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

November 2019 Print

The Beacon Newsletter

Plum Island Rear Range Lighthouse, WI



Greetings from the

APICS Fox Valley Chapter!


Please join us for our November PDM  

Thursday, November 14th!


Dinner with Presentation to follow at:

Hotel Freemont
218 Wolf River Drive
Freemont, WI 54940

Menu: Broasted Chicken served with house made mashed potatoes and gravy, stuffing, cranberries and a dinner roll.


Attracting and retaining women in nontraditional careers

Ellen Voie is the President/CEO and founder of the Women In Trucking Association, formed to promote the employment of women in the trucking industry, address obstacles and to celebrate the successes of its members.

Voie’s prior role was Manager of Retention and Recruiting Programs at Schneider after serving as the Executive Director of Trucker Buddy International.

Voie is a Certified Association Executive. She holds a Class A CDL and a private pilot’s license.

 She has been honored by the White House as a Transportation Innovator Champion of Change. She received the 2015 “Distinguished Alumna of the Year” award the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point Division of Communication. Voie was named one of Supply & Demand Chain Executives magazine’s “2016 Pros to Know.” In May, 2016, she was chosen as one of Fleet Owner’s Dozen Outstanding Women In Trucking. In 2017 Voie was named to Insight Success Magazine’s “The 30 Most Inspirational Leaders in Business” and "The 30 Most Innovative CEOs To Watch."

Voie was appointed to the FMCSA’s Entry Level Driver Training Advisory Committee. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Wisconsin Motor Carrier Association and is a member of the Wisconsin DOT’s Motor Carrier Advisory Committee.

 Click here for a more comprehensive bio



$15.00 Member Early Bird Rate before November 1, 2019
$20.00 Member Rate after Early Bird Deadline

$20.00 Non-Member Early Bird Rate before November 1, 2019
$25.00 Non-Member Rate after Early Bird Deadline

$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!

Our first ever FREE networking only event on October 16th was a nice success.  We were able to meet with many new people and to officially welcome the newest student chapter from UWGB.  It’s exciting to me that our chapter now supports students from 3 different schools UW-Oshkosh, UW-Green Bay, and Fox Valley Technical College.

November’s PDM has us at the Fremont Hotel to hear from Ellen Voie, President /CEO and founder of Women in Trucking Association.  We’d been trying to bring Ellen in to speak for many months but she travels a lot with her career and related speaking engagements.  We were finally able to find a date that worked and I am very excited to hear from her. 

Ellen formed Women in Trucking Association to promote the employment of women in the trucking industry.  She has been honored by the White House as a Transportation Innovator Champion of Change, was named as one of Supply & Demand Chain Executives magazine’s “2016 Pros to Know”, and was named to Insight Success Magazine’s “The 30 Most Inspirational Leaders in Business” and “The 30 Most Innovative CEOs to Watch”.  Ellen’s topic for our November event will be, “Attracting and Retaining Women in Non-Traditional Careers”.

I am excited for the event, the last of the 2019 calendar year.  I hope you are able to join us.

See you on November 14th!!



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


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Welcome New Members

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


Sam Berger


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 2019 - 2020

PDM Meeting Schedule

October 16, 2019 6:00pm to 8:00pm Holiday Sports Pub & Grill Neenah N/A
Free Networking 
November 14th, 2019
5:30pm to 8:00pm Hotel Fremont Ellen Voi Women in Trucking
January 2020 TBD TBD TBD TBD
February 2020 TBD TBD TBD TBD
March 2020 TBD Kenosha, WI N/A Tour of Amazon Fulfillment Center
April 2020 TBD TBD TBD TMN
More PDM Events Coming Soon!
Watch your inbox for details

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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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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Is your company struggling with:       

1) Poor customer service?

 2) High inventory levels?

3) Poor production throughput? 

…then you need to explore DDRMP.



