WERC 2017 Annual Conference
 

Conference Schedule

Sessions listed below are confirmed but not scheduled. Scroll down for the schedule-at-a-glance.
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Sunday 04/30/2017
10:00 am - 6:00 pmNetworkingRegistration Open
2:00 pm - 4:00 pmSpecialLeadership Clarity: Understand Yourself with DISC [More Info]
Speaker: Connie Anderson, Executive Coach, Marketing Strategist, Scholz and Associates
2:00 pm - 4:00 pmSpecialSimulating Supply Chain Disaster [More Info]
Speaker: Kathy Fulton, Director of Operations, ALAN, American Logistics Aid Network - ALAN
Speaker: Jamison Day, President, Ecosify
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmNetworkingKick Start Welcome Reception [More Info]
6:00 pm - 8:00 pmNetworkingSOLD OUT - Sunday Night Meet & Eat [More Info]
 
Monday 05/01/2017
7:00 am - 8:00 amNetworkingBuffet Breakfast [More Info]
7:00 am - 8:00 amNetworkingWomen @ WERC Kick-Off: Breakfast and Networking [More Info]
Facilitator: Elsie Mucci, Director Human Resources, Walmart Stores, Inc.
Facilitator: Chaneta Montoban, Sr. Director Compliance, Safety, Asset Protection, Walmart Stores, Inc.
7:00 am - 5:30 pmNetworkingRegistration Open
8:00 am - 9:15 amBreakoutAccelerate Network Strategy Decision Making [More Info]
Speaker: Alec Campbell, Principal Consultant / Owner, AJC Consulting, LLC
Speaker: Steve Johanson, President, Starboard Corp.
8:00 am - 9:15 amBreakoutDemystifying Activity-Based Pricing in an Outsourced Relationship [More Info]
Speaker: Robert Ulery, Director, Supply Chain Services, Fortna
8:00 am - 9:15 amBreakoutIncrease Productivity by Mastering Key Behavior Indicators [More Info]
Speaker: Phillipe Gautrin, Business Development VP, Proaction International
Speaker: Sergio Huerga, Senior Director of Operational Excellence, Blue Apron
8:00 am - 9:15 amBreakoutOn-Demand Warehousing and Logistics [More Info]
Speaker: Jennifer Pazour, Assistant Professor, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Speaker: Karl Siebrecht, CEO, FLEXE, Inc
Speaker: Brett Spector, Director, North America Channel Sales, Iron Mountain
8:00 am - 9:15 amPeer-2-PeerP2P-Build a Better Manufacturing DC [More Info]
Facilitator: Jason Minghini, President, FW Warehousing
8:00 am - 9:15 amPeer-2-PeerP2P-Networking Tips for New Supply Chain Professionals [More Info]
Facilitator: Connie Anderson, Executive Coach, Marketing Strategist, Scholz and Associates
8:00 am - 9:15 amPeer-2-PeerP2P-Proactive Strategies to Battle Slotting Challenges [More Info]
Facilitator: Dan Basmajian, President and CEO, Optricity Corporation
8:00 am - 9:15 amPeer-2-PeerP2P-Shifting Between Forward and Reverse: The Impact of eCommerce on Supply Chains [More Info]
Facilitator: Tim Sartin, Sr. Director, Business Development , Saddle Creek Logistics Services
8:00 am - 9:15 amBreakoutRESCHEDULED - Reduce Shipping Costs with Carton Optimization [More Info]
Speaker: Adrian Kumar, VP, Solutions, DHL Supply Chain
Speaker: Manjeet Singh, Research Manager, DHL Supply Chain
8:00 am - 9:15 amBreakoutUncover the Truth about Misunderstood Millennials [More Info]
Speaker: John Frehse, Managing Partner, Core Practice
9:30 am - 10:30 amBreakoutAvoiding the Contract Trap [More Info]
Speaker: Mr Kenneth Ackerman, President , The K. B. Ackerman Company
Speaker: Josh Ledford, Director of Sales, Spartan Logistics
9:30 am - 10:30 amBreakoutInternal Theft: How to Stop Losses in Your Warehouse [More Info]
Speaker: Barry Brandman, President, Danbee Investigations
9:30 am - 10:30 amBreakoutMetrics in the DC: Annual Workplace Study [More Info]
