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The Foresight Practitioner Conference is produced jointly by Foresight and The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business.
Foresight: The International Journal of Applied Forecasting is published for forecasting practitioners by the International Institute of Forecasters, a non-profit organization founded in 1981 to develop and further the generation, distribution, and use of knowledge on forecasting.
From business as usual to business unusual, The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business prepares students to go beyond and make an immediate impact in their careers through top-ranked programs, distinguished faculty, and a vast network of partnerships that reaches from the surrounding business community to multinationals, nonprofits and startups across the globe. Our students are uniquely prepared and highly sought, leveraging Fisher’s rigorous, experiential learning environment with the resources of Ohio State, a premiere research university with 500,000 proud Buckeye alumni.

Putting Collaboration into Practice.

Achieve better results through collaboration.
Each session of the 2014 Foresight Practitioner Conference is filled with practical, experience-based insights to help you better access the benefits of internal collaboration that S&OP affords, and expand profitable collaborative endeavors with your supply chain partners.
Increase your knowledge and cultivate relationships.
Immerse yourself in the real world experiences and lessons learned — successful approaches to the same problems you face developed by practitioners like you. Delve into supply chain topics with the experts who actually wrote the books on them. And learn from your peers from a wide variety of globe-spanning industries about the tools, technologies, and processes they’re using. You’ll see through their experiences what could await you further down the road.
Improve your professional outlook.
This short break from your day to day professional life will provide you — whether you’re an S&OP executive, business leader, supply chain professional or business forecaster — with proven successful approaches and new perspectives on your profession.

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What can you expect?

Solutions tested and proven in the real-world.

You’ll learn from successful practitioners whose insights come from firsthand experience. You’ll benefit from presentations of practical research from top business school professors, and you’ll find yourself thinking outside the box in an interactive, business school-style simulation.

Practical information you can put to use right away.

In just two short days, you’ll return to your organization with a deeper understanding of the methods and practices that succeed in the field. And you’ll be equipped to enable better collaboration within your organization and with your partners across the supply chain.

Learning unbounded by formal sessions.

Registration is limited to 100 to enable you to interact with our expert speakers, and to maximize your opportunities to network with delegates from over 50 companies. We build in ample unstructured time for you to discuss your experiences with folks who offer new perspectives on your challenges during breaks, meals, and social events.

Education for your whole dream team.

Whether you’ve got a new hire who needs to get up to speed, a distributed team that could benefit from face-to-face interaction, or a group ramping up on a new initiative, this conference is an ideal opportunity to get everyone on the same page. In fact, nearly half of last year’s attendees were part of a team! Teams of 3+ save $100 each!

New insights all year.

If you don’t subscribe yet, your registration includes a one-year subscription to Foresight. Readers have likened the journal to a conference in print; offering insights into a wide variety of business forecasting methods, tools, and techniques, practical applications of forecasting research, and more. Current subscribers receive a $100 registration discount!

Exec Ed in a modern, purpose-built facility.

This event will be held in a state-of-the-art classroom in Pfall Hall at The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business and in the adjacent Blackwell Hotel. You’ll experience excellent sight lines and sound in the classroom, and high-quality meals and networking events in the hotel. Venue & lodging details.

Conference Sessions

From S&OP to Demand-Supply Integration: Collaboration Across the Supply Chain Download the flyer View the timed agenda.

Integrated Business Planning: A Journey of Challenges and Successes

Presenter: Pete Alle, VP Supply Chain for Oberweis Dairy
By focusing on the critical S&OP elements of balancing supply and demand, then linking them to business strategy and results, Mondelēz International has been moving from S&OP to Integrated Business Planning. Their implementation includes developed and developing markets, many of which present rapidly changing demographics and increased revenue potential. Walk through their ongoing journey, learning from the challenges faced and the successes achieved, including long-term demand planning, capture of assumptions, capacity plans to meet future growth, and more.

From S&OP to Demand and Supply Integration

Presenter: Dr. Mark Moon, Head of the Marketing & Supply Chain Management Department at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville
S&OP is based on collaboration between functional departments and seeks to develop operational and sales plans to achieve the best possible customer service within the operational capabilities of the company. Learn from the expert who wrote the seminal book in this area to see how you can move beyond S&OP and toward a more collaborative process that is strategic in nature, looks at the long-range planning horizon, engages other functions beyond supply chain management and seeks to include partners up and down the companies supply chain.

S&OP First, Production and Sales Follow

Presenter: Heather Christophersen, Director of Business Operations for Elevance Renewable Sciences
While still in its start-up phase, Elevance Renewable Sciences preceded selling its first molecule with design and implementation of an S&OP process. Learn why they chose to implement S&OP so early in the company’s development, explore the organizational challenges of very early implementation, the impacts of organizational structure on S&OP design, and the benefits they’ve realized to date from their early adoption.

