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CEO / Co-Founder
Jonathan Evans, a self proclaimed “Geeky Pilot,” has 17 years of aviation experience and possesses both commercial pilot and flight instructor ratings in airplanes and helicopters. His experience as a professional pilot includes 9 years flying Blackhawk helicopters with the Army and 7 years as a civilian supporting remote utility work in Alaska and Life Flight EMS in Oregon. He is a thought leader in the aerial robotics industry with a passion for innovation and a deep knowledge of regulations.
Jonathan sits on the board of the DroneCode Foundation and the AUVSI Cascade chapter. He has been an invited speaker at national industry conferences and featured in GeekWire, Virgin Unite, Outside Magazine, and interviewed for upcoming pieces in The Washington Post, WIRED Magazine and Motherboard.
SkyWard provides a pathway for businesses to manage compliant and insured flight operations around the world. The company is a member of the Small UAV Coalition, an industry group that includes members such as Google, Amazon, DJI, 3DR, Parrot, AirWare, and GoPro. As a Board Member, SkyWard is actively influencing the regulatory frameworks and requirements for UAVs in the US.
Skyward is an active partner in NASA’s Unmanned Aerial System Traffic Management System project (UTM), working collaboratively with other leading industry partners to develop the framework for building the highway in the sky. The company’s experts have briefed state and federal panels, including the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology.
Principal and President
One of the country’s most informed economists, Alan Beaulieu is a principal of ITR Economics™ where he serves as President. Alan has been providing workshops and economic analysis seminars in countries across the world to literally thousands of business owners and executives for the last 25 years.
He is co-author of Prosperity in the Age of Decline, a powerful look at how to make the most of the US and global trends over the next 20 years. Alan also co-authored Make Your Move, a practical guide on increasing profits through business cycle changes, and noted by one reader as “simple, yet awesome.”
As the chief economist for numerous US and European trade associations, it has been remarked that Alan’s “insight into our business, a track record of accurate forecasting, and an unparalleled knowledge of global markets has earned him respect and appreciation of key business leaders in our industry.”
Pronouncements from ITR Economics and/or Alan have appeared in/on: The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, USA Today, Knight Ridder News Services, Business Week, Associated Press, The Washington Times, CBS radio, CNN Radio, Sirius talk radio, KABC, NPR affiliate WLRN and numerous other outlets.
Founded in 1948, ITR Economics is the oldest, privately-held, continuously operating economic research and consulting firm in the United States.
Senior Vice President, Global Supply Chain
Starbucks Corporation is an international coffee company with over 21,000 stores in 65 countries.
Steve joined Starbucks in March 2010 as senior vice president, Global Planning and International Supply Chain Operations. Steve’s current responsibilities include leading the global manufacturing network, including nine manufacturing sites, the global store development supply chain which involves store materials supply and distribution for all global new store openings and renovations and the Evolution Fresh end-to-end supply chain organization.
Prior to joining Starbucks, Steve was employed by Method Home Products, serving as vice president, Global Supply Chain and The Clorox Company, as vice president, Product Supply International.
Steve holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Purdue University and completed an Executive Development Program through the Wharton School of Management.
Co-Founder / Co-CEO
As Co-Founder/Co-CEO of OOBĒ Incorporated, Mike has been bringing concepts, designs, and brands to the marketplace since 1994. The OOBĒ brand has been sold in stores across the United States, Japan, and Canada. OOBĒ has designed product lines, strategic branded apparel, and marketing programs for such international brands as FILA, Slazenger Golf, Nick Price Collections, Merrell Footwear, Wolverine Worldwide, The PGA Tour, Disney, Chick-fil-A and many others. The company currently operates offices in Greenville, SC, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Korea.
Mike and his co-founder/partner, Tom Merritt, were named the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Small Business Persons of the Year for South Carolina in 2002 and both were also named the S.C. SBA Young Entrepreneurs of the Year in 1997. Mike attended Clemson University where he received his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and International Marketing in 1991. Mike remains actively involved with the SBA and Clemson University by speaking to students, entrepreneurial groups and other manufacturing organizations throughout the United States.
Mike also advises a number of early stage privately held companies and non-profit organizations. Mike currently resides in Simpsonville, SC with his wife, Melissa, and their three children, Connor, Tess and Mia, and is an active member of Brookwood Church.
Hannah Ubl is a speaker, researcher, writer, consultant and generational expert, and is firmly established in the public speaking scene as a powerful voice for her generation. Hannah uses a healthy blend of stories and statistics to help gain a deeper understanding of one another. Her research has unearthed valuable tips and actionable solutions for multi-generational workplaces, and key strategies for marketing and reaching more generationally diverse client bases.
A well-rounded generational expert, Hannah is especially knowledgeable about generations as they relate to healthcare, marketing and sustainability. But Hannah doesn’t draw the line there. She has delivered her dynamic presentations in companies such as Cisco Systems, Ralph Lauren, BlueCross BlueShield, and Securian.
Hannah is driven by the a-ha moments during speeches when audience members who at first seemed reticent can be seen smiling and nodding in recognition and appreciation during presentations.
Hannah lives and works in Minneapolis. She graduated from Boston University where she studied advertising and environmental science. In her spare time she can be found coaching speech for Lakeville North High School.
BridgeWorks has been dedicated solely to the study of generational difference since its inception in 1998 and is the company that wrote the best selling business books When Generations Collide: Who They Are, Why They Clash, How to Solve the Generational Puzzle at Work and The M-Factor: How the Millennial Generation is Rocking the Workforce. BridgeWorks has worked with clients from AARP to MTV and over 30 Fortune 100 companies in between.
