9th Annual Supply Chain Forum

Logistics in a New World


Thursday, February 28, 2019
12:30 - 1:00 pm Registration / Project Connect Discussions

1:00 – 5:30 pm Forum
5:30 – 7:00 pm Networking Reception / Project Connect Discussions

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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UK's Kroger Field
Lexington, KY

5th Annual Commonwealth Supply Chain Innovation Award Sponsored by SAS Institute, Inc.

Announcement of 5th Annual Commonwealth Supply Chain Innovation Award Winner. Click here to find out more about the Award and to upload submissions.


12:30 – 1:00pm Project Connect Discussions
12:30 – 1:00pm Registration
1:00 – 1:15pm Welcome Remarks Simon Sheather, Dean, Gatton College of Business & Economics
1:15 – 2:15pm Keynote Presentation, "Abercrombie’s Journey: Transforming in a New World," Larry Grischow, SVP Supply Chain & Procurement, Abercrombie & Fitch and Corby Ward, Director Inventory Management, Abercrombie & Fitch
2:15 – 2:30pm Break / Project Connect Discussions
2:30 – 3:15pm Panel Discussion Moderator: Lisa Danahy, Sr. Dir. Technical Customer Support, LIXIL Water Technology Americas Panelists: Jim Primm, Retired VP Operations, FedEx; Bill Seliger, Industry Supply Chain Expert; Sara Park, VP Business Development, Coca-Cola
3:15 – 3:30pm Break / Project Connect Discussions
3:30 – 4:15 p.m Presentation: "Covering the Last Mile," Adrian Kumar, VP Solutions Design, NA-DHL
4:15 – 4:30pm Break
4:30 – 5:15pm Presentation, Subodha Kumar, Professor Marketing and Supply Chain Management, Temple University
3:30 – 4:15pm Presentation: "Women in Supply Chain Empowering the Next Generation of Leaders," Sara Park, VP Business Development, Coca-Cola
4:15 – 4:30pm Break
4:30 – 5:15pm Presentation, "Analytics: Enabling and Disrupting The Supply Chain," Chuck Sox, Professor of Operations and Business Analytics, University of Cincinnati
5:30 – 6:00pm 5th 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

Lisa Danahy

Sr. Dir. Technical Customer Support, LIXL Water Technology Americas

Danahy has spent her entire career in supply chain with branded retail and consumer products companies. She began at J.C. Penney in Distribution after receiving her B.S. in Transportation Distribution Management and Marketing from Syracuse University. Upon completing her M.B.A. from Pace University in Financial Management, Lisa joined Unilever, N.A. where she held various roles in headquarters, plant start-ups, and sales with responsibility for Business Planning, Manufacturing, Transportation and Customer Logistics.

Lisa returned to retailing and relocated to Kentucky with Gap, Inc. There, she held positions in Transportation and Logistics Solutions. Lisa also experienced supply chain from a third party logistics provider perspective while employed at Exel, wholly-owned subsidiary of DHL. She is currently employed at Lixil Water Technologies Americas, whose brands include American Standard, GROHE, FIAT, and INAX.

She served as Director of Supply Chain with particular focus on Wholesale Trade & eCommerce customers, and recently joined Quality in a newly created role, Sr. Director, Technical Customer Support. Lisa serves in an advisory role on the Cincinnati Roundtable Board, Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals, (CSCMP), and this is her seventh year on University of Kentucky's Supply Chain Forum Advisory Board.

She resides in Northern Kentucky with her husband, while her daughter pursues her Bachelor’s from the University of Kentucky in Merchandising, Apparel & Textiles with a Business Management minor from the Gatton College of Business.

Larry Grischow
SVP Supply Chain & Procurement, Abercrombie & Fitch

Larry Grischow leads the global supply chain team at Abercrombie & Fitch, supporting over eight hundred stores and e-commerce     customers in more than 120 countries - generating $3.4 billion in annual revenue from its Abercrombie & Fitch, abercrombie, and Hollister Co. brands. Larry’s team provides distribution, transportation, trade, procurement and supporting services critical to enabling Abercrombie’s rapid global expansion.

Larry has an extensive background in operations and finance with a focus on continuous improvement and talent development as key  enablers to success. As an executive member of the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA), Supply Chain Leaders Council and active leader within the Supply Chain community, Larry is committed to sharing and cultivating best practices.

Adrian Kumar

VP Solutions Design, NA-DHL

Adrian Kumar is a Supply Chain executive who leads a team of 50+ engineers working over 500 projects a year worth over $10 billion in potential contract spend. Adrian consults with fortune 500 companies across all industries to design their fulfillment and distribution strategies. Solutions include conventional and automated warehouses, often having upward of 1000 FTEs with over 1M square feet of warehouse space. Adrian is also responsible for DHL’s global facility design practice, training DHL’s global community of 300+ solutions designers.

