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

January 2020 Print

The Beacon Newsletter

Grassy Island Range Lighthouse



 Happy New Year 

 from the

APICS Fox Valley Chapter!


Please join us for our January PDM on

Tuesday January 14, 2020!


Dinner with Presentation to follow at:

Liberty Hall
800 Eisenhower Drive
Kimberly, WI 54136

Menu: Chicken Marsala and Tenderloin Medallions, Parsley Buttered Baby Red Potatoes, Fettuccine tossed in Olive Oil & Garlic, Seasonal Vegetable (chef choice), Traditional tossed salad greens, Garden pasta salad, Broccoli-cauliflower salad, Dinner Rolls with Real WI butter, New York Cheesecake, Mackinac Island Carrot Cake, Coffee, Milk, Water


Using Continuous Improvement to Build Social Service Delivery Programs

Presenters from SOAR Fox Cities, a local non-profit organization, will share how continuous improvement coaching and tools were used to develop a new program serving individuals with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI.) Along their continuous improvement journey, they learned the importance of using data to inform decisions and how to implement tools such as Value Stream Mapping and PICK charts. Their story will demonstrate that even beginners can use continuous improvement methods to make changes and how these tools can be applied to human services. 

SOAR Fox Cities is a local non-profit organization that provides programs and services to individuals with developmental disabilities and brain injuries. SOAR offers a variety of services that range from Youth, Adult and Family Programs, Advocacy, Community Education, and even the third largest Special Olympics organization in the state!


Meet our Speakers!!

Ashley Gustafson

Ashley Gustafson has been a part of the SOAR Fox Cities team for over 4 years. As Director of Community Engagement, Ashley works with volunteers, donors and community partners to support SOAR’s mission.


Erin Schultz

Erin Schultz has been the Executive Director at SOAR Fox Cities for 2 years. Erin has over 11 years in the non-profit sector, seven being directly responsible for fund development, donor relations, and grant writing. 



$20.00 Member Early Bird Rate before January 3, 2020
$25.00 Member Rate after Early Bird Deadline

$25.00 Non-Member Early Bird Rate before January 3, 2020
$30.00 Non-Member Rate after Early Bird Deadline

$10.00 Student Rate Event Ticket - 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, fellow APICS Fox Valley Chapter members!

Christmas is just days away and 2020 will be here before we know it. Why not pick this year to complete your CPIM journey? CPIM Part 2 is scheduled to run in January and we’d love to be able to see you complete this journey. There’s still time to sign up!! CPIM Part 2

If you’ve already earned your CPIM, perhaps one of the other certifications are of interest. We’ve got interest lists started for CSCP and CLTD. Interest list

Looking for an opportunity to learn new skills? Why not consider serving on the chapter’s board of directors. This is a great opportunity to expand your professional network, learn some new skills that you might not be able at your job, and have fun with a great group of people. Additionally, you might be lucky enough to form friendships that extend beyond APICS. The nomination committee has recently been formed and will be reaching out to all members. Please consider joining the team! If you have any questions at all, please let me know. My contact info is below.

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

You may have noticed in our December newsletter that we have a VERY exciting tour opportunity coming up in March. Phil Kosik, our VP of Professional Development, has been working very hard to coordinate a tour of the Amazon fulfillment center in Kenosha. Space for this event is limited but all the details on this will be coming out soon!

I hope you can join us on Tuesday, January 14th at Liberty Hall in Kimberly. Ashley Gustafson and Erin Schultz from SOAR Fox Cities will be joining us for the evening.   They will be sharing how continuous improvement coaching and tools were used to develop a new program serving individuals with Traumatic Brain Injury. They will speak about their use of tools such as Value Stream Mapping and PICK charts and demonstrate that even beginners can use continuous improvement methods to make changes.

As mentioned in my December letter, 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.

Congratulations to our members reaching milestone anniversaries!

Happy Holidays! I hope to see you at the PDM on January 14th!


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:  


No new members for this month


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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Milestone Anniversaries

Please join us in celebrating the following milestone anniversaries!


30 Years

Lorraine Scott, CPIM


25 Years

Dwight Flaherty, CPIM

Jesse Krepline, CPIM


20 Years

Valerie Raatz, CPIM

Andrew Dernbach, CSCP

Scott Hornick, CPIM


15 Years

Beth Westphal, CPIM, CLTD

Kenneth Wiese

Joseph Shanahan, CPIM

Chris Richards

Julie Erickson

Craig Griepentrog

Esther Weise, CSCP

Justin Dart, CPIM


5 Years

James Derricks

Raelle Wick

Michelle Jensen

Scott Achin, CSCP

Nicole Omland

Christopher Reitemeier, CSCP


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CPIM Certification Review Course

Don't miss this opportunity to complete your CPIM Certification!!

The APICS Fox Valley Chapter is happy to announce that we are now taking registrations for the APICS CPIM Part 2 Certification review course.


Introduces the definitions and concepts for planning and controlling the flow of products and services into, through and out of an organization. Explains fundamental relationships among the various activities that occur in the supply chain network from suppliers to customers. Aids and supports APICS certification exam preparation.

This course is part 2 of a 2-part series.

Earn your Certification in less time with the NEW 2 Part format

Previously you had to complete and pass an exam for each of the following modules:

Basics of Supply Chain Management  (BSCM)
Master Planning of Resources   (MPR)
Detailed Scheduling and Planning (DSP)
Execution and Control of Operations (ECO)
Strategic Management of Resources (SMR)
The new format now consists of completing and passing two modules:
CPIM Part 1 which covers the legacy Basics of Supply Chain Management course
CPIM Part 2 is a combination of the remaining 4 legacy modules


Course Information

This will be a blended format as we will have twelve 3 hour class room sessions along with some on-line coursework

Class Meeting Date Start Time End Time
January 21, 2020 6:00PM 9:00PM
January 28, 2020 6:00PM 9:00PM
February 4, 2020 6:00PM 9:00PM
February 11, 2020 6:00PM 9:00PM
February 18, 2020 6:00PM 9:00PM
February 25, 2020 6:00PM 9:00PM
March 3, 2020 6:00PM 9:00PM
March 10, 2020 6:00PM 9:00PM
March 17, 2020 6:00PM 9:00PM
March 24, 2020 6:00PM 9:00PM
March 31, 2020 6:00PM 9:00PM
April 7, 2020 6:00PM 9:00PM


Class Meeting Location: DJ Bordini Center, Fox Valley Technical College, Appleton

Cost: $1,495 with Materials

Register Now


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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

Deadline for nominations is January 31, 2020.



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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 19, 2020
5:30pm to 8:00pm UW - Oshkosh
Sage Hall
Room 3232
Marian Rothkegel Procurement and Supply Chain Management in and ETO Environment
March 19, 2020
TBD Kenosha, WI N/A Tour of Amazon Fulfillment Center
April 21, 2020
TBD Bridgewood
Neenah, WI
Eric Jens and Wendy Skarivoda TMN and Tour of
Neenah Foundry
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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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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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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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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