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

April 2018 Print

The Beacon Newsletter

Rawley Point Lighthouse, Two Rivers, WI

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Greetings from the

APICS Fox Valley Chapter!

Please join us for our 2018

Top Management Night

Tuesday, April 17th!




Heartland Label Printers, LLC

1700 Stephen Street 

Little Chute, WI

The building is located just south of Highway 441 between the Highway N and Highway 55 exits.  Come to the main entrance which is on the east end of the building. 

Please arrive at 3:45 PM for the 4:00 PM tour.  Hearing protection is required and will be available.  Wearing flat, closed toe shoes is recommended.  Attendees wil be required to remain on designated walkways. 

Dinner and Presentation:

Liberty Hall 

800 Eisenhower Dr. 

Kimberly, WI

Time:  Registration 5:15 - 5:45 PM.  Dinner is currently scheduled for 5:45 PM with awards and presentation to follow.

About the Speaker:

James (Jamie) Hillend

Executive Director, Sales & Marketing 

Heartland Label Printers, LLC 

Jamie Hillend has been Executive Director, Sales and Marketing for Heartland Label Printers, LLC since January 2015. He is responsible for leading an 18 member national sales team to drive profitable growth while delivering high customer satisfaction.  Prior to joining Heartland, Jamie spent 23 years in a number of leadership positions at Appvion (formerly known as Appleton Papers), retiring in January 2015 as Vice President of the Thermal Paper Business.   

Prior to joining Appvion, Jamie held management positions with Mitsubishi Pulp Sales, ITT Rayonier, and Southwest Forest Industries. Jamie earned a bachelor’s degree in pulp and paper engineering from the University of Washington in 1981. 

About the Presentation: 

Using a Collaborative Approach to Create Value in a Commodity Business

Learn About: 

Heartland Label Printers, LLC was founded in 1990 with the goal of manufacturing quality stock and custom printed direct thermal and thermal transfer labels, POS receipt rolls, bar code printers, scanners, and printer ribbons. Key markets consist of shipping, grocery, and specialty label end uses. 

Heartland has unique synergy – it is part of a larger company called the Heartland Technology group, which also owns Heartland Business Systems (HBS). HBS has been helping enterprise organizations meet their IT goals and supply chain goals through customized hardware, software,  and service solutions since 1992.  

Heartland collaborates with customers and partners to develop innovative solutions. Collaboration is the key to making Heartland different in the eyes of our customers. We work together to identify new ideas and develop new products that create value. In addition to new products, we are leveraging market insight to enter and grow into new, attractive vertical markets – which place more value on innovative solutions. 


Family Style: Smoked honey ham, tenderloin tips, parsley buttered baby reds, fettuccine tossed in olive oil and mild garlic, home baked dinner rolls and real Wisconsin butter, seasonal vegetable selected by executive chef, marinated vegetables, broccoli-cauliflower salad, traditional tossed greens, New York cheesecake, Key Lime pie, freshly brewed coffee, milk, water.


$20.00 Member Rate Event Ticket
$25.00 after 10:00 pm April 10th

$25.00 Non Member Rate Event Ticket
$30.00 after 10:00 pm April 10th

$10.00 Student Rate Event Ticket

You are considered a student by APICS if you are currently registered as a full-time student
$15.00 after 10:00 pm April 10th.

Price includes  business tour and dinner 

Registration Deadline is Wednesday, April 11th.






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President's Report

Hello, Fox Valley Chapter members!

The end of the year is upon us which means Top Management Night (TMN) is here. This year we will be taking a tour of Heartland Label Printers, LLC. The company recently completed an addition to their facilities that improved material flow and handling. If you cannot attend the tour we still want everyone to consider participating in the TMN dinner and presentation. You can sign up for the tour and the dinner meeting or you can just sign up for dinner.

TMN is a great opportunity to get reacquainted.  Generally this is our most attended meeting of the year and is the culmination of a year’s work. We will recognize chapter members who have met milestone anniversaries and chapter members who have earned their APICS certifications during the past year.

The topic of the presentation will be “moving from commodity to competitive advantage”.  As everyone in the supply chain profession likely knows, commodities usually have small margins. For Heartland Label Printers, the key to success in a mature market rests with moving from a mass-produced unspecialized product to finding a key area for competitive advantage. What is that key area? I guess you will have to attend to find out! Please check out the information later in this newsletter about Jamie Hillend, who will be presenting at the TMN dinner.

During the week prior to the meeting, we have two events we want everyone to participate in. The first is the annual elections for board members for the chapter board of directors . If you want to be active in the chapter but feel a board position is not for you at this time, please consider volunteering to help by being on the PDM (professional development meeting) planning committee or the nominations committee next year.  Participating as a volunteer in this way is a great way to develop professional relationships with board members and will give you a sense of how the board operates.

The second item occurring before TMN is the membership survey. We use the information collected from your responses to the survey as a tool to provide you with educational opportunities and the services you want your chapter to provide. Please take the time to complete the survey! We truly want to know your needs and thoughts. We are always trying to improve our performance as a chapter and your input will be used to further the quality of the services your chapter provides for you.

David A. Rollins, CPIM, CLTD
President, Fox Valley Chapter of APICS
(715) 252-3164


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  2018 CPIM Certification Review Course Schedule



Reserve your spot for our next APICS CPIM Part 1 or APICS Part 2 course offering.   We have created a registration link for prospective students to show their interest by adding their name to a list of students that would like to take the APICS CPIM Part 1 or APICS CPIM Part 2 course.  Once we have enough prospective students on the list, we will schedule a class start date with Fox Valley Technical College.

Click here to add your name to the APICS CPIM Part 1 prospective student list.

Click here to add your name to the APICS CPIM Part 2 prospective student list.


If you any questions related to the CPIM certification review coursese please email our VP of Professional Development at .



 (Basics of Supply Chain Management)

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. 



APICS CPIM Part 2 combines key concepts from the field of operations management. Details four areas of knowledge: Master Planning of Resources, Detailed Scheduling and Planning, Execution and Control of Operations, and Strategic Management of Resources. The concepts included apply to both manufacturing and service organizations.





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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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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 



Details of the upcoming fall 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:  

                    Peter Fenlon                    Mike Eberl

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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