Speaker: Karl Manrodt, Professor, Georgia College & State University
Speaker: Donnie Williams Jr., Assistant Professor of Logistics/Supply Chain Management, Georgia College & State University
Speaker: Joe Tillman, Researcher, WERC
9:30 am - 10:30 amPeer-2-PeerP2P-Hottest Retail Distribution Solutions Trends [More Info]
Facilitator: Ernie Elbert, Industrial Engineer, Dillard's
Facilitator: Mike Tolbert, Director of Operations, Kuehne + Nagel
9:30 am - 10:30 amPeer-2-PeerP2P-How to Navigate Regulatory Predicaments [More Info]
Facilitator: Ann Christopher, VP, Legal, KENCO
9:30 am - 10:30 amPeer-2-PeerP2P-Managing Labor Through Seasonal Surges [More Info]
Facilitator: Brian Devine, Division Vice President, ProLogistix
9:30 am - 10:30 amPeer-2-PeerP2P-Warehouse Management Systems (WMS): How to Pick the Right Implementation Team Members [More Info]
Facilitator: Curt Sardeson, President, Open Sky Group
9:30 am - 10:30 amBreakoutReverse Logistics and the Secondary Market [More Info]
Moderator: Dale Rogers Ph.D., Professor, Logistics & Supply Chain Management, Arizona State University
Panelist: Zac Rogers, Assistant Professor, Supply Chain Management, Colorado State University
Panelist: Chuck Johnston, Director of Reverse Logistics, The Home Depot
9:30 am - 10:30 amBreakoutVisualization: A Winning WMS Strategy [More Info]
Speaker: Bill Tomasi, Senior Vice President of Supply Chain Solutions, Iptor Supply Chain Solutions
Speaker: Brandon Novak, Project Manager, American Hotel Register Company
9:30 am - 10:30 amBreakoutWin the Talent War: Hire and Retain Veterans [More Info]
Moderator: Amanda Veinott, CEO, Miligistix, LLC
Panelist: Chris Andrews, Distribution & Logistics Manager, Benjamin Moore & Co.
Panelist: Adam Martinez, Senior Manager, Corporate Fellowship Program, Hiring Our Heroes, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation
Panelist: Jennifer Goodman, Director - Programs and Operations, Miligistix
10:30 am - 11:00 amNetworkingNetworking Break
11:00 am - 12:00 pmGeneralGeneral Session - Spellbound: Gaining Influence, Captivating Audiences and Unlocking Success [More Info]
Speaker: David Kwong, Illusionist, Puzzle Expert, and Author
12:00 pm - 12:30 pmSupplier Presentation TheaterSPT - Key Trends Shaping Distribution's Future (and You're Already Behind) [More Info]
Speaker: Steve Simmerman, Sr. Director - Sales, JDA
Speaker: Josh Lankford, Value Engineer, JDA Software
12:00 pm - 2:00 pmNetworkingSolutions Center Lunch
12:45 pm - 1:15 pmSupplier Presentation TheaterCANCELED: SPT - Today's WMS Developments: Learn the Latest [More Info]
1:30 pm - 2:00 pmSupplier Presentation TheaterSPT - Evolving to Android from Other Operating Systems [More Info]
Speaker: Peter Allenspach, Director of Sales – West, Ivanti formerly Wavelink
1:45 pm - 4:15 pmFacility TourFacility Tour #03 - The Container Store - SOLD OUT [More Info]
1:45 pm - 4:45 pmFacility TourFacility Tour #02 - GE Manufacturing Solutions - SOLD OUT [More Info]
1:45 pm - 5:00 pmFacility TourFacility Tour #05 - Kuehne + Nagel Allergan Lewisville - SOLD OUT [More Info]
2:00 pm - 4:30 pmFacility TourFacility Tour #06 - AT&T Stadium - SOLD OUT [More Info]
2:15 pm - 3:15 pmBreakoutConveyor Control: WCS vs. WMS [More Info]
Speaker: Steve Thorne, Director of Solutions Architecture, Swisslog
Speaker: Doug Brandehoff, ASRS SME, Warehouse Projects, Cargill
2:15 pm - 3:15 pmBreakoutMastering Slow Moving Inventory [More Info]
Speaker: Ken Ruehrdanz, Warehouse & Distribution Market Manager, Dematic
Speaker: Annette Danek-Akey, Senior Vice President, Fulfillment, Penguin Random House, Inc.
