Supply Chain Forum Fall 2017

Keynote Speakers:

Daniel Myers, Executive Vice President, Global Integrated Supply Chain, Mondelez International Tom Morton, Vice President, Global Supply Chain, Eastman Chemical Company

Nov. 14-16, 2017

Holiday Inn World’s Fair Park

Knoxville, TN

Addressing Change & Transformation for Today’s Supply Chain

Twice a year, more than 200 professionals from 60 top companies meet for a day and a half of keynote presentations, breakout sessions networking receptions and recruiting opportunities.

Our agenda is developed with input from the senior executives who comprise our executive board and come from supply chain leaders including Walmart,, Lockheed Martin and Dell. To further ensure relevancy, supply chain managers are surveyed on the supply chain issues that keep them up at night. This feedback is used to recruit expert speakers and develop case studies and panel discussions. The result is a twice-per-year meeting that addresses the real-world issues our members are facing in optimizing their supply chains.

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Tuesday, Nov. 14

3:30pm - 4:00pm

Speed Networking Registration

For more information and to pre-register, contact Dianne Marshall at

Location: Tennessee Ballroom

4:00pm - 5:30pm

Speed Networking Session

This session is a lively and interactive event with Supply Chain Management Scholars of Distinction, a select group of sophomores, juniors and seniors eager to meet you and gain firsthand knowledge about supply chain management job fields and career paths.

Location: Tennessee Ballroom

6:00pm - 8:00pm

Opening Reception

Please join colleagues and faculty for refreshments and stimulating conversation before the Forum begins. This is an opportunity to meet with a group of top undergraduates who have earned the SCM Scholar of Distinction designation.

Location: Park Level Atrium

Wednesday, Nov. 15

7:30am - 8:00am

Supply Chain Forum Registration & Continental Breakfast

Location: Park Level Atrium

8:00am - 8:30am

Welcome & Agenda Review

Ted Stank, Bruce Chair of Excellence in Business and Executive Director, Supply Chain Forum, UT; Paul Dittmann, Executive Director, Global Supply Chain Institute, UT

Location: Medallion/Carriage

8:30am - 9:30am

Keynote: A Senior Executive’s View of Supply Chain Challenges

Location: Medallion/Carriage 

9:30am - 9:45am


Location: Pavilion Pre-Function

9:45am - 11:00am

Innovation in the Supply Chain

Lora Cecere, Founder, Supply Chain Insights

Location: Medallion/Carriage

11:00am - 11:15am


Location: Pavilion Pre-Function

11:15am - 12:15pm

The Customer Focused Supply Chain: Panel

Panel led by Ted Stank, Bruce Chair of Excellence in Business & Executive Director, Supply Chain Forum, UT

  • Ben Cook, SVP, Global Inventory Management, Target Corporation
  • Robert Martichenko, Founder & CEO, LeanCor, LLC
  • Jim Gruwell, Executive Director, Supply Chain Strategy, Cummins, Inc. 

Location: Medallion/Carriage

12:15pm - 1:00pm


Distinguished Service Award Presentation
Optional: Special Interest Roundtable Discussions – First Come, First Serve!


  • Logistics Operations – Lloyd Rinehart
  • Transportation – Mary Holcomb
  • S&Op – Mark Moon • Sustainability – Diane Mollenkopf
  • Network Optimization – John Bell

Location: Tennessee Ballroom

1:00pm - 1:30pm


Beverly J. Davenport, Chancellor, University of Tennessee

Location: Medallion/Carriage

1:30pm - 2:15pm

Breakout Hot Topics: Breakout One

Innovation: The Physical Supply Chain, Location: Crystal Ballroom  

  • Kristi Montgomery, VP, Innovation, Research & Development, Kenco
  • Matthew Butler, Director of Supply Chain Execution, JDA Software

Facilitators: Paul Dittmann,Executive Director, The Global Supply Chain Institute, UT; Randy Bradley, Assistant Professor, Information Systems & SCM, UT 


Innovation: The Digital Supply Chain, Location: Parlor 2

Alex Zhong, Senior Marketing Manager, Watson Supply Chain, IBM

Facilitators: Ted Stank, Bruce Chair of Excellence in Business & Exec. Director of the Supply Chain Forum, UT; Shay Scott, Managing Director, Global Supply Chain Institute, UT


Network Optimization, Location: Parlor 4

Brian Streu, Manager of Supply Chain Design, Whirlpool Corporation


Collaboration Best Practices to Drive Supply Chain Excellence, Location: Parlor 6

Steve Bowen, Chairman & CEO, Maine Pointe

Facilitator: Mike BUrnette, Associate Director, Global Supply Chain Institute, UT

2:15pm - 2:30pm


Location: Pavilion Pre-Function

2:30pm - 3:30pm

Winning with your People; A Supply Chain Leader’s Guide for Talent Management

Darrell Edwards, SVP & Chief Supply Chain Officer, La-Z-Boy, Inc

Location: Medallion/Carriage

3:30pm - 3:45pm


Location: Pavilion Pre-Function

3:45pm - 4:30pm

Breakout Hot Topics: Breakout Two

Same topics as Breakout One. See above for session details.

4:30pm - 5:00pm

Free time

5:00pm - 6:00pm

Nexxus Reception

Outstanding Women in Supply Chain Presentation

Location: Tennessee Ballroom

6:00pm - 8:00pm

Networking Evening Reception

Be ready to relax and reconnect with colleagues at one of Knoxville’s favorite venues. This reception is also an opportunity to meet an exclusive group of SCM MBAs.      

Location: Calhoun’s on the River (Meet in main lobby area for shuttles to event)

Thursday, Nov. 16

7:30am - 8:45am

Buffet Breakfast and Business Meeting

All attendees are invited

Center for Graduate and Executive Education Update — Shay Scott

Ph.D. Research – Students TBD

  • Topic Survey
  • Nexxus Update – Diane Mollenkopf
  • White Paper Update – Mike Burnette
  • Development Update – Brian Broyles
  • Communications Update – Katie Williams
  • CSCMP Student Chapter Update – Lance Saunders

Location: Tennessee Ballroom

8:45am - 10:00am

Keynote: Creating a World Class Customer Focused Supply Chain

Location: Medallion/Carriage

10:00am - 10:15am


Location: Pavilion Pre-Function

10:15am - 11:45am

Customer Focused Supply Chain Mega Trends: Panel

  • Chad Autry, FedEx Corporation Endowed Professor of SCM & Department Head, UT
  • Chris Craighead, Dove Professor of Supply Chain Management, UT
  • Mary Holcomb, Niedert Professor of SCM, UT
  • Wendy Tate, Professor of SCM & Cheryl Massingale Faculty Research Fellow, UT

Facilitator: Ted Stank, Bruce Chair of Excellence in Business & Executive Director, Supply Chain Forum, UT

Location:  Medallion/Carriage

11:45am - 12:00pm


12:00pm - 1:15pm


Location: Tennessee Ballroom

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