WERC 2015 Annual Conference
 
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Sunday 05/03/2015
10:00 am - 6:00 pmNetworkingRegistration Open
2:00 pm - 5:00 pmNetworkingConference Kick Start [More Info]
3:00 pm - 6:00 pmSpecialSimulating Supply Chain Disaster [More Info]
Kathy Fulton, Director of Operations, ALAN, American Logistics Aid Network - ALAN
Jamison Day, President, Ecosify
 
Monday 05/04/2015
7:00 am - 5:30 pmNetworkingRegistration Open
7:15 am - 8:45 amGeneralBreakfast & Opening General Session - Better & Faster: The Proven Path to Unstoppable Ideas [More Info]
Jeremy Gutsche MBA, CFA, CEO & Innovation Expert, Trendhunter.com
9:00 am - 10:00 amBreakoutActivity-Based Pricing in Outsourcing—Demystified! [More Info]
Robert Ulery, VP, Solutions Design, GENCO
9:00 am - 10:00 amBreakoutApplying Just-In-Time (JIT) to the Warehouse [More Info]
Jason Minghini, Vice President, KENCO
9:00 am - 10:00 amPeer-2-PeerHow Do You Create a Culture of Ownership? [More Info]
Amy Rhodes, Director, DC Learning & Development, The Container Store`
9:00 am - 10:00 amBreakoutLessons on Supply Chain Resiliency: The Transition from Reactive to Proactive [More Info]
Lisa Harrington, Associate Director - Supply Chain Management Center, Robert H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland
9:00 am - 10:00 amBreakoutOmni-channel Supply Chain Network Design [More Info]
Jeff Girard, SVP Distribution & Fulfillment, DSW, Inc.
James Reardon, Senior Consultant, Kurt Salmon Associates
9:00 am - 10:00 amPeer-2-PeerSlotting Optimization Group Therapy: Remedy Your Warehouse Slotting Woes [More Info]
Dan Basmajian, President, Optricity Corporation
9:00 am - 10:00 amPeer-2-PeerStrategic Networking Tips for New Supply Chain Professionals [More Info]
Sylvia Clark, Technology Manager, Humana, Inc.
9:00 am - 10:00 amPeer-2-PeerUnderstanding Driver Hours of Service Implications [More Info]
Nate Lewis, Senior Manager II, Regional Safety - Logistics, Walmart Stores, Inc.
9:00 am - 10:00 amBreakoutUnderstanding the Secondary Market [More Info]
Pete Carfrae, COO, The Recon Group
Dale Rogers Ph.D., Professor, Logistics & Supply Chain Management, Arizona State University
Troy Kubat, Sr. Director, Reverse Logistics, Walmart Stores, Inc.
Steve Dollase, President, Supply Chain Network, Inmar
9:00 am - 10:00 amBreakoutUsing Leading Indicators to Drive Operational Excellence [More Info]
Matt Jensen, SCO Business Applications Manager - Supply Chain Center, Intermountain Healthcare
Scott Bryan, Distribution/Logistics Operations Manager, Intermountain Healthcare
10:00 am - 10:30 amNetworkingNetworking Break
10:30 am - 11:30 amBreakout3PL Warehousing: How to Pick the Right Partner [More Info]
Andy Bass, VP of Supply Chain, The McPherson Companies
10:30 am - 11:30 amPeer-2-PeerBest Practices in Teaching Warehousing, Distribution and Supply Chain [More Info]
Joe Walden, Lecturer, Supply Chain, University of Kansas
10:30 am - 11:30 amBreakoutBig Fulfillment: Justifying Automation Technology in a High-Volume Environment [More Info]
Mark Diehl, Business Development Manager, Beumer Corporation
Brad Taylor, Sr. Director, Distribution, Chico's FAS, Inc.
10:30 am - 11:30 amPeer-2-PeerBuild a Better Manufacturing DC [More Info]
Jason Minghini, Vice President, KENCO
10:30 am - 11:30 amBreakoutContinuous Improvement and Conscious Capitalism: A Perfect Match [More Info]
Amy Carovillano, VP Logistics & Distribution, The Container Store
John Frehse, Managing Partner, Core Practice
10:30 am - 11:30 amBreakoutHow Humana Managed Supply Chain Changes During Rapid Business Growth [More Info]
Sylvia Clark, Technology Manager, Humana, Inc.
10:30 am - 11:30 amBreakoutMetrics in the DC: Annual Workplace Study [More Info]
Joe Tillman, Founder, TSquared Logistics
Karl Manrodt, Professor, Georgia College & State University
Donnie Williams Jr., Assistant Professor, Georgia Southern University
10:30 am - 11:30 amPeer-2-PeerPick This! [More Info]
Marvin Logan, Director, Consulting Services, Bastian Solutions
10:30 am - 11:30 amPeer-2-PeerWomen @ WERC [More Info]
Annette Danek-Akey, Senior Vice President, Fulfillment, Penguin Random House, Inc.
11:30 am - 12:00 pmSupplier Presentation TheaterSlotting Optimization Success 101: Industry Profiles Crash Course by Optricity [More Info]
Optricity Pros, Optricity Corporation
11:30 am - 1:30 pmSupplier Presentation TheaterWIRE / Lunch [More Info]
12:15 pm - 12:45 pmSupplier Presentation TheaterOmni-channel Distribution: Meeting the Customer Anywhere by HighJump [More Info]
1:00 pm - 1:30 pmSupplier Presentation TheaterTransforming Your Operations with Honeywell's Vocollect Voice and Mobility Solutions by Honeywell Scanning & Mobility [More Info]
Bruce Stubbs bruce.stubbs@honeywe, Director, Industry Marketing, Honeywell Scanning & Mobility
1:30 pm - 4:45 pmFacility TourTour #01 - Walmart DC 6071 (Sold Out) [More Info]
1:45 pm - 2:45 pmBreakoutHow to Optimize and Maximize Economic Incentives [More Info]
Leslie Rubin, President, Rubin Advisors, Inc.
1:45 pm - 2:45 pmPeer-2-PeerInsights into Chemical Supply Chain Issues [More Info]
Bill Miller, Director of Business Development, Faure Brothers Corporation
1:45 pm - 2:45 pmBreakoutLeading Logistics: Lessons Learned the Hard Way [More Info]
Catherine Cooper, President, World Connections
1:45 pm - 2:45 pmBreakoutMaking Metrics Relevant [More Info]
Elijah Sleigh, Regional Operations Manager, LEGACY Supply Chain Services
1:45 pm - 2:45 pmPeer-2-PeerMany Happy Returns [More Info]
Jim Stock PhD, Co-Director Center of Supply Chain Management & Sustainability Distinguished University Professor, University of South Florida
1:45 pm - 2:45 pmPeer-2-PeerMaximize Your 3PL Relationships [More Info]
Junior Jabbie, Executive Manager of Business Development and Customer Relationships, Banneker Industries, Inc.
1:45 pm - 2:45 pmBreakoutPepsiCo's Driver Skills Program: Comprehensive Collision Prevention [More Info]
Pat Sheridan, Senior HSE Manager, PepsiCo
1:45 pm - 2:45 pmBreakoutShock and Awe: Revelations from the U.S. Roadmap for Material Handling & Logistics [More Info]
Gary Forger, Managing Director of Professional Development, MHI
1:45 pm - 4:00 pmFacility TourTour #03 - Orlando Health Consolidated Service Center (CSC) [More Info]
2:00 pm - 3:30 pmFacility TourTour #02 - Mondelez International (Sold Out) [More Info]
2:15 pm - 3:45 pmFacility TourTour #04 - State of Florida Emergency Logistics Response Center [More Info]
2:45 pm - 3:15 pmNetworkingNetworking Break - Sponsored by ProLogistix [More Info]
3:15 pm - 4:15 pmBreakoutaLive from WERC’s Celebrity Studio: Warehouse [Family] Feud [More Info]
3:15 pm - 4:15 pmPeer-2-PeerContinuous Improvement and Conscious Capitalism, A Perfect Match: P2P Follow-up Session [More Info]
Amy Carovillano, VP Logistics & Distribution, The Container Store
3:15 pm - 4:15 pmPeer-2-PeerGot Metrics—Now What? [More Info]
Joe Tillman, Founder, TSquared Logistics
3:15 pm - 4:15 pmBreakoutHorizontal Collaboration: From Theory to Action [More Info]
Sven Verstrepen, Sustainable Logistics & Horizontal Collaboration Pioneer, Business Developer & Entrepreneur, Tri-Vizor
3:15 pm - 4:15 pmPeer-2-PeerOptimizing and Maximizing Economic Incentives: P2P Follow-up Session [More Info]
Leslie Rubin, President, Rubin Advisors, Inc.
