Mr. Adderton brings more than 25 years of experience in consumer packaged goods with accomplishments in organizational development, change management, technology implementation, sales and operations planning and trade promotions management. Mr. Adderton led a successful sales and marketing agency, held sales and operational leadership positions in at ConAgra Foods and the led the US Client Service organization for the Nielsen Co. Recently, Mr. Adderton has been involved in senior executive and development roles with a number of fast growing companies.
Curt Avallone is the Chief Business Officer with Takeoff Technologies. He has over 30 years of retail experience in the food and drug industry. Curt is the founder of the multi-billion dollar HEB gasoline division as well as Ahold fueling operations in the United States. He introduced gasoline rewards programs to the supermarket industry first in Texas and later in New England. He luanched multiple digital initiatives for Ahold in the United States including Peapod.com at Stop&Shop Supermarkets as well as designing/operating the first e grocery fast pick warerooms in the USA that are still utilized across mutiple supermarket banners today.
Curt is the inventor/patent holder for the Ahold "scan it" system deployed in hundreds of US supermarkets that allows customers a personalized in store shopping experience and the ablity to purchase items in aisle versus traditional check-out. While at CVS , Curt designed and introduced CVS.com as a new profitable billion dollar business model.
Doug Baker is a food retail industry relations vice president for FMI – The Food Industry Association where he facilitates professional, non-competitive collaboration among member communities across private brands, technology, and grocery resilience issue areas.
In addition to his facilitation of the private brands leadership council and their efficiency-driven initiatives to encourage brand owner innovation, Doug also oversees FMI’s CIO Council, the Industry Collaboration Council and joint industry initiative, SmartLabel . Prior to FMI, Doug began his career in the food retail industry in 1984 with Fry’s Food Stores. His 30+ years in food retail have included leadership roles at Fry’s (a division of Kroger), Kraft/Nabisco and Federated Group with focuses on retail operations, consumer packaged goods and private brand development and marketing.
Mark Baum currently serves as Senior Vice President of Industry Relations and Chief Collaboration Officer for FMI. In this role, Baum engages retailer, manufacturer, supplier, and service provider CEOs to further trading partner collaboration, leading to operational improvements and growth opportunities across all segments of the food retail supply chain. Prior to joining FMI, Baum was a Managing Partner of MARCAT Group, LLC a consulting/advisory firm specializing in business, market, channel, and customer development. Baum is known for his intricate knowledge of every aspect of the food, beverage and related businesses, and is recognized among the foremost experts in the design, management, and execution of strategy, sales, marketing, and merchandising activities throughout the industry.
Andrew has an extensive supply chain consulting background rooted in corporate finance. He previously ran strategy for a firm focusing on end of line solutions to increase visibility of KPI's while reducing the total and true cost of fulfillment for E-commerce operations. Andrew's background gives him the tools to quickly understand project priority as they tie back to corporate initiatives. Wit the significant transformation underway in the grocer industry, AutoStore tapped Andrew to focus on delivering a world class automated E-commerce solution for grocers and retailers striving to reinvent the customer experience.
Paul Bingham is Director, Transportation Consulting, Economics and Country for information and analytics firm IHS Markit. He manages supply chain and transportation economic forecasting, market analysis, and policy impact projects. In this work he applies IHS Markit economic forecasting and data resources, such as in the company’s Transearch, Global Trade Atlas and PIERS data products. He has 35 years of experience in economics consulting advising clients in industry and government. He was formerly Vice President of EDR Group and National Economics Practice Leader for CDM Smith.Paul is a national subject matter expert in freight and economics serving on the US Federal Advisory Committee on Supply Chain Competitiveness. He is a long-time member and leader for the National Academies of Sciences Transportation Research Board (TRB). He is former TRB Freight Transportation Data Committee and TRB Freight Systems Group Chair. He is a member of the TRB Agriculture and Food Transportation and Freight Transportation Economics and Regulation Committees. He was Co-chair of the TRB Value of Transportation Infrastructure Task Force. He is past member of the TRB Freight Modeling Task Force and several other TRB committees. He has been a lecturer on port economics for the American Association of Port Authorities’ and for the World Bank on international commodity trade forecast modeling
Thom Blischok is Chairman and CEO of The Dialogic Group. LLC, a growth and results-driven professional services firm serving both the Retail and CPG industries. His record of achievements include advising major retailers on growth and market re-positioning strategies in the Drug, Apparel, Convenience Store, Grocery, Dollar, e-Commerce, Mass, Specialty, and Club retail sectors with special emphasis on improving merchandising, marketing, supply chain, and technology capabilities.
