Alan has had a long and rich career - and this award recognizes his specific contribution to, and excellence in the profession of demand planning and forecasting.
During the last decade, Alan has offered his thought leadership over and over again. He has been published in the JBF nine times since 2004 and has been a featured speaker at many IBF events. Alan is quick to offer his learned and folksy wisdom to anyone in our profession.
Alan's long career has brought him to his current role as a teacher. He is an educator on all things demand planning and S&OP. Alan became such a distinguished resource by working hard and innovating - looking for ways to consistently improve both himself and the organizations he worked for. Alan is so respected in the field that he was asked to write the forward in the latest book from Dr. Jain and the IBF, 'Fundamentals of Demand Planning & Forecasting,'
Without trying to be silly or cute - I view Alan as a demand planning sensei.. a distinguished master of his profession. A teacher. It has been my honor to present Alan with this award.
I want to thank the IBF for recognizing my efforts to advance the forecasting and business planning processes. I also want to thank BASF for giving me the opportunity to participate in the IBF's mission. I am honored to receive this prestigious award.
Larry volunteered to speak at the first IBF best practices conference back in April 1996 and has been a contributor every year, sharing his experience, driving new thought and imparting knowledge. He volunteers to train and enrich budding Forecasting and Planning Professionals at IBF's Tutorials, Workshops, and Academy every year since the 90's.
Larry has provided valuable input in the development of IBF's body of knowledge that drives our certification, research, and training programs. He has contributed over 60 articles to our Journal of Business Forecasting. He provides valuable insight and thoughts on improvement, enabling forecasting and planning professionals to succeed in this challenging environment.
I am deeply honored and humbled to receive this award. While I greatly appreciate receiving it, it would be less meaningful if the IBF hadn't evolved into what it is today -- the preeminent professional forecasting and planning organization on the planet. So on behalf of the entire community I wish to thank Professor Jain and Anish for founding the IBF and for allowing me to be part of its success. And, of course, I personally thank the IBF body and both of them for this award.