3:15 pm - 4:15 pmBreakoutPlanning for the Unexpected: Awkward, Oversized and Heavy Freight in Warehousing [More Info]
Chad Barrow, President, Coastal Logistics Group
3:15 pm - 4:15 pmBreakoutUnderstand Equipment Utilization [More Info]
Lance Meyer, Senior - Crown Insite Technology Advisor, Crown Equipment Corporation
4:15 pm - 6:30 pmSupplier Presentation TheaterWIRE / Reception
4:30 pm - 5:00 pmSupplier Presentation TheaterSupplier Presentation Theater - TBA
5:15 pm - 5:45 pmSupplier Presentation TheaterHow the Internet of Things Will Reshape Facility Optimization by The Raymond Corp [More Info]
Alan Marder, Director of Technology Solutions, The Raymond Corporation
6:00 pm - 6:30 pmSupplier Presentation TheaterSupplier Presentation Theater - TBA
 
Tuesday 05/05/2015
7:00 am - 4:30 pmNetworkingRegistration Open
7:15 am - 8:45 amGeneralBreakfast & General Session - A Better Way To Build Teams - Sponsored by Cushman & Wakefield [More Info]
David Burkus, Assistant Professor of Management, Oral Roberts University, College of Business
9:00 am - 10:00 amBreakoutAligning Reverse Logistics: Vertical Integration of Commodities and Returns [More Info]
Jeff Loafman, Sr. Director of Operations - West BU Supply Chain, Walmart Stores, Inc.
Troy Kubat, Sr. Director, Reverse Logistics, Walmart Stores, Inc.
Matt Ennis, VP of Reverse Logistics, Yusen Logistics (Americas ) Inc. – Warehouse Division
Chuck Johnston, Director of Reverse Logistics, The Home Depot
Jeff Abbott, Sr. Director of Operations, Exel
9:00 am - 10:00 amBreakoutAnnual Warehouse Employee Opinion Survey: The 2015 Results [More Info]
Brian Devine, Division Vice President, ProLogistix
9:00 am - 10:00 amPeer-2-PeerDistribution Center (DC) Incentives: Share What Works [More Info]
Andy Bass, VP of Supply Chain, The McPherson Companies
9:00 am - 10:00 amBreakoutGoing Global: Amway’s Rapid WMS Expansion [More Info]
Mahesh Rekhani, Manager of Global Logistics Business Systems , Amway Corporation
Nick Villanti, Senior Client Partner, Services, JDA Software
9:00 am - 10:00 amBreakoutHow to Increase Yard Management Productivity via Mobile Technology [More Info]
Nate Harris, President, Yardview Cypress Inland Corporation
Blair Thomas, Director of Customer Care, Columbian Logistics Network
9:00 am - 10:00 amPeer-2-PeerOperating a Smaller Facility: Secrets of Success [More Info]
Randy Plost, Houston Distribution Manager, Victaulic
9:00 am - 10:00 amBreakoutReal Robots in the Warehouse [More Info]
Chris Harbert, Global Sales Manager, Rethink Robotics
9:00 am - 10:00 amPeer-2-PeerShop and Compare the Hottest Retail Distribution Trends [More Info]
Jack Horst, Partner, Kurt Salmon Associates
9:00 am - 10:00 amPeer-2-PeerSlotting Optimization Group Therapy: Remedy Your Warehouse Slotting Woes [More Info]
Dan Basmajian, President, Optricity Corporation
9:00 am - 10:00 amBreakoutUndercover Boss: Distribution Center Edition [More Info]
Barry Brandman, President, Danbee Investigations
10:00 am - 10:30 amNetworkingNetworking Break
10:30 am - 11:30 amPeer-2-PeerAsk the Auditor [More Info]
Steve Murray, Principal & Chief Researcher, SC Visions
10:30 am - 11:30 amPeer-2-PeerDistribution Center Recruitment and Retention: Best Practices [More Info]
