Each month the Fox Valley Chapter produces a newsletter with information about upcoming PDMs, educational offerings, seminars and other events of interest.

November 2017 Print

The Beacon Newsletter

Eagle Bluff Lighthouse - Door County, WI

Photo by:  bearhuelman 



Greetings from the APICS

   Fox Valley Chapter!

Please join us for our November PDM

on Monday, November 27th!

 The November PDM will be a "speaker first" meeting.


Dinner and Presentation:

The Marq

3177 French Rd 
De Pere, WI 54115

4:30 PM Registration

5:00 PM Presentation

6:00 PM Dinner / Networking

About the Presentation:

"The art of Balancing Competing Objectives"

Making sure customer service levels are met while keeping inventory investment and overall plant capacities in check are 3 main priorities for most supply chains today.  During this presentation, the presenter will walk through how this process is managed at Nature’s Way and how different functional areas (Purchasing, Quality, Production and others) interact with the production planning team to make those goals happen.   

About the Speaker:


    Justin Dart CPIM

Justin Dart

Justin Dart has been involved in supply chain management for 10+ years.

He has spent his entire career at Nature’s Way holding different roles within the operations area of the business ranging from inventory control to overall production planning management.    

In his most recent role he was responsible for the oversight of all internally produced products at the Green Bay location and is a subject matter expert for most supply chain processes and systems that are currently used within the organization.   

Prior to his professional career, Justin earned a double major in Business Administration and Economics from Saint Norbert College. In addition, he holds both CPIM  and S&OP certifications from APICS. He is also currently serving as a Company Coordinator for the local Fox Valley APICS chapter.      

Justin lives in DePere with his wife Ashley.  


Chicken Mediterranean, glazed baby carrots, and baked potato with butter and sour cream.  Petite black forest torte for desert. 

Registration Deadline is 11/21/17


$20.00 Fox Valley Chapter Members
$25.00 after 5:00 pm November 19

$25.00 Guest
$30.00 after 5:00 pm November 19

$10.00 Student Member

$10.00 Student Guest

You are considered a student by APICS if you are currently registered as a full-time student

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President's Report

Hello, APICS Fox Valley Members.


Last month I had the occasion to represent the Fox Valley Chapter at the International Conference. It was an honor to attend the conference and the opportunity to learn from supply chain professionals is cherished. Our chapter once again achieved Platinum status for the 2016-2017 program year. The achievement reflects the hard work the board members performed throughout the program year under the leadership of Phil Kosik.

Attending the conference was remarkable. The general sessions with John Mackey, CEO of Wholesale Foods and Derreck Kayongo,, Founder of the Global Soap Project were again the highlight of the conference. John MacKey focused on the topic of humble leadership and the need for everyone to work as a team, even the leadership. Derreck Kayongo’s presentation was more inspirational, he highlighted his humble beginnings and how he developed a supply chain for the non-profit at practically no cost. 

As APICS continues to mature in supply chain operations it recognizes the need to reflect supply chain processes in everything they do. This year topics did not follow the traditional S&OP, operations, risk, analytics, innovation professional development, and leadership but used supply chain reference model. APICS broke their topics down into planning, sourcing, make, deliver, return, and enable.

Next year the conference will be held in Chicago. This will be a great opportunity you to gain insight into APICS and appreciate the effort that the organization puts forward to help educate members and chain processes in search of excellence of supply chain operations.

Spring CPIM Course

This winter and spring we will be broadening our course offerings to Green Bay with a CPIM Part 1 course starting sometime in January. Please watch our website for more information. This is a great opportunity for anyone interested in obtaining their certification, students do not need to be members to take the course or test. However, they will receive a discount if they are members. Please pass the word on to your coworkers. 

October PDM 

The October PDM was held in Wausau beginning with a tour of Wausau Homes. Thank you to our Wausau Homes members, Nick Teske and Blake Zurawski for your assistance is setting up the tour. The presentation by Courtney Dvorak was well received.

