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APICS Executive Staff

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, CSCP, CPA, CAE

Chief Executive Officer

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).


Sharon Rice

Executive Director, APICS Foundation, author of Think Supply Chain 

In her role as executive director, APICS 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 workforce 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.

Prior to joining APICS in 2007, Rice served as both an association executive and a consultant to nonprofit organizations working specifically in the areas of strategic planning, program development, complex project management, as well as training and development. 

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 holds a bachelor's degree from Manchester College and attended the University of Illinois.

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Dean Martinez

Executive Vice President of Operations and General Counsel

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.


Jennifer K. Daniels

Vice President, Marketing

Jennifer Daniels is the vice president of marketing for APICS. She serves as the chief marketing officer, overseeing the organization’s branding, marketing, and communications.  

Daniels has more than 20 years of experience in marketing, sales, and delivery of services, including work at Aon Consulting as vice president of marketing. Prior to joining Aon Consulting, Daniels was founder and managing director of Visient, a marketing and design agency that served professional, technology, and financial services clients.

Career highlights include rebranding and renaming publicly traded and private companies, turning marketing cost centers into profit centers, growing new lines of business and launching start-ups. She has gained experience in branding and positioning, strategic planning and tactical plan execution, campaign creation and program management, business development and lead generation, and all forms of marketing communications, including public and investor relations. 


Eric Schneider

Vice President, Channel Services

Eric Schneider is the vice president of channel services with APICS. Previously, Schneider spent several years with Acciona, a Spanish infrastructure and energy conglomerate. At Acciona he held regional and global leadership roles in marketing and business development.  

Prior to Acciona, he was a founding employee of the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG), the technology trade association and certifying body that develops, promotes, and certifies Bluetooth wireless technology.  Following the successful U.S. launch of Bluetooth, he led the group's entry into Asia as Managing Director for the region, establishing a regional office in Hong Kong and sub-regional offices in Seoul, Taipei, Tokyo and Beijing.  

Schneider has also been a consultant to C-level and founder-level executives dealing with early-stage corporate development and start-up challenges.  

Jeff Zettek, CPA

Chief Financial Officer

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.