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Grant Hoffman, CPF
Grant Hoffman, CPF

Executive Vice President, Chief Supply Chain Officer

Grant Hoffman is Poly’s Executive Vice President, Chief Supply Chain Officer, responsible for Poly’s global supply chain and manufacturing. Hoffman is a 24-year veteran of supply chain with experience in consumer electronics, automotive, and consumer packaged goods. He was most recently VP and Head of Supply Chain for Lenovo’s Mobile Phone business unit. Prior to joining Lenovo, Grant held positions of increasing responsibility at Motorola, Google, Continental Automotive Group and Del Monte Foods. Grant holds an undergraduate degree in business and an MBA from Northern Illinois University. Hoffman serves on the Board of Advisors at the Institute of Business Forecasting (IBF), and as an advisor to both the University of Wisconsin Erdman Center for Operations Management and Northern Illinois University's Operations Management department. He is an IBF Certified Professional Forecaster (CPF).

Joseph Eschenbrenner, ACPF
Joseph Eschenbrenner, ACPF
Roche Tissue Diagnostics

Director Planning and Material Management
Joe Eschenbrenner serves as the Director Planning and Material Management for Roche Tissue Diagnostics. Prior to this, he served as the Director of Demand Planning for Puma North America where his responsibilities were focused in multiple areas, driving "Speed to Market" and "Holistic Operational Efficiency". He has extensive experience managing Demand and Supply Planning, Merchandising Operations, and Sales Allocations. He also worked as the Global Manager of Demand Planning for the Timken Company which serves diverse industries including Automotive, Heavy Truck, Off Highway, Rail, Wind Energy, Heavy Industries, Power Transmission, Industrial Distribution and Automotive Market. Joe holds an MBA and Master's Degree in Finance from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) as well as a B.A. in Mathematics and Statistics from the University of Connecticut. Joe is a past President of the Automotive Market Research Council and has achieved IBF's Advanced Certified Professional Forecaster (ACPF) designation.
Todd Gallant, ACPF
Todd Gallant, ACPF

Former Vice President of Global Planning
Todd has extensive experience in coordinating demand planning processes and S&OP. He was involved in Finance, Customer Service, Supply Chain, and Sales Planning. He is an Advanced Certified Professional Forecaster (ACPF) and holds a BS degree from Boston College and an MBA from University of New Hampshire with a focus in Supply Chain Management and Marketing. Todd is also a member of the Institute of Business Forecasting & Planning (IBF) Board of Advisors and has served as a keynote speaker & panelist for IBF Executive Forums and conferences. Todd has also published in the IBF's Journal of Business Forecasting.
Lori Anter, MBA, CPF
Lori Anter, MBA, CPF
Waters Corporation

Senior Director S&OP and Global Planning
Lori has 20 years’ experience in Global Planning and S&OP having served in multiple leaderships roles at Waters Corporation, Cardinal Health, Honeywell Safety and CVS Health. Her experience covers overseeing the Global S&OP & Demand Center of Excellence for the Medical Segment businesses at Cardinal Health where she developed a team of Planners, implemented S&OP & Planning processes, and led the implementation of SAP IBP. Her background also includes several complex multi system conversions into a single forecasting software solution. Lori holds an MBA with a focus on Logistics, Materials and Supply Chain Management from Bryant University and is an IBF Certified Professional Forecaster.
Patrick Bower
Patrick Bower

Sr. Director of Supply Chain

Patrick Bower has a wide area of expertise, including S&OP, Demand Planning, Inventory, Network Optimization, and Production Scheduling. A recognized expert on demand planning and S&OP, and a self-professed “S&OP geek” - Patrick was previously Practice Manager of Supply Chain Planning at the consulting firm, Plan4Demand where his client list included Diageo, Bayer, GlaxoSmithKline, Pfizer, Foster Farms, Cabot Industries and American Girl. Patrick’s experience encompasses tenures with Cadbury, Kraft Foods, Unisys, and Snapple. Patrick also worked for the supply chain software company - Numetrix, and was Vice President of R&D at Atrion International. He was also the recipient of IBF’s 2012 award for Excellence in Business Forecasting & Planning.

Andrew D. Schneider, ACPF
Andrew D. Schneider, ACPF
Viega LLC

Supply Chain Manager

Andrew Schneider is a veteran supply chain and business science professional, with a 20 year career spanning journalism, sales, demand planning, analytics, emerging data sciences, strategy, and enterprise risk management. He is a thought leader for the IBF and a member of the esteemed advisory board, an ASCM award-winning fellow & certification holder, and an always-hungry learner of & contributor to the business planning field. He has vast experience across leadership & practitioner roles in CPG, Footwear & Apparel, Food & Beverage, and Medical Device sectors, along with systems implementation, COE deployment, and full supply chain transformation experience. Andrew is presently employed in a supply chain management role with Viega LLC, but also maintains his consultancy practice and is always available to network, consult, and serve. He is an IBF Advanced Certified Professional Forecaster (ACPF).

