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2015 Sessions and Speakers

The SCM Summit aims to deliver cutting edge content, dynamic sessions and a powerful day of learning. Below are this year's keynote addresses and breakout sessions.

Please check this page often as we will continue to update information as it becomes available.




Eugene Campbell

Vice President of Supplier Diversity

The Walt Disney Company


Luncheon Keynote

Imagineering - A Supply Chain Perspective from the Walt Disney Company

Come hear how unique it is to handle the global supply chain at one of the world's largest and most influential entertainment companies, The Walt Disney Company. You'll hear about:

  • the successes and challenges when the demand for a successful movie, think Frozen, can't be anticipated
  • the needs of theme parks across the globe
  • how to put that Disney magic into movie theaters, branded stores, theme parks and your living room

Come experience a bit of the Disney magic during this luncheon keynote!


Richard D. Armstrong

Principal and CEO

Armstrong and Associates, Inc.


Breakfast Keynote

Big Deal: Current 3PL Trends & Predictions

This session will cover the latest in third-party logistics process improvements, financial results, M&A impacts and predictions for 2015-2016.










Lois Kelly




Rocking the Boat without Falling Out: How to Lead Change, Get Results, and Stay Sane

Understanding what’s possible is easy. How to adapt to change is not, largely because of human nature and the desire for certainty. In the face of tremendous and ongoing changes in business, what does it take to successfully lead change? What can you do to lead change inside your organization, regardless of your position or experience? In this session you’ll learn:

  • Surprising reasons people resist change
  • Counter intuitive approaches to introducing new ideas
  • Practices for getting buy-in and overcoming objections
  • Finding and empowering your change agents, aka your most valuable employees





Ian Hobkirk

Founder & Managing Director

Commonwealth Supply Chain Advisors

Confidently Committing to a Distribution Center Design, When Demand is Unpredictable

Many companies that have experienced growth over the last few years have been reluctant to make major changes to their distribution centers (DCs) due to unpredictable demand. After the last decade of change, it seems the only thing certain is uncertainty about growth levels, rising numbers of SKUs, e-commerce, and a host of other factors. If the passage of time has not made the future any clearer, then the best course of action for growing companies is to invest in flexible technology and designs that can rapidly scale up, scale down, or be reconfigured to meet future needs.

Attendees will learn:

  • How to develop an analytical DC design tool capable of “what-if” analysis
  • Which distribution technologies are the most – and least – adaptable to changing conditions







Tom Engelhart

Director, Global Investigations

Kreller Group

Dylan Owens

Global Due Diligence Consultant

Kreller Group

Third-Party Due Diligence: When is Enough, Enough?

Identifying risks in your company’s supply chain is a daunting task. Keeping a list of outsourced labor alone can be overwhelming. To organize and supervise third party service providers, a company must effectively communicate with all constituents, its anti-corruption policies and procedures. In addition, it is imperative to track and maintain a list of all contractors, their positions and the risk factors associated with doing business with that entity. In order to successfully monitor for red flags, it is equally important to establish coordination among all departments. In this presentation, takeaways will include:

  • Common red flags in the supply chain
  • Practical ways to mitigate red flags
  • Methods to track risk & communicate with constituents
  • Tips for departmental coordination










Marta Nichols

Executive Director

Partners in Performance Excellence

Samuel Kornreich MBA, MSQM, PMP

Supervisor IT Division

U.S. Coast Guard, Boston Base

How the Malcolm Baldrige Quality Award Program Criteria Can Improve Supply Chain Performance

Organizations everywhere are looking for ways to effectively and efficiently meet their missions and achieve their visions. Thousands of organizations use the Baldrige Excellence Framework and its Criteria for Performance Excellence to guide their enterprises, improve performance, and get enduring results. This proven improvement and innovation framework offers your organization an integrated approach to key management areas. The session will provide an overview of the Framework and Criteria and the benefits of Self Assessment. 









Charles Pious


Unicorr Packaging Group


Product Preservation and Best Practices in today’s use of Packaging

Unicorr will demonstrate through specific case studies the use of packaging materials in order to preserve product in a diverse International and Domestic shipping environment. Material selection, Design, Cost reduction, Recyclability, Reusability, IPPC and ISTA compliance, shock and fragility concerns will be discussed and open to audience participation. Audience members should learn:

  • What common packaging materials are used in today’s shipping environment
  • What designs best facilitate product preservation
  • What are common concerns from manufacturers when shipping domestic and international shipments



Cheryl W. Snead

President, CEO & FSO

Banneker Industries, Inc. 


