March 2018 Print

From the President


Shawn Rothe, 2017-2018 APICS Milwaukee Chapter President

As the new program year comes up we are looking for volunteers to help be a part of the Board of Directors and shape the direction the Chapter will take in the future.  We are also in search of anyone that would be interested in teaching for the Milwaukee Chapter.  If you are interested in becoming an instructor please get in contact with our VP of Education, Christy Campbell, President-Elect, Wes Parker or myself.

We had a great March PDM, I would like to thank everyone for coming to Miller Park for the tour and Speaker.  Ken Gaber, General Manager of Delaware North Sportservice, who talked about the food service side of Miller Park, it was interesting to learn how they decide what new foods to offer, how to reduce service time to the customers and how they only had a 1% waste last year. 

Our April PDM will be on April 18th.  We will be touring the Briggs & Stratton facility in Wauwatosa.  We will be touring the facility as well has hearing from the VP of Supply Chain for Briggs & Stratton.

As we finalize the rest of the PDM program year continue to check the website for more details.

If you are unable to attend one of the evening PDM’s maybe the Breakfast Roundtable Meeting would work. They are held at the Menomonee Falls and Brookfield locations. These are lively discussions of relevant operational topics chosen by the Roundtable participants. Come to hear the challenges and success stories shared by your fellow APICS members. Please visit: HTTP://APICSMILW.ORG/BREAKFAST_ROUNDTABLES for scheduled dates & topics on future Roundtables. 

We continue to offer certification classes and will be looking to add the new Certification in Logistics, Transportation and Distribution (CLTD).  We would be interested to know if you are interested in this new certification, if you are, we would like to hear from you. 

Please visit: HTTP://APICSMILW.ORG/EDUCATION for scheduled dates and times of all our classes. 

Our continuous goal as a Chapter is to help Milwaukee Chapter members achieve their Professional Development and Educational Certification Goals. 

We look forward to meeting you or to re-connect with you at an APICS event this fall.


Shawn Rothe, CPIM

President – APICS Milwaukee Chapter


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Next PDM Event

Briggs and Stratton
3300 W. 124th Street
Wauwatosa, WI 53222

April 18, 2018

3:30pm -  3:50pm     Registration Meet/Greet
3:50pm -  4:00pm     Safety Briefing
4:00pm - 5:00pm      Plant Tour
5:00pm - 5:45pm      Supply Chain Presentations
5:45pm - 7:00pm      Cocktails/Food

Presentations by:

Tim Wild, VP Supply Chain

Paul Drecshler - Sr, Manager, Sourcing

Jody Swentik - Director, Logistics

Yen Lin - Sr. Director, International Sourcing

With more than 100 years of experience, Briggs & Stratton is trusted by millions of people around the globe and backed by the largest network services in the industry. They are the world's largest small engine producer, the number one marketer for pressure washers, and a leading manufacturer of power generation, lawn and garden turf care and job site products.

Briggs & Stratton is the world's largest producer of gasoline engines for outdoor power equipment, and is a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of power generation, pressure washer, lawn and garden, turf care and job site products through its BRIGGS & STRATTON®SIMPLICITY®SNAPPER®FERRIS®VANGUARD™ALLMAND®BILLY GOAT®MURRAY®BRANCO® and VICTA® brands.


$25.00 APICS-Milwaukee Members
$20.00 Earlybird rate before April 4

$35.00 Non-Member Guests
$30.00 Earlybird rate before April 4

$0.00 APICS-Milwaukee Student Members

Register Now

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PDM Review



Ken Gaber is the General Manager at Miller Park for Delaware North Sportservice and oversees all food, beverage and retail operations. Ken is in his third season in Milwaukee and has more than 15 years of hospitality experience. Prior to joining Delaware North, Ken spent nearly 11 years in operations, premium services and concessions at venues Memphis, TN, Atlanta, GA, Aberdeen, MD, Boston, MA, and Concord, NC. Ken graduated
from Johnson & Wales University in Providence, RI with a degree in business management in the class of 2006.

