Moderator    Gary Forger


Gary Forger

  Troels Adrian    Metro Atlanta Chamber

Troels Adrian

Metro Atlanta Chamber

  Tim Brown    Georgia Tech Supply Chain Logistics Institute

Tim Brown

Georgia Tech Supply Chain Logistics Institute

  Elliott Paige    Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport

Elliott Paige

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport

  Larry Sweet    Georgia Institue of Technology

Larry Sweet

Georgia Institue of Technology

Supply Chain Trends That Will Impact Your Business and Strategies to Address Them

We live in a highly connected world that is complex and becoming increasingly so.  In the midst of this complexity, all the pieces must fit and work together to accommodate continuous and sometimes mind boggling change.  To help supply chain professionals plan for the future MHI in conjunction with supply chain practitioners, academics and government officials developed their first Roadmap in 2014 to develop a roadmap for the future supply chain.  The first Roadmap was called by some as the most important document to be published by the industry in more than 20 years, because it established a baseline of key disruptors faced by supply chain practitioners today and in the approaching decade. Given the success of the first Roadmap MHI went on to develop its second edition that will be released in April 2017. 

In this session we will have a panel that consists of professionals that contributed to the creation of the roadmap to discuss the trends and how they feel they can be addressed.  Following the panel discussion we will give you the opportunity to work with your peers to discuss how the trends will impact your business and discuss ideas to address them. 

Gary Forger

 For the past five years, Gary Forger has led an industry-wide effort for the trade association MHI to develop and publish the Material Handling & Logistics U.S. Roadmap. The baseline publication was released in early 2014. To keep pace with the rapid rate of change in the supply chain, Roadmap 2.0 will be released at ProMat 2017 in early April. Both are at and  While at MHI, Forger was also responsible for a range of education programs. Those started at the college level and extended to career development. In addition, Forger served on the Board of Directors of the Material Handling Education Foundation for seven years. He retired from MHI in 2016. Prior to joining the trade association, Forger was Editorial Director of Modern Materials Handling magazine.

Troels Adrian  

Troels Adrian joined the Metro Atlanta Chamber (MAC) in January 2015 and serves as Director, Supply Chain Ecosystem Expansion. In this role, he leads the ecosystem expansion team’s initiatives in the supply chain cluster as part of MAC’s economic development team. Previous, Adrian worked for the Gwinnett Chamber and its economic development division, where he served as senior project manager for advanced manufacturing & supply chain management.

Previously he worked in Copenhagen, Denmark at the Danish National Police and Information, a Copenhagen-based daily newspaper. He also worked in the finance and operations department for one of New York City’s largest social service nonprofits, CAMBA, leading organization-wide budgeting and financial projects.

Adrian earned his undergraduate degree in political science from the University of Copenhagen and a master’s degree in public administration from Baruch College, City University of New York. In 2010 he earned a second master’s degree from Georgia Tech in city and regional planning. While at Georgia Tech he earned the 2010 Ed McClure Award, given by the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning, for the best master’s level city planning research paper in the United States and Canada.

 He lives in Midtown with his wife and two sons.

Tim Brown

Tim Brown serves as the managing director of the Supply Chain & Logistics Institute (SCL), an Interdisciplinary Research Center at Georgia Tech.  Brown is responsible for SCL strategic planning and development of executive education programs as well as serving as the liaison to on and off-campus professional associations, organizations and individuals regarding the expansion of SCL's global mission to enable supply chain professionals, businesses, and international governments to transform complex supply chains, improve logistics performance, and increase competitiveness by applying education, innovation and solutions.  Brown is also engaged in discussions with industry to evaluate opportunities for collaboration on research, recruitment, and student team projects.  Mr. Brown is a seasoned supply chain engineering and management professional with 30 years of experience in operations management, supply chain consulting, and academic research and education experience.  He holds a BS in Management Science from Georgia Tech and an MBA from Georgia State University.

Elliott Paige

Elliott Paige is the Airport Director for Air Service Development at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.  He joined the world’s busiest airport after a successful career promoting trade and investment for over 20 years, including serving 10 years as a diplomat in Geneva, Switzerland, and as an international civil servant with the World Trade Organization, and the United Nation’s International Trade Center. During this period, Elliott designed and delivered strategies to increase trade, open markets and develop industries. He applies his experience to ensure that the Airport has a positive economic impact to create jobs and promote trade. Since at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, he has built solid relationships with airline executives worldwide, directed on-boarding of 2 international passenger airlines and 5 international cargo airlines, plus several domestic airlines to ATL. His efforts are supported through collaboration with various stakeholders – Mayor’s Office, Metro Atlanta Chamber, Atlanta Conventions and Visitors Bureau, Georgia Department of Economic Development, diplomatic community and the private sector. He has revised the Air Service Incentive Program according to Federal Aviation Authority rules to attract new routes, and continues to implement the airport air service cargo strategy to continue to increase cargo value and volume in ATL. Elliott is a board member of the Atlanta Air Cargo Association. When not travelling, he enjoys running, hiking, reading, writing and spending time with friends and family. Elliott has a Masters degree in Economic Development and a Bachelor in Economics and Management. He is also a certified International Airport Professional (IAP) – a worldwide accreditation program for airport leaders. Elliott speaks English, French and Spanish.

Larry Sweet  

Professor of the Practice in Robotics, Associate Director, Institute for Robotics and Intelligent Machines, Founder, Collaborative and Advanced Robotic Manufacturing Lab, Georgia Institute of Technology

Larry Sweet joined Georgia Tech in 2015 following senior executive technology, manufacturing, and operations positions at GE, ABB, United Technologies, and Pepsico.  In these roles he led the conception, development, and successful large scale robotic automation systems.  These systems achieved high levels of performance, recognition including Industry Week’s “Top 10 Plants in North America” award, and UTX awards for asset productivity and operational excellence.  At Pepsi’s Frito-Lay division, his team developed their next generation robotic automated packaging system, increasing asset utilization by 50% with increased flexibility enabling sales growth through new products.

As CTO at Symbotic, he led the conceptualization, design, and implementation of transformational warehouse automation technology using fleets of high-speed autonomous mobile robots in dense three-dimensional structures. This technology provides fully automated product handling and palletizing without human contact — from initial project startup to a pipeline of operational systems — for leading customers in four vertical market segments. During his time at Symbotic, Sweet was recognized for his achievements with numerous awards, including the 2013 Edison Award for Productivity and the 2015 Manufacturing Leadership Supply Chain High Achiever Award.

In 2017 he was elected to the Robotic Industries Association Board of Directors.