Demand Driven Materials Requirements Planning (DDMRP) is a leading edge philosophy that senses changing customer demand and adapting planning and production while pulling from suppliers all in real time.  It is based off of traditional MRP, Lean, Six Sigma, and Theory of Constrains knowledge, but adds in the emerging new science of Complex Adaptive Systems [CAS] to make the most robust world class supply chains possible.  If your organization is struggling with poor customer service, high inventory levels, or poor production throughput, the DDMRP planning and execution method will help.


DDP Course Content Day 1:

Module 1: Planning in the Modern World

  • The MRP Revolution
  • Evidence of a Problem
  • The New Normal (VUCA World)

Module 2: The Importance of Flow

  • Plossl’s First Law
  • Flow’s Importance in Industry
  • Plossl’s Law Caveat
  • The Bullwhip Effect

Module 3: Unlocking a Solution - Decoupling 

Module 4: Becoming Demand Driven

  • “MRP versus Lean” Conflict
  • What “Demand Driven” Really Means
  • The Demand Driven Operating Model
  • Demand Driven MRP Intro

Module 5: Strategic Inventory Positioning

  • Six Positioning Factors
  • Decoupled Lead time
  • Matrix Bill of Material Analyses

Module 6: Distribution Network Positioning

  • Unique Distribution Positioning Factors
  • Demand Driven Versus Push and Promote
  • Positioning across a supply chain


DDP Course Content Day 2:

Module 7: Buffer Profiles and Levels

  • Inventory – Asset or Liability?
  • Buffer Profiles
  • Buffer Zones
  • Calculating Buffer Levels

Module 8: Dynamic Buffer Adjustments

  • Recalculated Adjustments
  • Planned Adjustments
  • Manual Adjustments
  • Factors for Planning Adjustment Factors

Module 9: Demand Driven Planning

  • Part Planning Designations
  • DDMRP Planning Process
  • Supply Order Generation for Stocked Items
  • DDDRP Supply Order Generation Considerations
  • DDMRP Simulation
  • Supply Generation for Non-Stocked Items
  • Decoupled Explosion
  • Prioritized Share

 Module 10: Highly Visible and Collaborative Execution

  • Challenging Priority by Due Date
  • Buffer Status Alerts
  • Synchronization Alerts
  • Execution Collaboration 

Module 11: DDMRP and the Operational Environment

  • DDMRP Strategic Buffer Criteria
  • DDMRP Versus Safety Stock
  • DDMRP Versus Order Point
  • DDMRP and Scheduling
  • DDMRP and WIP Priority Management
  • Compare/Contrast MRP, Lean and DDMRP 

Module 12: Demand Driven Sales and Operations Planning

  • Demand Driven S&OP (DDS&OP)
  • DDMRP Analytics
  • Master Settings Changes and Model Improvement
  • DDS&OP Strategic Protection

Module 13: Program Summary

  • Program Summary
  • Expected Benefits of DDMRP
  • Get Started with DDMRP


Achieving DDPP Certification

The Demand Driven Planner (DDP)™ class is the official education for the Demand Driven Planner Professional (DDPP)™ certification.  The Demand Driven Planner Professional (DDPP)™ is a professional endorsement certification offered by the Demand Driven Institute in conjunction with Association of Supply Chain Management (ASCM).  The DDPP™ is earned by an individual who can apply the demand driven concepts, analyze an environment, and evaluate an environment using the Demand Driven Material Requirements Planning (DDMRP) methodology.  Students will be required to take a proctored exam to earn their DDPP certification.  It is not a requirement of this to continue to take the exam to earn the certification


Learn more about DDMRP by following this link:

Class is held at Bordini Center in Room BC145 on Nov 6 & 7 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM. 

Class cost is $1,195 and includes workbook, lunch, and snacks. 


Register Now!


Meet your instructor Gaylen Haas




Haas has been working in the Supply Chain department at Fox Valley Technical College for seven years.  His role consists of teaching APICS courses online and at company locations, teaching the Supply Chain associate degree program clases, and helping local companies with supply chain consulting services.

