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 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – September 22, 2017

U.S. Chamber Welcomes 12 New Members to

Chamber of Commerce Committee of 100

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The U.S. Chamber of Commerce today welcomed 12 new executives to its Chamber of Commerce Committee of 100 (CCC100). These experienced leaders advise the U.S. Chamber’s board of directors, enhance lobbying and coalition work, recommend programming, and strengthen outreach to the business and chamber communities.


“The CCC100 has a long-standing reputation as one of the most prestigious appointments in the chamber community,” said Rob Engstrom, SVP and National Political Director at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. “These new members reflect our continued dedication to naming diverse, high-profile leaders to serve on this important committee.”


“It is an honor to represent Southern Arizona and our member businesses within this distinguished group of chamber executives. The U.S Chamber of Commerce is one of the most influential business organizations in the nation and I look forward to advising their Board of Directors on issues impacting Arizona businesses.” Said Lea Marquez Peterson, President/CEO of the Tucson Hispanic Chamber.

THCC's President/CEO Lea Marquez-Peterson is attending the US Chamber CCC100 meeting in Florida representing our Tucson Hispanic Chamber! Next stop - Texas - to the USHCC Conference.

New members:


·      Steve Clark, IOM, JD, President and CEO, Fayetteville (AR) Chamber of Commerce

·      Daniel Davis, President and CEO, JAX (FL) Chamber of Commerce

·      Jason Espinoza, President and CEO, Association of Commerce & Industry of New Mexico

·      Bradley Jackson, President, Tennessee Chamber of Commerce & Industry

·      Michael Jacobson, President and CEO, Arlington (TX) Chamber of Commerce

·      Lea Marquez Peterson, IOM, President and CEO, Tucson Hispanic (AZ) Chamber of Commerce

·      Jeff Moseley, Chief Executive Officer, Texas Association of Business

·      Nick Ortiz, President and CEO, Greater Bakersfield (CA) Chamber of Commerce

·      Jeff Rea, IOM, CCE, President and CEO, South Bend (IN) Regional Chamber

·      Christine Ross, CCE, President and CEO, Maryland Chamber of Commerce

·      Dale Steenbergen, IOM, President and CEO, Greater Cheyenne (WY) Chamber of Commerce

·      Peter Tateishi, President and CEO, Sacramento Metro (CA) Chamber of Commerce


The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world’s largest business federation representing the interests of more than 3 million businesses of all sizes, sectors, and regions, as well as state and local chambers and industry associations.


The Tucson Hispanic Chamber represents more than 1800 member businesses in the bilingual and bicultural region of the Arizona-Sonora border. The chamber operates in Tucson, Sierra Vista, Douglas and in Ambos Nogales and was recognized as the National Chamber of the Year by the U.S Hispanic Chamber in 2013.




Media Contact:

U.S Chamber: Raymond P. Towle, 202-463-5853

Tucson: Alma Peralta, 520-620-0005 or

Deadline September 15 2017SALEO Scholarships 2017-2018





















           Southern Arizona Logistics Education Organization (SALEO) is offering scholarships for post-secondary course work in logistics, supply chain management, transportation, inventory control, warehousing, marketing, logistics management, logistics-related software and other areas of study that fall under the logistics and supply chain management field. The scholarships are for study at a two- or a four-year institution and enable students to acquire or upgrade skills in logistics and related areas. The amounts are $1,000 for full-time study and $500 for part-time study for a student taking two courses. The awards are for a semester beginning January 2018 (or Fall 2018). The scholarship to apply must be postmarked before September 15, 2017. An early application is encouraged. Visit SALEO EDUCATION PAGE  for more details.


New for 2017-2018: All Students taking APICS Tucson certification classes are eligible to apply for the scholarship.



















