9:55–10:00 am
Wayne Thompson

Track Introduction

Wayne Thompson
Practice Director, UWEBC

10:00–10:35 am
Kurt Cavano


Kurt Cavano
Technology and Supply Chain Evangelist

The technology that underpinned the internet age and the ubiquity of the smartphone is not only continuing to advance but is accelerating. The pace of change will not slow, it will continue to speed up creating great opportunities and great danger. Specifically, advancements in AI and Machine are going to usher in a new world and a whole new set of winners and losers. Kurt will take us on a journey on how this technology is disrupting business and supply chains in the future and how you can prepare for this change.

Kurt Cavano is sponsored by WMEP.

About Kurt »

Kurt Cavano led the founding and served as Chairman and CEO of one of the earliest fintech companies that went on to revolutionize how companies execute the financial supply chain. TradeCard started out focusing on eliminating Letters of Credit on a cloud platform that enabled buyers, suppliers and finance providers to connect and collaborate within a single network. From 1999 to 2013 the company grew to over 1,000 employees and tens of thousands of customers in over 70 countries, before purchasing GT Nexus. The merged company took the GT Nexus name and grew to be the largest pure-play software-as-a-service supply chain company in the world. In 2015 the company was purchased by Infor and Kurt joined the Infor management team.

Featured as one of World Trade Magazine’s 50 most influential people, Kurt is a frequent speaker and writer on topics concerning technology, international trade finance and global supply chain management.

Kurt serves as an advisor to XRC Labs, an innovation accelerator based at New York’s Parsons School of Design, which is creating the next generation of disruptors in the retail and consumer goods sectors. He coaches several startups from XRC. In addition to coaching startups from XRC, Kurt works with a startup in Sri Lanka that serves as an ecommerce platform for selling products hand loomed in remote villages of this island nation.

Kurt holds a BS in Bioscience from Pennsylvania State University and an MBA majoring in Computer Applications from New York University.

10:45-11:20 am
Lys Hardy REI

How REI is Demystifying the Trail to Procurement Outsourcing

Lys Hardy
Director, Strategic Sourcing and Vendor Management

Retail is undergoing transformational change brought about by the omnichannel experience and the number of retail casualties that continues to grow. REI Co-op is thriving in this difficult environment by leveraging their core value to fight for life outdoors, placing focus on their member customer and delivering value through experiences. The customer, however, does not place value in the back office support, and as such they are ever focused on reducing friction, increasing speed and managing risk associated with procurement. Join Lys for the story of how REI’s indirect procurement organization is navigating the evaluation, discovery, implementation and initial results of procurement outsourcing with their partner Infosys BPM.

 About Lys »

Lys Hardy leads the Strategic Sourcing and Vendor Management teams at REI, a national outdoor retail co-op dedicated to inspiring, educating and outfitting its members and the community for a lifetime of outdoor adventure and stewardship. The mission of the strategic sourcing and vendor management team is to apply the right level of sourcing strategy, decision support and risk management to deliver excellent service to our internal partners as well as our vendor base.

Lys’ background is in supply chain operations, finance and procurement with companies like Starbucks and zulily. She is passionate about driving engagement with her team, business partners and suppliers.

Away from work, Lys can be found exploring the world, hiking and skiing in the mountains, or celebrating life with family and friends.

11:30 am–12:05 pm
Jeff Beals IBM

Blockchain: Solving Business Problems in the Supply Chain

Jeff Beals
Strategic Supply Chain Solutions Development Executive – Blockchain

Today's sophisticated supply chains involve multiple supplier tiers, in-sourced and outsourced manufacturing, multi-channel distribution and global clients. Best in class solution providers have developed and delivered tools that have improved performance measures, but they are limited when reconciling across organizational and company boundaries.

While blockchain solutions are still early in their maturity cycle, organizations are recognizing how to leverage the technology to solve historical business pain points and permissioned blockchains are leading the way.

Blockchain based solutions allow the correct parties in the network to share a common view of the transactional ledger history, while also protecting the sensitive data that should only be seen within a company or shared with specific business clients.

Jeff will discuss how IBM has executed over 500 proof-of-concepts and operates several multi-party production solutions focused on solving business use cases. Blockchain is truly a team sport. The most valuable solutions are ones where all participants gain value in sharing data within the blockchain.

About Jeff »

Jeff Beals serves in multiple capacities within the IBM Supply Chain Blockchain organization supporting overall strategies, commercialization of internal assets and supporting IBM Blockchain ecosystem programs. Jeff has deep supply chain practitioner experience across several functional domains, industry segments and companies. He considers himself an intrapreuer and consistently looks for transformation opportunities in the areas and teams he serves.

Jeff joined IBM through the acquisition of the Atlanta-based enterprise security company, Internet Security systems, in 2006. During his IBM tenure he has managed billion-dollar supply chain operations teams, led operational integrations and divestitures of supply chain operations functions, and provided leadership for development of IBM’s internal global operations strategy.

Prior to IBM, Jeff had responsibilities for leading green-field start-ups, implementing ERP and WMS platforms, designing new manufacturing operations and leading transformation consulting projects and across several industries. His supply chain and operations experiences are both wide and deep.

Jeff and his wife, Lee, are long term Atlanta area residences after relocation from the Midwest many years ago. Jeff’s formal education consists of a MS in Engineering from Northwestern and a BS in Electrical Engineering from Purdue. He enjoys hiking, golf and college sports.

