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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

Georgia Port Authority

Georgia’s Port Authority has been a major driving factor for economic development for Georgians. As part of their mission, GPA is committed to customer service and experience by ensuring their port facilities are the most efficient in the nation. Through innovative technology and operations, GPA maintains a competitive edge and continues to identify opportunities for more growth and better performance.

During January’s Supply Chan Lunch and Learn, David Porter, Regional Sales Manager at GPA, will discuss GPA’s recent record breaking year and how Savannah continues to be the fastest growing port in the U.S.  Porter will also highlight the Appalachian Regional Port and how the development has increased opportunities for Tennessee, Kentucky, and Alabama.

Join us and see how your business can connect to GPA’s resources and

Presenter Details:

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David Porter

David Porter has been with the Georgia Ports Authority for 17 years. David’s experience within the Port Industry began in Vessel Operations. From there he has experienced multiple positions with the Port’s Operations Department including Crane, Container  and Intermodal Operations. In 2014 he transitioned from Port Operations into the Trade Development Department within the Georgia Ports Authority. In this role David covers territories in the U.S. Southeast and Pacific Northwest. It is his responsibility to convert Cargo Owners using other ports to utilize the Port of Savannah and drive industry into the U.S. Southeast.

David works with the local and State of Georgia transportation industries as a member of the National Propeller Club and Savannah Traffic Club.

David is a graduate of Georgia Southern University where he studied Business Administration with an emphasis on Logistics in Intermodal Transportation.

Upcoming Session Details

Date: January 18, 2019 Time: 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Location: UT Chattanooga Cost: $10 (includes lunch)

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Supply Chain Innovators: Millennials in the Workforce

Bellhops started from a dorm room with the purpose of serving college students.  The company has grown and is now a full service moving company operating in 31 cities across 13 states. 

Cam Doody set out to fix the moving industry by providing customers with a completely different experience.  In order to fix the moving industry, Bellhops had to fix the labor pool.

Cam will share the amazing journey of Bellhops and discuss how his team created a company culture that would attract, challenge and retain a young workforce while providing customers with a completely different experience.

During the lunch and learn, Cam will be joined by other industry representatives for a Q&A session to discuss strategies for engaging the millennial workforce.

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Cameron (Cam) Doody

Cam Doody is the Co-Founder & Chairman of the tech-enabled moving company, Bellhops. Cam's contributions at Bellhops have focused on venture capital fundraises ($52m raised to date), recruiting top-level executive talent, brand building/positioning/messaging, public relations, speaking engagements, and creative strategy.  He was recognized as Young Entrepreneur of the Year in 2016 by his Alma Mater, Auburn University, where he studied Supply Chain Management and Logistics. He has spoken at Google Headquarters, numerous tech conferences and has been quoted in The New York Times, Forbes, USA Today, Inc. Magazine, Fast Company, Fox Business, Business Insider and many others. Bellhops has been nominated as Best New Startup of 2014 at the TechCrunch "Crunchies" Awards, winner of the Chattanooga Spirit of Innovation Award, and recognized as having the #4 Best Company Culture of 2015 by Entrepreneur Magazine.

Upcoming Session Details 

Date: February 15, 2019 Time: 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Location: FreightWaves Cost: $10 (includes lunch)
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Data-Driven Analytics in Freight

Data and predictive analytics tools are changing the way that freight executives are making decisions for their organizations. FreightWaves’ increasing collection of data sets, combined with powerful cloud-based computing, is enabling greater visibility and faster decision-making for the industry. Learn how FreightWaves’ SONAR is changing the game for freight executives through near-real-time data analysis.

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Zach Strickland

Zach Strickland, the “Sultan of SONAR” and Director of Freight Market Intelligence for FreightWaves, works on the market expert team and curates the weekly SONAR market update. With a degree in finance, Strickland spent the early part of his career in banking before transitioning to transportation in various roles and segments, such as truckload and LTL. He has over 13 years of transportation experience, specializing in data, pricing, and analytics.