Solon solar


APICS - SOLON SOLAR site and solar presentation


Date: August 23, 2017                   Time: 5:30 – 8:00 pm


Dress: casual for August outdoors




                First – (outdoors) - Juvenile Court Center – 2225 E. AJO WAY, TUCSON, ARIZONA 85713


               Note: Solon is actually on the south side of Ajo Way, west of Palo Verde.


                Second: (indoors) - Solon offices – 3840 S. PALO VERDE, SUITE 205 TUCSON, ARIZONA 85714


                                Note: Solon is actually on the south side of Ajo Way, west of Palo Verde.





Join us as Luke Alm of Solon will lead a short walk around and describe the fixed solar installation. We will then go indoors and get the full presentation of this site that has 1.2 Megawatts of power for 200 homes’ worth of power.    LEARN MORE AND REGISTER




















Join the Arizona Technology Council and  local female business leaders to discuss Promotions and Pivots: Strategies for Successful Career Transitions. No matter if you are moving from college to the workplace, being promoted from within, transitioning to a new career, or moving from work to retirement, this topic will give you valuable information to make that move a success.


This event will be held at The Carriage House, 125 S Arizona Ave, Tucson AZ 85701. Come see Janos Wilder’s fabulous new cooking school and event space! SEATING IS LIMITED. Do not miss out, register early! Your registration fee ($35 for AZTC Members, $45 for non-members) includes the hour long presentation by our experienced panel, Janos’ heavy appetizers and non-alcoholic beverages. Cash bar and Tucson’s best networking from 4:30 to 5:3o p.m.   [READ MORE/MEET PANELISTS/REGISTER]




































APICS & SALEO 2017 Management Night


May 17, 2017 at the Arizona Inn
















Our 2017 Management Night was a star-studded and educational event. One Highlight was Emily Cline - ACTING PRESIDENT OF SALEO (left)  and Mary Lou Leedale - PRESIDENT OF APICS TUCSON CHAPTER (right) in the above photo as SALEO (Southern Arizona Logistics Education Association) received our Company of the Year Award. Visit our Photo Gallery for more event pictures.





Women in Manufacturing Report














A new report from The Manufacturing Institute, Deloitte and APICS, “WOMEN IN MANUFACTURING: STEPPING UP TO MAKE AN IMPACT THAT MATTERS,” examines the role of women in the manufacturing industry through over 600 survey responses and 20 executive interviews conducted in 2016. The report provides key insights on how companies can effectively recruit, retain and advance talented women in manufacturing.



Download the REPORT.












APICS partners with The Manufacturing Institute in its “STEP Ahead: Women in Manufacturing” initiative. The STEP Ahead Awards honor women in manufacturing who have demonstrated excellence and leadership in their careers and represent all levels of the manufacturing industry, from the factory floor to the C-suite. “STEP Ahead” inspires next-generation female leaders to pursue a career in manufacturing and showcases the amazing opportunities the manufacturing industry can offer.























































The "Women in Manufacturing Study" was commissioned by The Manufacturing Institute, Deloitte, and APICS to understand why manufacturing isn’t attracting, retaining, and advancing its fair share of talented women. It is based on the survey responses of more than 600 women professionals predominately across the manufacturing industry, gaining their perspectives on how companies can effectively recruit, retain, and advance talented women.




Manufacturing faces an estimated 2 million worker shortfall over the next decade, and manufacturing executives who responded to a recent skills gap study reported that six out of 10 positions are currently unfilled because of the skills gap. With women representing less than a third of the manufacturing workforce, it’s clear that manufacturers are missing out on a critical talent pool, which could aid remarkably in closing the skills gap. Closing the skills gap includes closing the gender gap.




To increase awareness and create ambassadors for manufacturing careers for women, APICS and The Manufacturing Institute have released LEAD: BECOMING AN IMPACTFUL VOICE TO THE NEXT GENERATION OF TALENT.


The LEAD toolkit outlines ways for women who are currently in manufacturing to become ambassadors for their industry and ways for companies and organizations to get involved and increase awareness about supply chain careers. It also provides information for educators to encourage young girls to explore the professional possibilities offered in this field.
















