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APICS Twin Cities Chapter Newsletter

This newsletter has the latest news and updates for 2018.

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Networking Event

Thursday March 1, 2018  |  5:00pm - 7:00pm   |   Pinstripes, Edina MN

 Join us for this fun opportunity to make connections with like-minded professionals and APICS Members. Enjoy the camaraderie, appetizers, cash bar and raffle prizes while expanding your network! 


Spread the word and bring a co-worker or boss


3849 Gallagher Drive      
Edina, MN 55435

*To facilitate the best experience for all attendees: ADVANCED REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.*



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Spring Seminar 2018

Save the Date: April 24, 2018 | 8:00am - 3:30pm

Precisely Wrong - 
The MRP Challenge in the 21st Century   

Presented by John Melbye, CSCP, CDDP, CDDL

Details coming soon.



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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


 Check out the Certification Comparison Chart Now! 

Check out this webinar:

"Which APICS Certification is Right for You?” 

Supply Chain is where it's at...

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

Predictions from Supply Chain Gurus for 2018 - Full Text Version Part 1 - Supply Chain Digest

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

NextGen Supply Chain: NextGen Technologies Are Already Here - 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 award 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

  • March 1, 2018, Networking Event, FREE Admission @ Pinstripes in Edina, 5pm-7pm
  • Principles and Practices of MRP for the Manufacturing Planner, Tuesday, 3/13/18, 8am-4pm, Registration Deadline: 2/26/18
  • CLTD Certification Revew, Monday evenings, 5:00-9:00pm, 3/19/18 thru 5/21/18, 10 weeks, Registration Deadline: 3/2/18
  • Principles of Materials Management 1-Day Workshop, Wednesday, 3/21/18, 8am-5pm, Registration Deadline: 3/6/18
  • CPIM Part 1-Evenings, Thursdays, 6-9pm, 3/22/ thru 5/10/18, 8 weeks, Registration Deadline: 3/7/18
  • CPIM Part 2 Certification Review, Wednesdays, 8am-5pm, 3/28 thru 4/25/18, 5 days, Registration Deadline: 3/6/18
  • Physical Inventory Management Workshop, Tuesday, 4/3/18, 12:30-4:30pm, Registration Deadline: 3/19/18


>Link to the Events Calendar.

Learn about:

CPIM - CSCP - CLTD - Continuing Education - Inv Mgmt - IHE -Seminars


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Welcome New Members

January 2018:

FirstName LastName Company
Hajar Amrania  
Mitchell Breit Elk River Machine Company
Chanel Crees Cardinal Health
Timothy Do Best Buy
Jason Doyle Innovize
Maren Dvorak Uponor
Marc Foster DecoPac Inc
Kyle Gearman SPS Commerce
Dean Giroux Waymouth Farms Inc.
Rebecca Halling Smiths Medical
Janet  Harriman  United Sugars Corporation
Tiffany Insixiengmay Uponor
Austin  Kidrowski  
Kristen Mangan Midwest Sign & Screen Printing Supply Co
Emily Pucuhuayla Canchan University of St Thomas
Paul Schermerhorn Park Industries
Joseph Schoolmeesters Schoolmeesters' Household
Joseph Snyder Patterson Companies
Jen Spiegel Management Recruiters of the St. Croix Valley
Katherine Tieben Waterous 
Amy Timgren  

December 2017:

FirstName LastName Company
Connor Bailey  
Allison Busker CH Robinson
Jeff Elofson Post Consumer Brands
Paul Gergen Taylor Corporation
Guy Goldammer Free Agent
Tyler Hoffman Henkel
Ryan Peterson CH Robinson
Andrea Roberts Hayden Murphy Equipment Co.
Kellie Sjaaheim Unemployed
Ina Skinner C.H. Robinson
Amy Stitt  


November 2017:

FirstName LastName Company
Richard Barger Suburban Manufacturing
Kathryn Curtis 3M
Ryan Franklin  
Nykeesha Greer  
Adam Happ  
Rachel Hazzard  
Taylor Kroll  
Christopher McCaffrey 3M Company
David Merriweather Ciranda
Katelyn Moon CH Robinson Worldwide Inc
Daniel Moravec Plastech Corporation
Kaylee Nguyen  
Andrew Nordby  
Treshy Schaper  
Jackson Schnettler  
Elizabeth Thielen  
Brandon Warner  



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Congratulations Newly Certified Members




January 2018
  • Benjamin Gundlach, CSCP - Donaldson Company 
  • Daniel Voeller, CSCP - CH Robinson 

December 2017
  • Bryn Haugrud, CPIM - 3M
  • John McCrea, CSCP - Arkray USA Inc.
  • Atul Sinha, CSCP
  • Matthew Hansmann, CSCP - C.H. Robinson 
  • Benjamin Schmidt, CSCP - C.H. Robinson
  • Gregory Thompson, CSCP - C.H. Robinson
  • Emily Zuber, CSCP - C.H. Robinson
November 2017
  • Theresa Boehnlein, CPIM, CSCP - Kearby
  • Hayley Moessner, CPIM
  • Lisa Nied, CSCP - Ergotron, Inc.
  • Satya Srinivas Rachakonda, CSCP



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Board of Directors Column

What Happened to Seminars?

Have you wondered why APICS Twin Cities Chapter has hosted fewer seminars over the last 2 years?  About 3 years ago the PDM and Seminar committees were combined.  This was a logical move because both committees similar things; they found speakers, venues and select menus.  However, this resulted in PDMs using up resources, and not enough time for planning seminars.  This year, the 2 committees were separated and we have a few new people on both. 

