Chapter News

Top Management Night – Summary
April 2015

Sixty members, guests and managers enjoyed a top-notch Top Management Night on April 7th at Harry’s Savoy Grill. Each attendee received a complimentary box of chocolates from Neuchatel Chocolates and an excellent dinner.

Our speaker was Vinay Gupta from the Happen Group, an Innovation Company. He spoke on ‘Innovation: Past, Present, and Future’, and discussed how to improve our innovation-to-application success rate. Simply put, a sound innovation process is simply “a reproducible process of creative problem solving” and “applied invention”. The participants all gave high marks for the presentation.

This was also our awards night.
Member of the Year: Tom Jumbo for his years of service as VP-Finance
Company of the Year: AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals
Instructor of the Year: Al Leigh

Save the Date: Our final PDM for this year is May 12th. The speaker will be Dr. David Dobrzykowski from Rutgers University. His topic “Coordinating Health Care Delivery – A supply chain approach”. Join us at the Christiana Hilton in Wilmington for this great evening.

AstraZeneca - Global Supply Chain Planning - Company of the Year Award
Al Leigh presents the Company of the Year award to AstraZeneca – Global Supply Chain Planning. Receiving the award are Matt Milks and Bob Pfender.

Tom Jumbo - Member of the Year
Tom Jumbo receives the Member of the Year award from Brandywine Valley Chapter President, Janice Gullo

Al Leigh - Instructor of the Year
Al Leigh receives the Instructor of the Year award from Brandywine Valley Chapter President, Janice Gullo

Join us for the ‘Hear We Go’ Walk/Run on May 3rd
April 2015

hear-we-goPlease join the APICS Brandywine Valley chapter (Team APICS BVC), for the 7th Annual ‘Hear We Go’ 5K Run/1Mile Walk on Sunday May 3rd! All family and friends are welcome to join! The “Hear We Go” run/walk will take place on the exquisite grounds of Nemours Mansion and Gardens. The event begins at noon, with the run starting at 1PM and the walk at 1:15PM. It concludes with fun family activities, live entertainment, refreshments and an educational fair ending at 3PM. All proceeds will go towards the Nemours / Alfred. I duPont Hospital for Children’s program for hearing loss and conservation.

All participants in the walk or run will receive a free t-shirt, refreshments, and can participate in activities and a raffle! Our chapter has also made a donation, and our name will be on the t-shirts! The Hear we Go Walk will be a great chance to help out the Children’s Hospital and enjoy the gardens on a beautiful May day all while networking with the chapter!

More information about the event is available at: Hear We Go or contact

Go to the Hear We Go – Team APICS BVC registration

  1. Click ‘Join Our Team’ (Team name: APICS BVC)
  2. Fill out required information to complete your registration

On behalf of the entire board, we hope you can participate in this wonderful opportunity with us!

Welcome New Members and Membership Milestones
March 2015

The following people have recently joined the Brandywine Valley chapter:
John Ross
Matthew Caggiano
Dawn Hughes
Ann Engel
Jeffrey Ondria
Carey Free
Joseph Amalesh
Ken Watts
Ken Hunter
Michael Quinn
Dhiran Singh
Laurie Jacobs
Anitha Mariayesudhasan
Matt Adams

Congratulations to the following members who celebrated a milestone this month:
5 years
Jayne Bower
Anne Omondi
Kenneth Dusseau
Parth Mehta
Steven Johnsen
Michael Lazzara
Pamelyn Lindsey
Susan Pierce
JB Anderson
Shandra Riley

10 years
Janice Gullo

15 years
Bruce Armstrong

Welcome New Members and Membership Milestones
January 2015

The following people have recently joined the Brandywine Valley chapter:
Christine Webb
Matthew Coyle

Congratulations to the following members who celebrated a milestone this month:
5 years
James Anderson
Shandra Riley

10 years
Maureen George
Dan Meier
John Luckini
Janice Gullo

15 Years
Princess Boxer

ISM- Delaware Affiliate Webinar. “Uncovering and Managing Supplier and Supply Chain Risks”
November 2014


Thursday, December 4. 1:00pm to 2:30pm
Rescheduled from February 13, 2014 as it was snowed out—an example of a risk event!

