eVOLVE 2017 - Speakers
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commissioner Joseph Mohorovic
Joseph P. Mohorovic serves as the Commissioner of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). President Barack Obama nominated Mr. Mohorovic on October 13, 2013, and he was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on July 28, 2014, to a term that expires in October 2019.
Prior to joining the Commission, Mr. Mohorovic was Senior Vice President of Intertek, a global leader in product testing, where he was responsible for all aspects of performance, growth and strategic management in the North American region. Before joining Intertek, Mohorovic’s public service included two terms as State Representative for New Mexico’s 28th District before resigning elected office to serve in the CPSC administration of former Chairman Hal Stratton from 2002 through 2007.
Mr. Mohorovic graduated from the University of Texas at Austin and he holds an M.B.A from the University of New Mexico. He and his wife, Royelle, have three daughters.
Alec Streeter, Director of Global Trade Compliance, Oshkosh Corporation
Alec Streeter is a Director of Global Trade Compliance at Oshkosh Corporation. He has overseen Oshkosh Corporation’s global import operations for over 10 years. Previously he worked in similar capacities at JPMorgan Chase Vastera and Arctic Cat Inc. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration at East Tennessee State University and has been licensed as a US Customs Broker since 2002.
Over his 15 year career he has developed and implemented import programs for the United States, Canada, Mexico, Russia, India, many EU and Asia Pacific countries not only as it relates to Free Trade Agreement use, but the complete customs and logistics value streams. Alec has also navigated through Customs audits in the United States, Canada and Mexico. As Oshkosh Corporation is a Defense contractor, Alec also has extensive experience in the United States Munitions Import List as it relates to the importation of ITAR-controlled items for both the US military and our allies.
Kathleen Neal, Global Trade Director, Regal Beloit
Kathy is the Global Trade Director at Regal Beloit Corporation, responsible for managing trade compliance worldwide. Her experience includes leadership positions in trade and logistics at A.O. Smith, Breed Technologies, Scientific Atlanta, and Baxter Healthcare. She is a licensed customs broker with many years of experience in customs and supply chain logistics.
Kathy was instrumental in establishing the first FAST lane on the southern border in 2002. She worked with the trade community, Mexican Customs officials, and U.S. CBP officials to negotiate the security requirements for participation as well as operational guidelines. Kathy is active within the trade community. She has held board or officer positions in various organizations including the El Paso Foreign Trade Association, Border Trade Alliance and the West Texas New Mexico Customs Brokers Association. Kathy served on COAC from 2011 through 2015 and was the Trade Co-Chair for the 13th term.
Phyllis Van Gilst, Senior Manager, International Trade Compliance Emerson
Phyllis Van Gilst is a Senior Manager of Trade Compliance for Emerson’s Automation Solutions group. She leads her team with global responsibility for implementing standards and automation for the company’s Trade Compliance Program. With offices around the world, her responsibility spans over 260 locations. Phyllis is a Licensed U.S. Customs Broker with over 25 years in international business with a focus on trade compliance.
Her background in the import/export process coupled with lean concepts helps reduce cost and complexity in the supply chain by integrating global standards and harmonized business practices through automated process while responsibly managing trade compliance risk.
Liza Soubel, Senior IT Business Manager, Oshkosh Corporation
Liza Soubel is a Senior IT Business Manager in Corporate IT at Oshkosh Corporation. Liza is the IT application owner for several Corporate Supply Chain Systems. In this role, Liza partners with business leaders to implement and support IT applications for Global Trade Management, Logistics, Materials, and Supplier Quality. Liza was an active leader in the implementation of Amber Road's Export and Trade Agreements modules and the implementation of distribution and trade compliance systems for the Mexico manufacturing operations at Oshkosh Corporation.
Liza has an extensive background in leading complex, cross-functional system implementations. She has a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Western Michigan University and she is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP).
Ryan Imfeld, Senior IT Business Analyst, Vera Bradley Designs Inc.
Ryan is a Senior IT Business Analyst at Vera Bradley. He has been with the company for 5 years specializing in Warehouse Management and Supply Chain Systems. He previously spent 8 years with Kohl’s Department Stores as an Operations Supervisor and Application Support Analyst.
