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Career Night @JMU – APICS Blue Ridge Chapter Engaged Students in Discussions about Supply Chain and Operations Management Careers

April 16, 2015 - Panelists present their perspectives and answer students' questions about working in Supply Chain and Operations Management

Pictured industry professionals (left to right): Mark Hardison, CFPIM, CSCP, Supply Chain Consultant at SIGA Technologies; Devon Anders, President, InterChange Group; and Marc White, Supply Chain Manager, Taura Natural Ingredients

April 16, 2015 – Panelists present their perspectives and answer students’ questions about working in Supply Chain and Operations Management field in first-ever Blue Ridge APICS Career Night @JMU

A time of networking between students, faculty, panelists, APICS Blue Ridge Chapter members and guests followed the panel discussion.

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Plant Tour of Hollister, Incorporated – March 26, 2015

Join us Thursday, March 26, 2015 for a plant tour and dinner at Hollister, Inc.

Event Details

Date: March 26, 2015
Location: Hollister, Inc., 366 Draft Avenue Stuarts Draft, VA 24477 (Google Maps)
Dinner: Vegetable Salad, Choice of Pork BBQ or Chicken Salad Sandwich, and sides – catered by Rick’s BBQ ($10/plate, collected at event–bring cash or check)

Schedule of Events:
-5:30pm – Networking
-6:00pm – Dinner
-6:30pm – Plant Tour
-7:20pm – Tour Debrief / Wrap-up

About Hollister, Inc.:
Hollister Incorporated is an independently-owned global company that develops, manufactures and markets healthcare products, servicing over 90 countries.

For more information about Hollister, Inc., please visit

Sponsored by the Blue Ridge APICS chapter! To become a member of APICS, please click here or email Stacey Hibbitts (VP of Membership) at to inquire about membership.

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APICS CSCP Learning System Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP) Certification Preparation

The Blue Ridge APICS, Inc. chapter of APICS (The Association for Operations Management) has teamed up with James Madison University to offer the APICS CSCP Preparation Course that will expand your supply chain knowledge and prepare you for the APICS Certified Supply Chain Professional certification exam.

Date(s):  April 22 – June 15, 2015 (Monday & Wednesday)
Time:  6:00pm to 9:00pm
Location:  JMU Ice House (127 West Bruce Street Harrisonburg, VA 22801)
Instructor(s):   Sonya McFaddin-Bush, CSCP/Sherri Laubach, CPIM, CSCP
Course Fee:     $1,995 (course fee includes:  APICS CSCP Learning System and slides, 42 hours of APICS Certified Instructor-led teachings–4.2 CEUs–one (1) year online access to, and one (1) year APICS membership for new members

***Current APICS members get 10% off listed course fee and must only pay $1,795**

Course Offered by:  James Madison University
Additional Information:

Register online by today by clicking here

Why Enroll in Our Course?

The APICS Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP) program will help you develop into a supply chain leader who can create and execute a supply chain strategy that meets customer needs, reduces costs, and increases profits. With the APICS CSCP designation, you’ll increase your value to employers who know that a well-run supply chain is a key component of a forward-looking and competitive enterprise.

To earn the APICS CSCP designation, candidates must meet eligibility requirements and pass the APICS CSCP exam. To help you get started, APICS has developed the APICS CSCP Learning System, a comprehensive professional development and exam preparation program based on the current APICS CSCP Exam Content Manual. This comprehensive training program combines print materials with interactive web-based study tools to provide a customized learning experience.

The learning system is divided into three modules:

  • Fundamentals of Supply Chain Management
  • Supply Chain Strategy, Design, and Compliance
  • Implementation and Operations
Print Materials Interactive Web-based Study Tools
Three print modules with approximately 1,000 pages of content covering:

  • Fundamentals of Supply Chain Management
  • Supply Chain Strategy, Design, and Compliance
  • Implementation and Operations

  • Pretest to determine knowledge level and prepare a study plan
  • Module and section-specific tests offer immediate feedback
  • Test bank of more than 900 questions
  • A timed posttest to determine progress
  • E-flashcards test knowledge of relevant industry terms and definitions
  • A web-based glossary
  • Access to the Resource Center offering test-taking tips, feedback feature, and links to valuable resources
  • Complimentary download of the most current APICS CSCP Exam Content Manual through the Resource Center
  • Mobile access to study tools and resources on iPad, iPhone, or Android

To find out more, learn about eligibility requirements, or try a free demo of the learning system, visit

CSCP Certification Exam Review Class – January 2015

Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP)  – Certification Exam Review Classes

Preparation courses to help you earn your CSCP designation!  Classes began January 10, 2015 at Daikin Applied in Verona.