Our committees put a lot of thought and time into choosing the right topics and speakers, using the results from your surveys and collecting ideas from the members. Then we select our dates, venues negotiate costs, and advertise our event to members and other supply chain professionals. If this process sounds like something you’d like to be a part of, we are welcoming new members to join the committee and help us out! 

I have been a member of the seminar committee for many years and have found it to be an interesting and fun experience.  It has given me an opportunity to use my creativity, negotiation and public speaking skills.  Networking with committee members also helped me obtain a new career path when I was ready for a change. It has been rewarding in many ways, but I think my favorite part is when we have put together a successful and useful seminar. That’s what makes me want to do it all over again.

 - Jeanne Schulzetenberg, VP of Seminars


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THE UN-COMFORT ZONE with Robert Wilson


Nobody Wants You to be Creative- Innovation threatens established beliefs.

Throughout history, poverty is the normal condition of man. Advances which permit this norm to be exceeded - here and there, now and then - are the work of an extremely small minority, frequently despised, often condemned, and almost always opposed by all right-thinking people. Whenever this tiny minority is kept from creating, or (as sometimes happens) is driven out of a society, the people then slip back into abject poverty. This is known as ‘bad luck.’” Robert Heinlein

Your boss, your co-workers, your friends, and even your family don’t want you to be creative. They resent your trying to change the methods, practices, systems, and rules they are comfortable with. They think you’re a fool for wasting your time and money. Most of all, you’re scaring them by going against the norm. 

Innovation requires change, and change is threatening to many. Especially if your idea will displace an established interest. Expect resistance. 

In 1942, economist, Joseph Schumpeter coined the term: “Creative Destruction” in his book Capitalism, Socialism and Democracy. It describes the process of transformation caused by innovation. That process begins when entrepreneurs, who generate new products or ways of doing things, destroy the value of older established companies who previously created new technologies that disrupted the companies that came before them. As an example look at the history of recorded music: vinyl records and reel-to-reel tape were replaced by 8-track tape, which was replaced by cassette tape, which was replaced by compact disc, which has been replaced by MP3 players. Resistance is futile.

If your idea is any good, those established interests will first try to discredit it. The better your idea the more they will attempt to make it - or even you - look like a threat to society, children, or puppies. Alternative religions will be called cults. Alternative political systems will be condemned as the cause of chaos.

Whether it is an established industry, government or religion, the people who hold the power will fight to keep it. They get to choose the direction and will reward those who follow without question. Those who are in charge of established organizations control the resources which enable them to preserve their way of doing things. This is why major corporations love regulation. They can afford it, but newcomers and upstarts cannot. Those who wish to innovate or make changes must have their own resources to promote their idea; otherwise they’ll grind along, perhaps for years, before they succeed - if ever. People rarely give up power.

For a company to embrace a culture of creativity, it means that employees must be allowed to act in ways that work against the strategies that made the company successful in the first place. Not many can see the value of doing this.

Success is often the antithesis of innovation. Great ideas create prosperous businesses, but that same success causes those one-time innovators to cling tight to that which got them there. Kodak’s R&D department invented the digital camera, but company executives saw it as a threat to their core business of selling film, photographic paper and chemicals, so they did nothing with it. Kodak is now struggling as a company.

That explains why powerful, successful organizations shun creativity, but what about your family and friends? When you look at creative people, you see risk takers, rule breakers, and non-conformists, who are flexible in their strategies, yet so persistent in reaching their goal that they will keep going despite failure after failure. In other words, they’re just plain weird; and that makes most people uncomfortable.

Most people follow the majority. They seldom question authority. That is why fake news has become so prevalent. People simply accept what they are told.

Creativity causes uncertainty, which in turn causes insecurity. Most people want to avoid that. In fact, they tend to attack things that are new to them. That is why there is so much pressure to conform. 

That conformity begins when we’re young. For example, elementary school teachers typically don’t like creative students because they are more disruptive and tend to ignore the rules. Obedient students are easier to deal with and require less of their attention. Kids who step out of line get reprimanded.

You see, as we grow up, we accept certain ideas (about philosophy, religion, politics and even science), we then build our lives around these ideas to give ourselves a sense of security, stability, and predictability. To be innovative means you must be willing to question those precious beliefs.

We’re comfortable doing things the way they have always been done. Newness, however is mystifying. We don’t know how it will work. Something might go wrong. It might be dangerous. Besides having to learn a new way of doing things is an inconvenience.

On the other hand, incremental ideas are more easily accepted. A radical idea - regardless of its benefits to all involved - will take more time and effort to convince people of its value. If people feel unsure or insecure about making a change, they will have negative opinions about it. The more insecure someone feels, the less they will be able to recognize the benefits of a new idea. We call these people stubborn.

Most people are only willing to take the innovative risks, when they are desperate, already failing, and out of options. Situations like when a quarterback makes a Hail Mary Pass in the last seconds of a game. It is this sort of innovation that inspired the well known adage: Necessity is the Mother of Invention

People and companies love to give lip service to wanting creativity, but the truth is, only the creativity which leads to a useful and profitable innovation ever gets celebrated.

So, don’t feel bad when no one supports your crazy ideas - just understand that they are simply afraid. Follow your passion and follow your dream. Even if your effort fails, you’ll learn something that may be useful in your next attempt. And, from my perspective there is nothing more fulfilling than the natural high you get from being enmeshed in the creative process.


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 ...and Never Coming Back, a psychological thriller-novel about a motion picture director; The Annoying Ghost Kid, a humorous children's book about dealing with a bully; and the inspirational book: Wisdom in the Weirdest Places. For more information on Robert, please visit


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