Logistics Executive Lecture Series

The Center for Logistics & Supply Chain Management sponsors the Logistics Executive Lecturer Series which promotes excellence in student-centered education. These lecture sessions expose students, faculty, and researchers to senior industry leaders. Students directly interact with senior executives and gain first-hand knowledge regarding the challenges they face and the leadership strategies being deployed by participating firms.

Important information for all events

Speaker presentations for the Spring 2021 semester will be held on Fridays from noon to 1:00 p.m. and will be presented in a virtual format only. Zoom meetings will be scheduled for each event and registration will be required. Zoom meetings will be recorded and post-event attendance reports will be sent to the professors.

Students must register online to attend all events. Students will receive an email confirmation to the email address provided on the registration form along with the link to the virtual Zoom event. The class number entered on the registration form will be the class for which the student receives the attendance credit. Students have the ability to change the class number for a registered event by logging in and clicking ‘edit’ in the event they have registered for. Students also have the ability to cancel registration for a registered event by logging in and clicking ‘cancel’ in the event they have registered for. If a student has registered for an event and is not be able to attend, they should cancel their registration no later than noon on Thursday prior to the event on Friday to allow another student the opportunity to attend. The registration system will allow students to register for an event until capacity restrictions have been met (Zoom = 300). Students should register early in the semester as events fill up very quickly!

Upcoming Events

  • In talking with candidates they all seem interested in the technology we use to run our business. When people think of trucking they don't often think of it as a very technologically advanced industry. That could not be further from the truck! Technology is what really separates us from our competition. There has been tons of Private Equity money poured into companies to optimize their technology in the last 5 years. The long-term winners will be the companies that have the best technology.

    Friday, January 29th - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
    Dennis Martin

    President & CEO of Smith Eagle Logistics

    Dennis Martin has a Bachelor of Business Administration from University of West Georgia and a Master of Business Administration with Troy State University. Now with 21 years of experience in the transportation and Logistics industry, Dennis spent his first 10 years of his career on the asset side of the business and the past 11 years on the non-asset side of the business. During that time Dennis held Sr Level Positions with major truckload carriers. In 2000 he formed Smith Eagle Logistics company and in 2019 he purchased Smith Enterprises. That enabled his company to offer warehousing, dedicated service and asset based truckload solutions. 

  • With a list of brands that includes Tropicana, Gatorade, Doritos, Lay’s, and Quaker Oats, PepsiCo is a global food and beverage powerhouse.  To ensure delivery of America’s favorite snacks and drinks, PepsiCo Transportation maintains one of the largest transportation operations in North America.  It takes more than trucks and warehouses to be successful in logistics.  In this hour-long talk Doug Miller, the Vice President of Transportation for Pepsi Beverages North America & Pepsi Logistics, he will share what employees need to be a valuable asset to PepsiCo.

    Friday, February 5th - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
    Doug Miller

    Vice President NA Value Chain Transformation at Pepsi Logistics Company, Inc.

    Doug Miller is presently Vice President NA Value Chain Transformation/Pepsi Logistics Company, Inc. located in Plano, Texas and is a 25-year PepsiCo veteran with experience in Logistics Field Operations, Plano Headquarters and Field Transportation, Warehouse Operations and Sales Operations.  
    Doug grew up in Seneca, Kansas.  After High School, he attended Emporia State University in Emporia, Kansas where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Business.

    He began his PepsiCo career in 1996 within the Frito-Lay division and held several Frito-Lay Field and Plano Headquarters leadership roles.  His first assignment was in Topeka, Kansas, where he supported a 115 OTR (Over The Road) private fleet operation that serviced the Mid West.  Key experiences and assignments also included TMS projects, Supply chain Integration, and Manufacturing in PepsiCo locations that spanned Plano, Texas, San Antonio, Texas, & Dallas, Texas.

