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2014 Lifetime achivement Winner
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Mark Covas (Center)
Group Director, Planning COE at the Coca Cola Company
has been honored as the IBF's 2014 "Lifetime Achievement in Business Forecasting & Planning" recipient for his excellence, professional commitment, and dedication to advancing the field.
Alan Milliken, SC Education Specialist at BASF & 2013 Excellence in Business Forecasting & Planning Award Winner (right) on honoring John Gallucci:

For over a decade now, John has offered his expertise and thought leadership to the Institute of Business Forecasting (IBF). He has introduced new ideas to the community such as applying lean techniques to the forecasting process to improve the effectiveness and efficiency. John has written numerous articles in the IBF's Journal of Business Forecasting to help others implement and improve planning processes...John's efforts as a practitioner have included ground up implementations of demand planning and S&OP processes. He possesses the ability to assess the current environment and designs planning processes that achieve desired results. John also continuously improves planning processes at his firm by introducing leading edge technology and the latest best practices.

John Gallucci on receiving this honor:

It is an honor to receive this award, knowing that I was nominated and selected by peers who handle similar challenges and opportunities on a daily basis. I want to thank the IBF, specifically Dr. Jain and Anish, for the impact that they have had on my life and my career. I am also grateful for the opportunities that I have had at great companies like Fujifilm, Gerber, Nestle, and Nice-Pak to create better planning environments, and to help drive energy into their cultures. I am truly passionate about Demand Planning and S&OP, and to be considered for this award is an amazing gesture....The "IBF 2014 Excellence in Planning and Forecasting Award" is voted on by other practitioners who are driving this revolution, and it is an honor for my body of work to be considered.

2014 Excellence Winner
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John A. Gallucci (Center)
Senior Director, Product Planning, Frozen Division at Pinnacle Foods Group LLC
has been honored as the IBF's 2014 "Excellence in Business Forecasting & Planning" Award
Anish Jain, Managing Director, IBF (pictured left) summed it up well:

Charles has been a major contributor to the field of Business Forecasting & Planning as well as the IBF. He helped launch our first best practices event in 1996, which was the catalyst for the many developments at the organization including our global presence, development and growth of IBF certification, membership, research, and more.

Charles has published over 50 articles in the field, written a number of books, and continues to volunteer his thought leadership to practitioners around the world.

It's really an honor and with great pleasure to award him with IBF's Lifetime Achievement Award

Charles response to winning this award:

It is an honor to receive this award, particularly, while among my peers, business colleagues, and friends. The IBF has certainly been a key ingredient to my success in the field of business forecasting and planning. Over the years I have met many great people through the IBF. The list is too long to share all the friendships that I've made as a result of my affiliation with the IBF. In closing, my words to you as a fellow forecaster are be courageous, think outside the paradigm, be passionate about your work, have perpetual optimism in the face of negativity, and above all, finish strong. You will not be judged on how you start, but how you finish