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 Householder’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 APICS Supply Chain Council, Householder has continued his efforts to extend and promote the supply chain management profession as an APICS Board member, Treasurer/Secretary, and Chair Elect. He is a graduate of MIT and was a Leaders for Manufacturing Fellow at MIT and the MIT Sloan School of Management.
Keith Connolly is vice president of AT&T Entertainment Group supply chain. He is 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. Connolly leads strategic sourcing for commodities including contact centers, professional services, office products and real estate. He is also 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 and materials management from Arizona State University. He’s 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.
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 and Mary and her PhD in chemistry at Yale University. In addition to her APICS certifications, Youngblood is Six Sigma Green Belt certified.
Scott Ehrsam is a supply chain director in Caterpillar’s global mining division, where he is responsible for the end-to-end integration of the Bucyrus service parts supply chain. As a global supply chain professional, Ehrsam has a proven track record of developing and leading business and supply chain transformations in the Americas, Europe, and Asia. His experience also includes leadership roles in manufacturing, service parts operations, and product support. He is a regular presenter at APICS conferences and webinars. Ehrsam holds an MBA from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business, and a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering from Purdue University.
Antonio Galvão Costa is chief supply chain officer for DuBois Chemicals. He has more than 27 years of experience encompassing planning, logistics, sourcing, engineering, manufacturing, product portfolio management and marketing operations. In addition, Galvão Costa has a proven track record of managerial success in generating multimillion dollar cost savings and double-digit percentage improvements in both customer service levels and productivity. He has lived and worked in Brazil, England, the U.S., Switzerland and the Netherlands leading local, regional and global teams. Galvão Costa has a degree in production engineering and an MBA from Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. He’s been the author of “Working Green” in APICS magazine since July 2008 and has presented at several conferences and seminars across the U.S., Europe, Latin America and Asia. He previously served on the APICS Supply Chain Council board of directors.
Mark Holmes is the solutions practice director for UST Global, a $1.1 billion, leading digital technology services company that provides powerful solutions for Global 1000 companies. Holmes’s role is to develop and lead technology and business process solutions in complex global supply chains to overcome business challenges and strategically align with customer objectives. Holmes focuses in retail, consumer-packaged goods and manufacturing verticals. Holmes has an MBA from Bentley College and bachelor’s degree from Indiana University and is a University of Rhode Island Supply Chain Advisory Board Member, where he also served as an MBA Adjunct Professor.
Radha Krishna has twenty-five years of combined industry and consulting experience in the United States and Asia. Krishna has served in a variety of business and technical roles in supply chain domain at Intel, IBM and PwC. In his current role at Intel, he fosters a strong partnership with eco-system (academia, research) and drives supply chain innovation efforts. Additionally, Krishna has championed industry standard supply chain body of knowledge in various capacities, including as Intel APICS chair, visiting faculty in business schools, and contributing to several publications and presentations and attending external events. He holds a Ph.D. from the National Institute of Industrial Engineering (NITIE), Mumbai, India.
L4 Services, LLC
Pamelyn G. Lindsey is president and co-founder of L4 Services, LLC, a consulting, advisory and educational services firm. Lindsey is an experienced integrated business planning, sales and operations planning and supply chain management professional. Previously, she was director of global supply chain operations and global leader of executive S&OP for Ciena Corporation, a telecommunications and network strategy company. For most of her 25+ year career, Lindsey worked as an internal consultant and continuous improvement leader for DuPont. Pam is a regular speaker at international industry conferences and for STEM programs. Lindsey earned a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Pittsburgh and holds a Six Sigma Black Belt.
Indiana University Southeast
Paul Pittman has an extensive career in both academia and consulting. Over the past three decades he has taught supply chain and operations management at Indiana University Southeast, where he is a professor. Additionally, he’s 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. Pittman previously served on the APICS Supply Chain Council board of directors. He’s a graduate of the Terry School of Business at the University of Georgia.
Shari Ruelas has over 26 years of experience in the chemical, oil and gas industries in a variety of roles. She is currently a commercial business manager―Americas and Atlantic Basin in Chevron’s Supply and Trading organization. Previously, she was 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, asset management and channel strategy for refined products. Ruelas 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. Ruelas is currently 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.
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 and logistics committee, and has previously served on the APICS Supply Chain Council board of directors and the APICS Corporate Advisory.
Fortress Consulting, LLC
George Yarusavage has more than three decades of domestic and international supply chain experience. He is now in his second career as a trainer, educator, and consultant. Yarusavage held management positions at M-real USA, Verizon Wireless, NBC Olympics, NBC Corporate, GE, GTE, and CFI where his responsibilities included hiring, training, and mentoring teams of supply chain professionals while managing purchasing, transportation, distribution, and logistics operations in multiple industries. He is a frequent presenter at local, regional, and national meetings of APICS, CSCMP, and ISM, and was chair of the AST&L board of directors when it merged with APICS in 2016. Yarusavage earned a bachelor’s degree in logistics from Penn State and his MBA from New York University.
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