Logistics Speaker Series for Spring 2014
Important updates for Spring 2014 events:
All events for Spring 2014 will be held in BLB 180 from 12:00-1:00pm. Students must
to attend these events. The RSVP system will allow registrations until midnight the RSVP Wednesday prior to the event on Friday. If you have submitted an RSVP and will not be able to attend, please cancel no later than Thursday at 5:00pm. To cancel an RSVP please send an email with your full name to: Julie.Willems-Espinoza@unt.edu Students with submitted RSVPs will receive an email confirmation at the email address provided on the RSVP form on Thursday prior to the event on Friday. Thank you for your assistance with this format.
Friday, January 31
12:00 – 1:00pm
Mark Duebner, Director of Aviation, City of Dallas
Mark Duebner currently serves as Director of Aviation for the City of Dallas. He is responsible for management on oversight of Dallas Love Field, Dallas Executive Airport and the City’s vertiport. Previously he was Executive General Manager for the Dallas Police Department, serving as the top civilian commander. His primary goal is to coordinate the City’s efforts and gain cooperation from other private and public organizations to overcome the challenges associated with difficult projects. He has also served as Director of Business Development and Procurement Services, directly responsible for the management and procurement of over $200 million in goods and services for City of Dallas. While at the City of Dallas he has held positions in Public Works and Transportation, Streets, and the City Manager’s Office. Mark has also served on the City Manager’s “Efficiency Team” identifying several million dollars in savings for Dallas through process evaluation and redesign. His main areas of expertise are finance, land use, real estate development, electronic government applications, and customer service delivery.
Mr. Duebner holds a Bachelors Degree in Philosophy from the University of Texas, and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of North Texas. He also served in the financial services industry before making the switch to public sector management.
Friday, February 7
Bob Duron, Vice President, Operations, Exel
Bob has over 20 years of operational experience with several retailers including serving as Divisional Vice President of Supply Chain for Walmart Stores (responsibilities included e-commerce operations, general merchandise, Direct Imports, and Reverse Logistics), he also had responsibility for the Gap distribution network and ran operations for Amazon.com. Bob has been with Exel for over 2 years and is currently operationally responsible for Exel's e-commerce business with Toys R US, Vente Privee, Gymboree and ThinkGeek and also retail business such as Diesel, Alpargatas, and Coty.
Friday, February 28
Pat Evers, Senior Distribution Center Manager, Nebraska Furniture Mart - Texas
With 36 years of experience with Nebraska Furniture Mart in logistics and warehousing Pat currently has the responsibility for new construction of Nebraska Furniture Mart’s newest Flag Ship Facility. This facility will consist of a 560,000 square foot showroom and a 1.3 million square foot distribution center. Pat will have the overall responsibility for all distribution functions. This includes inbound receiving of products, stocking of products both in the warehouse environment and for show room displays, all out bound logistics to customers including a state of the art customer pickup process, and in-home deliveries for local and nationwide customers. The new Nebraska Furniture Mart facility in The Colony, Texas will employ over 2,000 employees. 1,300 of these will work in the operations / logistics side of the business.
Pat has spent his entire 36 year career with Nebraska Furniture Mart, starting as a shipping clerk making boxes for shipments to customers. He served as Operations Manager for Nebraska Furniture Mart in Kansas City, Kansas for the past 10 years. He helped design and build that facility and continued to successfully operate it until relocating to Texas.
Christopher M. Smith, Distribution Center Assistant Manager, Nebraska Furniture Mart – Texas
With 12 years of experience in sales, logistics, and overall store management, Chris is responsible for all outbound logistics to customers. This includes Delivery Operations, local in-home delivery, nationwide in-home delivery, UPS & FedEx outbound, Distribution Prep, Appliance Install, Furniture Repair Shop and a state of the art Customer Pick-Up Process.
Chris began with Nebraska Furniture Mart in 2010, and moved from sales management to logistics in 2012. Chris earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with an Emphasis in Management in 2001 from Missouri Western State University.
Friday, March 28
Mike Burkhart, Director of Mexico, C.H. Robinson
Mike began his career with CH Robinson 17 years ago in the San Diego office, where his primary focus was new sales. Through the sales process Mike recognized the opportunity that existed in Tijuana. He established a border infrastructure in Otay Mesa able to support new customers.
In 1999, Mike was promoted to Produce Manager of CHR's perishable operation in Mexico City. He was responsible for importing produce commodities from the USA and South America for the distribution to Mexico retailers. Additionally, he developed several key Mexican grower relationships and shipped products northbound for distribution through CHR's channels in the USA and Canada.
In 2002, Mike was asked to open the CHR transportation office in Queretaro Mexico, a branch that continues to thrive today. Additionally, Mike was an important part of the development of the Laredo infrastructure that continues to support all CHR's Mexico operations.
In 2005, Mike returned to the United States and assumed the GM position of the Plano TX branch. He continued to support the Mexico Region from this location, and design US/MX cross-border solutions for Customers.
In June of 2012, Mike was promoted to CHR's Director of the Mexico Region and is responsible for resource planning and development for the 8 branch locations that make up the Region. He continues to make his home in the Dallas area and travels weekly to support his General Managers along the border and within Mexico.
Friday, April 4
Christi Clinger, Vice President, Logistics & Demand Chain, 7-Eleven
Christi has more than twenty five years of experience in leading in supply chain and manufacturing operations. She currently leads the Logistics and Demand Chain teams for 7-Eleven Inc, a $27B dollar convenience retailer. Prior to joining 7-Eleven she had progressively responsible positions with Target, Mary Kay Inc., PepsiCo and Anheuser-Busch. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Food Science and Technology from Texas A&M and a Master of Business Administration from Southern Methodist University. She serves on the board of Attitudes and Attire as well as the Advisory Council of the Salvation Army and lives in Dallas, TX with her two daughters.
Friday, April 11
Dr. Terry Brewer, President, Brewer Science
Terry Brewer is president of Brewer Science, the company he founded in Rolla, Missouri, in 1981 to commercialize his invention of anti-reflective coatings (ARC® materials). With a strong focus on the global marketplace, Brewer Science creates, develops, and manufactures specialty materials, equipment, and process solutions for applications in semiconductors, advanced packaging/3-D ICs, MEMS, sensors, displays, LEDs, and printed electronics. The company's in-depth knowledge and expertise in materials science, chemistry, physics, optics, modeling, and process integration distinguish it from all other material suppliers worldwide.
Under the leadership of Dr. Brewer, Brewer Science has grown to be an international company with offices located in North America, Europe, and Asia.
Dr. Brewer serves as a member of the SEMI North America Advisory Board. He is a founding member of the Jordan Valley Innovation Center (JVIC) and serves on the board of Springfield Innovation, Inc. Dr. Brewer is a strong advocate for economic development, job creation in the state of Missouri, education, and the arts. He serves on many related boards and committees.
During his career, Dr. Brewer has been an inventor for a number of patents and has authored multiple technical and business publications. Under his leadership, Brewer Science has successfully commercialized many government-sponsored technologies and is actively consulted by our government leaders for guidance regarding U.S. advanced technology, manufacturing, and small business development policies.
Dr. Brewer earned his Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from North Texas State University in 1969 and was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Texas from 1969-1972.