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OptimaLIVE | Sustainable Supply Chain Improvements

COVID-19 pandemic aside, today’s supply chain managers face the challenge of managing increasingly complex and dynamic environments.

The ever-changing conditions create a particular need for three fundamental supply chain capabilities:

        1. Visibility
        2. Agility
        3. Adaptability

Supply chain leaders need to be able to SEE what is happening in their supply lines, they need to be able to REACT QUICKLY to those perceived events, and they and their teams need to be willing to CHANGE AND EVOLVE to meet these rapidly-changing conditions. 

The presentation will review some innovative approaches being used by leading organizations to change the way they execute and manage their supply chains today so that they are growing and adapting for an even brighter future.

Meet the presenters

Jeff Turmel serves as Director of the Lubar Business School’s Supply Chain Management Institute (SCMI), where he leads and facilitates an industry consortium to study and advance operations and supply chain management improvement concepts. Jeff has taught in the UWM Executive MBA program since 2008, where his highly rated courses in Competitive Operations Strategies and Business Simulation focus on teaching methods for organizations to become more competitive and profitable. 

Jeff graduated in the first-ever class of Six Sigma Black Belts from Motorola University. He was certified as a Six Sigma Master Black Belt in 1997 and traveled the world to teach, consult and drive improvement project portfolios to support Kodak’s global Operations groups. Over his 39+ year career, Jeff has worked in numerous Quality, Operations, and Supply Chain Management and Compliance positions at Eastman Kodak Company, Brady Corporation, Heraeus Electro-Nite Schoeneck Containers. Jeff was viewed as a highly valued and effective problem-solver and developer of robust management and operating systems in each company. 

Mark Kosfeld serves UWM as Associate Director of the Lubar Business School’s Supply Chain Management Institute (SCMI), specializing in domestic and international transportation, exception reporting, supply chain management, simulation modeling advanced Excel concepts. 

With an undergraduate engineering degree from Purdue and an MBA from Arizona State, Mark has worked in numerous logistics, distribution, transportation, and supply chain capacities for Intel in Phoenix, Arizona, and Kohl’s Department Stores in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He is a member of the APICS and the Institute for Supply Management. Mark has also been published in SupplyChainBrain, Modern Materials Handling, Inside Supply Management, and University-Industry Engagement Advisor.