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

April 2019 Print

The Beacon Newsletter

Wisconsin Point Superior Entry Lighthouse - Superior, WI



Greetings from the

APICS Fox Valley Chapter!


You are invited to our Top Management Night event on

Wednesday, April 17th!


Company Tour:

Seagrave Fire Apparatus
105 E 12th Street
Clintonville, WI 54929


Seagrave was founded in 1881 by Fredric Seagrave in Detroit, Michigan and is the oldest manufacturer of fire apparatus in the United States.  Seagrave was acquired in 1963 by FWD (Four Wheel Drive Automobile Company), a Clintonville company founded in 1909.  FWD Seagrave produces a comprehensive range of custom apparatus including pumpers, pumper-tankers, rescue pumpers, heavy rescue units, aerial ladders, aerial platforms, tractor-drawn aerials, and aerial quints.


Please arrive by 4:00pm

Tour begins at 4:15pm sharp


Tour attendees must wear flat, closed toed shoes- If you have steel toe shoes and safety glasses, please wear/bring them. 

** Due to the nature of the product line, Seagrave Fire Apparatus, LLC reserves the right to deny entry to the tour in the event of a conflict of interest.**


Dinner, Awards and Presentation:

Mathew's Supper Club
155 8th Street
Clintonville, WI 54929


Registration: 5:30pm

Dinner: 6:00pm

Menu: Chicken Marsala and Hillshire Ham, Dinner Salad, Baby Red Potatoes, Glazed Carrots, Assorted Gourmet Breads, Chef's Choice Dessert


Time to Upgrade Your ERP - Let's Talk Approaches

Deciding to upgrade can be an overwhelming decision. Based on the current version of your software and the amount of customization, this can make for a major project for your organization. This session will address various approaches to upgrading and the pros and cons to each approach. In addition, we will take you on a deep dive on the approach, challenges and accomplishments that FWD Seagrave has taken on with decades old ERP.

About Our Speaker Craig Skonieczny

Craig is a visionary thinker with demonstrated success translating vision into strategy and action. He works directly with Constellation Software ownership to develop both long and short term company goals, cultivate strategies to execute those objectives and establish a measurement plan to show success in reaching and maintaining these goals. He is experienced in leading overall company operations and product strategies; with a focus on evolving organizational processes and streamlining infrastructure to allow Friedman Corporation to grow and fulfill its mission. He is also highly effective in building and maintaining strong strategic relationships within the construction, cabinet, door, electrical, heavy equipment & window industries .



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

$25.00 Non Member Early Bird Price before 5:00pm April 5, 2019
$30.00 after 5:00pm April 5, 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 April 9th at 5:00pm



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President's Report


Hello, fellow APICS Fox Valley Chapter members!

April is always our busiest month of the year.  You should be receiving a few more e-mails than usual from us in the coming weeks.  I promise, we’re not trying to clog your inboxes but we do hope to have your participation, so keep an eye out for those messages. 

Chapter elections are starting soon.  On Thursay, March 28th, electronic elections will open.  Keep an eye on your inbox for an e-mail from the chapter.  In that e-mail will be a link to SurveyMonkey where you will cast your votes, or write them in, for the 2019-2020 board term.  Along with this election, we have some proposed by-law changes requiring member approval.  The proposed by-law changes reflect the change in the parent organization from APICS to ASCM.  Please take a moment now to review the proposed by-law changes by clicking on this link  then click on the hyperlink in the red font under “Upcoming Events”.  Your participation is very important and the elections are only open until Sunday, April 7th so please act quickly.

We want to hear from you!  Beginning on Monday, April 1st, the annual member survey will open.  You will again receive a link to SurveyMonkey where you will be able to provide feedback to the chapter.  This information is very important to us, so please take a few moments to answer the questions.  The survey shouldn’t take you more than 4-5 minutes to complete.  The member survey closes on Thursday, April 11th so again please act quickly.

Top Management Night is just about here!!  This year, we were lucky enough to have secured a tour of Seagrave Fire Apparatus, in Clintonville.  Seagrave is the oldest manufacturer of fire apparatus in the United States!  After our tour, we will hand out our awards for the year, recognizing our members for their commitment to the organization and for their own personal growth.  We will then welcome our featured speaker, Craig Skonieczny, Vice President of Operations at Friedman Corporation.  The presentation topic will be, “Time to Upgrade Your ERP, Let’s Talk Approaches”.  ERP updates and implementations can be challenging ventures.  This session will address various approaches to upgrading and the pros and cons to each approach.

Please see more details of this event inside this newsletter or click on the link below to read more and to get registered.  Please note the safety requirements and the firm registration deadline of Tuesday, April 9th

Read more/register here.

I hope to see you at Seagrave or Mathew’s on the 17th!    



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


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Notice of Meeting for Members


Notice For Meeting Of Members

Of American Production & Inventory Control Society,

Fox Valley Chapter, Inc.

 A meeting of the Members of American Production & Inventory Control Society, Fox Valley Chapter, Inc. will be held at Mathew’s Supper Club in Clintonville, Wisconsin on the 17th day of April, 2019.

 The purpose of the meeting shall be to announce the results of the election of officers for the 2019 – 2020 program year along with the results of votes related to the approval of any changes made to our chapter by-laws and articles of incorporation. 

 Elections for the 2019 – 2020 program year will be conducted through a third party online survey tool.  Voting will open on Thursday, March 28th and will close on Sunday, April 7th.

If you have any questions, please contact me at (920) 420-1331.


Dated:  March 18, 2019            

Jody Suess, CPIM, CIRM, CSCP

President, Fox Valley Chapter of APICS


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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 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
September 10, 2019 5:30PM 8:30PM
September 17, 2019 5:30PM 8:30PM
September 24, 2019 5:30PM 8:30PM
October 1, 2019 5:30PM 8:30PM
October 8, 2019 5:30PM 8:30PM
October 15, 2019 5:30PM 8:30PM
October 22, 2019 5:30PM 8:30PM
October 29, 2019 5:30PM 8:30PM
November 5, 2019 5:30PM 8:30PM
November 12, 2019 5:30PM 8:30PM
November 19, 2019 5:30PM 8:30PM
November 26, 2019 5:30PM 8:30PM


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

Cost: $1,495 includes materials



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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

Top Management Night

April 17th, 2019
Tour - 4:15pm

Dinner - 6pm
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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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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