Professional Development

note: past events are summarized below the next event

Tuesday, November 12, 2019     

Volvo Communication Center   5:15- 7:30 pm

The evening's dinner buffet will be prepared by the Viking Café

“Building a Better Network the Krav Way”

Join us for a dynamic, high-energy and interactive meeting hosted by Armored Team Building, focused on the power of building relationships and adopting a connector mindset for success across all areas of your life.  Krav Maga is a highly effective hands-on self-defense approach focused on a mindset and actions to mitigate the world around us.  Expect a unique integrated professional development experience that will provide you with psychological and physical tools that help tap into the power of trust to foster stronger relationships and networks. 

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Speakers and Bios

Connie Chesner and Travis Cook,  ARMORED TEAM BUILDING 


Connie Chesner is a master at resiliency and human motivation with 20+ years in psychology, qualitative market research, and hard earned personal experience. She’s been an international media expert, keynote speaker at conferences such as Loyalty 360, a professor, has run projects to launch and reform multi-national brands, and today she weaves that deep understanding into guiding people to stronger leadership and fulfillment.   

Her diverse background in training, mentoring, and guiding others allows her to connect motivational psychology and self- defense training in transformative ways. For Connie, Krav Maga began as a way to rediscover herself, her trust, and her confidence after a 5-year abusive relationship, but quickly turned into a passion and vehicle to impact teams in revolutionary ways.     

She has successfully founded two businesses and worked within corporations and agencies, allowing a diverse understanding of how individuals and organizations motivate, build trust, maintain, and grow.


Travis Cook is a deeply engaging, fun, and dynamic instructor with multiple world titles in Tae Kwon Do and nearly 20 years of instruction experience in Krav Maga, the Israeli hand-to-hand self defense approach that serves as the foundation of skills learning in our workshops. His ease in front of a room allows participants to relax, laugh, and immerse in learning experience.       

He is a 5th degree black belt and a certified Warrior Krav Maga Instructor, who has been studying martial arts for 25 years. Travis’ approach is efficient and his depth of experience instructing easily adapts to a wide variety of skill levels and environments.    

Travis has worked with thousands of individuals on their journeys to strength, skills, and empowerment by teaching them to walk through fear and into control. Now, he guides individuals and teams to higher levels of trust, consciousness, empowerment, and self-awareness, arming them with knowledge and awareness they will carry with them for a lifetime. 





Past Events 2019-2020 Chapter Year

Tuesday, Sept 10, 2019 Current Environment: Operational  and Supply Chain Challenges, Distribution Challenges, Tariff Impact on the Supply Chain, Labor Challenges in the Triad, Emerging E-commerce  Demand, Logistics Challenges Presentated by  MIles Poole, Liberty Hardware.  Joint meeting with Triad ISM  


Tuesday October 8, 2019  Liberty Hardware Facility Tour, WInston Salem NC, Joint Tour with Triad ISM



Past Events 2018-2019 Chapter year

August, 2018 Co-presenters Matt Flowers (Deere-Hitachi) and Erin Welken (John Deere) discussed "SUPPLIER DEVELOPMENT AT DEERE-HITACHI AND  JOHN DEERE”.  Topics discussed:  Monitoring industry metrics to identify trends and cyclical changes, Identifying and managing supplier constraints, Keeping tabs on supplier health, Logistics management, Measuring supplier performance, Effective quality management, and Evaluating replenishment strategies.  Part one of 2 part series with ISM-CV (Piedmont chapter)

Sept 11, 2018 "DEERE-HITACHI PLANT TOUR”   Part Two of Two Part series, this is a joint series with ISM-CV (Piedmont Chapter)

Tuesday, October 9, 2018,  MEMBERSHIP NIGHT, Meeting Today’s Supply Chain & Manufacturing Challenges- Choosing the Right Scheduling Approach for Your Operations,  presented by Harold Cavallaro

Tuesday, November 13, 2018, Jamie Flinchbaugh, Author of “THE HITCHHIKER’S GUIDE TO LEAN”, discussed aspects of the Lean journey for organizations and individual contributors

No meeting scheduled for Dec 2018,  January 8,2019 event was cancelled due to venue unavailable.

Tuesday, February 12, 2019,  Student Appreciation NIght at NC A&T new Student Center.   Short presentations by NC A&T's  David Moody (Title of Paper:  Economic Impacts of CSA 2010 for Publicly Traded Motor Carriersand) and UNCG's Billy I Dillon III  (Title of Paper: Cloud Computing Effects on Supply Chain Management).  NC A&T (Joseph Huscroft)  and UNCG (Larry Taube) provided summaries of their complementary Supply Chain and Operations Mgt. programs.

Tuesday, March 12, 2019,  Joint Session of local chapters of ASQ, PMI, ISM, and our own PTC of APICS Panel Discussion on THE "CONVERGENCE OF LEAN" AT Wake Forest University’s  School  of  Business,  very well received session with ~150 registrants overall.  Expert Panelists included, David Clark (CPIM-F, CSCP-F), PMI (PMP), and ASQ (CSQE, CSSBB, CQE, CMQ/OE, CQA), Ken Waldron (Lean Six Sigma Black Belt), Deon Leou (Lean Six Sigma Green Belt, Scrum Product Owner, Scrum Master and Agile Coach), and Gene Smith (Master Black Belt). 

Tuesday April 9, 2019, Supply Chain Management is on the way out!  The World needs Intelligent Product Flow Networks      By  Keith Launchbury, CFPIM, CIRM, CSCP, DDPP, CDDL  Utilizing available tools such as BlockChain, the future in supply chain is in design and implementation of Intelligent Product Flow Networks, Demand Driven, with realtime cockpit management and control of strategic buffers with upper and lower monitored control limits.  Disruptive technology advancements will drive change enormous change.

Tuesday May 14, 2019.   This was and informative session on the state of the Chapter and the ASCM/APICS organization,  candid discussion on APICS certifications  with local member success stories, chapter Instructor program, volunteer activities, the September ASCM conference, and other opportunities.