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2015 Spring Conference - Speakers


Chip E. Edgington

Executive Vice President of Operations
FULLBEAUTY Brands

Chip E. Edgington has more than 30 years of operational experience working in leadership and/or executive level positions. He joined FULLBEAUTY Brands in 1999, and is currently the Executive Vice President of Operations. Prior to FULLBEAUTY Brands, Chip held senior level operations positions with Time Inc. and The Limited.

Chip’s responsibilities at FULLBEAUTY Brands include the daily operation of 1.5 million square feet of highly automated fulfillment center space located in Central Indiana; directing all international and domestic logistics support; and FULLBEAUTY Brands’ customer contact center based in El Paso, Texas. His total team represents approximately 1,500 associates located throughout three states. Chip has strategically integrated systems, engineering and lean processes in large-scale operations, while at the same time, successfully building strong cross-functional teams. He has traveled extensively throughout the U.S., Europe and Asia. Chip is a member of the Executive Team for FULLBEAUTY Brands and has played a key operational role in the acquisition, integration and/or divestitures of a number of businesses over the past decade.

Within the industry, Chip sits on the board of Conexus Indiana, an industry-driven advanced manufacturing and logistics initiative. He currently serves as Chair of the Conexus Logistics Council, which is responsible for developing and implementing a strategic plan to leverage supply chain assets and identify opportunities for growth within the State of Indiana.

He serves on the Board of Directors for the Central Indiana Corporate Partnership (CICP), a coalition of Indiana Executives and University Presidents focused on long-term growth and prosperity for the State through initiatives focused on manufacturing, life science, logistics, energy, and information technology.

From a community perspective, Chip is heavily engaged with early childhood development within the Central Indiana area, and has led numerous initiatives within FULLBEAUTY Brands to support inner city preschools from weekly reading programs to renovation projects to the company’s annual fund raiser.

Abstract: Enhancing Indiana’s Logistics Sector

Give an overview of the Conexus Indiana Logistics Council and the development of strategic plans identifying the needs for infrastructure, public policy and workforce development. Conexus will discuss how the tactics being implemented in the plans is enhancing logistics companies to grow, relocate and/or expand in Indiana and create high paying logistics jobs for Hoosiers.


Bill Ensign

Senior Procurement Agent
Evonik Industries

Bill Ensign is currently responsible for the purchasing of equipment, supplies, and services for Evonik Corporation - Tippecanoe Laboratories (formerly owned by Eli Lilly). He has worked in supply chain roles his whole 24 years of employment. He received his bachelor’s degree from Krannert in Industrial Management with an Industrial Engineering minor in December 1990. . He has established the academic/business partnership between Evonik Corporation and Purdue.

He is the co-founder of the Supplier Diversity Development (SDD) Coalition of Greater Lafayette - a group of major employers that for the last 13 years has invited diversely owned firms to present their capabilities to the major community firms. The coalition also shares procurement best practices amongst the members.

Bill is recognized for his negotiating skills, his networking capabilities and his ability to “think outside of the box”. One of his most challenging career opportunities was his leading the supply chain component of Tippecanoe Laboratories through the changes associated with the sale/purchase of the facility from Eli Lilly to Evonik. This included the establishment of all new supply chains for the products and services that the site requires to meet its mission.

Bill has received many awards associated with his procurement role including the 2003 Eli Lilly Global Chief Procurement Officer Award, the 2008 Small Business Administration (SBA) Minority Small Business Co-Champion Award (along with Larry Pherson of Purdue), the 2007 Leadership and Vision Award from the SDD Coalition of Lafayette, and the 2003 Indiana Minority Supplier Diversity Council Buyer of the Year Award.

Abstract: “Shhh……Collaboration is Everywhere in Chemical Manufacturing”

Evonik Industries is a multinational company based in Germany that is involved in multiple different chemical manufacturing platforms, one being contract pharmaceutical manufacturing at the Tippecanoe Laboratories in Lafayette, IN.

Bill Ensign and Dave Williard bring extensive experience in the pharmaceutical and chemical manufacturing business. In their respective roles at Evonik Industries they collaborate daily with internal resources, customers, and suppliers. During their presentation they will use a recent example of a new equipment purchase and manufacturing process to demonstrate the importance of best practices of collaboration. Bill will first share the external partnerships with suppliers and the Evonik technical and commercial alliance in equipment and construction services. Dave will focus on the internal manufacturing planning and supply chain flow. Dave will also describe departmental collaborations and the S&OP process.


