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

November 2018 Print

The Beacon Newsletter







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Greetings from the APICS Fox Valley Chapter!


Please join us for our November PDM on

Wednesday, November 7th!


Dinner with presentation to follow:

Sage Hall (University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Sage Room 2232)
785 High Avenue
Oshkosh, WI 54901


Registration: 5:30 - 6:00PM

Dinner: 6:00pm

Menu: Salad, pasta and dessert catered by Fazoli's


Plan for Every Part (PFEP)

Plan For Every Part (PFEP) is a comprehensive material planning process designed to standardize and optimize material flow throughout the value stream. In this session, we will review the 8-step PFEP process developed at Oshkosh Corporation that has resulted in significant cost savings and efficiency benefits. We will discuss the major philosophical tenets of each process step and a plan to ensure sustainability of the benefits achieved YOY.


Meet the Speaker - Darin Wolding

Darin Wolding has more than 20 years of supply chain and operations experience in the automotive and heavy industrial manufacturing industries. He has held leadership positions in various functional capacities, including operations, purchasing, materials management and logistics. Darin has helped to lead greenfield startups of both manufacturing facilities and distribution centers in addition to leading transformational enterprise-wide initiatives to improve existing operations. He is an APICS mentor with a passion for lean material flow and is eager to help others learn and develop.



$20.00 Member Early Bird Price before 10:00pm October 24, 2018
$25.00 after 10:00pm October 24

$25.00 Non Member Early Bird Price before 10:00pm October 24, 2018
$30.00 after 10:00pm October 24

$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!

I just returned from the APICS 2018 conference in Chicago. I was fortunate to have been sent to represent our fine chapter. The last conference I attended was 5 years ago. While some things have changed, the motivation and inspiration I take away has not.

This year at conference, we learned of the launch of the Association for Supply Chain Management (ASCM). You should have received an e-mail regarding this launch but in case you didn’t get a chance to see it, please click on this link and watch an introductory video. ASCM video

As with any change, there are bound to be some questions, but I think this is an exciting time for our profession. The organization has put together some FAQs to help members and customers. Please take some time to check them out. FAQs

If you don’t find answers to your questions, please let me know and I will do all I can to help.

In addition to that exciting news, I’m also excited about our November PDM. Our speaker presented at the recent conference, but I was unable to attend his session so I’m really looking forward to seeing him at our PDM.

Please join us on Wednesday, November 7th at UW Oshkosh’s Sage Hall for a Plan For Every Part (PFEP). Oshkosh Corporation’s Global Director of Materials, Darin Wolding, will be our featured speaker. Darin is a member of our chapter, has presented at multiple APICS conferences, and has a lot of great supply chain and operations experience.

I look forward to seeing you on November 7th!


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:  


Drew Oertel

Joshua Bui

Chanin Styka


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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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

November 7th, 2018
5:30pm to 8:00pm
UW Oshkosh
Darin Wolding
Material Concepts
2019 PDM Events Coming Soon!
Watch your inbox for details

Please visit the chapter website at 
for details or watch your inbox for information!

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  2018 CPIM Certification Review Course Schedule



Reserve your spot for our next APICS CPIM Part 1 or APICS CPIM 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 APICS CPIM certification review courses, please email our VP of Professional Development at .



 (formerly 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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