Chapter News

Your APICS Chapter – Making its Mark
October 2009

Al Leigh
APICS Brandywine Valley Chapter President
Al Leigh
CPIM CSCP

I just got back from the 2009 International APICS Conference in Toronto. As usual, it was a dynamic and fulfilling experience. In addition to the many opportunities to learn, there were many more opportunities to network. I enjoyed the chance to renew friendships and meet new people that will become a welcome part of my network. Is networking important in these uncertain times? You bet, now more than ever.

In addition, it became clear to me that our Chapter is making its mark on the national level:

  • Our chapter ranks in the top 10 in the world in CSCP Learning Systems purchased. We are currently training our 100th – plus CSCP student, and the certification rate for our students is over 90% (well-above the world-wide average). That means we are meeting our objective of providing meaningful training for our membership.
  • We had three speakers at the International Conference from our membership. Peter Murray; CIRM, and Janice Gullo, CSCP, CPIM (Executive VP) spoke on “Building the Foundation for a Demand Driven Enterprise”. I heard nothing but positives for their presentation. Janice was also on the panel for an open discussion on Women in Operations. I joined with Anne Haberkorn, CSCP, CIRM, CFPIM (Fox Valley Technical College) to speak on “Growing Assets with Visual Management and Lean Six Sigma”.
  • Our Chapter just received the “Gold” designation for our 3rd consecutive year by the National APICS organization.
  • A recent weekly APICS newsletter written by Abe Eshkenazi (President of the APICS Society) featured the visit he recently made to DuPont in Wilmington, DE. DuPont is doing an excellent job of building and improving their integrated supply chains, and Abe highlighted some of the activity and benefits. APICS education is key part of this effort. More than 600 DuPont’ers have taken or are currently enrolled in an APICS certification class. 192 have earned certifications and 17 hold multiple certifications. Most of these are current members of our chapter and are engaged in making us stronger and better. As DuPont addresses the “new normal”, APICS supply chain principles and education is playing a key role.
  • Our chapter sponsored 2 students to the International Conference. There was a large student presence in Toronto, and they added a welcome dynamic to the entire event.

One final note on the International Conference: Although attendance was lower than in previous years (yes, due primarily to the economy), there were more than 500 first time attendees. This is a spectacular number! It shows the growth and interest that companies and individuals have in learning more about best practices in the supply chain.

Al Leigh, President APICS-SDELV


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