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

May 2020 Print

The Beacon Newsletter

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 from the

APICS Fox Valley Chapter!


Please enjoy the final newsletter of our 2019-2020 season



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President's Report

Hello, fellow APICS Fox Valley Chapter members!

I hope you are all hanging in there during these challenging times. 

I would like to thank those of you who participated in our annual chapter elections.  The elections were closed on April 4th and write-in vote recipient votes were confirmed.  With this election we received approval to make a few changes to our by-laws which help to modernize our job titles and allow for proper support of the second student chapter supported by the Fox Valley Chapter of APICS.  Normally, we would announce the results of our annual election at Top Management Night, but we were unable to hold this event in person this year.  The chapter board takes these responsibilities very seriously and we feel it is important to be completely transparent with our members.  Please take a moment to check out the results by clicking on Election results.  Alternatively, you can go to our chapter website,  and click on the link under the Channel Partner logo.

Because we were unable to hold our Top Management Night event, I was unable to publicly thank the many individuals who keep this chapter running.  I would like to take the time now to thank our 2019-2020 chapter board of directors.  These individuals take time from their jobs and their families to voluntarily manage this chapter and serve the members and supply chain community.  This year brought some new challenges to the team and I am extremely proud of the way they handled things.  I would also like to thank the nomination committee for the work they did in identifying nominees for our annual elections.  Finally, I would like to thank the 2019-2020 APICS instructors.  Without them, we would not be able to provide review courses in house, online, and on campus making our certification journeys a whole lot more challenging.  Thank you!

Our team also missed out on one of our favorite activities, recognizing and celebrating the accomplishments of our members and our students.  We had two recipients of the newly re-named APICS Student Excellence Award in Supply Chain Management.  One recipient was from our UWO student chapter and the other was from our new UWGB student chapter.  Each student received a monetary award that was mailed out with a congratulatory letter in April.  We also had 7 members obtain certification between March 1, 2019 and February 29, 2020 (5 new CPIMs and 2 new CSCPs).  We are planning to recognize these newly certified members at a future event once we can assemble in person for a Professional Development Meeting.  Until then, we can only say congratulations electronically.

Please check inside this newsletter for the details of the folks we want to recognize and celebrate.

If there is any way the APICS Fox Valley Chapter can support you in these challenging times, please let us know.

Please stay safe and healthy.  Have a great summer and I look forward to seeing you some day in the future.

Take Care,


Jody Suess, CPIM, CIRM, CSCP
President 2019-2020
APICS Fox Valley Chapter
[email protected]


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Milestone Anniversaries

Please join us in celebrating the following milestone anniversaries!


30 Years

Michael R. Godfrey, PhD, CPIM-F, CIRM


25 Years

Dean N. Highdale


15 Years

Jean M. Treml


5 Years

Jessica Meyer, CSCP

Kevin Yessa


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Recognition and Celebration

The APICS Fox Valley Chapter would like to recognize the following individuals for their achievements throughout the 2019-2020 season



2019-2020 APICS Student Excellence Award in Supply Chain Management

Derek Moore – University of Wisconsin Oshkosh

Dylon Pokorny – University of Wisconsin Green Bay


APICS Certifications and Endorsements (achieved between March 1st of 2019 and February 29th of 2020)

CPIM Certifications
Sarah Decker, CPIM
Blake Derks, CPIM
Patrick Gitzlaff, CPIM
Kelly Rainey, CPIM
Jacob M. Van Noie, CPIM

CSCP Certifications
Marsha A.  Kalbus, CPIM, CSCP
Tobi Nowakowski, CSCP


The APICS Fox Valley Chapter would like to thank the following individuals for their contributions throughout the 2019-2020 season

2019-2020 Nomination Committee
Lisa Angell, CPIM, CSCP – Committee Chair
Justin Dart, CPIM
Eric Kinonen, CPIM
John Kriz, CPIM
Tim Windingstad, CPIM

2019-2020 APICS Instructors
Lisa Angell, CPIM, CSCP
Phillip Kosik, CPIM, CSCP
Kerrie Marquardt, CPIM
Duane (Dewey) Stevens, CPIM, CSCP
Beth Westfahl, CPIM, CLTD

2019-2020 Company Coordinators
Connie Mitchell, CPIM, with Creative Converting/Hoffmaster
Justin Dart, CPIM, with Nature’s Way
Maureen McCarthy, CPIM, CSCP, with Silver Star Brands
Valerie Raatz, CPIM, with Thrivent Financial

2019-2020 Board of Directors
President – Jody Suess, CPIM, CIRM, CSCP
V.P. Finance – Sherri Manion, CPIM
V.P. Recording Secretary – Beth Westfahl, CPIM, CLTD
V.P. Communications – Sara Steinke,  CPIM
V.P. Logistics – Shelly Neubert, CPIM
V.P. Faculty, Student Advisor – Michael R. Godfrey, PhD, CPIM-F, CIRM
V.P. Membership – Elizabeth (Liz) Gesicki, CPIM
V.P. Professional Development – Phil Kosik, Jr., CPIM, CSCP
V.P. Company Coordinators – Wendy Skarivoda, CPIM
Director at Large – Justin Wilcox, CPIM
Director at Large – Amulya Gurtu, PhD, PMP


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Welcome New Members

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


  Shawn Okon          Shelley Papenfuss

Jonelle Simon          John Steier            

Andrew Smajda          Zachary Sousek        

Tyler Laabs          Mitchell Winn   

           Melanie Rahn          Anthony Manoni              

Cynthia Weinaug          Justin Lindberg           


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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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 2020 - 2021

PDM Meeting Schedule

Date Time Location Speaker Topic
Tuesday September 15, 2020 5:30pm to 8:00pm Primo Restaurant Oshkosh Chris Lipski Vantage Financial Life-Cycle Management in Today's Manufacturing Environment
Wednesday October 14, 2020 TBD Tour of Linetec
Dinner at Great Dane Wausau, WI
Bob Laduron Linetec Engineer Partnering with Custom Equipment Manufacturers to Introduce Innovation and Automation into our Processes

Please note that all events are dependent on current COVID-19 restrictions

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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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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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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