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Logistics Speaker Series for Fall 2016

Important updates for Fall 2016 events:

Students must RSVP to attend these events. The RSVP system will allow registrations until the classroom seating capacity (BLB 080 = 200) has been met. If you have submitted an RSVP but will no longer be able to attend, please cancel no later than Thursday at 5:00pm prior to the event on Friday to allow another student to attend in your place. 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 to the email address provided on the RSVP form by Thursday prior to the event on Friday. Thank you for your assistance with this format.

Friday, September 16
1:00 – 2:00pm
Location: BLB 080

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NDTA (National Defense Transportation Association) Executive Panel Discussion featuring:

Roger Neumann, Vice President of Contingency Plans, Army & Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES)

Stephen Bullard, President, NDTA/Regional Sales Manager Southwest, FedEx Trade Networks Transportation & Brokerage

Sandra McKinzie, National Accounts Manager, Alliance Shippers

Tom Brinkley, Business Development Manager, Riviera Finance

Brian Stewart, Business Development Manager, Riviera Finance

Friday, September 23
1:00 – 2:00pm
Location: BLB 080

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Matthew Rooney, Director, Economic Growth, George W. Bush Institute

Matt Rooney joined the Bush Center in June 2015 from a career as a Foreign Service Officer with the U.S. Department of State. At postings in Washington and abroad, Matt focused on advocating market-driven solutions to economic policy challenges in both industrialized and developing countries, and on protecting the interests of U.S. companies abroad.

In Washington, Matt was on loan to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to create a high-level private sector advisory body for the Summits of the Americas, working closely with the U.S. private sector and with companies and business associations from throughout the Americas to negotiate an agenda to promote economic integration in the region for presentation to the leaders of the Americas. Previously, he was Deputy Assistant Secretary responsible for relations with Canada and Mexico and for regional economic policy. Prior to this, as Director of the Office of Economic Policy, he led interagency and international negotiations in 2008 that produced the Secretary’s Pathways to Prosperity in the Americas initiative, designed to engage with America’s free trade agreement partners on strategies for ensuring that the benefits of globalization are broadly shared throughout society.

Abroad, Matt was Consul General in Munich, a Consulate General providing a full range of Consular and export promotion services, supporting a permanent presence of 30,000 U.S. forces in two major base complexes, and performing political and economic analysis in support of U.S. diplomatic objectives in Germany. As Counselor for Economic and Commercial Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in San Salvador, El Salvador, he laid the groundwork for free trade negotiations between the United States and the five countries of Central America, and promoted market-based reforms for electrical power. Prior to this, Matt served in various posts in Germany, Gabon and Côte d’Ivoire.

Matt studied Economics, German and French at the University of Texas at Austin and received his Master’s Degree in International Management at the University of Texas at Dallas. With his wife Dianna, Matt has two young adult sons.

Friday, October 7
1:00 – 2:00pm
Location BLB 080

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Chris Meinecke, President & Chief Operations Officer, Briggs Equipment

Chris Meinecke was named President of Briggs US in 2015. His responsibilities include directing the strategy for the sales, rental, and equipment services businesses for the Briggs brand across the country. Prior to becoming President, Chris was the Chief Operations Officer for the company.

Chris joined Briggs Equipment in 1991 after graduating from the University of Texas in Austin. In the last 24 yeas he has served in operational, sales and management positions.

Friday, October 14
1:00 – 2:00pm
Location BLB 080

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Joseph Bowe, Vice President Distribution Operations, Sally Beauty

Joe Bowe is Vice President Distribution Operations, Sally Beauty. Prior to Sally Beauty he served as Vice President of Distribution and Domestic Transportation at Pier 1 Imports. The company’s network included six regional distribution centers, a nationwide transportation team, two e-commerce fulfillment centers and a nationwide home delivery system. His team was committed to logistics as an integral part of sales and the customer experience.

Mr. Bowe grew up in Columbus Ohio and attended Ohio University earning a BBA in Marketing and Management. His career includes various leadership positions in transportation and distribution management at leading retailers such as Limited Stores, PetSmart and Pier 1 Imports.

Mr. Bowe's areas of expertise include facility development, technology, multiple facility network design, and omni-channel fulfillment systems. He is particularly committed to actively developing talent and growing leaders as a cornerstone of a healthy organization.

Friday, November 18
1:00 – 2:00pm
Location BLB 080

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Brad Hiltunen, Business Development Manager, Emmert International