2006 Conference Presenters

Keynote Speaker: Mary Bell

Chairman & President

Caterpillar Logistics Services and Vice President, Caterpillar Inc.


Cat Logistics – Making Progress Possible

Caterpillar’s supply chain makes even the extraordinary possible on a day-to-day basis – from delivering parts to the furthest reaches of the globe to fulfilling critical equipment needs to help nations recover from catastrophic events. Progress also comes in the form of solutions developed as a result of partnerships with strong industry leaders – like the technology-based supply chain industry solution developed by a team from Cat Logistics, Ford and SAP. This presentation highlights the progress Cat Logistics enables for the company, our customers, our communities, and the world.



Caterpillar Logistics Services, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Caterpillar Inc., the world leader in earthmoving machinery and diesel engine manufacture. Caterpillar Logistics serves supply chain management and logistics needs of Caterpillar, as well as companies in a variety of industries, including high tech, automotive, aerospace and defense, and consumer durables.


Bell joined Caterpillar in 1981 and progressed through a number of marketing and leadership positions, until most recently managing the worldwide network of Caterpillar parts distribution facilities. She has also served as Dealer Capability Department Manager in Cat’s Product Support Division.


Bell is on the National Board of Directors for SkillsUSA, a national organization which helps more than 250,000 students and professional members to become high performance workers in technical, skilled, service, and health occupations. In 2005, she became a member of the Board of Commissioners for the Greater Peoria Airport Authority. Bell has a B.S. in Marketing from the University of Iowa, and is a graduate of the University of Michigan’s Advanced Executive Program.

Roger Vincent 

Senior Vice President, Supply Chain 

Wells’ Dairy, Inc.


Radio Frequency Identification in an Extreme Environment

This presentation will provide an overview of Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) of consumer goods from manufacturing to the retail level. It will discuss how the challenges of using this technology were magnified while implementing it to products that are highly liquid in extremely cold environments. It will also review the benefits of RFID for quality control, inventory tracking, and retrieval systems.


Wells’ Dairy, Inc. is the largest family owned and managed dairy processor in the United States. Its Blue Bunny® branded ice cream and dairy products can be found across the United States, Mexico and Puerto Rico. With corporate and manufacturing facilities in Le Mars, Iowa, manufacturing facilities in Omaha, Nebraska and St. George, Utah, Wells’ Dairy employs over 3,200 people nationwide.


Vincent has responsibility for engineering, purchasing, logistics and manufacturing at Wells’ Dairy, Inc. Prior to Wells’ Dairy, Roger was employed as Director of Cereals Manufacturing with The Quaker Oats Company in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He has also served as an adjunct professor and assistant director for research centers at Ohio University and University of Pittsburgh. Mr. Vincent also held the position of Vice President of Operations with The Pillsbury Company– Pizza Division, and nearly twenty years with Procter & Gamble, Plant Manager in Phoenix, Arizona. He received his bachelors degree in Industrial Engineering from Ohio State University and his MBA from the University of Iowa.

Ann Ackerson

Director, Global Supply Management

Honeywell Building Solutions

Honeywell’s Supply Chain: Technology’s Impact on Success

This presentation will provide an overview of Honeywell’s complex business, then drill down into more specifics on the Automation and Control Solutions group. It will address the current supply chain challenges faced by Honeywell’s globally diverse $11 billion business and the steps the company is taking to provide improved service and value to its customers.


Honeywell Automation and Control Solutions (ACS) is a $7.5 billion strategic business group applying sensing and control expertise that helps create safer, more comfortable, more secure, and more productive environments. Its products, services, and technologies are at work in 100 million homes, five million buildings, and planes, trains, and automobiles worldwide.


Ackerson joined Honeywell ACS in January 2003. She is responsible for leading the Global Supply Management team. Previously she led the Sensing & Control Global Supply Management team, the ACS Emerging Regions Sourcing teams in Asia, Mexico, and Eastern Europe, as well as the ACS Electronics Commodity teams.


She has 20 years of leadership expertise in supply chain management across multiple industries. Prior to joining Honeywell, she was Director-Supply Chain Management for Boeing Satellite Systems in El Segundo, California, where she was responsible for Integrated Product Teams supporting Programs and Operations. She has also led teams responsible for SIOP (Sales, Inventory & Operations Planning), inventory management, demand forecasting, product distribution, warehousing, material scheduling, and transportation/logistics. She has worked in diverse industries such as home appliances, medical diagnostics, agriculture and construction equipment, retail distribution and satellites.


Ackerson is APICS CPIM certified and holds a bachelors degree from Iowa State University in Transportation/Logistics and an MBA from the University of Iowa.

Kevin Brady

Owner and President

Satellite Logistics Group


The Collaborative Supply Chain Model

As an integrated supply-chain services provider, Satellite Logistics Group has utilized various electronic messaging and online services strategies to facilitate trading partner interactions. SLG’s innovations have been recognized by Ernst & Young and rewarded by virtue of exceptional customer retention. This presentation shares how the collaborative model improves planning, optimizes operational efficiency, and creates a competitive advantage during the current carrier capacity environment.


Satellite Logistics Group is a group of Houston-based integrated logistics provider management companies with 13 distribution centers located in major port cities throughout the country. It offers supply chain management, the Kegspediter® System, material recovery, reverse logistics and custom solutions for its clients. Its innovative technology-based solutions provide it with the ability to streamline the cumbersome logistics process for national and international product distribution, warehousing and material recovery.


Brady joined Satellite Logistics Group in 1991 and became its president in 1994. He quickly identified business opportunities in the beverage industry and developed the Kegspediter® System, a unique reverse supply chain program for regional and imported draft beer suppliers. This system combines Brady’s proprietary software technology with reverse logistics processes. Brady established an information technology group within the company, which has developed several other applications that manage the entire supply chain, enriched by the ability for clients to interact and collaborate with Satellite Logistics Group logistics specialists to optimize supply chain efficiencies.


Prior to taking the helm of Satellite Logistics Group, Brady advanced through the ranks of a Fortune 100 automotive parts distribution company. Brady attended Iowa State College of Engineering and the University of Arizona Business College. In 2004 Ernst and Young awarded Brady the Entrepreneur of the Year – Realizing Potential Award. He has been recognized by the beverage industry for his expertise in supply chain management and has been invited to be a guest speaker at national events.