Amy Rhodes, Director, DC Learning & Development, The Container Store`
10:30 am - 11:30 amBreakoutEnhancing Relationships with the Business Review Process [More Info]
Elijah Ray, EVP of Customer Solutions, Sunland Logistics Solutions
Doug Heaster, Global Distribution Manager, Scotts Miracle-Gro
10:30 am - 11:30 amBreakoutEvaluating the Potential for Returnable Packaging in a Manufacturing Process [More Info]
Barb Ledbury, Packaging Engineer, Ingersoll Rand Company
Chris Miller, Packaging Engineer, Ingersoll Rand Company
10:30 am - 11:30 amBreakoutHow to Enable and Optimize Ship-from-Store Fulfillment [More Info]
Josh Mayer, Director of Engineering and Services, Belk, Inc.
Holden Bale, Senior Consultant, Kurt Salmon Associates
10:30 am - 11:30 amPeer-2-PeerMore on Horizontal Shipping [More Info]
Sven Verstrepen, Sustainable Logistics & Horizontal Collaboration Pioneer, Business Developer & Entrepreneur, Tri-Vizor
10:30 am - 11:30 amPeer-2-PeerPick This! [More Info]
Marvin Logan, Director, Consulting Services, Bastian Solutions
10:30 am - 11:30 amBreakoutStill Rugged, Now Flexible: Rocky Brands’ Dramatic Transformation to Omni-channel [More Info]
Kevin Koster, Director of Distribution Services, Rockybrands
Adam Kline, Director, Product Management, Manhattan Associates
10:30 am - 11:30 amBreakoutSupply Chain Logistics: A Best Practice Prescription for Reducing Healthcare Costs [More Info]
Randy Hayas, Chief Supply Chain Officer, Orlando Health
Brent Johnson, Vice President Supply Chain & Support Services , Intermountain Healthcare
Tom Seliquini, Managing Partner, National Medical Logistics, LLC
Mitch MacDonald, Group Editorial Director, DC Velocity
Andy Leaders, Area Vice President Florida, Owens & Minor, Inc.
10:30 am - 11:30 amBreakoutUrban Logistics: Excel at Serving Highly-Congested Metropolitan Areas [More Info]
William Rose, PhD Candidate, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
11:30 am - 12:00 pmSupplier Presentation TheaterTurn Your Warehouse on Its Head by Penske [More Info]
Eric Hepburn, Vice President - Distribution Center Management, Penske
11:30 am - 1:30 pmSupplier Presentation TheaterWIRE / Lunch
12:15 pm - 12:45 pmSupplier Presentation TheaterWMS Implementation: Best Practices by Sologlobe [More Info]
Emmanuel Langlois, Executive Vice President, Sologlobe
1:00 pm - 1:30 pmSupplier Presentation TheaterSupplier Presentation Theater - TBA
1:30 pm - 4:45 pmFacility TourTour #14 - PepsiCo Driver Training Exercise [More Info]
1:45 pm - 2:45 pmPeer-2-PeerBeing Green—Just How Easy Is It? [More Info]
Jim Stock PhD, Co-Director Center of Supply Chain Management & Sustainability Distinguished University Professor, University of South Florida
1:45 pm - 2:45 pmPeer-2-PeerCANCELED - Does Your Healthcare / Pharmaceutical DC Need a Checkup? - CANCELED [More Info]
1:45 pm - 2:45 pmBreakoutGetting to We: Negotiating Agreements for Highly Collaborative Relationships [More Info]
Kate Vitasek, Faculty, University of Tennessee Graduate & Executive Education
1:45 pm - 2:45 pmBreakoutHow to Achieve New Targets for Hiring Talent with Disabilities [More Info]
Howard Green, Deputy Director of Corporate Programs, National Organization on Disability
Stan Martz, Human Resources Manager, The Kroger Co.
