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

December 2019 Print

The Beacon Newsletter

St. Martin Island Lighthouse



Happy Holidays

 from the

APICS Fox Valley Chapter!


We will not be holding a PDM in December so our members can spend extra time with their families this holiday season


Please join us for our January PDM on

Tuesday January 14, 2020!

More information to follow


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President's Report

Hello, fellow APICS Fox Valley Chapter members!

December already.  It seems like just a couple weeks ago, the chapter’s board of directors was in the beginning stages of planning for the year.  Just like that, we’re halfway through the program year and getting ready to say good-bye to 2019.

Before starting up the new year, I want to give you a couple of updates. 

We have recently welcomed two new board members to our team.  Justin Wilcox, CPIM and Amulya Gurtu, Ph.D., P.M.P. will be serving as Directors at Large for the remainder of the 2019-2020 term.  Justin is employed by Oshkosh Corporation and will be working on special projects.  Amulya is an Associate Professor of Supply Chain Management at University of Wisconsin-Green Bay and is an advisor for our newest student chapter at UWGB.  We are very excited to have them on the team.

We are always taking in feedback and looking for ways to improve.  With Top Management Night coming in a few short months, I wanted to share a change we will be implementing with the new year.  At TMN events in the past, we’ve taken time in the program to recognize the achievements of our members.  The recognition is very important and so is everyone’s time.  To help the flow of recognitions at TMN, we will recognize membership milestone anniversaries in a new way.

Beginning in January 2020, we will recognize membership milestones in the months of September, January, and May, rather than at TMN.  Milestone anniversaries will be announced in the Beacon which is distributed to all members and a large group of other supply chain enthusiasts making the celebration more widely recognized than ever.

Now, a couple opportunities for you:

Want a chance to brag about steps your company has taken to become more sustainable?  Check out this opportunity!  Sustainable Company!

Got CPIM?  If not, why not?  CPIM Part 2 Certification Review Course is planned for January.  Take time now to give yourself or your company a competitive advantage.  Click HERE for more info!

Happy Holidays!

See you in January!!



Jody Suess, CPIM, CIRM, CSCP
President 2019-2020
APICS Fox Valley Chapter
[email protected]


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Welcome New Members

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


Adam Budzinski

Alexander Johnson

Govind Mulanjur

Heather Peters

Clair Teachout


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


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CBAR Platinum Status Awarded to APICS Fox Valley Chapter

"Chapter management excellence is an integral component to enhancing the member experience. Successful APICS chapters provide their members with opportunities for stellar education, career development, and networking.

The APICS Chapter Benchmarking and Reporting (CBAR) program recognizes chapters that have exceeded minimum standards and exemplify excellence in overall chapter management. We are proud to announce the APICS Fox Valley Chapter received the 2019 CBAR Platinum Award designation, an admirable accomplishment for an APICS chapter.

As a member of an APICS Platinum Award Winning Chapter, the CBAR designation signifies commitment to providing an exceptional membership experience." - 
ASCM 2019 Partner Development Committee

Once a chapter has achieved the Gold level for 5 consecutive years, they reach the Platinum level.  If a Platinum level chapter slips for just one year, it must attain Gold level 5 consecutive years before it can again become a Platinum chapter.  The Fox Valley chapter has been at the Platinum level for many years starting somewhere in the late 80’s or early 90’s.  Something to be very proud of!  Congratulations and Thank You to everyone past and present who has helped us achieve this accomplishment!


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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 2019 - 2020

PDM Meeting Schedule

January 14, 2020
5:30pm to 8:00pm Liberty Hall Ashley Gustafson
SOAR Fox Cities, Inc.
Continuous Improvement Process in a Non-Profit Organization
February 2020 5:30pm to 8:00pm Primo Italian Restaurant Marian Rothkegel Procurement and Supply Chain Management in and ETO Environment
March 2020 TBD Kenosha, WI N/A Tour of Amazon Fulfillment Center
April 2020 TBD TBD TBD TMN
More PDM Events Coming Soon!
Watch your inbox for details

Please also visit the chapter website at for more information!

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PDM Suggestion



Have a suggestion for a PDM speaker, tour, or topic?

Email your suggestion to [email protected]




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Message from the Board

There may come a time when unforseen events force us to cancel an event.

Please read the following for details of our cancellation policy:



APICS Fox Valley Chapter Cancellation Policy

Procedure for Notification

If the APICS Fox Valley Chapter decides to cancel a chapter event, notification will proceed as follows:

  1. Decision and notification will occur a minimum of 4 hours prior to the start of the event.
  2. VP Communication will send email notification of cancellation to all members registered to attend the event.
  3. VP Communication will post notification of cancellation on the home page of the chapter’s website at

Refund Policy

Every attempt will be made to reschedule an event that has been cancelled.  When this happens, all monies paid will go toward attendance on the rescheduled date.

If the APICS Fox Valley chapter is unable to reschedule the event, refunds will be given in full.


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APICS Fox Valley Chapter Sustainable Company Award


Has your organization taken on the initiative to become more sustainable?

APICS Fox Valley Chapter would like to recognize an organization for its efforts in sustainability during our Top Management night in April 2020.  

To apply for the award click here: Sustainable Company Award



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CPIM Interest List


Got ?

If not, consider signing up for a certification review course!

Click here to put your name on an interest list for CPIM part 1. 


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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 will only be held if required registration numbers are met. 

Click here to add your name to the prospective student list or email our VP of Professional Development at [email protected]  to let us know.

To learn more about the CLTD certification click here.


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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 will only be held if required registration numbers are met. Click here to add your name to the prospective student list or email our VP of Professional Development at [email protected] to let us know.

To learn more about the CSCP certification click here.


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