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2017 APICS Board of Directors

The 2017 APICS Board of Directors is a team of dedicated volunteer leaders who bring diverse points of view and drive the strategic direction of APICS.

  • Steve Georgevitch | Chair

    Boeing

    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 | Chair-Elect

    b2i inc

    William Householder is CEO and founder of b2i inc, having recently retired as one of the leaders of PwC's supply chain consulting practice. In William's 35 years of industry and consulting experience at PRTM and PwC, he established himself as a thought leader in developing and implementing innovative supply chain strategies and solutions across a wide range of industries and organizations.

    He has been an active author, researcher, and presenter on the topic of strategic supply chain management and operations strategy. As a long-standing volunteer and board member of the Supply Chain Council, William has continued his efforts to extend and promote the supply chain management profession as an APICS Board member, Treasurer/Secretary, and now Chair Elect. William is graduate of MIT and was a Leaders for Manufacturing Fellow at MIT and the MIT Sloan School of Management.  

  • Keith Connolly, Treasurer-Secretary

    AT&T

    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.

  • Antonio Galvão Costa, CSCP, CTL, CLTD

    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.

  • 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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    Paul Pittman, PhD, CFPIM, CSCP

    Indiana University Southeast

    Paul Pittman has an extensive career in both academia and consulting. Over past three decades he has taught supply chain and operations management at Indiana University Southeast, where he is currently a professor. Additionally, he a partner with The LAMP Group working with firms around the world in executive leadership development and decision making as well as supply chain management and process improvement. Pittman has led and served on numerous APICS committees and councils and represents the organization at North American and international events. He has published articles in numerous publications, including APICS magazine, and was a co-editor of the fifteenth edition of the APICS Dictionary. He previously served on the APICS Supply Chain Council Board of Directors.

  • Shari Ruelas

    Shari Ruelas, CPIM, CSCP

    Chevron

    Shari Ruelas has 25 years of experience in the Chemical and Oil and Gas industries in a variety of roles. She is currently a value chain optimization coordinator for Chevron responsible for crude-to-customer optimization with oversight of price forecasting, demand planning, sales and operations planning, supply network optimization, and channel strategy for refined products.

    She holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Nebraska and a MBA from the University of Houston. She has served as President of the APICS New Orleans Chapter and as President of the APICS Supply Chain Council Board of Directors. She currently serves as the President of the Chevron Women’s Network and was a recipient of the STEP (Science, Technology, Engineering and Production) Ahead award from the Manufacturing Institute. 

  • Marco Ugarte, Ph.D., CPIM, CSCP, CQIA

    Sustainability Manager, MillerCoors

    Marco Ugarte, recipient of the 2015 Young Hispanic Corporate Achiever award, is accountable for environmenal sustainability at MillerCoors. Key initiatives include MillerCoors’ Sustainability Report and delivering aginst their 2020 goals relative to water stewardship, carbon management, and landfill free operations. Leads strategic partnerships with the US. Department of Agriculture, United Nations Global Compact, The Nature Conservancy, and the Beverage Industry Environmental Roundtable.

    Dr. Ugarte is a certified supply chain instructor and speaker for The White House Council on Environmental Quality, The Association of Climate Change Officers, and The Logistics & Supply Chain Forum. Formerly, Dr. Ugarte contributed to the  international expansion of The Sustainability Consortium. As entrepreneur, has received awards from MIT, ASU, Walmart, and NASDAQ. He holds a PhD in Sustainability from Arizona State University and professional certifications from APICS and ASQ.

  • Michael Wasson, CSCP

    Tosca

    Michael Wasson, CSCP, is vice president of supply chain and operations at Tosca, an industry leader and innovator, providing the most comprehensive portfolio of reusable packaging and supply chain solutions in the industry, across a diverse range of perishable food markets.  In this role, he provides leadership and direction for a state-of-the-art supply chain network, providing unmatched service and lower costs to growers, suppliers, and retailers. 

    Wasson has over 25 years of experience with other industry leaders, including Coca-Cola, DHL Express-USA, YRC, and Hammacher Schlemmer. He also serves the Reusable Packaging Association as the chair of the Operations & Logistics committee, and has previously served on the APICS Supply Chain Council board of directors and the APICS Corporate Advisory Board. 

  • George Yarusavage

    George Yarusavage, CPIM, CTL, C.P.M., DLP

    Fortress Consulting, LLC

    George Yarusavage, now in his second career as a trainer, educator, and consultant, first acquired more than three decades of domestic and international supply chain experience.  His duties included hiring, training, and mentoring teams of supply chain professionals while managing purchasing, transportation, distribution, and logistics operations in multiple industries.  He has held management positions at M-real USA, Verizon Wireless, NBC Olympics, NBC Corporate, GE, GTE, and CFI.  He also is a frequent presenter at local, regional, and national meetings of APICS, CSCMP, and ISM, was the last Chairman of AST&L when it merged into APICS in 2016, and has served as a local Board Member and officer for the AST&L SNEC and NJ/NY Chapters, the CSCMP NYCONN Roundtable, ISM-7 Counties, and the APICS Tappan Zee chapter.  Yarusavage earned his B.S. in Logistics from Penn State and his MBA from NYU.

  • Ginny Youngblood

    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.