Haas has over 25 years of Supply Chain and Materials Management experience. He has held titles of Group Director of Materials and Planning, Director of Supply Chain, Materials Manager, Operations Manager, Supervisor of Central Production Control, Master Planner, and Shop Floor Controller. Haas has spent many of these years of experience in the automotive, building products, and medical industries.

Haas earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Operations Management from DeVry Institute of Technology and his Masters of Business Administration degree from Keller Graduate School of Management both with minors in finance. Throughout his years in business, he has also earned many business and supply chain professional credentials. 

Haas recently earned three new certifications through ASCM [Association of Supply Chain Management].  Those certifications are DDFP [Demand Driven Fundamentals Professional], DDPP [Demand Driven Planner Professional], and DDLP [Demand Driven Leader Professional.  Haas is only 1 of 10 instructors in North America certified to teach DDMRP.

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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 its efforts in sustainability during our Top Management night in April 2020.  

To apply for the award click here: Sustainable Company Award



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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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Board of Directors Bios

A quick introduction to your 2019-2020 Board of Directors


Jody Suess CPIM, CIRM, CSCP, Jody has been an APICS member since 2000. She earned her CPIM in 2002, her CIRM in 2003, and her CSCP in 2007. She has served on the Fox Valley Chapter Board of Directors since 2003, and has held the positions of Secretary, Treasurer, VP of Professional Development, VP of Communications, Executive Vice President, and President. Jody earned an Associate Degree in Business Management from FVTC, and a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration with a management emphasis from Lakeland University. Jody is currently employed by Essity as a Material Supply Planner. Prior to Essity, she worked at Oshkosh B'Gosh, Inc. and held positions of Product Control & Scheduler, Inventory Control Specialist, Production Supervisor, and Quality Auditor. Jody was also an adjunct instructor at Fox Valley Technical College for 5 years, teaching APICS CPIM and CIRM certification review courses.

VP of Finance

Sherri Manion, CPIM, has been a member of the APICS Fox Valley Chapter since 1988.  Sherri has been on the Board of Directors since 2009.  This is her seventh consecutive season serving as VP-Finance.  In 2007 and 2008 she was head of the APICS Fox Valley Nomination Committee and was recognized the 2007 Member of the Year. She previously served as Treasurer for the Oshkosh Youth Symphony Orchestra 2007-2009. She is employed full-time as a Production Control Analyst for Meritor in Oshkosh.  She has 20+ years of experience in production planning, scheduling, and inventory management.  Sherri earned her B.B.A with emphasis in Operations Management at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh.

VP Secretary

Beth Westfahl, CPIM, CLTD, has been a Supply Chain Management Instructor at Fox Valley Technical College since 2005, teaching APICS CPIM certification review courses and associate degree classes in supply chain management.  She has been involved with APICS since 2000.  Beth has served on the APICS Fox Valley Chapter Board of Directors since 2003 and has held the positions of Vice-President of Membership and Vice-President Recording Secretary.  She earned her BA from Ripon College.  In addition to her teaching experience, Beth has over 20 years of experience in supply chain management, including forecasting, purchasing, planning, scheduling, logistics analysis, and inventory management in diverse environments such as the paper industry, foundry and catalog/direct marketing.

VP of Communications/Newsletter Editor

Sara Steinke, CPIM, is employed as the Finished Goods Materials Manager for Deluxe Plastics in Clintonville.  Prior to this adventure, she spent 13 years working for Seagrave Fire Apparatus, LLC in various roles including Materials Planner/Master Scheduler, Warehouse Supervisor, and ERP Business Analyst.  She holds a B.B.A. with an emphasis in Management Information Systems which she earned in 2002 from UW-Milwaukee.  Sara became an APICS member in 2017 and achieved her CPIM certification in 2018.  She joined the Board of Directors in January 2018 when she stepped up to the plate to fill a then-vacant Vice President Director-at-Large position, and later was elected as the Vice-President – Communications, a role she has held since July 2018.