Upcoming Session Details 

Date: March 8, 2019 Time: 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Location: FreightWaves Cost: $10 (includes lunch)
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Warehouse Management Systems: Achieving Accuracy and Efficiency

The success of your distribution operation demands accuracy, efficiency and satisfactory customer service.  Is your leadership satisfied with current performance output of your distribution operation?  Best in class performance is achieved by combining process and technology to delivery tangible improvements.  Do you store your product to support 99.9% accuracy and top productivity in put away, picking and shipping?  Do you use technology to reduce your total order cycle time and meet increasing customer demands?  This session will share with participants how to use process, and warehouse management systems, to improve distribution operations accuracy and efficiency.

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Enrique Vizoso

Enrique Vizoso is a supply chain consultant with over 30 years of experience in manufacturing and logistics operations in the United States and Mexico.  In his leadership positions with Fortune 500 companies, he led a number of initiatives to revolutionize supply chain operations.  His focus as a consultant is to guide businesses through supply chain transformations that enable profitable business growth and achieve customer satisfaction.  Vizoso holds an MBA from University of Tennessee Knoxville and a B.S in Chemical Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology.

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Chris Barnes

Chris Barnes is a solutions consultant with HighJump and a board member of Lean Atlanta Consortium. He has over 20 years of experience developing and managing multiple clients, engineering consulting, strategic planning, and operational improvement projects in warehousing, distribution, and manufacturing environments. Barnes holds a B.S., in Industrial Engineering from Bradely University, and an MBA in Industrial Psychology from University of West Florida. He is a certified APICS instructor and holds the CPIM and CSCP designations.

Barnes has also served on the International Board of Trustees for the Institute of Industrial Engineers and is a Past President of APICS Atlanta and WERC Atlanta.

 Upcoming Session Details

Date: April 12, 2019 Time: 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Location: FreightWaves Cost: $10 (includes lunch)

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The Role of AI for Warehouses

Warehouse information technology is a significant way for companies to improve ROI. By reducing labor costs and improving efficiency, warehouse automation changes the game. In particular, AI technology can help companies be more strategic and effective in their storage and shipments. During the lunch and learn, participants will get a better understanding of the possibilities and technology that can create a more intuitive warehousing process.

Santosh Sankar

Santosh Sankar

Santosh Sankar is a Founding Partner at Dynamo, a Chattanooga, TN-based early stage fund that invests in extraordinary founding teams building startups in supply chain and mobility.

 Prior to Dynamo, Santosh worked in investment banking and built two bootstrapped business prior to turning 21. Santosh is a proud graduate of Penn State University. He now lives in Chattanooga, TN with his wife, son, and two golden retrievers. He was named to the Forbes 30 Under 30 List in 2017.

 Upcoming Session Details

Date: May 10, 2019 Time: 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Location: FreightWaves Cost: $10 (includes lunch)

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Technology Effects & Use within the Logistics Sector

The transportation and logistics space currently faces a number of challenges. Everything from resource constraints such as driver shortages and tighter capacity to fundamental shifts in the concept of what the shipping experience should look like as an end customer. It is no surprise to anyone that transportation and logistics has long been seen as a cost center – and has largely been ignored when the time came to allocate investment dollars. However, it’s clear that the tide is now shifting and shippers are investing in to more technology to help navigate volatility in the market. How does this technology work, who's using it, & what effects does it have on the industry?

 What are the most critical challenges facing the industry today?   

How is technology playing a role in the changing landscape?

What's the reception of technology within the industry for both shipper & carrier?

Is there any resistance to embrace technology and let go of the old ways?