Revamping S&OP Process and Tools to Stabilize Planning and Improve Responsiveness at STERIS

Presenter: Luke Busby, Sr. Director, IPT Operations at STERIS Corporation
STERIS had been running an S&OP process for more than 10 years however, the process was entirely managed via spreadsheets and missing key components. Over the past few years, significant process changes have been implemented along with a new S&OP planning tool. Get a look inside their process transformation with focus on process structure, organizational design, meeting content and how their forecasting software is supporting the changes. And learn how S&OP combined with demand segmentation simplified master planning for STERIS, reducing lead-times and improving responsiveness

Integrating Green and Sustainability into S&OP

Presenter: Glen Lewis, former director in Del Monte Foods’ US Operations
Glen has led a spectrum of energy technology and supply chain initiatives in California’s food industry. Join him to learn how melding two, typically diverse operating requirements processes and technologies that apply to energy resources, sustainability and S&OP provide the data integrity, analytics and reporting needed to provide credible ‘Green’ S&OP for competitive advantage.

Supply Chain Simulation Workshop

Facilitators: Dr. Andrea Prud’homme and Dr. James Hill, The Ohio State University
In this lively role-play simulation you’ll experience the coordination problems of the traditional supply chains in which information sharing and collaboration does not exist. Limited visibility along the chain, combined with shipping delays are key factors in the simulation. Since communication and collaboration are not allowed between supply chain stages, matching supply with demand becomes increasingly difficult throughout the game. In the process, you’ll learn the importance of information sharing and collaborations along with how to apply important principles of supply chain management.

A Roadmap to Collaborative Planning, Forecasting, and Replenishment (CPFR)

Presenter: Jeff VanDuersen, S&OP and Supply Chain Executive
Formal collaborations with supply-chain partners can mitigate miscommunications, misinformation, and missed opportunities in forecasting and fulfilling consumer demand. Explore a consumer products company’s successful roadmap for implanting CPFR, sidestepping the known hurdles along the route, such as including network stuffing, poor mix planning, misalignment of orders, and failure to understand the full cost of serving the customer.

Impact of Global Trends on Supply Chain Management

Presenters: Dr. Thomas J. Goldsby, The Ohio State University and Alicia Hammersmith, GM for Materials, General Electric Aviation
Macrotrends represent major economic forces taking shape in our global community, forces that span industries, nations, and entire regions. They include population growth and urban migration, socioeconomic leveling (a growing middle-class), resource scarcity, and climate change. Some businesses are experiencing these challenges in 2014, and many others will in the not-too-distant future. These macrotrends will prove instrumental in how we conduct business in the future. The key questions of the day are: 1) How do these forces affect our supply chains? 2) Is it possible to turn these challenges into business opportunities?

Panel Discussion

Moderator,Len Tashman, Editor, Foresight
Wrap up the loose ends with an expert panel consisting of our speakers. You’ll have the opportunity to get all your questions answered, and return to your organization prepared for improved collaboration across the supply chain.

