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Supply Chains & Innovation: Exploring the Intersection

  • 25 Jul 2024
  • 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • CoLaboratory, 1210 W. Lake St. Chicago, IL 60607
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Supply chains in the food & beverage industry play a crucial role in the global economy. Factors such as consumer preferences, technological disruptions, environmental and sustainability concerns, global economic trends, and geopolitical shifts continually reshape the landscape of the industry.

Innovation inherently stretches and challenges supply chains.  And we see now that supply chains are limiting and sometimes dictating what is possible in terms of innovation. We are even seeing more innovation that is supply-chain driven (e.g., locally sourced, regenerative farming, sustainably sourced, fair trade, responsibly sourced, etc.) 

Join CFBN and a panel of experts on July 25th as we explore the intersection of innovation and supply chains, to understand the skills and best practices needed to continually innovate and evolve in our rapidly-changing industry.


5:00 PM   Doors Open / Welcome

5:30 PM   Panel Discussion 

6:15 PM   Q&A

6:30 PM   Networking

8:00 PM   Event Ends



CFO and SVP Business Development 

Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP)

Tony is the CFO and SVP Business Development for the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals and partner media company Agile Business Media and Events.  He is also a professor of finance for Northwestern Medill in the graduate Integrated Marketing Communications Program and has a senior finance and supply chain related roles at McMaster-Carr, Quaker Oats, True Value and Hospira.  Tony has a CPA and MBA from Loyola University Chicago  


Managing Principal

Argon & Co.

Randy has executive level experience with both small and large Food & Beverage companies, including public, private, and private equity sectors.  He developed and launched a three-year plan to significantly reduce costs through a complete supply chain redesign, including plant consolidations, distribution route optimization, complexity reduction, and product mix optimization.  He is currently the Managing Principal at Argon & Co.  He was previously with Kraft-Nabisco, Schwan's, Central Garden and Pet, Frito-Lay, Pinnacle and Dean Foods.


Director, Digital

Cohn Reznick

Chris leads CohnReznick’s Operational Excellence service line. He has 20 years of experience delivering strategic and operational initiatives that leverage technology to create value. Chris enables companies to achieve positive business outcomes by helping them transform their operations; integrate technology solutions; and drive continuous improvement and gain efficiencies. His industry knowledge and focus on value creation, corporate strategy, and operational effectiveness enables him to advise clients from strategy to implementation to drive bottom line growth.


Growth Strategy Consultant 

Catena Solutions

Mary Lynne is a strategic, entrepreneurial-minded CMO & CGO executive with global expertise in innovative strategies, go-to-market, sales, and product development. She launched the first natural sweetener disruptor to the market, overcoming challenges in harvest, processing, transportation, and packaging to deliver to the retail market and eventually become an ingredient brand with Coca Cola. She also helped develop the global supply chain for wind renewables by scaling manufacturing and use of innovative fixtures for transporting wind blades and towers. Mary Lynne collaborates with Catena Solutions, a trusted partner, to deliver comprehensive innovation, supply chain, change management, and transformational solutions, optimizing operational efficiency and driving sustainable growth.


Sr. Director Innovation R&D

McCain Foods US

César Vega has more than 20 years of hands-on experience in the world of food, especially in Innovation and Innovation management working for companies like Procter & Gamble, Mars, Barry Callebaut, and McCain Foods. His experiences span across geographies - Mexico, India, UK, The Netherlands, and the US - as well as product categories: cocoa & chocolate, ice cream, pulses, nuts, pasta sauces, rice, and meat alternatives. He also advises start-ups (e.g Ergo Biosciences SAS, a biotech startup developing vegetable cell tissues able to express functional animal proteins) and is also an angel investor.


Vice President of Supply Chains

Raymundo's Food Group

Marsha Young stands at the forefront of supply chain innovation, with a distinguished 20-year career marked by visionary leadership and strategic operational improvements. As Vice President of Supply Chain for Raymundo's Food Group in Chicago, she directs supply chain operations and improvs overall efficiency by overseeing customer service, logistics, warehousing, procurement, planning and commercialization. A hallmark of Marsha's leadership has been her unwavering focus on ingredient security. She has implemented pioneering strategies to safeguard against supply chain disruptions, ensuring product integrity and consumer confidence.  Marsha was instrumental in transforming supply chains into streamlined, cost-effective, and secure operations as Director of Supply Chain at both Edlong Corporation and Gold Standard Baking.


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