Harold Dillow’s experience spans the automotive and healthcare industries including time spent at Ford Motor Company, Toyota Motor Corporation, and Silver Cross Hospital. While at Toyota Motor Corporation, Harold lived in Japan for approximately 1.5 years and lead international projects for the Global Assembly Engineering Division. He also took the opportunity to formally study the Toyota Production System at Toyota World Headquarters and used that knowledge to develop the Process Improvement for Healthcare Professionals course for Silver Cross Hospital senior management.
Supply Chain Management drew Harold’s interest after he saw how products flow through two entirely different industries and he learned about the concepts that can be applied to maximize efficiency. In the spirit of continuous improvement, he is currently enrolled at Loyola University Chicago to gain more knowledge of supply chain methodologies and business applications. He is interested in both internal and external supply chain concepts and how they sequence together to create uninterrupted product flow.
David Ban, Transportation Analyst, joined the Stepan Company in July 2012. He is responsible for leading Stepan’s initiatives in improving tank car utilization. David began his logistics career in 2002 working for the TMC division within C.H. Robinson. Thereafter, he entered the transportation department for the fifth largest corrugated box producer within the United States and worked to reduce empty miles within the company fleet by coordinating the outbound shipments with the inbound raw material coming into the plant. In this role, David managed over 70 freight carriers and a total freight spend of about $75 million. David obtained a Bachelor in Science in Finance from DePaul University. He also completed the Young Judaea Year Course program at Hebrew University during his undergraduate studies. Additionally, David is APICS CSCP and ISM CPSM certified.
In order to be groomed for a senior level position, David decided to attend the only accredited Supply Chain Master’s program in the state of Illinois. The program requires that students learn the fundamentals of e-procurement, supply chain analytics, and inventory management. He has a firm belief that these latter course offerings encompass the basic skills required for any supply chain professional to add value to an organization.
Kenneth Jones is scheduled to receive an MBA in 2013 and an MS-SCM the following year. He obtained a BS in Chemical Engineering from Texas A&M University in College Station, TX in 1996. Since 1996, Kenneth has performed various engineering roles at several engineering firms and now serves as Senior Process Engineer at a firm in Lombard, IL. Additionally, he has traveled extensively to many international locations. Kenneth’s ultimate goal is to become Chief Supply Chain Officer; however, he currently seeks experience in process planning. His hobbies include performing music and exercise.
Jim Grady has more than 30 years of leadership experience from building systems for a successful start-up business to managing supply chain initiatives. An accomplished entrepreneur and team member, his vision and expertise in business performance along with a rare blend of general management and strong supply chain management skills have carried him to high levels of responsibility to drive notable enterprise growth in several industry sectors: steel, construction and automotive.
Supply chain management is Jim’s passion and his area of concentration. Jim has a strong interest in SCM because of how it affects every area of an organization’s ability to operate in a lean profitable chain from working with supply partners to transforming raw materials into finished products that satisfy customer requirements. Jim has a proven track record of business improvement and is known for his ability to quickly identify and diagnose areas of impediments and work to refine and produce positive results.
Richard Murphy is currently a Senior Manager of Ramco’s Enterprise Solutions Group. He leads and directs teams of business analysts, subject matter experts, and technical analysts for successful implementation of the ERP components across the enterprise. His role covers all steps of the implementation including technical configuration, integration, and conversion. Richard has over 5 years of experience implementing ERP systems solutions for companies primarily in the manufacturing and equipment rental industries.
Prior to his ERP career, Richard spent over 15 years in business consulting, specializing in Business Process Improvement in manufacturing and Supply Chain processes. With his Master in Supply Chain management, Richard hopes to return to his true passion and lead process improvement in a dynamic and growth-oriented environment.
Richard is a member of the Project Management Institute (PMI) and APICS. He is also certified as a Project Management Professional (PMP) and Certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM).