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2015 APICS Board of Directors

APICS is pleased to present the 2015 APICS Board of Directors. These dedicated volunteers bring diverse points of view to the leadership body, and these varied perspectives will drive the strategic direction of APICS in the coming year.

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Alan G. Dunn, CPIM – Chair
GDI Consulting

Alan Dunn serves as president of GDI Consulting and Training Company and is the founding sponsor of the Manufacturing Executive Institute. Prior to founding GDI, Dunn was vice president of Gemini Management Consulting and a partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers. In addition to his 30 years of technical and management consulting experience, Dunn has extensive experience manufacturing environments and has participated in more than 200 manufacturing and distribution consulting projects inside more than 150 companies. Dunn has served as president of the APICS Orange County Chapter, Chairman of the 1989 APICS International Conference and Expo and as a member of the APICS Education Strategy Committee and APICS Body of Knowledge Committee. 

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William E. Bickert – Chair-Elect
NAVSUP Global Logistics

Bill Bickert serves as Vice Commander, NAVSUP Global Logistics Support - a Senior Executive Service position in the U.S. Navy. In this role he is responsible for fulfillment of supplies and services globally for all Navy operational units. He has extensive experience in both commercial and military supply chain management. He is a retired US Navy Supply Corps Captain with 24 years of active service. As a corporate supply chain executive, he served as Director of Material Planning and Procurement for COMPAQ Computer Corporation and Vice President/Division Manager at CACI - responsible for field service support of Navy and Marine Corps activities in the Pacific.

Steven Georgevitch

Steven Georgevitch – Treasurer-Secretary

Steve Georgevitch leads the Supply Chain Design organization within Boeing’s Global Services & Support Supply Chain Management Capability Center. In this role, Georgevitch leads in the design, development and sustainment of integrated supply chain management solutions in support of Boeing’s global military customers. Prior to his current role, Georgevitch supported the establishment and integration of a Logistics Command & Control Technology business practice, where he played a key role in several strategic business acquisitions necessary to serve this market. Georgevitch is a graduate of St. Louis University with a Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Management with an emphasis in Contract Management. He is the Chairman of St. Louis University’s Center for Supply Chain Management Studies and serves on the Executive Advisory Board for St. Louis University’s School for Professional Studies. He is Vice Chair of the Industry Advisory Board of the Center of Excellence for Logistics and Distribution (CELDi), and recently served on the Board of Directors of the Supply Chain Council as the immediate past-chair.

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Keith Connolly

Keith Connolly is Vice President–Consumer & Corporate Supply Chain for AT&T. Responsible for sourcing, inventory planning, forward/reverse logistics, and quality control for Consumer products such as mobile devices, tablets, wearables, home automation equipment and set top boxes. Leads strategic sourcing for commodities such as contact centers, professional services, office products & real estate. In charge of Corporate Travel and Supply Chain systems. Connolly holds an MBA from San Jose State University, a master’s degree in science in telecommunications management from Golden Gate University, and a bachelor’s degree in purchasing/materials management from Arizona State University. Connolly is a member of the University of Texas–Dallas Supply Chain Management Industry Advisory Board and a board member of the Dallas/Fort Worth Minority Supplier Development Council. 

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Sonia Daviaud
Decision Value

Sonia Daviaud serves as founder and managing director of Decision Value – a supply chain optimization consulting firm, and has more than 15 years of professional consulting experience. Prior founding Decision Value, Daviaud acted as senior executive in large consulting companies Accenture and BearingPoint. Her professional experience includes a wide range of consulting assignments covering internal and external supply chain strategies, collaborative and advanced planning solutions selection, demand and supply management processes efficiency studies, supply chain operation improvement programs, inventory reduction methods, logistics network strategies and outsourcing studies, and lean production systems design and implementation.

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Erica Dickson Benisch, CPIM, CSCP

Erica Dickson has more than 12 years of experience in operations management. She has worked in various roles as a planner, program manager, developer, and lean leadership champion. Dickson has a background in high tech supply chains and mid-size teams. Currently she serves as the supply line planning manager at Intel, where she manages eight diverse direct reports for global reverse logistics. As an APICS Past President and APICS District Director of Information Technology, Dickson has extensive experience creating annual budgets and actuals tracking systems for responsible financial management.

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Bhaskar Majee, CSCP
General Electric Company

Bhaskar Majee heads the global fulfillment (supply chain) team for GE lighting. In his current role, he is responsible for developing the strategy and building the organizational capability of new Supply Chain operations models related to LED lighting solutions. Majee is an operation leader with 15 years of global experience in solving complex cross functional problems. His experience has spanned across multiple areas of operations from end to end supply chain transformation, manufacturing strategy, warehousing and distribution, sourcing strategy, integrated business planning, and system implementations. Majee was also an adjunct faculty at John F. Welch College of Business at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT. He has also served on various APICS committees.

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Steven Melnyk, PhD
Michigan State University

Steve Melnyk is Professor of Operations and Supply Chain Management (Ph.D. – The Ivey School, University of Western Ontario, 1981) at Michigan State University. He is an active researcher with 17 co-authored books on operations and supply chain management and over 90 refereed research articles. His research interests include supply chain and design, metrics/system measurement, responsiveness supply chains, supply chain design, sustainability, and strategic supply chain management.  Dr. Melnyk sits on the editorial review board of numerous academic refereed journals. He is a sought-after speaker both nationally and internationally.

