Speaker Info

Keynote Speakers

Rick Blasgen

President & CEO, CSCMP

Rick Blasgen

Rick D. Blasgen is the president and chief executive officer of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) in Lombard, Illinois, USA. Blasgen began his career with Nabisco, working in a regional customer service center in Chicago, Illinois. While at Nabisco, he held various logistics positions of increasing responsibility in inventory management, order processing, and transportation and distribution center operations management. Blasgen became vice president, supply chain, at Nabisco in June 1998, then vice president supply chain for Kraft in June 2002. He joined ConAgra Foods in August 2003 as senior vice president integrated logistics.


Adrian Gonzalez

President & CEO, Adelante SCM

Rick Blasgen

Adrian Gonzalez is a trusted advisor and leading industry analyst with more than 19 years of research experience in transportation management, logistics outsourcing, and other supply chain and logistics topics. He is the founder and president of Adelante SCM, a peer-to-peer learning, networking, and research community for supply chain and logistics professionals. Prior to his current roles, Adrian held various leadership positions at ARC Advisory Group, Motorola, Polaroid, and Clare. Adrian speaks frequently at industry events and conferences and is regularly quoted in industry publications.


Jim Barnes

CEO, enVista

Jim Barnes

Jim Barnes is a leading expert in supply chain management from source to consumption. He co-founded enVista in 2002 in response to market demand for comprehensive supply chain consulting services, and he has spent the last 20 years successfully deploying supply chain and enterprise solutions and synchronizing material and information flow for Fortune 500 companies. Barnes is also CEO of Enspire Commerce, an enVista company that provides cloud-based, omni-channel, customer engagement solutions on a single platform. His expertise includes all areas within the extended supply chain, including global supply chain network design, strategic facility design, international and domestic transportation management, labor management, organizational change management and supporting supply chain and execution technology.


Featured Speakers

Dan Avila

Senior Director of Supply Chain Solutions, enVista

Dan Avila is a Senior Director in enVista’s Supply Chain Strategy unit. He brings over 20 years of experience in supply chain and operations. He has worked across several industries and has consulting experience in supply chain network strategy, practices and management; distribution, fulfillment center and manufacturing facility design; Lean Six Sigma; inventory & demand planning; integrated business planning (S&OP); transportation; supply chain IT systems; and program management. Dan has performed supply chain strategy products for Nordstrom, Crocs, Chick-fil-A, Maurice Sporting Goods, The Home Depot and Kings Hawaiian.


Gene Bornac

Senior Vice President and Practice Lead, Boston Retail Partners

Gene Bornac, Senior Vice President and Practice Lead of Boston Retail Partners has over 30 years of experience in the retail and consumer products industry. He is a well-respected thought leader, with experience in specialty retail management at store and district levels along with executive-level experience at multiple consulting firms and retail technology companies. Gene’s expertise in store operations and buying, planning and forecasting has helped him as an industry consultant and software strategist to solve business and IT problems for many top retailers.

 


Steve Congro

Director of Omnichannel Fulfillment Technology, Saddle Creek Logistics

Steve Congro serves as Director of Omnichannel Fulfillment Technology for Saddle Creek Logistics Services. Saddle Creek is an omnichannel supply chain solutions company operating over 17.5 million sq. ft. in 44 locations nationwide. Steve oversees the technical strategy and vision surrounding omnichannel and fulfillment systems in the order management, warehouse, and transportation space. In his role, Steve collaborates with the Information Services team and Operations staff as well as Technology Partners and Clients, working to develop processes for new and existing Saddle Creek Clients, keeping an eye towards future needs and industry trends.


Jerome Dubois

Founder and Co-CEO, 6 River Systems

Jerome is a founder and co-CEO of 6 River Systems, Inc. (6RS). Prior to founding 6RS, Jerome was on the leadership team at Kiva (now Amazon Robotics) and ran the commercial business unit responsible for over 25 customers and 35 sites globally. He has over 20 years of supply chain technology experience, including leadership positions at Yantra (now IBM Smarter Commerce) and Amazon Services.

