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

February 2021 Print

The Beacon Newsletter

Sherwood Point Lighthouse



Greetings from the

ASCM Fox Valley Forum!


Please join us for our February

Professional Development Meeting (PDM) 


Thursday, February 25, 2021


The PDM will be a virtual meeting due to COVID-19 and the CDC guidelines restricting the size of gatherings.

A Microsoft Teams link will be sent via email on the day prior to the PDM.

Presentation begins at 6:00pm


Presentation Topic

The Journey to Digital Transformation: Practical Steps to Get Started in Your Organization


Presentation Summary

Many of today’s most successful supply chains are ones that have executed a digitization of information processes. Digital information unlocks game-changing benefits that we’ve recently grown accustomed to, such as 2-day online delivery and order visibility.  Digital transformation has quickly become a popular buzzword in supply chain management, a term that everyone understands as important for the future. Unfortunately, many struggle to get started with this concept, facing an immense resistance to change and a lack of leadership support.

In this presentation, speakers Marcus Bugni and Justin Wilcox will compare and contrast companies that are data-driven and those that are not, introduce the 6 stages of Digital Transformation, provide a set of practical steps to get started in your organization, as well as some roadblocks that you’re likely to encounter, and tie it all together with a case study.


Meet our Speakers

Justin Wilcox, CPIM

Justin is currently a Senior Material Planning Analyst at Cirrus Aircraft in Duluth, MN, with a focus on process improvement, including the development of supply chain process tools and the transformation from push to pull systems. Prior to joining Cirrus, Justin worked at Oshkosh Corporation, where he helped to implement a global Plan for Every Part (PFEP) strategy. Justin has been active in APICS since 2015 and achieved CPIM certification in 2017. Justin holds a bachelor’s degree in Operations & Supply Chain Management from the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire and is currently pursuing a Master’s of Science in Operations Management degree from the University of Arkansas. Justin is also the co-founder and co-host of The Strongest Link Supply Chain Podcast, a podcast dedicated to exploring supply chain concepts through current events, knowledgeable guests, and humorous stories.

Marcus Bugni, CPIM

Marcus is a Senior Supply Chain Analyst at Andersen Corporation and Co-Host of The Strongest Link Supply Chain Podcast. He believes the supply chain of the future is scientific, data-driven, and people-oriented. The path to success involves educated, critical-thinking supply chain individuals and a digitally transformed supply chain. Much of Marcus’s daily work is in the early stages of digital transformation: reducing the reliance on manual data manipulation (Excel isn’t all good!), physical information, broken processes, and “gut feeling” decision making.


Please be sure to register by Monday, February 22nd!!!



$0.00 - This ASCM Fox Valley Forum Virtual PDM is FREE of charge!



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President's Report

Hello, fellow ASCM Fox Valley Forum members!

I hope this newsletter finds you well.

Our first PDM of 2021 was a really exciting event.  Long-time ASCM member/supporter, Alan Dunn presented a thought-provoking presentation on managing component inventories based on a criticality matrix rather than based on an ABC analysis.  Not only was the presentation extremely interesting, but the event really showed what is possible in a virtual format.  Our presenter was speaking from his sound studio in California (he and other colleagues develop a lot of recorded/virtual supply chain training materials) and we had attendees joining us from the state of Washington!

Our February event is also going to take advantage of the “reach” we have utilizing Microsoft Teams.  On Thursday, February 25th, Justin Wilcox and Marcus Bugni will be joining us with their presentation “The Journey to Digital Transformation, Practical Steps to Get Started in Your Organization”.  Justin and Marcus work full-time jobs in supply chain and then spend some of their off hours doing research and recording a podcast, “The Strongest Link Supply Chain Podcast”.  I’m admittedly a bit behind on listening to their podcasts but I have listened to enough of them to tell you that they are educational and entertaining.  I highly recommend you register for this event.  Register HERE!  I also highly recommend you check out their PODCAST.

Our PDM planning team is hard at work setting up content for the rest of the 2021 PDMs.  Currently, we are planning to continue offering PDMs utilizing Microsoft Teams.  We will continue this path until we feel it is safe for us to meet in person again.