    In 2012, Doug transitioned to the beverage side of PepsiCo and supported key transportation projects and teams that provide logistics for iconic brands like Pepsi, Quaker, Gatorade, Tropicana, and Naked Juice.  While in beverages, Doug started up the Pepsi Logistics Company, Inc. which operates as a transportation intermediary for external companies and is ranked among the Top 50 brokerage firms in the United States (Source; Transport Topics – April 2018, Armstrong & Associates – July 2018) with offices in Plano, TX, Chicago, Ill and Bradenton, FL.

    Doug and his family live in Frisco. He enjoys biking, watching his daughters play volleyball and spending time with family.  

  • Friday, February 19th - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
    Tom Harris

    President of Alliance Air & Aviation Services at Hillwood

  • Friday, February 26th - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
    Rob Lewin

    Global Logistics

  • While it may not be the most glamorous skill to many, the truth is that data analysis serves as the key driver for decision-making in all areas of business. From marketing, to logistics, to sales, data analysis is the critical component to decision-making. However, recent grads don’t always have extensive experience to hit the ground running and provide the impactful analysis senior leaders are looking for. 

    Data analysis isn’t just a skill for roles with “analyst” in the title, anymore. Every role at every level relies on analytics to drive strategy, and those with the proper skills are able to jump ahead in their industry to provide meaningful insights and inspire change. For those looking to gain an edge in their industry of choice, look no further than analytics.  

    In this presentation, Brandon will discuss how data analytics is integrated into his organization, how it has played a critical part in his career, and what you can do to prepare now for that dream opportunity with free resources already available to you today. 

    Friday, March 12th - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
    Brandon Reynolds

    Senior Manager of B2B Program Development at American Airlines

    Brandon is the Senior Manager of B2B Program Development at American Airlines. In this role he leads a team focused on developing compelling travel services that make business travel simple. As the world’s largest airline, American Airlines strives to be the easiest airline for business travelers. Brandon’s extensive experience across sales, data science, long-term loyalty, and technology has enabled him to launch many successful travel solutions for companies and travel partners. Over an 11 year career with American Brandon has worked across commercial, technology, and customer service departments to integrate cross-functional project plans that deliver customer-centric products and services.

  • Ups and down of a great career, where the best laid plans rarely turn out the way you envisioned and where you’re more often defined by effort, vs. a wrong turn/boss or two.

    Friday, March 19th - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
    Mark Mirelez

    BEI Precision

    Beginning with his service in the military through various leadership positions across a number of defense companies, Mark Mirelez has spent his entire career supporting the defense and space industries.

    Since 2018, he has served as president and CEO of BEI Precision Systems and Space Company, a leading provider of highly accurate, resilient and reliable positioning sensor technologies for mission-critical space and military applications. In this role, Mark is responsible for the entire family of companies affiliated with BEI including BEI Precision, Wenzel Associates, Croven Crystals and Thistle Design. 

    Prior to joining BEI, Mark worked at DynCorp International, an aviation and logistics services company supporting U.S. and foreign government customers, where he first served as vice president of global supply chain before being named vice president and general manager for the company’s aviation, engineering, logistics and sustainment division. Earlier in his career, Mark served in executive leadership roles at Norvell Electronics, Rockwell Collins and National Instruments.

    Mark served in the United States Air Force as a contracts and acquisition officer from 1993 to 1999.

    He holds a bachelor’s degree from the United States Air Force Academy and a master’s degree from Abilene Christian University. He sits on advisory boards for the Center for Global Business at the University of Texas at Austin and the Aviation and Logistics program at the University of North Texas.

  • “Kaizen” is the Japanese philosophy of continuous improvement. A culture of continuous improvement is a core competency in Fujitsu’s manufacturing operations. After a massive earthquake struck off the coast of Japan in March 2011, kaizen was the guiding force in dealing with the supply chain disruption and ultimate recovery of customer satisfaction. This presentation will detail that event, the recovery, and how the kaizen principle can be applied to business practice and personal efficiency.

