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APICS Twin Cities Chapter Newsletter

This newsletter has the latest news and updates for 2019.

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Professional Development Meeting

June 2019 Professional Development Meeting

2 Opportunities to Participate This Month!

powering initiatives through networking

Presented by: Nathan Perez, 20 Minute Networking

Tuesday, June 11, 2019, 5:00pm, Jax Cafe, Minneapolis

Multiple demands, limited resources and internal politics.  And yet, oddly enough the best ideas are seldomly selected.  How can that be? 

It’s because between 70-85% of all business initiatives are approved through networking; that networking is crucial to idea socialization; business development; resource allocation; and gaining buy-in from colleagues and work peers.  You know all that relationship-building stuff. We know it’s important.

But do we do it? And where do you start? How do you become more effective?  How do you manage the time? And how do you get it to actually work?

Nathan A. Perez, co-author of the multi-award winning The 20-Minute Networking Meeting, will discuss the ground-breaking concept of structured, brief and reciprocal networking, and lead you through an interpersonal Social, Speed, and Spontaneous skill session that will get you shaking hands, conversing with others at the event, and walking away with a simple, but critical skillset that will impact the rest of your personal life and career.

Link to details and registration info.


June 2019 Breakfast Meeting

Tour of Protolabs Inc.
presented by Rob Bodor, Vice President and General Manager, Americas, Protolabs
Brooklyn Park, MN

Tuesday, June 18, 2019
7:00 - 9:00am

We are pleased to announce the opportunity to tour local business, Protolabs!  Protolabs, a 20-year industry veteran, is the world's fastest digital manufacturing source for rapid prototyping and on-demand production. The technology-enabled company produces custom parts and assemblies in as fast as 1 day with automated 3D printing, CNC machining, sheet metal fabrication, and injection molding processes. Its digital approach to manufacturing enables accelerated time to market, reduces development and production costs, and minimizes risk throughout the product life cycle. 

Join us for a light breakfast, followed by a fascinating tour and program hosted by Proto Labs!

Tour Space is limited - REGISTER TODAY!

Link to details and Registration Info.

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Member News

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 learning about the new organization that we're so proud to be a part of!

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:

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 2018 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 24 consecutive years!

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

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


2019-20 Class Schedule is posted and Registrations are Open NOW!  Plan your Professional Development Schedule today!

>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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Welcome New Members

April 2019:

  • Connor Bailey
  • Lindsey Beste, 3M
  • Bryce Brethorst
  • Jarrett Buckholz, APG Cash Drawer
  • Jonathan Carlson
  • William Christensen
  • Rebekah Danielson
  • Neal Donaghy, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Jay Estabrooks, Lubetech and Partners
  • Rochak Gupta
  • Rebecca Huffman, Anagram International
  • Donald Lawson, Lexington MFG
  • Brad Masson
  • Joseph Mullen
  • Shannon Putnam
  • Laura Rau
  • Mitchell Rigdon
  • Yuling Thenhaus
  • Jerry Tuszynski, Interstate PowerSystems, Inc.
  • Nathan Williams
  • Shirley Zweber

March 2019:

  • Connor Bailey
  • Lindsey Beste, 3M
  • Bryce Brethorst
  • Jarrett Buckholz , APG Cash Drawer
  • Jonathan Carlson
  • William Christensen
  • Rebekah Danielson
  • Neal Donaghy, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • JayEstabrooks, Lubetech and Partners
  • Rochak Gupta
  • Rebecca Huffman, Anagran International
  • Donald Lawson, Lexington MFG
  • Brad Masson
  • Joseph Mullen
  • Shannon Putnam
  • Laura Rau
  • Mitchell Rigdon
  • Yuling Thenhaus
  • Jerry Tuszynski, Interstate PowerSystems, Inc.
  • Nathan Williams
  • Shirley Zweber

February 2019:

  • Dylan Anderson, Starkey Hearing Technologies
  • Aaron Anthony  
  • Jeremy Apikelis  
  • Julio Batista  
  • Margaret Baumann  
  • Megan Boyd, CertainTeed
  • Evette Brendalen  
  • Gwen Carlson  
  • Spenser Fauks, Starkey Hearing Technologies
  • Jackson Fulton  
  • Isabel Glowac  
  • Eric Helvie  
  • Koree Holme, 3M
  • William Kealy, Ceva
  • Bonnie Keyworth, SPS Commerce
  • Gregory Lambert  
  • SreeRam Mangalampalli  
  • Derek Matson  
  • Michael Merriam  
  • Sarah Mevissen, CertainTeed
  • John Nitti, Nonin Medical Inc.
  • Karl Otto, Cargill
  • Hisila Shrestha, DiaSorin
  • Nicholas Stein, Northrop Grumman
  • Thomas Swanson  
  • Evan Weiss  
  • Matthew Zeien, Kurt Mfg. Co.


