Jose Armario– Executive VP, Worldwide Supply Chain, McDonald’s
"Bringing Business Back to the Midwest"
Moderator: Maciek Nowak, Associate Professor, Information Systems and Operations Management, Loyola University Chicago
- Scott Baxter – President, Novation Industries
- David Boulay – President, Illinois Manufacturing Excellence Center
- Ben Brockschmidt – Executive Director, Infrastructure Council, Illinois Chamber of Commerce
- Christopher Smith – Senior Director of Device Supply Chain, US Cellular
"Supplier Relationship Management: A Success Story"
Moderator: Tim Stratman, President, Stratman Partners Executive Coaching
- Rick Ciccone, Chief Supply Chain Officer, McCain Foods
- Rob Doone, VP, Integrated Logistics Services, Cardinal Health
- Mike Duffy, Executive VP, Global Manufacturing and Supply Chain, Cardinal Health
- Tony Fitzpatrick, VP, Supply Chain and Process Re-Engineering, Baxter
- Brian Hancock, President of North America, Martin-Brower LLC
"Supply Chain Perspectives from the Boardroom"
Moderator: John Caltagirone, Director, Supply and Value Chain Center, Loyola University Chicago
- Jim Martell, CEO, Ridge Property Trust
- Elizabeth Nohe, VP of Supply Chain Management, Morton Salt
- Chris Pickett, Chief Strategy Officer, Coyote Logistics
- Ted Sawicz, CFO, Bell Flavors & Fragrances
Debbie Lentz– Senior VP of Customer Service and Logistics, Kraft Foods
President, Novation Industries
Scott Baxter brings to Novation Industries more than 30 years of senior level operations management experience including experience with overseeing start-up engineering and manufacturing operations within fortune 500 companies. A results-driven senior executive with demonstrated ability to think strategically and implement tactically to achieve success, Scott brings focus to continuous improvement throughout the organization including LEAN manufacturing, sourcing and supplier management, team building, project management and new business development. Scott holds a Masters in Business Administration, a B.S. in Industrial / Mechanical Technology and an A.A.S. in Mechanical Technology.
President, Illinois Manufacturing Excellence Center
Dr. David Boulay is President of the Illinois Manufacturing Excellence Center (IMEC), a public-private partnership with the mission to be a catalyst for transforming the state of manufacturing. In this role, Boulay focuses his passion at the intersection between economic development, workforce development, and manufacturing competitiveness. With over twenty years’ experience in manufacturing, university, and non-profit settings, he brings a broad understanding to his work. Prior to joining IMEC, Boulay held leadership positions with several manufacturing companies, primarily in the food industry. He also worked at The Ohio State University South Centers leading a team that comprised of a mixed used incubator, Small Business Development Center, and a Rural Cooperative Development Center. Boulay also served as Deputy Director at North Carolina State University’s Industrial Extension Service, where he managed an 80-member staff who provided outreach services to the state’s manufacturers, operated a mineral research center, and a technology incubator. Boulay holds a Ph.D in Workforce Development and Education, an M.B.A., and a B.S. in Operations Management. In pursuing his Ph.D., David concentrated his research in two areas; career pathway models and high performance work practices in small and mid-sized enterprises.
Executive Director, Infrastructure Council, Illinois Chamber of Commerce
As the Executive Director of the Infrastructure Council, Benjamin Brockschmidt focuses on the transportation systems and public works essential to sustaining the Illinois economy. This includes investing in our roads and bridges, freight and passenger rail service, waterway shipping, airports, as well as access to water and sanitary sewage treatment. Benjamin came to the chamber after five years in the U.S. House of Representatives. During his time on Capitol Hill, Benjamin staffed the Transportation & Infrastructure Committee during several reauthorization debates including FAA and H.R. 7, the bill that eventually merged with MAP-21. In addition, he advised local airports, transit operators, engineers, and construction companies on best methods to adapt to federal policy. His professional relationships extend from Congressional offices to agencies including IDOT & USDOT as well as large network of other organizations across the country. Benjamin graduated from Illinois State University with a dual B.S. degree in Political Science & History and has a M.A. in National Defense and Security from the U.S. Naval War College.
