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December Webinar

“Imagine Santa’s Magical Supply Chain!”

featuring Ms. Deb Hansford, CFPIM, CIRM, CSCP, C.P.M., CPSM Owner & Founder, PreCrest LLC moderated by Scott W. Luton, APICS Southeast District Staff.

Wednesday, December 14th, 2016 12 noon to 1 pm EST FREE to register

As supply chain and operations management professionals, we understand the importance of the 7 R’s, (right place, right time, right quantity, right quality, right customer, right condition and right price). Consider this: Santa has to provide 100% perfect order fulfillment in less than 24 hours throughout the world!
Join us for this fun webinar as we blend two familiar concepts (Santa and supply chain) to consider new possibilities. Topics for discussion include:
Maybe there are Santa fundamental practices (SFP) that we should re-evaluate and consider to help make our supply chains more magical!


About the presenter: Deb Hansford is the owner and founder of PreCrest, LLC, a women owned company specializing in supply chain education. She is very grateful for her previous experience at companies including W.W. Grainger, Inc.; Cummins, Inc., and Anheuser-Busch, where she started as a materials handler and progressed through as a supply chain director. This range of experience has enabled Deb to appreciate the different backgrounds and responsibilities of learners attending her classes. PreCrest offers face to face classes as well as online and webinar classes to accommodate different learning styles and time limitations for busy professionals. Learning is fun!

September Professional Development Meeting

Top Management Night organized by the USC Student Chapter

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WHEN: MON, SEP 19 AT 6:30 PM

WHERE:  Darla Moore School of Business – 1014 Greene Street Room 124, Columbia, SC 29208 – View Map

Our USC Student’s will be leading our Top Management Night.  Our goal is to understand how our professionals got into the Supply Chain field and what career moves lead them to the position they currently hold.  We have Supply Chain Professionals from companies including Select Comfort, Jarden Materials, and Prysmian.   The chapter will provide food and drink for the event.  As this is a school night, parking is available in the parking garage behind the Koger Center.

This is also a great opportunity to meet our USC GSCOM students.

August Webinar 8-25-16 noon

“Lead Differently: To Engage the New Workforce, Dive in to Different”


featuring Ms. Elba Pareja-Gallagher, CSCP Founder & President, ShowMe50.org
moderated by Scott W. Luton, APICS Southeast District Staff

August 25, 2016
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Free to register http://bit.ly/29oIdkK

A tsunami of global forces is changing our workplaces. Employee engagement is stuck. The contemporary workforce wants to be led differently. With a tight labor market and employee turnover costs ranging from 150% – 200% of annual salaries, companies cannot afford to delay leadership transformation. To create and sustain empowered, mission-driven teams, managers today must invest their time and intelligence on the right acts and activities. In this webinar, Elba Pareja-Gallagher will explain how combining Blue Ocean Strategy techniques and inclusive human capital strategies, can help managers execute a new model of leadership and career development that delivers happy employees and high performance.

APICS MidCarolina February PDM – How South Carolina Infrastructure affects logistics – SCDOT – Ron Patton, Deputy Secretary for Intermodal Planning

Wednesday, February 17, 2016 from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM (EST)

This presentation is to explore the work South Carolina DOT is doing to improve the infrastructure from deepening the Port of Charleston to setting up intermodal logistic hubs to improve the business economy in our State.  Learn how infrastructure is driving business in our State.

Pizza and Networking from 6:30-7:00, talk to follow.
USC School of Education – Wardlaw Building
820 South Main Street
Room 126
Columbia, SC 29208
Wednesday, February 17, 2016 from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM (EST)

APICS MidCarolina January 2016 – Education Offerings Event


We invite you to join us on January 13th 2016 at Midlands Technical College NE to learn how MidCarolina APICS Educational Course Offerings can provide the training to your employees to help your company  achieve your supply chain goals.

Would your company like to achieve:

  •                 30%+ increase in on time delivery?
  •                 30% reduction in lead time?
  •                 50% increase in capacity utilization
  •                 Highest inventory turns ever?

GE Oil and Gas recognized these results through APICS training with over 150 employees engaged. BASF recognized 300% revenue growth in 10 years with 200 employees engaged.

