Celeste Ayers, CFPIM, CSCP
Division Sourcing & Procurement Manager | Parker Hannifin Corporation
Celeste Ayers is the President of the APICS Gold Rush Chapter located in Modesto, California. She also is a full-time sourcing & procurement manager for Parker Hannifin Corporation, Engine & Mobile Original Equipment Division and a part-time adjunct professor specializing in operations and supply chain management at Golden Gate University and Modesto Junior College. Her experience is in materials, procurement, and supply chain relationship management and international trade management, specifically government contracting and International Traffic and Arms Regulations (ITAR) for defense exports. She proudly supports APICS and promotes certification whenever possible and is passionate about furthering STEM in her community.
Operations, Supply Chain & Logistics Recruiter | Lock Search Group
Sean Baker is an operations, supply chain and logistics recruiter for Lock Search Group, and a supply chain professional who has performed live comedy! After graduating with a marketing diploma in Windsor, Ontario, Baker went on to spend the first 17 years of his career working in the field of supply chain and logistics. During this time, he also served a combined total of 18 years on volunteer boards for six different clubs and associations. Baker is a past president of the APICS Calgary Chapter. Since his first public speaking opportunity, he has had an incredible passion for delivering engaging presentations with his animated style and infectious humor. Now a supply chain recruiter in Calgary, Baker often speaks at industry conferences and events. And yes…he has been a comedian!
Customer Service | APICS Mexico Chapter S.A. De C.V.
Samira is an industrial engineering graduate from La Salle University, where she was president of the Student Chapter of APICS during its reopening. She has 11 years' experience working at the APICS Mexico Chapter Board of Directors in areas such as marketing, logistics, events, and C-BAR.
Jesus Campos CPIM, CIRM, CSCP, CLTD
Manager | Terra Grande District; Partner Consultant | Corporate Resources Management
Jesus Campos is recognized as one of the top experts on the supply management field on the Mexican market. His professional experience of more than 29 years covers managerial responsibilities on manufacturing and service. Currently Mr. Campos is Partner Consultant at Corporate Resources Management, and Director of Content at Spend Matters Mexico and Latam.
Mr. Campos is a national and international speaker and trainer, and has conducted training seminar on more than 10 Countries. He participated in the development of APICS CSCP study material, and is an ISM instructor for CPSM certification.
Currently he is APICS Terra Grande District Manager (2014-2017). He has been teaching seminars on supply matters for the last 22 years and has published more than 80 articles in several magazines, plus more than 250 posts on the SpendMatters portal. He also offers negotiation tips on his YouTube channel “Transformando a Compras” and is the author of the book “How to transform sourcing into a competitive advantage.”
Elizabeth Corbett, CPIM
Operations, Supply Chain & Logistics Recruiter | Lock Search Group
Elizabeth Corbett, CPIM is a supply chain manager for Hellenbrand, Inc, a water softener and filter manufacturer. She is in charge of purchasing, shipping, parts pulling, receiving, and inventory management. In her previous role, she worked for several years as a buyer/planner for Nord Gear Corporation, a German-owned gearbox and motor manufacturer.
Corbett currently serves on the Madison APICS Board of Directors, and is active on the Great Lakes volunteer staff. She is also a CPIM instructor for the Madison Chapter. Outside of APICS, she serves as a fundraising advisor for the Junior League of Madison.
Vice President of Marketing | APICS
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 startups. 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.
Dan DiFilippo, CPIM
Director, SAP & Business Applications | Tarkett North America
2017 Leadership Summit Co-Chair; District Manager | APICS Mid Atlantic District
Dan is Director of Programs at Tarkett, a global leader in design and innovation in commercial and residential flooring. In this role, Dan leads the Corporate PMO office and Customer Experience Transformation in North America, aligning strategy, resources, solutions, and execution across the executive portfolio of programs. He has worked in industry for over 20 years, leading supply chain operations, enterprise systems, implementations, and corporate programs during experiences at PolyOne, GE, Momentive, and H.C. Starck. Dan also serves on the faculty of the Weatherhead School of Management in Supply Chain. He teaches MBA classes in Operations Management, ERP Systems, and Strategic Sourcing as an adjunct faculty.
