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2017 Spring Conference - Speakers

2017 GSCMI-Feb 17th speakers- “Managing Global Supply Chain Resiliency”

Randall E. Warring

1. Randall E. Warring - Vice Director of the 448th Supply Chain Management Wing, Air Force Sustainment Center, Tinker Air Force Base

Colonel Randall E. Warring is Chief is the Vice Director of the 448th Supply Chain Management Wing, Air Force Sustainment Center, Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma, where he is responsible for enterprise-wide strategic planning and execution of the Air Force Supply Chain.  The Wing employs over 2,900 personnel across Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma, Hill Air Force Base, Utah, and Robins Air Force Base, Georgia and has a budget authority worth over $5.3 billion annually supporting the Air Force, Army, Navy, Marine Corps, federal agencies and 60 partner nations world-wide. 

Col Warring has excelled in various positions at the Wing, AF Staff, Army Staff, Combat Joint Task Forces, Geographic Combatant Commands, and U.S. Embassies abroad.

He’s a Logistics Readiness Officer, Aircraft Maintenance/Munitions Officer, and a Regional Affairs Strategist, as well as, a graduated Logistics Squadron Commander with combat tours in Iraq supporting IRAQI FREEDOM (2004, 2008-09).

Jan-Anders Manson

2. Jan-Anders Manson, Ph.D.
Distinguished Professor of Materials & Chemical Engineering Purdue University

Dr. Jan-Anders Månson received his PhD in 1981 in Polymeric Materials and his MS in 1977 in Mechanical Engineering, both from Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg Sweden.

Since 1990 he has been a Professor and the Laboratory Director at Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne in Switzerland. In 2008 he became the President of International Academy of Sports Science and Technology, an International Olympic Committee. After his graduation he held positions as professor at the University of Washington, Seattle and at KTH in Stockholm Sweden. He also served as Director and Vice President at Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lousanne.

Dr. Månson’s research is focused on novel cost-effective materials and manufacturing methods as well as unique additional functionalities, beyond the classical performance characteristics of composite materials. This research has led to over 600 scientific publications and a number of patents and patent applications.

Scott R. Lake

3. Scott R. Lake - Global Manager; Supplier Development and Risk, Agriculture and Turf Division at Deere & Company

Scott Lake is Global Manager of Supply Chain Development, Worldwide Agriculture Division, Deere & Company, where he is responsible for managing the company’s global effort for monitoring supply chain performance and risk, and leading their activities to ensure continuity of supply.

Lake joined Deere & Company in 2005 as a Supply Base Manager in the Enterprise Supply Management Division. He held roles in strategic sourcing for over 6 years that included managing the company’s supply base for flat steel, global large agriculture tires, large construction tires, and semi-pneumatic seeding components. In 2013 Lake moved to his current position in Deere’s Worldwide Agriculture Division. Prior to Deere, Lake worked for Maytag Corporation where he held positions in direct material purchasing, material control, and materials planning.

A native of Illinois, Lake received his bachelor's degree from Western Illinois University and his Master’s Degree from Saint Ambrose University.

Deere & Company (NYSE: DE) is a world leader in providing advanced products and services and is committed to the success of customers whose work is linked to the land – those who cultivate, harvest, transform, enrich and build upon the land to meet the world's dramatically increasing need for food, fuel, shelter and infrastructure. Since 1837, John Deere has delivered innovative products of superior quality, built on a tradition of integrity. For more information, visit John Deere at its worldwide website at

Jim Churchman

4. Jim Churchman- Vice-President Supply Chain Site Operations and Logistics at Advocate Health Care

Dustin Smith

5. Dustin Smith - Senior Vice President & General Manager, Commercial Trailer Products at Wabash National

Dustin Smith was appointed to Senior Vice President – General Manager, Commercial Trailer Products on October 1, 2016.  Most recently he served as Vice President, Manufacturing, Commercial Trailer Products.  Mr. Smith joined Wabash National in 2007 and has held a number of positions with increasing responsibility, including Director of Finance for Wabash National. 

Prior to Wabash National, from 2000 to 2007, Mr. Smith held various positions at Ford Motor Company in Dearborn Michigan, across both product development and manufacturing divisions, including Plant Controller.  His more than 15 years of experience in finance and operations gives Mr. Smith a unique understanding of how manufacturing systems and inputs directly affect financial results.

Mr. Smith holds a Bachelor of Science is Accounting and an MBA in Corporate Finance from Purdue University.  He has also attended executive programs at the Booth School of Management from University of Chicago, as well as Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management. 

Mr. Smith lives in West Lafayette, Indiana with his wife and three children.

Alexandra Sokol

6. Alexandra Sokol - Supply Chain Analyst, Corporate Planning Allocations at Arcelor Mittal