    Friday, March 26th - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
    Kevin King

    Head of Commercial Management and Proposals Development

    As a 20-year veteran of the telecom industry, Kevin King has experiences to share and stories to tell. Entering the workforce shortly after the Telecom Deregulation Act of 1996, Kevin has lived through the highs and lows of the business market, dealing with its impacts on both a professional and personal level. His background includes an undergraduate engineering degree from Texas A&M, master’s programs at UTD and SMU, and job roles in Supply Chain Management and Sales & Marketing disciplines, ranging from an Individual Contributor to Department Head. Kevin’s education and experience gives him a unique perspective that helps bring insight and clarity to business pursuits and the path to success. 

    In his free time, Kevin volunteers as a board member with the Richardson Boys & Girls Club and as a committee chair for Dallas Cup. He is an avid soccer fan and can often be found researching US youth soccer prospects. Kevin believes travel is a window to education, with his favorite stops being Las Vegas, New Orleans, Florida, London, and Turkey. Ask him about food and music if you have some spare time…..

  • What does it mean to make supply chains “Smart”? How do you make your supply chain “Smart”? What does business gain by smarter supply chains? What is your part as a supply chain professional in creating smart supply chains?

    Friday, April 9th - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
    Robert Condit

    Senior Account Executive – Energy Sector at NTT DATA Services

    Robert Condit is an Senior Account Executive – Energy Sector at NTT DATA Services.   NTT DATA Services is a division of NTT DATA Corporation, a top 10 global IT services provider with 118,000+ employees in more than 50 countries.  We excel in blending IT and business expertise with decades of industry know-how.
    Before assuming his current position, Robert served as Vice President of Sales at Method360, from 2016 to 2019, for all SAP related services and new business growth.

    Robert spent several years in SAP consulting with CGI, from 2007 to 2016, where he was leading, architecting, and delivering SAP solutions for CGI clients.  He was also the US SAP Practice Lead at CGI during his tenure.

    Prior to joining CGI in 2007, Robert held numerous leadership positions with Verizon starting as a senior buyer and moving up through the ranks to an operations manager supporting all large distribution centers and over 1200 supply locations. During his tenure at Verizon, he reduced millions in supply chain cost, implemented continues improvement initiatives, implemented numerous WMS and ERP systems, including SAP, and was key to the successful recovery of logistics operations following the events of September 11, 2001.

    From 1995 to 2000, Robert worked in law enforcement as a public service officer and jailer for the City of Hurst and a police officer for the City of Euless.

    And from 1989 to 1997, Robert honorably served in the United States Marine Corps as a combat engineer and Marine Security Guard. During his tour in the Marines, he earned the rank of staff sergeant, lead Marines into battle during Desert Shield and Desert Storm, supported numerous humanitarian efforts in Asia, and help positions at the US Embassy in New Delhi, the Vatican, and Rome.

    Robert has an associate degree from Tarrant County Junior College, a bachelor’s degree in logistics from the University of North Texas, and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Texas at Arlington. Robert is also certified in transportation and logistics, and a member of the Board of Directors for the Center for Logistics & Supply Chain Management.

Previous Events

  • In the age of self-driving cars and intelligent applications we use as individual consumers on our mobile devices, most large enterprises are still relying on heavily manual and disconnected processes to perform their business planning. This talk will outline the new AI enabled approach to solving Integrated Business Planning challenges for large enterprises and provide examples of key success factors on that digital transformation journey that each large enterprise should consider. The presentation is geared towards business and supply chain planning process (with basic knowledge of demand planning, supply planning, S&OP) audience and will not be technical (i.e., I will not be going into machine learning algorithms etc.).

    Friday, November 13th - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
    Fred Baumann

    VP at o9 Solutions, Inc.

  • We’ve all experienced needing to “wait for a part” when something is broken. Maybe it was a part for your family dishwasher, or the family car, but the delays can be very inconvenient and maddening!

    There are unique supply chain challenges to position inventory to support repair of products, machinery, or medical equipment that must be back up and running quickly when a failure happens. This is not “just-in-time” inventory to support manufacturing, it’s “just-in-case” inventory to get broken things up and running again quickly and efficiently.

    Waiting for a part can be more than just an inconvenience, it can be very costly. When an aircraft is stuck on the ground or a plant manufacturing semiconductor wafers is down waiting for a repair part, the cost of downtime can be in excess of tens of thousands of dollars an hour. When a critical medical device providing cancer care is not working in a hospital, repair delays can impact human life. In this session, we’ll discuss these real-life challenges of managing a service parts supply chain.

