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UA hosts global supply chain forum


  • Dell executive heads list of speakers on the business and financial impact of successful innovations these companies effected in their supply chain operations.
  • Conference offers answers to business owners and business executives facing operational and financial challenges as supply chain disruptions increase.

Byron Canady of technology giant Dell Inc. headlines a group of featured speakers who will outline the impact that supply chain innovations have had on their business operations and financial results, as The University of Akron College of Business Administration (CBA) hosts the fourth annual Global Supply Chain Forum on Friday, Sept. 17, at 9 a.m. at The Quaker Square Inn at The University of Akron.

“Coming out of the worst economic downturn that any of us working today have ever seen, we’re all looking now for strategies to grow again even as we continue to control costs,” said CBA Interim Dean Ravi Krovi.

Supply chain management critical to growth

“There is one place where you can lower costs yet improve service, grow cash flow and decrease working capital, reduce risks and drive premiums, increase earnings per share or return on investment, and even create a competitive advantage. And it is in the supply chain.”

The Global Supply Chain Forum is designed primarily to help senior executives from finance, manufacturing, distribution and other areas to network and learn about how to use supply chain innovations to achieve growth and solve challenges particularly as supply chain disruptions are increasing.

“One of the biggest difficulties for companies of all sizes and from all industries as they come out of the downturn is that often their supply chains were weakened during the recession,” noted Dr. Steve Ash, associate professor of management at UA, which offers one of the most highly ranked business programs in the country. “But getting the supply chain right isn’t just about getting what we need when we need it. It is about helping customers and suppliers succeed. In the end, that’s how businesses grow.”

Range of experiences to be shared

The forum this year has guests from very different industries who will address how excellent Supply Chain strategy and execution drives financial advantage for their companies. Speakers include:

Byron Canady, Global Relationship Manager for the U.S. Healthcare & Life Sciences Division of Dell. He will discuss how Dell is changing its supply chain to ensure it remains a competitive weapon in the global marketplace.

Timothy Graham, Director of Process Industries Supply Chain at Timken. Timken is a leading producer of highly engineered anti-friction bearings and related products and services and alloy steel and components. Graham will explain how global supply chain management advances Timken’s operational and financial results, and optimizes their strategic position around the world.

Jim Rashid, Director of Inventory Management for Dealer Tire. Dealer Tire is the only national company exclusively dedicated to helping original equipment automobile manufacturers design, implement and manage profitable tire programs for dealerships. Rashid will share how his vision for this unique distributor’s supply chain has yielded growth before and during the recession, and winning results for all partners.

Michael Uskert, research director at AMR Supply Chain Research, Gartner, Inc. AMR Research is part of Gartner, Inc., which is a leading information technology research and advisory company. Gartner will discuss the key factors that differentiate the leaders in Supply Chain today, the impact on the financials of the Supply Chain Top 25, and key lessons you can apply to your company.

For more information on the Global Supply Chain Forum, contact: Carrie Ahmed in the College of Business Administration at 330-972-6072 or

Media contact: Laura M. Massie, 330-972-6476 or