Will Chu is the CEO & Co-founder of Vector, a contactless pickup and delivery platform, that ensures supply chain partners get the right load to the right place at the right time. Prior to Vector, Will was the VP of Engineering at Addepar, a wealth management platform, which manages more than $2 trillion in client assets. Will is a problem solver at heart who enjoys leveraging technology to tackle major industry challenges. In his free time, Will enjoys camping with his family, cold IPAs and swimming in the San Francisco Bay.
A 30+ year veteran of Nestlé, Michael began his career in Sales and progressed to lead various Customer Service teams across multiple locations and business units which lead to his role of Director of Customer Service in 2003. As Director, Michael harmonized the Order to Cash operations across the enterprise. Michael now leads our Supply Chain Customer engagement as VP of Customer Supply Chain as well as the total customer experience for the $16 billion US Business.
Huong Duong has been with the North Central Texas Council of Governments since 2017. She is a Transportation Air Quality Planner for the North Central Texas region working to develop and manage projects and programs that help improve air quality in the transportation sector. Her work with NCTCOG includes the Saving Money and Reducing Truck Emissions Program aka SMARTE and the Engine Off North Texas Program.
Emily Feenstra is the Managing Director of Government Relations and Infrastructure Initiatives at the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). In that role she oversees ASCE’s Washington, DC office and leads public affairs and government relations for the Society, including the development of ASCE’s Infrastructure Report Card. Previously she served as Deputy Director of the US Water Alliance, where she oversaw a diverse portfolio of projects and led partnerships to advance one water management in America. Emily has also held senior positions at the Intelligent Transportation Society of America and as a consultant for the Washington State Department of Transportation on their largest mega-project, the Alaskan Way Viaduct and Seawall Replacement Program. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Duke University and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Washington.
John has been helping retailers and brands adopt innovative technologies for over 25 years. While focused today on Micro-fulfillment Centers, he has worked with virtual store environments at Kantar Consulting, wireless perishable shipment monitoring at Locus Traxx, personalized loyalty marketing and mobile solutions at Mobeam and Concept Shopping, and decision support technology at IRI.
Brent Hutto joined Truckstop.com eight years ago and currently serves as the Chief Relationship Officer which includes ensuring the health of all of Truckstop.com’s external relationships with hundreds of transportation technology companies. In his 23 years in the transportation and logistics industry, he has developed extensive experience covering the market including positions of leadership in sales, marketing, media, and communications. Hutto has specific experience with carriers, brokers, shippers, industry suppliers, technology leaders, media companies, and financial firms.
Presently, he serves on the boards, committees, and has membership with Transportation Intermediaries Association (TIA), National Strategic Shippers Transportation Council (NASSTRAC), Specialized Carriers & Rigging Association (SC&RA), Women In Trucking (WIT), American Trucking Association (ATA), Truckload Carriers Association, National Private Truck Council (NPTC), Intermodal Association of North America (IANA), and National Industrial Transportation League (NITL) and proudly serves on the board of the American Logistics Aide Network (ALAN). He has been happily married to Teresa for 25 years and they have 6 children.
Melissa currently serves as Vice President of Network Solutions at Coyote Logistics, a subsidiary of UPS. Since the acquisition by UPS in 2015, her main focus has been discovering and deploying synergy opportunities between the companies through purchased transportation and technology integration and development. In her current role, she oversees Coyote’s innovation department, focused on creating services and products that directly benefit our shippers and carriers as well as scaling solutions that have a positive impact on our overall carbon footprint.
Gary is responsible for the coordination of 1000+ weekly inbound shipments to the Weis Market’s Distribution Center in Milton, PA. More specifically, in collaboration with Merchandising, Procurement and other internal stakeholders, focusing on improving supply chain efficiencies through automated scheduling of inbound deliveries and inbound transportation optimization with support of the Weis Market’s fleet and 3rd party carrier partners. Gary has extensive supermarket industry experience, prior to his current role Gary held various leadership positions in Store Operations. Gary received a BS in Business Management from Pennsylvania State University in State College, PA. He currently resides in Camp Hill, PA with his wife.
