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

March 2019 Print

The Beacon Newsletter

Manitowoc Breakwater Lighthouse - Manitowoc, WI



Greetings from the

APICS Fox Valley Chapter!


Please join us for our March PDM on

Thursday, March 14th!


Dinner with presentation to follow:

Primo Italian Restaurant
2605 Jacskon St
Oshkosh, WI 54901


Registration: 5:30pm

Dinner: 6:00pm

Menu: Chicken Florentine, Lasagna with meat, garlic mashed potatoes, pasta salad, chef choice of vegetable, house salad, homemade bread, assorted dessert bars, and coffee service


Simulating Your Environment - Harnessing the Power of Data to Make Better Decisions

This presentation will focus on the different types of simulation tools that are available and the various types of applications in which they can be used. After this presentation, attendees will understand how they can use simulation to better manage resource capacity and equipment utilization. Participants can share this information with their company and suppliers in order to make better decisions that will turbo-charge their supply chain.



Joshua Bui is an instructor, designer, entrepreneur, and supply chain professional with a demonstrated history of working in the automotive industry. Josh holds a Master of Science in Operations Management from the University of Alabama and enjoys continuous improvement, value stream mapping, and inventory management. When he began his career teaching AutoCAD as a vocational instructor, he had no idea that he would design, develop, and coordinate training programs directed for a global audience.



$20.00 Member Early Bird Price before 5:00pm March 1, 2019
$25.00 after 5:00pm March 1, 2019

$25.00 Non Member Early Bird Price before 5:00pm March 1, 2019
$30.00 after 5:00pm March 1, 2019

$10.00 Student Rate Event Ticket - You are considered a student by APICS if you are currently registered as a full-time student

Registration Deadline is March 6th at 5:00pm



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President's Report


Hello fellow APICS Fox Valley Chapter members!

Chapter elections are right around the corner.  If you haven't already, you should be hearing from someone on the nomination committee very soon.  Please consider volunteering to serve the chapter for the upcoming 2019-2020 program year which runs from July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020.  It’s very easy to get started and is a great way to learn new things and build your professional network.  If you have any questions at all, please let me know.  My contact information is below.  All nominees must be in place by March 14th, the evening of our March PDM.

Speaking of the March PDM, Josh Bui will be joining us at Primo in Oshkosh to discuss how simulations and data can help organizations make better decisions.  Josh brings a diverse background (instructor, designer, engineer, and supply chain professional) to our group so I am very excited to hear his perspective on supply chain management and the decisions we’re faced with each day.  

Closing out our program year will be our annual Top Management Night event.  This year, we’re lucky to have secured a tour and presentation from Seagrave Fire Apparatus.  After our tour, we will hand out our awards for the year, recognizing our members for their commitment to the APICS organization and for their own personal growth.  Details of the event are still being coordinated so please keep an eye on your inboxes and our website for more information. 

I hope to see you at the March PDM on the 14th!     



Jody Suess, CPIM, CIRM, CSCP
President 2018-2019
APICS Fox Valley Chapter


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Welcome New Members

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


Corey Beadle

Sarah Decker

Joshua Parma


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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CPIM Certification Review Course

Make becoming CPIM Certified part of your New Year's Resolution!!

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
April 2, 2019 5:30PM 8:30PM
April 9, 2019 5:30PM 8:30PM
April 16, 2019 5:30PM 8:30PM
April 23, 2019 5:30PM 8:30PM
May 7, 2019 5:30PM 8:30PM
May 14, 2019 5:30PM 8:30PM
May 21, 2019 5:30PM 8:30PM
May 28, 2019 5:30PM 8:30PM
June 4, 2019 5:30PM 8:30PM
June 11, 2019 5:30PM 8:30PM
June 18, 2019 5:30PM 8:30PM
July 9, 2019 5:30PM 8:30PM


Class Meeting Location: DJ Bordini Center Fox Valley Technical College

Cost: $1,495 with Materials



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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 their efforts in sustainability during our Top Management night in April 2019.  

To apply for the award click here: Sustainable Company Award



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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 2018 - 2019

PDM Meeting Schedule

March 14th, 2019
5:30pm to 8:00pm
Italian Restaurant
Josh Bui
Harnessing the
Powe or Data

to Make Better
Top Management Night

April 17th, 2019
Seagrave Fire 
Craig Skonieczny
Time to Upgrade
your ERP,
Let's Talk

Fall 2019 PDM Events Coming Soon!
Watch your inbox for details

Please also visit the chapter website at for more information!

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Message from the Board

'Tis the season for bad weather  

Which brought us to thinking about the possibility of having to cancel an APICS Fox Valley Chapter event  

Please read on below for 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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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.  Click here to add your name to the prospective student list.

 If you are interested in participating in a future offering please click on this link or 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. Click here to add your name to the prospective student list.

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


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