7th Annual Supply Chain Forum

Managing Risks in the Supply Chain


Thursday, February 23, 2017
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 Commonwealth Stadium
Lexington, KY

3rd Annual Commonwealth Supply Chain Innovation Award

Announcement of 3rd Annual Commonwealth Supply Chain Innovation Award Winner - Sponsored by SAS Click here to find out more about the Award and to upload submissions


12:30 – 1:00pm Registration
1:00 – 1:15pm Welcome David W. Blackwell, Dean
1:15 – 2:15pm Keynote Presentation: “Key Risk Management Focus Areas,” Scott Vollet, Tempur Sealy
2:15 – 2:30pm Break
2:30 – 3:15pm Panel “Risk Management,” Pat Murzyn, Caterpillar; Michelle Rawlings, Lexmark International, Inc.; John Singleton, Wen-Parker Logistics
3:15 – 3:30pm Break
3:30 – 4:15 p.m Topic 1: “Designing for Supply Chain Risk,” Derek Browning, LeanCor
4:15 – 4:30pm Break
4:30 – 5:15pm Topic 2: “Risky Business - How Scenario and Trade-off Planning Can Keep You Ahead,” Jake Barr, Blueworld Supply Chain Consulting
3:30 – 4:15pm Topic 1: “Supply Chain Risk & Resiliency: An Emerging Discipline,” Greg Schlegel, Founder, The Supply Chain Risk Management Consortium
4:15 – 4:30pm Break
4:30 – 5:15pm Topic 2: “The Analytical-Driven Supply Chain,” Mark Demers, SAS Institute, Inc.
5:30 – 6:00pm 3rd Annual Commonwealth Supply Chain Innovation Award Winner Announcement
6:00 – 7:00pm Networking Reception/Project Connect Presentations
7:00pm Adjourn

Speaker Bios

Jake Barr
CEO and Principal – BlueWorld Supply Chain Consulting
Retired Global Director, Supply Network Operations – Procter & Gamble

Having completed a 33-year career with the Procter & Gamble Company, Jake became a principal and CEO with BlueWorld Supply Chain Consulting, where he now provides consulting support to a cross section of top Fortune 500 companies.

At P&G he directed the Global Supply Network Design effort and helped design an E2E (End to End) Planning Transformation for the Company. He is recognized as one of the architects for P&G’s demand driven supply chain strategy.

Jake began his career with P&G in Finance in Risk Analysis and then moved into Operations. He has experience in building supply network capability globally through leadership assignments in Asia, Latin America and North America.

He currently serves as a Research Associate for MIT; a member of Supply Chain 2020 Industry Advisory Council; Member of Gartner’s Supply Chain Think Tank; Consumer Goods Advisory Panel; and as a Board member of Industry Global Supply Chain Talent & Academic Initiative. Selected as 2013 Transformational Leader of the Year at SCM Leaders on Demand Summit. A P&G lifetime inductee of the Magnus Society for Supply Chain excellence.

Derek BrowningDerek Browning
Vice President of Sales and Marketing, LeanCor Supply Chain Group

Derek is VP of Sales and Marketing for LeanCor Supply Chain Group. LeanCor is a trusted supply chain partner that delivers operational improvement and measurable financial results. Unlike other third party logistics providers, LeanCor offers a unique combination of training and education, hands-on consulting, and outsourced logistics services.

As Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Derek’s responsibilities are split among managing and supporting active lean supply chain projects, facilitating LeanCor Training and Education events and Kaizen workshops, managing the Sales and Marketing team, and working with current and future clients to develop business opportunities.

Derek’s supply chain and logistics experience includes transportation management, performing logistics network and route designs, supply chain and facility assessments, lean cross-dock and distribution center projects, people development, and the deployment of lean principles and practices in cross-functional areas. Derek has trained thousands of professionals in lean, six-sigma, and supply chain, and has taught students and professionals at the University of Kentucky, Saint Louis University, Georgia Tech University, and Monterrey Tec’s Extension Campus in Mexico City, Mexico.

Derek compliments his supply chain and logistics experience with a Master of Business Administration degree, and a bachelor’s degree in marketing. He holds several certificates including Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, Lean Strategic Sourcing and Lean Six Sigma Logistics/Supply Chain Management.

Mark DemersMark Demers
Director, SAS Institute Inc.

Mark leads a team of industry consultants and thought leaders that drive vision and product direction for SAS products. Mark and his team work closely with SAS’ customers, sales, R&D, and technical staff around the world, as well as partners, to position, market and sell SAS solutions for Manufacturing, Retail & CPG, Pharma and Healthcare Companies to address strategic business challenges using analytics.

