Steve heads up the Supply Chain & Logistics consulting team at ARC. Steve has authored many market research and strategy reports and has managed consulting projects for manufacturers, retailers, software providers, and venture capital firms.
Steve's technology focus areas include transportation management, managed transportation services, warehouse management, and supply chain planning.
At ARC, Steve has been covering supply chain technologies since 1996. He is one of the best known industry analysts covering supply chain management and a frequent speaker at industry events. He has been widely quoted in trade publications covering logistics, material handling, and supply chain management and has had his articles published in Supply Chain Management Review. In recognition of his contribution to the supply chain and logistics field, Steve was selected as a 'Pro to Know' by Supply & Demand Chain Executive Magazine.
Steve has a column in Forbes.com covering sustainability and transportation and writes the Monday column in Logistics Viewpoints. Steve's research includes ROI analysis of a variety of supply chain applications and 3PL services, benchmarking, and best practice reports. He has aided users in supplier and consultant selections, and suppliers with acquisitions and product roadmaps.
Prior to joining ARC, he was a Professor at Stonehill College and Pennsylvania State University.
Dean Priebe leads the Robotics Center of Excellence at Dematic where his team is Elevating Customer confidence in Robotics with holistic robotic solutions. Dean has over 20 years operational and engineering experience in the automation and robotics fields. Dean is a USN veteran who started his career as a Nuclear Reactor Operator & Reactor Technician. He’s had roles of increasing responsibility in the pharma manufacturing, medical device manufacturing, and food/ consumer goods supply chains.
Dean is passionate about Robotics and automation and approaches improvements in this space with his vast customer perspective. As a Lean Sixsigma Certified blackbelt, his customer focused & process oriented approach enables his team to overcome the challenges in our complex and variable supply chain. Dean holds two Bachelor of Science Degrees; Nuclear Engineering Tech & Workforce Education & Development; and has an MBA from UCONN.
Mechanical Engineer working at India with 15years of Supply Management professional experience both on factory shopfloor and virtual Supply Management with maximum contribution in New Product Development and Introduction
APICS and CPSCM Certified, Passionate about Project Management and Working Globally
Conducting Knowledge Sharing sessions, Developing others now became hobby over past few years
Robotics Award: HAI Robotics
Analytics Award: LevaData
AI Award: SVT Robotics
Digital Transformation Winner: Activ Technologies Inc.
Robotics Award: Boots.com – TBD
Analytics Award: Zebra
Tamara Froese is the Vice President of Global Procurement at Zebra Technologies, with responsibility as the Chief Procurement Officer for all Zebra direct materials. She is a leader in cost management practices with extensive experiences cross-functionally in Procurement, Supply Chain, Manufacturing and Engineering during her 20-year career at General Motors. Tamara joined Zebra in March of 2020 and she believes in strong partnerships internally along with Zebra’s global supply base to further the growth of Zebra Technologies in the future. She is an advocate for the digitalization of Procurement and Supply Chain best practices, while driving transformation across the organization.
Tamara holds a B.A. in Supply Chain Management from Michigan State University and an MBA from Oakland University. To further her leadership journey, she also achieved her Six Sigma Black Belt certification and graduated from leadership develop programs with Harvard University and Michigan University.
AI Award: General Motors
Miguel has 30 years of experience in Logistics, Supply Chain and Manufacturing working for 3PL companies as well as automotive, consumer products and retail organizations. He started his career at Procter & Gamble where he worked 11 years in Manufacturing, Supply Chain and Logistics functions. He then spent the following 8 years in the 3PL industry primarily in regional roles including business development, consulting, and operations. Miguel also worked for Cadbury Adams (now Mondelez International) where he was an Executive in charge of the regional Logistics and Customer Service function.
Miguel currently works for GM as the Director and Executive in charge of the company’s Global Inbound (Materials) Logistics Function. His responsibilities span from the design of an optimal network, future vehicles launches and tactical planning / execution. He is also responsible for the transformational initiatives in this space. Miguel joined GM in March of 2014 as a Director of Global Intercontinental Logistics. In 2015, he assumed the role of Global Logistics Purchasing Director focused on sourcing all logistics modes for GM around the globe. Miguel has been in his current role since 2019.
Miguel is originally from Mexico and spent the last 25 years working outside his home country mainly in the United States, Canada, and South America. Miguel holds a BSc in Mechanical and Industrial Engineering and an MBA with concentration in Marketing. He also received executive certificates at the Kellogg and the Mendoza Schools of Business. Miguel holds an APICS – CSCP and Six-Sigma Green Belt certifications and is pursuing a Master’s degree in Supply Chain from Michigan State University.
Digital Transformation Award: J&J
Danny Shields is a Quality, Health, Safety, Sustainability, and Environmental Professional who partners with executives to limit their organizations enterprise risk. Danny spent almost two decades working in multiple industry verticals, including O&G, Mining, Manufacturing, and Construction, with some the world’s most successful organizations.
Danny has led teams to achieve year over year QHSSE performance records in high risk environments, saving companies millions in direct and indirect costs. Danny is a Certified Safety Professional (CSP) with over fifteen years of both field and management level experience. Danny holds a degree in Bioenvironmental Sciences from Texas A&M University.
Upender Solanki is the managing director of the Americas for Movilitas, a global SAP consulting services and solutions company helping enterprises transform their business to meet the demands of today’s dynamic economy. In this role, Solanki is responsible for leading the region’s strategy, delivery, and growth, as well as providing thought leadership for the digital supply chain industry.
With over 15 years of leadership experience in supply chain and global regulations, Solanki has established the expertise and authority for best practices with successful large-scale digital transformation and Track & Trace programs globally. He is a trusted advisor, focusing on product identification, integrity, and tracking, to medium-sized to large multinational enterprises. Additionally, he is an active member of HDA, GS1, PDG and other industry forums. Solanki works on designing standards to help build solutions that ensure consumer and patient safety.
Beth Flippo is the CTO of TELEGRID and an accomplished engineer with over 20 years of experience in the technology industry. She is an expert in secure, embedded software development for microelectronics and wireless mesh networking. She has designed and developed enduring hardware and software solutions with a focus on cybersecurity and mobility in the finance and defense industries.
Her leadership at TELEGRID expanded the wireless product line and further adoption of products into major U.S. Department of Defense agencies worldwide. She is the inventor of AeroGRID+ drone swarm technology and has overseen the creation of TELEGRID’s Drone Express drone package delivery division. Flippo is the lead designer of the autonomous in-flight decision-making technology in Drone Express. Her expertise and passion for unmanned systems and technology is the driving force behind the division.
She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from the Thomas Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Binghamton. She is also a licensed drone pilot with the FAA and has a radio operator license, W2QNB, from the FCC.