November PDM

In November we will be holding the PDM at the Marq in DePere. Justin Dart, CPIM will be presenting on The Art of Balancing Competing Objectives. Justin will focus on ensuring customer service levels while balancing inventory investment and plant capacity. Through experience at Nature’s Way he will guide everyone through the process he led to include the interaction of various functional areas with the planning team.

Leading teams on new journeys can be difficult especially when working with cross functional teams. Justin will discuss how he balanced the supply chain equation and managed interactions with his production planning teams connectivity with other cross functional departments.

Again, the PDM is November 27th, the Monday after Thanksgiving at the Marq, Please register by November 19th. I look forward to meeting our members from Northeastern Wisconsin.

January PDM

The Board is currently working with the Madison Chapter for a webinar PDM to occur on January 16th. The topic scheduled is LEAN Practices and Simulations. Please watch the website for more information as it comes available.

David A. Rollins CPIM, CLTD

(715) 252-3164


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 Winter/Spring 2017/2018 Schedule


Due to the changes to the CPIM certification process, work is being done right now to put together class structure and pricing.  Keep an eye on your inbox and on our website for updated information as it becomes available.

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Become a recognized expert in the logistics, transportation and distribution fields. Certification demonstrates in-depth knowledge of a broad range of topics to set you apart from your colleagues — proving your high level of knowledge and skills. You'll be a more valuable asset to your organization, keeping you and your organization more competitive in today’s global economy.

Why you should earn the CLTD designation

Gain recognition in the field as a logistics expert

  • Build credibility and set yourself apart from peers
  • Learn latest trends in global supply chain logistics
  • Impact your organization's bottom line
  • Demonstrate logistics mastery of knowledge

 Class Schedule / Information

Classes are proposed and will only be held if required registration numbers are met.

 If you are interested in participating in a future offering please email our VP of Professional Development at  to let us know.

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Partnership with Fox Valley Technical College

APICS Certified Supply Chain Professional

Classroom Course

APICS CSCP education is essential if you are interested in:

  • increasing your knowledge and expertise in the field of global supply chain management
  • facilitating supply chain functions or working with ERP systems
  • creating common frameworks within your company to address your supply chain challenges and opportunities

An APICS CSCP designation will help you:

  • master the necessary tools to effectively manage global supply chain activities, including suppliers, plans, distributors, and customers around the globe
  • acquire the skills you need to create consistency and foster collaboration through best practices, common terminology, and corporate communication
  • understand how to leverage technology to improve the entire supply chain process
  • increase your professional value and secure your future


 Class Schedule / Information

Classes are proposed and will only be held if required registration numbers are met.

 If you are interested in participating in a future offering please email our VP of Professional Development at  to let us know.

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Professional Development Meeting & Tour Schedule


 The Fox Valley APICS chapter holds monthly Professional Development Meetings (PDMs) September through April. A tentative listing of these activities is posted below.

 At each meeting a presentation will give insight into a current operations management topic. This becomes your opportunity to stay ahead of the competition by learning about new and emerging trends in your field and how to improve your company’s operational performance. In addition, the meetings offer an opportunity to network with other operations management professionals.

 The mission of the Fox Valley Chapter of APICS is to be the area’s leading provider of quality learning and networking opportunities that enable our members to be leaders in the management of resources in manufacturing and service industries.

 We look forward to seeing you at our next meeting!

  APICS Fox Valley Chapter 2017 - 2018

PDM Meeting Schedule 

Details of the upcoming winter/spring PDMs will be

posted in the near future. 

Please visit the chapter website at

for details or watch your inbox for information!

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Welcome New Members

The APICS Fox Valley Chapter would like to welcome the following new members:  

Erin Bigalke                              Kari Farrell                                Kurt Swanson

Jennifer Bonilla                         Eric Rintamaki                           Ellen Voie

Arwen Decleene

Do you know someone who would benefit from being involved with APICS?  Encourage them to join by using the link below!


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