Mark joined SAS in 2003 as sr. manager on the Supply Chain team during which he led activities in support of defining, building, launching and selling several new SAS Supply Chain analytic solutions including; Demand-Driven Planning and Optimization, Predictive Asset Maintenance, Supply Chain Intelligence Center, Quality Lifecycle Analysis, Forecasting for SAP/APO. He continues to lead a global practice of forecasting and demand planning experts.

His employment history includes executive positions at public and private software companies. The majority of Mark’s career has been focused on Manufacturing and end-to-end Supply Chain Management. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Penn State University. Demers is a frequent speaker about Supply Chain. He talks about the Future of the Supply Chain; a supply chain driven by analytics that are self-running, smart using Internet of Things and sensing technologies, supply chain’s that are self-healing and correcting; a supply chain that is completely digital, aware and integrated.

Pat MurzynPat 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.

Michelle RawlingsMichelle Rawlings
Vice President of Global Sourcing & Planning at Lexmark International, Inc.

Michelle is Vice President of Global Sourcing & Planning at Lexmark International, Inc. She is responsible for all sourcing and supply planning functions globally at the company where the annual spend is approximately $2B.

Michelle started her career at Lexmark in 1999 and has spent all of her time in the supply chain group with most of her experience in the sourcing area.

Michelle holds a bachelor’s degree from Transylvania University.

Gregory L. SchlegelGregory L. Schlegel CPIM, CSP, Jonah
Founder, The Supply Chain Risk Management Consortium

Greg is founder of “The Supply Chain Risk Management Consortium”—a group of (17) companies providing education, assessment tools and consulting services in support of supply chain risk management projects and enterprise-wide risk management. Greg is also VP/Principal for SherTrack LLC.

He has been a supply chain executive for over 30 years with several Fortune 100 companies and spent seven years as an IBM supply chain Executive Consultant. He has presented papers on and has managed consulting engagements in supply chain management, Risk Management, Lean/Six Sigma and Theory of Constraints throughout the US and around the globe.

Greg was APICS’ 1997 International Society President. He is well published, a frequent speaker at conferences, seminars, webinars and dinner meetings. Greg speaks over 20 times per year and has authored over 100 articles in major supply chain magazines and journals.

He holds a B.S. in Operations Research and Computer Science from Penn State University and did his graduate work at Lake Forest College.

John SingletonJohn Singleton
CEO, Wen-Parker Logistics

John is currently CEO of Wen-Parker Logistics. Wen-Parker is a privately held, Singapore-based logistics provider with broad experience in the retail and wholesale apparel markets. With 5 offices each in China and India, as well as locations in Hong Kong, Singapore, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Phnom Penh, Bangkok, Manila, London, Miami, New York, Los Angeles, Columbus and Louisville, WPL caters to it’s clients around the globe with informed solutions that improve performance through air and ocean freight forwarding as well as warehousing and brokerage.

Prior to Wen-Parker, John was EVP, Operations at Lolly Wolly Doodle, a PE-backed, .com start-up in Lexington, NC. Over their previous 5 years, LWD had doubled growth each year making kids clothes to order in their North Carolina factory. John helped scale this made-to-order business for continued growth, and he led the ERP/WMS design and implementation efforts.

Singleton has more than 20 years experience in the logistics and supply chain industry. Over the course of his career he has held executive management positions with various companies, among them Ann, Inc. and Abercrombie & Fitch. 

John holds an MA in economics from the University of Oklahoma and a BS in accounting from the University of Kentucky. 

Scott VolletScott Vollet
Senior Vice President Global Supply Chain Operations, Tempur Sealy International

Scott is a Senior Vice President of Global Supply Chain Operations for Tempur Sealy International (TSI). He oversees the Global team, which includes Manufacturing, Product Engineering / Advanced Technology, Procurement, Logistics, Sales & Operations Planning (S&OP), and Customer Service.

During the merger of Tempur and Sealy he was accountable for the integration of the end to end supply chain operations. He has been with TSI for 7 years. Prior to joining TSI, Scott worked for Lexmark International for 12 years in a variety of senior leadership positions within the Supply Chain.

In his early career, Scott held a variety of positions in supply chain and product development with Gemini Consulting and Texas Instruments. He earned his B.S. degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Missouri – Columbia and an MBA from the University of Dallas.

Scott and his wife, Stacy have 4 children and reside in the Lexington area.

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