2:15 pm - 3:15 pmPeer-2-PeerP2P-Aligning Employee Metrics and Incentives [More Info]
Facilitator: Donnie Williams Jr., Assistant Professor of Logistics/Supply Chain Management, Georgia College & State University
2:15 pm - 3:15 pmPeer-2-PeerP2P-Managing Millennials: Under 35 and Changing the Workplace [More Info]
Facilitator: Tom Nightingale
2:15 pm - 3:15 pmPeer-2-PeerP2P-On-Demand Warehousing and Logistics [More Info]
Facilitator: Jennifer Pazour, Assistant Professor, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
2:15 pm - 3:15 pmRESCHEDULED - Reduce Shipping Costs with Carton Optimization [More Info]
Speaker: Adrian Kumar, VP, Solutions, DHL Supply Chain
Speaker: Manjeet Singh, Research Manager, DHL Supply Chain
2:15 pm - 3:15 pmBreakoutTools to Tame the Warehouse Beast [More Info]
Panelist: Curt Sardeson, President, Open Sky Group
Panelist: Norm Saenz, Managing Director, St. Onge Company
Panelist: Maike Sievers, Director Business Development North America, S Y N C R E O N - Supply Chain Synergy
Panelist: Steve Hermanson, Director, Product Allocation & Slotting Optimization, C&S Wholesale Grocers
Panelist: Jay Harris, Chief Operating Officer, Komar Inc., President Komar Distribution Services, Komar Distribution Services
Panelist: Catherine Cooper, President, World Connections
Moderator: Landon Davies, Vice President, Optricity
2:15 pm - 3:15 pmBreakoutVested Outsourcing: Five Rules To Transform Supplier Relationships [More Info]
Speaker: Kate Vitasek, Faculty - Graduate & Executive Education, University of Tennessee
Speaker: Tom Maher, Senior Vice President, Global Service Parts, Dell
2:15 pm - 4:45 pmFacility TourFacility Tour #04 - Walmart.com Fulfillment Center - SOLD OUT [More Info]
2:30 pm - 4:15 pmFacility TourFacility Tour #01 - Allied Electronics - SOLD OUT [More Info]
3:15 pm - 3:30 pmNetworkingNetworking Break
3:30 pm - 4:30 pmBreakoutBenefits Seen by WERC Assessment & Certification Participants [More Info]
Moderator: Steve Murray, Principal & Chief Researcher, SC Visions
Panelist: Michael Prochaska, Vice President of Supply Chain, Gopher Sport
Panelist: Julie Crawford, Warehouse Leader, Owens Corning
Panelist: Jason Poulin, DC Manager, Mondelez International, Inc.
Panelist: Larry Hargreaves, Vice President Operations, Hopewell Logistics Inc.
