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Grant Hoffman, CPF
Grant Hoffman, CPF
Lenovo

Corporate Vice President of Business Operations

Grant Hoffman is a veteran of Supply Chain with over 25 years of experience in consumer packaged goods (CPG), automotive, and consumer electronics. He is currently the VP and Head of Supply Chain for Lenovo’s Mobile Phone business unit. Prior to joining Lenovo he worked at Motorola, Google, Continental AG and Del Monte Foods. Grant holds an undergraduate degree in business and an MBA from Northern Illinois University. He is 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. Grant is a Certified Professional Forecaster (CPF).

Joseph Eschenbrenner, ACPF
Joseph Eschenbrenner, ACPF
Puma

Director of Demand & Supply Planning
Joe Eschenbrenner serves as Director of Demand Planning for Puma North America. Joe's current responsibilities are focused in multiple areas, driving "Speed to Market" and "Holistic Operational Efficiency". He manages Demand and Supply Planning, Merchandising, Operations, and Marketing and Sales. Prior to joining Puma, Joe was 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
Crocs

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 a Certified Professional Forecaster (CPF) 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
Lori Anter, MBA
Cardinal Health

Director, Demand Planning

She joined Cardinal Health in 2017 and has 20 years’ experience in Demand Planning and S&OP. In her current role as Director of Demand Planning, she oversees the Americas Demand Planning Department and Global consolidation of forecasts, develops new processes and drives change. Lori created a team of Demand Planners, developed the Demand Planning process and templates, and led the implementation of IBP during and through the completion of a Transition Service Agreement. Her prior roles include Global SIOP Leader at Honeywell, Pricing and Logistics Analyst at CVS, and Demand Planning Manager at NDS. Lori Anter is an active member of the New England IBF Chapter and has a passion for mentoring and coaching Demand Planners. She holds an MBA, Logistics, Materials and Supply Chain, from Bryant University.

Patrick Bower
Patrick Bower
Combe Inc.

Sr. Director, Global Supply Chain Planning & Customer Service

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
Medtronic

Sr. Transformation Manager of Corporate Quality
Andrew is an award-winning Sales & Operations Planning (S&OP) and Supply Chain Management professional. He is currently employed with Medtronic, the world's largest medical device company. He is also on the Board of Advisors for the Institute of Business Forecasting & Planning (IBF), and a regular international speaker at industry events, including the IBF. Andrew is a hands-on data scientist; but also an inspirational industry leader with a passion for innovating & advancing the fields of demand planning, S&OP/IBP, and enterprise risk management.
Erin Marchant
Erin Marchant
Collins Aerospace

Associate Director, Global Demand Planning and MRO Materials, Landing Systems
Erin Marchant is the Associate Director, Global Demand Planning and MRO Materials, Landing Systems 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
Escalade Sports

Supply Planning Manager

Misty is the Supply Planning Manager at Escalade Sports with over 20 years of experience in Demand and Supply Planning. She leads demand review meetings, product review, inventory and executive S&OP meetings as part of the S&OP process. Her experience covers multiple industries including packaging, food, beauty products, party supplies and sporting goods. Misty led the implementation of the inventory and replenishment modules of Arkieva at Escalade. Prior to joining Escalade in 2018, Misty worked as Demand Planning Manager at multibillion-dollar consumer packaging company Berry Global, and prior to that, as Inventory Planning Manager at cosmetics company Coty. Misty holds degrees from the University of Queensland and the University of Illinois.

Sara Park
Sara Park
The Coca-Cola Company

Vice President, Exec S&OP, Forecasting COE and Supply Chain 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

Principal
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, CPF
Eric Wilson, CPF
Institute of Business Forecasting & Planning

Director of 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 Certified Professional Forecaster (CPF) 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 book Cultural Cycles.
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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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.


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  • 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
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  • 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
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Event Speakers
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Grant Hoffman, CPF
Lenovo
Corporate Vice President of Business Operations
Joseph Eschenbrenner, ACPF
Puma
Director of Demand & Supply Planning
Todd Gallant, ACPF
Crocs
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

ROLE OF FORECASTING IN THE ORGANIZATION

  • 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 MANAGEMENT AND DATA CLEANING

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

FORECAST ERROR MEASUREMENT

  • 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

HOW TO FORECAST WITH TIMES SERIES MODELS – THE MOST WIDELY USED METHOD OF FORECASTING

  • 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

REGRESSION ANALYTICS – FORECASTING AND EVALUATING CAUSES OF VARIATION IN DEMAND

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

NEW PRODUCT FORECASTING – FORECASTING OVER LONGER TIME PERIODS WITH GREATER UNKNOWNS

  • 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
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BENCHMARKING RESEARCH
LATEST ISSUE: JOURNAL OF BUSINESS FORECASTING
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IBF CPF CERTIFICATION EXAMS
FUNDAMENTALS OF DEMAND PLANNING & FORECASTING BOOK
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