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APICS Twin Cities Chapter Newsletter

This newsletter has the latest news and updates for 2020.

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Professional Development Meeting

February 2020 Professional Development Meeting

Social media for professional growth,
not just for job seekers

presented by:  Jennifer Radke, National Institute for Social Media

Tuesday, February 25, 2020, 5:00pm

 Hosted by: Protolabs, Plymouth, MN

You know that if you are in job transition then you need to update your LinkedIn profile, but did you realize that LinkedIn, Facebook and other social media platforms are also used for leadership, professional growth, sales, and so much more?

Don’t miss this introduction to how social media can bring value to your professional career.

NEW FOR 2019-20 PROGRAMS:  Full-Time Students Attend for Free!  Courtesy of  Sponsor: 

LInk to Details and registration Information!

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Winter Seminar 2020

Amplify your voice with proof points

presented by: Melissa DeLay, TruPerception
back by popular demand!

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Eaton-EAS, Plymouth, MN

Link to Seminar Details & Registration Information!


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Member News

 new for 2020!

https://apicstc.org/images/Instructor_on_Demand-2.pngRecognizing that our Chapter Instructors have additional value to offer our members, we have developed three opportunities to utilize our instructors to enhance the learning experience.

Link to details here!

welcome to the Association for Supply Chain Management (ASCM)

For over 60 years, supply chain professionals and organizations have relied on APICS to deliver world-class certification. But that was just the beginning. We’re excited to welcome you to the new Association for Supply Chain Management (ASCM).

Spend some time learning about the new organization of which we are so proud to be a partner.

LEARN MORE HERE - visit ascm.org

Learn more about the Expanded Offerings of ASCM at:

Learning and Development
New courseware, certifications, career resources!

Corporate Transformation
New Corporate-focused programs and development!

Making an Impact
New Humanitarian Programs - Giving Back!

Need help navigating the new ASCM/APICS Membership Offerings?  That's what we're here for.  Contact us at 763-413-2513 or [email protected]

One of the changes under the new ASCM organization is the expansion of learning opportunities via partnerships with cutting-edge thought leaders.  ASCM/APICS and the Demand Driven Institute is the first of these partnerships.  The Twin Cities Chapter is among the first North American APICS Chapters to offer Demand Driven Certification Programs.  DDMRP is a proven methodology to manage the chaos created by constant changes in demand and the limits of traditional MRP planning.  It has been proven (in companies both large and small) to improve customer service, reduce lead times, reduce inventory, lower total cost, and change the focus of plannners from reacting to continual MRP nervousness (ie putting out fires) to anticipating and managing priorities. 

If you haven't taken the time to learn more about it, NOW is the time!  Visit the Demand Driven Institute's website to learn more and view the testimonials and case studies of numerous companies.  Contact the Twin Cities Chapter for more information.

We are offering Demand Driven Workshops locally NOW! 

Check out one of our workshops or contact us to talk about doing an on-site workshop for your team!   

Upcoming Local Demand Driven Events:

NEW!  Local Mentorship Program

Mentorship is a proven approach to advancing in one’s career, particularly for those new in their field or place of employment. Mentorship goes beyond training and education by helping newcomers navigate through the sometimes confusing or complex situations they can face. Mentors and mentees can be of any age or career stage.

Link to Details about the mentorship program!

We are currently seeking new mentors as well as mentees!

Supply Chain is where it's at...

Check out these sites that we found quite interesting and relevant:

Supply Chain Digest

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

Supply Chain Management Review

NEW! Supply Chain Illustrated - check out John Melbye's blog!

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 2019 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 25 consecutive years!

BONUS!  All Student Members attend Professional Development Meetings FREE of charge (a $35 value) thanks to local sponsors: 

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

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Calendar of Events

  • Train the Trainer, Thurs & Fri, 1/23/20 & 1/24/20, 8am-5pm, Registration Deadline: Friday, 1/10/20

  • CPIM Part 1 Certification Review, Thurs, 2/13/20 thru 4/9/20 (9 sessions), 6-9pm, Registration Deadline: 1/28/20

  • Winter Seminar 2020, Tues, 2/18/20, 1-Day Seminar, Back by popular demand!  Melissa DeLay from TruPerception will be presenting "Amplify Your Voice with Proof Points"

  • CSCP Certification Review, Wed, 2/19/20 thru 4/22/20, 5-9pm, 10 sessions, Registration Deadline: 2/3/20

  • February PDM, Tues, 2/25/20, 5:00pm, Social media for professional growth,not just for job seekers, presented by: Jen Radke, National Institute for Social Media, Protolabs, Plymouth

  • March PDM, Tues, 3/10/20, 5:00pm, Leading Your Supply Chain into the 2020's, presented by Brad Meseck, CPIM, Cargill, Hopkins

  • Demand driven S&OP simulation workshop, Wed, 3/11/20, 8am-5pm, Registration Deadline: 3/4/20

>Link to the Events Calendar.