 


JJ Ethridge

EVP, Solutions and Strategy, XPO Logistics

At XPO Logistics, JJ leads a strategic team of supply chain professionals who customize unique solutions for our clients across all industry verticals in the Americas and Asia Pacific. His teams consist of Business Development & Sales, Advanced & Network Solutions, Warehouse Solutions, Proposals, Business Management (contracts), Automation & Robotics, and Strategic Partnerships.  Prior to XPO, JJ was a Corporate Officer at Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores, where he was the leader of Supply Chain and Technology (Omni-channel, Business Intelligence, IT, and Ecommerce).


Michael Falls

Client Services Manager of Transportation Solutions, enVista

Michael Falls serves as Client Services Manager for enVista Transportation Solutions.  Michael’s team is responsible for delivering on service solutions and providing customer support for financial reporting, transportation spend management reporting, business intelligence tools and advanced analytics.  Michael leads a team of analysts and coordinators to support over 300 customers with an array of transportation visibility and spend management solutions that include GL coding, order and load match, accrual reporting, zone analysis, service level analysis and custom reporting.


Sam Floyd

Director of Strategy and Program Management, enVista

Sam Floyd has over 25 years of experience leading global supply chain organizations and large complex programs and projects. He is also recognized for leading business transformation and successful turnarounds of underperforming departments through the application of strategic alignment of all departments and stakeholders. Sam is known for establishing effective training programs, program management organizations, inventory management & optimization, updating enterprise-wide systems producing accurate and timely information and 3PL Implementations and startups.


Chris Harkema

Director, enVista

Christopher Harkema is a Director with enVista specializing in Labor Management implementations and process improvement. Chris has 13 years of experience in Supply Chain Solutions consulting and has an additional 8 years of experience in distribution center operations. Chris’ responsibilities at enVista include overall project management of all assigned customers including implementation, training, and go-live support.

 


Charles M. Hillebold

President, HCM Systems

Charles M. Hillebold is the president of HCM Systems, Inc., a US-based engineering and automation firm with corporate offices in Chicago, IL. Charles has worked at HCM since 1990 and has been President of the firm since 1997. Charles and his team have designed and deployed hundreds of materials handling and robotics solutions for the manufacturing and distribution markets domestically and internationally.

 


Oliver Huber

Director for Logistics and Trade Compliance, Lutron Electronics

Oliver Huber is Director for Logistics and Trade Compliance at Lutron Electronics. In his role, Oliver has global responsibility for intercompany movements, order fulfillment, deliveries to customers and trade compliance. Oliver started his career at Lufthansa German Airlines working in cargo flight operations, followed by regional sales at Swiss Air. For the next 17 years, Oliver worked for UTI a global Freight Forwarder as RVP, responsible for sales and operations. In 2013, he changed companies to work as President of the Americas at GES, a large US based NVOCC, and he joined Electronics Lutron in 2016.


John Janson

Logistics Director, SanMar

John Janson is Logistics Director for SanMar. John is experienced and knowledgeable with all aspects of global transportation, distribution, and logistics. He is a strategic thinking negotiator skilled in direct model architecture and execution.

 

 


Mike Kasperski

Managing Partner, enVista

Mike Kasperski, Managing Partner, leads enVista’s Facility Design practice and brings more than 30 years of experience in the material handling industry, including system design and implementation. Throughout his career, Mike has provided material handling solutions for companies such as The Sports Authority, Random House, McGraw Hill, Staples, Kohl’s, Anheuser-Busch, Kimberly Clark, FedEx and many more.

 


Susan Kasperski

Vice President of Delivery & Customers, enVista

Susan Kasperski, Vice President of Delivery & Customers for enVista, is a results-driven manager with a focus on customer excellence and the development, implementation and growth of new services and software. She has an extensive background in operations and transition management in the big box and grocery retail industries. Susan’s focus for the past 10 years has been in helping clients solve complex business problems through innovative software programs.

 


Shannon Kohl

Director of Global Transportation & Trade, Vera Bradley

Shannon Kohl is a supply chain leader with 12 years of global experience; extensive experience in global logistics and trade, global supply chain network strategy, finance, and U.S. import/export operations. Shannon has a unique perspective of working within an integrated supply chain and performing global analysis throughout many key functional areas. His professional experiences have proven invaluable for finding cost savings across the supply chain.