Date(s):  January 10, 17, 24, 31/February 7, 14 (2015)
Time:  9:00am to 5:00pm
Location:  Daikin Applied (207 Laurel Hill Rd. Verona, VA 24482)
Instructor(s):   Sonya Bush, CSCP/David Warren, CPIM, CSCP
Course Fee:     $2,395 (course fee includes the CSCP Learning System, Participant Workbooks, Slides Book, Classroom Instruction and one (1) exam credit, plus one (1) year of membership in APICS)
Course Offered by:  APICS – Blue Ridge Chapter

If you have questions related to upcoming classes, email David Warren 

Specific Course Details

There will be over 39 hours of on-site instruction.  Class fee is $2395 and includes the CSCP Learning System, Participant Workbooks, Slides Book, Classroom Instruction and one exam credit – basically, everythingplus one year of membership in APICS.

Instructors for the class are APICS Associate Instructors Sonya Bush, CSCP and David Warren, CPIM, CSCP


Date                                                Session Title

January 10 - Orientation & Fundamentals of Supply Chain Management

January 17 – Fundamentals of Supply Chain Management, and Supply Chain Strategy, Design and Compliance

January 24 – Supply Chain Strategy, Design and Compliance

January 31 – Supply Chain Strategy, Design and Compliance, and Implementation and Operations

February 7 – Implementation and Operations

February 14 - Implementation and Operations, Exam Review, Exam-taking tips, Practice Exam, and Debrief of Practice Exam

For more details concerning the CSCP designation and learning system, click here or visit the Learn CSCP site:

APICS CSCP Getting Started Toolkit

Questions?  Want to attend this class?  Contact David Warren at

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Join us Thursday, November 13, 2014 for a plant tour and dinner at McKee Foods Corporation. This rare opportunity is limited to the first 35 individuals that register.

Register here by sending an email to Kim Massie ( by Wednesday, November 12 to reserve your spot.

Event Details

Date: November 13, 2014
Location: McKee Foods, 272 Patton Farm Road, Stuarts Draft, VA 24477
Dinner: Hamburger Steak, Green Bean, Mashed Potatoes, and Iced Tea – served by Rick’s BBQ ($6/plate, collected at event–RSVP Required)

Schedule of Events:
-6:00pm – Networking & Dinner
-6:45pm – Overview brief concerning McKee Foods and specifics about the Stuarts Draft facility
-7:00pm – Plant Tour
-7:45pm – Tour Debrief / Blue Ridge APICS Announcements

About McKee Foods Corporation:
Founded in 1934, McKee Foods Corporation is a privately held snack food manufacturer headquartered in Collegedale, TN. The corporation is the maker of the Little Debbie brand, Sunbelt granola and cereal, Heartland, and, as of 2013, Drake’s. The Stuarts Draft facility opened in 1990.

For more information about McKee Foods, please visit

Sponsored by the Blue Ridge APICS chapter! To become a member of APICS, please click here or email Keith VanBenschoten (VP of Membership) to inquire about membership.

Plant Tour of Cadence, Inc. – September 9, 2014

Join us Tuesday, September 9, 2014 for a joint plant tour and dinner with ASQ and ISM at Cadence, Inc.  All members and guests of APICS, ASQ, and ISM are welcome to attend.

Event Details

  • Date:  September 9, 2014
  • Location:  Cadence, Inc. at 9 Technology Drive Staunton, VA 24401
  • Dinner:  Pizza and salad ($5/attendee, collected at event–RSVP Required)
  • Schedule of Events:

-5:30pm – Arrival/Network (meet in the Lightsey Building training room)
-6:00pm – Dinner (pizza, tossed salad, and non-alcoholic beverages)
-6:45pm – Short Presentation about Cadence, Inc.
-7:15pm – Plant Tour  (split up into smaller groups)

About Cadence, Inc:

Cadence, Inc. is a leading supplier of advanced products, technologies and services to medical, automotive, defense, and industrial companies worldwide. Cadence manufactures the critical elements of the most complex systems in the world, enabling better performance and improved outcomes.

Cadence creates new-to-the-world manufacturing technologies to make complex products the world has never seen. Their unique approach to technology-driven development is called Outcome-based Manufacturing™.

For more information about Cadence, please visit

Sponsored by the Blue Ridge chapters of:

  • American Society for Quality (ASQ)
  • Institute for Supply Management (ISM)

Member Appreciation Dinner – June 4, 2014

An evening of recognition and appreciation for the accomplishments and contributions of Blue Ridge APICS Chapter members.

