Molly has worked in the material handling industry for the past 12 years. In her current role as Engineering Manager at Ace Industries, her main focus is on production. She now manages a team of engineers and detailers to provide engineering for two production facilities and 22 service branches. Molly also played an integral role when Ace Industries purchased Gaffey in 2012, tripling the number of engineering projects overnight.
For the last 3.5 years Molly has been serving as an Engineering Delegate with the Crane Manufacturer’s Association of America (CMAA). She was the CMAA Mechanical Subcommittee Secretary for 2 years and the CMAA Mechanical Subcommittee Chairperson for one and a half years. Molly holds a Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Maryland – College Park and a Masters of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois – Urbana Champaign.
In addition to her work life, Molly is a mom to 3 young children, boy/girl twins that are 7 and a son that is 5. Being a mom is a full time job in itself!
Scott McKay is a business executive, strategist, technologist, board member, and philanthropist. Over the past 35 years he has been in various consulting and executive roles at GE, Genworth Financial and DEI. His experiences include over 35 acquisitions, IPOs, and divestitures; leading business integrations and transformations; building and running global operations; digitizing business processes, designing and implementing competitive capabilities (processes) and increasing business’ ability to win in the market with their capabilities.
Scott has been at the forefront of business process globalization beginning work with India in 1993. He has developed a new technology design process that transforms the way people connect with each other, that automates previously manual tasks, and that deploys decisioning tools to improve decision speed and quality. He believes that CIOs should be their business’ competitive capabilities champion.
Scott’s passion for technology and the opportunities it creates for people caused him to contribute to organizations such as FIRST Robotics, a non-profit that delivers 21st century life experiences to young people from elementary to high school. Scott founded the Virginia Technology Internship Program that helps high school juniors build confidence pursuing technology careers. Scott has also advised on curriculum and taught at academic institutions including The University of Virginia and Virginia Commonwealth University.
Annette Danek-Akey, Senior Vice President of Fulfillment at Penguin Random House, has more than 25-years’ experience in supply chain management, industrial engineering, guiding strategic planning, and managing warehouse distribution. Annette manages the distribution, transportation, customer service, fulfillment systems and remainder sales for Penguin Random House, North America, and is currently responsible for 1,700 employees in 2 Distribution Centers which ship on average, 1.4 million books per day for Penguin Random House plus 40+ third party publishers.
With a Master’s Degree in Industrial Engineering, Annette is recognized throughout the industry for her insight into supply chain trends, forward thinking, and her success at developing, coaching and cultivating new leaders. Annette is currently leading a cross-functional end-to-end Supply Chain team and a global supply chain forum initiative.
Annette is the President of the Carroll Community College Foundation as well as Vice President of WERC (Warehouse Education Research Council), where she additionally served as 2017 Conference Chair. She has been a speaker/panelist at WERC, CSCMP, Modex, AWESOME, Goldratt TOC and Gartner events. Annette has been featured in many different articles and most recently was featured in Supply Chain World magazine in December, 2017.
Barton Jennings, Ph.D., is professor of supply chain management in the College of Business & Technology at Western Illinois University (WIU). At WIU, Dr. Jennings is responsible for significant amounts of industrial outreach, working with an SCM Advisory Board to produce the necessary talent for companies that recruit through the program. His research and teaching interests focus on transportation, distribution, and inventory management strategies as well as regulatory issues in the freight transportation industry. Much of his research and presentation activity is based upon daily operational issues related to industrial material, supply movement, and talent creation. He has also written extensively on the railroad industry, and regularly conducts regulatory workshops for the industry. Prior to his appointment at WIU, Dr. Jennings worked at the Center for Transportation Research at The University of Tennessee, and prior to that, in various operational and engineering positions in the railroad industry.
Dave Lippert has served as president of Hamilton Caster & Mfg. Co. since 1985, and began his career with this family-owned and managed manufacturing business in late 1982. He has worked in numerous operational roles in the company, but is proudest of the company’s lean journey which began in 1995. He serves on numerous boards and committees in the City of Hamilton, Ohio, and serves MHI as a member of the Board of Governors. He represents Hamilton Caster as a member of the EASE Council and ICWM (caster manufacturers industry group) at MHI meetings. His involvement in workforce development includes leading annual student tours of Hamilton Caster as part of the Junior Achievement Job Exploration program, an activity he encourages all manufacturers’ participation in to educate young people on the careers available in manufacturing.
J. David Porter is a Professor and Associate Head of Graduate Education in the School of Mechanical, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering at Oregon State University. Dr. Porter received his M.S. and Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh in 1999 and 2000, respectively. Dr. Porter’s research focuses on the design, modeling, and performance evaluation of data collection systems in application domains such as manufacturing, supply chain, and transportation. In particular, his research places a strong emphasis on the development of quantitative methodologies to understand the impact that the implementation and use of information technologies such as radio frequency identification (RFID), radio frequency data communications (RFDC), and Bluetooth have on the performance of complex systems.
