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APICS Twin Cities Chapter Newsletter

This newsletter has the latest news and updates for 2018.

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Professional Development Meeting

November 2018 Professional Development Meeting
Don't just imagine leading a team of all-in and engaged people.... LIVE IT!
presented by: Adam Wallschlaeger, Certified Business Coach & Corporate Trainer, ActionCOACH MN

Thursday November 15, 2018 | 5:00pm - 8:00pm | Crowne Plaza Aire Minneapolis Airport/MOA

Joint Meeting with ISM-TwinCities



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Fall 2018 Seminar: Adaptive S&OP 
 Presented by Carol Ptak and Dick Ling
October 23, 2018  |  DoubleTree by Hilton Minneapolis - Park Place
Don't miss this unique opportunity to learn from world-renowned experts, Carol Ptak and Dick LIng!


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Member News

Introducing 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).


 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:


The Lean Thinker - check out Mark Rosenthal'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 2017 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!

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










>Link to the Events Calendar.

Learn about:

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


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Welcome New Members

September 2018:

September 2018:

FirstName LastName Company
Rabeet Ahsan  
Syed Akailvi  
Ravi Kumar Reddy Alavala  
Rishika Amarnani  
Lisa Anderson  
Elliot Barquest  
Brandon Chicone Prestige Beverage Group
Gregory Gaspard  
Andrew Gerdeen  
Varun Grover  
Kristina Gyorgieva  
Andrew Harry American Converters
Richard Jundt, CSCP SPS Commerce
Eric Kaess  
Jason Melchert  
Divya Mogilsetty  
Rakshit Nasikkar Saint Cloud State University
Scott Paul  
FNU Pushpavati  
Aiswarya Ramesh  
Divya Chowdary Rayapati  
Rhea Robison  
Maneesha Sama  
Christopher Schneider  
Paul Snow  
Mark Tegeler  
James Tupy Interstate Power Systems, Inc.
Preksha Vancha  

August 2018:

FirstName LastName Company
Darshna Amarnani  
Nishant Bhosle  
Jessica Durfee  
Dave Griffiths CH Robinson - Freightquote
prem Gullipalli  
Terry Koh  
Travis Kruger  
Ian Lawson  
Dianne Leavitt  
Lisa Leisenheimer Pace Dairy Foods
Kevin Linderman University of Minnesota
Gaurav Moghe  
Pa Moua  
Thu Tuyet Nguyen  
Jan Perkins  
Michael Plehal  
Evvie Punches  
Patrick Pylvainen SPS Commerce
Surya Prakash Singh Salagram  
Leslie Schrul  
Yi Tang  
Fan Wu  
Frank Xiong Pinnacle Climate Technologies

July 2018:

FirstName LastName Company
David Danhauer  
Glorilu Fernandez-Vargas  
Daniel Holovnia  
Mason Kadlec  
Andrew Venn  
Carrie Voyda Lifetouch


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Congratulations Newly Certified Members



October 2018
  • Joshua Moss, CPIM - VEECO
September 2018
  • Skyler Poulios, CPIM
  • Shaun O'Hara, CLTD
August 2018
  • Aaron Hoverson, CPIM - Loram Maintenance of Way
July 2018
  • Christopher Bedtke, CPIM - Smiths Medical
  • Paul Czerlanis, CPIM, CSCP - Smiths Medical
  • Neil Brogger, CPIM
  • Seung Min Oh, CPIM - Cummins Power Generation
  • Todd Laumann, CPIM, CSCP - LIfecore Biomedical
  • Ryan Peterson, CSCP - CH Robinson
  • Michael Schwartz, CPIM


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Board of Directors Column

November 2018 Board of Directors Column

Orville Vaughn, CPIM, CLTD
Vice President Education

In the recent film “Darkest Hour”, the actor Gary Oldham portrayed Winston Churchill as he became Prime Minister of Great Britain at the time Hitler’s forces were marching through and devastating Europe.  Near the end of the film, after one of Churchill’s impassioned speeches to Parliament, one skeptical observer asked “what just happened?”  The response was that Churchill had just “marshalled the English language and sent it off into battle.”  No one (outside of Churchill) believed there was any hope for England to successfully defend their island from the Nazi forces.  They were hopelessly outnumbered and their planes and warships were no match for Germany’s immense war machine.  However, Churchill could not stomach the thought of the mighty British Empire ever being enslaved to another country and certainly not under the rule of Hitler.  He would rather “choke on his own blood.”  His words, his passion, and his vision stirred the nation to action.  Today, with perfect 20/20 hindsight, we still look back and wonder how did he/they do it?

What does Winston Churchill and the battles of World War II have to do with twenty-first century supply chain management?  Fortunately, our decisions as supply chain leaders are not matters of life and death but, in a very real sense our decisions do directly affect the lives of dozens (and perhaps hundreds) of people who work in our companies.  Our decisions affect the health and future of our companies.  In today’s global markets, efficient supply chain management is essential.  It can literally make the difference between surviving (and thriving) or going out of business.  We need strong supply chain leaders today who have passion and vision.  We may not have the oratory skills of Winston Churchill but it is imperative that we have passion and are leading our companies forward with confidence.

How do we lead with confidence?  Start with a solid foundation of supply chain knowledge in the areas of: planning, control and flow.  Educate yourself and develop a training plan for everyone in your organization.  Equip yourself and those around you to be successful and win.  The Twin Cities Chapter offers a full menu of supply chain courses ranging from Principles, to certification (CPIM, CSCP, CLTD) and advanced Demand Driven courses.  All are available here locally.  You simply need the vision to marshal your troops and move forward.  Contact us and we will help you to get your plan into action.


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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 ...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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