3:30 pm - 4:30 pmBreakoutBuilding and Managing a Plan for Every Part [More Info]
Speaker: Brad Bossence, Vice President of Consulting and Education, LeanCor Supply Chain Group
Speaker: Maike Sievers, Director Business Development North America, S Y N C R E O N - Supply Chain Synergy
3:30 pm - 4:30 pmPeer-2-PeerP2P-Healthcare: Self Distribution vs. Outsourcing—Which is the Best Prescription? [More Info]
Facilitator: Gordon Slade, Director - Supply Chain Logistics, Intermountain Healthcare
3:30 pm - 4:30 pmPeer-2-PeerP2P-Improving a Smaller Warehouse [More Info]
Facilitator: Steve Hale, Consultant
3:30 pm - 4:30 pmBreakoutThe Buzz from the Warehouse: Employee Opinion Survey Results [More Info]
Speaker: Brian Devine, Division Vice President, ProLogistix
Speaker: Gary Glaser, Division Vice President, ProLogistix
3:30 pm - 4:30 pmBreakoutThe Power of One Piece Flow: How Lean Can Elevate Your Warehouse [More Info]
Speaker: Jason Morin, Director of Continuous Improvement, XPO Logistics
4:30 pm - 5:00 pmSupplier Presentation TheaterSPT - Bionomics: Put a Stop to Back and Shoulder Injuries [More Info]
Speaker: Dennis Downing, CEO, Future Industrial Technologies, Inc.
4:30 pm - 6:30 pmNetworkingSolutions Center Reception
 
Tuesday 05/02/2017
7:00 am - 8:45 amGeneralBreakfast & General Session - Lessons for Your Supply Chain Journey into the Future [More Info]
Speaker: Chad Autry, William J. Taylor Professor of Supply Chain Management, Department Head, Marketing and Supply Chain Management, Haslam College of Business, University of Tennessee
Speaker: Jeffrey LeClair, VP, Manufacturing and Supply Chain, Basin Industries LLC
Speaker: Catherine Cooper, President, World Connections
7:00 am - 4:30 pmNetworkingRegistration Open
9:00 am - 10:00 amBreakoutExtend the Life of a Legacy WMS [More Info]
Speaker: Robert Primeau, Systems Analyst, Thomas & Betts
Speaker: Robert Kennedy, Vice President Business Development, DM Logic, LLC
9:00 am - 10:00 amBreakoutImprove DC Operations to Handle Changing Demands [More Info]
Speaker: Norm Saenz, Managing Director, St. Onge Company
Speaker: Bobby Melton, Warehouse Director, BSN Sports
9:00 am - 10:00 amPeer-2-PeerP2P-How to Seamlessly Integrate WES, WMS and WCS [More Info]
Facilitator: Steve Hopper, Founder & Principal, Inviscid Consulting, LLC
9:00 am - 10:00 amPeer-2-PeerP2P-Leaders Developing Leaders [More Info]
Facilitator: Jeffrey LeClair, VP, Manufacturing and Supply Chain, Basin Industries LLC
9:00 am - 10:00 amPeer-2-PeerP2P-Leading a Resilient Supply Chain [More Info]
Facilitator: Catherine Cooper, President, World Connections
9:00 am - 10:00 amPeer-2-PeerP2P-Three Rules for Competing in an Automated Supply Chain World [More Info]
Facilitator: Chad Autry, William J. Taylor Professor of Supply Chain Management, Department Head, Marketing and Supply Chain Management, Haslam College of Business, University of Tennessee
9:00 am - 10:00 amBreakoutSuccessful Distribution Site Selection Trends & the Top 10 Mistakes to Avoid [More Info]
Speaker: John Morris, Executive Managing Director, Cushman & Wakefield
9:00 am - 10:00 amBreakoutTransportation Market Update [More Info]
Speaker: Matt Harding, Vice President, Chainalytics
Speaker: Michael House, Director, Logistics, Saputo Dairy Foods USA, LLC
9:00 am - 10:00 amBreakoutWhy Diversity and Inclusion are Critical to Supply Chain Success [More Info]
Panelist: Kathryn McLay, Sr Vice President, Walmart Logistics
Panelist: Tim Cooper, Divisional Vice President - Pacific Division, Walmart Logistics
Panelist: Jamie Bonin, Director, Human Resources, KeHE
Moderator: Ellen Voie, President/CEO, Women in Trucking Association
10:00 am - 10:30 amNetworkingNetworking Break
10:30 am - 11:30 amBreakoutCreate the Right Transportation System for Multi-Site Manufacturing [More Info]
Speaker: Jim Corrigan, President, Trinity Logistics
Speaker: Geoff Milsom, Director, enVista
10:30 am - 11:30 amBreakoutDiversity = Disability: How to Create an Inclusive Culture [More Info]
Speaker: Byron Williams, Warehouse Manager, Peckham Industries, Inc.