ENTER OR NOMINATE a deserving organization or individual for the premier global supply chain awards!



Corporate honors:


APICS Corporate Award of Excellence — Education


APICS Corporate Award of Excellence — Transformation




New this year! Individual honors:


APICS Award of Excellence — Supply Chain Leader


APICS Award of Excellence — Diversity and Inclusion Champion


APICS Award of Excellence — Corporate Social Responsibility Catalyst


APICS Award of Excellence — Emerging Supply Chain Leader




Winners will be recognized on stage at APICS 2017 in San Antonio and prominently featured in APICS magazine!


Enter today at APICS.ORG/AWARDSOFEXCELLENCE. Deadline is June 15.




 CLTD Hat Trick and CLTD Haul


APICS Tucson BOD Board of Directors had a CLTD Hat Trick in February. Three BOD members were recognized for successfully passing the CLTD exam. Our 4th member is not on the BOD, but we have a CLTD Haul* in Tucson. More fun than getting tickets to a hockey game.







                                                                                                                                                        ←   Hat Trick






When APICS Corporate awarded CLTD Certifications in February, APICS Tucson had 4 members who were certified. Since 3 were on the APICS Tucson BOD we claimed the CLTD Hat Trick. With the addition of a 4th person, also recognized in February, we now have a CLTD Haul Tucson. Please join us in recognizing these four on qualifying for a newly created certification on the first attempt while studying all new course material.











Left to right:  Mary Lou Leedale  -  CLTD, CPIM, CSCP and Lifetime Certified


                     Jim Winger  -  CLTD, Lifetime CPIM, Lifetime CSCP


                     Bret Noe  -  CLTD, CPIM, CSCP


                     Bill Leedale  -  CLTD, CPIM, CSCP and Lifetime Certified




 * CLTD Haul - 4 people from APICS Tucson being certified at the same time for a CLTD certificate.














APICS & SALEO 2017 Management Night


May 17, 2017 at the Arizona Inn












Topic:  Supply Chain Management (SCM) and Delivering Security Solutions to Time-sensitive Projects and Business Problems


Logistics, Management, and Marketing can help any project be on time and on budget. How do you apply the tools of SCM and Logistics to meet your domestic and international security goals. Whatever your certification CPIM, CPSM, CSCMP, CSCP, C-TPAT, Lean, PMP, or if you are a SCM professional you should attend to learn about; improving the security of private companies' supply chains domestic and international; managing challenges of international trade; marketing/selling change to senior managers and more.




Bio:   Alan Davis is the Founder and Managing Partner at Strategic Solutions Partners, LLC, a supply chain consultancy. This practice helps clients secure their entire supply chain while qualifying the client for Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) certification. His clients include US importers, foreign exporters, motor carriers, freight forwarders, railroad, and ocean transportation carriers, and others requiring security of their supply chain.


Mr. Davis held senior logistics management positions with major high technology firms, a US Railroad, and a Third-party Logistics (3PL) provider. At Amtech, a multi-million dollar radio frequency identification (RFID) technology company he revitalized a moribund rail and intermodal transportation market in Asia, Australia, and Americas. In 2010, Mr. Davis led a supply chain delegation to China for the Foreign Agricultural Services (FAS) of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). The Goals and Objectives of the FAS Logistics Study were to identify the constraints of the China supply chain system that effect and impede the importation of fresh, frozen, and chilled U.S. agricultural products into western China.


Mr. Davis has lectured at the University level in the United States and China. A native of the United States (he moved 28-times before high school graduation) Mr. Davis graduated from University of North Texas with a BA in Marketing and earned an MBA from Golden Gate University. Mr. Davis is past-president of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP), San Francisco Roundtable, and is currently the education chair for CSCMP’s Arizona Roundtable. He is active in his community as Treasurer of the Phoenix Kiwanis Club, and secretary of the Arizona Flycasters Club. An avid fly fisher and outdoor enthusiast, Alan and his wife Carol now make their home in Scottsdale, along with their Springer Spaniel Dillon.