Learn about:

CPIM - CSCP - CLTD - Demand Driven - Continuing Education - IHE - Seminars

Did you know that APICS Twin Cities Chapter can bring any of our Workshops, Courses, and Seminars to your organization on your schedule?  Contact the Chapter Office to inquire:  763-413-2513 or Natalie Dietz at [email protected]


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Congratulations Newly Certified Members



January 2020
  • Spenser Fauks, CPIM, Starkey Hearing

December 2019
  • Shan Leng, CPIM
  • Stephanie Lisson, CPIM
  • Samuel Neale, CSCP, CH Robinson
  • Reed Schrankler, CSCP
  • Christine Roth, CSCP

November 2019
  • John Muir, CSCP, CLTD

October 2019
  • Mark Tegeler, CPIM, CSCP, CLTD
  • Anna Johnson, CPIM, University of Wisconsin-Stout
  • Derek Matson, CSCP, CH Robinson

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Welcome New Members

December 2019:

  • Marco Bertranou
  • Kasey Cao
  • Matthew Gilbertson
  • Fred Kadelbach
  • Ryan Kane
  • Laura Lenard
  • Muqing Li
  • Matt Sargent
  • Robert Simpkins
  • Mark Taylor
  • Renee Wright, IntegraDose Compounding Services

November 2019:

  • James Best
  • Aaron Brack
  • Blojay Colnoe
  • Shaun Falbo
  • Mike George, Pediatric Home Service
  • Robert Goad
  • Remington Goodenough
  • Purav Mehta
  • Brian Sandberg
  • Luke Schlosser

October 2019:

  • Lisa Adams
  • Nick Corwin
  • Shawn Gordy
  • Daniel Jackson
  • Jacob Knutson, MVP Logistics & Services
  • Carolyn LIen
  • Janna Mazo
  • Robert Quickstad
  • Christopher Sanford
  • Kyle Smotrys, Milk Specialties Global
  • Brandon Sundberg
  • Chad Svacina, Northern Metal Fab Inc.
  • Jonathon Wigen


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President's Report

One year has ended, but another begins

Finally, this year, we will achieve 2020 vision. Hindsight is 2020, but 2020 is ahead of us.  And thus, as one meme satirically put it, the year of bad puns begins.

As APICS Twin Cities continues to evolve and grow, I think it’s time to summarize 2019 in review, our current position and our future direction.

It’s been a little more than a year since APICS announced the creation of The Association for Supply Chain Management.  I continue to be pleased with the opportunities provided by this evolutionary decision.  There may still be some confusion but APICS Twin Cities is leading the efforts to adapt.

For three years, we have been holding Demand Driven Planner classes.  At the end of 2018 we gained the Demand Driven Leader class as part of our portfolio.  In 2019, we added the Demand Driven S&OP Experience simulation to our repertoire and are very close to adding the Demand Driven Brix hands-on simulation to our offerings.  This commitment to the Demand Driven courseware parallels the vision of ASCM, whose pillar of thought leadership began with the Demand Driven Institute.

We were represented at all the US based meetings that ASCM coordinated this year and in January of 2019 were congratulated as the chapter with the highest paid membership of individuals of at least one year. We are consistently asked to share best practices, though we try to remain humble and don’t suggest that small chapters should do the things that we are able to do because of our size.

Developing connections for the future of the chapter has also been a focus.  We have made collaborative efforts with students at the University of Minnesota, University of St. Thomas and Metropolitan State University.  And, we’re making connections with St. Cloud State University.  I have personally connected with Chippewa Valley Technical College and Minnesota State College-Southeast.

Some Social Media training was started and will continue in 2020 as we try to establish our social media presence.  Follow our LinkedIn Page and keep the information flowing.  We are in the beginning stages of Marketing Plan creation via Metro State University’s marketing class projects. 

We meet with potential speakers regularly and continue to seek tour sites and member engagement opportunities.  Generally, we are looking for ways to reverse our overall declining membership.

We opened a chapter-based, informal mentorship program, open to everyone.  We believe that anyone may need a mentor at any point in their career.  Not always the same mentor.  As our individual journeys continue, it would be nice to have someone with relevant experience to assist in directing us to the right roads. We offer a process to achieve this.

And, we’ve started a program called Instructor on Demand.  This allows access to instructors for follow-up questions related to our course offerings.  Onsite consultation is also part of this program. 