Speaker: Shavonne Singleton, Senior Brand & Outreach Manager, Peckham Industries, Inc.
10:30 am - 11:30 amBreakoutFinding a Prince Among Frogs: Relationship Building in an Omni-channel World [More Info]
Speaker: Elijah Ray, Chief Customer Officer, Sunland Logistics Solutions
Speaker: Melissa Baird, VP, Systems & Procedures, Draper James
10:30 am - 11:30 amBreakoutMultichannel Distribution at The Container Store [More Info]
Speaker: Amy Carovillano, VP Logistics & Distribution, The Container Store
Speaker: Ken Ruehrdanz, Warehouse & Distribution Market Manager, Dematic
10:30 am - 11:30 amPeer-2-PeerP2P-Mapping Your Site Selection Strategy [More Info]
Facilitator: Rich Thompson, International Director, Jones Lang LaSalle
10:30 am - 11:30 amPeer-2-PeerP2P-The Ins and Outs of 3PL Sourcing [More Info]
Facilitator: Cliff Kanu, Sr. Manager, Indirect Procurement, US Retail Financial Planning & Analysis, The Home Depot
10:30 am - 11:30 amPeer-2-PeerP2P-WERC Certified Facilities: Insiders Only Discussion [More Info]
Facilitator: Sean Hammond, Director of Operations, Hopewell Logistics Inc.
Facilitator: Jason Poulin, DC Manager, Mondelez International, Inc.
10:30 am - 11:30 amPeer-2-PeerP2P-Women in Supply Chain: Challenges and Opportunities [More Info]
Facilitator: Ellen Voie, President/CEO, Women in Trucking Association
Facilitator: Elsie Mucci, Director Human Resources, Walmart Stores, Inc.
10:30 am - 11:30 amBreakoutReconnect in the DC: Why Metrics Matter for Strategy Alignment [More Info]
Speaker: Scott Hardesty, Director, Coca-Cola Parts, Coca-Cola
Speaker: Donnie Williams Jr., Assistant Professor of Logistics/Supply Chain Management, Georgia College & State University
Speaker: Joe Tillman, Researcher, WERC
11:30 am - 12:00 pmSupplier Presentation TheaterSPT - Robotic Lift Trucks: Where Do They Make Sense in Your DC? [More Info]
Speaker: Jeff Huerta, VP Sales North America, Balyo Inc.
Speaker: Lou Micheletto, Manager of Integrated Solutions, Yale Materials Handling Corporation
11:30 am - 1:30 pmNetworkingSolutions Center Lunch
12:15 pm - 12:45 pmSupplier Presentation TheaterSPT - Tackle the High Cost of Manual Entry with Robotics [More Info]
Speaker: JP Cheung, Account Executive, Conexiom by ecmarket
1:00 pm - 1:30 pmSupplier Presentation TheaterSPT - Understanding Rack Safety and Repair [More Info]
Speaker: Joe Malerba, Senior Account Executive, Rack Remediation and Solutions, REB Storage Systems International
1:30 pm - 4:30 pmFacility TourFacility Tour #11 - Dillard's - SOLD OUT [More Info]
1:45 pm - 2:45 pmBreakoutImprove Workplace Safety with Adaptive Microlearning [More Info]
Speaker: Marcus Presley, Senior Manager, Logistics Compliance & Safety, Walmart Stores, Inc.
Speaker: Bob Duprey, Sales Director, Axonify
1:45 pm - 2:45 pmBreakoutIntegrating Backwards: Meeting Reverse Logistics Challenges [More Info]
Panelist: Steve Simmerman, Sr. Director - Sales, JDA
Panelist: Tom Maher, Senior Vice President, Global Service Parts, Dell
Panelist: Don Rombach, Vice President, The Jay Group, Ltd.