Recently Adrian has been a leader in the rollout of next generation technologies such as robotics, advanced analytics and optimization techniques. With several patent pending algorithms, Adrian and team have shown companies new ways of working smarter and helping companies meet challenges driven by rising customer expectations.

A perennial presenter at many of the industries' largest conferences, Adrian has landed media coverage around the world, including the   Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg News, and various industry publications. Adrian has a Masters degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Toronto and teaches part time at Ohio State University.

Subodha Kumar
Professor Marketing and Supply Chain Management, Temple University

Dr. Subodha Kumar is the Paul R. Anderson Distinguished Chair Professor of Supply Chain, Marketing, Information Systems, and Statistical Science at Temple University’s Fox School of Business. Prof. Kumar also serves as the Director of the Fox School’s Center for Data Analytics and the Ph.D. Concentration Advisor for Operations and Supply Chain Management.

His research and teaching interests include artificial intelligence, machine learning, blockchain, fintech, healthcare analytics, social media analytics, web analytics, cybersecurity, supply chain analytics, software management, and data mining, among others. He has published 41 papers in reputed journals and 63 papers in refereed conferences. In addition, he has authored a book, and co-authored 2 book chapters, 2 Harvard Business School cases, and 2 Ivey Business School cases. Professor Kumar also has a patent. He has been featured on NBC, University of Washington Television, Indian School of Business Management Briefs, and Industrial Engineer Magazine.

Prof. Kumar studied at the University of Texas at Dallas, where he earned his PhD and MBA. He also received a Master’s degree from the Indian Institute of Technology in Kanpur.

Sara Park
VP Business Development, Coca-Cola

Sara Park runs the Sales & Operations Planning process for the largest Coca-Cola bottler in the world. Sara is a passionate, result-driven, and proven leader in various planning functions. She has more than 17 years of experience in various industries, leading the implementation of processes and technologies, building teams, and capabilities. Prior to Coca-Cola, she worked for companies including Henz and Georgia Pacific.

Sara has a BA from the University of California at Los Angeles, and an MBA from Case Western Reserve University. She has been published in the Journal of Business Forecasting, and speaks at conferences covering the S&OP Process Foundations and Best Practices. Sara currently serves on IBF's Board of Advisors.

Jim Primm

Retired VP Operations, FedEx

Jim started his transportation career after graduating from Murray State University in Murray, Kentucky. His first positions were in LTL Transportation with two different LTL companies.

After 17 years in LTL, Jim began his career with Roadway Package System which would soon become FedEx Ground. He worked several different positions within the FedEx Ground Network -  Linehaul Manager, Manager of Air Operations, Hub Manager, Region Director, Hub and Linehaul Director, Vice President Central Division and finally, Vice President of the Canadian Ground Operations.

After living in many different parts of the country during his work career, he has now settled in the Nashville area. He spends time traveling to visit his children, doing some consulting work and maintaining a farm that he and his son own.

Bill Seliger
Industry Supply Chain Expert

Chuck Sox
Professor of Operations and Business Analytics, University of Cincinnati

Dr. Charles R. Sox is currently a Professor of Operations and Business Analytics at the University of Cincinnati where he serves as the research chair for the Lindner College of Business and as a member of the University of Cincinnati Institute for Analytics Innovation. He previously held the University Chair of Manufacturing Management at the University of Alabama where he also served as a department head in the Culverhouse College of Commerce and Business Administration.

His first academic position was in the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering at Auburn University after completing his Ph.D. in Operations Research at Cornell University. His research and teaching interests are in in the application of operations research and statistics to business analytics problems in supply chain management, planning and scheduling, inventory control and logistics. He has worked as a consultant for a number of companies including Mercedes-Benz, Southern Company, Hyundai, Engelhard Corporation and Milliken.

His research has been published in Management Science, IIE Transactions, Transportation Research, European Journal of Operational Research, International Journal of Inventory Research, Operations Research Letters, International Journal of Physical Distribution and Logistics Management and the International Journal of Production Economics. His research has received awards from the Institute of Industrial Engineers, the Institute for Operations Research and Management Science, and the Association of European Operational Research Societies. His research has also been supported by grants from Lockheed Martin, the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Corby Ward
Director Inventory Management & Store Planning, Abercrombie & Fitch

Corby oversees the Mens Inventory Management team and the Adults/Kids Story Planning team at Abercrombie & Fitch, supporting more than 400 stores and e-commerce customers in more than 120 countries, generating more than $1.3B in annual volume. Corby's team manages inventory levels in stores and on-line throughout the world, driving sales and margin, while keeping the customer at the center of all their strategies.

Corby has a BA in Finance from Miami University, and an MBA from the University of Dayton, with his professional experience focused on talent development and operational excellence. Corby has sat on several committees, and has been  a sponsor of Supply Chain and Inventory Management projects at multiple universities across Ohio.

CEU Credits

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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