Chapter News

2014 APICS Student Scholarship Awarded to Widener University Student
April 2014

On Thursday, March 27 the APICS Brandywine Valley Chapter was proud to present the APICS Scholarship Award to a rising Senior at Widener University. Justin Kohli was recognized as an outstanding Operations Management student who demonstrates strong potential for a successful career in the Operations Management field. Justin, a Delran, NJ native, is a junior majoring in Management with a concentration in Operations Management. In addition to his concentration, he is pursuing the Certificate of Recognition from SAP. Justin is an avid sportsman and plays for the Widener golf team. Our congratulations go out to Justin, with best wishes for his future success.

Justin Kohli 2014
Photo: left is Savas Ozatalay, Dean, School of Business Administration, right Justin Kohli

SAP and Business Process, with Wawa’s Brian McCaffrey
April 2014

20140416_173616On April 16, 2014, APICS Brandywine Valley sponsored a speaking engagement at the University of Delaware with keynote speaker Brian McCaffrey, Wawa’s Director, SAP and Business Process. Brian spoke to over 100 Operations Management and Information Systems students about Wawa’s experience with implementing SAP throughout their chain of stores.

The event was held on Wawa’s 50th Anniversary, and the students broke out in a rousing rendition of “Happy Birthday” to their beloved Wawa! The event was promoted and organized by UD’s student APICS chapter, which is sponsored and supported by the Brandywine Valley Chapter.


Welcome New Members and Membership Milestones
March 2014

The following people have recently joined the Brandywine Valley chapter:
Melissa Mahan
Brendon Bielat
Kristen Bender
Lynnae Duprey
Katrina Mehringer

Congratulations to the following members who celebrate a milestone this month:
10 Years:
Preston Piantino
John Piechule

20 Years:
Silvio Picardi

Welcome New Members and Membership Milestones
March 2014

The following people have recently joined the Brandywine Valley chapter:
Jeffrey Cuartero
Allison Chen
Joseph Falcone

Congratulations to the following members who celebrate a milestone in February:
5 Years:
Nathan Wrye

15 Years:
Mark Holder

2014 MAD Student Case Competition
March 2014

The Fifth annual Student Case Competition presented by the APICS Mid-Atlantic District was held February 21-22, 2014 in Pittsburgh, PA. The Brandywine Valley Chapter was proud to sponsor a team from the University of Delaware Lerner College of Business, Operations Management program. The team competed against 11 other large school undergraduate and graduate teams.

The UD team impressed the judges with their written and oral presentation skills. Students were given a case study at 7:00 pm Friday night about a Canadian end of life pending legislation that Whirlpool Corporation was facing. The team had to come up with solutions on how best Whirlpool should manage the recycling of their products in Canada. The team worked through the night to prepare a 5 page paper and 7 minute oral presentation. Their innovative solutions, grasp of Operations Managements theories and systems, and overall presence impressed everyone with whom they came into contact.

Even though the team did not place in the top three this year, the Brandywine Valley Chapter is very happy to support students reach their goals in the field of Operations.

2014 UD Team at MAD Case Competition
From L to R:
Hila Doron, Kimberly Eagle, Ari Swerling, Vi Bui, Jaclyn Williams, UD Professor Dr. Christine Kydd
2014 UD Team at MAD Case Competition
From L to R:
Hila Doron, Kimberly Eagle, Ari Swerling, Vi Bui, Jaclyn Williams, UD Professor Dr. Christine Kydd

Welcome New Members and Membership Milestones
February 2014

The following people have recently joined the Brandywine Valley chapter:
Jerome Covey
Andrew Philpott
Deepa Narayan
Doris Wright
Kevin Taylor
Calvin Cooper
Jason Lee
Dawn McClain
Marie Merrill
Vi Bui
Javier Hernandez
Daniel Kelly
Abhishek Shah
Brittany Corey
Grant Gaston
Lindsey Joyce
Anna Kendig
Stephanie Miller
Lashawanda Moore
Lauren Shuman
Christine Boruff
Stephen Popp
Matthew Rusnak
Susan Shustack
Patrick Uhazie

Congratulations to the following members who celebrate a milestone in January:
5 Years:
David Hughes
Clemente Micara-Sartori
Betty Keiper

10 Years:
Morley Daehn

20 Years:
Peter Murray
Dennis McClure

25 Years:
Scott Wartel

Workshop on “Industry Knowledge and Analysis, Including in Emerging Markets”
January 2014


