Robert J. Gordon is one of the world’s most influential economists. He has attracted worldwide attention from academics, print media, and the blogosphere by his controversial analysis predicting that future economic growth in the U. S. will be a mere fraction of its historic rate. In his acclaimed and best-selling 2016 book, The Rise and fall of American Growth, Bob argues that the true driver of economic growth over the last century was a series of one-time inventions whose impact has come and passed. Electricity, internal combustion engine, running water, indoor toilets, communications, entertainment, chemicals, petroleum — these created a wave of growth unmatched in human history. The U.S. is facing six devastating factors that will slow any growth that could come from new innovations: demography, education, inequality, globalization, energy/environment, and debt. Between the loss of life-changing innovation and the drag of these six “headwinds”, U.S. growth could fall below 0.5 percent per year for decades.
Lora Cecere is the founder of the research firm Supply Chain Insights. She is the author of the enterprise software blog Supply Chain Shaman read by 15,000 readers. She also writes for Forbes and is a Linkedin INfluencer.
Lora focuses on the changing face of enterprise technologies. Her research is designed for the early adopter seeking first mover advantage. She has a MBA from The Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, and a BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Lora is also working on her DBA at Temple University in Research Methods.
Gita Gopinath is an economist working at the epicenter of current global concern — economic policy to stabilize financial crises and economic reform to spur growth.
Her work in the Euro-zone, where financial crises have been plaguing countries from Greece to Ireland, has made her a recognized specialist in formulating tax policies to pull nations out of their economic slump. Her research into international finance and her innovative ideas involving sovereign debt, monetary policy, taxation, and trade have influenced both governments and central banks. And her success has made her one of the most influential economists of her generation. Dr. Gopinath is one of only three women to be granted tenure in Harvard’s revered Economics Department.
2017 Speakers & Panelists
Tom Bonkenburg is a partner in St. Onge Company, an international supply chain engineering and consulting firm. Since its founding in 1983, St. Onge Company has performed over 3000 assignments for over 500 clients in over 30 countries and now has offices in the US, Europe, Middle East, and Asia. For the past 15 years Tom has helped top companies design and implement innovative distribution and manufacturing centers. He is a leader in robotics thinking.
Currently Chairman, VTech Holdings Inc. Executive business leader with multinational experience in Supply Chain Management and in all facets of business management in the Retail Industry with over 20 years of specialized Supply Chain Management Leadership experience in the retail and consumer Industries. During the last 17 years the VTech Supply Chain team pioneered the development of best practices in Collaborative Planning, S&OP and Demand Requirement Planning and have won recognition and numerous awards from the US Retail Industry. VTech is a winner of the Supply Chains to Admire for 2016.
Brian Dooley, FCILT CDDP CDDL
With over 20 years of experience, Brian joined BT in 2015 to lead the development and implementation of their supply chain planning process, an exciting and significant transformation program that challenges some conventional approaches and embraces the emerging concepts of demand driven. He is passionate about supply chain planning and in particular the benefit it can deliver when orchestrated through a well-executed S&OP process.
Mitch Free is the founder, chairman, and CEO of two digital manufacturing companies; Fast Radius and ZYCI CNC Machining. He began his career as an apprentice machinist and developed a passion for applying advanced manufacturing technologies. Northwest Airlines recruited him to develop methods to reverse engineer and produce aircraft parts. Holder of multiple patents, his track record of innovation and leadership quickly led to to senior management positions where he oversaw aircraft acquisition and commissioning projects worldwide. The vision for MFG.com propelled Mitch into the world of digital manufacturing where his pioneering work quickly established him as an industry leader.
Razat has 20+ years of experience in the supply chain planning and execution space. After holding various executive leadership positions at JDA and i2 in product management, product marketing, sales and general management roles and global experience spans across North America, EMEA, APAC and Latin America, Razat will be sharing his insights on next-generation supply chain practices on the talent panel at the conference.
Peggy Gulick is the Director of Business Process Improvement for the agricultural equipment sector of AGCO. She has over 20 years of experience in consumer products and manufacturing industry. As a plant leader of AGCO’s Production Systems (Lean) and Information Technology teams and strategies, Ms. Gulick leads the organization through business partnered initiatives to continuously improve productivity, quality, safety and cost.
Don Hnatyshin, Jabil's SVP, Chief Supply Chain & Procurement Officer, leads a global team of supply chain and procurement professionals who are architecting Intelligent Digital Supply Chains representing $15B in annual spend with more than 25,000 suppliers worldwide. Prior to joining Jabil, Hnatyshin held executive positions with leading OEMs, EMS providers and component suppliers.
Antony Nardozza joined Spairliners (Lufthansa / Air France JV) in 2011 endorsing now the Material Planning Manager function. He oversees the investment and divestment of a 200 million USD inventory. Prior to this, Antony has taken during six years several positions within the Supply Chain at Airbus. He has an education background in Supply Chain and his degrees include a Master in Industrial Logistics. Antony has pioneered an aerospace supply chain powered by probabilistic forecasts. He has made possible to turn each USD spent into the most efficient investment towards customer satisfaction.
Peter joined Carter's in 2015 as Executive Vice President of Supply Chain. Prior to joining Carter’s, Peter was Vice President, Supply Chain EMEA/Asia at VF Corporation. The company’s largest five brands are The North Face®, Wrangler®, Timberland®, Vans® and Lee®. Prior to VP Corporation, Peter held positions with Propper International, London Fog and Pacific Trail. He began his career in the apparel industry at Phillips Van Heusen and has more than 25 years in the apparel and footwear industry.