Supply Chain Management
track speakers

The conference runs from 7:00 am to 4:45 pm.

After the Opening Keynote, Networking Break and Strategic Briefings, the Supply Chain Management Track offers an exceptional group of speakers:

Wayne Thompson

Track Introduction

Wayne Thompson
Practice Director, UWEBC

Kristen Daihes Opex Analytics

Kristen Daihes

Opex Analytics

Kristen Daihes is a Partner with Opex Analytics, LLC, an advanced analytics company. She provides firm leadership and solves complex business problems for her clients using innovative algorithms to transform operations. She is a subject matter expert in supply chain strategy and planning. Throughout her career, Kristen has been responsible for leading focused transformation initiatives to develop capabilities and infrastructure to create value across enterprises, enabling growth while driving improvement in customer service and inventory.

Previously, as Vice President of Global Supply Chain for SC Johnson, Kristen had direct responsibility for planning in more than 20 factories and hundreds of third party manufacturers, as well as operations of over 100 warehouses globally. Prior to SC Johnson, she led global supply chain sourcing and capacity activities to support Wrigley, a subsidiary of Mars. She also held strategic planning, innovation and engineering roles in Unilever and Procter & Gamble. Kristen earned an MBA from the University of Chicago and a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering from Purdue University.

Eric Johnson American Shipper

Eric Johnson

Research Director
American Shipper

Eric Johnson heads American Shipper’s technology coverage and serves as research director, guiding the publication’s subscribers through the way automation intersects with global logistics and trade. He was named IT editor in 2012 after stints with American Shipper covering the liner carrier industry and the logistics sector in Asia. Eric has lived and worked in India, the UK and Southern California. He now resides in Washington, DC, where he’s been based since 2012.

Eric is a frequent panelist and moderator at industry events, where he presents on topics ranging from transportation management and procurement, visibility, freight payment, trade compliance and global trade management. As research director, Eric heads the production of American Shipper’s series of benchmark studies on freight transportation and trade management, as well as webinars and white papers on diverse topics related to technology. In 2017, Eric was also named editor of the Adam Smith Project, American Shipper’s home for trade policy-focused content.

Mike Perrotti Lands' End

Mike Perrotti

Vice President, Strategic Operations and Sourcing
Lands' End

Mike Perrotti is a seasoned global supply chain executive with more than 18 years of experience in the apparel industry who delivers rapid, measurable and sustainable results that improve total supply chain performance and strategy. He brings a wealth of experience with particular strengths in sourcing, new product development, manufacturing, continuous improvement and operational excellence.

Mike has led various supply chain, production/sourcing and inventory teams with a proven track record of achieving significant company and departmental goals and objectives. His teams have also delivered multi-million-dollar savings and reduced overall product lifecycle times by more than 25 percent.

When not working, Mike enjoys spending time with his wife, golfing, hunting, riding his Harley-Davidson and visiting his four children who live all across the U.S. Mike graduated from Edinboro University and is a proud U.S. Army Veteran.

Gene Seroka Port of LA

Gene Seroka

Executive Director
Port of Los Angeles

Gene Seroka is the Executive Director of the Port of Los Angeles, the busiest container port in North America. As Executive Director, Gene is responsible for managing a budget of more than $1 billion, advancing major capital projects, growing trade volumes and promoting innovative, sustainable practices that strengthen the region’s economy. His duties involve interacting with a wide range of stakeholders, including Port customers around the globe, industry partners, elected and appointed officials at all levels, harbor area residents and business leaders.

Gene brings more than 28 years of experience in shipping, global logistics and executive management. After several key overseas positions for American President Lines (APL) Limited, he returned to the U.S. in 2010 to become President – Americas for the shipping line. Throughout his career, he played a key role in global marketing and corporate strategies for APL.

Over the years, Gene has held various positions in sales and management with increasing responsibility and high-level assignments all over the world. Gene has an MBA and bachelor of science in marketing from the University of New Orleans.

Balika Sonthalia A.T. Kearney

Balika Sonthalia

Vice President
A.T. Kearney

Balika Sonthalia is Vice President with A.T. Kearney based in Chicago and has been with the firm since 2010. She is a thought leader with a track record of 10 years of creating sustainable operational and financial impact at organizations. She specializes in supply chain and logistics working with Fortune 100 clients on enterprise-wise supply chain and cost transformations in most B2B and B2C industries including chemicals, automotive, retail, consumer products, medical devices and telco.

At A.T. Kearney, Balika is a co-leader of the analytics practice, which is a group of more than 300 specialists that are disrupting the traditional consulting model.

Balika holds a B.Tech. in electronics and communication from the University of Mumbai and an MBA from the Carnegie Mellon University. Balika has a passion for helping her clients and her firm. In 2016, the Consulting Magazine recognized her with the prestigious Future Women's Leader Award in North America.


The Supply Chain Management Track is sponsored :



Steering Committee members provide guidance on track content, topic suggestions and speaker selection. Thank you to the 2018 Supply Chain Management Track Steering Committee:

Jim KathsihtisJim Katsihtis
Director of Logistics
Sub-Zero Group, Inc.

Tom MoenThomas Moen
Senior Sourcing Manager
J.J. Keller & Associates

Michael NasifMichael Nasif
Director – Logistics Kitchen/Bath Americas & Corporate Transportation
Kohler Co.

Wayne ThompsonWayne Thompson
Supply Chain Management Practice Director

The Day At a Glance

Your day at the Business Best Practices & Emerging Technologies Conference is packed with content:

7:00-8:00 am Registration and Networking
8:00-9:30 am Opening Session and Keynote
9:30-10:20 am Networking Break & Strategic Briefings
(Strategic Briefings are from 9:45 to 10:10 am)
10:20 am -12:20 pm Track Sessions in Lecture Hall
12:20-1:30 pm Lunch & Table Topics
1:30-2:05 pm Networking Break & Strategic Briefings
(Strategic Briefings are from 1:30-1:55 pm)
2:05-3:25 pm Track Sessions in Lecture Hall
3:35-4:45 pm Closing Keynote and Raffle

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