As companies expand their sources of supply from local to global, it is inevitable that the level of risk in the supply will increase. Coupled with this, supply chains are becoming more complex and thus the risk incurred grows cumulatively. So how can companies benefit from the advantages of a global supply chain and yet not expose themselves to dangerous levels of risk? One way is to uncover, manage and mitigate risk at a supplier and supply chain level. Learn how IBM is uncovering and managing risk across its global supply chain comprised of 100s of companies in over 50 countries, and how IBM is using various tools and data analytics to uncover supplier and supply chain risk.

The session will include an outstanding one hour ISM webinar, presented by Louis R. Ferretti, Project Executive, IBM Integrated Supply Chain. Participants can then network and share their organizations’s experiences in risk management.

ISM- Delaware members who cannot attend the group session can access the webinar through this link.

Who should attend? Supply management and supply chain personnel who are interested in improving their organization’s management of risk.

Place: DuPont Chestnut Run Plaza. 974 Centre Road. Wilmington DE 19807 Building 735. 1336 Conf Room. Please check in with the Receptionist in the Lobby.

Registration. Please let Pam Lewis know if you plan to attend.

Welcome New Members and Membership Milestones
October 2014

The following people have recently joined the Brandywine Valley chapter:
Benjamin Verreault
Paula Gagliardo
Isaac Scott
Kathy Marron
Joel Mey
Eugene Baker
Gregory Dugan
Andrew Zhao
Katie Taggart
Meredith Brown

Congratulations to the following members who celebrated a milestone in October:
5 Years
Suresh K Pottem
Lori Pike
Kathy A Brown
Nolteanous Gilliam

10 Years
Samuel H Dennis

25 Years
Brent A Burdge

Welcome New Members and Membership Milestones
August 2014

The following people have recently joined the Brandywine Valley chapter:
Regina Trout
Megan Hinterberger
Nicole Eisenberg

Congratulations to the following members who celebrated a milestone in August:
5 Years
Robert Miller
David Spangler
Eileen Wood

10 Years
Sean Ferry
Eric Barnett

Welcome New Members and Membership Milestones
June 2014

The following people have recently joined the Brandywine Valley chapter:
Roberto Alvarez
Jason Shoemaker
Kendra Clark
Syed Jafri
Gordon Perkins
Erik Andres
Matthiew Natale
Joi Johnson
Jeffrey Green
Kendra Kimball
Heather Needham
Leslie Borbidge
David Sekula
Uriel Bohorquez

Congratulations to the following members who celebrated a milestone in April and May:
5 Years
Philip Newman-Sanders
Todd Shultz
Dionne Sinclair
Marco Gutierrez

15 Years
Charles Whitehead
Douglas Crews

20 Years
Stephen Desirey

25 Years
William Mann

Supply Management for Sustainability Symposium
May 2014

C.E.H. 5 Hours

ISM- Delaware is proud to announce the “Supply Management for Sustainability Symposium”. The Symposium will bring together leaders in private and public organizations with innovative suppliers of sustainable offerings, with the intent of rapid adoption of sustainable approaches meeting organization needs. It will provide attendees with a unique opportunity to meet and network with leaders from organizations large and small from many different industries, entrepreneurs, community leaders, university researchers, and government agencies to address these challenges in the rapidly changing global environment.

The Symposium starts with a luncheon where participants can meet one another and enjoy a sustainable lunch. Dawn Rittenhouse, Director of Sustainable Development for the DuPont Company, will set the stage by giving a Keynote overview on Sustainability, highlighting challenges, success stories, and discussing the path ahead for potential to significantly impact our lives, our environment and our future. The afternoon agenda features talks on “Sustainable Facilities” and “Sustainable Supply Chains”. Experts from the private and public sector will discuss key challenges and promising solutions to these critical areas.

Join us for this inaugural Supply Management for Sustainability Symposium, a pathway to making Sustainability real and making an impact.

Program (tentative program and is subject to change)

Luncheon. Welcome to LEED Gold-certified Blue Ball Barn and to ISM- Delaware.
Keynote Presentation: “Sustainability”, by Dawn Rittenhouse, Director of Sustainable Development. DuPont.
Talk on “Sustainable Logistics” by Justine Russo | Manager Market Research & BICC PITT OHIO
Talk on “Improving Sustainability of Facilities. Guidance and Implementation through the Industrial Assessment Center”. By Dr. Keith Goossen, Director. Industrial Assessment Center.
Talk on “Green Buildings”. By Joseph Scarpa, CSI, CCCA, LEED AP O+M Construction Contract Administrator. DuPont
Talk on “Pallet Recycling”. By Michael K. Sheldon. Senior Packaging Buyer- DuPont Sourcing & Logistics.
Closing Comments

Who Should Attend?

