The Conference

The National Leadership Development Conference for Supply Chain Executives (NLDC) is a not-for-profit, invitational conference for a limited number of senior level supply chain executives and their selected team members.

Founded and produced by Peach State Integrated Technologies, the conference is held in Atlanta, Georgia. The agenda for the conference runs from Monday through Wednesday and includes a golf outing, strategic planning workshop, facility tour, keynote and session speakers, panel discussions, networking events, and private team building opportunities.

The Mission

The NLDC Executive Staff and NLDC Board of Advisors are committed to creating a collegial, transparent environment where supply chain executives and their selected team members can:

  • Connect and create lasting relationship with peers
  • Share successful and challenging experiences
  • Gain world-view insight from renowned leaders
  • Work on their business with strategic team members
  • Prepare the 'next generation' to become servant leaders

Attendee Qualifications

To receive an invitation to NLDC, applicants must hold a senior level executive position within the organization. These positions include:

  • CEO
  • CFO
  • COO
  • President
  • EVP
  • SVP
  • VP
  • Senior Director

Special considerations are given to applicants that have leadership responsibilities similar to these positions in larger organizations. NLDC encourages executive attendees to use NLDC as an opportunity to team build. We allow for up to 5 total attendees from the organization. 

Next Generation of Servant Leaders 

NLDC is committed to nurturing the next generation of supply chain leaders by placing them in a unique conference environment with senior level supply chain executives and renowned business and academic thought leaders. NLDC welcomes junior level attendees that are accompanied by a qualifying senior level executive. 


NLDC Board of Advisors

The NLDC Board of Advisors increases the value of the conference for the attending supply chain executives by assisting in developing each program with relevant topics and in resourcing the best presenters for these topics.

Brent Beabout

Brent Beabout

Rick D. Blasgen

Rick D. Blasgen

Michelle D. Livingstone

Michelle D. Livingstone

Mike Orr

Mike Orr


Brent Beabout

Brent Beabout was formerly Senior Vice President Integrated eCommerce Supply Chain at Walmart, where he had operating responsibility for all aspects of Walmart.com and Samsclub.com Supply Chain, including Fulfillment Operations, Network Strategy, Transportation, and Inventory Management.

Prior to joining Walmart in 2014, Brent held the position of SVP, Supply Chain at Office Depot where he had operating responsibility for all aspects of the Office Supply Retailer’s Global Supply Chain. Brent previously served in numerous senior leadership roles within DHL Express and Amazon.com. In these roles, Brent led teams in the strategic design and implementation of large-scale, highly optimized supply chain networks that provided unparalleled service to the end customer. He began his professional career as a naval officer while serving over a decade on nuclear-powered sub-marines.

Brent is a graduate of the Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering. He holds a Master of Science degree in Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and an MBA from MIT’s Sloan School of Management. He is a member of IIE, INFORMS, and CSCMP and is currently serving on several industry-related advisory boards. Brent frequently speaks on the Intersection of Global Supply Chain Operations, Technology, and Leadership at Industry and Academic Forums.


Rick D. Blasgen

President and CEO, Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP)

Rick Blasgen began his career with Nabisco, working in a regional customer service center in Chicago, Illinois. While at Nabisco, he held various logistics positions of increasing responsibility in inventory management, order processing, and transportation and distribution center operations management. He became vice president, supply chain, at Nabisco in June 1998, then vice president supply chain for Kraft in June 2002. He joined ConAgra Foods in August 2003 as senior vice president integrated logistics.

Rick has devoted much of his time to furthering a number of company’s supply chain management programs and initiatives. This experience has given him a solid foundation for his role at CSCMP where he has responsibility for the overall business operations and strategic plan of the organization. His efforts support CSCMP’s mission of leading the supply chain management profession through the development and dissemination of supply chain education and research.

Rick was designated by the US Department of Commerce to serve as the Chair of the Advisory Committee on Supply Chain Competitiveness (ACSCC) providing the Administration advice and counsel on issues and concerns that affect the supply chain sector. He is a member of Northwestern University’s Transportation Center Business Advisory Committee and a past chair of the Grocery Manufacturers Association Logistics Committee. Rick is a graduate of Governors State University, earning his degree in business administration and majoring in finance.


Michelle D. Livingstone

Vice President – Transportation, The Home Depot

Michelle Livingstone leads a team that oversees the movement of all inbound and outbound shipments into and within The Home Depot‘s multi-channel supply chain, including imports, exports, and store deliveries.

Michelle joined the Company in October 2007 with more than 25 years of transportation supply chain experience. Prior to joining The Home Depot, she served as the Senior Vice President of Transportation for C & S Wholesale Grocers, Vice President of Transportation for JCPenney, and the Senior Director of Transportation for Kraft Foods North America.

Michelle is actively engaged in the industry. She serves as a director on the boards of the Intermodal Transportation Institute of University of Denver and the Coalition for Responsible Transportation. In addition, she is an active member in Retail Industry Leaders Association where she serves on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and the Logistics Steering Committee. She is also involved with the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce’s Transportation Committee and the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) on a local and national level. Michelle serves on the Board of Directors of the Atlanta Children’s Shelter and also serves in a leadership position for the Atlanta Chapter of the Network of Executive Women. Michelle was appointed by Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood to the National Freight Advisory Committee which is focused on our nation’s freight movement to ensure the U.S. remains competitive in a global economy.

Michelle earned her M.B.A. with high honors from Lake Forest Graduate School of Management. She holds a B. S. degree in Business, with a concentration in transportation, from Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana.


Mike Orr

Senior Vice President of Operations & Logistics, Genuine Parts Company

Mike Orr joined the Genuine Parts Company in 2005 and has more than 25 years of experience in Global Operations for Industrial and Consumer Products companies. During his time with Genuine Parts Company, he also served as Senior Vice President of Operations & Logistics for S.P.Richards Company, a GPC Subsidiary.

Prior to Genuine Parts Company, he was Group Vice President, Operations for Newell Rubbermaid where he had global operational responsibility including manufacturing, safety, supply chain and logistics. Prior to Newell Rubbermaid, he worked for Allied-Signal (Honeywell), in a variety of engineering and operation assignments.

Mike earned his bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from South Dakota State University and his master’s degree in business administration from Arizona State University.


NLDC Board of Advisors Members Emeritus

John J. Coyle, Ph.D.

Director of Corporate Relations for the Center for Supply Chain Research and Professor Emeritus of Logistics and Supply Chain Management in the Smeal College of BusinessPenn State University

Rob Dugas

Vice-President, Supply ChainChick-fil-A

Gough Grubbs

Senior Vice President, Distribution/LogisticsStage Stores

C. John Langley, Ph.D.

Clinical Professor of Supply Chain ManagementSupply Chain & Information SystemsSmeal College of BusinessThe Pennsylvania State University