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Asa Shirley

Asa Shirley is the senior vice president of sales for Arrive Logistics at the company’s newest office location in Chattanooga, Tenn. With eight years of freight brokerage experience and 14 years of sales experience, Shirley is an industry veteran. Since Arrive Logistics opened its third domestic office in October 2018, Shirley has led the charge in hiring an experienced team who have passion and purpose. Unique with his management style, to be on the floor with his crew rather than reviewing data in an office, Shirley has hand-picked his team. Shirley earned his Bachelor of Arts in political science and government from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and during his college years refined his sales technique by selling books door-to-door. When he is not at work, Shirley enjoys live music, grilling and spending time with his wife, Katie and his 3-year-old son, Ace.

Upcoming Session Details

Date: June 14, 2019 Time: 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Location: FreightWaves Cost: $10 (includes lunch)

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S&OP and Supply Chain Planning: Gain insight into how Sanofi CHC (Chattem) uses S&OP to drive Harmonized Communication

S&OP has been around since the 1980’s but many companies have been slow to adopt the formal process.  It has the ability to provide for faster decisions, improved sales execution, and provide significant efficiencies.  During the lunch and learn, participants will gain perspective of lessons learned and the overall impact a formal S&OP process has had for Sanofi.

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Mike Kolff

Mike Kolff has 20+ years of experience in Supply Chain planning for consumer goods with Nabisco, Brach’s Confections and Sanofi CHC.  His emphasis has been on Production/Materials Planning and Inventory management.  Mike received his BS from the University of Tennessee Knoxville and an MBA from University of Tennessee Chattanooga.

Ellen Myers

Ellen Myers

Ellen Myers has 20+ years of experience in the Demand Planning role.  She came to Chattanooga to work for Signal Apparel Company’s Supply Chain.  From there, she enjoyed Demand Planning Brach’s Confections’ seasonal candy.  In her current role, she was given the opportunity to establish a Demand Planning Department for Sanofi CHC (Chattem).  Ellen received her BS in Economics from Russell Sage College and her MBA from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.


Upcoming Session Details

Date: July 12, 2019 Time: 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Location: FreightWaves Cost: $10 (includes lunch)
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Managing Risk in the Supply Chain

Businesses today can ill afford to have a ”bad day” when it comes to serving demanding customers given ever-escalating expectations in terms of product assortment, in-stock availability, and on-time delivery.  Succinctly, customers expect the perfect order time and again.  Yet, there’s no such thing as an ”iron clad” supply chain impervious to the realities of disruptive forces abound.  That said, businesses and their supply chains must prove robust to the risks present in a dynamic environment. These realizations underscore the criticality of holistic risk management approaches in the supply chain.  This session examines how a focal business can employ risk management not only within the enterprise but through the relations it maintains with its customers, suppliers, and service providers for reliable results and, perhaps, market advantage.       


Thomas J. Goldsby, Ph.D.

Professor Thomas J. Goldsby is the Harry T. Mangurian, Jr. Foundation Professor in Business, Professor of Logistics, and Chair of the Department of Marketing and Logistics at The Ohio State University’s Fisher College of Business.  Effective August 1, 2019, Dr. Goldsby will serve as the Haslam Chair in Logistics at the Haslam College of Business, University of Tennessee-Knoxville.  He holds a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Evansville, M.B.A. from the University of Kentucky, and Ph.D. in Marketing and Logistics from Michigan State University. 

Dr. Goldsby is Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Business Logistics and former Co-Editor-in-Chief of Transportation Journal.  His research interests include logistics strategy, supply chain integration, and the theory and practice of lean and agile supply chain strategies.  He has published more than 50 articles in academic journals and co-/authored five books in the areas of Transportation, Logistics, Supply Chain Management, Lean, and Sustainability. He is the recipient of multiple best paper awards and has received recognition for excellence in teaching at Iowa State University, The Ohio State University, and the University of Kentucky.  He delivered a course on Business Operations for The Great Courses’ Critical Business Skills series in 2015, which continues to rate as a bestselling Nonfiction/Business title at audible.com.

Dr. Goldsby has supervised more than 100 Lean/Six Sigma supply chain projects with industry partners, chaired seven Ph.D. dissertations, and served as an investigator on five federally funded research projects, exceeding $3.5 million in grant proceeds.  In his spare time, Dr. Goldsby competes as one of the top masters (over-40) runners in America for distances between the mile and the marathon.  