Sponsor: ISM- Delaware and DuPont

Program Description: To successfully grow and utilize suppliers in key markets, multinational companies (MNCs) need to develop appropriate strategies and tactics tailored to the local market yet consistent with overall corporate goals and guidelines. This requires detailed insights into local industries, customers, competitors, supply chains, government agencies and regulations, risks, and key success factors. We are honored Bruce Deckman, President of SAI Industrial (SAI), will help us build knowledge and skills in this area. SAI, a leading international business research firm with operations in United States, Europe, Japan, China, India, Latin America, Russia and other countries globally, has provided a powerful array of business research services to many of the world’s largest and most successful corporations as well as to financial institutions, trade associations and government agencies. Since its founding in 1977, SAI has conducted hundreds of studies helping MNCs develop and grow their businesses globally, including in emerging markets. Drawing from this experience base, Bruce will provide:

  • Examples where industry insights are essential, such as in market assessments and planning, cost and manufacturing analyses, analyzing potential sources of goods and/or services, sales and supply management pricing strategy and management, competitive intelligence and benchmarking, and customer intelligence
  • A brief review of:
    • Reasons for expanding into emerging markets
    • Issues addressed in a typical market entry study
    • Typical challenges encountered
  • A contrast of typical industry dynamics in emerging markets relative to traditional western markets and the subsequent impact on industry and business analysis
  • Ethical means to obtain needed information
  • Case studies profiling:
    • Do’s and Don’ts
    • Pitfalls to avoid
    • Examples of how to gain competitive advantage

Following the presentation, Theo Hunte, Senior International Trade Specialist for the U.S. Commercial Service will speak of other learnings and resources. Panelists from other multinational organizations will join Bruce and Theo in a Q&A session.

Who Should Attend? This workshop is geared for business and supply management professionals seeking to learn how to understand industries and develop innovative business and supply options in traditional and emerging markets. For DuPont S&L participants, this is a VH offering for Supplier & Industry Knowledge. Participants will earn 3 CEH towards certification maintenance

Date & Time
Thursday February 6 (Snow date, if necessary, is February 13), 1:00pm to 4:00pm
DuPont Chestnut Run Plaza
974 Centre Road Wilmington DE 19807
Building 730, Conf Ctr Room 2378-2379.

Check in with the Receptionist in the Lobby.

Participants are encouraged to meet for lunch and to network beforehand in DuPont’s Renaissance Café adjacent to the workshop conference room.
Please let Pam Lewis know if you plan to attend.

Membership Milestones
December 2013

Congratulations to the following members who celebrate a milestone in November and December:
5 Years:
Charlene Sun
Lori Eagle
Moira MacDonald

10 Years:
Mauricio Tovar

15 Years:
Chad Kennedy

New APICS Exam Registration Process
November 2013

As part of our commitment to provide more scheduling flexibility and improve the certification experience for all candidates, APICS has enhanced its exam delivery process.

We understand this is a change and many exam candidates were familiar with the previous way to register. Although announcements were made on the APICS and Pearson VUE websites, we realize that you may not have been aware of this update. We apologize for any confusion that this change may cause. We are here to help you successfully navigate the registration process.

What Candidates Need to Know

Effective November 1, 2013, before scheduling an exam, candidates will need an authorization to test (ATT). The process is fast and easy, but there are few items to note:

  • You must obtain the ATT from APICS before going to the Pearson VUE website
  • Your name on the ATT must match the identification you bring to the test center
  • The ATT is valid for one year
  • You will pay for the exam as part of the ATT process
  • Shortly after completing the ATT and payment process online, you will receive an email about how to schedule your exam

For more information on exam registration, please read the APICS Certification Bulletin that applies to your exam type.

We are very sensitive to the needs of our exam candidates and want to help you with any concerns caused by these changes to the registration process. If you have any questions, please contact APICS Customer Service at, or 1-800-444-2742 or +1-773-867-1777.

Membership Milestones
October 2013

Congratulations to the following members who will celebrate a milestone this month:
5 Years:
Charles Haller CSCP
Lynette Barreras
Mark Dyer
Lee Hummel

10 Years:
David Gatt

15 Years:
Sujit Kumar Singh
Dennis Knowles
Larry Jordan

20 Years:
Robert Tenga
Mark Ameer

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