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Heineken to Keynote Best of the Best S&OP Conference 2017


APICS and IBF announce keynote and program details for the 10th anniversary of this supply chain industry event

CHICAGO – April 27, 2017 – Today APICS, the premier professional association for supply chain management, in conjunction with the Institute of Business Forecasting & Planning (IBF), announced Laurence Wolfe, Senior Vice President of Operations at Heineken USA, as the keynote speaker for Best of the Best S&OP Conference 2017. This is the 10th anniversary of the renowned global event, taking place in Chicago, Illinois June 15–16, 2017.

Wolfe has over 16 years’ experience in supply chain and operations management. His perspective spans the business spectrum, from developing supply chain strategy to operational execution. Wolfe’s keynote, along with two days of in-depth educational sessions and networking events, will educate and inspire supply chain professionals to implement or improve S&OP within their organizations. 

“In today’s rapidly changing and consolidating business landscape, it is more important than ever to engage with experts from other industries to identify the themes and commonalities that affect us all,” said APICS CEO Abe Eshkenazi, CSCP, CPA, CAE. “This conference allows attendees to develop professional relationships, discuss key challenges, and share best practices that will help your organization evolve.”

“The exceptional programming for this year’s show is a wonderful way to celebrate ten years of Best of the Best,” noted IBF’s Managing Director, Anish Jain. “We’re excited to showcase Laurence Wolfe and his focus on exceeding customer expectations and delivering business value – something that is applicable to all S&OP professionals, no matter their industry.”

Best of the Best 2017 will cover a range of best practices and in-depth topics most critical to S&OP professional today. During the event, attendees will hear from industry leaders like Deckers Brands, Abbott Laboratories, Owens Corning, Bayer Consumer Health, and MARS Inc, and can expect to learn how to:

  • Effectively use forecasting and demand planning in your S&OP process
  • Employ integrated business planning techniques
  • Enhance collaboration across sales, marketing, finance and supply chain
  • Extend S&OP outside your organization and throughout the supply chain
  • Manage and mitigate risk
  • Use S&OP to enhance new product launches

Additionally, interested attendees can receive up to 5 elective contact hours toward the APICS S&OP Education Certificate, which demonstrates a commitment to and understanding of the principles and functions of

sales and operations planning. Qualifying sessions will be noted in the conference program.

S&OP is most effective when the entire team is trained, engaged and working collaboratively. Bring your team members from sales, marketing, finance and supply chain to maximize your S&OP success. Groups of 3 or more benefit from special rates.

To learn more about Best of the Best 2017 and register to attend, please visit:


APICS is the premier professional association for supply chain management and the leading provider of research, education and certification programs that elevate supply chain excellence, innovation and resilience. The APICS Certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM), APICS Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP), APICS Certified in Logistics, Transportation and Distribution (CLTD) and APICS Supply Chain Operations Reference Professional (SCOR-P) designations set the industry standard. With over 45,000 members and approximately 300 channel partners, APICS is transforming the way people do business, drive growth and reach global customers. For more information, visit 


The Institute of Business Forecasting & Planning (IBF) is a membership organization recognized worldwide as the premier full-service provider of demand planning, forecasting, analytics, S&OP education, benchmarking research, training, certification, world-class conferences, advisory and assessment services. For almost three decades, the IBF has been helping businesses improve their forecasting and planning performance in an effort to enhance growth and improve their bottom line. Having some of the world’s most well-known global companies as its members, the IBF is constantly finding and disseminating better ways to manage demand, improve supply chain efficiency and increase organizational performance.

Media contact:
Blair Poloskey
INK Public Relations