Upcoming Session Details

Date: August 9, 2019 Time: 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Location: FreightWaves Cost: $10 (includes lunch)
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Local Impact of U.S. Global Trade Policy

As supply chains evolve, an increasing number of products are sourced, made, and distributed on a global scale.  This evolution, while in most cases has improved diversification among the world’s supply chains, has also increased exposure to a variety of disruptive forces, notably economic disruptions, in an area or region of the globe.  Economic disruptors, such as trade impasses that lead to tariff increases, create a ripple effect among trading partners, changing the dynamics of relationships between producers and consumers half-way around the world.  Dr. Rafayet Alam, Assistant Professor of Economics at UTC, will explore how current economic trends are influenced by U.S. trade and tariff policies and how uncertainty in a global market may impact companies right here in Chattanooga.  Dr. Alam will conclude the discussion by examining the long-term prospect of supply-chain industry in the wake of technological disruptions and increased globalization.    

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Dr. Rafayet Alam

Dr. Rafayet Alam joined UTC in 2016 where he is an Assistant Professor of Economics in the Department of Economics and Finance. He graduated from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale with a PhD degree in Economics. In the Phd program, he specialized in International and Macro Economics. He got his Masters degree in International and Development Economics from The Australian National University, Australia. His primary research areas are Policy Uncertainty, Macroeconomic Fluctuations and International Economics. He has published extensively in reputed and top-tier academic journals. At UTC he teaches both graduate and under-graduate courses including Managerial Economics, Macroeconomics and International Economics. At UTC, he received several awards including ‘UC Foundation Professorship’ and ‘Dean’s Merit Award’.

 Upcoming Session Details
Date: October 11, 2019 Time: 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Location: FreightWaves Cost: $10 (includes lunch)
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TDOT's Update on the Impact of Freight to Tennessee and the Region

Tennessee is expecting 34% additional growth in freight traffic by the year 2040.  How Tennessee deals with the impact of this growth on infrastructure, urban freight deliveries, and technology will impact economic growth, quality of life and opportunities for Tennessee in the future.  Dan will speak on the Freight and Logistics Program within the state and the Multimodal Transportation Resources Division; the presentation will discuss several programs to help with diversions of freight, reduce congestion, improve throughput, enhance the quality of life in  communities and programs on how to increase private sector participation to impact the future of all Tennesseans.

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Dan Pallme

Dan Pallme is the Assistant Chief of Freight and Logistics at the Tennessee Department of Transportation.  In his role, he provides leadership on issues of rail, water and highway freight. The division serves as a liaison between TDOT and freight stakeholders in an effort to find opportunities to improve access for existing freight and appropriately prepare for the projected increases in freight as it moves in and out of the state. The primary focus areas for the division include water, short-line railroads, Section 130 rail program, rail inspection, highway freight and technology, freight advisory committees, freight planning and the freight and state rail plan updates.

He spent his entire career focused in the transportation sector.  He is truly multi-modal with his 30 plus year career spanning several modes. He has worked for Federal Express (air), Yellow Freight System (LTL), Union Pacific Railroad (rail), and Comtrak Logistics (Intermodal / Truckload).  After his private sector experience, he spent 5 years at the Intermodal Freight Transportation Institute at the University of Memphis on various research projects relating to freight issues throughout the United States.

He received his Bachelors from the University of Memphis in transportation and a Masters from the University of Denver in Intermodal Transportation Management. 

Upcoming Session Details

Date: November 8, 2019 Time: 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Location: FreightWaves Cost: $10 (includes lunch)
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Supply Chain Lunch and Learn Information: Location and Parking


The Supply Chain Lunch and Learns will be held at the FreightWaves headquarters located in Downtown Chattanooga.


412 Market St., Chattanooga, TN 37402


We ask all guests to please use street or paid lots for parking.

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