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Breakfast Roundtable


April 11, 2018
7:15 AM - 9:00 AM

Sheraton Milwaukee Brookfield Hotel
375 S Moorland Rd
Brookfield, WI 53005

Join us for our Breakfast Roundtable, April 11th in Brookfield.


Enjoy stress-free casual conversation about today’s hottest topics and earn points.


May 02, 2018
7:30 AM - 9:00 AM

Radisson Hotel Menomonee Falls
N88 W14750 Main St.
Menomonee Falls, WI 53051

Join us May 2nd at our Breakfast Roundtable in Menomonee Falls.


Enjoy stress-free casual conversation about today’s hottest topics and earn points

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Welcome Our New Members

Welcome to our New Members

Daniel Bennett

Alan Berner - Transinternational

Tim Bernicky - Komatsu Mining Corp.

Teresa Briggs - Harley-Davidson Motor Company

Thomas Bruner - Komatsu Mining Corp.

James Garhart

Michael Giannelli

James Ingram - GE Power

Heidi Keller - Injectec

Sydney Loomans

Brian Mlodzik - ThermoFischer Scientific

Cordelro Paynes

Alec Peterson

Joshua Radloff

Sergio Rodriguez - Cick-fil-A

Abby Suter

Andrew Swanson - Charter Steel

Nicole Tse

Denise Urick - Komatsu Mining Corp.

Patrick Werner

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Top Management Night & Chapter Awards


May 16, 2018
5:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Embassy Suites by Hilton Milwaukee Brookfield
1200 S. Moorland Road
Brookfield, WI 53005


Join the Milwaukee Chapter of APICS for our Signature Professional Development meeting of the year: Top Management and Chapter Awards NightThis is the last APICS Milwaukee program before the summer break and we have a full program for the evening. Join us as we recognize our Chapter Awards recipients: top contributors, company, member and student of the year.

This is an event you don't want to miss!

5:30 PM - Reception/Networking

6:00 PM - Dinner served

6:45 PM - Chapter Awards Presentation - Member, Instructor, Student and Company of the Year will be recognized. 

7:00 - 7:45 PM - Presentation by Karen Alber – “Be the Leader People Want to Work For”

Ms. Alber, with many years of executive leadership experience in supply chain and information technology, now coaches individuals and organizations to enact positive change that becomes ‘the way we work around here’.

Prior to her current role as a coach and advisor, Karen was Chief Information Officer with MillerCoors and HJ Heinz. In her role as CIO, Karen was responsible for providing executive vision and leadership in the development and implementation of new business processes and improved information systems. After 10 years of being a CIO, Karen made the decision to retire and spend available time focusing on coaching individuals and future leaders. This is a personal passion of hers and has been a ‘sweet spot’ of her leadership style over the last 20+ years.

Prior to her roles at MillerCoors and Heinz, Karen held leadership positions at PepsiCo, including Vice President of Enterprise Systems Readiness, training and development; and Vice President of the company’s integration management office. She also held a number of roles with Quaker Oats, including Vice President of integrated business solutions, and supply chain director for the Quaker Foods division. Additionally, Karen worked at SAP America as industry segment manager for its food and beverage sector.

Karen’s experience leading large teams and coaching hundreds of individuals through varying levels of change throughout her career leads Karen to be uniquely qualified to now coach individuals and organizations to drive personal change and do great things. A called upon industry speaker, her fusion of real-life stories and conversational techniques connect with varying sized audiences at an intimate and instructive level.

Karen earned a Bachelor of Science in operations management from the University of Iowa and an MBA from Loyola University in Chicago.

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Education: APICS Certifications

Which APICS Offering is Right for Me?

