Chris Adderton, Vice President, Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals 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 with ConAgra Foods and the led the US Client Service organization for the Nielsen Co. Mr. Adderton has also been involved in senior executive and development roles with a number of early-stage companies. Since 2013, Mr. Adderton has served as Vice President of the Council of Supply Chain Management professions responsible for operations, HR, IT, industry relations and CSCMP events. Mr. Adderton holds a BA in Economics from the University of Missouri
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.
Paul Bingham is Director, Transportation Consulting for Economics and Country Risk within S&P Global Market Intelligence (formerly IHS Markit.) Paul has over 30 years’ experience in transportation and global supply chain consulting, covering all modes of transportation. Paul leads business advisory services project teams for clients analyzing and forecasting freight transportation demand, international trade and supply chain risk. For the Council of Supply CHain Management Professionals (CSCMP), he contributes information for use in the annual CSCMP Penske Logistics State of Logistics Report and risk information used in the CSCMP EPIC country risk report. Paul concluded his third term as an appointed member of the U.S. Federal Advisory Committee on Supply Chain Competitiveness in December 2021. Paul is former Chair and current Emeritus Member of the U.S. National Academies of Sciences’ Transportation Research Board (TRB) Freight Systems Group. He is a member of the TRB Committee on Freight Transportation Economics and Regulation and the TRB Committee on Agriculture and Food Transportation. He is a member of CSCMP and a former National Council Member of the Transportation Research Forum.
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.
Laura Cyrus, senior director of industry training and outreach with Truckers Against Trafficking (TAT), has been with the organization since 2013, beginning as an intern while completing her master’s degree at the Korbel School within the University of Denver. There, she studied international human rights, completing dual specializations in forced labor and human trafficking and international administration and law. In her current role as a senior director, Laura helps to oversee TAT’s flagship program and the staff that advance training for several sectors of the transportation industry as well as outreach efforts which include the Freedom Drivers Project mobile exhibit, the TAT Ambassador Program, and TAT’s Man-to-Man anti-demand campaign. Laura enjoys being involved in both the macro and micro aspects of running an international non-profit organization. She travels nationally to speak on behalf of TAT, enabling her to build relationships with relevant industry stakeholders and activate new partners. Whether speaking with supply chain leaders, sustainability and CSR directors, trucking company executives, or the everyday heroes of the road (aka American truck drivers), Laura enjoys sharing her passion on the topic of anti-trafficking efforts and encouraging everyone to find the most effective way they can be a change-maker in this work.
David Fikes is the Executive Director of the FMI Foundation, which has the mission of supporting the food industry through a focus on research and education in the areas of food safety and health and wellbeing. His position allows him to act upon his conviction that humans have a right to safe food and consumers have a right to clear information and viable choices.
Formerly, David served as FMI's Vice President for Communication and Consumer/Community Relations and before joining FMI he was the Director of Communication for the American Frozen Food Institute. Prior to entering the world of food trade associations, he worked for 20 years as an Episcopal priest, serving parishes in Georgia, Tennessee, and Texas.
He and his wife, Lisa, are the proud parents of eleven-year-old Harper whose soccer skills have now exceeded her dad’s.
Sarah Fountain is the U.S. Partnerships Manager at Tent.
Prior to Tent, Sarah worked in corporate partnerships at Discovery Education, where she helped companies provide real world experience to students of all backgrounds to set them up for successful careers, while building out partnerships with companies and nonprofits around the world. Sarah has also worked in Sustainable Development initiatives in Armenia and throughout the Caucasus region.
Sarah speaks Armenian, English, Spanish and elementary Arabic. She received her B.A. in History and Political Science from the University of Michigan.
Kathy Fulton is Executive Director for American Logistics Aid Network (ALAN). She leads the organization in facilitating donations of logistics services and equipment to enable delivery of millions of dollars of humanitarian aid. Kathy served as the organization’s director of operations until her promotion in 2014.
Ms. Fulton’s passion is the intersection of supply chain and emergency management, focusing on the critical role logistics and supply chain professionals play in disaster relief. She serves on national workgroups focused on efficient coordination of logistics activities during disasters, including those hosted by the Department of Homeland Security, the Transportation Research Board, and the National Emergency Management Association. Preceding her work with ALAN, Fulton was Senior Manager of Information Technology Services at Saddle Creek Logistics Services where she led IT infrastructure implementation and support, corporate systems, and business continuity planning.