As a reminder:

You should have received a couple e-mails announcing the transition of the APICS Fox Valley Chapter to the ASCM Fox Valley Wisconsin Professional Forum.  We’ve also made a few mentions of this in the Beacon.  ASCM made the decision to change the North American chapter structure and as a result, our APICS chapter will transition to an ASCM Professional Forum.  You may be wondering what, this means for you.  In the new structure, chapters will be able to hold their own APICS training and certification review classes, but forums will not.  Most APICS Chapters run their own certification classes and have someone from their board of directors or someone from their membership teach classes.  For most chapters transitioning from a chapter to a forum, there will be a sizeable change in the way they conduct business.  This is different from the way our chapter has been operating.  Our chapter has had Fox Valley Technical College manage the APICS training and certification review needs for our chapter for over 20 years, and as we transition into an ASCM Forum, we will continue to partner with FVTC to manage those needs.  The same team that has been dedicated to leading the APICS Fox Valley Chapter will be leading the ASCM Fox Valley Wisconsin Professional Forum.  We will continue to partner with Fox Valley Technical College for APICS training and certification needs.  In short, for our chapter, not much will be changing beyond our logo and name.  More details will be coming as the transition time draws nearer.  At this time, we’re hoping to have our new logo ready later in February and our website is expected to be updated by April.  These items are being updated by the ASCM organization, so please be patient as we work through the transitions.

It's February and that means our nomination committee is formed and hard at work.  The team is now reaching out to all our members with an opportunity to become a chapter leader.  Elections will again be held using a third-party survey tool in late winter/early spring.  If you are interested in learning more about leading the chapter, please feel free to reach out to me.  My contact information is below.

I look forward to seeing you online for our February PDM on Thursday, February 25th!

Take Care,


Jody Suess, CPIM, CIRM, CSCP
President 2020-2021
ASCM Fox Valley Forum
[email protected]


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Welcome New Members

The ASCM Fox Valley Forum would like to welcome the following new members:  


Kelly Ohlsson


Do you know someone who would benefit from being involved with ASCM?  Encourage them to join by using the following link: Join ASCM!


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Demand Driven Institute


Demand Driven Institute’s (DDI) Demand Driven Planner (DDP)™
Instructor-Supported Online Classes with
Fox Valley Technical College (FVTC)

Introductory course fee of $1,095 Per Person
(Class without the Demand Driven Materials Requirements Planning Book)

Introductory course fee of $1,160 Per Person
(Class includes the Demand Driven Materials Requirements Planning eBook)

Watch the FVTC website for additional start dates and registration deadlines

Register at: and click on Register Now!

• The DDP™ Instructor-Supported Online course is non-refundable and non-transferable once the materials have been ordered, and/or welcome letters have been emailed.
• The official course textbook Demand Driven Material Requirements Planning V3 (Ptak and Smith, Industrial Press, 2019) is required for this online course in eBook or printed textbook.
• If you already have the book, or chose to purchase the printed book on your own, get a $65 discount on the price of the online course when enrolling into the Class Number without Book.
• One Class + One exam to earn your Demand Driven Planner Professional (DDPP)™ designation.
• Instructor assigned for 8 weeks to help you prepare for the DDPP™ exam.
• FVTC reserves the right to cancel and/or delay the class start date if class enrollment minimums are not met by the Last day to Register date listed above. Enrolled students will be notified and offered a refund, or a transfer to a later start date as desired.
• For more information on the Demand Driven Planner Professional (DDPP)™ certification exam, see

If you need assistance email us at [email protected], or call (920) 993-5150.

Note: The Demand Driven Institute (DDI) is the global authority on Demand Driven education, training, certification, & compliance. Their web site ( is always your best source for the current information. If you have questions please e-mail [email protected].

Demand Driven Planner and Demand Driven Planner Professional are trademarks of the Demand Driven Institute, all rights reserved.



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Professional Development Meeting & Tour Schedule

 The ASCM Fox Valley Forum 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 ASCM Fox Valley Forum 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!

  ASCM Fox Valley Forum 2020 - 2021

PDM Meeting Schedule

More PDM Events Coming Soon!

Watch your inbox for details

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

Please also visit the forum 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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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:



ASCM Fox Valley Forum Cancellation Policy

Procedure for Notification

If the ASCM Fox Valley Forum decides to cancel an 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 ASCM Fox Valley Forum is unable to reschedule the event, refunds will be given in full.


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