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Certification Class Schedule

Look for our new Fall Course Schedule, coming soon!!!  New location at the APICS Milwaukee Chapter offices:

11801 W. Silver Spring Drive
Suite 200
Milwaukee, WI 53225

APICS Milwaukee launched the second part of the new streamlined CPIM certification workshop on October 23rd. Both NEW CPIM Modules Part One and Part Two are offered Winter/Spring 2018. The NEW CPIM Part TWO coursework of four modules: 

  • Master Planning of Resources – will cover Demand Management, Sales and Operation Planning (S&OP), and Master Scheduling
  • Detailed Scheduling and Planning – will cover Inventory Management, Planning Material Requirements to Support the Master Schedule, and Planning Operations to Support the Priority Plan
  • Execution and Control of Operations –will cover Execution of Operations, Control of Operations, Quality, Communication, and Continuous Improvement
  • Strategic Management of Resources – will cover the Business Environment and Developing Corporate Strategy, Developing the Operations Strategy, and Implementing the Operations Strategy


Education is at the heart of APICS' mission and the Milwaukee Chapter is committed to providing a strong schedule of classes and courses that will help individuals enhance their professional careers and improve your organization's bottom line. For details on the APICS CPIM, CSCP, & other educational offerings and certifications, please see the Chapter's Education Page on our website.


April 04, 2018
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Waukesha County Tech. College
Main St.
Pewaukee, WI 53072


This workshop is ideally suited for employees that support or interact with supply chain and inventory management professionals. It introduces essential vocabulary and skills in identifying and applying the basic principles of inventory management and the impact that these systems have on front-line manufacturing operations. Basic methods of planning and controlling inventory in manufacturing, institutional distribution, and retail environments are covered. Participants will learn to:


  • Recognize the importance of inventory and production control and discover common methods used in industry to achieve operational efficiencies.
  • Discuss common means used to procure materials from suppliers.
  • Discover how manufacturing resource planning (MRP) balances supply and demand for a company.


Class schedule (Wednesday 8:00am - 4:30pm):

  • April 4, 2018
  • April 11, 2018




April 04, 2018
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Waukesha County Tech. College
Main St.
Pewaukee, WI 53072

This is the second part of the new streamlined CPIM certification workshop. This workshop is designed for comprehensive professional development and exam preparation for CPIM certification. It will cover four areas:

  • Master Planning of Resources – will cover Demand Management, Sales and Operation Planning (S&OP), and Master Scheduling
  • Detailed Scheduling and Planning – will cover Inventory Management, Planning Material Requirements to Support the Master Schedule, and Planning Operations to Support the Priority Plan
  • Execution and Control of Operations –will cover Execution of Operations, Control of Operations, Quality, Communication, and Continuous Improvement
  • Strategic Management of Resources – will cover the Business Environment and Developing Corporate Strategy, Developing the Operations Strategy, and Implementing the Operations Strategy


Courses held Monday and Wednesday evenings from 5pm-9pm

  • April 4, 2018
  • April 9, 2018
  • April 11, 2018
  • April 16, 2018
  • April 18, 2018
  • April 23, 2018
  • April 25, 2018
  • April 30, 2018
  • May 2, 2018
  • May 7, 2018


April 25, 2018
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Waukesha County Tech. College
Main St.
Pewaukee, WI 53072

A natural extension of Core Fundamentals, this workshop introduces professionals to applications of company-wide planning methods. The tools discussed are used for viewing the “big picture” and assessing the impact of the current schedule on labor and material requirements over a longer period of time. Participants will learn to:

  • Recognize how bill of materials (BOM) creates visibility for lower level operations.
  • Discuss how master scheduling and forecasting provides visibility on long lead-time items as well as providing a structure for capacity planning.
  • Discover the power of capacity planning and how it relates to labor utilization.
  • Utilize lean manufacturing principles to minimize wasted time and steps in a process while reducing the costs to produce an item.


Class schedule (Wednesdays 8:00am - 4:30pm):

    • April 25, 2018
    • May 2, 2018
    • May 9, 2018


Pre-Registration is required for all classes. To see full details on this entire schedule and to register for classes, please go to the Course Registration Page at WCTC.

Please follow up with the Chapter directly with any questions on any of our Educational Course offerings.

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APICS National

Attempting to Define the Supply Chain Economy


Friday March 16, 2018

Two Harvard Business Review contributors have pointed out that there is not yet a well-accepted definition of what industries fit into the supply chain economy. Along the same lines, there also is not a formal count of the number of jobs supply chain encompasses or a rating of those jobs, nor is there an official assessment about how supply chain influences innovation. To fill these gaps, the article authors, Mercedes Delgado and Karen Mills, are suggesting their own novel categorization of the supply chain economy.

