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Supply Chain Lunch and Learns

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga is proud to collaborate with FreightWaves and the Chattanooga Regional Manufacturing Association to produce the monthly Supply Chain Lunch and Learn series. These events provide Chattanooga’s supply chain and logistics community with networking opportunities that add value to their organization through education.

Upcoming Lunch and Learns

Impact of Manufacturing and Logistics on Chattanooga's Economy 
Manufacturing and Logistics have a significant impact on Chattanooga’s economy. Charles Wood, Vice President for Economic Development at the Chattanooga Chamber of Commerce, will discuss the state of the local economy and highlight the growth in these key industry sectors. Participants will gain a deeper understanding of the importance of manufacturing and logistics in our economy, an appreciation for the Chamber’s strategies to attract more companies and organizations, and opportunities for future growth.
Presenter Details:
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Charles Wood, CEcD

Charles Wood has worked in economic development in Alabama, Florida, Mississippi, Tennessee and Texas over the past fifteen years. Woods currently serves as Vice President of Economic Development for the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce. He has substantial experience in place-based marketing, incentive structuring, and helping communities grow their entrepreneurial base.

During the course of Wood’s career, he has worked with companies from technology start-ups to multinational corporations including HP, Toshiba, AMD, GE, International Paper, Schlumberger and Exxon Mobil. Wood has also lead the creation of three technology oriented business parks, the creation of a regional entrepreneurial network, incubators and numerous local incentive programs including grant funds, tax abatements, real estate and tax increment financing. Additionally, he has helped communities acquire millions of dollars in federal and state grant funds for numerous economic development projects.

Upcoming Session Details
Date: February 14, 2020
Time: 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Location: UTC Mapp Building
Cost: $15 (includes lunch and parking)
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Truck Safety: Innovative Technology as Risk Management Tools

When moving freight, there is great risk: loss of cargo, expensive insurance claims, and even loss of life.

During the March Lunch and Learn, Brad Aller from Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems will discuss how companies can improve their fleet’s safety with new technology.

Trucks will be on-site to demonstrate key features.

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Brad Aller

Brad Aller is Regional Director, Fleet Sales and Service for Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems with responsibility for the Eastern US and Canada.
Brad began his career with Bendix in 1999 as Regional Service Engineer in the Southeast US responsible for product training and troubleshooting. Prior to Bendix, Brad was a trainer at a truck dealership and spent 15 years as an
instructor in heavy duty truck systems and diesel engines.
Brad is a seven-time recipient of the Bendix President’s Club award. He is a graduate of Nashville Auto/Diesel College and has been ASE certified for the past 25 years.

Upcoming Session Details 

Date: March 13, 2020 Time: 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Location: UTC Mapp Building Cost: $15 (includes lunch and parking)

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Corporate Social Responsibility and the Supply Chain

Sustainability, diversity, and corporate ethics are buzz words we’re all starting to hear about from large companies like Microsoft, WalMart, and Freightliner. These are all part of something called Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) – an area corporations of all sizes need to be cognizant of as they think about their branding.  Supply Chain providers like Covenant are starting to see questions about our position in each of these areas as part of the sales process, and fortunately, we’re already doing a lot to satisfy their requirements.  However, we can always do better. Come hear Matt McLelland talk about corporate social responsibility and how all supply chain providers need to be thinking about their official positions on CSR.

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Matt McLelland

Innovation and Transformation are critical in a new world where companies must respond to increasing customer expectations and choices. Covenant’s leadership understands that organizations who proactively leverage new ideas, solutions, and processes in a highly volatile business environment will not only survive, but also successfully flourish in the toughest of the economic conditions.  The Innovation Strategist position was created to help Covenant evaluate the changing supply chain landscape and help position its various companies to navigate emerging technologies and processes as we look for new ways to provide better services to our customers. Matt works closely with Covenant’s leadership to help them better understand new trends, innovations, and coming disruptions to the supply chain so they can be better positioned to be industry leaders – not followers. 


Upcoming Session Details 

Date: April 17, 2020 Time: 12:00 noon  - 1:00 p.m. Location: Virtual Cost: Free

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Adapting to Supply Chain Disruption 

Co-hosted by the UTC Center for Professional Education and the UT Center for Industrial Services

How have local Chattanooga manufacturers adapted to change during the global healthcare crisis? Every organization, whether large or small, global or local, is being dramatically influenced by the coronavirus pandemic.

A panel of four industry representatives will share how they have been impacted, but also their opportunities for innovation and growth. In their discussion we will hear how they have balanced customer service with profitability. We will also learn about the processes and controls they are implementing to protect employee safety in adapting to the “new normal”.

Our panel of organizational leaders and subject experts include:
Luke Dillefeld, Head of Manufacturing Excellence, Sanofi Chattanooga
Matthew Williams, Supply Chain Manager, Southern Champion Tray
Guru Shah, Chief Executive Officer, Shah Trucking
Brian Lane, OSHA Consultant, University of Tennessee Center for Industrial Services

Upcoming Session Details

Date: May 15, 2020 Time: 12:00 noon. - 1:00 p.m. Location: Virtual Cost: Free

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Transportation Capacity and Carrier Relationships: What Happens After the COVID-19 Crisis?

