The APICS executive staff consists of a team of dedicated professionals who work alongside the APICS Board of Directors and volunteer leaders to further APICS’s mission.
Abe Eshkenazi currently serves as the chief executive officer for APICS The Association for Operations Management. Prior to joining APICS, Eshkenazi was the managing director for the Operations Consulting Group of American Express Tax and Business Services.
Eshkenazi has provided business, operational, and compliance consulting services to professional service organizations, associations, and tax-exempt and government organizations. His leadership role included project management, business process redesign, and individual and organizational alignment; including design and implementation of outsource strategies. Eshkenazi has been a frequent speaker on outsourcing, nonprofit mergers, and strategic alliances.
In addition to his CPA, Eshkenazi holds a master of business administration in management from Northwestern University, Kellogg Graduate School of Management; a master of business administration in finance from DePaul University; and a bachelor’s degree from Northeastern Illinois University. Eshkenazi is also an APICS Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP), a Certified Healthcare Executive (CHE), and a Certified Association Executive (CAE).
In her role as executive director, APICS Educational & Research (E&R) Foundation, Sharon Rice oversees the operations and success of the foundation. The foundation provides the nation's premier forum for supply chain and operations management research, educational programs, courseware, events, and curriculum development. The foundation publishes results from practitioner-friendly applied research.
Rice has been responsible for guiding the planning, development, and management of APICS education courseware, professional development programs, research, industry content, publications, and marketing for the past five years. Rice brings 20 years of association management experience to APICS.
Additionally, Rice’s professional association experience includes the American Society of Clinical Pathology; Krajewski & Associates, an association management consulting firm; the National Association of Minority Engineering Program Administrators; and the American Association of Legal Nurse Consultants. Rice attended Manchester College & the University of Illinois.
In his role as general counsel and executive vice president of operations, Martinez serves as the primary legal advisor for APICS and is responsible guiding the association’s operations, including providing overall direction and strategy for APICS’ information services, project management, and certification departments to maximize growth and profitability.
Prior to joining APICS, Martinez had a long-standing career in public service—most recently as the deputy governor for the state of Illinois. Additionally, Martinez served as Secretary of the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR), chief of legislative affairs, and legal counsel to the Department of Financial Institutions. Martinez started his career as an assistant state’s attorney in the Appellate Division where he argued before the Illinois Appellate Court.
Jeff Zettek currently serves as the chief financial officer for APICS and is responsible for the accounting and financial aspects of planning, reporting, governance and strategy initiatives within the organization.
Zettek has over twelve years of diversified finance and accounting experience having worked in a wide variety of industries for enterprises that range in size from small privately held organizations to large multi-national public companies. Previous experience in these roles included acquisition and divestiture due diligence, planning and analysis, strategy, financial and management reporting, internal and external audit functions and fraud investigations. In addition to being a CPA, Zettek has the certified internal auditor designation.
Prior to joining APICS, Zettek worked in KPMG's Transaction Services practice group for more than seven years after transferring from their Risk Advisory Service group in 2004. Additionally, Zettek's professional experience included roles at AT&T and Deloitte.
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