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Peter C. Thomas, CPF
Head of Demand Planning & Forecasting
DuPont Crop Protection
Pete Thomas is the Demand Leader for the DuPont Crop Protection business. His experience with DuPont and Agribusiness spans over 35 years in various commercial roles including sales, market research, product management, business development, project management, and business improvement. He is a Certified Professional Forecaster, Certified Supply Chain Consultant, and Certified Six Sigma Champion. In 2015, he was assigned to create a Demand Management organization and lead an End-to-End business improvement transformation.
Eric Wilson, CPF
Director of Thought Leadership
Institute of Business Forecasting & Planning
Eric is the Director of Thought Leadership at the IBF and a predictive analytics and business planning innovator, author, and speaker. 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. 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 'Predictive Analytics For Business Forecasting' and 'Cultural Cycles'.
Vice President, Exec S&OP, Forecasting COE and Supply Chain Planning
The Coca-Cola Company
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.
Christine Barnhart, CPIM, PMP
Global Process Owner - Supply Chain
Christine Barnhart is the global process owner - supply chain for Berry Global, a producer of protective packaging that generated $7.1 billion in sales in fiscal 2017. She is tasked with building Berry's supply chain council and program management office to identify, prioritize and manage supply chain continuous improvement and transformation activities. She also leads the design and construction of a global supply chain blueprint that harmonizes all the various processes and tools across all Berry divisions, and serves as the supply chain subject matter expert for Berry's digital enterprise transformation. Christine has a diverse background in supply chain with extensive experience in plant operations, strategic planning and global procurement across consumer packaging, pharmaceutical and appliance industries. She earned a bachelor of science degree from the University of Evansville and a MBA with distinction from the University of Louisville. She holds APICS certification as well as PMP certification from the Project Management Institute.
Carol Utrup, CSCP
Senior S&OP Manager
Spray Products Inc.
After graduating with a degree in History and Political Science, Carol took a job in operations to pay the rent. Within a year she had fallen in love with the field and never looked back. She has over 20 years of supply chain management experience including distribution, logistics, inventory management, business analytics, demand planning, forecasting, and her great passion S&OP. She was CSCP certified by APICS in 2012, CS&OP certified by the S&OP Institute and The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business in 2014, and became an APICS Associate Instructor in 2016. She serves as the Director of Education for the APICS Cleveland chapter. Currently she is the Senior S&OP Manager for Spray Products Corporation.
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