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APICS Twin Cities Chapter Newsletter

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Professional Development Meeting

April 2020 Professional Development Meeting
This is a Virtual Meeting - Free Admission - Registration Required to Participate


Leading Change with Informal Authority

Presented by: Susan LaCasse, Leaderscapes

Tuesday April 21, 2020, 7:00pm

Hosted Virtually via GoToMeeting Platform

It can be a difficult and frustrating job, being responsible for results & timelines for a major change initiative without direct authority to obtain consistent cooperation from others.  Change leaders learn quickly that resistance is a thing.  There is a difference between stated commitment to a broad initiative and support for actual implementation of changes to how people work.

In this session we’ll explore strategies for how to lead when you’re not in charge.  We’ll use a real life example and lessons learned as the foundation for reflection, discussion and action planning.

LInk to Details and registration Information!

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Spring Seminar 2020
This SEMINAR is Currently Cancelled due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. 
 we will resume scheduling seminars and workshops when it is safe.

Social media for Professioinal growth
Not just for job-seekers

presented by: Jennifer Radke,  Nataionl Institute for Social Media

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Minneapolis, MN

Limited seating - Hands-On Workshop

Watch for Registration Details Coming Soon!


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Member News

 new for 2020!

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 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

>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



February 2020
  • Keenan Brickson, CPIM, Graco, Inc.
  • Ryan Wisherd, CLTD, Smead Manufacturing

January 2020
  • Taylor Dewitz, CPIM, Donaldson Company
  • Spenser Fauks, CPIM, Starkey Hearing
  • Jason Stark, CSCP, CH Robinson

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

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Welcome New Members

February 2020:

  • Karthik Anumala Setty
  • Bonnie Bloom, Lubrication Technologies
  • Dan Danhauer
  • Mike Franz, Manufacturing Power
  • Tammy George, QTS
  • Erica Heitman, Lifecore Biomedical
  • Zachary Nelson
  • Christina Oswald, Lifecore Biomedical
  • Joana Ryan, HB Fuller
  • Cassandra Wirth, Curtiss-Wright Exlar
  • Emily Wolbeck, QTS
  • Chaoming Ying, New Horizon Soft

January 2020:

  • Greg Backlund, Platinum Group
  • Nicholas Baumann
  • Suzanne Birk , Wurth Adams
  • Elizabeth Bowers, Starkey Hearing Technologies
  • Robert Brenny
  • Michael Bruner
  • Gigi Budinger
  • Anjali Chordia
  • Farmer Coleman, 7-Sigma Incorporated
  • Richard Davis
  • Ruth DeMott
  • Rafael Galindez, Bay Island LLC
  • Jeffrey Hall
  • Jessica Hollis, The Specialty Mfg Co.
  • Vanessa Joseph
  • Patsy Kealey, Medtronic
  • Chris Lambrecht
  • Adam Leclerc, CHS Inc
  • Ken McDonald
  • Brian Nevison, Versa Electronics
  • Dan Nilsson, Bay Island LLC
  • Derrek Polt
  • Jessica Rasmusen, Starkey Hearing Tech
  • Sean Rozell, Bell International Labs
  • Dylan Russell
  • Jaycke Sather, StoneArch Logistics
  • Ben Shimota
  • John Shoffner, Minnesota Foreign-Trade Zone 119
  • Lauren Sjolander, Starkey Hearing Tech
  • Nancy Skafte
  • Tanner Snare
  • Shawn Stuttgen, GovDocs Inc
  • Craig Swenson, Pediatric Home Service
  • Ly Thao, The Specialty Mfg Co.
  • John Van Hoomissen, Donaldson Company


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


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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

Never Fear "Hold My Beer"

What level of risk puts you in the un-comfort zone?

When I was seven years old, I went into the woods behind my house, built a fire, then fried an egg over it in an old pie tin. When the egg was done, I ate it. I didn’t even like eggs, but because I had cooked it on my own, it was delicious. I was so proud of my achievement that I ran inside and told my father. The look on my Dad’s face was horror, and I immediately expected to be severely scolded, but he didn’t. Instead, he said, “Wow, that’s quite an accomplishment. Why don’t you show me your campfire.”

