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APICS Twin Cities Chapter Newsletter

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Professional Development Meeting

November 2017 Professional Development Meeting

Economic Outlook in Minnesota 

Presented by: Joe Mahon, Economist - Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis 

Tuesday November 14, 2017, 5:00pm
Doubletree Park Place, Minneapolis, MN

Come hear Joe Mahon present his educated analysis of current economic conditions. Joe will look into the past and with help from the Fed’s statistical model and survey results, will project forward what will happen in the economy. He will also dive deeper into the manufacturing industry. His presentation will cover these key learning objectives:

1. How to utilize macroeconomic data and the Fed’s survey results

2. Identify key components in the economic forecast

3. Detail key elements in Minnesota manufacturing industries

Grab your colleagues and boss to join us for this rare opportunity and gain insight from an expert on economic projections! 

About the speaker:

Joe Mahon is a regional outreach director at the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Prior to that, he served as a regional economist and as a staff writer and analyst for Minneapolis Fed publications the Region and fedgazette. Mahon's primary responsibilities involve tracking several sectors of the Ninth District economy—an area that covers Minnesota, North and South Dakota, Montana and portions of Wisconsin and Michigan— the Fed. Sectors he follows closely include agriculture, manufacturing, energy and mining. He holds degrees in economics and journalism from the University of Minnesota. 


Doubletree Park Place
1500 Park Pl Blvd                        
Minneapolis, MN 55416

Date - Tuesday November 14, 2017

5:00 pm Networking
6:00 pm Dinner
6:45 pm Announcements & Break
7:00 pm Speaker & Q&A
8:00 pm Adjourn 

Earn 1 Certification Maintenance Point for attendance at this event!

Members: $35.00, Non-Members: $45.00, Full-time Students: $15.00

Registration Deadline: 5:00pm on Thursday, November 9, 2017, or until Sold Out! (Registrations after 5:00pm on Thursday, November 9th, will be accepted on a "space available" basis.  Please call the Chapter Office at 763-413-2513 to register after the posted deadline.) 




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Networking Event

Wednesday November 1, 2017 - 5:00pm-7:00pm

Pinstripes, Edina MN

APICS Twin Cities Chapter is pleased to announce our first ever local networking event! Join us for this fun, informal opportunity to get together with APICS members and likeminded professionals and make connections! 

Oh... and did we mention, IT'S FREE FOR MEMBERS!? All you have to do is register now, show up and have a great time!


Spread the word! Please share this announcement with your friends and colleagues. Non-members are welcome to join in the fun with a small registration fee. 

Mebers can bring a co-worker or boss for free!  Simply add them to your registration as a guest and use the Promo Code: PLUS1 to save the registration fee!

*This event is generously sponsored by Case Staffing Solutions who secured the venue and will provide delicious appetizers.*


3849 Gallagher Drive      
Edina, MN 55435

To facilitate the best experience for all attendees:


$0.00 APICS Member Registration

$10.00 Non-Member Registration


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Member News


The Twin Cities Chapter is building a NEW APICS Ambassador Program to build community and connect with all of our Members, keeping everyone well informed of Chapter events and opportunities.

Would you like to get involved as an APICS Ambassodor for your company?  Respond directly to Tony Czerniak, VP of Membership at .


Classes starting in early December!

APICS Twin Cities Chapter has been selected by APICS International to pilot a new online format of the APICS Certification Review Classes! 

APICS Twin Cities Chapter Online Courses are Instructor-Led, Real-Time Courses open to ALL students - regardless of location!  Students have the advantage of an Instructor-led course, connecting with students across the globe, all while participating in the comfort and convenience of your home, office, or the location of your choosing! 



Check out the upcoming ONLINE Classes Now:

Download the Registration Details here.

Don't see the course you're looking for?  Drop us a note at  We'd love to get your feedback so we can offer the right courses in the right format for you!

 Check out the Certification Comparison Chart Now! 

Check out this webinar:

"Which APICS Certification is Right for You?”