Join us for an evening of of education, networking, and surprises. Can you guess Instructor of the Year (IOY), Member of the Year (MOY), and Company/Organization of the Year (COY)? Come network with peers, competitors, and friends old and new. Help us recognize and reward the people who have earned the title Instructor of the Year, Company/Organization of the Year, and Member of the Year.




Agenda:  5:30 - 6:45  Registration and Networking


                          6:00  Dinner service begins


                6:40 - 7:00  Awards & Announcements


                7:00 - 8:00  Presentation


                8:00 - 9:00  Door Prizes and 50/50 Raffle


                                    Meet the Speaker - After event networking




Event Cost:   $30
















Location:  Arizona Inn  2200 E ELM ST, TUCSON, ARIZONA 85719          Phone: 520-325-1541










ASQ & APICS Joint PDM April 26 2017


Casa Vincente Patio 5:30 - 7:30


Great Speaker!   Great Location!  Great Food!


     Free Parking!!!!















 Presenter: Mary Lou Leedale, APICS Tucson President, CPIM, CSCP, CLTD




 Topic:    “Blues, Brews and Beyond: How the Triple Bottom Line impacts our daily lives”.


Sustainability and its triple-bottom-line tenets of people, planet, and profit are growing increasingly important in supply chain and operations management. We will look at how sustainability is defined, how it is measured and how sustainability measures impact us as consumers.  Who doesn’t like to kick back, enjoy a beverage and listen to a little music? We will look at the sustainability initiatives of the Telluride Blues & Brews Festival, Taylor Guitars, and the microbrewery industry.


Bio: After graduating magna cum laude from the University of Arizona with a BSBA in Operations Management and MIS, Mary Lou worked as a business analyst for a software developer, managed all operations for a small manufacturer and was a planner/buyer for women’s footwear at Arizona Mail Order.  She went to her first APICS PDM in 1985 in Springfield, Ohio when the dean of Wittenberg University was the speaker for “Spouses’ Night”.  Last fall, she was one of the first 100 people to take the Certified in Logistics, Transportation and Distribution exam and earned the CLTD credential as the capstone to her APICS career.


Event Schedule:  5:30-6:45  Network


                            6:00-6:45  Dine (Tapas, Paella, Desert)


                            6:45-7:45  Presentation






Event Cost:  $25    REGISTER HERE





$25.00 Dinner Meal




 Congratulations to APICS Tucson BOD Members for Receiving CLTD Certification in February 2017



















APICS-2015  The premier conference for supply chain and operations management professionals.





Jack Welch shares his candid people strategies








“We worked hard to become leaders in every business we were in, and we got rid of those businesses where we could not become a leader by either selling them or closing them. Those were actions to clean up the portfolio. The rest of the time I spent almost exclusively on building great teams. The team with the best players wins—I believe that to my toes. That’s something that is extremely important to me and a major part of the time I spent in business.” –Jack Welch






WHERE IS IT MADE?, by APICS CEO Abe Eshkenazi CSCP, CPA, CAE August 23, 2013






FREEDOM TO FAIL, by Andy Pattantyus, April 18, 2013





Featured Articles


1.  SCDigest is conducting a survey “The State of Global Sourcing and Trade Management”and would like your input.


In this new survey and report from SCDigest, we explore important questions such as:


What capabilities do companies believe are most critical to global sourcing and trade management success?


What processes and capabilities separate leaders from average and laggard companies?


How good are companies in areas such as total landed cost calculation and estimating lead times?


Please help us answer these questions and more by taking this brief survey. Use the link below:




In the near future, they will send all respondents a copy of the final report. We know you will find it valuable. All individual responses will of course be kept completely confidential.



