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Scott Pavel
Scott Pavel
Tecumseh Poultry

Vice President of Technical Services and Continuous Improvement
Scott Pavel was part of the investment group that bought Tecumseh Poultry out of bankruptcy in June of 2000. He has been a full-time employee of the company since March 2002 and has been involved in all facets of the company including Sales, Operations, Live Operations, IT and Business Planning. In his current role as Vice President of Technical Services and Continuous Improvement, he is responsible for all demand planning, forecasting, analytics and IoT initiatives across the business enterprise. His background includes experience in IT sales and services. Scott holds a degree in Business and Administration from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Danny Stout
Danny Stout

Global Head of Forecasting, Pricing and Analytics
Danny W. Stout, Ph.D., Head of Global Forecasting, Pricing and Analytics for BioLife, is responsible for building, recommending, and driving strategic goals in relation to long-range organization planning as well as structural creation and oversight of forecasting, pricing and analytics models that support and maximize long-term growth plans for BioLife at Takeda. Danny received his doctoral degree from Oklahoma State University in the Research, Evaluation, Measurement and Statistics program in Educational Psychology. Prior to Takeda he worked in data scientist and enterprise sales engineer roles at StatSoft, Dell, Quest and TIBCO.
Sowmya Kumar
Sowmya Kumar

Sr. Data and Applied Scientist - Azure Supply Chain

Sowmya is a passionate data science leader with industry experience developing machine learning models at scale in production from inception to business impact. She was the founding member of data science team at Microsoft Devices, building strategic data science roadmaps and successfully executing them for multiple years with strong business impact and now part of Data science at Azure Supply Chain. She developed deep learning and machine learning modules for solving the demand-supply inventory forecast, customer level forecasting, labor optimization problems that handles seasonality, transition/ new products, marketing-promotions etc. She has experience brining applied science into different aspects of Marketing, Supply Chain & Retail. Prior to Microsoft, she was at Starbucks and was part of data science team in marketing where she was part of building customer segmentation for targeting offers to drive revenue, A/B experimentation to drive revenue and customer engagement.

Wes Womer
Wes Womer

Transaction Advisory Services Manager
Wes started his career as a Finance Analyst at Johnson & Johnson and Body Shop of America before moving into a Financial Planning role at Stanley Black and Decker. After being exposed to the S&OP process, his introduction to demand panning had begun and he would spend the next 5 years as Stanley Black and Decker’s S&OP/Sales Forecasting Manager. Wes is now Senior Finance Manager, Pricing Market and Analytics, at Wabash National, where he employs cutting edge machine learning and predictive analytics to drive forecasts and business insight. He holds a Law Degree from Indiana University, an Accounting degree from Butler University, a Master’s in law from The University of Alabama, and a Master of Science, Data Science, from India University.
Jonathon Karelse
Jonathon Karelse
NorthFind Management

Jonathon’s professional career has consisted of leadership roles in transportation, finance and health products, beginning in supply chain and demand planning roles and culminating in a vice president position in strategic planning and corporate development. He is a recognized thought leader in demand planning and is CEO of the S&OP consultancy NorthFind Management. Jonathon has been a long-term contributor to the IBF’s body of knowledge, with a specific focus on forecasting metrics and diagnostics and forecast value-add. He studied economics at the University of Western Ontario before moving to Vancouver to study law at the University of British Columbia. Jonathon went on to study operations and value chain management at the MIT Sloan School of Management.
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.
Charles Chase, CPF
Charles Chase, CPF
SAS Institute

Executive Industry Consultant

Mr. Chase is an author, thought leader and trusted advisor delivering demand planning and forecasting solutions to improve consumer packaged goods companies supply chain efficiencies. Prior to that, he worked for various companies, including the Mennen Company, Johnson & Johnson, Consumer Products Inc., Reckitt Benckiser PLC, Polaroid Corporation, Coca Cola, Wyeth-Ayerst Pharmaceuticals, and Heineken USA. He has more than 20 years of experience in the consumer packaged goods industry, and is an expert in sales forecasting, market response modeling, econometrics, and supply chain management. He is the author of several books, including Next Generation Demand Management: People, Process, Analytics, and Technology and Demand-Driven Forecasting: A Structured Approach to Forecasting. In addition, he is co-author of Bricks Matter: The Role of Supply Chains in Building Market-Driven Differentiation. He is also the second recipient of the IBF Lifetime Achievement Award.

