Chapter News

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!


The Brandywine Valley APICS BOD and Membership

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.

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