A whole different experience: our Business Forecasting and Analytics Forum. Absent from the forum are exhibit halls and pushy sales people selling their products. This is a knowledge sharing, dialogue forming and networking forum which provides the most comprehensive forecasting and analytics curriculum on the market today. Attendees enjoy the relaxed environment that is truly attendee focused.
This 2 day forum is comprised of three focused tracks with multiple knowledge sharing session topics. Each session is led by a top practitioner in his/her industry. Attend this forum and walk away with real, concrete and actionable solutions while expanding your professional skill sets. Attendees from a wide range of industries and functional backgrounds make it a goal to attend every year. This broad makeup provides exceptional networking opportunities to enhance attendees’ experience at the event, as well as building lasting relationships for continued learning well into the future. The high level of attendee/speaker collaboration and engagement at the forum truly makes this a unique and favorable offering.
Below is a working schedule of topics and learning objectives at the summit. Session topics are subject to change. Attendees are able to attend any session they wish.
Mark Fegley – Senior Vice President Supply Chain at Clarks AmericasMark has an extensive 20 year supply chain and operations career both in the United States and the Netherlands. He is the current Senior Vice President Supply Chain for Clarks Americas. Prior to Clarks Americas, he worked 7 years as Senior Vice President Supply Chain with Deckers Brands and 10 years for TNT Express Wordwide and Agility Logistics in the Netherlands. He also has 6 years of experience in banking with Citibank and Bankers Trust.
Greg Spira – Head of Forecasting at Mondelēz InternationalA multi-disciplined, versatile leader with a successful background in integrated business planning (IBP), demand management & sales planning, information systems, finance & accounting. Combines operational savvy with an agile approach to business process to add value and achieve strategic goals. Possesses strong cross-functional change-management and leadership skills and a proven ability to motivate and develop teams through challenging transitions.
Daniel Egli – Head of Financial Planning and Analysis at Proctor & GambleDaniel has 14 years of financial leadership experience at Procter & Gamble. During his international career he worked in Switzerland, UK, and the US. Daniel acquired broad experience in financial planning and analysis in different environments, including regional and global headquarters, plant finance, and sales finance in a local market organization.
Christopher Gortzig – Former VP Finance at SodexoChris is a growth minded finance executive providing leadership within a culturally diverse service organization. He has partnering with key leaders for over 35 years covering multiple business segments within the corporate service environment. Advising in customer & client commercial opportunities through a solid business acumen and an analytical approach, he drives results through interactions, inquiries, and tools inspired, designed and implemented by his teams. From proforma development, to process improvements, to continuous KPI monitoring, his finance teams find an array of avenues to engage with operations and drive results.
Chris’s accomplishments include continuous growth in top line and margin improvement, consistently delivering high service levels in finance. Accolades have come from innovations through collaboration and teamwork in understanding the business and the needs of the organization. He has consistently developed teams to grow and develop into new leaders for the organization. His simple, quiet approach has been well received in his many finance roles within Sodexo and Marriott.
Robert Zwerling – Founder and Managing Director at Aurora PredictionsFounder and Managing Director of Aurora Predictions, a software company that provides revenue foresights planning to ensure companies make their quarterly revenue targets and insights to understand what drives their revenue dynamics. He is also founder and president of Z Concepts, a company that promotes innovation in technology and civics; and co-founder of US Vigilance (www.usvigilance.com), inspiring responsible citizenship through fact based and reasoned discussion on public policy.
He has been a high-tech entrepreneur for 25 years founding and growing software companies in telecommunication, manufacturing & distribution, high data availability, and predictive analytics. His accomplishments include a patent pending business performance analysis and predicting system, intuitive user interfaces for software business applications, author of numerous papers on predictive analytics for business, and inventor of the concept of discovery software for hyper-dimensional data analysis. He architected significant exits as co-founder of the ISIS Telecom Group (sold to Computer Science, NYSE: CSC) and CEO of Vision Solutions (sold to a foreign public company).