Gerald Verno
Gerald Verno
Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA)

Director of Supply Chain Planning and Analytics (SCPA)
Gerald is the Director of Supply Chain Planning & Analytics at WMATA. His team is responsible for ensuring sufficient levels of materials for the WMATA maintenance groups, using best practices in forecasting, S&OP, and inventory management. The team also manages data governance and analytics for the entire supply chain, working with the procurement department to source materials globally to support the 8th largest transit agency in the United States. Gerald holds a degree in Business from Queens College, NY, and several supply chain certifications from ASCM and is also the President of the DC Metro ASCM Chapter.
Imane Sabeh, CPF
Imane Sabeh, CPF
KBI Biopharma (a JSR Company)

Associate Director of Global S&OP

Imane Sabeh is a Supply Chain expert specializing in S&OP with extensive experience covering demand planning, supply planning, and product lifecycle planning at companies including Clorox, Coca-Cola, PODS and Sunbrella. She currently works as an Associate Director of S&OP at KBI Biopharma. Prior to this, she worked as Global S&OP Manager with Teleflex Incorporated where she managed key medical device portfolios in the fields of Emergency Medicine and Anesthesia. Imane is an IBF Certified Professional Forecaster (CPF) and holds an MBA in Supply Chain Management and Marketing Strategy from the University of South Florida.

Rym Khelil
Rym Khelil

Division Sales and Operations Planning Manager
Rym has extensive expertise in planning and supply chain with an industrial engineering background. She currently manages Schlumberger’s Well Construction Division S&OP process at a global scope covering $9bn in revenue and 28,000 employees. Rym has 15 years’ experience within Schlumberger, having worked in various roles in planning and supply chain and across multiple segments and location including France, the UK and currently the US. Prior to her current role, she was supply chain manager for the Schlumberger Drilling Bits business. Rym has an advanced knowledge in strategic planning, Sales and Operations Planning, resource management, inventory management, distribution, logistics, category strategy, demand management, sourcing, supplier quality, and supplier management. She holds a degree in Industrial Engineering from the National Polytechnic School in Algiers and a masters’ degree from Ecole Central de Paris.
Andrew Schneider, ACPF
Andrew Schneider, ACPF
Viega LLC

Supply Chain Manager

Andrew Schneider is an award-winning Integrated Business Planning and Supply Chain Management professional. He currently works as Supply Chain Manager for Viega LLC. Prior to this, he was employed with Ball Corporation, the world’s largest sustainable & innovative beverage packaging company. Andrew is also on the Board of Advisors for the Institute for Business Forecasting & Planning (IBF), a triple-fellow with the Association for Supply Chain Management (ASCM) , and a regular international speaker at industry events. He is a hands-on data scientist & practitioner, while also an inspirational industry leader with a passion for innovating & advancing the fields of demand planning, S&OP, and enterprise risk management. He is an IBF Advanced Certified Professional Forecaster (ACPF).

Miwa Hattori
Miwa Hattori

Principal Data Scientist Manager
Miwa Hattori is a Principal Data Scientist Manager at Microsoft - Cloud & AI Division, Cloud Supply Chain and Provisioning organization. A computational economist turned data scientist, she brings together 18 years of experience in applied research, quantitative modeling, business intelligence, IT financial management, data centers, and cloud supply chain, 10 years of which are with Microsoft. She delivers forecasting, optimization, and digital twinning solutions to drive digital transformation within demand planning and supply chain. She holds an MS in Economics from the University of Texas at Austin.
Siddanth Srivastava
Siddanth Srivastava
Mars Snacking

Head of US Omnichannel Analytics & Responsible AI
Kendell Churchwell, ACPF
Kendell Churchwell, ACPF
Southern Farm Bureau Life Insurance Company

Senior Marketing Data Analyst
Kendell Churchwell is a senior analyst with Southern Farm Bureau Life Insurance where she is responsible for the implementation of marketing predictive analytics projects. Her career started at IBM as an IT specialist before moving on to business analysis and analytics roles at C Spire where she spent 10 years. She is a Certified Analytics Professional (CAP®, INFORMS), a certified IBM SPSS Modeler Professional, and Project Management Professional (PMP). Kendell has BS in Mathematics and Computer Science and an MBA from Mississippi State University.
Vishal Bahl
Vishal Bahl
CHS Inc.

Director of Supply Chain Global Planning

Vishal Bahl is an Integrated Supply Chain and Operations executive and currently leads the planning organization for the Agriculture sector of CHS Corporation, a $34 billion company with diversified operations in energy, chemicals, and food production. He leads a team of demand, supply, inventory, and network optimization professionals focused on driving customer value and profitable growth for the company. Prior to CHS, Vishal held progressive leadership roles in divestitures, advanced manufacturing operations, PMO and network optimization at Ecolab and Eaton corporation. He is a lean Six Sigma Black Belt and holds an MBA from Carnegie Mellon University and an MS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Illinois.

Lindsie Herzog
Lindsie Herzog
CHS Inc.