Arnold Kogan is a core member of the Consumer and Operations practices at Boston Consulting Group. Arnold is an expert in complexity management, supply chain planning, manufacturing and distribution strategy, global category sourcing, and digital capability building. He also leads the manufacturing & supply chain diagnostics and benchmarking topic globally. Arnold has extensive experience helping companies across center store categories (such as snacks and toys) and perimeter store categories (such as cheese and meat) transform their end-to-end supply chains to enable channel growth, increase EBITDA, and manage working capital.
Prior to joining BCG, Arnold was with Deloitte Consulting and Texas Instruments, where he worked in a variety of operations and finance leadership roles across the globe.
Tom is an AI Product Marketing Leader with close to two decades of experience positioning transformative enterprise solutions in the CPG, Retail and Supply Chain spaces.
Chris Lewis is head of the supply chain for Ahold Delhaize USA companies, the largest grocery retail group on the East Coast, with responsibility for supply chain strategy, distribution, transportation, third party contracts, logistics, demand management and supply chain continuous improvement. With a 33-year tenure with Ahold Delhaize USA companies, Lewis began his career in a distribution center in Southern Maine. He was selected as the first distribution leadership trainee and served in roles of increasing responsibility, including Retail Operations Director, Vice President of IT Architecture, Vice President of Applications and Senior Vice President of Supply Chain for Ahold Delhaize USA companies before taking on the head of supply chain role. Today, he oversees a supply chain that in 2020 shipped nearly 1.2 billion cases or 10 billion retail units of product and is on a three-year journey to transform to an integrated self-distribution model for the future.
Matt’s career started in 1987 held several positions in stores before being promoted to his first store director position in 2000. Matt lead three stores as store director before being promoted in 2012 as the new assistant vice president, operations, for the west central district. In early 2014, Matt was promoted to vice president, center store, and later that year he was named as vice president, merchandising/advertising. In 2015, Matt was promoted to senior vice president, chief information officer. In early 2016, Matt was promoted to senior vice president, chief health/innovation officer, and later that year, he was named executive vice president, non-foods, chief information officer. He then moved into the role as executive vice president, e-commerce, chief information officer. In April 2019, Matt transitioned to executive vice president, business innovation, chief digital officer and most recently he was named executive vice president, e-commerce, chief information officer. In September 2020, Matt was promoted into his current role as executive vice president, chief supply chain officer. In October 2020, Matt took on the role of president, PDI in addition to his other operational duties.
Matt is an active member of the Hy-Vee Board of Directors and serves on several of Hy-Vee’s subsidiary companies boards.
Matt enjoys family activities, reading, alpine skilling and watching sporting events.
Jon is a Principal with BCG (Boston Consulting Group) in their New York office focused on end-to-end Operations in Consumer and Retail. During his tenure at BCG, Jon has delivered multiple large scale cost savings programs involving initiatives in procurement/sourcing, lean manufacturing, network design and demand management. Jon has expertise in various sub-categories including grocery, packaged food (dairy, potatoes, snacks, beer) casual dining, athletic apparel and airlines.
Kathleen has worked for SmartWay since 2004 in EPA’s Office of Transportation and Air Quality’s Transportation and Climate Division. based in Ann Arbor, MI
She manages the SmartWay Affiliate Program and is the National Regions Manager. Kathleen initiated SmartWay’s expansion into Canada and contributed to the program’s data quality process.
Prior to joining EPA, Kathleen held several positions with companies in industry, including a major supplier to the heavy-duty industrial sector.
Kathleen graduated with a BSBA in accounting from Lawrence Technological University, Southfield, MI
Ed Mortimer serves as vice president of Transportation and Infrastructure at the
U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Mortimer oversees the development and implementation of the Chamber’s transportation infrastructure policy and represents the Chamber on Capitol Hill as well as before the administration and industry organizations. He also leads the Americans for Transportation Mobility (ATM) Coalition, a collaborative effort by business, labor, transportation stakeholders, and concerned citizens to advocate for improved and increased federal investment in the nation’s aging and overburdened transportation system.
Mortimer comes to the Chamber from AECOM, an engineering and construction company, where he served as director of government relations. He was responsible for coordinating government affairs efforts with the company’s infrastructure market segment, representing AECOM’s interests before federal, state, and local officials.
Prior to that, Mortimer was director of Transportation and Infrastructure at the U.S. Chamber. Earlier in his career, he was director of government relations for the Transportation Intermediaries Association (TIA) and a legislative representative for the American Road and Transportation Builders Association.
Mortimer received a bachelor’s of arts in political science from American University and completed an executive management program at Georgetown University. He lives in Alexandria, Virginia, with his wife and two children.