 Clark Ponthier

Clark Ponthier, CPIM
Ingersoll Rand

Clark Ponthier, CPIM is an operations and supply chain executive for Ingersoll Rand. He has extensive supply chain, manufacturing, and engineering experience with a focus on strategic planning and implementation, lean process deployment, procurement, demand planning, and more. Ponthier previously held several positions at Dell Inc., General Electric, and Dow Chemical. He has worked in manufacturing and engineering for more than 25 years. Ponthier received his bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from University of Louisiana–Lafayette and is certified in Shingijutsu Gemba Kaizen. He serves on the APICS Corporate Advisory Board, the APICS Strategic Direction Committee, and received the APICS Education Award of Excellence in 2013.

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Colin M. Seftel, CFPIM, CSCP

Colin Seftel has more than 38 years of industry experience and is a former director of SAPICS, an APICS Channel Partner. His experience includes more than 20 years’ experience with Petrel Engineering where he served as operations manager, quality assurance manager, materials manager, and information technology manager. Seftel has extensive experience as a consultant in the areas of MRP, scheduling, procurement and quality management, has trained more than 500 students in supply chain and operations management and is recognized as a Lead Instructor for CPIM. 

 Mike Segal, PE, CTL | Sappi North American Fine Paper

Michael Segal, PE, CTL
Sappi North American Fine Paper

As Director of Logistics and Operations Planning, Michael has been responsible for developing and implementing strategies to continue to drive towards best in class planning and delivery services to customers while minimizing the cost to serve. He has responsibility for asset scheduling and optimization, logistics and operations planning systems, warehousing, inventory management and control, supply chain orchestration, 3PL selection and management, regulatory compliance, transportation, and switching services.

Prior to this role, Michael served in a variety of operations leadership positions at the Sappi Fine Paper mill in Cloquet, Minnesota. In these roles, he was responsible for leading the operational availability and cost effectiveness of the steam, energy, water, and waste treatment systems for the site and supporting pulp production through control of the liquor cycle. He was also a leader in Sappi’s international energy savings and mill site profitability efforts.

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Peter Vanderminden
Vanderminden Consulting

Peter Vanderminden is the founder of Vanderminden Consulting. For many years, he served as the Industry Manager, Manufacturing and Supply Chain at Microsoft Corporation, where he consulted to some of Microsoft's largest corporate accounts on business solutions and enterprise architecture strategies. He holds an MBA, with Distinction, from Leeds University, UK; a BS in Communications Science from RPI, Troy, NY and a post-graduate certificate in System Dynamics from MIT, Cambridge, MA. A Six Sigma Master Black Belt, his career spans 30 years of working in supply chain management, transportation, financial services, health/life sciences and computer software industries and has worked at companies such as GE, JP Morgan Chase, UPS and Pitney Bowes/MapInfo.

George Yarusavage, CTL C.P.M. | Fortress Consulting

George Yarusavage, CTL C.P.M.
Fortress Consulting

Yarusavage has held a number of transportation, logistics, and purchasing management positions in his 39-year career. Currently he is a principal in Fortress Consulting and an Executive Consultant to both Good Harbor Consulting and the CATTAN Services Group. His most recent assignments have included teaching a new Logistics Certification class at Union County College; projects for the New York City Office of Emergency Management; and a variety of executive training engagements. In the past few years he has authored a number of published articles on risk management, supply chain management, transportation management, and professional development.

George’s prior corporate positions include: North American Manager of Logistics for M-real USA; Manager of Transportation Procurement for Verizon Wireless; and Director of Technical Logistics for NBC Olympics, where he won an Emmy for his work.

George has a BS in Logistics from Penn State, an MBA from NYU, and has earned three logistics certifications: the CTL (Certified in Transportation & Logistics) from the American Society of Transportation & Logistics, the CPIM from APICS, and his lifetime C.P.M. from ISM. He is currently pursuing his CPSM from ISM. He is also a Distinguish Logistics Professional (DLP) at AST&L.

George’s professional activities have included holding various local and national offices in a number of professional organizations. He is the AST&L’s current Chairman and has previously served AST&L as President, Chairman, Vice Chairman, and Program V.P. He was also the past Secretary and Education Chair of the CSCMP NYCONN Roundtable; and is currently Treasurer, Joint Program Coordinator, and a Past President of ISM-7 Counties. In addition, he is the Treasurer of both ISM’s national Logistics & Transportation Group, and the ISM NY/NJ Forum.

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Ginny Youngblood, PhD, CSCP, CPIM, SCOR-P

Ginny Youngblood, PhD, CSCP, CPIM, SCOR-P, is a global business process leader for DuPont. She is results-oriented with a focus on enterprise governance, strategy implementation, operations transformation, and thought leadership. Youngblood has expertise in manufacturing production, project management, maintenance management, six sigma process improvement, and more. Previously, she held positions at DuPont including production system corporate process owner for visual management, film plant operations manager, and advanced fibers systems operations business leader and strategist. Youngblood’s work at DuPont has spanned more than 30 years. She received her bachelor’s degree in chemistry at the College of William & Mary, and her PhD in chemistry at Yale University. In addition to her APICS certifications, Youngblood is six sigma green belt certified and SCOR-P certified. 

Evan Crain
Young Professional Guest Board Member

Evan Crain brings the perspective of a young professional to the APICS Board of Directors. Crain is a supply chain planner at The Dow Chemical Company in the AgroSciences business based in Indianapolis, Indiana. He has responsibility for production planning, for which he leads an operations team of internal and external stakeholders, and material planning at multiple contract facilities. Previous roles in the Supply Chain Rotation Program include lean implementation in Freeport, Texas and design and modify supply chain in Houston, Texas. As a lean leader, Crain was involved in a site reliability transformation and led kaizen projects in site logistics at multiple sites. In design and modify, he led modeling and improvement projects across various modes, sites and internal businesses. He holds a BBA from Grand Valley State University with majors in Operations Management and Finance.