We are pleased to announce the launch of a new certification program - CLTD (Certified in Logistics and Transportation) in 2017! 

This new credential is designed to provide Directors, Managers and support staff a body of knowledge, best practices and standards for the logistics, transportation and distribution industries.

Check out local CLTD Certification Review Schedule here!

Now Available - 15th ed APICS Dictionary!



Take APICS with you wherever you go!

  • APICS Learn It
  • APICS Magazine
  • APICS Membership
  • SCOR App

Learn more and Link to Downloads!

Supply Chain is where it's at...

Check out these current articles that we found quite interesting and relevant:

Retail Executives with Some Straight Talk on RFID in Store, Upstream in Supply Chains - Supply Chain Digest

The Lean Thinker - check out Mark Rosenthal's blog!

Optimize Fleet Management with Smart Solutions - Supply Chain Management Review

Thinking Supply Chain - check out the APICS Blog - Insights, analysis and ideas to advance your supply chain. Join the conversation.

Feel free to share your interesting reading on our LInkedIn page.

Your Chapter is Platinum!

Chapter Management Excellence is an integral component to enhancing the member experience. Successful APICS chapters provide their members with opportunities for stellar education, career development, and networking.

The APICS Chapter Benchmarking and Reporting (CBAR) program recognizes chapters that have exceeded minimum standards and exemplify excellence in overall chapter management. We are proud to announce the APICS Twin Cities Chapter received the 2016 CBAR Platinum Award designation, an admirable accomplishment for an APICS chapter.

As a member of an APICS Platinum Award Winning Chapter, the CBAR designation signifies your chapter’s commitment to providing an exceptional membership experience. APICS Twin Cities Chapter has been recognized with this achievement for the past 23 consecutive years!

We are pleased to make the benefits of APICS student membership even more accessible to our future leaders in the industry!

NEW APICS Education Selector

Discover Which Program is Right for You!

APICS offers a variety of education, certification, and endorsement programs to enhance your professional career and improve your organization’s bottom line. Whether you need to streamline your supply chain, master the basics of materials and operations management or build your knowledge in logistics, transportation and distribution, APICS has the right program for you.

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Calendar of Events

  • Principles of Materials Management: Wed, 10/18/17
  • Strategic Management of Resources - Legacy: starts Wed, 10/18/17
  • APICS Networking Event - Wed, 11/1/17
  • Strategies of Supply Chain Management: Tues, 11/7/17
  • Novemer PDM - Tues, 11/14/17 Joint Meeting with ISM-Twin Cities!
  • Project, Process, and Organizational Management: Wed, 11/15/17
  • Supply Chain Logistics - The Fresh Connection Simulation Workshop: Tues, 11/28/17
  • Execution and Control of Operations (Legacy) FINAL OFFERING - Thurs, 11/30 & 12/7/17
  • CLTD Certification Review - ONLINE - starts Mon, 12/4/17
  • CPIM Part 1 Review - ONLINE - starts Tues, 12/5/17
  • Demand Management and S&OP - Wed, 12/6/17
  • Developing Your Supply Chain as a Competitive Advantage - Tues, 12/12/17

>Link to the Events Calendar.

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Welcome New Members

September 2017:

First Name Last Name   Company
Brandon Bunger  
Jai Choukse  
Matthew Johnson  
Heather Johnson Aveda Corp
Jeremy Koehler  
Lisa Long H B Fuller
Charles Martin  
Gregorio Padilla  
Rehnuma Sharmin  
Philip Simonson Omnetics Connector Corporation
Patricia Strand  


August 2017:

First Name Last Name Company
Ameha Azmite  
Haley Bell  APICS Twin Cities Chapter
Harsh Vardhan Singh Chauhan  
Manjari Das Chonate  
Rohitraj Dodia  
Varsha Gunda  
Daniela Heredia Hernandez  Medtronic Inc.
Pahala Joshi  
Dyan Kelly  
Joseph Kinder  
Divya Naga Deepika Kollipara  
Naveen Chandra Kukkala  
Vinay Kumar  
Adam Kuzlak-Swanson Medtronic Inc.
Eric Lim  
Pranjal Mahadik  
Keyur Mathur  
Shreya Mehra  
Nooruddin Mohammed  
Pratyush More  
Muneeb Elahi Mushtaq  
Ritik Patni  
Hardik Pratap  
Sarang Sambharia  
Benjamin Schmidt CH Robinson
Shubham Sharma  
Scott Staggert Eaton
Peter Swanson  
Vishwajit Tambade  
Kavish Thakur  
Greg Thompson  
Carlos Tovar Cisneros Medtronic Inc.
Komal Trishala  
Daniel Voeller CH Robinson
Ramswaroop Vudugu  
William Wyers Cargill


July 2017:

First Name Last Name Company
Brandon Archie US Foods
Anna Doroh-Zeldina  
Adam Falkenstein  
Matt Hansmann CH Robinson Worldwide Inc
Ryan Himes  
Jack Joubert Abbott
David Lechleitner KeyedIn Solutions, Inc.
Michelle Muehlbauer  
Lisa Pohlman  
Ryan Snaza  


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Congratulations Newly Certified Members



September 2017
Megan Boatman, CPIM - 3M
Daniel Groshan, CSCP -
Nathan Breuer, CPIM - Uponor, Inc
Steven Birkeland, CPIM
Devin Del Rosario, CPIM
Christopher DeWeese, CPIM - 3M
Kelly Dinneen, CSCP, CLTD
Kelly Wilson, CSCP - Cargill, Inc 
Srinik Sinha, CPIM - Ingersoll Rand 
Yanjing Xin, CSCP - Cummins

August 2017
Christopher Rogers, CPIM - Apothecary Products
Emily Potts, CSCP - Target
Keith Holman, CSCP - Orbital ATK
Maxwell Johnson, CSCP - Bevsource
Kevin Pons, CSCP - CH Robinson Worldwide 

July 2017
Nicholas Schmerler, CSCP - Orbital ATK 
William Hutchinson, CSCP 
Maxwell Parsley, CPIM - Anagram International 
Timothy McCormick, CPIM

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Board of Directors Column

 Are You Prepared to Put It All Together?

The day is going to come in your supply chain career, where you are going to be told to “put it all together.”  Will you be ready? 

Last fall I studied for and passed my Certified in Logistics, Transportation and Distribution (CLTD) exam.  I was familiar with some of the material (scheduling, planning, etc.), but was struck by how much was completely new to me (yard management, transportation management, etc.). What REALLY hit me was how much the CLTD certification brings everything together. Once you’ve accomplished the certification, you’re in a position where you can participate in an effort to create, plan and implement a completely integrated supply chain-logistics solution.  

My efforts inspired me to create an outline for all of the areas and steps you need to address to implement an integrated solution. Success depends on many variables ranging anywhere from organizational readiness and support to having the technical infrastructure in place. So, ask yourself this: When it comes time to “put it all together,” will you have a plan mapped out, and do you understand the process?

If you want access to this outline, to advance and are seeking more opportunities, sign up for APICS CLTD certification course. After performing a cost-benefit analysis of the opportunities that exist in the outline, there’s not a doubt in my mind that obtaining this certification is a smart career move. 

- Chuck Nemer CPIM, CLTD, MA-Leadership 


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THE UN-COMFORT ZONE with Robert Wilson


When is Envy a good thing?

A negative emotion that can drive change.


This column is primarily about human motivation, and because of that I’ve considered writing about envy for years. It is a negative emotion which has been condemned by all cultures throughout history, yet it is a powerful motivator. Envy can be terribly destructive, and surprisingly... constructive.

Envy, as defined by Mirriam-Webster, is: painful or resentful awareness of an advantage enjoyed by another joined with a desire to possess the same advantage.

People often mistakenly use the word “jealousy” when they mean “envy.” The feeling of jealousy, is the anxiety we feel when someone tries to take something we have earned, already own, or feel we have a right to. Envy is about coveting that which we don’t have.

