July 2019 Print

President's Report

As we end our fiscal year, I can report that your chapter is in very good standing.  As a 501(c)(6) incorporated legal entity, we do not pursue a profit.  We exist for the benefit of our members and other professionals, and businesses, with the purpose of supporting them through an offering of educational and networking opportunities to support Supply Chain and Operations Management best practices.  The Board of Directors of Blue Ridge APICS, LLC has historically maintained that a healthy cash account balance is around $5,000.  With our end-of-fiscal-year (June 30, 2019) account balance of $9,867.94 we have opportunity to put some of the funds to good use after paying Directors and Officers Liability Insurance premium.  I will be proposing to our Board that we designate some of the “excess” funds to help support student applicants to the APICS Scholar Program in attending ASCM’s Annual Conference & Expo in Las Vegas.

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Community Service

The Plant tour at WalMart DC (DC 7045 Gry Grocery) on June 20th, 2019 was very successful. We have 12 participants. We learned from best-in-class distribution in the industry. The distribution center operates at a very fast pace and efficient. Their IT system is very advance and reliable. Thier safety is one of the top priorities. Thank you Walmart the opportunity for Blue Ridge APICS Chapter members and supply chain professionals in the local to see the operations.

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Calendar of Events

As in previous years (though a couple months later this year) the APICS Blue Ridge Chapter will hold its annual Member Appreciation Dinner at El Puerto Mexican Restaurant.  The meal and non-alcoholic drinks are provided for by the chapter each member and their guest.  Look for email notification with a registration link in your email inbox soon.

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Chapter’s Newest Certification Designee

Betty Aceituno, CPIM received her Certified in Production and Inventory Management designation on December 26, 2018.  Betty is employed by Danone in Mount Crawford where she fills the role of Business Unit Manager, Business Unit West.  Betty’s involvement in APICS stretches well beyond the education and certification arenas - she is launching into her third year of service as Blue Ridge APICS’s VP, Finance.  Congratulations Betty!

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Board Member News

Kim Massie, CPIM: Kim has served as the chapter’s VP, Programs for several years and we will miss her as she retires from her long-time work at Hollister and frees herself up more for travel and adventure.  Kim, thanks for your years of service to our chapter.  May your retirement years be very fulfilling!

Gaye Hamburger, CPIM: Gaye has done yeoman’s work as the VP, Marketing for the chapter the last two years.  She has been very faithful in writing and sending out our quarterly newsletters.  Gaye, thank you for a job well done!

Chris Ackerman joins the board after volunteering for the VP, Membership role and being confirmed for that role through our recently completed elections.  Welcome aboard Chris!  We’re looking forward to your help in guiding our chapter to better serve and increasing our membership base.

Results of the election for board positions for the 2019-2020 fiscal year:

President – David Warren, CPIM, CSCP, CLTD

VP, Finances – Betty Aceituno, CPIM

VP, Education – Dan Frisby, CPIM

VP, Membership – Chris Ackerman

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Company of the year

The Board of Directors take great delight in naming Hollister as the Company of the Year award recipient for the 2018-2019 fiscal year.  Hollister’s outstanding support of APICS, and our chapter, through their strong membership numbers (8 of our 32 chapter members work at Hollister) makes them very deserving of this recognition.  Congratulations Hollister!

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Volunterr of the year

Blue Ridge APICS names Dr. William J. (Bill) Ritchie as the Volunteer of the Year.

Professor Ritchie teaches in James Madison University’s College of Business and has been the driving force behind the establishment of the APICS Student Chapter at the university.  Together with professors Mert Tokman and Rebecca Simmons, Bill developed and launched JMU’s Global Supply Chain Management Minor studies program.  As the program grows in popularity, the need for an APICS Student Chapter will increase.  And, as the professional chapter in the area, Blue Ridge APICS will continue to support the student chapter through the Annual Supply Chain Career Event, engaging and supporting Student Chapter Leaders, and supporting the APICS Scholars Program for participating JMU students.  While Bill would likely rightly, and humbly, point out that the establishment of the student chapter was a group effort, this award recognizes that without his efforts to engage the students in leading their chapter it would not have become a reality.  Congratulations Bill!

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Instructor of the Year

David Warren has been a long-time instructor for Blue Ridge Chapter. He has been teaching CPIM, CSCP and CLTD for several companies in the area. Congratulations David Warren!

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