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Congratulations Newly Certified Members



May 2019
  • Talesha Roehler, CSCP, BevSource - May 2019
  • Lindsey Beste, CSCP, 3M - May 2019
  • Kari Berglund, CPIM, Cirrus Aircraft - May 2019

April 2019
  • Chet Stuewe, CPIM, Bernard Dalsin Mfg - April 2019
  • Rajalaximi Bimal, CPIM - April 2019
  • Thomas Wilmes, CPIM, Graco Inc. - April 2019

March 2019
  • Theodore Soler, CPIM, University of Wisconsin-Stout - March 2019
  • Amos Oladoyin, CSCP, Eaton Corporation - March 2019
  • Rebecca Rumpza, CSCP - March 2019
  • Aditya Bhoraskar, CPIM - Cummins
  • Mark Edward Tegeler, CSCP

February 2019
  • Miranda Boyadjis, CPIM, CSCP
  • Karina Canales Ruiz, CPIM
  • Elliot Barquest, CSCP
  • Connor Bonk, CSCP
  • Patrick Pylvainen, CSCP - SPS Commerce
  • Eden Ng, CPIM
  • Nathaniel Coffman, CPIM - 3M

We had the privilege to recognize these recently certified members at our Professional Development Meeting:

Congratulations Nathaniel Coffman, CPIM!
(pictured with John Melbye, Chapter President)

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President's Report

June 2019

President's Report

John Melbye, CSCP, DDPP, DDLP

Hello APICS Twin Cities Chapter members-

It’s that time of year again, where I’d like to review what we have done in the past year and what types of things we look forward to in the next 12 months.

One of the hallmarks of the past few years has been innovation.  We have strived to bring new and exciting programs, cutting edge topics and some influential individuals to the Twin Cities.  Let’s review.

First, in October, we brought Carol Ptak and Dick Ling to the Twin Cities to present Demand Driven S&OP.  The first public presentation of this workshop in the United States.  Why did we do this?  Because, quite frankly, this is the future of supply chain.  S&OP is a hot topic for companies, but the information that is presented is often the same info that has been presented for years.  Change is happening all around us, so it stands to reason that change is happening in S&OP as well.

Along with Demand Driven S&OP, I taught a Demand Driven Leader class alongside Carol Ptak, thereby becoming authorized to teach that class as well.  We brought the Demand Driven Planner program to the Twin Cities in February of 2017.  And now the Demand Driven Leader class in October of 2018.

As usual, in December we had our community service event.  This year we participated in a food packing event at Feed My Starving Children.  We continue to make an impact in the world through our efforts.

In April, we asked Caroline Mondon, French author and creative energy behind at least two of the Demand Driven workshops, to come and present the Demand Driven S&OP Simulation Experience. This was very successful and again, the first public offering of this workshop in the United States.  By the middle of May, I am on track to be authorized to present this workshop as well, bringing yet another new class to the Twin Cities menu of courses.

In March, we revived the morning Professional Development Meeting.  The thought was that perhaps we can reach a new and different portion of our membership with this option.  I’m happy to report that we had 51 people sign up for that meeting.  With this level of success, we will continue to have morning PDMs as well as the evening meetings. 

Our May seminar incorporates two speakers and four topics, attempting to broaden our appeal and increase the value to our membership.  By increasing the variety of topics covered and reducing the time per topic, we hope to have a lively discussion and more value per event for our members.

We presented to two different meetings of the University of Minnesota Supply Chain Club.  This is a vital connection for the future of the chapter.  We need to be relevant to young professionals so that they see value in joining the organization. We will continue to embrace the area Universities and bring value to them as well.

I’m finding a recurring theme.  We are attempting to provide a higher level of value to our members and to the supply chain community in Minneapolis.  We still maintain the original APICS content, but we recognize that our members are constantly searching for opportunities to stay informed and remain relevant.  And, maintaining your certification should also be fun and interesting.

For the future, what kinds of activities are we planning, besides those already started listed above.

First, from several directions I have heard about the need for a mentorship program.  I have been involved in the APICS Scholars Mentor program for two years and I agree that mentorship is important.  Beyond mentoring students, I have a belief that we all need mentors our entire careers.  It’s not the same person or the same skillset but recognize that we all need advice from time to time.

So, creating some form of a “casual mentor” program is part of the plan for next year.

Partnering with organizations that traditionally are viewed as competitors is another line we intend to cross.  We can work together without giving away our business as well.  Our enemy is the idea that people no longer need to learn.  And the companies who think if they cut training budgets, their problems will miraculously solve themselves.

Building a network of networks.  Every person you meet is an opportunity to grow. Perhaps they can help you, and perhaps you can help them, but in either case, you win.  Many people wait until they need a network of people before they start building one.  This year, we will find a way to structure the interactions so that we can make more meaningful connections through our networking events.

We will also continue to focus on building relationships with young professionals and students.  Part of our mission is to support and promote supply chain.  One way to do that is to spread the word, focusing on high school students helping to guide their career decisions by informing them of the glory and glamour that is Supply Chain.