I believe envy is rooted in fear. The fear of feeling weak, impotent, or powerless. Advertisers love to fan the flames of envy. Getting people to one-up the Jones, gets them to spend money.

Helmut Schoeck from his book Envy states, “Envy is a drive which lies at the core of man’s life as a social being, and which occurs as soon as two individuals become capable of mutual comparison.” He also notes, “It is the great regulator in all personal relationships: fear of arousing it curbs and modifies countless actions.” Oftentimes, if someone raves too much about an accomplishment of ours, we feel it necessary to balance that by mentioning some misfortune we’ve experienced.

The closer people are within a society the greater the propensity for envy. We are more likely to resent our siblings, neighbors, and classmates because we make comparisons based on our common backgrounds. 

First-borns almost immediately begrudge a new baby when they start to feel the loss of attention from their parents. I recall my next door neighbor telling me how his older sister, upon being shown him as a baby for the first time when she was three years old, announcing to her mother, “Mommy, I don’t like him; birth him back!”

When my sons were little, I noticed my older son envying some of my younger son’s accomplishments in sports. I tried to help him see that the advantage his little brother enjoyed was the opportunity of getting to watch him play, and learn from his mistakes. Meanwhile my younger son envied him getting to do everything first while he had to sit on the sidelines.

I have envied; and have been envied. It’s not a terribly strong emotion for me, but I’ve been guilty of it as recently as this week: reading the Facebook posts of friends who are enjoying fabulous vacations, retiring early, or reaching an achievement I haven’t yet attained. Humor columnist, Harold Coffin, once noted, “Envy is the art of counting the other fellow's blessings instead of your own.” When I recognize the feeling, I have to remind myself that I made different choices in my life with results that were equally satisfying; then I am able to move on and share in their joy. This quote from Jean Vanier, a Canadian Catholic philosopher, really gets at the heart of the matter, “Envy comes from people's ignorance of, or lack of belief in, their own gifts.”

Envy is also spawned by feelings of injustice. Most societies strive to suppress envy because of how destructive it can be. In 18th century France, the ideas of the Enlightenment diminished the belief in the Devine Right of Kings which meant the nobility were no different than average men. The aristocracy, jealous of its power, did not wish to yield any of it; which in turn fomented a sense of envy among the common people and led to the bloody French Revolution.

Schoeck also notes that, “Most communities have developed or adapted customs and views that enable individual members of a tribe to be unequal in one way or another without being harmed by the envy of the others.” It’s a balancing act. Many government programs are designed to limit envy: old-age retirement funds, welfare, free education and libraries, universal healthcare, and access to national parks and other state-owned recreation areas.

For most of its history, the United States has kept envy in check because of the economic opportunities freedom offers its people. In America, you could put your resentment to work by starting your own business and creating wealth for yourself. Homer G. Barnett, an American anthropologist, stated, “Envious men innovate to compensate for their physical, economic or other handicaps.” It was the envy of American prosperity that drove the desire for democracy around the globe.

In recent years, however, government regulation, high taxes, and inflation have limited those opportunities, which in turn has increased the demand for government benefit programs; all of which inhibits economic growth even further. The faltering economy in the United States has increased feelings of injustice and envy.

The best cure for envy is prosperity, and the best thing about envy is that it sometimes motivates innovation. So, the next time you get irritated by the unfairness of someone having more than you, channel that energy into changing the situation yourself.

Robert Evans Wilson, Jr. is an author, humorist-speaker and innovation consultant. He works with companies that want to be more competitive and with people who want to think like innovators. Robert is the author of the inspirational book: Wisdom in the Weirdest Places. He is also the author of The Annoying Ghost Kid a humorous children’s book about dealing with a bully. For more information on Robert, please visit

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We've Moved!

APICS Twin Cities Chapter Office moved on September 1, 2017.  The new Chapter Office address is:
APICS Twin Cities Chapter
15137 Yellow Pine St NW
Andover, MN 55304

Tel: 763-413-2513



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