Lee Nicholson is senior vice president of procurement for ADUSA Procurement, a newly formed supply chain company of Ahold Delhaize USA. In this role, Lee leads the implementation of Ahold Delhaize USA’s supply chain transformation. He also leads a team responsible for creating best-in-class ways of working, efficiency and effectiveness in the holistic procurement process that supports the flow of goods from supplier to consumer for an overall seamless omnichannel experience. Lee has a 15-year tenure with Ahold Delhaize USA companies. Prior to his current role, he worked in category and merchandising leadership roles at Stop & Shop. Earlier in his career, he held roles in category with Winn Dixie Stores and SUPERVALU and store operations for Walmart.
Sean O'Farrell is Global Market Development Director of Dematic focusing on Grocery trends, issues, drivers, and solution sets for current and potential customers. Dematic's Micro Fulfillment solutions are designed to be modular, scalable, and flexible that give companies increased efficiency, a competitive edge, and resilience in today's ever-changing supply chain.
Philip J. Palin is the son and grandson of grocers, a former college president, and serial entrepreneur who has served as a Supply Chain Resilience subject-matter-expert with the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, Department of Homeland Security, FEMA, and with several states and cities. He has researched and engaged a wide range of extreme events including the 2011 Triple Disaster in Japan, Superstorm Sandy in 2012, Hurricane Haiyan (Yolanda) in 2013, Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria during 2017, and most named storms during the 2018 and 2019 hurricane seasons. In 2020 he was involved in pandemic response and preparedness, especially focused on flows of food and medical goods. He works with federal, state, local and private sector leaders to prepare for and respond to complex wide-area catastrophic events involving dense populations. He is the author of several books and articles, including Out of the Whirlwind: Supply and Demand After Hurricane Maria and He Looks at the Earth: Catastrophe, Recovery, and the Cascadia Earthquake.
Phil is often introduced as a “researcher and writer.” NBC New News has identified Phil as, “One of the world’s leading experts on getting supplies to catastrophe survivors.”
John is Senior Vice President, Customer Supply Chain and Go-to-Market for PepsiCo, Inc. He has been with PepsiCo for over 33 years and has worked in a number of different sales and field operations roles since joining the company as a route salesperson with Frito-Lay. Prior to his current role, John was Vice President of Customer Delivery Systems for Frito-Lay North America where he led the development and implementation of new DSD delivery systems and the development of the next generation of frontline handheld computers for the DSD sales force. In his current role, John is responsible for working with PepsiCo’s largest customers on supply chain and collaboration initiatives to drive both effectiveness and efficiency across the shared supply chain. He also leads PepsiCo’s Go-To-Market COE focused on global process and technology tools to optimize go-to-market systems.
John is a member of the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) Smart Label, Industry Affairs, and Supply Chain Committees. He is active in The Consumer Goods Forum as a member of the E2E Value Chain Committee. John is a member of the Consumer Goods Technology (CGT) Executive Council, GS1 Data Excellence Board, and the GS1 US Board and Retail Grocery ELC. He is also a member of the Western Michigan University Food & CPG Marketing Advisory Board. John is recognized as an industry expert on CPG and retail supply chains, on-line grocery, and digital technologies. He regularly keynotes at global industry events including Gartner, CGT, GS1, CGF, GMA, FMI, and has won the Supply Chain Digest Best Presentation of the Year award.
Before joining PepsiCo, John spent ten years in retail store operations with Jewel Food Stores in Chicago and was also a Territory Sales Representative for Procter & Gamble. John attended Western Michigan University where he received a Bachelor of Science in Food Distribution and also holds an MBA from Southern Methodist University.
Samson joined AFTC/ATA in October of 2011 and oversees the AFTC board as their Executive Director. Prior to joining ATA, Samson served as Director, Public Policy for the Agricultural Retailers Association (ARA). Samson was responsible for lobbying on policy issues impacting agricultural retailers and distributors. His main focus was on transportation, Farm bill and finance related issues. Previously, Samson served as a legislative aide for Senator Max Baucus (D-MT), focusing on agriculture, transportation and finance. He also served as assistant to the staff director on Senator Baucus’s Finance Committee staff. Before moving to D.C., Samson grew up on a family hog farm in southwest Montana. The family farm kept him busy on his off days during high school and through college at Montana State University. He also holds a Masters degree in Public Policy from George Mason University and resides in Fairfax, VA with his wife, Patience, their daughter, Alena and son, August.