Amy Augustine is currently the Director of Business Strategy at U.S. Cellular. Her team is responsible for building the business cases for the strategy projects for U.S. Cellular at the corporate level. From 2013 until mid-2018, she lead the Reverse Logistics team that is responsible for the strategy and execution of the reverse supply chain, including planning, repair of handsets and tablets, and re-commerce of handsets and accessories. Amy has held various roles within supply chain and has worked at U.S. Cellular more than nine years. Earlier in her career, she spent 10 years in the consulting industry working for KPMG, BearingPoint and the Revere Group. Amy earned her MBA in Operations Management and International Business from Loyola university in Chicago and holds a CSCP certification from APICS.
Bill Ferrell is the Fluor Professor of Industrial Engineering and an associate dean of the Graduate School at Clemson University with teaching, research, and consulting interests in supply chain logistics. At Clemson, he founded and serves as director of two centers: the Clemson Institute for Supply Chain Optimization and Logistics and the Clemson research site of the Center for Excellence in Logistics and Distribution, a National Science Foundation Industry/University Cooperative Research Center.
Bill served as president for the College Industry Council on Material Handling Education (CICMHE) from 2015 - 2017.
Luca F. Bertuccelli is Chief Technology Officer of Smart Cold Chain at Sensitech. Luca joined Sensitech from the United Technologies Research Center (UTRC), in East Hartford, CT. At UTRC, Luca was previously a project leader in data analytics and user experience with the Otis Program Office at UTRC, leading teams working on predictive maintenance algorithms for elevator performance, operational analytics, and multi-sensor fusion. Prior to the project leader role, Luca led teams at UTRC in the development of multiple mobile and wearable applications including augmented and virtual reality, user testing for different software applications using eye tracking, and leading a human-machine interaction team in support of experimental flight demonstrations for optionally piloted aircraft.
Luca has a MS and PhD in Aeronautics and Astronautics from MIT, and a BS degree in Aeronautical and Astronautical engineering from Purdue University.
Alan Amling is revitalizing UPS innovation and venture capital programs for the digital economy. Amling is also leading UPS’ Global On-Demand Manufacturing initiative, helping global companies leverage 3D printing to tap into new markets while taking time, cost and carbon out of their supply chain. He moved in to this role after serving as Vice President of Marketing for UPS Global Logistics & Distribution.
Amling began his UPS career in 1982 working as a seasonal employee for four years performing a variety of jobs including package handler and car washer. Since rejoining UPS in 1992, Amling has held numerous leadership roles in industrial engineering, customer technology and new product development.
Amling is a TED speaker and a native of Grants Pass, Oregon. He holds a MBA from Indiana University and earned his B.A. in Business and Psychology from Lewis & Clark College. Amling is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Business Administration at Kennesaw State University focused on threat recognition and response in incumbent firms.
Kevin Condon is transforming the Supply Chain Network that supports Kroger’s Promise: Feeding the Human Spirit! A graduate of The Ohio State University in Industrial Systems Engineering, Kevin has spent the last 8 years working for The Kroger Co. in various roles. In his position as Director of Engineering and Network Strategy, his main areas of focus include Network & Inventory Optimization, Automation & Robotics Strategy, and Major Capital Project Management. Kevin focuses on establishing efficient and strategic advantages for Kroger’s distribution network, utilizing best-in-class technology and advanced analytics as key drivers.
Scott is a Principal and is the Global Supply Chain Service Line Leader for Deloitte. He has 30 years of supply chain experience in both consulting and industry. His experience covers the end-to-end supply chain including sourcing & procurement, supply chain planning, manufacturing, and distribution & logistics. He has assisted clients in developing strategies and transforming their operations in order to drive value and improve overall performance. Scott has assisted clients in the area of supply chain transformation – running the full spectrum from strategy, process design, organization change, and technology enablement. He has experience across a number of industries.
Director of Logistics EAM and Reliability Maintenance at Dollar Tree/Family Dollar
Kieran has over 18 years of management experience in Logistics systems design, implementation and sustainment. He exceeds when planning the long-term vision to sustain and enhance the performance of the current solutions and programs through understanding the operational needs and leveraging solution capabilities with the multiple partners. Kieran has proven ability to manage multiple cross-cultural projects with cross functional teams internally and with multiple vendor’s teams from the solution development phases to implementation. Kieran focuses on reducing the cost of system ownership through innovative solution design and effective services.
Byron Reese is the publisher of tech news site Gigaom and the founder of several high-tech companies. He has obtained or has pending numerous patents in disciplines as varied as crowdsourcing, content creation, and psychographics. The websites he has launched, which cover the intersection of technology, business, science and history, have together received over a billion visitors. He is the author of the acclaimed book, Infinite Progress: How Technology and the Internet Will End Ignorance, Disease, Hunger, Poverty, and War, has served on both public and private boards of directors, and founded several non-profit organizations.