What Delgado and Mills point out won’t be a surprise to you — that supply chain jobs are traditionally considered to be ones related to manufacturing, but this is just a small piece of the pie. About 80 percent of supply chain jobs are related to a service, instead of fabricating a physical product. This includes roles such as operations managers, computer programmers and truck drivers, among others. These jobs also tend to pay more than other jobs in the traditional service industry, which the authors refer to as Main Street services. Supply chain service jobs have an annual average wage of $63,000, and that salary is rapidly increasing.

The authors further subdivide this supply chain services category into a traded services subcategory. This includes services that are sold across regions, such as engineering, design, logistics, cloud computing and more. Traded services jobs have an average annual salary of about $80,800, which is three times higher than the average for Main Street service jobs and about 30 percent higher than supply chain services jobs. In addition, these jobs tend to be heavily focused on science, technology, engineering and math, which the authors suggest reflects their high innovation potential. The volume of these jobs is growing rapidly as large companies such as Dell, GE, IBM and Intel transition from manufacturing to traded services.

In all, the Delgado and Mills supply chain economy, which includes industries that sell goods and services to businesses and governments, contains 37 percent of all American jobs and employs 44 million people. “Supply chain industries have downstream linkages to multiple industries, which allows the innovations they create to cascade and diffuse across the economy, potentially increasing the value of those innovations,” the authors explain.

When the supply chain economy is categorized in this way, it paints a picture of a bright future, according to the authors. If nations focus on these supply chain services jobs, particularly the traded services ones, more well-paying jobs could be created for workers as well as more innovation overall.

Talent for Today and Tomorrow

Having access to enough skilled workers is a chief concern among supply chain executives. Participants in our Supply Chain Management: Beyond the Horizon study noted that they struggle to find individuals qualified to fill current openings, and they worry that there will not be enough professionals with the right skills to handle new jobs that are created through future innovations. “It’s a different type of talent that we’re going to need if we’re going to keep up with the pace of change,” one participant said.

APICS has always supported the growth and development of qualified talent. Our three professional designations, APICS Certified in Production and Inventory Management; APICS Certified Supply Chain Professional; and APICS Certified in Logistics, Technology and Distribution, each prepare today’s talent to manage and innovate different areas of supply chain. You can use the APICS Education Selector to learn about which designation could best support your current role and your aspirations for tomorrow. Visit to get started.

Abe Eshkenazi

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Make the Most of your Membership

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APICS Membership Categories

APICS offers two membership options for supply chain, logistics and operations management professionals based on your individual goals: CORE and PLUS. 

We recommend the APICS PLUS membership if you plan to pursue an APICS certification or are working to maintain your certification. 

APICS CORE membership

With an APICS CORE membership, you’ll gain access to industry tools and resources necessary to expand your supply chain knowledge and grow your professional network. 

  • Education and events -  Enjoy discounts on local events and seminars. Members also receive discounted registration for the APICS annual conference focusing on end-to-end supply chain solutions.
  • Global connections - Attend events at a local chapter or take advantage of online networking opportunities to connect with a global network of supply chain professionals. 
  • APICS magazine - Keep up on the latest news and trends with our essential publication. Members receive a free subscription this industry-leading supply chain publication.
  • APICS Dictionary - Expand your industry vocabulary with 4,800 supply chain, logistics, and operations management terms and definitions. 
  • Career resources - Advance your career with access to our members-only job board, mentor center, webinars, career planning resources and more! 
  • Research reports  - Stay on the cutting-edge with research reports that include analyses and best practices. 


APICS PLUS membership 

APICS PLUS members receive all the CORE benefits, PLUS:

Certification savings - Whether you're just beginning your journey toward CPIM, CSCP or CLTD certification or need to maintain and retain knowledge, save money on study- tools and exams for your hard earned credential.

Once you've decided what Membership Category is right for you, become part of the world's most vibrant and engaged community of supply chain professionals!

CLICK HERE to learn about the different APICS membership categories.



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Networking & Job Opportunities

Click here to check out current job opportunities.

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