has been responsible to support the supply chain by ensuring the uninterrupted and efficient movement of her company’s chemical products.
Lori likes to use some of her spare time volunteering - including her current role as Treasurer for the International Commerce Club of New Jersey
Hazardous Materials Safety Assistance Team, Eastern Region
Anthony H. “Tony” Murray III joined the U.S. Department of Transportation (US DOT), Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration in August of 2000. He works out of the Eastern Region Field Office located in West Trenton, NJ. As a member of the Hazardous Materials Safety Assistance Team (HMSAT), he is available to help businesses find the resources needed to comply with the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR) and to provide compliance assistance to Federal, state and local governments and the private sector.
Tony is a 1976 graduate of the State University of New York (SUNY) Maritime College earning a Bachelor of Science Degree in Marine Transportation. He received a commission as an Ensign in the U.S. Navy Reserve and a Third Mate’s license issued by the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) to sail as a deck office in the U.S. Merchant Marine. He then sailed onboard U.S. flag ships for 15 years and advanced his merchant marine license to “Master Unlimited” and also holds the rank of Captain U.S. Navy Reserve (retired).
Captain Murray began his Federal civil service career in December 1991 as a Marine Transportation Specialist for the U.S. Navy’s Military Sealift Command (MSC). After 6 years with MSC, Murray transferred to the U.S. Coast Guard’s National Maritime Center in Arlington, Virginia, where he administered programs related to the certification, training and licensing of U.S. Merchant Marine officers and seamen. After leaving USCG and before coming to the US DOT, Murray spent 2 years with the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) as a Marine Accident Investigator in the NTSB Office of Marine Safety.
Tony lives in Doylestown, PA with his wife Mary Lou and daughter Grace.
National Packaging Safety Program Manager/Senior Investigator
Anthony Lima is the National Packaging Safety Program Manager for the U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT), Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety (PHMSA), Office of Hazardous Materials Safety, Field Operations division. My Lima is the U.S. subject matter expert on United Nations (UN) Performance Oriented Packaging compliance and safety oversight.
PHMSA is the lead agency within U.S. DOT for UN-rated non-bulk and IBC packaging oversight. PHMSA has exclusive regulatory jurisdiction for UN packaging manufacture, testing and certification, as well as other areas such as remanufacture, reconditioning, repair, testing and certification for continued use of packaging. PHMSA also promulgates the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR), Title 49 Code of Federal Regulations.
Among other UN packaging lead service responsibilities, Mr. Lima manages PHMSA’s UN Packaging Validation Testing Program. The U.S. is the only UN State with an enforcement-based package testing program. PHMSA has tested more than 700 domestic and foreign made designs since 1996 as an oversight and safety promotion tool. We assist packaging manufacturers with independent testing to validate performance capabilities for their drums, jerricans, pails, boxes and IBCs. We also identify and offer assistance for designs that do not meet HMR prescribed standards.
Mr. Lima is a 28-year veteran with U.S. DOT. Mr. Lima was a front-line investigator for 13 years prior to be named PHMSA’s first National Packaging Safety Program Manager in 2006. For assistance with UN packaging, Mr. Lima can be reached at (856) 265-3054 (cell) or email@example.com.
Hazardous Materials Specialist
John D. Gavas has been with the US Department of Transportation for thirty- two (32) years in Missouri, Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Delaware. He currently serves as a Hazardous Materials Programs Specialist for the past ten (10) years with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration covering the Eastern Service Center territory.
Professor and Chair, Department of Marketing/BIS
Berrin Guner is Professor and Chair of the Marketing/Business Information Systems Department at Rowan University. She holds a Ph.D. in marketing from Drexel University. She has an extensive teaching and research background in the areas of International Marketing and Marketing Strategy. Berrin has also substantial experience in experiential learning, from curriculum development to course delivery. She has overseen over 25 client projects within the last 5 years, which involved various profit and non-profit organizations in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Recently, she has been awarded the prestigious Rohrer College of Business, Executive Advisory Council Faculty Award for Innovation in Teaching. Berrin serves as a board member of the International Management Development Association whose mission is management development through the transfer of information and knowledge, learning, cooperation and exchange of personnel.
