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Logistics Speaker Series for Spring 2015

Important updates for Spring 2015 events:

Students must RSVP to attend these events.  The RSVP system will allow registrations until midnight the 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 30
12:00 – 1:00pm
Location: BLB 170

Event Full

Jim Cline, President, DCTA

Jim received a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering in 1984 and a Master of Science in Civil Engineering in 1986, both from Texas A&M University. He is a registered Professional Engineer. His previous experience includes three years with Kimley Horn and Associates, and over twenty years of municipal Public Works/Transportation experience at the Cities of Beaumont, TX and Irving, TX. In March, 2010, he assumed the duties as President of the Denton County Transportation Authority.

Jim retired in 2012 from the Texas Army National Guard as a Lieutenant Colonel with twenty-eight years of military service as an engineer officer. He completed a deployment to Afghanistan in 2010/2011 as the Design Engineer with the 176th Engineer Brigade, and his previous military assignments ranged from Engineer Platoon Leader through Command of the 386th Engineer Battalion. His military awards include the Bronze Star and Legion of Merit Medals.

Jim and his wife Nancy (currently Denton County Area Engineer for TxDOT) have been married for over twenty-eight years, and they have three children (Bob – 23 USAF Officer, Greg – 20, and Allison – 17).

Friday, February 13
12:00 – 1:00pm
Location: BLB 170

Event Full

Dave Malenfant, Retired Vice President, Global Supply Chain, Alcon Laboratories, Inc.

Dave Malenfant brings over 30 years in Supply Chain Management. After graduation from the University of Windsor, Ontario, Canada, he worked in several Supply Chain management positions with Wyeth Ayerst Canada.

In Canada, Dave was Co-founder and President of Signature Consultants, Inc., (1973) a business, finance and economic consulting firm. Signature Consultants, Inc. was sold in 1993. Dave implemented and operated several other business initiatives that are still profitable in Canada.

Dave has worked for Alcon Laboratories, Inc. in Fort Worth, Texas since 1993, holding positions as Purchasing Manager, Materials Operation Manager and Director Global Supply Chain. Dave is currently Vice President Global Supply Chain. As Vice President he provided strategic direction for the company's Global Supply Chain initiatives. He provided leadership and a center of excellence globally for Distribution, Transportation, Customer Service, Sales and Operations Management, Data Management and Product Launches.

Over the years, Dave has been responsible for the implementation of over 30 different computer systems - WMS, ERP, Finite Scheduling, Order Entry, among others. Dave is past chairman of the Supply Chain Council. Dave is currently serving as an Advisory Board Member for Texas Christian University's Supply and Value Chain Center, Industry Relations Liaison for the BSMA (Biotech Supply Management Alliance) and a member of the Executive Committee of NASSTRAC.

Dave is well recognized for creative development of standardized systems, business processes and implementing enabling technology throughout entire supply chain. He is a frequent speaker at Supply Chain Conferences and has consistently demonstrated his passion for Supply Chain management and the need to advance the principles of Supply Chain throughout the industry.

Friday, February 27
Rescheduled date is Friday, March 13
12:00 – 1:00pm
Location BLB 170

Event Full

Karen Kendrick, Vice President Transportation & Technology, Anixter

Karen began her career in Public Accounting after graduating from the University of Texas at Arlington with a BA in Business with a concentration in Accounting and earning her CPA certification. After 8 years she was hired by an office products company as the CFO and VP of Finance. During the next 11 years she was promoted to positions managing all P&L functions of a Distribution company except Sales. The warehouses in her region consistently ranked in the top 10 of the company relative to productivity and accuracy.

In 2000, she was hired by Anixter to lead a team to review and re-engineer processes. In 2 years the team implemented recommendations that resulted in $15M per year savings primarily in the areas of inbound logistics, procurement, credit and returns. She was also responsible for consolidating the Company Customer Service Center and creating the standardized processes to support Sales and Operations. Since then, she has been part of the Corporate Operation's Team responsible for Transportation, Warehousing Systems, Learning and Development, the National Call Center, Operations Applications and Quality. She is currently embarking on an assignment that will include acquisition integration and more strategic alignment initiatives between Sales/Customers/Operations.

Karen has served on several carrier Customer Advisory Boards and is currently a member of the FedEx International Customer Advisory Board.

Karen is a native North Texan currently residing in Argyle with her husband Bill. She enjoys golf, her grandchildren, and just about anything outdoors.