Kathy holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Mathematics from Northwestern State University of Louisiana and Master’s degrees in Business Administration and Management Information Systems from the University of South Florida.
Andrew S. Harig currently serves as Vice President, Tax, Trade, Sustainability & Policy Development at FMI-The Food Industry Association. In this position, he is responsible for lobbying Congress and the Administration on behalf of FMI members, with a primary focus on agriculture, taxes, trade, sustainability, food waste, and pensions. Prior to joining FMI, Andy was an associate trade advisor and speechwriter for the Senate Finance Committee under its Chairman, Max Baucus (D-MT). From 1999-2001, he was the senior research associate for the Global Economic Policy Project at the New America Foundation, a Washington, DC-based think tank. Andy holds a B.A. from the College of William and Mary and an M.A. from DePaul University in Chicago, IL.
Jennifer Hatcher serves as Chief Public Policy Officer and Senior Vice President, Government Affairs for FMI - the Food Industry Association, overseeing federal, state and regulatory efforts on public policy, legislative and political issues impacting the supermarket industry. She has held this position since April 2009 and has been at FMI in the government relations area since March 1998.
Prior to coming to FMI, Jennifer served as Chief of Staff to United States Congressman Spencer Bachus (AL). Jennifer also served as Special Assistant and White House Liaison at the Department of the Treasury during President George H.W. Bush’s Administration. Jennifer has an undergraduate degree in Political Science and Communication from Vanderbilt University and a Masters in Government from Johns Hopkins University.
Jennifer has participated in a variety of congressional briefings and panels and has testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry; Committee on Ways and Means and Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.
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.
Randy Lewis served as Walgreens’ chief supply chain officer for sixteen years as the chain grew from 1,500 to 8,000 stores.
He pioneered a disability employment model in Walgreens’ distribution centers that resulted in ten percent of its workforce consisting of people with disabilities (1,000+ PWDs) who perform the same jobs, are held to the same performance standards and paid the same wages as non-disabled workers. It began with the launch of a distribution center in 2007, which became the world’s first-ever large-scale deployment of people with disabilities (40% of the workforce) in a mission-critical site. The facility remains the most productive in the company’s 120-year history. From there, the model has spread to Walgreens’ other distribution centers and to other companies in the U.S. and abroad, including companies such as Meijer, WinCo, Marks & Spencer (UK), ICA Sweden, Natura (Brazil).
His book, No Greatness Without Goodness, was released in April 2014 and was named by Fast Company’s 10 New Books You Need To Read This Year. The book recounts the story of how the initiative came about and what led to its success. He remains active in promoting disability employment around the world and advising companies and communities in their efforts.
As vice president of supply chain and logistics for the Consumer Brands Association, Tom Madrecki represents the collective transportation, technology, sourcing and sustainability priorities of America’s CPG industry. Prior to joining the association, Madrecki served as the director of urban innovation and mobility at UPS, where he led partnerships between the delivery company and city leaders to reduce congestion, increase quality of life and shape policy. An avid cyclist, freight transportation wonk and graduate of the University of Virginia, he lives in Arlington with his wife, Priya, and sons, Noah and Maro.
Tracey Noffke Tracey joined Kimberly-Clark in 1993 and has over 25 years of growing up in the CPG industry. Tracey is the Director of Customer Logistics. In her current role, she leads the U.S. and Canada Customer Logistics Strategies and Service organization and is responsible for customer facing supply chain activities and initiatives. Tracey has a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from the University of Platteville and holds a Master of Arts in Communication from the University of Stevens Point, Wisconsin.
Sean Ofeldt is a former Navy SEAL and is the CEO of Transition Overwatch, where he leads the company’s mission and execution of its innovative workforce development solution. Sean and his team brought to market the Unconventional Apprenticeship, the first holistic, earn and learn program optimized for employers and military members.
