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2014 APICS Board of Directors

APICS is pleased to present the 2014 APICS Board of Directors. These dedicated volunteers bring diverse points of view to the leadership body, and these varied perspectives will drive the strategic direction of APICS in the coming year.

The 2014 APICS Chair, Jason Wheeler, CPIM, CSCP, and the members of the board look forward to a year of advancing supply chain excellence. 

Jason Wheeler,
Chair of the Board
Roche Diagnostics

Wheeler has been employed by Roche Diagnostics since 2004, and currently serves as a Process Improvement Engineer. His role has expanded to include leadership roles on several cross functional teams at Roche. He previously worked for Red Gold for nine years and served in various roles including production supervisor, inventory analyst, and master planner. Wheeler has been an active member of APICS since late 2002. He has served on the Board of Directors for the past three years. Additionally, he served on the Great Lakes District Staff, the 2007 Chapter Development Committee, and the 2009 and 2010 Conference Committees, along with various roles at the local chapter including president. He also participated in the 2007 APICS Future Leaders Summit in Chicago.


Alan Dunn, CPIM
GDI Consulting and Training Company 

Dunn serves as president of GDI Consulting and Training Company and is the founding sponsor of the Manufacturing Executive Institute. Prior to founding GDI, Dunn was vice president of Gemini Management Consulting and a partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers. In addition to his 30 years of technical and management consulting experience, Dunn has extensive experience manufacturing environments and has participated in more than 200 manufacturing and distribution consulting projects inside more than 150 companies.  Dunn has served as president of the APICS Orange County Chapter, Chairman of the 1989 APICS International Conference and Expo and as a member of the APICS Education Strategy Committee and APICS Body of Knowledge Committee..


William Bickert
NAVSUP Global Logistics



Bickert serves as Vice Commander, NAVSUP Global Logistics Support - a Senior Executive Service position in the U.S. Navy. In this role he is responsible for fulfillment of supplies and services globally for all Navy operational units. He has extensive experience in both commercial and military supply chain management. He is a retired US Navy Supply Corps Captain with 24 years of active service. As a corporate supply chain executive, he served as Director of Material Planning and Procurement for COMPAQ Computer Corporation and Vice President/Division Manager at CACI - responsible for field service support of Navy and Marine Corps activities in the Pacific.



Sonia Daviaud
Decision Value

Daviaud serves as founder and managing director of Decision Value – a supply chain optimization consulting firm, and has more than 15 years of professional consulting experience. Prior founding Decision Value, Daviaud acted as senior executive in large consulting companies Accenture and BearingPoint. Her professional experience includes a wide range of consulting assignments covering internal and external supply chain strategies, collaborative and advanced planning solutions selection, demand and supply management processes efficiency studies, supply chain operation improvement programs, inventory reduction methods, logistics network strategies and outsourcing studies, and lean production systems design and implementation. 

Erica Dickson, CPIM, CSCP

Dickson has more than 12 years of experience in operations management. She has worked in various roles as a planner, program manager, developer, and lean leadership champion. Dickson has a background in high tech supply chains and mid-size teams. Currently she serves as the supply line planning manager at Intel, where she manages eight diverse direct reports for global reverse logistics. As an APICS Past President and APICS District Director of Information Technology, Dickson has extensive experience creating annual budgets and actuals tracking systems for responsible financial management.


Bingtong Chen, PhD
University of Delaware

Chen is associate dean for research and professor of business administration at Lerner College for Business and Economics, University of Delaware. He has taught operations management/research related classes at undergraduate, MBA, and PhD levels, and his research interests include optimization techniques and applied business modeling. Chen is currently a senior editor for Production and Operations Management. His past experience includes consulting projects for JPMorgan Chase, Delaware Department of Transportation, Nordstrom, Cascade Natural Gas Corporation, Key Bank, Northwest Dairy Farm, Burlington Northern Rail, AT&T.


Vadim Kapustin

Kapustin serves as senior director of strategy and enablement and Walmart. He has professional experience as director of international strategy for Walmart, and as a principal at A.T. Kearney. He has helped dozens of Fortune 500 and international clients in the areas of supply chain strategy and operational improvements, including manufacturing strategy and cost reduction, warehousing and distribution, strategic sourcing, business turnarounds, and new market entry strategies. Lately he has been focusing on strategy and enablement of Walmart global price leadership and customer insights. Kapustin cofounded and managed Ramita and Naytov in Uzbekistan, and founded the nonprofit Russian Digital Alliance in the US.