Erin Marchant
Erin Marchant
Collins Aerospace

Director, Aftermarket Planning and Strategy
Erin Marchant is the Director, Aftermarket Planning and Strategy at Collins Aerospace, located outside of Dayton, OH. She has over a decade of varied experience in Supply Chain, from strategic sourcing to material planning, production scheduling to her favorite area, demand management. Erin holds a B.S. in Economics from Heidelberg University, an MBA from Ashland University and a M.S. in Information Architecture and Knowledge Management from Kent State University.
Misty Eldridge
Misty Eldridge
GE Appliances

Sr. DT Manager, Planning and Fulfillment Systems

Misty is the Senior DT Manager, Planning and Fulfillment Systems for GE Appliances. She leads the digital team supporting planning and fulfillment systems across the organization. Prior to joining GE Appliances in 2022, Misty held several leadership roles in multiple industries ranging from food and packaging to CPG companies. She has a wide area of expertise including S&OP, Demand Planning, Inventory, and Supply Planning. She has been a driver of process improvements and leading digital transformations. Misty holds a degree from the University of Illinois. In 2022, she received the Excellence in Business Forecasting & Planning award from IBF.

Sara Park
Sara Park
The Coca-Cola Company

Vice President, E2E Integrated Planning
Sara has over 15 years’ experience in various planning roles at Heinz, Georgia-Pacific and now The Coca-Cola Company, where she has spent almost 6 years in Finance, Supply Chain, and Business Transformation. Her latest role is in North America Finance as leader for Volume and Revenue Forecasting. Before taking this position, Sara led teams in the Planning Center of Excellence for Supply Chain & Logistics, Integrated Business Planning, and Product Lifecycle Management, where Product Lifecycle Management processes were tightly integrated with S&OP and Shelf Planning. Having managed teams and developed professionals for over a decade, she is an advocate of mentoring, coaching, and sponsoring talent. Sara holds a degree in English from the University of California and an MBA from Case Western Reserve University.
David Wehling
David Wehling
The Toro Company

Manager, SIOP & Analytics, International Division
Dr. David Wehling (Doctor of Business Administration) has been responsible for Forecasting and Analytics for the International Division of the Toro Company for 23 years. He is also an adjunct instructor at the graduate, undergraduate, and executive education level for the past 10 years. He is the author of "A Practical Leadership Model for Frontline and Mid-level Managers Based on the Writings of American Hall of Fame Sports Coaches". He holds a B.S in Business/Mathematics from the University of Wisconsin River Falls, an MBA from the University of St Thomas, and a doctorate from Globe University.
Mark Temkin
Mark Temkin
Harry's Inc.

Senior Director, Planning and External Operations
Mark Temkin has over 25 years of management experience in demand planning, supply chain operations and business strategy in the consumer products, high-tech and apparel industries. He is currently Senior Director, Planning and External Operations at Harry's, Inc. Prior to Harry’s, Mark managed the demand planning and inventory control functions for Hain Celestial’s U.S. natural foods and personal care businesses, and before that, worked at Samsung Electronics and Barnes & Noble’s Nook Device division. He has expertise in reengineering demand planning functions, implementing new systems and leveraging S&OP and CPFR processes to drive forecasting accuracy, service levels and inventory optimization. He is an active member of IBF as panel expert, moderator and chapter event host and holds a BA in Political Science from John Hopkins University and a MBA in Finance from NYU’s Stern School of Business.
Simon Ketteringham
Simon Ketteringham
Innocent Drinks

Head of Business Delivery
Simon currently works as the Head of Business Delivery at Innocent drinks, responsible for the forecasting and S&OP teams. Prior to this, he led their Business Change team, delivering technology change group-wide. This included the transformation of the Supply Chain Planning systems and a refresh of all the end user computing infrastructure to empower the entire team to work at optimal capacity. Simon’s career has seen him complete a 3-year stint with the Foreign and Commonwealth office in the UK civil service, but the bulk of his experience is at Innocent Drinks where he has worked in a number of Supply and Sales roles. Simon holds a Master’s degree in Engineering from the University of Oxford.
Greg Spira
Greg Spira
Oliver Wight

Greg Spira has a broad background covering Integrated Business Planning, Forecasting and Demand Management, Finance/Accounting, and Information Technology. He currently leads Forecasting for Mondelēz North America, and prior to that he led Integrated Business Planning for the North American Biscuits category. Prior to Mondelēz, Greg led Global Demand Management at BlackBerry, and has 15 years of experience in a variety of industries. Greg has a passion for solving challenging problems and driving change with the right mix of people, process, and tools. He combines operational savvy with an agile approach to solving business problems to add value and achieve goals. He has a successful track record of leading teams through challenging transformations, and enjoys developing and motivating talent.
Eric Wilson, ACPF
Eric Wilson, ACPF
Institute of Business Forecasting & Planning