Jody Sandy is the senior vice president of supply chain/transportation for Hy-Vee, Inc. Jody has an extensive background in supply chain and transportation with Hy-Vee, beginning as a part-time warehouse employee at Hy-Vee in 2001. Jody has held several roles focusing on supply chain and transportation and has been instrumental in improving Hy-Vee's efficiency and service.
Jody took on her first supply chain leadership role in 2009 as director of inbound freight. In 2013 she was named director of IT projects, where she helped manage supply chain technology projects and initiatives. The following year she was selected as director of supply chain analytics. In 2016, she was named assistant vice president, logistics, supply chain innovation. In 2017, she was promoted to vice president of supply chain logistics and then transitioned to vice president of supply chain for Lomar, Hy-Vee's specialty food division. Jody was then named vice president of transportation in August 2019 before being promoted to her current position in January 2021.
Jody holds a bachelor's degree in operations and supply chain management from Iowa State University. She was named one of Supply & Demand Chain Executive magazine's Top Women in Supply Chain in 2020 and honored as one of Progressive Grocer's Top Women in Grocery that same year. She is married to Tanner, and they have three children.
Matt is the co-founder & CEO of Afresh--a fresh food technology company. Prior to founding Afresh, Matt launched a CPG snack company called Statfoods, invested in food & agriculture technology at The Production Board (started by the founder of the Climate Corporation), and managed operations at Simple Mills. Matt holds an MBA from Stanford’s Graduate School of Business.
Rob Small, Senior Solutions Expert for Supply Chain Analytics, has 35 years of supply chain and logistics experience, 30 of which has been with Inmar Intelligence. Rob’s teams provide in-field studies, data tools & analytics on supply chain and product performance, policy development, and supply chain waste reduction solutions for a large portfolio of retail and manufacturer clients around the world. He attended Wesleyan University and East Carolina University and holds degrees in Global Logistics Management and a Master’s in Industrial Technology.
Patrice Thornton has over 20 years experience working in environmental policy, communications and public outreach. In her career with EPA she has served in a number of key positions, holding program management responsibility in the agency’s Office of Transportation and Air Quality, conducting communications and outreach with the freight industry in support of the SmartWay program, EPA’s flagship program to improve efficiencies in the goods movement industry. She has extensive experience communicating the value and benefits of sustainable freight transportation through her work with SmartWay.
Patrice holds a BA. in Psychology and Sociology from Wayne State University, located in Detroit Michigan
Greg Wilson is RELEX's North American VP of Sales & Field Strategys North American VP of Sales & Field Strategy. He has extensive experience within the retail industry, working as a retailer for 15 years and with retail software for 15 years. He is an expert in planning, allocations & replenishment and supply chain & inventory optimization.
Dan is a Principal Industry Consultant serving as trusted advisor to SAS Consumer Packaged Goods, AgTech, and Retail customers to help them in accelerating the value of their analytics investments. Dan is a CPG industry veteran having spent 26 years in Supply Chain Leadership roles for Nestlé USA. Dan led B2B collaboration and data sharing initiatives with retailers, POS data analytics, and the overall Supply Chain technology strategy. Dan also represented Nestlé USA in leading many of the industry initiatives across Retail & CPG to improve trading partner collaboration and consumer transparency needs. These have resulted in driving significant industry efficiencies, revenue growth, and consumer value across the end-to-end value chain. Prior to Nestlé, Dan worked as a Consultant for Accenture.
Marc Wulfraat is the president and founder of MWPVL International, a global supply chain and logistics consulting firm specialized in helping with companies with supply chain strategy, facility design, and supply chain technology.
Marc has worked with hundreds of companies in North America and the rest of the world to optimize their distribution networks, warehouse operations and overall supply chains. He has 34 years of experience in the strategies and tactics of the most effective logistics and distribution companies. Marc has spent most of his career working in the grocery industry and he has helped many large Grocery companies design, optimize and automate their distribution facilities. His firm is currently involved in projects that involve in excess of $1.1 Billion of capital expenditures into infrastructure. Lastly, Marc is currently working on three separate micro-fulfillment projects for leading grocery retailers.
Marc has been a speaker at over 125 supply chain-industry events and has been published in over 130 magazines and newspapers including the Wall Street Journal and the Economist. Marc has a B.Sc. Mathematics and M.B.A. from McGill University/Manchester Business School, UK.