Wesley Warshawer joined APICS after completing his Master’s in Global Business from Yonsei University in South Korea. He was there as a Fulbright Scholar, a US State Department award that funded his education in Seoul for two years. Upon returning to the US, he began looking for job in supply chain. With supply chains becoming increasingly global, Wesley knew he could leverage his international experience in this field. He joined APICS because knowing he could get the education and exposure needed for success. “I heard about APICS during my time as an ERP Implementation Consultant. I quickly found that many of the best supply chain and operations employees I met were part of APICS. Regardless of the city, the industry, or the company, I found ASCM Members everywhere I worked. I knew it was going to be an organization I wanted to check out later in my career.”
After joining APICS, Wesley immediately got in contact with the APICS Tucson Chapter. He began to self-study for the CPIM 1 exam, go to PDMs, and was even elected to a Chapter Board position. One of the programs Wesley really benefited from was the APICS’ Mentor/Mentee program. Here, prospective mentors volunteer to assist young professionals looking for guidance. Wesley met an incredible mentor who really cared about his development and provided great advice as he grew in his career. Even though the two lived thousands of miles apart, they always made time to connect, which meant a lot to Wesley; “I value our relationship and appreciate all that he has done for me”, he said.
He has enjoyed speaking with supply chain professionals from different industries, from medical to consumer to freight shipping to software. He has been able to get a great understanding of how supply chain touches all types of businesses, through meeting with these individuals and asking lots of questions. Eventually, he left Tucson to take a job in the semiconductor industry in Silicon Valley. Shortly after settling in there, he got in contact with the local APICS chapter to continue to build his connections with the supply chain professionals in the area. “APICS has such an incredible network, and I was happy that I could continue my education and involvement here [in Silicon Valley].”