Lastly, it is with great sadness, that I inform you of the passing of Tony Czerniak.  Tony held many roles in the chapter, most recently our VP of Membership.  44 years of APICS Membership, consistently volunteering with the relevant local chapter.  Smiling, friendly and kind are the words that best describe Tony.  Rare indeed, in this crazy world.  His loss was unexpected, and he will be sorely missed as one of the individuals most committed to APICS Twin Cities. It was our honor to have known him.

Looking Forward

ASCM has created a company certification program called SCOR-E that we will be evaluating as another potential service with which we can connect our members. This implies a company connection, which is a change to our usual individual member approach, but one which we are embracing optimistically.

In that regard, our plan for next year is to grow and develop a Supply Chain Academy concept, which brings our APICS Twin Cities training programs to a collaborative, company-based, comprehensive skills-gap analysis format.  Our goal is to provide an advisory role for companies; to bridge the skills-gap, not  limited to our offerings, but adding partnerships that will result in improving Return on Investment.  Our approach up until now has been to let companies choose from our menu of offerings.

We also continue with one paid staff member and have reached a point where we are constantly evaluating our ability to add a second staff member.  We may be able to provide services to other chapters who are not big enough to afford a staff member, and if we can grow that concept quickly, we will also need to grow our support staff accordingly.  This could be a great way to help our own situation while helping many of the other APICS chapters in the United States.


John Melbye, President, APICS Twin Cities

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THE UN-COMFORT ZONE with Robert Wilson

Exercise Your Imagination NOW!

Regularly using your imagination will enhance your ability to innovate.

Putting your imagination to work is not only fun, it might even be profitable. And, there are so many different products, machines, toys, events, scenarios, adventures and so on that you can imagine. It is natural to imagine that something can be nicer, or faster, or stronger, or cleaner, or tastier - even if you think it’s impossible - because we all want a better world to live in. Imagination is the core activity of innovation.

The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination.” Albert Einstein

When my children were younger, my imagination was tested every night. I would make up bedtime stories for them without any preparation or planning. They were always off the cuff. It was challenging because if the story wasn’t interesting they would complain. Occasionally I made one up that they loved and would request over and over again. I would get tired of the story before they would, so I would add to it - or enhance it in different ways - continuing to use my imagination.

Imagination is like a muscle. I found out that the more I wrote, the bigger it got.” Philip José Farmer

Imagination is a great escape from our stressful daily lives. I actually tell myself stories to help me fall asleep at night. I imagine adventures with me as the central character. The adventures aren’t too exciting because the goal is to fall asleep. They are interesting, but a little mundane. Some I will use for days or weeks until I get bored with it. Others have sustained my interest for months, and one for years. That one, with a number of variations, was about building, then packing, a homemade rocket ship that I would fly to the moon.

“Imagination will often carry us to worlds that never were, but without it we go nowhere.” Carl Sagan

Imagination is not just for children or daydreamers. My passion is storytelling, which explains how and why I typically use my imagination. I also like to make people laugh, so I frequently look for humorous connections so I can make a joke on the spot. I also do this when I prepare for a speech. I study the audience and try to find common quirks about their business or industry, and then use that to create a joke that helps them accept me as an insider. For example, I might say to a group of accountants, “You never really learn to swear, until you’ve worked during tax season.”

Imagination does not become great until human beings, given the courage and the strength, use it to create.” Maria Montessori

You may use your imagination when you are daydreaming about a perfect date, or planning an exciting vacation. Perhaps you use it to visualize a new business about which you’ve been wishing to establish. Maybe you imagine starting a cause or a charity for a community problem that you’re fervently devoted to fixing. Imagination enables us to develop and express thoughts about things or situations that don’t currently exist.

Reason is intelligence taking exercise. Imagination is intelligence with an erection.” Victor Hugo

Imagination is not all about fantasy, it is something we use routinely in very practical ways. When we make plans for the future, we visualize how everything will come together. We do this when shopping for a new car or house. We do this when we have children and think about how we want to raise them. In business we imagine how we can attract new customers. Imagination helps you prepare for potential problems.

This world is but a canvas to our imagination.” Henry David Thoreau

Most of us use our imagination via imagery or visualization, but you can use all five senses to create something new. I like to think of Mozart in the movie Amadeus as he imagines the notes of his compositions in his head before he writes them down on paper. How can you use your senses of hearing, smell, taste, and touch to imagine something new. I will occasionally imagine how certain flavors might work together - then create a new recipe - like my peanut butter and jalapeno sandwich. Yum!

What is now proved was once only imagined.” William Blake

How are you using your imagination? Whether it is for business or pleasure, you should take it out and play with it every day.

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 inspirational book: Wisdom in the Weirdest Places; and The Annoying Ghost Kid a humorous children’s book about dealing with a bully. For more information on Robert, please visit http://www.jumpstartyourmeeting.com

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