Assistant Professor, Supply Chain and Logistics
Saravanan Kuppusamy (SK) holds a PhD in Operations Management from the University of Cincinnati. Prior to PhD, SK was employed for several years in multiple industry verticals including logistics, constructionagricultural equipment manufacturing, and consumer packaged goods. His research interests include sustainable operations, supply chain, inventory management and transportation. At Rowan, he teaches global supply chain, supply chain analytics, and business logistics. Before joining Rowan, SK taught at Quinnipiac University for four years.
David Nate is an instructor and advisor in the Marketing and BIS Department of Rohrer College of Business. He teaches Marketing in the Business Environment - Rowan Seminar, Principles of Marketing, Business Logistics, and Principles of Transportation.
Mr. Nate is an alumnus of Glassboro State College with a degree in Marketing Management and Rutgers University where he earned an MBA. He was employed by Consolidated Rail Corporation (Conrail) for 22 years with experience in Operations, Customer Service, Marketing and Sales. After Conrail’s acquisition by NS and CSX, Mr. Nate moved on to Sunoco as the Delaware Valley Transportation Coordinator for eight years before returning to Rowan as a member of the Curriculum Advisory Board for Supply Chain Management, in 2009.
Cordstrap North America
Donna McPherson is the President of Cordstrap North America, a global leader in cargo securing with over 50 years of experience in sales, manufacturing and partnerships in over 50 countries world-wide.
Donna came to Cordstrap in 2017 after a 20-year career with Kimberly-Clark Professional. She brings a strong cross-functional background in sales, marketing and manufacturing. She is a seasoned General Manager who spent 7 years on an expat assignment leading the KCP Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA) business.
Donna’s focus with Cordstrap has been on developing and implementing a growth strategy which includes delivering unique solutions that address challenges Chemical companies are facing in compliance, safety and standardization & consistency.
Donna has a BS in Marketing Management and is working on her MSc in Strategic Planning. Donna and her husband live in Chicago, IL.
Cordstrap is dedicated to working in partnership with manufacturers and transporters to provide advice and solutions to global cargo securing needs. One of the biggest challenges our customers face is striking the right balance between competing forces and priorities in the market: Changing and strengthening regulations, demands from the market for both quality and cost improvement and the need for continuous operational improvement and streamlining. At Cordstrap we are proud of the role we play to advise customers on these issues and to develop and implement solutions that strike the right balance and add value to our customers. A big success has been the role we have played in growing the awareness on the importance of compliance by the industry by delivering cargo securing solutions with products designed to meet or surpass codes and regulation.
Director of Sales
Patrick Pretorius is the Director of Sales for Ticontract Americas and has more than 14 years of experience on four continents in intermodal procurement, contract logistics and supply chain solutions. By uncovering scenarios that benefit both the carriers and the shipper organizations he supports, Patrick creates value for his customers through sustainable transportation procurement strategies that optimize tendering processes and reduce costs. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Regional Vice President
Jared Stedl is the Regional Vice President for Schneider Bulk. With 20 years of experience as a transportation professional, Jared is currently accountable for Schneider Bulk Intermodal service, South operations and planning, and shared responsibilities with the Bulk customer service and business development teams.
Jared’s extensive background in the freight transportation industry spans across network, operations, sales, and customer service leadership at the regional and national level. In addition to his current responsibilities, Jared’s professional experience also includes accountability in areas such as finance, driver recruiting, and Intermodal transportation. Jared is passionate about improving the overall impact of transportation on the public and economy while building an infrastructure for safe, reliable, and mutual success for all partners.
Jared has earned degrees in Accounting from the University of Wisconsin Whitewater, a Master of Business Administration from University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, and a Master of Science in Intermodal Transportation from the University of Denver. He and his wife, Cara, and two children, Olivia and Isabella, live in Green Bay, Wisconsin. His hobbies include reading, running, and spending time outside as often as possible.
President & COO
Mike Andaloro has been a career professional in the global transportation and logistics industry for more than 25 years, performing in a variety of operational leadership capacities within BDP International.
Mike is responsible for the operations of all BDP-owned and joint venture enterprises including 148 offices in 39 countries. In the role of President and Global COO, Mike has responsibility for all operational aspects of the company, including: financial performance of the global enterprise, service requirements and execution, Operations planning and strategy formulation, new business development, and implementation of the corporation’s long-range business plans.