Sharing Data to Strengthen Supply Chain Relationships

By Jonathan Thatcher, CSCP

(From APICS EXTRA – May 27, 2015 email blast)


Supply chain soft skills include effective communication, company culture, leadership ability, and relationship management. Increasingly, trust and data sharing also are being included on this list—as well as the relationships these capabilities help businesses create.


Trust flows as we extend or withdraw confidence among supply chain partners. A key indicator of this flow is shared data, which reduces uncertainty among supply chain partners. It is a critical element of relationships in the information age.


In her April 2015 article “Transforming the B2B Supply Chain,” author Coreen Head writes: “Suppliers are now moving away from a push supply chain, built around the needs of the assembly line, to a new customer-centric, demand-driven model that interlinks cross departmental life cycles, and manages demand proactively, rather than merely reactively responding to it.”


Such a model demands accurate data, but there is literally too much data out there right now for the human mind to process. Our information technology platforms handle the objective, the tactical, and the routine. But it takes a human to actually trust the data; results; possible losses or rewards; and any causes and effects on a group, business unit, or strategy. It takes a human to anticipate how another human—with unique opinions, perspectives, fears, and desires—likely will react. Data is creating human relationships in teams, among stakeholders, and inside and outside the four walls of a business. In today’s “big data world,” it’s data that makes relationships stronger or weaker.


Relationship building


Wise use of soft skills often means expertly sharing data in order to strengthen a relationship. This means going beyond merely sticking with a partner because switching costs a bit more. (“Stay with me because I am the easiest source of the data.”) Rather, effective data sharing can build collaboration and reduce risk. (“I see a bright future together and want to get there.”) Furthermore, supply chain and operations management professionals tend to seek relationships that are reliable, are predictable, and help meet responsibilities and goals. Sharing data to make this happen is thus becoming indispensable for our industry.


There has been a significant rise in the number of shared data dashboards, business intelligence systems, predictive analytics, and big data applications. Supply chain experts hope these technologies will fill our insatiable demand for timely and relevant information. They already are giving us a shared big-picture view: No matter the location, team, or department, there is “one reality” or “one truth.” And as we continue to become more sophisticated at sharing data, we will develop greater harmony among stakeholders. In other words, agreement becomes easier to achieve as we trust that everyone is seeing the same picture.


New demands


As we enjoy the previously mentioned gains, it’s important to keep in mind that we are creating a wider definition of demand. Increasingly, we require certain outcomes of data-driven soft skills from the people across our supply chains. Just as we establish demand with our orders, we also create demand for our suppliers to have agility; accuracy; responsiveness; and delight, which creates goodwill and helps maintain the relationship even during a period of challenge. These are complex orders. They cannot be inventoried; prices, volumes, and quality levels cannot be perfectly defined; and we cannot speak our usual precise language within these complexity-based domains, which depend on changing relationship behaviors on both sides.


However, if and when we do receive these things that we demand of our partners, our trust amplifies. We see that our partner is using available data effectively and in ways that are even better than we expected. This is a rare and desirable competitive advantage, so we want an enduring relationship with this partner. We are probably even willing to take a bit of risk to help sustain the bond. We share data, and trust flows. Gradually, it even becomes risky not to share data with that trusted partner because consistent relationship behaviors create a bank of goodwill from which to withdraw in bad times.


With the rise of data-driven soft skills, it is time to reevaluate what information we share and why. Begin by working toward strong, trusted supply chain partner connections. With these firmly in place, greater data-driven soft skills and progressive relationship management can build the stable and enduring collaborations we need to compete and succeed.


Jonathan Thatcher, CSCP, is APICS director of research and author of the APICSmagazine “Ask APICS” department. He may be contacted at ASKAPICS@APICS.ORG.



Discover more about data sharing and relationship building at APICS 2015, October 5–7, in Las Vegas. Educational sessions on the “Collaboration and S&OP” learning path will help you achieve alignment, trust, accountability, and a clear direction among all the key areas of your company and its trading partners. Learn more and register at APICSCONFERENCE.ORG.














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