    Friday, October 30th - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
    Mike Ross

    Director, Product Strategy at Baxter Planning

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    Mike has worked for Baxter Planning since 2000, currently as Director of Product Strategy where he has responsibility for design and development of new features and forward-looking product roadmap.

    Mike is an acknowledged and sought-after expert in service parts, regularly consulting with companies and helping them design and implement more efficient, cost-effective, and productivity improving service parts planning and service execution organizations.

    In 2014, Mike was named as a Supply Chain "Pro to Know" by Supply and Demand Chain Executive magazine.

    Prior to 2000, Mike worked for seven years as a lead software developer for LPA Software (a predecessor to Xelus), an early pioneer system as a productized service parts planning solution.

    Service parts planning solutions designed by Mike over his 20-year career are actively used by many of the largest service parts organizations in the world. He has presented many times to large gatherings of service parts professionals, both in the US and in Europe.

  • Mark will share experiences from his portfolio in logistics and operations, describing how he has strategically managed growth and opportunity within his sector.
    Friday, October 23rd - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
    Mark E Smith

    VP of Operations, DHL Supply Chain

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    With a 25+ year career as a leader in logistics, Mark E. Smith serves as the VP of Operations for the Consumer sector of DHL Supply Chain in the Central-Midwest and Southwest regions. The Consumer sector includes known brands such as Clorox, Hormel, LEGO, and Campbell’s.

  • In today's chaotic world, with everything going on including natural disasters, economic shifts in buying habits, carriers going out of business due to increases in insurance premiums (Oh and that pesky pandemic going on), things still need to move throughout the supply chain. How is the supply chain able to function in spite of all of these headwinds? What are some of the areas shippers can help their supply chain cut down costs in the middle of an unknown economic environment? The answer lies within the Freight Brokerage. Freight Brokerages are large part of the supply chain and their services are amplified when disasters strike. In today's talk, we will be going through Why Brokerages Matter in a Chaotic World, by showing what a brokerage can do for both a shipper and a carrier, why brokerages should be considered in any supply chain strategy and how a career in the brokerage can lead to an exciting and fulfilling ride within the supply chain.

    Friday, October 16th - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
    David Stone

    Director of Freight Brokerage at Ryder System, Inc.

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    A natural-born problems solver who relishes operational challenges, David Stone has built a successful career leading high-performance teams and optimizing business performance in a variety of environments. On enterprise level projects and startups alike, he brings more than 15 years of experience improving bottom-line results in industries including e-commerce and supply chain management.

    Always willing to put himself in the shoes of end users, David has honed considerable talent for quickly assessing situations, determining next steps and implementing cross functional plans to get the job done. Currently, he works for Ryder Integrated Logistics as the Director for the Freight Brokerage. Prior to that, he worked for KeepTrucking.com as Head of Freight Operations, where he helped the company rise to become the 2nd fastest growing freight brokerage. David has also played an instrumental role in establishing the Houzz.com supply chain in both the U.S. and China, as well as holding positions at major corporations, including Amazon and Advance Auto Parts.

    David holds an MBA from Florida Institute of Technology and a BS in Nuclear Engineering from University of New Mexico. He and his wife of 14 years have two boys with whom they love staying active outdoors with. David grew up playing a multitude of sports and currently enjoys staying active by participating in long distance endurance events.

  • Today’s presentation by Dave Akers will include the topics of Current Trade-Partner Relationship status between countries, Trade War Impact to Cross-Border Trucking, USMCA updates and status, and Supply Chain Security Concerns in Mexico.