David W. Holt

Vice President of Operations and Business Development
Conexus Indiana

In his role with Conexus, Holt drives the logistics agenda and developed, recruited and led the formation of the Conexus Indiana Logistics Council, a forum of prominent logistics executives, throughout the state of Indiana, and six regional logistics council in Northwest, North Central, Northeast, Central, Southwest and Southeast Indiana. Under his guidance and leadership, Holt developed Phase I: A Plan for Indiana’s Logistics Future and Delivering Indiana’s Logistics Future, two strategic plans ensuring that those things necessary for Indiana’s transportation network are in place to enhance the environment for companies to grow their business, create a more attractive business environment to locate in Indiana, and create high paying jobs for Hoosiers. He also moderated Indiana Governor Mike Pence’s Blue Ribbon Panel for Transportation Infrastructure.

Holt formerly served as the Indiana Chamber of Commerce’s Vice-President of Health/ Education Policy and Federal Relations, acting as an integral part of that organization’s governmental relations team at the federal and levels. Holt’s professional career has also included service in Washington DC as Chief of Staff in the Office of Vocational and Adult Education at the U.S. Department of Education and a Senior Legislative Aide to a U.S. Representative on Capitol Hill.

Holt was awarded his Bachelor of Science from Ball State University in 1993 and a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Notre Dame in 2006.

Holt is active in the community and serves on various boards including the Greater Indianapolis Foreign Trade Zone Board 72; US-30 Coalition; I-67 Coalition and the I-69, Section 6 Community Advisory Committee. He is also a member of St. Malachy Catholic Church in Brownsburg.

Holt and his wife Theresa have two children: Eli and Addie.

Abstract: Enhancing Indiana’s Logistics Sector

Give an overview of the Conexus Indiana Logistics Council and the development of strategic plans identifying the needs for infrastructure, public policy and workforce development. Conexus will discuss how the tactics being implemented in the plans is enhancing logistics companies to grow, relocate and/or expand in Indiana and create high paying logistics jobs for Hoosiers.


Jordan Howell

Supply Chain Planner
Amway

Jordan spent seven years in the Army as a Logistics and Explosive Ordnance Disposal Officer serving tours in both Iraq and Afghanistan.

In 2013 he honorably exited the service and joined Amway as a distribution replenishment planner. After a year into that role, Jordan moved over to become a master scheduler and production scheduler for Amway’s Laundry Powders Plant.

While at Amway, Jordan has led multiple teams to include the Culture Change team for the Global Supply Chain Planning department.

Abstract: Collaboration in a Global Supply Chain

Amway operates in over 56 markets worldwide. Gaining visibility to demand fluctuations and supply disruptions requires a high level of collaboration. How are markets trending? What products are over selling, and which ones are lagging? Amway’s collaboration initiative seeks to answer those questions and build relationships with our customers at the same time.


David A. Pollard

Managing Director at FedEx Customer Solutions
FedEx Services

As a Managing Director of FedEx Customer Solutions for FedEx Services, Dave Pollard understands the critical role an optimized supply chain plays in every company’s competitive strength and long term success. His intense focus on identifying innovative, customized solutions for FedEx customers has delivered supply chain improvements that enable growth, efficiency, and sustainability in the global economy. He is responsible for leading a team of supply chain consultants charged with understanding a customer’s global business strategies and supply chain goals in order to design, develop and execute customized logistics solutions. These improvements deliver quantified business value to a customer’s bottom line through improvements to revenue, expense, and current or fixed assets.

Pollard encourages his organization to work across all aspects of a customer’s business requirements to determine how FedEx can provide unique solutions for any supply chain component. Under his leadership, FedEx Customer Solutions assesses the three flows that are essential to any component of the supply chain (physical, information, and financial) and then develops comprehensive solutions. The results range from strategy development, global supply chain optimization, mode optimization, direct distribution, network modeling, and system integration that can improve the inbound, outbound, and returns stages of distribution.

