Herb Shear | GENCO | Former CEO at GENCO, Current Chairman at Shear Family Office

“The Value of Reverse Logistics”

Herb Shear is the Chairman of the Shear Family Office which manages the Shear Family Foundation and the Shear Family Investments. Herb was formally the Executive Chairman and CEO of GENCO. In 2014 the business was sold to FedEx.

Herb joined GENCO in 1971 and became the family’s third generation involved in the logistics business. Herb successfully led the company’s growth from a $300,000 business to a $1.6 billion company.

Herb is the first recipient of the Reverse Logistics Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award. He is a past recipient of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals’ Distinguished Service Award, the association’s highest honor to an individual who has made significant, career-long contributions to the supply chain management and logistics professions.

Herb is also a past recipient of the Syracuse University Martin J. Whitman School of Management’s Salzberg Medallion, awarded annually to an outstanding practitioner, advocate, academician or researcher in the field of transportation, distribution and logistics management, and to companies for pioneering ideas and policies that have reshaped the industry.

Herb is a past member of the Defense Business Board and has led its Supply Chain Task Group. The board is comprised of industry leaders who advise the U.S. Department of Defense on industry best business practices and present findings to the Secretary of Defense for consideration to bring efficiencies to existing government operations.

Herb holds a bachelor’s degree in Finance and completed post-graduate studies in Business Administration from Southern Illinois University. He has also completed Executive Entrepreneurial and Leadership Programs at Stanford University, Carnegie Mellon University and Northwestern University. He serves on the Board of Directors for the University of Pittsburgh, BDP International, Lazer Spot and the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank.


Bob Abbondanza | Office Depot | Senior Director or Supply Chain Engineering and Network Design

“Integrating Material Handling Systems in a Rapid-Changing Business Environment”

Bob Abbondanza is the Senior Director or Supply Chain Engineering and Network Design at Office Depot. His many years of experience range from Zulily, to Vistaprint and Amazon.


Kevin Gue | University of Louisville, KY | Director of the Logistics and Distribution Institute

“Robots Riding Drones through Augmented Reality– Is This the Future of Warehousing?”

Kevin Gue is a professor of industrial engineering and Director of the Logistics and Distribution Institute at the University of Louisville. His research interests are in logistics, warehousing, and material handling. He has published in leading journals of his field, and is a past president of the College-Industry Council on Material Handling Education. He is co-inventor of the Flying-V, Fishbone, and Chevron warehouse aisle designs—work for which he was awarded the Technical Innovation in Industrial Engineering Award in 2009. He served as Editor-in-Chief of the 2014 U.S. Roadmap for Material Handling and Logistics.

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Irv Grossman | CHAINalytics | Executive Vice President of the Americas

“A Glimpse into the Future of Supply Chain Management”

Irv Grossman is Executive Vice President of the Americas at CHAINalytics, a leading global supply chain consultancy. Grossman is responsible for the delivery of strategy, design, and transformational consulting efforts for many of the top-tier global supply chains. His extensive industry and consulting experience that spans Retail, Consumer Product Goods and Hi-Tech, includes supply chain operations, logistics, strategic sourcing, procurement, and enterprise transformation.

Prior to its merger with CHAINalytics, Grossman founded and managed Chainnovations, a consultancy focused on supply chain transformation. Previously, he served as vice president of Supply Chain Operations for Cingular Wireless (now AT&T Mobility). In this role, Grossman managed all forward and reverse logistics operations and concurrently championed the development of a supply chain competency.

Additional past experience includes Accenture, American Honda Motor Company, and Kraft Foods Group, Inc.

Irv holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Logistics from The Pennsylvania State University and received advanced business management education at The Kellogg School of Business at Northwestern University.

Irv was honored in 2011 as a Supply Chain “Pro to Know” by Supply and Demand Chain Executive.

Irv also currently serves on Penn State’s Inaugural Center for Supply Chain Research Corporate Advisory Board.


Brian Wehner | ASICS Americas | Vice President of Operations

“MythBusting Fast Fashion Logistics”

Wehner is a retail logistics professional with 22 years of global retail supply chain experience. His professional experiences include, but are not limited to: General Manager VP of Logistics and Distribution at fast fashion retailer Lojas Renner in Brazil; the Vice President of Supply Chain at online retailer Redmart.com in Singapore; the Director of International Distribution and Logistics at lululemon athletica; Senior Director of Logistics and Distribution at Levi Strauss, and Senior Distribution Manager at Gap. Wehner studied Economics at University of Wisconsin-Madison, and received a MBA at Auburn University.

Gough Grubbs | Stage Stores | SVP Distribution/Logistics

“Emerging Technologies Panel on E-Commerce.”