    Friday, October 2nd - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
    Dave Akers

    President, Mexico at C.R. England

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    Dave Akers is the President of the México Division of C.R. England, Inc., a Salt Lake City–based international transportation services provider and the world’s largest refrigerated trucking company. C.R. England actively operates throughout the United States, Mexico, and Canada. C.R. England serves notable companies such as Tyson, Cargill, Hershey, Walmart, Kraft, Nestle, and Conagra Brands. Mr. Akers has worked in cross-border trucking and logistics since 1994. Before joining C.R. England in 2009, Mr. Akers was Associate Vice President of Mexico Operations at Werner Enterprises from 2002 to 2009. Prior to that, Mr. Akers served as Director of Operations for Celadon Trucking’s CEL-MEX division and was based in Mexico City, Mexico. In his current role at C.R. England, Mr. Akers plays an active role in the design and implementation of various transportation and logistics products serving customers located throughout North America. He also frequently coordinates with local, state, and federal law enforcement on supply-chain security initiatives (C-TPAT, DEA, U.S. CBP) to provide industry perspective to these organizations. Mr. Akers is a native of Indianapolis, Indiana and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from Purdue University and a Master of Business Administration degree from Texas A&M International University. Mr. Akers is bilingual in English and Spanish. Mr. Akers and his wife, Araceli, currently reside in Laredo, Texas. In his free time, Mr. Akers is active in his church and enjoys hiking, traveling, and agility training his German Shepherd Dog, Lucian von der Akers.

  • The presentation sheds light on major technology trends in supply chain management for 2020 and beyond. It illustrates technological advancement in artificial intelligence, virtual reality, augmented reality, Internet of Things and blockchain among others to ultimately show how these new capabilities affect the way in which we move physical goods and materials in the future. Students gain a better understanding of how to evaluate supply chain innovation, how to prepare organizations for changes in the workplace and how to foster professional advancement through a deep understanding of supply chain technology.

    Friday, September 18th - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
    Chris Hanebeck

    Founder and CEO at Truckl

    Adjunct Faculty at University of North Texas

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    Chris Hanebeck is a seasoned professional, innovator and technology strategist focused on supply chain management. His experience in management consulting, technology startups and senior operating roles spans well over two decades and includes successful private-equity led turnarounds. Throughout his career Chris has worked with inventors to market and monetize their innovations, ranging from hardware devices and software applications to abstract mathematical algorithms. He holds several patents, regularly speaks at major conferences and teaches supply chain technology at the University of North Texas, one of the top industry programs in the country.

    Chris is currently building Truckl, a new venture focused on highly innovative supply chain applications enabled by blockchain technology, and serves on the advisory board of several technology startups in Silicon Valley, Washington and Texas. Prior, he led key business architecture initiatives for MasterCard, managed a team of global innovation consultants for IBM and served as COO of the first cryptographic start-up for IoT devices among other posts.

  • Do you know the advantages of completing an internship?  Let’s list a few.  Employers prefer to hire graduates who’ve gained hands-on experience related to their major.  Internships extend your classroom learning into a real-world setting.  Internships provide you with an opportunity to reinforce your choice of major and career path.  Internships allow you to gain practical experience and transferable skills by working in a professional environment.  Internships give you a competitive advantage in the job market because of the knowledge and skills you develop in the position.  Internships help you develop a network of professional contacts in your career field.  Internships provide insight into your future career.

    In this presentation Brian Hirsch will be providing an overview of the internship searching process including:  Qualifications to intern, Process for applying for internships for credit, Where the opportunities are, and How to use Handshake and LinkedIn to navigate job openings.

    Friday, September 4th - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
    Brian Hirsch, Ed.D.

    Senior Associate Director, Career Center at G. Brint Ryan College of Business

    Adjunct Faculty at University of North Texas

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    Dr. Brian Hirsch is the Senior Associate Director for the UNT Career Center in the G. Brint Ryan College of Business. Dr. Hirsch is a proven leader in career services and higher education with over twenty years of experience in diverse roles. His responsibilities have included expanding recruiter bases, creating increased opportunities for placement, career advisement, oversight and coordination of on-campus recruitment, employer relations, job and program development, student retention, teaching, leadership development, outcomes assessment, producing publications, marketing, supervision and budget management.

    Dr. Hirsch has extensive involvement with student affairs including leadership development, Greek Life, Student Activities, Student Retention, and Drug Education and Prevention.