Director – Thought Leadership
Eric is a predictive analytics and business planning innovator, author, and speaker. He is the Director of Thought Leadership at the IBF. Prior to this he worked as the Director of Demand Planning at Escalade Sports, Director of Demand Planning at Berry Plastics, and Director of Demand Planning & S&OP at Tempur Sealy International. In 2016, he received the Excellence in Business Forecasting & Planning award from the IBF. He is an IBF Advanced Certified Professional Forecaster (ACPF) with over 20 years of experience. Eric is a visionary in his field, a frequent speaker and panelist for many executive forums and professional conferences, and has written numerous articles in publications such as The Journal of Business Forecasting and APICS Magazine. He is also the author of the books Cultural Cycles and Predictive Analytics for Business Forecasting & Planning.
Jennifer Thornton
Jennifer Thornton
Innocent Drinks

Business Delivery Team Leader

Jenn came to S&OP via a range of FMCG roles across both demand and supply. She has driven our S&OP team and processes at innocent since 2013, developing the S&OP partnering model and exploring what being a fast growing, responsible, entrepreneurial business means to our processes and the people who embody them. Jenn is our Global Business Delivery lead.

Paul Mackie
Paul Mackie
John Galt Solutions

Senior Business Consultant

Paul Mackie is a supply chain planning veteran with over 13 years’ experience in demand planning, supply planning, and S&OP. Currently, Paul works as a Senior Business Consultant with John Galt clients in a variety of industries including consumer packaged goods, food & beverage, manufacturing, pharmaceutical, distribution, apparel, and more. Paul trains John Galt clients on the use of their industry-leading products, as well as best practices in statistical forecasting, demand planning, end-to-end supply planning, and more.

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Joe Eschenbrenner ACPF, Director Demand Planning, PUMA

This virtual conference is interactive, immersive and designed to provide attendees with best practices from planning and forecasting experts - all from the comfort of your home or office. With 15 + curated sessions and panel discussions, this is the perfect opportunity to develop your skills, knowledge and network. Because it’s online, you can access the same valuable insight you get at our physical events but at lower cost and without the need to travel.

Why Attend

  • Join the largest virtual gathering of global professionals from well-known brands, representing all industries with S&OP/IBP, demand planning, supply chain, forecasting, and analytics/data science responsibilities
  • Practical insight designed to improve your forecasting, planning and S&OP
  • Learn how to successfully implement S&OP and advance the process with Integrated Business Planning (IBP)
  • Learn how to improve your forecasting and demand planning processes from the ground up
  • Learn how to forecast and plan for new products
  • Better plan for products that face sudden drops or surges in demand
  • Learn how companies are leveraging machine learning and predictive analytics, as well as fundamental statistical forecasting methods
  • Learn how to bring your organization to best-in-class levels through better business planning and forecasting
  • Learn step-by-step with case studies from well-known global companies
  • Meet other professionals from Sales, Marketing, Finance, HR, Executive Management, and other key functions in the S&OP/IBP process
  • Easy access - all that is required is broadband internet and browser. Plus, you can either use computer speakers and microphone or call-in via phone
  • No travel and accommodation costs
  • And so much more
Event Speakers
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Grant Hoffman, CPF
Executive Vice President, Chief Supply Chain Officer
Joseph Eschenbrenner, ACPF
Roche Tissue Diagnostics
Director Planning and Material Management
Todd Gallant, ACPF
Former Vice President of Global Planning
Virtual Conference Schedule
  • Workshop
    Apr 28, 2020
  • Conference Day 1
    Apr 29, 2020
  • Conference Day 2
    Apr 30, 2020
IBF Members Only
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM (ET)
Fundamentals of Demand Planning & Forecasting Workshop (Gold Package/IBF Members Only)

10:00 am


  • Benefits and its impact on supply chain, management decisions, financial plans
  • Responsibilities/Accountability
  • Consensus development and management support
  • Relationship to other decision and planning processes
  • Cross-function participation and involvement


  • Data identification and definition
  • Structure of time series data
  • Data collection and analysis
  • Identifying and adjusting for anomalies


  • Importance of error measurement and analysis
  • Sources and remediation of error
  • Interpretation and application of error metrics
  • Mean Absolute % Error (MAPE)
  • Weighted Mean Absolute % Error (WMAPE)
  • Error analysis and cost of error

11.30 am BREAK


  • Importance of pattern identification
  • Time series model development
  • When to use time series models
  • Advantages and disadvantages of time series
  • Event adjustments and when to use
  • Underlying assumptions
  • Widely used time series methods – averages, naïve model, exponential smoothing, decomposition, trend, seasonal, and other time series methods


  • An Overview of Regression Analysis
  • Advantages and disadvantages
  • Application in estimating effects of promotions, pricing, advertising, and other program actions


  • Challenges of New Product Forecasting
  • Product lifecycle structure and estimation
  • Qualitative forecasting methods
  • Overview of Quantitative and Qualitative forecasting methods
  • Expected error and accuracy

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APRIL 29-30, 2020
(1 YEAR)
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IBF members include well-known company professionals that span a broad array of business sectors. By joining our organization, you can make certain that your company sets up the right forecasting & planning process and uses the best techniques available. Moreover, you can be sure that your forecasting and demand planning staff has the proper knowledge and skill set for success.

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