Since joining FedEx in 1999, Pollard has been a strategic contributor in the creation of the Customer Solutions team. Through the FedEx portfolio of operating companies, Pollard and his organization provide end-to-end business solutions that connect companies and their customers to over 220 economic markets throughout the world.

Pollard is an author and frequent speaker on topics including optimizing global supply chains and supply chain risk management. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration-Finance from Auburn University and is the past Vice Chairman of the Supply Chain Risk Leadership Council.

Abstract

Businesses need to be laser-focused on critical initiatives such as achieving a nimble, sustainable supply chains and achieving top-line growth. Companies are challenged with managing both lower inventory levels while at the same time satisfying customer demand. In today’s global economy companies must create supply chains that are both nimble and more responsive. To accomplish this, businesses must rely more and more on their business partners to manage components of the supply chains, making collaboration and communication critical success factors. Collaboration ensures all parties upstream and downstream in the supply chain are more attuned to how changes to components of the supply chain affect profitability, competitive advantage, growth opportunities and risk exposure.

Cross-functional collaboration, to both grow top-line revenue and drive efficiencies in the supply chain, are top of mind and Mr. Pollard will share his experiences which demonstrate the value of collaboration as one of the key cornerstones to an efficient supply chain and an effective business environment.


Theodosia Rush

Executive Director – Global Supply Chain Planning and Logistics
Cummins

Theodosia Rush is Executive Director – Global Supply Chain Planning and Logistics where she leads several key supply chain functions for the company including logistics, warehousing, transportation, trade compliance, packaging, materials management and enterprise planning for Cummins locations around the world.

She is active in driving and supporting several company-wide supply chain transformation programs across these functions. These initiatives are multi-disciplinary and cross every corner of the Cummins enterprise. Ensuring they are implemented on-time and so as to facilitate smooth hand-offs amongst all the planning and logistics functions is core to the company’s vision of market driven supply chains.

Theodosia began her career with Cummins in 1999 and during her tenure has held a number of key roles in Purchasing, Manufacturing, Human Resources and Marketing and currently is the Executive Director of Supply Chain Planning and Logistics for Cummins, Inc.

Outside of Cummins, she is on the board at Mill Race Senior Services in Columbus, an active member of her church and a busy mom of three.

She earned a bachelor's degree in liberal arts from Lenoir-Rhyne College in 1993 and completed her Masters in Business Administration at Indiana University in 1999.

Abstract

Cummins supply chain transformation vision is to establish reliable, market driven supply chains that enable profitable growth. Achieving enterprise logistics optimization and end to end network synchronization requires an integrated logistics network that extends beyond the four walls of our manufacturing plants to our customers and suppliers. Theodosia will share the story of the recent implementation of the Cummins Southern Indiana Logistics Center – a collaborative effort in transforming our supply chain and “Winning at the Hand-offs”!


Sriram “Srisu” Subrahmanyam

Vice President, Global Engineering
Ingram Micro

Subrahmanyam is currently Vice President, Global Engineering for Ingram Micro (NYSE:IM), a Fortune 100 company, recognized as world’s largest wholesale technology distributor and a global leader in IT supply-chain, mobile device lifecycle services and logistics solutions with over $40B in revenue and operating in almost 40 countries. In this role, he leads global functions in supply chain planning, operations and customer solution engineering, real estate, quality, continuous improvement, EH&S, sustainability and overall program management. Prior to this, he served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operations Officer for BrightPoint Americas, a business unit of Ingram Micro based in Indianapolis, Indiana. In this role, he led the supply chain operations, quality, continuous improvement, program management, advanced planning, procurement and information technology functions.

Subrahmanyam was previously co-founder and Principal at Orchard Group, a consulting firm focused on business performance improvement and execution of business improvement initiatives. Subrahmanyam led the supply chain, strategic sourcing and process improvement practices at Orchard Group.

Prior to his role at Orchard Group, Subrahmanyam was Senior Vice President and Chief Procurement Officer at Career Education Corporation (NASDAQ:CECO), Vice President of Continuous Improvement and Business Transformation for United Airlines (NYSE:UAL), and managing director in Information Technology at United. Before joining United Airlines, Subrahmanyam was a practice leader in process modeling at Advanced Process Combinatorics, a supply chain consulting firm that specializes in advanced planning and scheduling, pharmaceutical pipeline management, portfolio management, capacity analysis, batch process design, and planning of research and development to maximize return.