 


Mike Livermore

Director of US Operations Systems, Moen

Mike Livermore, Director of US Operations Systems at Moen, is a seasoned IT leader in the Consumer Products and Manufacturing industry with 20 years of SAP and supply chain experience. His experience covers manufacturing, logistics, sourcing, quality and service center support processes and systems. In additional to his background, Mike is an internal champion at Moen for Prosci Organizational Change Management methods and tools. He is certified in the Prosci methodology and has successfully applied Prosci methods in numerous strategic projects to ensure user adoption of new systems and processes and to deliver the business value associated with those investments.


Carey Lowrey

CIO and SVP, Spencer Gifts

Carey began his career at Autozone as a programmer. During his time there, Carey was lucky enough to be involved in Store Systems and WMS development, developing an independent IT focused HR team and building the first Quality Assurance group for AZO IT. Recruited from Memphis to Denver, Carey began a long relationship with a group of investors and was involved in technology leadership roles at several turn around and startup opportunities. His current role as SVP and CIO for Spencer Spirit Holding has him managing a complex retail organization that is anchored by Spencer Gifts nearly 700 permanent locations while scaling up to support over 1300 fully operational pop-up Spirit Halloween stores and their supportive eComm sites.


Mark Magill

VP of Business Development, OnTrac

Mark Magill is the Vice President of Business Development for OnTrac, a parcel carrier serving 65 million consumers and businesses in the Western United States. Mark has worked in the small parcel industry for over 25 years, and is a popular speaker at transportation-related conferences.

 

 


Gene Mayer

VP of Procurement, Baldor Specialty Foods

Gene Mayer has 30 years of experience in the foodservice business and is currently the VP of Procurement at Baldor Specialty Foods, a specialty foods and produce distributor headquartered in NY with locations in the Bronx, Boston, and Baltimore. Gene’s responsibility spans product procurement and inbound transportation operations in a very dynamic and fast moving cold chain supply chain. Gene joined Baldor in 2014 as VP of Sales, and has served in a variety of executive positions during his tenure. Previous to Baldor, he worked in operations and leadership roles at Dean & DeLuca, Compass Group, and was an owner operator of New York City-based cafes.


Brian McCarthy

Senior Vice President of Operations, Strategy & Optimization, KeHE Distributors

Brian McCarthy is the Senior Vice President of Operations, Strategy & Optimization for KeHE Distributors. He leads a team of senior managers responsible for DC design, process flow, technology integration and the overall continuous improvement initiatives for KeHE Distributors throughout the country. Brian has been in the supply chain industry for more than 25 years, leading fast-paced distribution operations at various levels of progressive responsibility within the food service and grocery space. He joined the organization in August of 2004 and was responsible for leading the redesign of the company’s supply chain execution strategies.


Dominic McGough

Managing Partner, enVista

Dominic McGough is the Managing Partner at enVista’s Europe, the Middle East and Asia (EMEA) office. He is responsible for delivering transportation strategy, operations, and systems consulting for shippers, transportation intermediaries (3PL’s, Forwarders, IMC’s, etc.) and private equity firms. Dominic is also responsible for managed transportation service providing daily transportation planning, execution, visibility and event management, freight invoice audit and payment, and reporting. Throughout his career, Dominic has specialized in global freight, invoice audit and payment, and logistics management software including procurement, shipping status, and software.


Geoffrey Milsom

Senior Director of Supply Chain Solutions, enVista

Geoff Milsom leads the firm’s transportation consulting practice and has 13 years of experience in operations, sales, and consulting within transportation and logistics. Geoff primarily focuses on transportation assessments, system selections and analytics for North American shippers and 3PL companies. Geoff has successfully implemented transportation strategies for several companies including CVS Health, Nestle, Kraft, and Sephora. He holds a position as an Adjunct Professor at University of Maryland. Geoff is also a frequent speaker at industry conferences and a contributor to publications such as Transport Topics, Logistics Management, and Inbound Logistics.