Dan began as an APICS Board member with the Cleveland Chapter, including key roles such as President, Education, Treasurer, & the APICS 50th Year Chairman since joining APICS in 2002.
Abe Eshkenazi, CSCP, CPA, CAE
Chief Executive Officer | APICS
Abe Eshkenazi currently serves as the chief executive officer for APICS and APICS Supply Chain Council. 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).
Howard Forman, CFPIM, CIRM, CSCP, CLTD
President | PIM Associates Inc.
Howard Forman is President of PIM Associates Inc., a leading provider of operations and supply chain education and consulting. Howard has over 35 years of experience as a supply chain practitioner, consultant and educator.
Howard is an active member of the APICS Tappan Zee Chapter where he helps to market and teach APICS certification courses and tailored operations and supply chain management workshops. He is a frequent speaker at various APICS dinner meetings, seminars, workshops, and conferences. Howard has previously spoken on guerrilla marketing, DRIP marketing, marketing CSCP, and developing a marketing plan at various ALI and APICS regional / district meetings.
He is a graduate of Fairleigh Dickinson University with a BS and MBA in Business Management.
Chester Frame, CPIM, CSCP, CLTD, CPSM
President | APICS El Paso Chapter
Chet is an educator, trainer, seminar presenter and management consultant. He is the founder and head of Border Business Consultants, a bilingual, international consulting and training firm focused on improving efficiency in operations management. Mr. Frame has more than forty years of hands on experience working in operations management and logistics management.
Chet is certified as a Master Instructor for CPIM, CSCP, and Train-the-Trainer and Learning Dynamics for Instructors. He has presented at international conferences in Europe and North America. Chet is President of the El Paso/Juarez Chapter of APICS.
General Manager | SAPICS
Jenny Froome is the General Manager of SAPICS, the exclusive Premier Channel Partner of APICS in Sub-Saharan Africa. English by birth, Jenny has lived and worked all over the world, settling in South Africa via Kenya in 1995. With a background in event management and incentive travel, Jenny and her husband Clive started an events company. The SAPICS annual conference in 1996 was their first event and Jenny’s first formal introduction to the world of supply chain. Supply chain management is a profession into which she stumbled 20 or so years ago, and she is passionate about making people appreciate the vitality of this profession.
Chair, APICS Board of Directors | APICS
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.
Mauricio Hernandez, CPIM, CSCP
Shell Upstream Project/Program Manager | Shell Upstream Americas
Mauricio Hernandez was born and raised in Mexico and relocated to the United States in 1998. He holds a BS degree in Computer Science from the Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León in Monterrey, Mexico, an Executive MBA degree from the University of Houston, and the APICS certifications CPIM and CSCP. Mauricio has managed multi-million dollar portfolios and programs for Shell and was recently involved in the management of the information technology needs of the Shell Lubricants Supply Chain business for the American continent. Mauricio has been engaged with the APICS Houston Chapter for over 10 years, holding various board positions including President (2015-2017). He is currently the VP of Education for the APICS Houston Chapter.
Vice President, Global Channel Services | APICS
The vice president of global channel services, Jim Lahey, leads the channel and chapter relations teams for APICS. Lahey has more than 25 years' domestic and international channel and business development experience. He’s successfully led major projects and channel sales teams within the wireless technology and communications industry. Most recently, he was principal at Revivo, an organization that provides channel development and business expansion consulting. Prior to that, he was vice president and managing director at CradlePoint UK Ltd. Lahey also played a significant role in launching the successful European business of Sierra Wireless (NYSE: SWIR), the leading provider of wireless solutions for the Internet of Things, as Vice President, Europe, Middle East and Africa. Lahey holds a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from Illinois State University. Additionally, he’s participated in extensive continuing education in leadership, strategic selling, negotiation and Six Sigma.