Subrahmanyam holds a doctorate in chemical engineering from Purdue University and a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from Birla Institute of Technology and Science in Pilani, India. Subrahmanyam has taught courses and given lectures on topics in optimization, design and scheduling in the process industry and supply chain at Purdue University and the American Production and Inventory Control Society (APICS). He has published a number of papers and presented at industry conferences on these topics, as well as business transformation, developing productive cultures, and organizational change management. He serves on the Logistics Council of Conexus Indiana and is also a member of the Airline Group of the International Federation of Operational Research Societies (AGIFORS), Institute of Supply Management (ISM) and McKinsey’s CPO Roundtable in Chicago.

Subrahmanyam serves on the board of the Boys and Girls Club of Indianapolis. He also served in multiple roles for non-profit organizations like Career Education Scholarship Fund, American Cancer Society and Y-ME. He also sits on the executive committee for Corporate Social Responsibility at Ingram Micro.

Subrahmanyam lives in Carmel, Indiana with his wife and daughter.

Abstract: "Supply Chain Collaboration in the Technology Industry"

The tech industry is one of the most rapidly changing and fast evolving of all industries. Supply chains are complex based on geographies, product development timelines, short product life cycles, and extreme innovation and competition. This presentation will examine cases where Ingram Micro, as a technology distributor, depends and thrives on collaboration for success for consumers as well as manufacturers.


Tenney Way Jr

Procurement Manager
Bechtel’s Oil, Gas & Chemical (OG&C)

Tenney Way Jr is a Procurement Manager for Bechtel’s Oil, Gas & Chemical (OG&C) Business Unit located in Houston.

In this role, he is responsible for managing Project Procurement (Purchasing, Expediting, Traffic & Logistics, Supplier Quality and Material Management, Field Procurement) by mobilizing and retaining quality resources on projects, providing oversight of all procurement activities for successful execution of the project.

Tenney brings 22 years of industry experience and 16 years of EPC Project Execution experience in OG&C, Power and Pipeline business sectors. He has executed complex EPC lump-sum and reimbursable projects very successfully for Bechtel and has led multi office/multi-cultural teams for projects from various Bechtel offices.

In addition to working as Project Procurement Manager on Projects, Tenney has also worked in Functional Procurement Management as Expediting Manager for OG&C. This role involved the training, developing, and placing of personnel on projects, in the field (Domestic and International).

Tenney is a part of the One Bechtel Recruiting Team and is currently Bechtel Management Representative for University of Houston.

Abstract

Tenney Way Jr will be discussing the 7 Steps of Material Management and the necessary collaboration between Engineering, Procurement & Construction (EPC) teams to support the end-to-end supply chain.


Dave Williard

Manager of Production Planning
Evonik Industries

Dave Williard is the Manager of Production Planning for Evonik Industries at the Lafayette, IN site. Dave has worked at this site with Evonik and Eli Lilly and Co. for 20 years. During these years he has held several roles in Master Scheduling and spent 3 years with Lilly implementing a corporate ERP system.

Prior to Lilly, Dave worked in the automobile industry at the Lafayette SIA plant, and the food industry with The Pillsbury Company in various Master Scheduling, purchasing, and production and inventory Control roles.

Dave received his BS in Business Administration from Bowling Green State University and was APICS Certified in 2006.

Abstract: “Shhh……Collaboration is Everywhere in Chemical Manufacturing”

Evonik Industries is a multinational company based in Germany that is involved in multiple different chemical manufacturing platforms, one being contract pharmaceutical manufacturing at the Tippecanoe Laboratories in Lafayette, IN.

Bill Ensign and Dave Williard bring extensive experience in the pharmaceutical and chemical manufacturing business. In their respective roles at Evonik Industries they collaborate daily with internal resources, customers, and suppliers. During their presentation they will use a recent example of a new equipment purchase and manufacturing process to demonstrate the importance of best practices of collaboration. Bill will first share the external partnerships with suppliers and the Evonik technical and commercial alliance in equipment and construction services. Dave will focus on the internal manufacturing planning and supply chain flow. Dave will also describe departmental collaborations and the S&OP process.