8th Annual Supply Chain Forum

Transformation in Supply Chain


Thursday, February 22, 2018
1:00 – 5:30 pm Forum
5:30 – 7:00 pm Networking Reception / Project Connect Discussion

Registration Fee: $225 (includes reception) 
Discounted fee for multiple of five or more together: $200 per registrant
Table of 8: $1,500 (Company name displayed at table)

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Woodford Reserve Club
UK's Kroger Field (formerly Commonwealth Stadium)
Lexington, KY

4th Annual Commonwealth Supply Chain Innovation Award

Sponsored by SAS Institute, Inc.

Announcement of 4th Annual Commonwealth Supply Chain Innovation Award Winner. Click here to find out more about the Award and to upload submissions.


12:00 - 1:00pm Project Connect Discussions
12:30 – 1:00pm Registration
1:00 – 1:15pm Welcome Remarks David W. Blackwell, Dean
1:15 – 2:15pm Keynote Presentation Pat Murzyn, Director of Supply Excellence, Caterpillar
2:15 – 2:30pm Break
2:30 – 3:15pm Panel Discussion Panelists: James D. Coriell, Dir. of Global Planning, Valvoline; Jen Lenaghan, Dir., North American Planning, Beam Suntory; Shand Ard, Sr. Manager Logistics Control Operations and Supplier Development, Toyota
3:15 – 3:30pm Break
PATH 1 Topics TBD
3:30 – 4:15 p.m Presentation Mario Morhy, Global Customer Care Lead, Monsanto
4:15 – 4:30pm Break
4:30 – 5:15pm Presentation Haoying Sun, Gatton College of Business & Economics
PATH 2 Topics TBD
3:30 – 4:15pm Presentation James Biro, VP of Supply Chain, Perfetti van Melle USA
4:15 – 4:30pm Break
4:30 – 5:15pm Presentation Janet Hartley, Dir. Supply Chain Institute, Bowling Green State University
5:30 – 6:00pm 4th Annual Commonwealth Supply Chain Innovation Award Winner Announcement Mark Demers, Dir. SAS Institute, Inc.
6:00 – 7:00pm Networking Reception/Project Connect Discussions
7:00pm Adjourn

Speaker Bios

James Biro

VP Supply Chain, Perfetti van Melle USA

James Biro is VP for Supply Chain for Perfetti Van Melle’s North American Business. In this capacity, he is responsible for all Demand Planning, Sourcing, Logistics, and Customer Solutions for the fastest growing Operating Company in Perfetti, and the dollar growth leader in the Non-Chocolate Confectionery Segment in the US market.

Over the last 22 years Mr. Biro has had the privilege of building winning teams across multiple functions and geographies in Supply Chain, Product Launch, Operations, and Engineering while based in 2 countries with P&G, Mead Johnson Nutrition, Kellogg’s, and most recently, Perfetti Van Melle.

Mr. Biro has a BS in Chemical Engineering from the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico and an MBA from Michigan State University. He serves on the Boards for Prospanica and Saint Vincent de Paul in Cincinnati.

Mario Morhy

Global Customer Care Lead, Monsanto

Mario Morhy is the Supply Chain Global Customer Care Lead at Monsanto responsible for overseeing Logistics, Customer Service and Network Design.

During the past 11 years with Monsanto, he has held several roles with our business in Brazil including Logistics, Planning, Global Trade, Procurement and IT.

Prior to joining Monsanto, he was Supply Chain Director for Pepsico/Fritolay and Quaker business units in Brazil. At Pepsico, he led Planning, Competence Building, Manufacturing, Customer Service, Center of Excellence, Network Design and Logistics. He also had seven years of experience with Procter & Gamble Brazil, where he led several areas in supply chain such as Manufacturing, Supply Planning, Procurement, Logistics, Quality Assurance and Technical Packaging.

Mario lives in St. Louis, Missouri with his wife, Danyela, and their three joyful children, Caio, Helena and Julia. In addition to his family, he loves participating in endurance sports like marathons and triathlons.

Pat Murzyn

Director of Supply Excellence within the Global Supply Network Division, Caterpillar Inc.

Pat is responsible for transforming Caterpillar’s procurement and supply processes into world class operations that efficiently and effectively enable an uninterrupted flow of information, materials and products between Caterpillar, its suppliers and dealers. This includes developing and implementing integrated strategies that, through waste elimination, standardization, automation and outsourcing, result in a single consistent supply network for Caterpillar.

Pat joined Caterpillar in November 2010, bringing a history of developing and implementing leading-edge strategies, processes and technologies for transforming strategic sourcing and supply chain organizations into world-class performers.

Pat was an executive in a dot com company focused on eSourcing, Category Management and supplier management. He founded his own consulting and training firm specializing in developing, leading and supporting knowledge-based transformational projects. He also served as the managing executive for the Rummler-Brache Group (RBG), a consulting and training firm specializing in process-based change management. Before joining RBG, Murzyn was the director of supply strategy & capabilities development at EDS, now an HP company. Pat serves on the Board of Directors of Illinois Manufacturing Excellence Center (IMEC).

Pat received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in engineering from the University of Illinois and earned an executive MBA from the State University of New York at Buffalo.

CEU Credits

3.5 CEUs from the University of Kentucky

3.5 CEUs for SCPro Level One or Two Certification

The Don and Cathy Jacobs Executive Education Center is a CSCMP SCPro-Approved Continuing Education Provider (SCProACEP), committed to enhancing the ongoing professional development of SCPro designees and other supply chain management professionals through appropriate learning activities and products. As an SCPro ACEF, the Jacobs EEC at UK’s Gatton College of Business and Economics has agreed to abide by CSCMP-established operational and educational criteria, and is subject to random audits for quality assurance and compliance purposes.


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