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David Terebessy
David Terebessy
Nissan North America

Head of Americas Market Intelligence & Data Science

David is a digital transformation, consumer insights and marketing leader at Nissan where he currently leads the Market Intelligence Data Analytics organization that produces insights designed to drive digital transformation within the planning function at Nissan. He previously worked in an industry analyst role at IHS Markit and supply chain roles at Ford Motor Company and Honda. He holds an MBA from the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business and a BS in Supply Chain Management from Penn State University. He is a member of the digital marketing advisory panel at the University of South Florida.

Dalila Brini
Dalila Brini
LFB

International Business Analyst / OpEx /Master Data Management/SFE

Dalila is currently an International Business Analyst in the French pharmaceutical company LFB. She leads operational excellence and data management programs for LFB’s international operations, driving operational efficiency. Prior to LFB, Dalila worked as a Serology Expert/Quality Lead at UK NEQAS. She holds an MBA from Université Paris Dauphine - PSL and a Master’s degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from Aix-Marseille University. She is also a Certified Professional Forecaster (CPF) and Certified PQMS AUDITOR.

Alain Pouliot
Alain Pouliot
Meta

Director, Global Demand Planning
Alain Pouliot is a senior supply chain professional with over 20 years of experience. He is currently the Director of Global Product Demand Planning at Meta, where he leads demand planning for Reality Labs, the business unit that builds tools helping people feel connected, anytime, anywhere. He leads a global team of demand planners focused on innovative VR and AR products. Prior to Meta, Alain worked for L’Oréal, Nestlé, and Microsoft. He holds both an MSc in Logistics and BBA in in Operations Management from HEC Montréal. He recently completed an MA in WWII Studies, an innovative joint program between Arizona State University and New Orleans’ very own National WWII Museum. Alain is based out of the Seattle area.
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.
Jose Laparte
Jose Laparte
Hershey Salty Snacks

Sr. Manager Materials Planning
Max Levine
Max Levine
McCormick & Company

Demand Planning Manager NA Consumer Products
Max Levine is an experienced planning professional and is currently the Demand Planning Manager for North America Consumer Products at McCormick and Company. He leads a team of planners and analysts who drive the end-to-end IBP process through data and collaboration with cross functional business partners. Prior to joining McCormick, Max worked for DTLR, Under Armour, and Ross Stores where he held various planning roles. He holds a BS in Marketing and Management from Salisbury University Purdue School of Business.
Brenda Morales
Brenda Morales
Dunlop Sports

Data Management and Planning Manager

Brenda Morales is currently the Data Management and Planning Manager at Dunlop Sports, which she joined in 2007. Having worked in multiple data, account and customer service roles of increasing responsibility, she now leads the Data Management and Planning teams, focusing on Master Data and integrated data lakes. She holds an MBA from Western Governors University.

Marcia Williams
Marcia Williams
USM Supply Chain Consulting

Founder and Managing Partner

Marcia has 18 years of experience in Supply Chain, with expertise in optimizing Supply Chain-Finance Planning (S&OP/ IBP) at Large Fast-Growing CPGs for GREATER Profits with Automation in Excel, RPA, & Power BI. Marcia has helped mid-sized and large companies including Lindt Chocolates, Hershey, and Coty. She holds an MBA from Michigan State University and a degree in Accounting from Universidad de la Republica, Uruguay. Marcia is also a Forbes Council Contributor based out of New York, and author of the book series Supply Chains with Maria in storytelling style. A recent speaker’s engagement is Marcia TEDx Talk: TEDxMSU - How Supply Chain Impacts You: A Transformational Journey.

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.
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.
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.
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This event was very informative and there were great ideas presented that I will be using to improve our forecasting process.
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IBF’s 8th 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.

Why YOU should Attend:

  • 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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Event Speakers
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David Terebessy
Nissan North America
Head of Americas Market Intelligence & Data Science
Dalila Brini
LFB
International Business Analyst / OpEx /Master Data Management/SFE
Alain Pouliot
Meta
Director, Global Demand Planning
Conference Schedule
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  • Pre-Conference Workshop
    Apr 16, 2024
  • Conference Day 1
    Apr 17, 2024
  • Conference Day 2
    Apr 18, 2024
April 25, IBF Members Only
1:15 PM - 4:30 PM
Hands-On Data Science & Predictive Analytics Workshop (Gold Package/IBF Members Only)

1:15pm-4:30pm EST

DATA SCIENCE WORKSHOP

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.

I. INTRODUCTION

II. SOFTWARE OVERVIEW

• Popular Data Science tools

• Overview of Open Source Platforms (R & Python)

III. ENVIRONMENT

• Reading and summarizing data

• Merging data objects

• Feature engineering

• Installing and initiating packages

IV. DATA CLEANSING & PREPARATION

• Feature Scaling

• Univariate vs Multivariate Outlier Detection

• DBSCAN clustering, anomaly extraction

V.MACHINE LEARNING

MODULE 1 – REGRESSION

• Machine Learning Defined

• Comparison to Statistical Methods

• Artificial Neural Networks

VI. MODEL OPTIMIZATION

• K-Fold Cross Validation

• Parameter Selection

• Assessing model accuracy, stability

• Combining models to improve accuracy

VII.MACHINE LEARNING

MODULE 2 – CLASSIFICATION

• Overview of Ensemble Modeling

• Random Forest Trees

VIII.MACHINE LEARNING

MODULE 3 – ADVANCED TOPICS

• Gradient Boosted Trees

• Explaining model behavior

• Communication and Telling Stories with Data

IX. DATA VISUALIZATION

• Plotting Basics

• Advanced Graphics

X. TOPICS OF EXPLORATION

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Dr. Sven F. Crone
Lancaster UniversityAssistant Professor in Management Science
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