Tony Montagano

eCommerce Transportation Manager, ULTA

Tony Montagano is the eCommerce Transportation Manager at ULTA Beauty and has been with ULTA since 2014. At ULTA , Tony negotiates parcel agreements in order to reduce delivery time to customers. He has 15+ years’ experience specializing in an array of functions spanning across the Retail, Distribution, and Third-Party Logistics Industries. Prior to joining ULTA, Tony served as a logistics analyst at Office Depot and McDonald’s.

 


Christian Nixel

Director of Supply Chain Solutions, enVista

Christian Nixel, Director in enVista’s Supply Chain Solutions practice, brings 20 years of global industry experience spanning from manufacturing, commercial, and distribution segments.  He has led projects covering process reliability and optimization, building automation, material handling equipment, warehouse control systems, and warehouse management systems. His background includes design, specification, testing and implementation of software and hardware deliverables; as well as product management and continuing engineering. Key clients include Target Corporation, Tiffany & Company and Best Buy.


Broc Pittsford

Senior Director of Supply Chain Solutions, enVista

Broc Pittsford, Senior Director of Supply Chain Solutions, brings over 18 years of experience in leading large project teams to implement and integrate supply chain solutions to deliver business needs to enVista. His responsibilities include overseeing supply chain execution projects on multiple platforms and collaborating on the company’s IT strategy. He has successfully implemented supply chain solutions for mid-market to Fortune 500 brands across a variety of industries in the United States, Canada and Europe. Broc has been certified as a Change Management Practitioner by Prosci.


Elton Poisler

Director of Global Logistics, Urban Outfitters

Elton Poisler is the Director of Global Logistics at Urban Outfitters. Prior to working at Urban Outfitters, Elton started his supply chain career working for Hapag-Lloyd in various operational, sales and marketing roles. He also spent time working at Maersk and APL in business development roles. Over the previous 13 years, Elton has held various positions at E.I. Dupont de Nemours Co. in Logistics and Supply Chain Management including responsibility for Global Customs and Trade Management.

 


Vincent Pusateri

Sr. Director, Logistics Engineering and Network Strategy, Luxottica

As Senior Director of Logistics Engineering and Network Strategy for Luxottica North America, Vince is responsible for designing and implementing lean processes within the distribution network and optimizing service and cost for the transportation network. Vince was recruited to join the Logistics executive leadership team as part of a North America Logistics transformation. Vince is based in Luxottica’s North America Logistics and Planning Headquarters outside of Atlanta, GA.

 


Nate Rosier

Senior Director of Supply Chain Strategy, enVista

Nate Rosier, Senior Director of Supply Chain Strategy at enVista, brings more than 21 years of retail and supply chain expertise. Rosier manages the strategy consulting team that helps companies define a path to improved competitive advantage. Before joining enVista, Nate served as Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for Leslie Rudd Investment Company (LRIco), a private investment holding company, which includes world-renowned gourmet food retailer Dean & Deluca, where he served as COO. Nate also served as Vice President of Strategy at Sears Holdings Corporation, Vice President Strategy at Circuit City, and Director of Strategy Consulting at CIBER.


Tim Short

Supply Chain Systems Manager, Wegmans Food Markets

Tim Short, Supply Chain Systems Manager, has worked for Wegmans Food Markets for 11 years in various leadership capacities within DC operations, Supply Chain & systems implementations. After completing a multi-site WMS implementation, Wegmans embarked on a WLM/Engineered Labor Standards implementation that has realized a multi-million-dollar cost savings in its first 18 months, driving DC productivity to numbers not previously realized. Wegmans Food Markets is an industry-leading grocer operating 98 high-end stores in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic.

 


Jeff Starecheski

VP of Transportation, CVS

Jeff Starecheski is the Vice President of Transportation for CVS. Jeff is a 3PL, customer supply chain solutions leader who is an industry expert in Omni-Channel Supply Chain program development and implementation. He successfully launched a fully developed commercial enterprise through market segmentation, marketing solutions initiatives to increase company-wide revenue and profit. Jeff is a trailblazer of transformational change with the ability to develop solutions beyond the supply chain lens that exists commercially in today’s marketplace.

