11:00 AM - 12:00 PM CT
Transformation in Action: Introducing The 2021 MHI Innovation Award Winners
Join MHI CEO John Paxton as he introduces the winners of the 2021 MHI Innovation Awards for best new innovation, best IT innovation and best innovation of an existing product. During this keynote, you will learn about these innovative solutions and how they can power up and innovate your supply chain.
Moderator: John Paxton, CEO, MHI
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM CT
Beyond COVID-19: Building Supply Chain Resilience Is the Key To Recovery and Preparing for Future Disruption
Join American Logistics Aid Network’s Kathy Fulton as she and a panel of supply chain and disaster response thought leaders explore lessons learned from the pandemic and how building long-term resiliency into supply chain and logistics operations will be key to adapting and recovering when future disruption or disaster strikes.
Moderator: Kathy Fulton, Executive Director, American Logistics Aid Network
Rick McDonald, Senior Vice President and Chief Product Supply Officer, Clorox
Carmela Hinderaker, Senior Director of Business Continuity & Customer Support C&S Wholesale Grocers
David Lusk, Director, FedEx Global Security Operations Center at FedEx Services
This is your opportunity to be the first to have access to this new report on the supply chain trends and technologies that are transforming supply chains. Thomas Boykin of Deloitte will join MHI CEO John Paxton in presenting the report findings. They will be joined by a panel of manufacturing and supply chain thought leaders to discuss the real-world significance of the report findings.
Moderators: John Paxton, CEO, MHI and Thomas Boykin, Supply Chain Specialist Leader, Deloitte
Randy V. Bradley, Associate Professor of Information Systems and Supply Chain Management, Haslam College of Business, The University of Tennessee
Annette Danek-Akey, Executive Vice President, Supply Chain, Penguin Random House
With over 13 years of progressive experience at the largest home improvement retailers in North America with over 90 distribution centers in the US and increasing international expansion, Erin brings to her role a broad skillset in Supply Chain Management, Inventory Management and Event Planning. Prior to joining The Home Depot, she worked as Consultant and Operation Analyst in the Logistics sector. Ms. Donnelly holds a BBA in Economics from the University of Georgia.
As a 3rd generation operator, Megan has been getting her hands dirty since day one. Over the past 15 years, she has started and sold multiple businesses and found opportunities in the most challenging of situations. Megan is a pioneer among women in the rugged logistics industry, and is now situated at the top her game; overseeing a workforce of over 1,000 employees and a network of 22 warehouses. Exemplary leadership, critical communication skills and an eye for the future have been pivotal success factors in her journey as a Supply Chain Executive.
As Director of Safety, Quality & Compliance for Chick-fil-A Supply, Chaneta Sullivan leads the charge for extending Chick-fil-A’s focus on safe supply and a remarkable experience for customers into the distribution and production operations. Responsible for ensuring the tenets of safety and security are foundational to the warehouse and fleet operation (safe employees, safe operations, and safe food) and all regulatory requirements are met, she and her team are critical to the success of any supply chain operation. Chaneta has a proven track record for results leading multi-unit teams, talent management, risk management, leading complex investigations, and legal compliance. With prior experience as a corporate defense attorney and 10+ years’ experience as a compliance leader in the supply chain and retail industry, Chaneta’s professional journey and unparalleled perspective makes her a pioneer in the industry.
Seasoned executive with long experience in planning and running large operations globally, re-inventing supply chains that cross the globe multiple times, Maike has worked in several countries in Europe as well as in the US. Purchasing supply chain services for large corporations like VW Group as well distribution, after market, CKD/SKD and inbound to manufacturing processes in automotive and other industries are also in Maike's wheelhouse. Having worked for both sides of the supply chain, international shipping companies, 4PLs as well as the industry / customer side has given Maike invaluable insights into cooperation in supply chains. Her personal story includes knowing when to say no and sharing those lessons with co-workers, friends and family.
Sheila Benny’s passion for the pursuit of excellence is evidenced in her role as president (and co-founder) of Optricity, the technology company that specializes in developing intelligent warehousing software. Her ability to lead the company into emerging Supply Chain markets stems from her background in industrial engineering, technology, marketing, and entrepreneurship. In addition to her dedication to Optricity, Sheila’s lifelong passion for community service, inspired her to launch World Slotting Day in recognition of the warehousing community. She also co-created Mentor-in-the-Moment, an experiential, reflection-action mentoring process, in which she champions career and personal growth opportunities for rising industry talent. Sheila demonstrates commitment to advocacy for inclusive industry engagement through service as a past-president of the national Warehousing Education Research Council, WERC, powered by MHI, and in her current role as the Carolinas WERCouncil chair.
Rick McDonald was named senior vice president and chief product supply officer in December 2020, responsible for overseeing all global supply chain activity for the company, including over 5900 employees in 23 countries. He was appointed to the Clorox Executive Committee at the same time.