Professor | Michigan State University, University of Newcastle
Steven A. Melnyk (Ph.D., Western – London, Ontario, Canada – 1981) is Professor of Supply Chain Management at Michigan State University. He has co-authored 18 books on operations and supply chain management, over 90 refereed journal articles, and over 200 non-refereed journal articles. Dr. Melnyk’s research focus includes supply chain risk and resilience, the future form of supply chain management, the impact of behavioral and macro factors on performance, and certified management standards. From 2014 to 2016, Dr. Melnyk was a member of the APICS Board of Directors. Recently, on March 2017, Dr. Melnyk accepted a joint appointment from the University of Newcastle (Australia) where he is the Newcastle Global Innovation Chair in Supply Chain Management.
Ramona Memmott, CPIM, CIRM
2017 Leadership Summit Co-Chair; District Manager | APICS Pacific Western District
Ramona Memmott, CPIM, CIRM, is the APICS Pacific Western District Manager, which includes chapters in Northern California, Northern Nevada, Utah, Idaho, Washington and Oregon. Ramona has served as an APICS volunteer for as many years as she has been a member. She has over 30 years of experience in supply chain management, including material management, inventory management, purchasing, ERP software implementation and training. Ramona is a master instructor for CPIM and instructor Training. She graduated from Utah Valley University with a B.S. in Business Management. Currently, she is serving on the Wallsburg, Utah town council.
Maryanne Ross, CFPIM, CIRM, CSCP, CLTD, CDDP
Founder | Mental Apparel, Inc.
Maryanne has been active in adult education for over 25 years, starting her own training company in October 2001. She is recognized through the APICS Instructor Development Program as a Master Instructor for CPIM and CSCP and a Lead Instructor for Lean Enterprise, Global Sourcing and the Principles Courses. She is also recognized as a Master Instructor of new instructors for all three of the APICS Instructor Training Programs.
Maryanne has 18 years of experience in a variety of manufacturing, purchasing and logistics positions, including automotive, medical, consumer goods, electronic and food industries.
Maryanne has been an APICS member for over 27 years. She has developed interactive exercises to enhance the entire suite of APICS CSCP and CPIM review courses, and has served as a subject matter expert on the APICS CPIM, CSCP, and Principles content development committees. She has also been instrumental in creating activities and enhancements for the Principles and Lean programs. Her passion is stimulating the learning experience for adult learners and she consistently earns high course evaluations from her clients. Her students experience higher-than average certification pass rates. She has developed and internationally conducted her own workshops, including Inventory Management, Logistics, Lean for Office, and Lean for Warehousing. She is often engaged to deliver Lean training for Fortune 500 organizations, utilizing their internally developed curriculums, working in union and non-union environments.
She has trained several thousand participants around the world, working for clients such as Astra Zeneca, Exxon Mobil, AOL, Merck, DuPont, Volvo, Northrop Grumman, Hollister, Fairchild Controls, The Hershey Company, JLG, Manitowoc Crane Group, Wabtec, and the US Department of Veterans Affairs.
Maryanne has written online curriculum and delivered many web-based courses and webinars in conjunction with APICS and Accenture. She has served on the APICS Board of Directors, and has served for over 20 years at the chapter and district volunteer level. She is currently serving as APICS Maine Chapter President.
Lisa Sallstrom, CAE, PMP
Vice President, Certifications and Membership | APICS
Lisa Sallstrom, leads the Certification development, volunteer committee management and worldwide exam delivery along with membership acquisition, retention, and engagement strategies. Sallstrom has over 13 years of association experience previously serving as Senior Director of Certification for APICS and Certification Director for CompTIA. During her tenure at APICS, Sallstrom led the migration of paper and pencil testing to a worldwide computer-based testing program, facilitated global job task analysis research projects, managed certification product integration through two corporate mergers, and launched a new certification program, Certified in Logistics, Transportation and Distribution (CLTD). Sallstrom currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Institute for Credentialing Excellence (ICE).
Sallstrom holds a Master’s degree in Computer Science from Illinois Institute of Technology and a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Valparaiso University. She also holds a Certified Association Executive (CAE) designation from ASAE and a Project Management Professional (PMP) designation from PMI.