Senior Director of Device Supply Chain, US Cellular
Chris Smith is Senior Director of Device Supply Chain for U.S. Cellular. U.S. Cellular is a regional wireless service provider serving 5 million customers in 24 states. Chris has responsibility for all supply chain activities related to the handsets and other devices U.S. Cellular’s customers use to access the wireless network. These include planning, sourcing, delivery and reverse processes. Chris has spent the majority of his 22 year career in supply chain. Previous employers include Grainger, Sony, and Shure.
Associate Professor, Information Systems and Operations Management,Loyola University Chicago
Maciek Nowak, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in the Information Systems and Operations Management Department in the Quinlan School of Business at Loyola University. He is also the Director of the Master of Science in Supply Chain Management Program at Loyola. Through his research, Maciek has worked with Federal Express, United Parcel Service, and the Georgia Ports Authority. He has also received grants for research from the Federal Highway Administration and the U. S. Department of Transportation. Maciek’s current research focuses on the use of various heuristic optimization techniques for vehicle routing problems. He serves on the board of the Transportation Science and Logistics Society of INFORMS, is the chair of the Members and Membership Committee of INFORMS, and serves on the board of the Chicago chapter of the Institute of Supply Management. Maciek received his Ph.D. in Industrial and Systems Engineering from Georgia Tech and his M.S.E. and B.S.E. degrees from the University of Michigan.
Chief Supply Chain Officer, McCain Foods
Bio coming soon.
VP, Integrated Logistics Services, Cardinal Health
Bio coming soon.
Executive VP, Global Manufacturing and Supply Chain, Cardinal Health
Mike Duffy serves as Executive Vice President of Global Manufacturing & Supply Chain at Cardinal Health, Inc. and served as its president of Healthcare Supply Chain Services Medical and Executive Vice President of Operations Medical Segment. Mr. Duffy has responsibility for Cardinal Health's entire medical supply chain including global manufacturing, sourcing, inventory management, warehousing and transportation. Mr. Duffy served as an Executive Vice President of Operations, for Healthcare Supply Chain Services at Cardinal Health, a role he was held since joining Cardinal Health in 2006. Mr. Duffy was responsible for distribution, transportation, inventory management, customer service, contract administration, pharmaceutical repackaging and operational excellence for Cardinal Health’s Healthcare Supply Chain Services sector, which distributes more than one third of all pharmaceutical and medical products used in the U.S. health care system. Prior to Cardinal Health, Mr. Duffy served as vice president of the Global Value Chain at Gillette and as principal at New York Consulting Partners, a strategic supply chain consulting firm. He earned a bachelor's degree in operations research and a master's degree in transportation from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and currently is a member of MIT’s 2020 Supply Chain of the Future Industry Advisory Council and the University of Michigan Ross School of Business Corporate Advisory Council.
VP, Supply Chain and Process Re-Engineering, Baxter
Tony Fitzpatrick, of Baxter Healthcare since 1999, oversees Supply Chain functions and processes with their European Program Office. He started in Brussels in the newly created role of Vice President Supply Chain for the EMEA region. He has been in his current role for the last three years. As Vice President he is also responsible for Technical Services operations, Business Process Improvement and large systems re-engineering initiatives. Tony provided leadership to the EMEA Quality organization on an interim basis and was recently responsible for EMEA activities to support the sale of Fenwal to Texas Pacific Group. He has been responsible for leadership of regional Environmental, Health and Safety organizations, and was the recipient of the CEO Leadership Award in 2003. Tony holds a Bachelors in Aeronautical Engineering from Manchester University, and a Masters in Numerical Computation from the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology.
President, Stratman Partners Executive Coaching
Tim Stratman is founder and President of Stratman Partners Executive Coaching, Inc. a Chicago-based coaching firm focusing on helping executives become more effective leaders. He is retained by C-Level executives and their organizations to provide one-on-one executive coaching, executive team development, strategic visioning, and operating plan development. Mr. Stratman has worked with executives across a diverse set of industry verticals covering both private and publicly held companies. In addition to his C-Level practice, he has a sub-specialty practice focused on helping senior supply chain executives improve their enterprise-wide effectiveness. Mr. Stratman received a BA in Marketing from Michigan State University. He is married with three children and resides in the Chicago area.
