September - PDM - DDMRP

March - Tour of Perfekta (CANCELLED)
February - Cyber Security Updates 2020
January - Tour of TECT Aerospace


November - Throughput Accounting
October - Leveraging Data Analytics for Decision Making
September - Tour of Spirit AeroSystems
May - Tour of Grace Hill Winery
April - Personal & Professional Ethics
March - Communicating for Results
February - WSU Student Presentations
January - Tour of USD 259 School Service Center


November - Tour of the Gordon Evans energy center
October - Tour of Rev Group Bus Manufacturing
September - Future Trends in Global End-to-End Supply Chain Management
May - Tour of Wichita Brewing Company
April - Adaptive Sales & Opertations Planning
March - SOS:  Supply Chain Challenges in 2018 and Beyond
February - WSU Student Presentations

January - Building A Competitive Advantage Through Transformational Leadership


December - Identity Theft and the Importance of Cyber Security Measures
November - Tour Of Seat King

October - Operational Tour of WSU Men's Basketball

September - Using Supply Chain Levers to impact the Bottom Line

     Link To Presentation
May - Tour of Lawrence Dumont Stadium

April - Adaptive Sales & Operations Planning

     Link to presentation
March - Change Management
     Link To Presentation
February - WSU Student Presentations
January - Overcoming Sourcing Challenges with ThomasNet.com


December - Tour Of Hatman Jack's
November - The Ins and Outs of Import/Export
October - Transportation and Logistics
     Link to presentation
September - Tour of Intrust Bank Arena
May - Tour Of Grasshopper

April - Dynamic Leadership

     Link to presentation
March - WSU Student Presentations

February - Tour of PowderTech

January - Incorporating Weather Science into Best Business Practices


December - Tour Of ASTEC
November - Market Based Management
October - Tour of Cargill Innovation Center
September -The Value Of APICS:  Advancing Supply Chain Management Today And Tomorrow
May - Tour of Excel Industries
April - The Role of the Individual in Change Management
March - Alpha and Omega of Project Success
February - Tour of McGinty Machine
January - Moving forward Happily despite unexpected Changes

For prior years, please click the Archives link in the left-hand column.


President's Report

It’s hard to believe that another year is coming to an end. This time of the year is always the time to reflect on all that has been done over the past 12 months and to also look to the future for what 2016 holds. At APICS Wichita we’ve had a great start to the year. We’ve rolled out a new website which I hope you have checked out and would welcome your feedback on. We’ve also had two fantastic speakers at our PDM’s, Sharon Rice APICS Corporate and Wendy Wheeler Koch Industries, and also two great tours, Cargill R & D and ASTEC testing facilities . My takeaways from all these activities is that APICS is now much more than just a society for operations professionals. We truly cover the end to end supply chain and not just from a technical and tactical perspective but we are talking about the culture and structure of our organizations and our increasing influence on the strategy at our prospective companies.

I have seen a lot of news lately talking critically about education and specifically higher education and its value in the marketplace. One thing I hear consistently is the rising value of certifications. More and more companies are putting more emphasis on hiring people who fit their culture over their specific skills and education. Certifications are a great way to fill the knowledge gap and we want to be the source that they look for to help them develop their people. The future is bright for supply chain professionals, as demand for our abilities increases I encourage you to continue educating yourself wherever possible so that you are prepared and can be successful in an ever changing world. I want to wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Best regards,
Chad Molen
President – APICS Wichita
President’s Message

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Welcome New Members

Member Company Name
Clarenceux Kapalata  
Di Wu  
Oluwayemi Awobusuyi  
Olawale Kolade-Fowora  
Karen Lucas  
Rajasekhar reddy Indluru  
Aishwarya Laxmi Kotha  
Mahaganapathy Kesavan  
Laksana Buntono  
Eduardo Talavera  
Careem Gladney Cargill
Zachary Goldberg Viega

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Calendar of Events

Date Topic Speaker
Tuesday, Feb 9th, 2016 Senior Aerospace Tour  
Tuesday, Mar 8th, 2016 WSU Student Presentations  
Tuesday, Apr 12th, 2016 Dynamic Leadership - How to Develop, Inspire and Retain an Effective Team Tom Schulte
Wednesday, Apr 13th 2016 Lean: Will it work here? Tom Schulte
Tuesday, May 10th, 2016 Grasshopper Plant Tour  


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Our January Speaker

Mike Smith is the nation’s leading expert in severe weather and one of America’s most honored atmospheric scientists.
Mike knew he would be a meteorologist at the age of five when a ma-jor tornado occurred in his neighborhood. After receiving his meteor-ology degree from the University of Oklahoma, he worked as a televi-sion meteorologist in St. Louis, Oklahoma City and Wichita and is the first person to ever do a live telecast of a tornado.
He has received 20 patents in the fields of weather science, emergency management and search and rescue. A Fellow of the American Meteorology Society, he has received their award for Outstanding Contribution to the Advance of Applied Meteorology and twice, their award for Outstanding Service to Meteorology by a Corporation. Mike has been nominated for the CNN Hero of The Year Award for 2012.
Mike founded WeatherData over 30 years ago and in 2006; he sold WeatherData to Ac-cuWeather and the new resulting company, AccuWeather Enterprise Solutions which is the leading company in the field of weather risk mitigation. Mike is the Senior Vice president of AccuWeather Enterprise Solutions.
In addition to his work at AccuWeather, he is a frequent speaker and author of both popular and technical weather-related topics. He has appeared on The Discovery Channel, The History Channel, CBS Evening News, Fox News, BBC World News and NPR. Mike has also been fea-tured in The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Houston Chronicle, The Huffington Post, USA Today and in Rolling Stone Magazine.
Mike’s first book, WARNINGS: The True Story of How Science Tamed the Weather is about some of the most massive storms of our lifetime and the book holds a 5-Star rating on Amazon. His second book, When the Sirens Were Silent is the gripping story of the deadliest tornado to hit in 65 years striking Joplin, Missouri killing 161 people.
Mike lives in Wichita and is married with three grown children.

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