Panelist: Karl Siebrecht, CEO, FLEXE, Inc
Moderator: Ron Lembke PhD, Associate Professor of Supply Chain Management, University of Nevada, Reno
1:45 pm - 2:45 pmPeer-2-PeerP2P-Being Green—Just How Easy Is It? [More Info]
Facilitator: Jerry Pimental, CEO & Owner, Paladin Supply Chain Solutions, LLC
1:45 pm - 2:45 pmPeer-2-PeerP2P-Building Your Internal Leadership Pipeline [More Info]
Facilitator: Jamie Bonin, Director, Human Resources, KeHE
Facilitator: Aaron Wilker, Managing Partner, C2 Logistix, LLC
1:45 pm - 2:45 pmPeer-2-PeerP2P-Pick This [More Info]
Facilitator: Andy Bass, VP of Supply Chain, The McPherson Companies
1:45 pm - 2:45 pmBreakoutThe Future of Food and Its Supply Chain Impact [More Info]
Speaker: Steve Pinder, Managing Director, Kurt Salmon, Part of Accenture Strategy
1:45 pm - 2:45 pmBreakoutWhat Logistics Companies Look for in a Prospective Distribution Facility [More Info]
Speaker: Toug Plilar, Tax Director, BKD LLP
Speaker: Alfredo Gutierrez, Owner & Founder, SparrowHawk
1:45 pm - 4:15 pmFacility TourFacility Tour #13 - The Container Store - SOLD OUT [More Info]
1:45 pm - 5:00 pmFacility TourFacility Tour #15 - Kuehne + Nagel Allergan Lewisville - SOLD OUT [More Info]
2:00 pm - 5:00 pmFacility TourFacility Tour #12 - GE Manufacturing Solutions - SOLD OUT [More Info]
2:15 pm - 4:45 pmFacility TourFacility Tour #14 - Walmart.com Fulfillment Center - SOLD OUT [More Info]
2:45 pm - 3:15 pmNetworkingNetworking Break
3:15 pm - 4:15 pmSpecialBeer Logic - SOLD OUT [More Info]
Speaker: Chad Pilbeam, Creative Idealist, WERC
3:15 pm - 4:15 pmBreakoutGain Better Transportation Visibility with the Latest Technologies [More Info]
Speaker: Doug Miller, Sr Director, Pepsi Logistics Company, Inc.
Speaker: Alayna Skipton, Technology Manager, Pepsi Logistics Company, Inc.
3:15 pm - 4:15 pmPeer-2-PeerP2P-Get Smarter About Investing in Smart Automation [More Info]
Facilitator: Ananda Banavaty, Director of Engineering, Helen of Troy
3:15 pm - 4:15 pmPeer-2-PeerP2P-Hot Topics in Logistics Recap [More Info]
Facilitator: Andy Dishner, COO, Konexial
Facilitator: Gerald Perritt, Senior Vice President, Kuehne + Nagel
3:15 pm - 4:15 pmPeer-2-PeerP2P-Reverse Logistics Innovation [More Info]
Facilitator: Dale Rogers Ph.D., Professor, Logistics & Supply Chain Management, Arizona State University
3:15 pm - 4:15 pmBreakoutSupply Chain Innovation—Beyond the Buzzword [More Info]
Speaker: Kristi Montgomery, Vice President, Innovation, Research & Development, KENCO
3:15 pm - 4:15 pmBreakoutTrue Tales from the Distribution Dark Side [More Info]
Speaker: Steve Hopper, Founder & Principal, Inviscid Consulting, LLC
4:15 pm - 6:30 pmNetworkingNetWERCing Reception [More Info]
 
Wednesday 05/03/2017
7:30 am - 9:30 amNetworkingRegistration Open
8:00 am - 9:30 amGeneralBreakfast & Closing General Session - Eyes Wide Open [More Info]
Speaker: Isaac Lidsky, Author, Speaker, Entrepreneur