Before assuming this position, McDonald served in a number of executive capacities, most recently as vice president of global operations, leading all manufacturing, external manufacturing, logistics, planning, engineering, quality assurance, health, safety, environment, and continuous improvement, responsible for 4,800 employees in 23 countries and more than 50 plants and distribution centers. In previous roles, he was vice president of supply chain for the International Division, vice president of global logistics and vice president of supply chain for the Cleaning Division.
McDonald also worked in various management and field-based supply chain positions. He was director of manufacturing, overseeing the company’s Cleaning Division plants; director of distribution center operations, business planning manager for the charcoal and insecticides businesses. He also was a Cleaning Division plant manager and Kingsford charcoal product supply manager. His Clorox career began in 1992 as a senior production manager.
Prior to joining Clorox, McDonald spent 10 years working for Frito-Lay in numerous line and staff roles in five different manufacturing plants, including production manager of Frito-Lay’s third-largest plant, which supplied a full line of salty snacks to the Northeast United States.
McDonald is a past board member of the Yuhan Joint Venture, the Chlorine Institute, the Barbecue Industry Association, where he served as vice chairman, and the City of Vernon (California) Chamber of Commerce.
An Atlanta native, McDonald holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Management from Georgia Tech where he also lettered on the baseball team.
David Lusk, Director, Global Security Operations Center (GSOC), since November 2019 has responsibility along with the FedEx Global Security organization for protection of FedEx team members and assets. GSOC is also responsible for initial crisis management and crisis planning across the Enterprise. Prior to joining GSOC in FedEx Services, Dave served over 27 years as Senior Manager Global Operations Control, (Command and Control organization for FedEx Express worldwide operations) has been with FedEx since 1989. Dave’s responsibilities in GOC were command and control / flight dispatch of FedEx U.S. operations, Global Operations Control crisis contingency planning, response, and event management for FedEx Express and the FedEx Enterprise.
Dave began his airline operations control career at Flying Tigers in 1981 as an aircraft dispatcher / operations control specialist and came to FedEx through the acquisition of Flying Tigers in 1989. Dave has over 44 years of experience in aviation strategic and tactical operations from the U.S. Navy and FAA to passenger / air cargo and express operations, command & control and disaster planning, response and crisis management.
He has managed FedEx response to many domestic and international events: 9-11, Banda Aceh, Haiti, Chengdu, and Great Northeastern Japan earthquakes, major tornado outbreaks, and the many large wildfires, flooding events and major Hurricanes over the past two decades. Dave is an integral part of the FedEx team which prepared and is managing the FedEx Pandemic Response program for the COVID-19 Pandemic. Dave earned his BS in Aeronautics from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University and Master of Business Administration from The University of Tennessee. Dave serves as a private sector (FedEx) representative to TEMA (Tennessee Emergency Management Agency). He represents FedEx in the Building Resiliency through Private-Public Partnerships program. Dave participates in DSCA (Defense Support for Civil Authorities) efforts with DOD Northern Command. He has been a panelist at Private-Public Partnership, Emergency Manager Leadership and Electric Infrastructure Security Council summits.
Carmela Hinderaker is the Senior Director of Business Continuity and Customer Support at C&S Wholesale Grocers. She manages 5 customer service call centers that communicate with all 10,000+ C&S customers. She also monitors threats to the largest wholesale grocer’s nationwide network and facilitates the multi-departmental planning and response to business disruptions. She develops contingency plans with customers and suppliers and coordinates with government partners to keep the food supply chain intact. Over her career at C&S, she has provided assistance to over 170 potential threats and activations including labor strike planning, weather events, wildfires, infectious diseases, and volcanic eruptions.
Born and raised in Mississippi, the devastation of Hurricane Katrina compelled her to the field of emergency management. She became a planner in the New York City Office of Emergency Management and the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. During her time there, she developed over 30 response plans for New York City and the surrounding region. Carmela also has experience in planning exercises. As the Training & Exercise Coordinator for the Boston Mayor's Office of Emergency Management, she led Urban Shield 2014: Boston, a continuous 24-hour, full-scale exercise that included 1,000 participants. Additionally, she is a trained Planning Section Chief and has worked multiple incidents including the Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma, Boston Marathon Bombings, Hurricane Sandy, and the H1N1 epidemic.
Carmela holds an undergraduate degree from Washington University in St. Louis and a Master in Public Health from Columbia University. With her husband, Carmela currently resides in Keene, NH where is she managing her largest emergency response ever – supporting her 5 year old and 2 year old sons.