Friday, March 6
12:00 – 1:00pm
Location BLB 170

Event Full

Mayor Chris Watts, City of Denton

Chris Watts was elected Mayor of Denton in May 2014 and is serving his first term. He previously served three terms as a Council Member representing District 4 from 2007-2013.

Mayor Watts graduated from Denton High School before going on to the University of North Texas and obtaining a bachelor's degree in computer science and a master's degree in education counseling and student services. In 1990 Mayor Watts switched his career path from computer programmer and analyst to real estate broker and investor. He later attended Texas Wesleyan University School of Law, received his Doctor of Jurisprudence in 2000, and pursued a career in real estate law. His combined interest in education and student services with real estate has given him the background to coach students for the American Bar Association Student Division Negotiation Competition for the past several years. Mayor Watts has owned and operated a real estate investment firm for more than 20 years.

Mayor Watts is the current Vice-Chair for Public Power of the United States Conference of Mayors (USCM) Standing Energy Committee. He joined the Texas Municipal Power Agency (TMPA) Board of Directors in September 2009 and is the current Board President. In addition, he is a member of the North Texas Commission (NTC) Board of Directors, while also serving on multiple city council committees.

Friday, March 27
12:00 – 1:00pm
Location BLB 170

Event Full

Mark Bouma, Technical Oversight Leader, NTTA

Mark Bouma started with the NTTA in 1998 leading the design and construction of the President George Bush Turnpike and Addison Airport Toll Tunnel. In 1999, he became Director of Engineering, leading the NTTA's rapid growth in planning, design and construction of toll road and capital improvement projects. In late 2007, he became the NTTA's Technical Oversight Leader, providing technical direction and quality assurance over design and construction in the NTTA's newly formed Project Delivery Department.

Previously, Mark was employed for 12 years by HNTB Corporation. His work included construction management of the Dallas North Tollway extensions from IH 635 to SH 121, TxDOT bridge inspections, rehabilitation design of the historic Waco Suspension Bridge, and design of bridges and interchanges.

Mark earned his B.S. and M.E. degrees in Civil Engineering from Texas A&M University in 1983 and 1986, respectively.

Mark is the past Chairman of the Engineering and Design Committee for the International Bridge Tunnel & Turnpike Association. He is also very active in the Boy Scouts in Frisco as Assistant Scoutmaster, Venture Crew Associate Advisor, Unit Commissioner and Chapter Advisor to the Boy Scout Order of the Arrow honor society.

Friday, April 24
12:00 – 1:00pm
Location BLB 170

Event Full

John Birt, Vice President of Transportation, Williamson-Dickie's Manufacturing Company

Mr. Birt has over 35 years in logistics having worked for two leading global logistics organizations and prominent importers/exporters, including Williamson-Dickie Mfg. where he is currently employed. Following his graduation from Texas A&M, Mr. Birt joined a regional freight forwarding company in Houston, Texas specializing in the international construction and offshore drilling industries. This company was later acquired by Panalpina World Transport. It was here that Mr. Birt learned the fundamentals of international shipping (ocean and air), freight forwarding, ocean/air chartering, Customs brokerage, maritime law, cargo insurance, letters of credit, domestic transportation, project cargo movements, and what would later become known as "supply chain management". Mr. Birt became a licensed Customhouse Broker in 1988.

After almost 15 years with Panalpina, Mr. Birt joined County Seat Stores as Import Mgr. and, after 5 years, joined Pier 1 Imports as Dir. Transportation and Customs Compliance where he was later promoted to VP of Transportation and Customs Compliance. Following almost 6 years with Pier 1, Mr. Birt joined Venator Group (Footlocker) as their Dir. of Transportation/Customs Compliance and, after almost three years, returned to Texas as the Branch Manager for the global forwarder, Schenker. He then joined Williamson-Dickie in 2005 as the VP of Transportation/Customs Compliance and promoted to VP Global Transportation/Customs Compliance in 2009.

In the logistics arena, Mr. Birt feels that as much as things have changed over the years, the fundamentals have not. It is Mr. Birt's view that, in today's world, one must combine an understanding of the fundamentals of logistics with an understanding of the technologies that support today's complex supply chains. Supply Chain management includes more than simply moving goods from one point to another. The supply chains of today are made up of many moving parts and, much like synchronized swimming, all the components must work in harmony to produce the best results.