Director of Logistics Business Development
Bill Denbigh is a supply chain expert with a special focus on transportation and logistics management systems, in his field he is a particular advocate for excellent customer experience and supply chain solutions that stress accessibility and ease of use. He initially became involved in automated transportation systems in 1990 helping create some of the first real transportation management systems installed in Canada. Over his 30+ years providing transportation and logistics management systems he has been involved in most facets of the supply chain in a very wide range of industries. Mr. Denbigh is currently contributing to the business development team at TECSYS, providing visionary direction, expanding and enhancing the logistics solutions offered by TECSYS to the healthcare and high-volume distribution industries.
Bryan Jensen is a Chairman and Executive Vice President and Chairman of the Board with the St. Onge Company located in York, PA. He has over 34 years of logistics and material handling distribution experience across several areas in physical distribution in the retail, wholesale and manufacturing sectors, including distribution center ground up design, procurement and implementation, including all MHE, WMS and operational systems and methods, network logistics, capital investment and operational budget planning.
Prior to joining St. Onge Company 20 years ago, Mr. Jensen spent 14 years at Toys “R” Us, including half his tenure there as Director of Distribution Automation. He also has eight years of instructional experience at the collegiate and post-graduate level, including teaching seminars on design and utilization of high volume automated distribution centers.
He has published over two dozen articles on logistics trends, distribution center design and operations.
Director Business Development & Marketing, KNAPP
Executive Director MHI Solutions Community
An entrepreneur with a 30-year career in warehouse and distribution automation. Kevin has been instrumental in automating DC and manufacturing operations for manufacturers, retailers, eCommerce pure-plays and some of the nation’s leading brands. With expertise in technology, logistics, direct marketing and communications for both business and consumer markets, he has been a featured speaker at numerous industry events on the subject of state-of-the-art warehousing, distribution and logistics – and more recently the industry’s rapid transition to the digital supply chain.
Kevin is currently responsible for business development and marketing at KNAPP, a leading supplier and innovator of automated supply chain solutions in the US and globally. He is also the Executive Director of the MHI’s Solutions Community.
Regional Category Manager
DHL Global Business Services
After graduating from The Ohio State University, Craig worked at L Brands for over ten years in store design and construction procurement, where he participated in global expansion and the location of strategic suppliers throughout the world. In 2016, Craig shifted careers to join the DHL team in Westerville, Ohio. He is currently in charge of the production equipment category for all Express, eCom and Global Forwarding DHL locations. In this role, he locates new suppliers and innovations while ensuring contractual compliance and QC.
Kimberley D. Absil, CSSGB
Supply Chain Planning Analyst Misumi
If you ask me about my work and management style, it is simple: “I am all about communications, accountability, discipline and drive.” I know that efficiency and cost reduction are king in supply chain management and logistics. No matter what the size is of an organization, it is critical to analyze supply chain operations and then plan and strategize a course of action to achieve a better ROI.
With a Bachelor of Science in Transportation and Logistics, I began my early career in Inbound Transportation Administrative Support for Sears Holdings Corporation and advanced rapidly to become their Market Manager - Market Delivery Operations, then on to Regional Distribution Center Manager at Petco, and Business Process Manager/Six Sigma Green Belt at Walgreens. Most recently, I was recruited to join Misumi in their Strategic Supply Chain Planning division.
During my time at Sears I exceeded profit margins by 40% and cross-trained an entire staff to handle all warehouse processes. While at Petco, I managed a 100,000 square foot retail distribution center in the Northeast servicing 80+ stores. My team exceeded every service level at Sears and Petco!
At Walgreens I had my first staff position managing critical supply chain projects utilizing Kaizen and Lean methods to drive efficiency for 11 U.S. distribution centers. My efforts helped to save millions of dollars in costs over a 4-year period. When my Director commented about me, he said, “Kim is definitely in her element.”
I have earned a reputation for bringing focus, efficiency, and Six Sigma methods to dramatically improve
supply chain processes and reduce costs in companies with large supply chain and logistics operations. My greatest satisfaction is seeing the results that come from analyzing an operation, getting stakeholders involved, setting a course of action, and achieving strategic and cost-effective objectives.
As you can probably tell, I have a passion for supply chain management and the work I do!
On a personal note, I was born in Shreveport Louisiana, grew up and lived in Algonquin, IL (a suburb of Chicago) for 10 years, moved to Antwerp Belgium to attend an international school for 4 years, and then back to Cary, IL. I have 2 dogs and like to work out, hike, and garden. As an aside, both my Mother and brother have had careers in the supply chain/logistics field. My Dad is a chemical engineer.
Senior Director, Warehouse Optimization Snyder’s-Lance (a division of Campbell’s Foods)
For the past 7 1/2 years with Snyder’s-Lance, Brian has progressed through Plant Manager and Director of Warehouse Operations roles. Prior to joining Snyder’s-Lance, Brian worked for Frito-Lay for over 11 years in a variety of manufacturing and distribution roles.