April 21, 2015

Discussions on subjects that range from new ways technology can help move goods to training a workforce to use this new technology will be highlights of the afternoon sessions of the Southern California 2015 Logistics and Supply Chain Summit on Thursday, April 23.

Three concurrent breakout panels will be held between 2:15 and 3 p.m.

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT: Developing the Supply chain workforce of 2010

This panel will look at the nature of the logistics industry’s workforce five years from now and what the industry, along with the secondary and higher education sectors, have to do to ensure workers have the skills needed.

The panelists are:

  • Jackie Underberg, Director of Operations for the Amazon Fulfillment Center in San Bernardino;
  • Mark Richards, Vice President for Programs at the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals;
  • Colleen Molko, Executive Director of the National Center for Supply Chain Technology Education;
  • Larry Crosby, Dean of the Drucker School of Management at Claremont Graduate University, will moderate the session;

TECHNOLOGY: Trends in Logistics and the Supply Chain

This panel will examine what new trends of technology are coming – or have already arrived – for the goods movement industry and what the stakeholders can do to get ready for these new advancements.

The panelists are:

  • Ed Harte, Low Emission Vehicle Program Manager for the Southern California Gas Company;
  • Wes Reeves, Director of Business Development for trucking company Ryder;
  • Carlos Vega, Senior Sales Manager for the Western region for automated material- handling specialist Intelligrated;
  • Bryan Arnold, Lifecycle Sales Engineer for Intelligrated;
  • Gary Gaukler, Drucker School Professor for Supply Chain Management;
  • Chris Gopal, Senior Fellow at the Drucker Center for Supply Chain and Logistics, will moderate this session.


This is a special presentation from Gary Forger, Managing Director for Professional Development at MHI, a membership group for people in the field of materials handling and supply chain operations,

What Government Should and Should Not Do to Support SoCal Logistics and the Supply Chain.

Much has been written and discussed about government’s role has been in facilitating, or not facilitating, the movement of goods. What has happened, and what should happen down the road. This conversation is especially strong within California.

The panelists are:

  • Hasan Ikhrata, Executive Director of the Southern California Association of Governments;
  • Jon DeCesare, CEO of World Class Logistics Consulting;
  • Greg Devereaux, Chief Executive Officer for the County of San Bernardino;
  • Dr. Matt Miyasato, Deputy Executive Officer for Science and Technology at the South Coast Air Quality Management District;
  • Paul Granillo, President and CEO of the Inland Empire Economic Partnership will be the moderator for this discussion.


A talk entitled “Supply Chain in the New Manufacturing” will be presented from 4 to 4:30 p.m. by Iddo Benzeevi, President and CEO of commercial property developer Highland Fairview.

The 2015 Southern California Logistics and Supply Chain Summit is the premier industry annual event that addresses the entire Southern California network of logistics and supply chain interconnectivity within Los Angeles, Orange County, San Diego and the Inland Empire.

More than 350 of the region’s top logistics and supply chain leaders will gather on April 23 at the Sheraton Fairplex Conference Center in Pomona – the epicenter of this vast region – to discuss the Current State of Affairs as well as the Future Trends that will impact Southern California’s ever expanding logistics and supply chain network.

This will be the first time the Inland Empire Economic Partnership is hosting this annual event, with Claremont Graduate University’s Drucker School of Management and its new Drucker School Center for Supply Chain & Logistics.

More information, including RSVP registration, is available on the summit website, http://socalsupplychainsummit.com.