 


Tom Stretar

Vice President of Supply Chain Solutions, enVista

Tom Stretar, Vice President of Supply Chain Solutions, brings over 25 years of supply chain consulting experience in marketing, sales, and implementation of complex supply chain improvement programs. His responsibilities at enVista include overall project management, customer training and delivery of supply chain management projects. He has personally developed or managed the delivery of over 300 Labor Performance Management Programs and is Green Belt certified in Lean Six Sigma. Tom has been a highlighted speaker at some of the industry’s leading user conferences & trade shows, including IFDA, Modex, ProMat and WERC.


Mark Taylor

Transportation Project Manager, enVista

Mark Taylor is a Transportation Project Manager at enVista with over 16 years of experience in the parcel industry. Formerly, Mark worked for Lowe’s and Fedex and his background includes operations, transportation network engineering, new service development, and parcel spend management. Mark also holds a unique perspective of managing parcel programs. Mark’s tenure at enVista brings three key perspectives in parcel analysis: carrier, shipper, and 3rd party consultant. He has worked with many clients, including Sephora, Brighton, Vera Bradley, and Vitamin Shoppe. Mark also has a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt certification.


David Wedekind

Sr. Director of Global Operations, enVista

David Wedekind is Sr. Director, Global Operations at enVista. David is responsible for the implementation and management of all freight and parcel audit customers across enVista’s Carmel, Indiana, Ellesmere Port, UK and Hyderabad, India offices. In his time at enVista, David has managed multiple TMS implementations from solution design through deployment for retailers, manufacturers and distributors. David is responsible for a team of more than 90 associate’s worldwide, which have implemented custom audit solutions for hundreds of shippers of all sizes across all industries.


Joe Wilkinson

Director of Consulting, enVista

Joe Wilkinson has nearly twenty years of experience across all modes of transportation including parcel, LTL, rail, ocean and air freight. He serves as enVista’s Director of Consulting within the Transportation Solutions Group. Prior to joining enVista Joe spent eight years at FedEx as a Senior Pricing Analyst. He is a leading expert in parcel shipping and pricing practices and has negotiated hundreds of parcel agreements for both shippers and carriers. His areas of expertise include transportation rating and analysis, shipping best practices, parcel market trends and developments, mode optimization, and transportation network and practice optimization.


Jeremy Willink

Senior Manager, RDC Capabilities, Best Buy

Jeremy Willink is a Senior Manager for RDC Capabilities at Best Buy Company. He has been working with Best Buy as a Supply Chain professional for 19 years serving in various roles in Retail, Distribution, and System Capabilities. He has 15 years of experience working with JDA, Exeter and Manhattan WMS systems and multi-channel fulfillment operations. His most recent experience has included a multiple-site enterprise-wide Manhattan WMOS implementation where he led design and configuration. His current project includes specification, selection, and installation of an Automated Storage and Retrieval System (ASRS) designed to optimize e-commerce processes and provide future growth scalability within the RDC network.


Jeremy Woods

Vice President, CBRE

Jeremy Woods, Vice President of CBRE, has over 24 years of commercial real estate, transactional and development experience, focusing on industrial landlord, tenant and developer representation. He is a member of the Society of Industrial and Office Realtors (SIOR), a certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM), Indiana Association of Realtors (IAR), and the National Association of Realtors (NAR). Prior to joining CBRE, Jeremy spent 10 years with Cushman & Wakefield | Summit in their industrial advisory services division. He has been a recipient of several real estate awards, including Duke Realty’s Top Broker and Cushman & Wakefield | Summit’s Peak Performance Award.


Colin Yankee

Senior Vice President of Supply Chain, Tractor Supply Company

Colin Yankee joined Tractor Supply Company as the Senior Vice President of Supply Chain in November 2015 where he is responsible for merchandise planning, inventory management, transportation and distribution operations. Colin has broad retail experience, previously holding the role of the Vice President of Logistics at Neiman Marcus and Senior Director of Distribution and Transportation at Target Corporation.  Prior to joining Target, Colin was a Captain in the United States Army.

 

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