He followed me into the woods, and saw that I had properly put the fire out. I still recall the look of relief on his face. He then praised me some more, and finished by saying, “That looks like it was a lot of fun; but next time you want to do this, please include me.”

From the look on his face, I got the message loud and clear. He was concerned about me “playing with fire,” and wanted to chaperone me if I did it again. The point of this story, however, is that he didn’t yell at me. He didn’t tell me how hazardous it was, how I could’ve set the woods on fire, or burned myself. In short, he didn’t plant the seeds of fear that could’ve made me risk averse in the future.

It’s not just overprotective parents who admonish us. There are plenty of other people sowing those seeds. We are inundated daily with warnings not to experiment, investigate, or stretch too far. And, then there are dozens of old proverbs designed to motivate caution, here are just a few:
* curiosity killed the cat;
* better safe than sorry;
* better the devil you know than the devil you don’t;
* be careful what you wish for;
* don't sail out farther than you can row back;
* buyer beware;
* when in doubt, do nothing;
* you never know what lies right around the corner;
and my all time favorite from comedian Steven Wright: “Eagles may soar, but weasels don't get sucked into jet engines.”

Even the phrase “Hold My Beer” is used to disparage risk-taking, or make fun of those who do take risks. Risk-taking, however, is important in many ways, from creating successful businesses, to developing and growing emotionally.

Fear of risk is frequently fear of change, and that can lead to controlling behavior. People and institutions can get set in their ways. Ways that were profitable in the past, but may not be today. In order to move forward - to innovate - one must be willing to take risks.

The problem of risk-aversion begins as we grow up, attend school, and go through the socialization process. During that time, we are constantly told to conform. When we don’t conform, we are frequently chastised or shunned by our friends, family, and classmates. Those early days of peer pressure and the associated fear of being taunted, laughed at, or bullied stay with us well into adulthood. And, that fear of what other people think of us, can keep us from taking risks. But, we shouldn’t let that happen, because as American businessman Olin Miller observed, “You probably wouldn't worry about what people think of you if you could know how seldom they do.”

There’s nothing wrong with assessing risk before you act. It helps to understand what can be lost, if the risk you take leads to failure. However, for something to be a risk, there must be something that can be lost. What are you putting at risk? What could you lose? Time? Money? Comfort? Friends? Reputation? Freedom? Life or limb? Finally, can you afford it? Maybe it’s not as big of a risk, as you first thought. So what if you’re embarrassed, throw away some money, or waste some spare time. Oftentimes, risk is a matter of perspective. Go ahead and visualize the worst that can happen, then prepare yourself for it. And, keep this advice from Albert Einstein in mind, "Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new."

Many people, when they get older, regret not having been more bold when they were young. They will say things like, “I should’ve auditioned for the school play;” or “I wish I had tried out for the football team;” or “I could’ve participated in the science fair or math competition, but I didn’t;” or “If only I’d asked out that pretty girl I really liked.”

The trick is getting comfortable with risk. It helps to understand that it will feel uncomfortable at first, and that you will get used to it. The problem is our imagination makes us believe that failure will be worse than it actually is. Failure can be a good thing, if we learn from it. John Dewey understood this when he said, "Failure is instructive. The person who really thinks learns quite as much from his failures as from his successes."

Risk-takers didn’t get there overnight. They built up a tolerance for it over time. You will become more comfortable with risk, the more often you take one. One success will lead to another, and you’ll feel better each time. A shortcut for this is to hang out with people who are risk-takers. Before you know it, they will have you skydiving, snowboarding, or mountain biking, or maybe just riding that scary-looking roller coaster.

There is an old proverb which says, “No risk no reward.” And, it’s true. The biggest risk is never taking one, because without risk you won’t find opportunity.

You can get more comfortable with risk by taking small inconsequential ones. Here are a few easy ones to get you started: If you drink coffee every day, switch to tea for a week. If you always listen to pop music on the radio, switch to country, jazz, hip hop or classical music for a month. Rearrange one piece of furniture in your house. Read a section of the newspaper that you’ve never read before. Read a magazine on a topic that you know nothing about. Take a continuing education class in a subject not related to your career. Join a hobby or study group on Taste a new food - maybe an ethnic food - that you’ve never tried before.

Don’t let risk aversion keep you from living your life to the fullest. Try something new today.

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

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