Expert Speakers, Panelists, and Moderators

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Pete Alle, VP Supply Chain for Oberweis Dairy
Pete Alle is in charge of global process improvement and innovation across the supply chain. Areas of responsibility include planning, logistics execution, order management, customer collaboration and order to cash. His team supports global implementation of integrated business planning. Pete has more than 25 years of experience in the consumer goods field and has been a leader in multiple functional areas including manufacturing, engineering, distribution, transportation, supply chain strategy, and customer relationship management. His prior experiences include assignments with Mondelez International, Kraft Foods and Booz-Allen & Hamilton. Pete received a BS degree in Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a MS degree in Engineering from Princeton University.
Luke Busby Luke Busby, Sr. Director, IPT Operations at STERIS Corporation
Luke Busby leads the six North American manufacturing facilities for the IPT business unit as well as S&OP planning for Global demand on North American manufacturing facilities, OEM planning and purchasing, and logistics management at STERIS, a $1.7 billion medical device manufacturing company with a combination of equipment, consumables and services to healthcare, pharmaceutical, industrial and government customers. He has been in supply chain and operations leadership roles for the past 16 years. Prior to joining STERIS, Luke had similar roles with General Cable Corporation and American Greetings. Luke holds a BS in Biomedical Engineering from Johns Hopkins University and an MBA in Operations and Logistics Management from The Ohio State University.
Heather Christophersen, Director of Business Operations for Elevance Renewable Sciences
Heather Christophersen oversees the sales and operations planning (S&OP) process, in which she led the S&OP design, product management, customer service and materials-purchasing teams. Prior to joining Elevance, a specialty chemicals company, Heather held a variety of engineering and business management position and directed the Office of the Sustainability at Notre Dame, responsible for the University’s long-term strategy for carbon emissions and water use reductions as well as sustainability education and outreach. Heather earned a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering from the University of Notre Dame as well as a Master’s Degree in business administration from Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.
Thomas J. Goldsby, Professor of Logistics at The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business
Prior to entering academe, Dr. Goldsby was a Logistics Analyst for the Valvoline Company. He has served as a consultant to manufacturers, distributors, retailers, logistics service providers, non-governmental organizations, and the U.S. Department of Defense. He is co-author of Lean Six Sigma Logistics: Strategic Development to Operational Success, is a research associate of the Global Supply Chain Forum at The Ohio State University and blog editor for LQ Insights. He was recently recognized as one of the most productive researchers all-time in the field of Logistics Management. Dr. Goldsby holds a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Evansville (1992), M.B.A. from the University of Kentucky (1993), and Ph.D. in Marketing and Logistics from Michigan State University (1998).
Alicia Hammersmith, GM for Materials, General Electric Aviation
Alicia Hammersmith has spent 23 years with General Electric working in the three industrial divisions of Aviation, Transportation and Oil & Gas. Alicia started her GE career as a co-op in 1991 and then graduated from the Manufacturing Development Program. After completing the program, Alicia progressed through a series of manufacturing, repair development and quality leadership roles within Aviation Services. Alicia moved to GE Transportation in 2002 where she held leadership roles as MBB, Delivery and Global Supply Chain Materials Manager. In 2006, Alicia was promoted to a role leading the Propulsion Center of Excellence (COE). Alicia then moved to the role of Cash Leader with responsibility for driving working capital initiatives including leadership of the Cash Council, materials process improvements and Hyperion Financial Reporting implementation. From September 2010 through July 2014, Alicia joined Measurement & Control to lead the global Inspection Technologies Supply Chain located in Huerth, Germany. She recently relocated to Cincinnati, Ohio as the GM for Materials for GE Aviation. Alicia received her bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh and her MBA from Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio.
James Hill, Associate Professor of Management Sciences at The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business
Dr. James Hill earned his Ph.D at The Ohio State University before joining the Fisher faculty in 2004. Currently he teaches the core MBA course in operations management and elective courses in operations planning and control and supply chain management. His research on supply chains has been published in Journal of Operations Management, Decision Sciences, Interfaces, Journal of Business Logistics, European Journal of Operational Research and the International Journal of Production Research. His research and education in the area of supply chain management have included engagements with Pepsi Co., Scotts, Nestle, Sherwin Williams, Agrana and Kellogg’s among others.
Glen Lewis, former director in Del Monte Foods’ US Operations
Glen Lewis has over 30 years of experience in all facets of operations management including production management, technical, laboratory and quality services, process reengineering, engineering, maintenance, supply chain management and energy management. Glen is a member of the American Production & Inventory Control Society (APICS) Board of Directors – Sacramento Chapter and an APICS certified supply chain professional. He is certified in energy procurement and management by the Association of Energy Engineers and completed the US Department of Energy-Federal Energy Management Program. Glen also holds an Advisor Board appointment with the Sales & Operations Planning Institute at the Center for Operational Excellence, The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business. Glen is in-process of preparing an innovative energy, sustainability and sales and operations planning demonstration project for California’s food processing industry for late 2014/early 2015.
Mark Moon, Head of the Marketing & Supply Chain Management Department at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Dr. Mark Moon is author of Demand and Supply Integration: The Key to World-Class Demand Forecasting. His professional experience includes positions in sales and marketing with IBM and Xerox, and consulting with over 40 companies including Eastman Chemical, Hershey Foods, Lucent Technologies, DuPont, Union Pacific Railroad, Motorola, Sony, and Sara Lee. Professor Moon teaches at the undergraduate, MBA, and Executive MBA levels, with courses in Demand Planning, Forecasting, and Marketing Strategy.
Andrea Prud’homme, Assistant Clinical Professor & Associate Director of the Center for Operational Excellence at OSU
Dr. Andrea Prud’homme brings more than 15 years of corporate experience in worldwide supply chain management for companies such as Hewlett-Packard, Advanced Energy Industries and Valor Electronics. Her responsibilities included managing projects for operations in Europe, Hong Kong, China and Mexico. Professor Prudhomme holds a Ph.D from Michigan State University and has earned APICS certification as Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP), in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM) and in Integrated Resource Management (CIRM). She has also taught certification review courses for the CPIM program for 8 years. She has served on the APICS CSCP Exam Committee, and currently serves on the CPIM Detailed Scheduling and Planning (DSP) Exam Committee and the APICS Foundation’s Knowledge Delivery Committee.
Len Tashman, founding and continuing editor of Foresight: The International Journal of Applied Forecasting
Dr. Len Tashman is an internationally recognized teacher, author, editor, and consultant, with more than 30 years of experience in business forecasting. Len is the founding and continuing editor of Foresight: The International Journal of Applied Forecasting, which is devoted to the issues and challenges facing the practicing forecaster. Since its inception, Foresight has been a premier publication in the forecasting field.
Jeff VanDuersen, executive-level professional with over 20 years experience
Jeff VanDuersen has over 20 years experience in technology, operations and resource management, sales and operations planning, and supply chain management solutions. He served as program manager and architect of the Foster’s Distributor Collaboration Program, a strategic initiative to create a CPFR / S&OP solution with key distributors and he has led projects implementing client solutions and representing various vendors in a consulting capacity. Jeff earned both a Bachelor’s and MBA degree from Western Michigan University as well as a PMP from the Project Management Institute.

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