Join area transportation industry professionals as they discuss the evolving nature of the transportation market and what to expect once the COVID 19 pandemic situation is in our rear view mirror.   Representatives from Shaw Industries, McKee Baking, Kenco Group and Covenant Transportation will share their perspectives and outlooks as well as take questions from the virtual audience on the future of transportation.  


Debra Stone
Logistics Cost Analyst
McKee Foods

Debra is a “Silver Crew” employee of McKee Foods Corporation with over 36 years of experience in laboratory services, purchasing and logistics.  Her current responsibilities include managing carrier relationships and international transportation of Little Debbie Snack Cakes. She also provides leadership concerning transportation issues to the corporation’s food regulatory and quality systems teams.  

Debra is a member of ATA’s Agricultural and Food Transporters Conference Board of Directors and is past Chair of ATA’s Supply Chain Security Policy Committee.  She served on NPTC’s Board of Directors from 2002-2007.  Locally, she serves on the board of the Northwest Georgia Transportation Club and is the Freight Chair of the THRIVE Regional Partnership Freight Mobility Coalition.

Debra earned her CTP designation in 2003 and was the top graduate in her class. She holds a lifetime C.P.M. certification.  She also earned CPSM (2014) and CLTD (2017) designations. 

Debra is a 1982 graduate of Vanderbilt University with a BS degree in chemistry.  She has been married for 37 years and has two daughters and five grandchildren. 

Tyson Wimberly
Senior Vice President Sales & Revenue Management
Covenant Transport, Inc.

Tyson Wimberly born and raised in Knoxville, Tennessee and is a graduate from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Having spent the last 20 years serving in various support roles in teh transportation and supply chain logistic management, Wimberly can truly say that is one of the most fascinating industries to work in. 

Currently, Wimberly is the SVP of Sales & Revenue Management at Covenant Transport, Inc. His primary responsibility is to lead our commercial strategy with close strategic partners while problem solving the ever changing landscape of the supply chain. 

Kevin Santori
Manager of Truckload and Intermodal Operations
Shaw Transportation Services

Kevin Santori is the Manager of Truckload and Intermodal Operations for Shaw Transportation Services, a Dalton, GA based leading Floor Covering Company. He joined the Company in 2003; he has overall responsibility for all inbound/outbound Domestic Transportation. Mr. Santori has more than 35 years of experience in the transportation industry. Prior to joining Shaw Industries, Mr. Santori has held positions as General Manager of Private Fleet for Dixie Group Logistics, Logistics Manager for Ryder Integrated Logistics on the GM - Saturn Account and Transportation Manager for Leaseway Transportation serving automotive dedicated accounts.

Mike McClelland
Senior Vice President Transportation
Kenco Logistic Services

Mike has 30 years of industry experience. In 1999 he co-founded Concentrek, a full-service Transportation Management company.  In 2004 Concentrek was named to the Inc. 500 list of fastest growing private companies and was later acquired by UTi in 2005.  McClelland spent 10 years at UTi in various senior leadership positions and eventually became the Senior Vice President responsible for Contract Logistics and Distribution for North and South America.  In 2015 he joined Knight Transportation as a Senior Vice President and was responsible for the start-up of their Transportation Management business unit as well as the operation of their dedicated trucking business unit.  Prior to Concentrek, Mike spent nine years at Yellow Freight in operations, industrial engineering and sales.  As well as five years at Schneider Logistics and Schneider National in various operations and account management leadership roles.  He is currently the Senior Vice President of Transportation at Kenco Group and has overall responsibility for the Transportation Management, Brokerage, and Dedicated trucking business units.

Mike has a BS from Iowa State University in Logistics and he holds an MBA from Cornerstone University, and is a frequent speaker at Business, Association and Industry events.

Paul Newbourne
Logistics Project Consulting, LLC

Prior to starting Logistics Project Consulting, Paul had P&L management responsibility for Covenant Transport Solutions, LLC, the transportation brokerage division of Covenant Transport Group.  During his three year tenure with Solutions Paul oversaw the growth of the Solutions business revenue from $65 to $112 million and generated a Solutions record net operating income in 2018.

Paul has extensive experience in the transportation and logistics industry having held senior level positions with Covenant Transport, Armada, EXEL Transportation Services, ConAgra Foods, Inc., GATX Logistics, TRISM Specialized Transportation, Sea-Land Services and CSX Transportation.

Paul holds a B.S. in Transportation and Economics from the University of Maryland and an M.B.A. in Marketing from Loyola College.

He is currently the Executive Director for Food Shippers of America, a not for profit trade association.  Paul previously served on the Board of Directors for the National Industrial Transportation League (NITL) and as the Chairman of the NITL Highway Committee. He also is a past Board of Trustee member for Brother’s Brother Foundation, a gift-in-kind charity based in Pittsburgh, PA.

In addition, Paul is an active contributor within the supply chain industry and participates in various speaking engagements and has been published in several industry publications on the topics of Strategic Account Management, Logistics Partnerships and Supply Chain Collaboration.


 Upcoming Session Details

Date: May 15, 2020 Time: 12:00 noon. - 1:00 p.m. Location: Virtual Cost: Free

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Supply Chain Lunch and Learn are currently virtual for the time being. 


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