Supply Chain Planning Manager

Lindsie Herzog is a Supply Chain Planning and Strategy professional and currently leading the supply planning function for the grain and fertilizer business of CHS Inc corporation, a $48B company with diversified operations in energy, chemicals, and food production. Lindsie has held progressive leadership roles in finance, strategic planning, and financial planning and analysis over her 13 year career at CHS Inc. She is ASCM Certified in Planning and Inventory Management (CPIM), holds a Master’s in Business Administration from Augsburg University and a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Management Information Systems from Metro State University.

Tim Mangan
Tim Mangan
Ashley Furniture

Forecast Analyst
Katherine Sanborn
Katherine Sanborn
Land O’Lakes Inc.

Senior Data Scientist

Katherine Sanborn is a senior data scientist in the Dairy Foods IT team at Land O’Lakes Inc. In her current role, Katherine provides analytics solutions to answer business questions with a data driven approach. Prior to Land O’Lakes, Katherine worked for the Kellogg Company. She earned her Master’s degree in Economics from Western Michigan University and Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Saint Mary’s College in Indiana.

Rob Stevens
Rob Stevens
First Analytics

Vice President

As part of the leadership team at First Analytics, Rob helps companies develop and execute programs to cultivate their analytics competency. He brings experience to bear stemming more than thirty years as an analytics professional. His career has consisted of consulting, product development, client service, technical, and sales roles within software, consulting and market research firms. His experience includes senior roles at SAS, IRI, Accenture, Ernst & Young, and Marketing Analytics (now part of AC Nielsen). Rob has helped clients gain the benefit of analytics in the consumer products, manufacturing, retail, railroad, automotive, utilities and energy, and health and life sciences industries.

Dr. Sven F. Crone
Dr. Sven F. Crone
Lancaster University

Assistant Professor in Management Science
Dr. Sven F. Crone is an expert in forecasting, with over 15 years of expertise in both its theory and practice. As an Assistant Professor at Lancaster University and the Director of the Lancaster Centre for Forecasting (the largest thinktank dedicated to business forecasting) he has been published in over 40 scientific publications and has received international awards for developing new forecasting algorithms. He has trained over 500 Demand Planners, and consulted with industry leaders on improving forecasting methods, systems and processes. Sven is a regular speaker at IBF conferences, sharing insights from hands-on consulting projects and the latest research in forecasting for FMCG/CPG, Call Centres and Energy Markets.
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IBF’s 7th Annual Predictive Business Analytics, Forecasting & Planning Conference is a comprehensive program covering everything about predicting the future using new sources of data, methods, tools, talent management approaches, and more to become confident with our decision making and business plans.

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  • Understand how to create a data driven culture in your organization and win
  • Learn how to turn Big Data into valuable insights for better operations planning
  • Learn how to apply predictive analytics to the S&OP process for maximum impact
  • Learn how to use social media, point-of-sale (POS), syndicated data, and other attributes to predict sales
  • Gain knowledge on emerging technology tools for predictive analytics & business forecasting that are making organizations more profitable
  • Learn how to optimize inventory and customer service through improved business analytics
  • See the significant financial benefits that can result from improving the analytics capabilities within your organization
  • Learn how to mitigate risk through predictive analytics
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Scott Pavel
Tecumseh Poultry
Vice President of Technical Services and Continuous Improvement
Danny Stout
Global Head of Forecasting, Pricing and Analytics
Sowmya Kumar
Sr. Data and Applied Scientist - Azure Supply Chain
Conference Schedule
  • Pre-Conference Workshop
    Apr 25, 2023
  • Conference Day 1
    Apr 26, 2023
  • Conference Day 2
    Apr 27, 2023
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This workshop will provide practical tips to incorporate into your own organization, where you’ll learn to leverage the cutting-edge of analytics technology. We will focus on data science applications for forecasting and best practices. Recent advances in forecasting, often called Predictive Analytics techniques, involve the use of Big Data, including analysis of textual data like that created by social media (Facebook etc.). This ½ day masterclass will be especially helpful for demand planners and forecasters looking to implement the latest advancements and next-level techniques.



• Popular Data Science tools

• Overview of Open Source Platforms (R & Python)


• Reading and summarizing data

• Merging data objects

• Feature engineering

• Installing and initiating packages


• Feature Scaling

• Univariate vs Multivariate Outlier Detection

• DBSCAN clustering, anomaly extraction



• Machine Learning Defined

• Comparison to Statistical Methods

• Artificial Neural Networks


• K-Fold Cross Validation

• Parameter Selection

• Assessing model accuracy, stability

• Combining models to improve accuracy



• Overview of Ensemble Modeling

• Random Forest Trees



• Gradient Boosted Trees

• Explaining model behavior

• Communication and Telling Stories with Data


• Plotting Basics

• Advanced Graphics


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