Security In Action - Are YOU Ready for the Tough Situations?

Whether you are responsible for Security for your company or a Supply Chain Professional that can (and probably will be) impacted by a variety of security situations in your career, now is the time to prepare!

This highly interactive workshop will provide best in class responses to different security situations from Insider Threat to theft of a critical supplier product.

You will hear from Subject Matter Experts, their lessons learned and provide your own feedback on various situations. Leave this session armed with the information you need to make your company and your supply chain more secure.




Chip DiFolco

Director of Information Technology

Callico Distributors


Landon Davies

Director of Engineering



Identifying Slotting Strategy to Achieve Optimal Benefit: A Case Study Approach to Addressing Callico Distributors’ Warehouse Conundrum

Warehouse slotting optimization is a topic of great interest and importance to many warehousing professionals; every operation, no matter how advanced, can likely improve its slotting in some way. Discussion surrounding slotting optimization continues to heat up as exposure to real cost savings reaches higher levels, and warehousing professionals across industries are searching for ways to improve picking, replenishment, space utilization, and more. Callico Distributors, a redistributor of paper, plastics, disposables and janitorial supplies in New England, identified the need to improve its slotting when encountered with a significant challenge: having more items than pick slots. To tackle this issue, Callico refocused on creating a strong slotting strategy and deploying that strategy using slotting optimization software to achieve benefit. By attending this presentation, the audience will gain:

  • an understanding of specific examples of slotting strategies to help increase efficiencies, improve productivity, and reduce warehouse costs;
  • exposure to a case study-based example where advanced software capabilities produce extended slotting benefits in the warehouse; and
  • insight into the slotting challenges and solutions being faced in today’s warehousing environments.

This session will focus on the implementation of strategic reslot initiatives and the flexibility of slotting software needed to support them.









Karl Manrodt, PhD

Professor of Logistics

Georgia College and State University


Michael Mikitka


Warehousing Education and Research Council (WERC)


Metrics, Benchmarking and Best Practices: Increasing DC Productivity & Efficiency for Better Logistics

Each year WERC members and DC Velocity readers identify the most critical metrics used in their DCs. Hear the latest stats and analysis from this year’s DC Measure report and how to use the quantitative data along with documented qualitative processes to benchmark your DC. 

Attendees will take away:

  • Critical warehouse metrics and insights
  • How top firms are performing on key DC metrics
  • How a firm’s strategy is impacting DC metrics at the operational level
  • A step-by-step approach to benchmarking DC operations


Cheryl W. Snead

President, CEO & FSO

Banneker Industries, Inc. 


The Monday Morning Phone Call - Are You Ready?

You had a WONDERFUL weekend and ready to start the week with your list of things to do...and then the phone rings! It could be your Warehouse Manager, Chief Information Officer or a critial vendor overseas. Regardless of your role, everyone is responsible for managing Risk. The question is have you prepared for the "what ifs" that can debilitate your operations or even the entire company?

This highly interactive workshop (similar to the morning Session with different Risk scenarios and speakers) will provide best in class responses to a variety of Risk situations from a supplier ethics violation that can damage your company brand to a natural disaster crippling your supply chain.

You will hear from Subject Matter Experts, their lessons learned and provide your own feedback on various situations. Leave this workshop more confident to deal with that Monday (or any day of the week) telephone call.





Angela Wicks, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Bryant University


John K. Visich, Ph.D.


Bryant University


Quality Tools and Kaizen Events

Organizations often see quality initiatives as the “new flavor of the month” and if the initiatives are not strongly supported by top leadership, these initiatives fail about eighty percent of the time. This session will show how to identify problems and to determine what quality tools would be helpful to solve the problem. The session will focus on how to set up and deliver Kaizen Events, process improvement sessions that are designed to solve small problems at a low cost. It is often the small improvements that can make a great difference in efficiency, effectiveness, and ROI. For example, an eyeglass lens manufacturer doubled its capacity by redesigning its process flow; the redesign cost was $1,200, the cost of a small conveyor belt.