Avi Levine – Vice President of Finance for Driven Brands, Inc.Avi Levine is Vice President of Finance for Driven Brands, Inc., the parent company for a family of brands including Meineke Car Care Centers, Maaco Auto-body and Paint Centers, 1-800 Radiator, CARSTAR and Take 5 Oil Change. He leads Financial Planning & Analysis and Data Analytics. He joined Driven Brands in September 2016. Prior to joining Driven, Avi spent five years building companies in the education and technology spaces, and before that worked in middle market private equity and management consulting. Avi received his bachelor’s degree from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and his MBA from the Booth School of Business at the University of Chicago. He and his wife enjoy hiking and spending time at the lake and his most recent accomplishment was summiting Mt. Rainier in Washington State.
Michael Ryan – Managing Partner, The M. Ryan GroupMichael Ryan has 20 years of operations experience with manufacturing companies, from Fortune 100 businesses to small family-owned organizations. He is a “roll up the sleeves leader” with the demonstrated ability to analyze a problem, articulate the challenges, explain the improvement strategy and motivate a team. Michael builds high-performance teams which deliver value through a combination of business process improvement and Lean Six Sigma continuous improvement initiatives.
Michael’s strength is in leading cross-functional collaboration. He connects the dots across an operations executive focused on strategic planning and execution to achieve profit and performance goals.
Prior to founding the M. Ryan Group, Michael was the VP of Operations at Hines Specialty Vehicle Group, a privately held $68M business which manufactures custom, purpose-built, on/off highway heavy-duty vehicles and equipment. In this role, he decreased direct labor costs by 4%, reduced the break even revenue point by 15%, increased productivity by 34% and by improving production flow, he saved the company $500k annually.
Prior to Hines, Michael worked with Carlisle Brake & Friction, Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, and General Electric in leadership roles of increasing responsibility.
Ganesh Ramakrishna – Co-Founder of Opex AnalyticsGanesh is a co-founder of Opex Analytics an Advanced Analytics startup with offices in Chicago and Palo Alto. Prior to Opex, Ganesh worked for LogicTools, ILOG and IBM (through the two acquisitions) in various Analytics roles. Ganesh is a subject matter expert in analytics and supply chain optimization. Ganesh is passionate about bringing the smartest ideas from the valley to the supply chain community.
Eric Garland – Managing Director at Competitive Futures
For nearly two decades, Eric Garland has been trusted for his unique insight and analysis on economic trends, geopolitics, and society. He personally consults executives on market growth strategy, leads transformative educational sessions for organizations, and specializes in keynotes that spark conversations.
Mr. Garland is the founder and Director of Competitive Futures, a competitive analysis firm that provides insight and expert guidance to corporate clients and government agencies. A brief list of notable clients includes Energizer, Coca-Cola, Siemens, the country of France, the City of Charlotte, the state of South Dakota, and the Principality of Monaco, to name a select few.
Patrick Brickley – VP of Finance at EverbridgePatrick has nearly 20 years of financial leadership experience, and has devoted the past decade specifically to high-growth technology. Patrick is currently VP of Finance at Everbridge, a fast growing SaaS organization in the Boston area. Prior to Everbridge, Patrick was at Google as the lead finance partner to tech visionaries pursuing a number of Google “moonshots” including robotics and life extension. Before Google, Patrick held a number of finance and sales leadership roles at ITA Software, which was later acquired by Google. Patrick began his career as a CPA at PricewaterhouseCoopers in the Technology group of the Boston office, and received his MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
Kai Trepte – Chief Data Scientist and CTO at Open Black Box (OBB) SolutionsKai has deep experience developing and applying analytics and data science for demand, supply chain, finance and integrated business planning across the value chain. Co-founder of John Galt Solutions and developer of “Forecast X”. Kai is also a noted expert in delivering effective and efficient education and training of advanced analytics to business professionals. Industry experience includes chemicals, material science, bio-science, consumer products and agribusiness, federal agencies and public sector organizations, planning & analytics software development.