Jeffrey Kuhn, Vice President, Supply Chain Planning & Operations, Caleres
Jeff is currently responsible for enterprise supply chain operations, process/systems governance and continuous improvement, sourcing financial planning & analysis, and quality claims and social compliance administration at Caleres, a $2.5B footwear company.
Jeff earned a Masters of Accounting from the University of Missouri-St. Louis, is a certified public accountant and has held a variety of leadership roles in both finance and operations. He is a regular speaker at industry and supply chain events, and currently serves as Finance Committee Chair on the Board of Directors for Circus Flora.
An avid runner, Jeff lives in St. Louis with his wife Cindy and children Bea and Ben.
Patrick Xiao, Senior Manager of Value Chain Systems of New Balance
Patrick Xio has 20+ years of experience in supply chain management and business solutions, especially in footwear and apparel industry. He has profound experience in PO Collaboration, Vendor Relationship Management, Lean Manufacturing, Demand and Fulfillment Planning, Product Lifecycle Management and Global procurement System. In his current role, he works across the entire supply chain to initiate projects to meet business strategy in an innovative manner and ensures coordination, integration and priority settings on system and business activities.
Joe Hoffacker , US Global Trade Team Leader, W.L. Gore & Associates, Inc.
Joe Hoffacker is the US Global Trade Team leader at W.L. Gore & Associates, Inc., located in Elkton, MD. Joe has been with Gore for over 8 years and leads a team of 16 associates. The team is responsible for import/export operations and compliance for Gore’s four divisions.
Previously, he spent 11 years at a Customs broker in Philadelphia, PA. During this time, Joe became a licensed US Customs Broker and specialized in tariff classification. Joe graduated from Penn State University and lives with his wife and 9-year old son in Glen Mills, PA.
Kuan Yin Knoll, Director, Business Solutions for Global Merchandising and Product Development, Coach
With over 17 years at Coach Inc., Kuan Yin engages the unique value of business and IT experience. She works with leadership to influence, plan, develop and execute large-scale strategic initiatives. Kuan Yin was intimately involved in Coach’s multi-year project to roll out a broad scope of Supply Chain Collaboration modules with Amber Road (formally ecVision) to the Coach Inc. global offices, raw material suppliers and factory users around the world.
Sandra Abbott, Director, Division of Compliance Systems, U.S. Food and Drug Administration
Sandra Abbott serves as the Director of the Division of Compliance Systems and is currently the project manager for the ACE ITDS system. Ms. Abbott began working at the FDA in February of 2011 after spending 25 years at the Health Resources and Services Administration where she developed and implemented an enterprise wide project management system for HRSA, worked on the Affordable Care Act and served as the operations Director for the Division of Workforce and Performance Management within HRSA’s Bureau of Health Professions. She received her Baccalaureate Degree in Economics at the University of Maryland where she graduated Magna Cum Laude.ined Allied in February of 2013 where he is responsible for all aspects of the company quality program, regulatory trade compliance.
Megan Coale, Business Solutions Lead, Vera Bradley
Megan Coale manages and supports the software process landscape for the Planning, Product Development and Supply Chain teams at Vera Bradley. She has been with the company for almost three years and prior to Vera Bradley was a consultant for FlexPLM at PTC. She oversaw the implementation of the ecVision Amber Road Suite at Vera Bradley and continues to manage ongoing enhancements of the Suite and other related systems today. Megan relocated from their New York Office to their headquarters in Fort Wayne Indiana earlier this year to provide more hands on support and project innovation., supply chain security, and customer contract review and compliance. David also serves as the Vice Chairman of the Electrocomponents’ Compliance Committee tasked with establishing corporate policies and best practices focused on business ethics, compliance, and anti-corruption.
Josh Skeen, Director, Global Logistics Sourcing, NCR
Josh joined NCR in 2011 to take over responsibility for the transportation procurement and logistics network optimization. As a global provider of consumer transaction technologies, NCR’s network includes inbound to manufacturing, outbound to customers and service parts networks for 160+ countries. Prior to his current role, Josh held similar positions of global logistics procurement with Lenovo and Flextronics. Josh has an MBA in Supply Chain from the University of Tennessee.