David Fields, Account Representative, Corporate Connections, Univ of TN, Center for Literacy, Education & Employment
1:45 pm - 2:45 pmBreakoutThe Art and Science of Strategic Site Selection for Distribution and Manufacturing [More Info]
Bethany Bailey, Managing Director, Industrial Strategy & Operations for the Americas, Cushman & Wakefield
John Morris, Senior Managing Director, Cushman & Wakefield
Andy Mace, Managing Director, Global Business Consulting, Supply Chain Solutions, Cushman & Wakefield
Dennis Ritchie, Former Director, Supply Chain Strategy, Mondelez/Kraft Foods
1:45 pm - 2:45 pmPeer-2-PeerThe Lean Warehousing Idea Exchange [More Info]
Steve Hopper, Founder & Principal, Inviscid Consulting, LLC
1:45 pm - 4:00 pmFacility TourTour #13 - AmerisourceBergen (Sold Out) [More Info]
2:00 pm - 4:30 pmFacility TourTour #11 - Walt Disney Company, Inc. (Sold Out) [More Info]
2:15 pm - 4:00 pmFacility TourTour #12 - United Stationers, Inc. [More Info]
2:45 pm - 3:15 pmNetworkingNetworking Break - Sponsored by Optricity [More Info]
3:15 pm - 4:15 pmSpecialBeer Logic - Everything I Ever Needed to Know about Warehousing, I Learned from Beer [More Info]
Chad Pilbeam, Creative Idealist, WERC
3:15 pm - 4:15 pmPeer-2-PeerDisability Hiring: How to Develop and Implement a Successful Initiative [More Info]
Howard Green, Deputy Director of Corporate Programs, National Organization on Disability
Stan Martz, Human Resources Manager, The Kroger Co.
3:15 pm - 4:15 pmPeer-2-PeerHot Topics in Logistics Recap [More Info]
Annette Danek-Akey, Senior Vice President, Fulfillment, Penguin Random House, Inc.
Deb Parme, VP, Supply Chain Center of Excellence, Amway Corporation
3:15 pm - 4:15 pmBreakoutSolutions for Financing Automation [More Info]
Patrick Judge, Regional Director, Farnam Street Financial, Inc.
3:15 pm - 4:15 pmBreakoutStep Up to Automation: A DSW Case Study [More Info]
John Sarinick, Chief Sales Officer, Beumer Corporation
Jeff Girard, SVP Distribution & Fulfillment, DSW, Inc.
3:15 pm - 4:15 pmBreakoutSupply Chain Sustainability: Addressing Drivers and Barriers [More Info]
Rob Hooker PhD, Assistant Professor of Marketing, University of South Florida
3:15 pm - 4:15 pmPeer-2-PeerWays to Improve Outsourcing Outcomes [More Info]
Kate Vitasek, Faculty, University of Tennessee Graduate & Executive Education
4:30 pm - 6:30 pmNetworkingNetworking Reception [More Info]
 
Wednesday 05/06/2015
7:30 am - 10:00 amNetworkingRegistration Open
8:00 am - 10:00 amGeneralBreakfast & Closing General Session - The Levity Effect: It Pays to Lighten Up - Sponsored by National Retail Systems [More Info]
Scott Christopher, Humorist and Best-Selling Author