April 2019 Print

    President's Report

    We all (seemingly) have information at our fingertips: news feeds, stock market updates, weather forecasts, sports scores, and social media.  Various sources providing various levels of reliability in that data stream.  And that is just through your smart phone.

    Do you manage your business from that device?  If you work in supply chain, you are most likely using some version of an ERP system (whether one of the big behemoths, more agile cloud applications, spreadsheets, or the back of a napkin).  So here is my question: what do you do when the system goes down?  Does all work stop?  Or, do you find work-arounds and keep pushing through (the show must go on)?

    This is NOT an advertisement for business continuity planning or risk management. 

    This is a maintenance alert.  I recently lost access to my home phone, internet, and t.v. (yes, I’m a bundler), and the service tech was unable to be scheduled for several days.  A system failure which affected different users in different ways, causied a terrific load on the service-rep work queue, and I got to thinking: Has the system been adequately maintained?  Have things been inspected, cleaned and refreshed?

    What about your career?  What routine maintenance does it require?  Well your Central Indiana APICS Chapter provides opportunities for various types of “career system maintenance.”  From certification classes to operations site tours to professional development meetings.

    Keep your career “system” maintained: engage with one of our learning, development, or networking opportunities.  Your career will thank you.

    Peter Clonts, CPIM, CLTD


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    Event Spotlight!

    Please join APICS of Central Indiana on April 11th at the University of Indianapolis as we welcome Shawn BatkaCPIM, CSCP, CLTD  as he explains the dos and don’ts of developing and implementing an e-commerce-centric supply chain. 

     As the Director of Strategic Supply for with responsibility for Global Sourcing, Supply Chain Planning, Contract Manufacturing, Warehousing, Transportation, and Distribution in North America, Shawn has direct experience with developing/implementing an e-commerce strategy for his organization.  Shawn has 25 years of Supply Chain/Operations Management expertise in high-speed extrusion blow molding, and consumer packaged goods (beverage) including: Pepsico and Diageo - a distilled and brewed beverage provider of such brands as Captain Morgan, Smirnoff, Guinness, Bailey’s Irish Cream, and Crown Royal.

     Shawn is also a Certified Lean Six Sigma Green Belt, and has been active in APICS for over 20 years, serving as chapter president and instructor of CPIM and CSCP.

    Register today while seats are available!

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    Welcome New Members

    2019 New Members:

    Farid Abdur-Rahim   Ryan Michael
    Tyler Anderson   Collin Milenbaugh
    Godstime Best-Isiwele   Michael Oswald
    Brody Conner   Diane Quirion
    David Corbin   James Reed
    Riley Crane   Brooke Riess
    Trenton Dardeen   Maria Rosales
    Katlyn Deak   Ruta Salvi
    Oscar Dennis   Sierra Sanders
    Apurva Duggal   Laura Shake
    Samuel Dziuba   Dustin Shipley
    Justin Goffinet   William Shuck
    Alejandra Gonzalez   Anthony Tate
    Edmond Gray   Giovani Tchebeya
    Kiave' Guerrier   Lary Thomas
    Deepak Gupta   Shamyl Tufail
    Sara Jackson   Pooja Tupe
    Riley Kinnett   Christian Warren
    Matt Litchfield   Jonathan Wood
    Huixin Liu   Megan Zajac
    Jilan Liu   Minjun Zhao
    Christopher Mathas    


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    Calendar of Events

    April 11:  PDM - Siupply Chains for E-Commerce, Shawn Batka

    May 14:  Tour - Subaru Plant

    May TBD:  Link-Up Session

    June 13:  PDM - Demand Driven MRP, John Melbye (Top Management Night)

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    Board of Directors

    APICS of Central Indiana is always looking for members to help us grow our leadership team.  Our proposed slate of officers for the 2019-2020 Board are are listed below:


    Tammy Lantz, CPIM, CSCP, CLTD

    Executive Vice President


    Past President

    Peter Clonts, CPIM, CLTD

    VP Programs

    Lucia Villalobos Rodriguez

    VP Education

    Tammy Lantz, CPIM, CSCP, CLTD

    VP Membership

    Matthew Chambers

    VP Quality

    Rebecca Shepler

    VP Student Chapters

    Mary Ann Sanchez

    VP Marketing


    VP Publicity


    VP Information Technology

    Rich Bayley, CPIM, CPSM, CIPC

    VP Administration

    Myra Ansley, CPIM

    VP Finance

    Kimber Rueff, CPIM, CSCP, CLTD, CSSBB

    Student Ambassador                Open

    If you are interested in volunteering, please see one of our Board Members at one of our events, or email


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