Professional Development

Attendees enjoyed and learned from  “Blockchain’s Roles in Meeting Key Supply Chain Management Objectives" Energetically Presented by Nir Kshetri, Professor of Management, UNCG, on January 9th

The Chapter appreciates all  the participants at the February 13 "Student Appreciation Night!  Student topics presented (with those presenters earning chapter provided monetary scholarships) included "Global Supply Chain Risk", "Adjusting the Traditional Cost Accounting Method for a Lean Supply Chain", and "Is Africa Ready to Take Its Place in Supply Chain Management?"

On March 13,  our annual  Joint Meeting Event with ASQ, Sarah Salmonowicz, PMP, presented  "Agility in a Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous World", where we  picked up information on agility, scrum , and relationship to quality and lean, and that agile sweet spot on the edge of chaos.

April 10, 2018

21st Century Challenges for Our Enterprise System(s)

This Roundtable discussion will work to quickly peel multiple layers of the enterprise system(s) as attendees contemplate a new term or definition of the complete Enterprise picture.


Welcome to Participants and brief Bios.    Review a couple definitions of ERP (APICS+) and audience list the systems that support the enterprise.  Each Participant’s will present key points.  Roundtable discuss executive management’s expectations for the Systems supporting the organization followied by Q&A/discussion.  Roundtable discuss the challenges and opportunities to improve the Enterprise System followed by Q&A/discussion. In closing, attendees will attept to put a new name on the complete system picture.

Roundtable Participants:

          (notes- participants subject to change depending on their individual business requirements) 

Dan Atwell, MBA, CSCP.  Dan is Sr. Manager, Global ERP MM/SD/PP for Patheon, a part of Thermo Fisher Scientific in High Point, where he has been since 1999.   In his current role, Dan is responsible for Global ERP strategy, projects, and support in supply chain-related areas.  His experience ranges from day-to-day support to small-scale projects such warehouse management implementations to full-scale ERP implementations. Prior to being a part of IT, Dan was responsible for planning, scheduling, and inventory control at the High Point facility.  Dan is a two-time graduate of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro – in 1995 with a Bachelor of Arts in Broadcast Journalism and in 2010 with a Master’s in Business Administration.  He achieved CPIM status in October, 2006 and CSCP status in June, 2007 and currently volunteers as newletter editor for the Piedmont Triad Chapter of APICS.


Cory Bringman, MBA, BABA, CISE-  SAP Site Lead, Interior Systems, Rockwell Collins, (BE Aerospace)  Cory currently works for Rockwell Collins in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. After the acquisition of B/E Aerospace by Rockwell Collins, he was chosen to lead the ERP transition from JD Edwards Enterprise 1 to SAP for the Seating Products Division in Winston-Salem. With a project timeline of one year, Cory successfully led the business through the integration process and met the planned go live date. He will continue to lead Interior Systems through ERP integrations to further align the business to SAP. Before being the site lead for SAP, Cory held the position of Purchasing Program Manager for various airline seating products. His previous experience has spanned multiple industries including beverage distribution, oil exploration and production, and manufacturing of roofing materials. Cory holds a MBA from California State University, Bakersfield and a BA in Business Administration with a minor in Computer Science from the University of Florida.


Steve Haymore, CPA  Steve is the Controller for Allen Industries where he has been employed since 1984.  In his current role, Steve is responsible for the accounting, finance, and IT functions.  In his 33 years at Allen Industries Steve has managed two ERP implementations, converted three acquisitions into the current ERP system and implemented ERP for two startup divisions.  


Sree Rajogopalan-  Sree is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and President of Murano Corporation, a next generation Enterprise Cloud Software Company headquartered in Research Triangle Park (RTP), North Carolina. He is a veteran of Enterprise Software industry having been involved in multiple ERP implementations at Fortune 500 companies. He is passionate about improving his clients’ implementation experience and processes and helping his clients improve their Supply Chain, Procurement, Inventory Management, Logistics, and Sales processes. As CEO, Sree drives the strategy, vision and sales at Murano Corporation. He is an Electrical Engineering graduate of Indian Institute of Technology, Madras. He has also been associated with Toastmasters International since 1995.   Sree’s general observations of the ERP market, including-   1. The term ERP needs a new name in the age of Google, Amazon, Facebook etc. It is a 20th century term for a 21st century market where things are happening at lightning speed. Speed and Flexibility is more important today.  2. Customer requirements and implementation methodologies have evolved in the age of cloud computing.  Evolution from a data collection to data analysis to predictive analytics -- that is the trend. 3. Companies are looking to go from a pure data store to solutions that can predict the future.


Dan Swan-  CPIM, CSCP, roundtable facilitator, for the PTC Chapter is the Production Planning and Purchasing Manager for Allen Industries, Inc.  Dan has extensive large corporate and small company experience in Production Control, Master Scheduling, Material Control, MES, and working Supply Chain related activities.  Some of his favorite activities have included value stream assessment and process improvement mapping, lean and constraints management improvement activities, and participating in multiple site ERP system implementations as Functional Business Partner to IT, doing integration testing and training development.  He has also enjoyed developing and providing end user training for material/production control and production work force as pre and co-requisite activity to the ERP system implementations. These positions and activities all have required sound communication skills while working on numerous cross functional work teams in various stages of team development.  Dan, a 29 year member of APICS, has been involved as a volunteer with the Piedmont Triad Chapter of APICS for over 10 years.   He is a US Navy cold war veteran, where he first learned about supply chain concepts as an ASW aircrew avionics technician.


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