Monday - April 17, 2017


8:30 am - Bus Transportation for Golf Outing departs from GA Tech Hotel

10:30 am - Golf Outing

1:30 pm - Strategic Planning Workshop: How To Create A Robust Plan For Your Company That Gets Brilliantly Implemented

Rick Houcek, President, Soar With Eagles Enterprises: What would it be worth to you to have these 5 Driving Forces firing on all cylinders 24-7, throttling your company’s success day in and day out, even when you’re on vacation? Most Leadership Teams have none. Or, at most, 1 or 2. Most plans sputter, fizzle, and die. If you’d like all 5…READ MORE

4:30 pm - Conference Registration

6:30 pm - Welcome Reception / Golf Awards


Tuesday - April 18, 2017

7:00 am - Conference Registration / Breakfast

7:45 am - Welcome

8:00 am - Opening Keynote: Truly Human Leadership

Bob Chapman, Chairman & CEO, Barry-Wehmiller: Bob Chapman imagines a world in which people leave work each day fulfilled by their work. He imagines a world full of caring work environments in which people can realize their gifts, apply and develop their talents, and feel a genuine sense of fulfillment for their contributions. And in this world...READ MORE

9:30 am - Session 1: Panel Discussion & Session 2: Group Breakouts: Supply Chain Trends That Will Impact Your Business and Strategies to Address Them

Gary Forger (Moderator), Troels Adrian, Tim Brown, Elliott Paige, Larry Sweet: 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...READ MORE

12:15 pm - Networking Lunch

1:15 pm - Session 3: Presidential Leadership and National Prosperity

Jerry Bowyer, Economist and Writer, Bowyer Research: Financial commentators have claimed that presidential leadership has little to do with economic performance. They say that the business cycles are a matter of predetermined economic fate, against which leaders are powerless. But...READ MORE

2:45 pm - Session 4: Change Management - Resetting Ourselves for the Future

Antonio Castillo, Training and Development Manager, Fellowes Brands: So what is Change Management? Simply, it's the ability to gain acceptance and adoption from individuals, teams and organizations affected by change. To be competitive in a global market, the workforce remains in a...READ MORE

4:15 pm - Session 5 - BOA Panel Discussion: Customers Are Telling Companies How They Want To Be Served

Gary Forger (Moderator), Michelle Livingstone, Mike Orr, Jim Bowes: Consumer expectations are nothing more than a culmination of the changes experienced in the marketplace for decades. However, in the last decade we have seen these expectations change at a rate faster than ever before. The impact of technology advancements, Social Media and most important, the empowered customer, have forever changed consumer expectations. The customer of tomorrow will be...READ MORE

5:30 pm - Reception / Dinner / Entertainment


Wednesday - April 19, 2017

7:00 am - Breakfast

7:45 am - Welcome

8:00 am - Business Keynote: Supply Chain Excellence in the Digital Age: Merging the “Science” of Supply Chain Technology with the “Art” of Process and People Leadership

Reuben Slone, Senior Vice President, Supply Chain, Walgreen Co.: Running a successful Supply Chain requires focus on the traditional outcomes of product availability, inventory productivity and cost productivity. As customer demands shift and industries evolve, Supply Chain leaders must also adapt and broaden their focus to look both inward to their people and outward to their customers. In light of this, we created...READ MORE

9:30 am - Closing Keynote: Building Unstoppable Teams

Curt Cronin, Expert on Leading High-Performance Teams, Former Navy Seal: During more than a decade of combat operations to eighteen countries, Curt lead the nation's premier SEAL assault force, maximizing their effectiveness by forming unique and unlikely alliances. These experiences reinforced Curt's fundamental belief that the competitive edge for any organization in the information age is neither technology nor information; rather it is the unparalleled...READ MORE

11:00 am - Conference Closing 

11:30 am - Bus Transportation for Tour departs from GA Tech Hotel

11:30 am - GA Tech Hotel Buffet Lunch (Optional)

12:30 pm - Walmart E-commerce Facility Tour*

*Due to the proprietary nature of processes in this facility, Walmart will review attendees registering for this event and reserves the right to approve or disapprove attendance on this tour. 

2:30 pm - Bus Transportation for Tour returns to GA Tech Hotel