APICS education provides thorough training covering all aspects of business with knowledge that can be used in Retail, Manufacturing, Distribution, Health and Service Industries. Certification is globally recognized.

Join us on January 13th 2016 at Midlands Technical College NE to learn how APICS can provide the training to help you achieve your supply chain goals

Register here https://www.eventbrite.com/e/educational-offerings-seminar-tickets-19710914877

 “Better educated people make better decisions” Alan Milliken, Supply Chain Development Team, BASF

September PDM – Advancing S&OP Results Before Installing Third-Party Software

No enterprise resource planning system can address all companies’ unique sales and operations planning (S&OP) reporting requirements out of the box. Thus, businesses struggle with how to get these needed figures. Attend this educational session to gain insights on using ad hoc analytical solutions in real-world S&OP rollouts and enhancement projects. You will learn how to progress your organization’s S&OP reporting prior to purchasing third-party software packages and gain access to no-cost sample Excel tools to employ at your workplace. This educational session qualifies for 1 elective hour toward the APICS S&OP Education Certificate.


Presenter – Steven Hainey, CPIM, CPF, C.P.M., CPSMDirector of Supply ChainJarden Applied Materials

Presenter – Jakob Wilson, CPIMStrategic Sourcing BuyerJarden Applied Materials

Darla Moore School of Business
1014 Greene Street
Columbia, SC 29208
Wednesday, September 16, 2015 from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM (EDT)

2015-2016 Professional Development Meeting Schedule

Date Speaker Topic Location
09/16/2015 Jakob Wilson & Steve Hainey Advancing S&OP Results Before Installing 3rd Party Software USC Darla Moore School of Business
10/14/2015 Panel Material Managers Night USC Darla Moore School of Business
11/18/2015 John Noble Univ. of Notre Dame – China's Global Impact  USC Darla Moore School of Business
01/13/2016 TBD Plant Tour LocationTBD
02/10/2016 Student Driven TBD USC Darla Moore School of Business
03/09/2016 TBD Plant Tour – Airport Columbia Metropolitan Airport
04/14/2016 Speaker TDB Interactive Team Building Activity USC Darla Moore School of Business
05/11/2015 All Awards Presentation River Rat Brewery
06/2016 a Friday all day Bus Trip Summer Road Tip Location TBD

March PDM – Tour of Pontiac Foods

Wednesday, March 11, 2015 from 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM (EDT)

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Ever visit Sandhills and smell the aroma of coffee in the air?  It is coming from Pontiac Foods, which grinds coffee and spices and is owned by Kroger. We have a unique opportunity to visit their facility.  March 11, 2015

Pontiac Foods is a GMP-required facility so no Jewelry, Watches, Cellphones, Cameras, recording devices etc. or open- toed shoes allowed in Production Areas. Hair nets/ Beard Nets and smocks as well as Earplugs will be required as well as long as we are in the production areas. An info sheet will be provided to those who sign up.

Pontiac Foods
813 Bookman Rd
Elgin, SC 29045


February PDM – Leaders vs.Managers: What You Need to Know!


APICS PDM – Leaders vs.Managers: What You Need to Know!

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Wednesday, February 11, 2015 from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM (EST)

Darla Moore School of Business
1014 Greene Street
Columbia, SC 29208

This session is focused on the critical role both leaders and managers play in the future success of the business. We outline the key operational differences between leaders and managers, and how to develop leaders at all levels of the organization, which becomes increasingly important during times of rapid and complex change. Given the complexity facing organizations today, this information is timely and relevant.

Learning Objectives:

Participants will understand the specific traits and roles of “leaders” versus “managers” and how they complement one another in a successful organization

  1. We will outline the need to have leaders at all levels of the organization, and how individuals can be both leaders and managers within an organization
  2. Participants will learn how to assess the correct balance of leaders vs. managers within their organization based upon the rate and complexity of change occurring within their environment

Top Management Night at USC


Organized by the USC APICS Student Organization

Supply Chain Panel

  •  Joshua Tallon, W.W. Grainger, Inc.
  •  Steve Hainey, Jarden Applied Materials
  •  Rod Taylor, Bose Corporation
  • Steve Rudnicki, Westinghouse
  • Dr. Manoj Malhotra, Chairman of the Moore School’s Management Science
  •  Jamey Friel, Roche Pharmaceuticals