VP of Logistics

Shelly Neubert, CPIM, has been an APICS member since 1995 and earned her CPIM designation in 2012.  She has served on the Fox Valley Chapter Board of Directors since 2015, and has held the positions of Director at Large, Vice President of Company Coordinators and Vice President of Logistics.  She is employed with Essity Professional Hygiene as a Material Supply Planner.  Her past experiences include the positions of Outsourcing and Paper Supply Planner with Essity, and Production Planner and Buyer for Hoffmaster. Shelly earned her B.B.A. from UW-Oshkosh, majoring in Operations Management. 

VP of Professional Development

Phillip Kosik, CPIM, CSCP, is the master scheduler for Fox Valley Metal Tech in Green Bay, WI.  Previously Phillip was serving as a commodity planner for Axletech in Oshkosh, WI. Phil was the materials manager for Eden Valders Stone in Eden, Wisc. Prior to that, he worked in materials management for Buechel Stone and as a production planner for Plexus Corp. in Neenah. Phillip is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh with a degree in economics.

Phil has been a member of APICS since August of 2005. He achieved CPIM certification in September 2006 and CSCP certification in March of 2007. Phil has served on the APICS Fox Valley Chapter Board of Directors since 2007. Phil served as Chapter President 2009 though 2011, and 2014 through 2017. Phil previously held the positions of President Elect, VP of MIS, and VP of Membership. In addition to his involvement as a BOD member at the APICS local chapter level, Phil has served as a District Representative for the APICS Great Lakes District, assisting APICS Chapters in the northern half of Wisconsin. Phil is also an adjunct instructor for Fox Valley Technical College, teaching APICS certification classes. Phil also has presented at the APICS 50th Anniversary Conference that was held in October 2007 and at the APICS 2018 Conference.

VP of Company Coordinators

Wendy Skarivoda, CPIM, currently is employed at Neenah Enterprises, Inc. as an Inventory Specialist for 1-1/2 years. Prior to that she was a contract employee at Neenah Enterprises, Inc. in the scheduling department, inventory analyst at Bemis, & plant accountant at Saputo Cheese.  She earned her CPIM certification in 2008 and enjoys attending the PDM’s as a way to accumulate maintenance points.  Previously held VP of Communication role in 6/09-5/10.

VP of Membership

Liz Gesicki, CPIM, works for School Specialty as a Procurement Manager. Previously Liz worked for Flair Flexible Packaging in Appleton as the Materials Planning Manager. Liz has also held Operations Management and Supply Chain positions at Aacer Flooring in Peshtigo, Wolf River Lumber in New London, Convergys in Appleton and Thilmany in Kaukauna. Liz earned her BS and MBA from UW-Oshkosh. She has been an APICS member since 2008 and earned her CPIM in 2009. Previously Liz served on the Board of Directors for the UWO Alumni Association. In her spare time Liz enjoys reading, gardening and travelling, and has a goal of visiting all 50 states.

VP Student Advisor

Michael R. Godfrey, PhD, CPIM-F, joined the Supply Chain & Operations Management faculty at UW Oshkosh in 2001. He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in Supply Chain Management.  His research interests include supply chain management, environmental management, lean/six sigma, transportation, simulation, and project management. He has published in the Journal of Business Logistics, the International Journal of Production Economics, Six Sigma Forum Magazine, and the Journal of Network and Systems Management. Mike earned his B.S. in Operations Management and M.S. in Management Information Systems from Northern Illinois University and his Ph.D. in Production & Operations Management from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln.  He has worked on consulting projects dealing with project management, lean manufacturing, transportation, facility layout, and environmental management.  Prior to returning to NIU to pursue his M.S. degree, he worked in transportation and warehouse management for five years.


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