  • Leaders and supply management professionals from private and public organizations involved in marketing, facility management, and supply chains.
  • Suppliers of sustainable offerings
  • Governmental facilitators
Date & Time
June 5, 2014, 12:00 noon to 5:00 p.m.
Blue Ball Barn
Alapocas Run State Park
1914 West Park Drive
Wilmington, DE 19803
Phone: (302) 761-6952

This beautifully restored ( LEED Gold) barn, built by Alfred I. duPont, is named after the Blue Ball Tavern, an inn and meeting house that was once located near the property. This two-story stone barn connects Delaware’s past and present with a collection of unique cultural artifacts housed in a contemporary multifunctional space.

Luncheon and Symposium $25 for guests. Cost is included in membership of ISM- Delaware members.
There are limited seats for the Symposium. Please let Pam Lewis know if you plan to attend, with a deadline of Monday, June 3.

ISM- Delaware, Inc. (formerly NAPM- Delaware, Inc.) is a non-profit local affiliate of the Institute for Supply Management. ISM’s mission is to enhance the value and performance of procurement and supply chain management practitioners and their organizations worldwide through education, networking, research, standards of excellence and information dissemination.

Brandywine Valley APICS Chapter Celebrates Top Management Night (TMN)
April 2014

tmn2014The Brandywine Valley Chapter held its annual Top Management Night at Harry’s Savoy Grill on Naaman’s Road in Wilmington, DE. Our speaker was the restaurant’s owner Xavier Teixido. Over 60 attendees, members and their managers attended the event where Xavier gave us an entertaining view of the supply chains involved in providing us our hors d’oeuvre and dinner. He gave us an enlightened view just how to get the right meal (product) to the customer, at the right place, right time, and right temperature. It sounded so familiar.

Wendy Hicks-Powers Recognized as Member of the year

wendy_MOTYAPICS Brandywine Valley Chapter each year recognizes a member of the chapter who has helped the Board serve its membership.

This year the APICS Brandywine Valley Member of the Year is Wendy Hicks-Powers.

Wendy’s leadership, her tenacity and attention to detail helped the chapter sponsor our first Supply Chain Risk Seminar. This was an extremely successful event and our chapter was represented well.

We thank Wendy for her efforts and Congratulations!

AstraZeneca Awarded Brandywine Valley Company of the Year

Each year the chapter selects a local company/partner as Company of the Year. The award goes to the company who best supports the APICS Chapter’s mission for their supply chain professionals to become more effective in current in their job assignments by supporting APICS Education opportunities, APICS certifications, recertification maintenance points, and professional development.

This year APICS Brandywine Valley Company of the Year is AstraZeneca.

AstraZeneca is a global, innovation-driven, integrated biopharmaceutical company. 

AstraZeneca has provided it supply chain professionals the opportunity to increase their SC knowledge not only supporting APICS education but by supporting their employees to become APICS Board Members.

Congratulations to AstraZeneca.


Lifetime Achievement Award Presented to Barry McBurney at Top Management Night

Barry McBurney, APICS Mid Atlantic District Manager, has served on the Brandywine Chapter Board of Directors for over 10 years. He has been our rock, our mentor, and our friend.

Earlier this year Barry announced that he would be retiring from his APICS role. The Brandywine Valley APICS Chapter Board of Directors has been proud to work with Barry over the years and wanted to thank him for his service by presenting him with a Lifetime Achievement Award.

Barry has seen the chapter through the good time and some rough times. He has mentored our Chapter leadership and helped us grow and serve our membership.

Barry has been our connection to the APICS Mid-Atlantic District which is the local arm of APICS Corporate. He kept us posted of APICS Corporate initiatives. Many times Barry has been our sounding board for “Corporate wants us to do what!” He always represented us well and provided guidance.

When APICS became the focus of his life later in his career Barry’s passion for APICS contributed to making important changes in the way the APICS Corporate, the District and the Chapters are run. We know Barry to be a kind and generous man. His desire to mentor both students and colleagues are representative of his passion to help others. Many people have benefited from his kind heart and his guidance.

We congratulate Barry on his Lifetime Achievement Award and wish both he and Janet his wife a happy retirement. Thank you Barry!


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