Annette Danek-Akey has more than 25-years’ experience and is currently responsible for 2,000 employees within 3.7 million square feet of Operations Center space in multiple locations. Annette manages the distribution, transportation, customer service, engineering, ebook billings, fulfillment systems, reverse logistics, and remainder sales for PRH and more than 40 third-party publishers to more than 30,000 locations. Annette is an Adjunct Professor for Operations Management at Towson University. Most recently, Annette was elected to join the MHI Board of Governors. Annette has been featured in many different articles including being highlighted as one of the 7 Notable Women in Supply Chain & Logistics by Inbound Logistics in 2020, and was named one of DC Velocity’s 2019 Rainmakers, in recognition of her leadership in the supply-chain industry.
John Paxton is the Chief Executive Officer of MHI. Prior to his current role, Mr. Paxton served as MHI’s COO/CEO Designate. He has over 30 years of experience in material handling and logistics including over 20 years of executive leadership at Demag Cranes and Components.
Mr. Paxton also served as a volunteer leader at MHI including as President of the Crane Manufacturers Association (CMAA), President of the Hoist Manufacturers Institute (HMI) and as the Chairman of the Board of MHI.
Mr. Paxton is a graduate of The Ohio State University with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, and of Kent State University with an MBA with a focus on international business. In addition, he completed the University of Michigan Executive leadership program.
Randy V. Bradley is an Associate Professor of Information Systems and Supply Chain Management in the Haslam College of Business at The University of Tennessee. He holds a Ph.D. in Management of Information Technology (IT) and Innovation, an M.S. in Management Information Systems, and a B.S. in Computer Engineering, all from Auburn University. As a supply chain and IT strategist and researcher, Bradley’s expertise includes digital business transformation, supply chain digitalization, and the strategic application of business analytics and IT in the supply chain.
Bradley is a preeminent global thought leader and highly sought-after speaker for professional and corporate conferences and events. As a supply chain and an IT strategist, he offers keen insights and practical guidance on leveraging emerging tech, digital business transformation, supply chain digitalization, and the strategic application of analytics. Bradley’s insights have been chronicled in Bloomberg Law, Thrive Global, Business Wire, MarketWatch, SupplyChain247, Supply Chain Dive, DC Velocity, MHI Solutions, Healthcare Purchasing News, and HealthPRO News, among others.
He has 20+ years of industry experience and his business background includes IT consulting, IT, supply chain, and analytics strategy design, digital supply chain roadmap development, supply chain transformation initiatives, IT outsourcing transitions, and large-scale systems evaluation, selection, and integration projects. He has consulted for and advised federal, state, and multinational organizations and companies both domestically and abroad.
As a prolific researcher, his research and insights are published in more than 100 articles, book chapters, columns, and proceedings of national and international practitioner and academic meetings and conferences. His research has appeared or is forthcoming in the Production and Operations Management Journal, Journal of Business Logistics, Decision Sciences Journal, Journal of Management Information Systems, MIS Quarterly Executive, Information Systems Journal, Journal of Information Technology, Translational Andrology and Urology, and Journal of Pediatric Pharmacology and Therapeutics, among others.
Bradley has been recognized for his excellence in teaching, his leadership in promoting diversity and inclusion in academia, and his impact in industry as evidenced by numerous awards and recognitions, including the 2019 Richard Sanders Faculty Leadership Award (Graduate and Executive Education), 2017 National Association of Black Accountants National Achievement in Education Award, designation as a Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Fellow, and past nominee for the Tennessee HIMSS Emerging Healthcare IT Leader of the Year Award. As a member of HIMSS, the Association for Healthcare Resource & Materials Management (AHRMM), Association for Information Systems (AIS), Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP), Decision Sciences Institute (DSI), and the National Association of Black Accountants (NABA), and several advisory boards, councils, and board of directors, Bradley serves as an advocate for health IT and its interplay between other areas of healthcare, such as supply chain, financial/revenue cycle management, and analytics.
Thomas Boykin a supply chain specialist leader with Deloitte, He is a supply chain strategy and operations professional with over 25 years of industry and consulting experience focused on strategy development, manufacturing and distribution network design, logistics operations improvement and systems design/implementation. Known for taking large initiatives from concept to completion resulting in improved performance and profitability. His primary experience in the Consumer Business. He is a graduate of the Georgia Institute of Technology with a BS in Industrial and Systems Engineering.
Kathy Fulton is Executive Director for American Logistics Aid Network (ALAN). She leads the organization in facilitating donations of logistics services and equipment to enable delivery of millions of dollars of humanitarian aid. Kathy served as the organization’s director of operations from 2010 until her promotion in 2014.
Ms. Fulton’s passion is the intersection of supply chain and emergency management, focusing on the critical role logistics and supply chain professionals play in disaster relief. She serves on national workgroups focused on efficient coordination of logistics activities during disasters, including those hosted by the Department of Homeland Security, National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster, and the National Emergency Management Association. Preceding her work with ALAN, Fulton was Senior Manager of Information Technology Services at Saddle Creek Logistics Services where she led IT infrastructure implementation and support, corporate systems, and business continuity planning.