Prior to being named to this current position, Mr. Andaloro was Managing Director of BDP operations in the Asia Pacific region (based in Shanghai, CN 2009 - 2010) and had been the COO for BDP’s US Operations (2004-2009).
Mike is a proud graduate of St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia with a bachelor’s degree in International Relations and currently operates from BDP’s Corporate Headquarters in Philadelphia, PA.
Senior Business Development Manager
With over 17 years of experience in B2B solution
sales, Adrienne has worked with Fortune 1000 companies to improve their sales
channels. 12 of those years were focused on customer-facing eCommerce portals
with a real-time interface to SAP. She understands the order-to-cash process
and the value of efficiency and visibility on the customer experience.
Vice President of Global Sales
Peter joined C.H. Robinson in 1996 and was named vice president of global sales in 2014. In his current role, Peter is focused on helping companies simplify their global supply chains, reduce risk and manage spend. He builds smarter, more competitive supply chains with his team of skilled supply chain engineers and logistics professionals using market knowledge, practical experience, and proven processes. Peter holds a bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University.
Chief Operating Officer
Dunavant Global Logistics Group
Richard has more than 20 years of experience in all aspects of a global supply chain within industries ranging from automotive, retail, food, consumer products, and commodities. He provided the leadership and vision to develop Dunavant into a global logistics service provider. Richard leads his management team in delivering clients lower-landed cost solutions with improved customer service. Formerly, he was vice president of supply chain for the Fortune 300 retailer, AutoZone, and vice president of global logistics for Williams-Sonoma.
Vice President Operations
Mr. London is a nationally recognized Licensed Customs House Broker and Certified Customs Specialist. After an IT career including work with AT&T and The Associated Press Mr. London a 20+ year veteran of the US Customs and Drawback Industry is now Vice President at Charter Brokerage NY.
Mr. London has been a speaker/panelist at various trade organization conferences. Notably ICPA, AAEI, CSCMP, The Virginia World Trade Organization, St. Louis Trade Compliance and NEXCO.
Mr. London serves on the NCBFAA (1), AAEI (2) and TSN (3) Drawback committees. He developed the first NAFTA drawback process and has worked with Fortune 10-500 companies regarding Importer Self Assessments (ISA) and Duty Drawback Services, helping them recover millions in duty refunds while maintaining compliance to US Customs law and regulations.
Chemical Search International
Bruce is Director of the Americas for Chemical Search International, a global Executive Search firm focused exclusively on the chemicals and allied industries. He began his career at Union Carbide Corporation in New York City and rapidly progressed into senior executive roles at Carbide and successor companies, including OSi Specialties, Witco Corporation and Crompton Corporation (now Lanxess)
During his career, Bruce has held positions in both publicly traded corporations and privately held middle market companies as Vice President & General Manager, Senior Vice President & Chief Commercial Officer, Managing Director, Europe, Africa & the Middle East and as served as a Principal at a global chemical’s consultancy, serving the clients throughout the chemicals & plastics value chain, from petrochemicals to specialties and bio-renewables.
A thought leader in market driven strategies, he has successfully led both large, complex global enterprises and smaller teams around the world.
Bruce earned his B.A. in biological sciences from the University of Denver and is a graduate of Dartmouth College’s Amos Tuck School of Business Executive MBA program.
Senior Conference Producer
Antonia Kay is a Senior Conference Producer at Worldwide Business Research (WBR). She has worked in event production since 2013 and is currently responsible for project management, market research, content creation, and speaker recruitment for best-in-class manufacturing, retail and medical device conferences that bring together executive leaders from Fortune 500 organizations and innovative start-ups for a collaborative debate about the latest digital transformation trends, the evolution of customer care, and regulatory compliance.
Prior to joining WBR, Antonia held various roles in advertising/PR, operations and immigration-through-investment consulting.
Antonia holds a B.A. degree in Journalism from CUNY and a B.A. degree in Education from A.S. Pushkin Brest State University. Originally from Belarus, she speaks six languages and enjoys traveling the world and exploring foreign cultures and traditions.
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