President of North America, Martin-Brower LLC
Brian Hancock joined Martin-Brower as the president of U.S. operations in February 2011, and was promoted to his current role in April 2012. Before joining Martin-Brower, he spent six years as the vice president of supply chain for Whirlpool Corp. When Whirlpool purchased Maytag Corp. in 2006, he oversaw the consolidation of the two supply chains. Prior to joining Whirlpool, Hancock spent nine years at Schneider National in Green Bay, Wis. He was vice president and general manager of Schneider Logistics, and held multiple roles including vice president of automotive, general manager, director of operations, and account controller. During this time, he also served as chairman of the General Motors Supply Chain Council. Before joining Schneider, Hancock worked in various roles at Honeywell Corporation. He graduated with an accounting degree from Brigham Young University, and received an MBA from Virginia Commonwealth University. He serves on the advisory board of the Marriott School of Management at Brigham Young, and earned a CPA certification. Oh, he also speaks Portuguese.
Executive VP, Worldwide Supply Chain, McDonald’s
Jose Armario is Executive Vice President of Worldwide Supply Chain, Development, and Franchising for McDonald’s Corporation. In this role, Jose supports the AOWs in the creation and execution of their market development strategies, including market analytics, tools and metrics along with talent development support. McDonald’s Supply Chain is responsible for annual purchases of $23 billion, including procurement of all food, packaging, and premiums. Additionally, Jose’s role in leading Supply Chain includes oversight for global food safety and quality systems. Jose is also responsible for the company’s overall franchising strategy.
Prior to assuming his current role, Jose served as Group President of McDonald’s Canada and Latin America, providing management oversight for the two regions in addition to his role leading international franchising.
Having joined McDonald’s in 1996, Jose previously served as President of McDonald’s Latin America; Senior Vice President and International Relationship Partner for the Latin America region; and President of McDonald’s Chile.
He is a member of the Board of Directors for USG Corporation, where he serves on the Audit & Compensation Committees; a director of the International Advisory Board and President’s Council of the University of Miami; the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. He earned a Master’s degree in Professional Management at the University of Miami and an Associate’s Degree in Business Administration from Miami Dade College.
Senior VP of Customer Service and Logistics, Kraft Foods
Bio coming soon.
CEO, Ridge Property Trust
Mr. Martell founded Ridge Property Trust and its predecessor company, Ridge Realty Group, and serves as Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Company. Prior to forming Ridge, Mr. Martell was a Senior Vice President with Prime Group, where he was responsible for developing and managing a $100 million portfolio of industrial facilities. Mr. Martell graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a B.A. in Urban Land Economics, Finance and Investment Banking, and holds an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business.
VP of Supply Chain Management, Morton Salt
Elizabeth Nohe is responsible for leading Morton Salt’s supply chain function across all company operations in the United States, Canada and the Bahamas. Ms. Nohe reports to Chief Executive Officer Mark Roberts and she serves as a member of the company’s leadership team. Ms. Nohe joins Morton Salt from McCormick & Company, where she had built an extensive career spanning more than 20 years. At McCormick, she held a variety of logistics, warehousing, customer service, planning, scheduling, manufacturing, procurement, IT, and internal consulting positions. Most recently, Ms. Nohe held a newly-created position at McCormick focused on harmonizing global procurement processes. Ms. Nohe earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the Rutgers College of Engineering. She earned an MBA from Loyola University in Baltimore, Md. and she is currently pursuing her PhD in Management from Walden University.
Chief Strategy Officer, Coyote Logistics
Chris Pickett is chief strategy officer at Coyote. Mr. Pickett is the strategic brain behind Coyote's growth and has positioned Coyote as a dominant force in the industry. He leads Coyote’s Collaborative Transportation Management (CTM) program, an innovative solution for large and small shippers across North America. Coyote's CTM is focused on reducing freight spend and enhancing control of shippers’ entire supply chains using applied science, probability, and technology. Mr. Pickett is an Andersen Consulting-trained strategist with a degree in industrial engineering at Virginia Tech, an MBA from Georgia Tech and a masters of engineering in logistics from MIT.
CFO, Bell Flavors & Fragrances
Mr. Sawicz was previously the executive vice president and CFO at Grecian Delight Foods, a manufacturer and marketer of Greek and ethnic foods for the foodservice and retail industries. He has also held senior positions at DFG Foods, ConAgra and Kraft Foods providing him 25 years of industry experience. Mr. Sawicz received a BS in accountancy with honors from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign as well as an MBA with honors in marketing and finance from Northwestern University Kellogg Graduate School of Management.