Rick D. Blasgen
President and CEO
Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals
Rick D. Blasgen is the president and chief executive officer of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) in Lombard, Illinois, USA.
Blasgen began his career with Nabisco, working in a regional customer service center in Chicago, Illinois. While at Nabisco, he held various logistics positions of increasing responsibility in inventory management, order processing, and transportation and distribution center operations management. Blasgen became vice president, supply chain, at Nabisco in June 1998, then vice president supply chain for Kraft in June 2002. He joined ConAgra Foods in August 2003 as senior vice president integrated logistics.
Blasgen has devoted much of his time to furthering a number of company’s supply chain management programs and initiatives. This experience has given him a solid foundation for his role at CSCMP where he has responsibility for the overall business operations and strategic plan of the organization. His efforts support CSCMP’s mission of leading the supply chain management profession through the development and dissemination of supply chain education and research.
Blasgen was recently designated by the US Department of Commerce to serve as the Chair of the Advisory Committee on Supply Chain Competitiveness (ACSCC) providing the Administration advice and counsel on issues and concerns that affect the supply chain sector. He is a member of Northwestern University’s Transportation Center Business Advisory Committee and a past chair of the Grocery Manufacturers Association Logistics Committee. Blasgen is a graduate of Governors State University, earning his degree in business administration and majoring in finance.
Senior Vice President
eCommerce Supply Chain & Logistics
Brent Beabout is currently serving as the Senior Vice President for Walmart’s Integrated eCommerce Supply Chain. He has operating responsibility for all aspects of Walmart.com and Samsclub.com Supply Chain, including Fulfillment Operations, Network Strategy, Transportation, and Inventory Management.
Prior to joining Walmart in 2014, Brent held the position of SVP, Supply Chain at Office Depot where he had operating responsibility for all aspects of the Office Supply Retailer’s Global Supply Chain. Brent previously served in numerous senior leadership roles within DHL Express and Amazon.com. In these roles, Brent led teams in the strategic design and implementation of large-scale, highly optimized supply chain networks that provided unparalleled service to the end customer. He began his professional career as a naval officer while serving over a decade on nuclear-powered sub-marines.
Brent is a graduate of the Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering. He holds a Master of Science degree in Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and an MBA from MIT’s Sloan School of Management. He is a member of IIE, INFORMS, and CSCMP and is currently serving on several industry-related advisory boards. Brent frequently speaks on the Intersection of Global Supply Chain Operations, Technology, and Leadership at Industry and Academic Forums.
Vice-President, Supply Chain
Rob Dugas serves Chick-fil-A by leading the supply chain team which purchases and distributes most of the food, supplies and equipment required to operate a Chick-fil-A Restaurant. He also supports the strategic events team which plans and executes nearly 300 events annually ranging from 40 to 4,000 attendees.
Prior to joining Chick-fil-A in 2004, Rob spent much of his career leading operations teams at the unit, market and regional level through his roles at McDonald’s, Wendy’s, and Ruby Tuesday. The past thirty years have also been filled with other responsibilities including organizational strategy and planning, restaurant financial consulting, loss prevention and supply chain leadership.
In 1986, Rob earned a BA in Communications from Southeastern Louisiana University and in 2011 he completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard University. While attending college he met and later married the former Lesa Randazzo. His daughter Lauryn is a recent graduate of Kennesaw State University and his son Chris is a freshman at Valdosta State University.
Rob is an active member of Southside Church where he serves in many areas including leadership of his community group. He also serves and supports several ministries including Souly Business, which is dedicated to helping business leaders incorporate their faith into their workplace.
Michelle D. Livingstone
Vice President – Transportation
The Home Depot
Michelle D. Livingstone is Vice President – Transportation for The Home Depot. She leads a team that oversees the movement of all inbound and outbound shipments into and within The Home Depot‘s multi-channel supply chain, including imports, exports, and store deliveries.
Michelle joined the Company in October 2007 with more than 25 years of transportation supply chain experience. Prior to joining The Home Depot, she served as the Senior Vice President of Transportation for C & S Wholesale Grocers, Vice President of Transportation for JCPenney, and the Senior Director of Transportation for Kraft Foods North America.
Michelle is actively engaged in the industry. She serves as a director on the boards of the Intermodal Transportation Institute of University of Denver and the Coalition for Responsible Transportation. In addition, she is an active member in Retail Industry Leaders Association where she serves on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and the Logistics Steering Committee. She is also involved with the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce’s Transportation Committee and the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) on a local and national level. Michelle was recently elected to the Board of Directors of the Atlanta Children’s Shelter. She also serves in a leadership position for the Atlanta Chapter of the Network of Executive Women. Most recently Michelle was appointed by Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood to the National Freight Advisory Committee which is focused on our nation’s freight movement to ensure the U.S. remains competitive in a global economy.
Michelle earned her M.B.A. with high honors from Lake Forest Graduate School of Management. She holds a B. S. degree in Business, with a concentration in transportation, from Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana.
Senior Vice President
Genuine Parts Company
Mike Orr is Senior Vice President of Operations & Logistics for Genuine Parts Company.
Mike joined the Company in 2005 and has more than 25 years of experience in Global Operations for Industrial and Consumer Products companies. During his time with Genuine Parts Company, he also served as Senior Vice President of Operations & Logistics for S.P.Richards Company, a GPC Subsidiary.
Prior to Genuine Parts Company, he was Group Vice President, Operations for Newell Rubbermaid where he had global operational responsibility including manufacturing, safety, supply chain and logistics. Prior to Newell Rubbermaid, he worked for Allied-Signal (Honeywell), in a variety of engineering and operation assignments.
Mike earned his bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from South Dakota State University and his master’s degree in business administration from Arizona State University.