Jerry Kilty, CFPIM, CIRM, CSCP
Quality Management Solutions

Kilty has more than 45 years of industry experience and is the current president and founder of Quality Management Solutions (QMS), where he is responsible for both the financial and physical elements of inventory. His experience includes being owner and manager of QMS for 20 years, working at Westinghouse Electric Corporation for 25 years, and 4 years of production line experience in GM factories. Kilty loves to teach and he spent 18 years as an APICS instructor. He holds a master instructor designation for APICS CPIM, CSCP, and Lean.

Bhaskar Majee, CSCP

Philips Lighting

Majee serves as director supply chain transformation at Philips Lighting. He is an operation leader with fifteen years of global experience in solving complex cross functional problems. He has lead end to end supply chain transformations in post-merger integration. He has broad professional experience engineering, customer service, project management, sourcing, integrated business planning, lean and six sigma. He has also served as an adjunct faculty of operations and supply chain management at the Jack Welch College of Business. Majee has also been a member of the APICS Body of Knowledge Committee and APICS Conference Content Subcommittee.


Steven Melnyk, PhD
Michigan State University

Melnyk is a professor of production and operations management in the Department of Management at Michigan State University’s Graduate School of Business Administration. His research and consulting interests include environmentally responsible manufacturing, process management and improvement, time-based competition, metrics, performance measurement and performance measurement management, and supply chain management. In 2011, Melnyk was named Associate Editor of the Year by the Journal of Business Logistics. He is an active APICS volunteer in a researcher role, is part of the APICS Education and Research Foundation, and in 2002 was appointed to the APICS Board of Directors.


Dana Riess, CPIM
AbbVie Inc.

Riess has more than 19 years financial experience in the pharmaceutical industry, specializing in international commercial and manufacturing operations. She currently works for AbbVie Inc. as a controller, and is based in Chicago. She has held a wide variety of financial management positions at Abbot, including nine years living overseas in Puerto Rico, Switzerland, and Eastern Europe, where she directed international business planning and analysis, accounting and financial reporting, information technology, and treasury functions for numerous foreign manufacturing and commercial subsidiaries.


Colin M. Seftel,

Seftel has more than 38 years of industry experience and is a former director of SAPICS, an APICS Channel Partner. His experience includes more than 20 years experience with Petrel Engineering where he served as operations manager, quality assurance manager, materials manager, and information technology manager. Seftel has extensive experience as a consultant in the areas of MRP, scheduling, procurement and quality management, has trained more than 500 students in supply chain and operations management and is recognized as a Lead Instructor for CPIM.



Arun Raman, CPIM
Caterpillar, Inc.

Raman is a supply chain performance engineer at Caterpillar Inc., where he is responsible for leading strategic sourcing projects and building a flexible and sustainable supply chain for the Track Type Tractor and Hydraulic Excavator Undercarriage product group. In 2011, Raman graduated with an MS in Industrial Engineering from Penn State University. He was an APICS Student Scholar at the 2010 APICS Conference & Expo and currently serves as Director of Student Chapter Affairs for the Lincolnland APICS Chapter, where he has played a critical role in setting up and monitoring the Bradley student chapter.



Karl Klaesius, CPIM
KS&E Enterprises
Karl Klaesius is the president of the APICS Foundation.He worked in nuclear power production for more than 25 years. He is the owner of KS&E Enterprises, an operations management education and training consultancy. His career has included responsibility for instrumentation maintenance to working in supply chain management. He currently provides project and strategic management consultation to several organizations. He has been an active APICS member for more than twenty years, serving as a local Chapter President, Director of Leadership for the former APICS Region 7 (southwestern United States), and on the APICS Board of Directors as Secretary Treasurer, Chair-Elect, and 2010 Chair. Karl holds the APICS Certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM) designation.  His varied speaking experience includes multiple professional development conferences and meetings including at the APICS annual conference. At the same time he also teaches APICS instructional classes and workshops.