June 4, 2014 – L’Italia Restaurant, 815 E Market St, Harrisonburg, VA 22801

Our guest speaker: Maryanne Ross, CFPIM, CIRM, CSCP, CDDP

Maryanne Ross is an international trainer, speaker and instructor specializing in Operations and Supply Chain Management. She has been a full time trainer since October 2001.  Recognized through the APICS Instructor Development Program as a Master Instructor for CPIM and CSCP and a Lead for Lean Enterprise, Global Sourcing, and Master for TTT and LDI, (the APICS Instructor Training programs), Maryanne attained the Certified Demand Driven Planner (CDDP) certification in 2012.

Maryanne has been a member of APICS since 1989 and has held a number of officer positions at the chapter and district level.  She currently serves as District Manager for the Mid Atlantic District.

Maryanne is the owner of her own training company, Mental Apparel, Inc. She is a graduate of the Dale Carnegie Leadership Development course and the Jack Canfield Breakthrough to Success Program.  She can be reached at or 703-969-4295.

Our speaker’s topic: End 68 Hour of Hunger

Maryanne will speak about practical ways we can help fight childhood hunger in our communities.  “Childhood hunger – or food insecurity – is a national problem. It occurs when children receive insufficient food on a regular basis and in many cases, missing meals entirely. After a while, these children also experience‘fear of hunger’ that affects their behavior as much as physical hunger affects their bodies.”  –

Dinner consists of salad; choice of spaghetti, lasagna, or cannelloni with sauce; and a beverage.

Cost: $18 for non-members (includes taxes and gratuity) – will be collected at event

No cost for chapter members and their spouse/guest

To reserve your seat contact Kim Massie at

Agenda for the evening:

5:30PM – Networking

6:00PM – Dinner

6:45PM – Presentation – “End 68 hour of hunger”

7:45PM – Blue Ridge APICS chapter member recognition and appreciation


Non-member attendees are welcome to leave following the presentation.

Classes – Principles of Inventory Management (PIM) – June, 2014

Principles of Inventory Management (PIM) is coming to Blue Ridge APICS, June, 2014!

Curriculum Overview:  The PIM course introduces essential vocabulary and skills in identifying and applying the basic principles of effective inventory management.  Basic methods of planning and controlling stock in manufacturing, institutional, distribution, and retail environments will be covered through class discussions, team exercises and affirmation quizzes & tests.  The questions of “what” and “how much” to carry are addressed via examining current and evolving technologies of inventory control.

Who Should Attend?  People new to the materials or operations field, or working in positions that interface with these functional areas, are encouraged to participate in this fundamentals learning opportunity.  Professionals involved in buying/planning, cost accounting, design & industrial engineering, logistics acquisition, materials management, shop supervisors, information systems, production or supplier scheduling and stockroom operations will further sharpen their skills by comparing existing company procedures to industry Best Practice standards.

Educational Benefits:  Participants are introduced to essential terms and skills in identifying and applying the principles of inventory management.  Basic methods of planning and controlling inventory in manufacturing, distribution and retail are covered.   A wide variety of teaching methods are used including YouTube clips, DVDs, group activities, case studies, class discussions, and quizzes. By the the end of this 28-hour workshop, you’ll be able to:

  • Define inventory and explain its financial impact on an organization’s operating performance
  • Identify & calculate Carrying Costs and Ordering Costs
  • Explain effects and benefits of various Lot Sizing methods for determining order quantity
  • Determine the most cost-effective levels of Safety Stock
  • Develop target inventory levels for Independent Demand items
  • Discuss effects of random variation on Forecasts, and its impact upon Safety Stock
  • Apply Lean concepts to eliminate excess inventory and improve internal processes
  • Describe implications of strategic sourcing, responsibilities of sourcing and its impact on inventories

This course in being offered on four consecutive and full Tuesdays: June 3, 10, 17, 24, 2014, from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.  It will be held at InterChange Group, Inc. corporate offices at 4666 Early Road, Mt Crawford, VA 22841. Students should bring highlighters & a calculator with a square root key to every session.  Cost per student includes lunch, beverages, and tuition plus the participant guide.

Cost:  APICS’ all-inclusive member rate is $995.00.  Nonmember premium is $1295, however, we are happy to bundle your first year of membership for a total of $1195.

Your instructors for this course are APICS Blue Ridge Chapter President, David Warren, CPIM, CSCP and APICS Master Instructor, Maryanne Ross, CFPIM, CIRM, CSCP, CDDP.  For more information or to register, please contact David Warren at