The conference runs from 7:30 am to 4:40 pm.

After the Opening Keynote, Networking Break and Strategic Briefings, the Supply Chain Track offers an exceptional group of speakers:

Wayne Thompson

Track Introduction

Wayne Thompson

Tim Gray Prophit Systems

Tim Gray

Managing Director
Prophit Systems

Tim Gray is the Founder and Managing Director of Prophit Systems Pty Ltd, a leading procurement and supply chain software company based in Australia. Prophit focuses on forecasting, capacity planning, scheduling and network optimization.

Tim has had a varied 30-year career in supply chain working in oil exploration and manufacturing with roles in engineering, process improvement and senior management. Prior to starting Prophit, Tim was the COO at Hartec and also lectured at La Trobe University in Melbourne.

Tim has a degree in both engineering and mechanical engineering from the University of Melbourne and is currently working on a new book focused on Future Proof Planning.

Mark Hersh

Mark Hersh

Director, Supply Chain Strategy
The Clorox Company

Mark Hersh is Director of Supply Chain Strategy for The Clorox Company. In this role, he is responsible for developing the supply chain vision and roadmap, being an internal expert on leading practices and industry trends, designing the processes and capabilities for globally integrated end-to-end supply chains, and leading the supply chain analytics organization and major initiatives across the company.

At Clorox, Mark has had multiple supply chain and manufacturing roles including leading major transformational initiatives, managing plants in the U.S. and helping design Clorox’s high performance plant in Aberdeen, Maryland.

Mark is helping drive the value chain segmentation process for the company, which has delivered transformational value through tailored supply chains matched with product and market requirements. He is also the program manager for the companywide growth culture and lean enterprise initiatives.

Mark is an instructor for the strategic thinking modules in both the Clorox Supply Chain Strategy & Leadership Forum and Global Operations Leadership Forum, which develop Clorox’s supply chain managers to think and act with an end-to-end supply chain mindset. These programs are conducted in partnership with the Georgia Tech Scheller College of Business.

Mark has had a 38-year career in the consumer packaged goods industry.

Erika Murguia

Erika Murguia

Supply Chain Analytics and Strategy Leader
Cummins Inc.

Since 2013, Erika Murguia has been the Supply Chain Analytics and Strategy Leader for Cummins Inc. In her current role, Erika focuses on supply chain modeling, line balancing, work allocation research, optimization and mathematical modeling.

Fluent in English and Spanish, Erika earned her Ph.D. from Arizona State University in Industrial Engineering – Operations Research and Production Systems.

Joe Quinn

Joe Quinn

Senior Director, Public Affairs and
Government Relations

Joe Quinn is Senior Director, Public Affairs and Government Relations. In this role, Joe helps build national Walmart relationships with elected officials, suppliers, customers, communities and associates. Joe is currently focused on the major Walmart effort to bring manufacturing and jobs back to the United States. The company has committed to buying an additional $250 billion in American products during the next ten years.

Walmart is the largest retail store in the United States, serving 140 million customers weekly with more than 200 million transactions under 69 banners in 27 countries.

During his time at Walmart, Joe has helped manage the company commitment to hire 250,000 veterans by 2020, has worked in the Walmart Benefits Division that makes company benefits available to 1.3 million associates and has helped lead the company effort to make healthier food more accessible and affordable for all families. In 2006, Joe was part of the Walmart team that rolled out the innovative $4 generic drug program that changed the national healthcare landscape by saving customers billions of dollars. For that work, Joe was a co-winner of the 2007 Walmart Sam Walton Entrepreneurial Award.

Before joining Walmart in 2006, Joe was Director of Policy for former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee. Joe was also previously Director of Communications for the Arkansas Department of Human Services and a television journalist with the CBS TV affiliate in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Joe is a member of the Bentonville School Board. He is also a former member of the boards at Goodwill of Arkansas and the Northwest Arkansas Lacrosse Program. Joe and his wife Shannon live in Rogers, Arkansas.

Balika Sonthalia AT Kearney

Balika Sonthalia

A.T. Kearney

Balika Sonthalia is a director with A.T. Kearney based in Chicago and has been with the firm since 2010. She is a thought leader with a track record of 10 years of creating sustainable operational and financial impact at organizations. She specializes in supply chain and logistics working with Fortune 100 clients on enterprise-wise supply chain and cost transformations in most B2B and B2C industries including chemicals, automotive, retail, consumer products, medical devices and telco.

At A.T. Kearney Balika is a co-leader of the Analytics practice which is a group of 300+ specialists that are disrupting the traditional consulting model.

Balika holds a B.Tech. in electronics and communication from the University of Mumbai and an MBA from the Carnegie Mellon University. Balika has a passion for helping her clients and her firm. In 2016, the Consulting Magazine recognized her with the prestigious Future Women's Leader Award in North America.


Steering Committee members provide guidance on track content, topic suggestions and speaker selection. Thank you to the 2017 Supply Chain Management Track Steering Committee:

Keith HartlaubKeith Hartlaub
VP, Supply Chain
Sargento Foods

Patrick MoranPatrick Moran
Manager, Global Supply Chain Improvement
Rockwell Automation

Michael NasifMichael Nasif
Director-Corporate Transportation & Logistics
Kohler Co.

Wayne ThompsonWayne Thompson
Supply Chain Management Practice Director

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