Ray Hale – VP of Finance at Nasuni CorporationWith over twenty years of experience across multiple industries, Ray’s career has often diverged from traditional finance and accounting roles to positions in analytics, operations and business insights. His passion lies in moving beyond traditional financial metrics to empower analytics within an organization and better position a company for success. Ray is currently VP of Finance at Nasuni Corp., a fast growing, venture-backed enterprise storage company that provides globally-distributed organizations with a simple, unified software-based storage solution. Prior to joining Nasuni, Ray spent nearly five years at Demandware, where he built a global FP&A Team which supported the company through a very successful IPO and three acquisitions, while experiencing revenue growth from approximately $20 million annually to over $200 million. Ray holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from Seton Hall University and a MBA from Providence College.
Juan Porter – President and Founder at TopDown ConsultingJuan Porter has over 25 years combined client, vendor, and consultant experience with Oracle Hyperion. He is a member of the Oracle Hyperion Partner Advisory Council, he is actively involved in various Hyperion user groups, he has served as the chair of Hyperion’s National Steering Committee, and he has led many Hyperion enhancement committees.
Juan is the president and founder of a leading nationwide consulting firm, which serves over 400 of the Global 2000’s largest and best performing companies. Industry analysts, editors, and authors frequently seek his expertise on the future direction of EPM, current Hyperion releases, as well as insight into strategic and practical ways to solve business problems. Juan has authored articles for publications such as SearchOracle.com, CIO Insight, and Enterprise Applications. He is the Chairman of the OAUG Hyperion SIG and is also a regular presenter for OAUG, ODTUG and other industry groups.
Tony Reese – Co-Founder at Integrated Business Planning AssociatesTony is the co-founder of Integrated Business Planning Associates and is a visionary leader with passion for bringing exciting products to market. His early interest in cars led to his first job as an auto mechanic and then into an impressive career in the automotive / motorcycle industry. Along the way, Tony earned two advanced degrees from MIT and now brings in-depth knowledge of Product Lifecycle Management, Demand Planning and Operations Planning to clients wanting to implement Sales and Operations Planning processes and its current best practice form, Integrated Business Planning.
Cynthia Cheng Correia – Managing Director of Knowledge inFormAs Managing Director of Knowledge inForm, Cynthia Cheng Correia helps professionals and organizations across industries establish and enhance their competitive and strategic intelligence capabilities through training, improving intelligence and workflow processes and practices, and applying effective tools. Her work has included helping practitioners develop expert-level intelligence research and intelligence capabilities; restructure the intelligence function; develop intelligence defense, harness knowledge management for competitive intelligence; expand information centers and marketing units into competitive intelligence functions; develop greater foresight through scenarios, issue analysis, and futures techniques; identify and overcome biases and perceptual distortions in research, analysis, and decision-making; and develop organizational culture and practices that support robust knowledge and intelligence development and applications.
Cynthia has appeared in leading publications, including Super Searchers on Competitive Intelligence (Information Today), The New York Times, and Information Outlook. The founding Editor of Intelligence Insights, she has also written numerous articles and authored the column, “In the Know,” for Competitive Intelligence Magazine for many years. She is a frequent speaker on competitive intelligence and information/knowledge-related topics, and has been featured by the Strategic & Competitive Intelligence (SCIP), Information Today, and SLA.
Cynthia is a member of the Council of Competitive Intelligence Fellows, a recipient of SCIP’s Catalyst Award (2011) and was awarded WISE Faculty of the Year (2012, 2015). She has served as the Massachusetts Chapter Chair and Co-Chair for SCIP, as well as held other leadership positions in CI associations. Cynthia teaches a graduate-level course in competitive intelligence at the Simmons College School of Library and Information Science, and she has held other instructional positions in CI and KM.
Arik Johnson – Founder and Chairman at Aurora WDCArik Johnson is Chairman of Aurora WDC, the intelligence advisory firm he founded in 1995. After stepping aside as CEO in late 2009, today Arik serves as Managing Director and lead architect at Aurora’s R&D lab, think tank network and intelligence policy institute, the Center for Organizational Reconnaissance (COR). Arik is a Fellow of the Strategic and Competitive Intelligence Professionals society and has chaired SCIP’s annual international conference (2006), served on SCIP’s board of directors (2004 – 2006), won SCIP’s Catalyst award (2005), and served as a chapter coordinator, as well as, trustee and development committee chair of the CI Foundation.
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