When Sean transitioned from the military he found himself in an all-too-familiar position faced by every military member at transition – uncertainty. Leaving the military was like jumping out of an airplane and leaving everything he knew behind. Trying to navigate a new world in the total absence of resources and a team was extremely difficult. That journey set Sean on a path to discover a better way to approach military transition.
Through the lens of experience, and years of ideation, the team at Transition Overwatch has developed the optimal way for military members to successfully transition into new-collar careers with unlimited growth potential. We work with our Employer Partners to develop innovative pathways to close their digitals skills gap and implement strategies to build talent within their organizations.
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. 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.
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.
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.
Christine Pollack serves as Vice President of Government Relations for FMI - The Food Industry Association, the trade association for food retailers, wholesalers, and product suppliers. At FMI, she oversees the association's advocacy and policy efforts on payments, workforce, and supply chain.
Christine has 25 years of federal policy, advocacy, and communications experience in the public and private sectors, half of which has been spent working on behalf of the retail industry. Prior to joining FMI, Christine served on the staff of, and consulted for, the Retail Industry Leaders Association where she oversaw health, tax, and sustainability policy and political activities, and consulted on the wide breadth of retail industry policy priorities. She also has extensive experience managing stakeholder coalitions and developing and executing issue advocacy campaigns.
Earlier in her career, Christine worked for the American Medical Association, two senior Members of the House Ways and Means Committee, which has jurisdiction over tax and trade policy, and at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. She is a gratulate of the University of Delaware and originally hails from Wilmington, Delaware.
Juan Sacoto is the Senior Vice President and Head of IHS Markit Agribusiness Consulting for North America. He is based in the US with over 20 years of industry and consulting experience which involves business strategy, risk management, market feasibility and competitiveness, economic modeling & forecasting, economic development, and M&A due diligence. Additionally, he has extensive experience analyzing and providing strategic advice for clients across the food/agriculture supply chain.
Leslie G. Sarasin is the president and chief executive officer of FMI, the food industry association, which represents more than 1,500 member companies in the United States and around the world. Under Sarasin's leadership, FMI has become a forward focused and member centered organization committed to help supermarkets excel in their role of feeding families and enriching lives. Her synergistic style and determined spirit of collaboration has infused FMI with a renewed commitment to help its members address the critical industry issues of the day - food safety and the emerging importance of health and wellness. Prior to coming to FMI, Sarasin was president and CEO of the American Frozen Food Institute.
Pat Walsh is a Senior Advisor for FMI - The Food Industry Association. Having a robust resume serving all sides of the business, he is a key consultant advising on critical issues including supply chain, business development, industry collaboration, and FMI's overall strategic plan.
Pat has spent his entire career in the food and consumer products industry starting in 1972 as a retail produce clerk with SUPERVALU, INC. while attending college. For over 20 years Pat worked at FMI in a variety of roles including the Vice President, Supply Chain and Chief Business Development Officer and Senior Vice President Industry Relations, Education and Research before retiring in 2019
Prior to FMI, Pat spent 4 years at Safeway, Inc. and was the Corporate Director, Electronic Marketing. In that capacity, Pat was responsible for launching, developing and managing Safeway's frequent shopper, customer management and database marketing programs in North America.
Pat also spent 17 years of his career on the manufacturing side of the business with Kraft Foods, Inc. Pat started his career with General Foods Corporation as a sales representative and held a variety of sales, marketing and product management positions at Kraft Inc. including Business Unit Manager, Director of Marketing and Planning, District Sales Manager and Trade Promotion Manager. Pat managed the integration of the first Kraft General Foods consolidated sales and marketing organization combining the assets of Kraft, General Foods and Oscar Mayer in the Hawaii marketplace.
Pat also held the position as President and General Manager of McHale VideoFilm, a subsidiary of the Burnham Broadcasting Company, Hawaii's largest commercial television production company. In that capacity, Pat was responsible for leading the strategic direction of the company and worked with an extensive network of advertising agencies such as Ogilvy and Mather and clients like McDonalds, United Airlines, Hilton Hotels, Safeway and political campaigns for Hawaii gubernatorial, U.S. Senate and Congressional campaigns.
Pat received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science and International Affairs from The George Washington University.
Greg Wilson is RELEX's North American VP Field Strategy's . 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.