APICS is the premier professional association for supply chain management.

2016 APICS Board of Directors

APICS is pleased to present the 2016 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.


William E. Bickert – Chair
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 – Chair-Elect

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.


William Householder - Treasurer-Secretary

William Householder is a lead partner in PwC's Supply Chain Practice, and is one of PwC's thought leaders in developing and implementing innovative supply chain strategies and solutions across a wide range of industries and organizations, including industrial products, high tech, chemicals, petroleum, and defense. Householder was a key contributor to the critically acclaimed book, Strategic Supply Chain Management: The 5 Disciplines for Top Performance. He has been an active contributor and longstanding Board member of the Supply Chain Council and regularly contributes thought leadership and articles on supply chain management.  Householder  and a graduate of MIT with a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering and master's degrees in mechanical engineering and management. 


Keith Connolly

Keith Connolly is Vice President–AT&T Entertainment Group Supply Chain. 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. 


Erica Dickson Benisch, CPIM, CSCP

Erica Benisch 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. Benisch 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, Benisch has extensive experience creating annual budgets and actuals tracking systems for responsible financial management.


Antonio Galvão Costa, CSCP
Johnson Controls

Antonio Galvao has more than 23 years of experience encompassing planning, logistics, sourcing, engineering, manufacturing, product portfolio management, marketing operations and a proven track record of managerial success in generating multimillion dollar cost savings and a double-digit percentage improvements in both customer service levels and productivity. Global experience - lived and worked in Brazil, England, United States, Switzerland and Netherlands leading Local, Regional and Global teams. Antonio has a degree in Production Engineering and MBA from UFRJ in Brazil. He has also been the author of the “Working Green” department of APICS magazine since July 2008 and has presented in several conferences and seminars across the United States, Europe and Asia. He has been serving in the APICS Supply Chain Council Board since 2014.


Mark Holmes, CTL
GS1 Global Office

Mark Holmes, is Vice President, Global Standards Management Process (GSMP) for GS1, a neutral, not-for-profit standards organization that develops a common foundation for business by uniquely identifying, accurately capturing and automatically sharing vital information about products, locations and assets. His role is to lead and develop the standards team and process, and to continue to drive GS1’s standards work to be Best-in-Class.  Mark also manages intellectual property matters, engages all standards stakeholders and leads other key projects. Mark has extensive expertise in driving value by balancing individual contributions, team leadership, and collaborating with cross-functional experts and developing executive relationships with key customers and business partners.  Mark has held pervious leadership positions at Aspen Technology, OHL, Collaborative Consulting and Dow Chemical.   He received his master’s in business administration from Bentley College and his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Indiana University. He is also certified in Transportation and Logistics from AST&L, and is a University of Rhode Island Supply Chain Advisory Board Member, where he also served as an MBA Adjunct Professor.


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.


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, 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.

Michael Wasson, CSCP

Mike Wasson, CSCP, is vice president of supply chain and operations at Tosca. In this role, he provides leadership and direction on asset management, supply chain optimization, logistics, transportation, customer service, procurement, corporate safety,  plant productivity, and service quality. Wasson has 20-plus years of experience, having worked at companies including Coca-Cola Refreshments, DHL Express-USA, and Hammacher Schlemmer. He serves on the APICS Supply Chain Council board of directors and the APICS Corporate Advisory Board.

Ginny Youngblood, PhD, CSCP, CPIM, SCOR-P
The Yokes Group

Ginny Youngblood, PhD, CSCP, CPIM, SCOR-P, is a business process and continuous improvement consultant with The Yokes Group. She delivers complex operational and business transformations saving millions of dollars in waste. Her expertise is in enterprise governance, strategy implementation, operations transformation and thought leadership. Previously, she held positions at DuPont, including global process management, global production system management, operations and strategy management positions. Youngblood’s work at DuPont 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.

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.