Looking forward to a fantastic 2019/2020.

John Melbye, President
APICS Twin Cities Chapter

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THE UN-COMFORT ZONE with Robert Wilson

What Defined Your Turning Points?

Critical events after which nothing was ever the same.

“There are moments which mark your life. Moments when you realize nothing will ever be the same and time is divided into two parts - before this, and after this.” John Hobbes, a character played by Denzel Washington in the 1998 movie, Fallen.

What have been your turning points? Those points when a significant change occurred that altered the course of events in your life.

There have been historical events that changed all our lives. For the better, such as the toppling of the Berlin Wall on November 9, 1989. For the worse, the terror attacks on September 11, 2001. And, the event which occurred at different times for all of us (starting in the 1990s), that changed our lives in so many ways: the day we first accessed the World Wide Web. I recently saw a cartoon that humorously depicts our sense of “Before the Internet vs. After the Internet” with the caption Life Before Google. The drawing depicted a man and woman sitting in a living room, with the woman saying, “I just thought of something I want to know more about.” And, the man replying, “That’s a damn shame.”

But, I’m more interested in your personal turning points. Was it happenstance or a conscious decision? Was it a crisis or an opportunity? Did you have an idea that changed your world? Did you create something that lead to a new business?

I know people who have suffered body trauma that altered their abilities for life. And, others who have been dramatically healed. There are any number of situations that may have been a crossroads for you.

I count several turning points in my life which include physical changes, emotional changes, and philosophical changes. Events that definitely became a “Before This/After This” juncture.

Moving into a new house in a new neighborhood when I was 12 is the first significant one I recall. It gave me the opportunity to start over in a new school where I didn’t have a difficult to overcome notoriety as a wimp. In my old neighborhood and school, I felt like William Thatcher, in the movie, A Knight’s Tale, when jousting champion Count Adhemar said to him, “You have been weighed, you have been measured, and you have been found wanting.” In my new house, I still had the same insecurities that got me bullied when I was younger (see my article Keep Your Power), but in the new school at least I didn’t have to vanquish an existing reputation as well. I was very aware of the differences between “Before the Move” and “After the Move,” and over the years I’ve pondered how my life might be different if this change never occurred.

Then there were the various mileposts of life such as my 16th birthday and getting my driver’s license, and enjoying my first taste of freedom. A year later at 17, I bought my first car, and enjoyed more freedom as I didn’t have to borrow my parents’ cars. And, then the enormous freedom I enjoyed when I got my first apartment at age 19.

I have had a number of emotional turning points. I recall feeling like a prisoner in high school, and needing change. I decided to run for the office of Student Council President. I was so desperate for some variation in my life that I decided if I didn’t win the election, I would ask my parents to let me move in with my aunt so I could finish my senior year in another city. Fortunately, I won the election, because my parents would never have allowed me (nor my aunt for that matter) to move. As it turned out, I experienced the most amazing year where I learned many new things, and enjoyed a huge boost in my self-confidence and sense of self-worth.

Losing my father to a stroke in my sophomore year of college was a huge loss emotionally. As I wrote in a previous article (Confessions of a Mr. Mom), I had just started getting along with my Dad for the first time since I became a teenager. Over the years, there would be many occasions where I wished for his counsel, his wisdom, and his love. It was also a big philosophical turning point, because of Dad dying so young, I experienced a loss of (religious) faith that lasted for many years. It wasn’t until one of the biggest turning points in my life - having children and becoming a father myself - that my faith started to return.

As a writer, my biggest turning point came when I bought my first computer at age 28. Having the word-processing power of a computer increased my writing productivity immensely. Before owning a computer, when I worked on a typewriter, I never finished a project. I had stacks and stacks of manuscripts with corrections written in the margins, collecting dust, waiting to be retyped. After I acquired a computer, with the power to edit, move paragraphs, and spell-check, I completed short stories, novels, and more. Buying that first computer even enabled me to go into business for myself.

One of my most difficult turning points was my divorce after 22 years of marriage. I lost my primary confidant; I became a single parent; I was dating again; I had time alone; and I was so depressed that I was challenged by everything. Seeking help, I saw a few different therapists, but I didn’t feel that any of them were helping me. I was also in denial that I had a problem other than the sadness associated with loss. The real turning point of my divorce came a few years later, after a particularly painful ending to a relationship. I recognized that I had a pattern of pursuing poisonous relationships. I realized I had a problem. A problem I couldn’t understand. A problem for which I was determined to find an answer. I read and researched diligently until I finally had a eureka moment and identified the problem enough that I was able to find a therapist who could help me. Just knowing what the problem was became a clear demarcation point of Before/After for me. And, while there is no specific date at which it began to work, I learned in therapy how to change my life for the better.

What are some of your turning points? If you will, please share yours in the comments: the good and the bad; the intentional and the random; how they changed your life; what you learned; and what meaning you took from them.

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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