Mastering your value chain and logistics is key for any business or professional in the industry to climb to the top of the market. Controlling costs without sacrificing quality by targeting inefficient processes gives your business a huge financial leg up on your competitors. Nevertheless, value chain management can be a confounding process that often frustrates even the brightest minds in the industry when they try to do everything on their own, so it's worth considering how technology can be applied to make this process easier.
Join us to explore how data is disrupting the value chain for the food & beverage industry and how you can adapt in these rapidly changing times. Our panel of industry experts will take a look at the newest data analytic tools - such as blockchain and financial tools - to see where improvement and technology can assist.
Panelists & Moderator for this event:
Stephen Mancini, Senior Manager - Strategy, Technology, & Transformation Advisory; CohnReznick
Stephen Mancini is a Senior Manager in CohnReznick’s Strategy, Technology and Transformation Advisory practice. Stephen focuses his practice on areas of growth & innovation, corporate strategy, operational value creation, digital strategy and technology integration. Stephen works with clients on identifying and executing both strategic and operational initiatives for top line revenue growth and business optimization. As a former entrepreneur, he possesses a strong business acumen in many key stakeholder roles. Resultantly, he possesses the unique ability to bridge the knowledge gaps between business leadership improving organizational efficiency and creating value, not simply cut costing.
Prior to CohnReznick, Stephen co-founded and was the COO of The North Group, an award-winning and nationally recognized management and growth strategy consulting firm based in New York. Clients ranged from Fortune 500 companies such as IBM and MasterCard to small businesses and startups. The North Group specialized in assisting consumer facing businesses in industries such as Hospitality F&B, Hospitality Logging, Retail, CPG, FMCG and Beverage Alcohol. The North Group aided clients in strategy development & implementation, scale, product development and risk mitigation. Stephen regularly guest lecturers at Cornell University, Johnson School of Business, where he teaches Entrepreneurship and Business Management.
Martin Lutz, CEO - US Operations, ProLeiT
Martin Lutz is CEO of the U.S. operations of ProLeiT in their Chicago office. He has a professional dedication to the automation industry in food processing since more than 20 years. Starting with an apprenticeship as a brewer and maltster, he then studied as a brewing engineer at Weihenstephan University, in Munich, Germany. There he also did his Ph.D. work in the field of soft-processing of biomedia.
He joined ProLeiT in their business field of brewery automation and Manufacturing Process Execution in 1998. Since then he has worked in various positions related to process execution in the food industry, from shop floor automation and data management to data integration with commercial systems. In 2015 he moved to the United States for his current responsibilities and likes it.
Shruthi Chandramouli, Marketing Director, Enjoy Life Foods
Colin Kerr, Director, Cross-Product Solutions & Advanced Analytics, Global Transaction Services; Bank of America - Merrill Lynch
Colin is director of cross product solutions for Global Transaction Services at Bank of America, and has specific responsibility for data and analytics strategy across the bank’s commercial banking products and services. His experience includes UK and US-based leadership roles in the development, sales and market strategy of global banking and payments solutions.
Prior to joining Bank of America, Colin was director for worldwide banking industry solutions at Microsoft. Colin is former member of the Strategy Advisory Board for the Banking Industry Architecture Network (BIAN), a not-for-profit organization focused on developing next-generation banking architectures. Colin is a Certified Treasury Professional and a regular contributor to industry events and publications.
(Moderator) Alan Reed, Executive Director, CFBN
Networking events with The Chicagoland Food & Beverage Network are an opportunity to access an inclusive network dedicated to bringing together all of the industry players of the greater Chicagoland area to develop meaningful and mutually beneficial business connections. The event provides a great opportunity to enjoy a morning cup of coffee and an opportunity to mingle - forging new connections and circling back with contacts from other events, all while experiencing the power of the CFBN network!
Morning beverages and light refreshments will be provided.
We are very appreciative of our sponsor for this event:
Chicagoland Food & Beverage Network
1 W Monroe Street
Chicago, IL 60603
Tel (312) 525-9653