Gough joined Stage Stores in 1996, following 23 yrs in Distribution with Foley’s (May Company) and Sanger Harris (Federated Dept Stores). His primary focus has been development of Internal Leadership Talent and External Business Relationships to support the fast-growing chain. Growing from both acquisitions and organic store openings, Stage has grown from 235 stores in 13 states in 1996 to over 850 stores covering 40 states; adding Distribution Centers in South Hill, VA and Jeffersonville, OH to the original DC in Jacksonville, TX. 2011 marked the first full year of Ecommerce business, beginning a dramatic change to what was a flow-through Distribution Center. Future expansion plans continue to target growth via new store openings, potential acquisitions, and growing the Ecommerce business.

Gough is a frequent speaker on Leadership at Material Handling & Supply Chain Forums, Vendor Compliance Federation, and the National Leadership Development Conference, has written articles on Distribution & Logistics for trade magazines DC Velocity, Supply Chain World, Integrated Solutions, and Transportation & Logistics and serves on the Advisory Board for 2 Leadership Development and Material Handling Conferences.

Gough holds a BA in Business Mgt from the University of Texas at Arlington.

Domenic Carbone | Reitmans Canada Ltd | Vice President Distribution & Logistics
“Emerging Technologies Panel on E-Commerce.”
Domenic Carbone is Vice President Distribution & Logistics of Canada’s leading women’s specialty retailer headquartered in Montreal.

Domenic has worked in the retail industry for more than 30 years, with expertise in corporate accounting, distribution and logistics, as well as in transportation management. Domenic is responsible for servicing over 800 retail stores across Canada as well as the e-commerce fulfillment for the company’s six distinct brands via the Montreal Distribution Center. He has been with Reitmans Canada Ltd since 1992 with leadership roles within the corporate finance function and was then appointed Vice President, Distribution & Logistics in 2008. Born and raised in Montreal, Canada Domenic graduated from Concordia University with a Bachelors of Commerce degree with major in Accountancy and a minor in Management.

In 2011, Domenic led a Supply Chain transformation initiative within Reitmans, with the implementation of a new Warehouse Management System and an improved SDI MHE Automation for its retail and online channels, as well as new vendor processes required to support the automated product flow within its Montreal Distribution Center.

Barry C. Evans | WRH Global Americas, Inc. | Vice President – Sales

“From Newspapers to Garments– Adapting Technology and Applying Know How ”

Born 1958, Portsmouth, England, Barry did his apprenticeship with Marconi Space & Defense Systems and graduated as a mechanical engineer. He emigrated to South Africa (1981) with Marconi working as a project manager on tank weapon systems. After meeting his wife, a Philadelphia native, he immigrated to the United States in 1986 where he joined WRH Global as a project manager. He has held several positions within the company in project management, applications engineering and sales.

While historically WRH Global’s focus was the printing industry the company has, in recent years, been transferring its system engineering knowledge to the general material handling industries.


María Elena Ladrón de Guevara | Marketing Manager | SDI

MaríaElena has been with SDI since the beginning of 2014. MaríaElena brings with her a wide array of experiences and transferable skills not only from different fields, but from all across the globe. Prior to joining SDI, MaríaElena had several years of experience: working in preventive health education for an NGO in Washington, D.C.; as a Marketing Coordinator for Latin America at Great Plains Laboratory; as a teacher in Seoul, South Korea; as a teacher in Madrid, Spain; and as a researcher for PRESANCA—a United Nations Food Security program sponsored by the European Commission.

María Elena holds a Bachelor´s degree in Public Relations from Kansas State University and a Master´s degree in Cooperation and Development from the University of Pavia, Italy.

Manish Kapoor | Cheetah Logistics | President and COO

“Supply Chain of The Future”

Manish Kapoor is one of the leading global experts in Logistics, Supply Chain and Operations. He is currently the President and COO of Cheetah. In his first year, he is driving significant growth for Cheetah while also expanding the company globally. Prior to joining Cheetah, Manish was Director of Worldwide Transportation at Amazon where he helped launch and expand delivery services in Europe, Asia and the US. He also led launch of Amazon Fresh in CA which is now being expanded to other markets and US Sunday delivery. Prior to joining Amazon, Manish served at FedEx as VP and Managing Director of Network Operations (Omni-Channel). There he led the transformation of FedEx Office (formerly known as Kinko’s) operations network, synchronizing the retail stores with centralized production facilities, transportation and eCommerce/mCommerce, supported by some of the world’s leading logistics solutions. As a result of this supply chain innovation, leading retail chains now get signs, flyers, etc. to their stores nationwide in hours. At FedEx, he set up the first in the US centralized dispatch for managing distributed print and local delivery across the entire nation. In addition, he led the effort across operating companies at FedEx to design and launch FedEx SameDay City, a local courier service in the US.

Manish was recognized the industry leader and awarded the “2011 Global Xplorer of the year” award by Xplor International. Prior to joining FedEx, Manish was at Xerox for Corporate Strategy and also spent 10 years at Deluxe where he led the transformation of the check printing industry using digital manufacturing technology.

Manish has a Bachelors in Engineering from University of Pune in India, Masters of Science from Rochester Institute of Technology, NY and MBA from Babson, MA and Certificate of Supply Chain Strategy and Management from MIT, MA.