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

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12:00 – 1:00pm Project Connect Discussions
12:30 – 1:00pm Registration
1:00 – 1:15pm Welcome Remarks Dr. Steve Skinner, Interim Dean, Gatton College of Business & Economics
1:15 – 2:15pm Keynote Presentation, "Digital Transformation of a Value Network," Pat Murzyn, Director of Supply Excellence, Caterpillar
2:15 – 2:30pm Break
2:30 – 3:15pm Panel Discussion Moderator: Jake Barr, Principal/CEO, BlueWorld Supply Chain Consulting, LLC Panelists: Shand Ard, Sr. Manager Logistics Control Operations and Supplier Development, Toyota; Joe Mack, Dir. Global Supply Chain, Alltech; Eric Wilson, Dir. Planning, Escalade Sports
3:15 – 3:30pm Break
3:30 – 4:15 p.m Presentation, "The Journey to the Perfect Order," Mario Morhy, Global Customer Care Lead, Monsanto
4:15 – 4:30pm Break
4:30 – 5:15pm Presentation, "Showcasing Current Trends in Supply Chain Management," Haoying Sun, Gatton College of Business and Economics
3:30 – 4:15pm Presentation, "Catalyizing Growth in a Complex World," James Biro, VP of Supply Chain, Perfetti van Melle N.A.
4:15 – 4:30pm Break
4:30 – 5:15pm Presentation, "Digital Transformation in Supply Chains - Preparing for Opportunities and Challenges," Janet Hartley, Professor and President ISM NW-Ohio
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

Shand ArdShand Ard
Senior Manager Logistics Control Operations, Toyota Motor North America: Supply Chain Management

Shand Ard is the North American Lead for manufacturing parts distribution operations for Toyota. His responsibilities include the coordination of logistics providers for Cross Docking operations, exporting manufacturing components to 42 plants worldwide and operational management of Just-in-Time deliveries for approximately 1.4 million miles of transportation per day in North America.

His 28.5 years with Toyota have given him the opportunity to experience automotive manufacturing at various levels, from actual production at Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky, to working directly with vehicle designers at Toyota Technical Center in Michigan, to Logistics Production Engineering lead for new plant startups across North America.

Ard is a 1983 graduate of the University of Kentucky and holds a Master's Degree in Business Administration from Strayer University. He now lives in Farmersville, Texas where he and his wife enjoy competing with their show dogs.

Jake BarrJames Biro
Principal/CEO, BlueWorld Supply Chain Consulting

Following a 33-year career with Procter & Gamble, Barr became CEO of BlueWorld Supply Chain Consulting, providing support to a cross section of Fortune 500 Companies, while also engaged in public health sector work with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

At P&G, he supported the design and delivery of an E2E (End to End) Planning Transformation. He is recognized as one of the architects for P&G's demand driven supply chain strategy. Barr 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.

Barr 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; and a recipient of the 2015 and 2016 Supply Chain "Pros to Know" award.

James BiroJames Biro
VP Supply Chain, Perfetti van Melle N.A.

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 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.

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.

Janet L. HartleyJanet L. Hartley
Professor and President, ISM NW-Ohio

Janet L. Hartley, MBA, PhD is a professor at Bowling Green State University, and President of the Institute for Supply Management NW-Ohio.

Dr. Hartley has published over 30 refereed journal articles on topics such as supplier involvement in product development, supplier development, supply chain risk and technology adoption in the supply chain. Her research has appeared in journals such as the Journal of Operations Management, the Journal of Supply Chain Management, Supply Chain Management: An International Journal, IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, Journal of Purchasing and Supply Management, and Business Horizons.

In addition to journal articles, Dr. Hartley is the author of the Institute for Supply Management CPSM® Professional Book Series, Foundation of Supply Management, 2nd edition and has co-authored a textbook Managing Operations Across the Supply Chain currently in its third edition.

Dr. Hartley earned her BA in chemical engineering from the University of Missouri-Rolla, and her MBA and PhD from the University of Cincinnati. She worked in several R & D engineering positions for the Clorox Co. in Pleasanton, Calif., before going to graduate school.

Joe MackMario Morhy
Director of Global Supply Chain, Alltech

Joe Mack is Director of Global Supply Chain for Alltech, managing all goods and services originating with our supplier partners globally, through our international manufacturing facilities, and on to the finished goods’ distribution via multiple channels spanning 129 countries.

His areas of responsibility include purchasing, logistics, inventory, commodity risk management, warehousing, and transportation. Mack was previously Director of Supply Chain Management for Ridley Block Operations, Ridley Feed Ingredients, and Hubbard Feeds.

While earning his undergraduate and graduate degrees in economics, Joe performed regression analyses for both the European Monetary Union while based in Germany, as well as the United States Government at the State level.

A “foodie” at heart, Mack has a passion for the production of milk, meat, and eggs which began with his career in retail grocery and food distribution. Most recently before coming to Alltech via the Ridley acquisition, Mack was Vice President of Purchasing, Marketing, and National Sales for US Foods, a broad line foodservice distribution company which included a Stock Yards® custom cut beef facility.

Mack’s economic work has been published in various university publications. His marketing achievements include producing the number-one-viewed television series in its time slot in Southern California, earning Certified Angus Beef’s marketer of the year award, and creating the world’s largest fish taco.

Mario MorhyMario 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. Morhy has his MBA from the University of Michigan.

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

Pat Murzyn 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.

Murzyn 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.

Murzyn 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. He serves on the Board of Directors of Illinois Manufacturing Excellence Center (IMEC).

Murzyn earned 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.

Haoying SunHaoying Sun
Assistant Professor Supply Chain Management, Gatton College of Business & Economics

Haoying Sun is an assistant professor in supply chain management at the Gatton College of Business and Economics, University of Kentucky. She received her Ph.D. in Supply Chain & Operations Management from the University of Texas at Austin, and her M.S. and B.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Minnesota and Zhejiang University, respectively. She has previously worked as assistant professor at the Texas A&M University and senior development engineer at Seagate Technology. Her research lies in the Operations Management/Marketing and Operations/Management Information System interface. In particular, she is interested in problems related to revenue management, product line design, retail operations, and sustainable operations. She has presented in various international conferences. Her research has been published in the premier journals such as Production and Operations Management. She is currently serving on the editorial board of Production and Operations Management. She also holds two U.S. patents.

Eric WilsonEric Wilson
Director of Thought Leadership, The Institute of Business Forecasting (IBF); Director of Planning, Escalade Sports

Eric Wilson is a predictive analytics and business planning innovator, author and speaker. He is the Director of Thought Leadership at tThe Institute of Business Forecasting (IBF), as well as the Director of Planning at Escalade Sports. In 2016, he received the Excellence in Business Forecasting & Planning award from The IBF. He is a Certified Professional Forecaster (CPF) with more than 20 years experience.

Wilson is a visionary in his field, a frequent speaker and panelist for many executive forums and professional conferences, and has written numerous articles in publications such as The Journal of Business Forecasting and APICS Magazine. He is also the author of the book, Cultural Cycles.

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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