1:55–2:35 pm
Hugh Arif ATT

Multi-Access Edge Computing with 5G for
Emerging Supply Chain Automation Needs

Hugh Arif
Director, Industry Solutions - Manufacturing, Transportation, Logistics & CPG
AT&T Business

The demand for bandwidth can cause bottlenecks in data that may interrupt the flow of your supply chain operations. This can domino into critical production line changes, delayed shipments into the supply chain and jeopardize customer relationships.

Multi-access Edge Computing, also known as MEC, can be a solution for these challenges for manufacturing supply chains, and the bedrock of your future plans if you are assessing Automated Guided Vehicles, Autonomous Robotics and Vision Systems.

In this session you'll take away: A better understanding of MEC and 5G adoption, how AT&T is using this technology successfully in their own supply chain, how it operates to prioritize your data and what it means for planning adoption into your supply chain environment.

About Hugh »

Hugh Arif is a Director and Industry Solutions Architect in AT&T's Channel Marketing organization. With the advent of the Connected Factory and Connected Fleet and Assets digital transformation initiatives, his primary focus is to be a trusted advisor to enterprise customers on their strategies: by understanding their challenges, leveraging technology and assisting them with innovative solutions for meeting business priorities. Hugh is passionate for finding new ways to help his customers with the understanding that IoT and predictive analytics, ubiquitous mobile devices, cloud and virtualization, global security impacts and software-centric virtualized networks are impacting almost all levels of businesses processes and IT architectures. He brings more than 30 years of experience in manufacturing, industrial automation, U.S. government and aerospace, heavy engineering and construction for oil and gas, and the chemical process industry.

Prior to joining AT&T, Hugh spent over 11 years with Cisco Systems in its Global Government Solutions Group. Hugh has over 30 years of vertical domain expertise, having worked in IT (with Cisco and AT&T); industrial automation (with Rockwell Automation) for manufacturing customer Goodyear; US government aerospace R&D (NASA Glenn Research Center and NASA Goddard Space Flight Center); heavy engineering and construction in the energy/petrochemical sector (Fluor); and in the chemical process industry (with Exxon Chemicals Asia Pacific).

Hugh has 17 technical publications and is certified for CISSP, CCNA, PMP and ITILv3. He has a MBA from the Kellogg School at Northwestern University and a MS in Mechanical Engineering from SUNY at Buffalo.

2:45-3:20 pm
Kate Kaufman Uber Freight

Future-Proofing Your Supply Chain

Kate Kaufman
Director of Account Management
Uber Freight

The idea of being a shipper of choice has become increasingly important for freight operations in recent years. New technology has introduced opportunities for drivers to elevate and amplify their voices, and growing driver demand in the industry has given carriers the power and agency to decide who they want to work with. To optimize their businesses for the future in this changing landscape, shippers need actionable insights into their supply chain to ensure positive driver experiences, increase collaborative efforts, and ultimately, improve their bottom lines. New technology-based platforms have the potential to provide this visibility, better connect shippers and carriers, and inform scalable solutions that redefine what it means to move freight, from load booking to shipping facility processes. This presentation will paint a picture of the future of digitized supply chain management, and how tech can build a healthier freight ecosystem.

 About Kate »

Kate Kaufman is the Director of Account Management for Uber Freight where she leads a team in championing the voice of the customer in everything we do. Kate has a diverse background in transportation, analytics, finance and technology holding positions in with various fortune 500 companies such as Amazon, Sprint, RR Donnelley and CH Robinson. Kate recently joined the Uber Freight team after successfully launching Brokerage transportation divisions at both RR Donnelley and Amazon, building the teams, products and algorithms used to match transportation supply and demand in today’s fragmented marketplace.

Kate is a graduate of the University of Kansas twice over receiving both her bachelors and MBA degrees, and is currently in the process of completing a second Masters in Predictive Analytics with Northwestern University in Chicago. A self proclaimed operational data nerd, Kate’s passion for analytics and operational excellence fuels her passion to bring ultimate transparency and fluidity to the transportation marketplace.


The Supply Chain Mangement Track is sponsored by:


When: 7:00 am-4:30 pm
Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Where: Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center
1 John Nolen Drive
Madison, WI 53703


Steering Committee members provide guidance on track content, topic suggestions and speaker selection. Thank you to the 2019 Supply Chain Management Track Steering Committee:

Kristi De NomaKristi De Noma
Director, Procurement Services
UW Health

Mike SekulaMike Sekula
Global Vice President of Supply Chain Management and Safety

Mike SonnentagMike Sonnentag
Manager Supply Chain - International and Emerging Markets
Kohler Co.

Wayne ThompsonWayne Thompson
Supply Chain Management Practice Director


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The Day At a Glance

Your day at the Business Best Practices & Emerging Technologies Conference is packed with content:

7:00-8:00 am Registration and Networking
8:00-9:00 am Opening Session and Keynote
9:00-9:55 am Networking Break & Strategic Briefings
(Strategic Briefings are from 9:20 to 9:45 am)
9:55 am -12:05 pm Track Sessions in Lecture Hall
12:05-1:05 pm Lunch & Table Topics
1:05-1:55 pm Networking Break & Strategic Briefings
(Strategic Briefings are from 1:20-1:45 pm)
1:55-3:20 pm Track Sessions in Lecture Hall
3:30-4:25 pm Closing Keynote
4:25-4:30 pm Raffle and Conference closes
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