Below are the workshop presenters for this year's conference. A listing in alphabetical order can be found within the right-hand menu. Click on an individual's name to jump to their bio.
Director of Humanitarian Supply Chain Logistics
1977-1999: Variety of UPS operations and engineering management roles. 1999-2003: UPS New Product Marketing Operations Manager performing analysis and business case development to support UPS entry into air, ocean and road freight business models. 2003-2006: Trade Direct Engineering and Network Planning Manager supporting design, build and launch of the Trade Direct suite of global multi-modal products. 2005-2007: Network Planning Manager for Global Ocean and North American Air Freight. Champion for adoption of project management discipline and provided support to integrate UPS Air Network, Menlo Air Freight, and Ocean Freight networks, resulting in substantial cost savings from network efficiencies. 2007-2010: Formed the Transportation Services Program Management Office to provide strategy, cost savings project, and reporting support for the UPS Transportation leadership. From 2008 to present has developed and implemented Humanitarian Supply Chain Logistics strategies, solutions and processes to execute UPS Foundation gifts of in-kind supply chain services to non-profits. Experience includes coordinating UPS relief operations support for disasters/humanitarian needs including the China earthquake, American Samoa tsunami, Haiti earthquake & cholera outbreak, and Chile mine collapse.
US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE)
Deputy Director of the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Readiness Support Center (RSC)
Steven A Diaz, Ph.D., Deputy Director of the of the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Readiness Support Center (RSC). He also serves as the National Training and Exercise Program Director for the Directorate of contingency Operations, HQ USACE.
A member of the RSC since 2002, Steve has devised and implemented the learning systems architecture for USACE emergency response and recovery training programs. He manages a staff of 24 employees who create instructional and exercise interventions for diverse audiences utilizing various modes of delivery. His dissertation work, "An Analysis of the Relationships among Thinking Styles, Performance and Media Modality in Simulation Training" became the basis for the foundation for the tactical decision-making computer based training in the Corps, and for Table Top exercises in emergency management. The scientific foundation, coupled with state of the art technology has produced a developing curriculum that incorporates high-fidelity authentic task environments.
Projects under his leadership over the past few years include Table Top Exercises for Microsoft where he designed and facilitated simulated events in Istanbul, Mexico City, and Seattle. Simulated exercises for the Truman Bagnell Dam Security Exercise Series; and over 30 Table top exercises utilizing his uniquely devised Table Top Exercise Support Tool (TTX ST), which has been used by FEMA, DHS, and other federal partners in addition to the Army Corps of Engineers. He was a member of the international delegation for the Civil Military Emergency Preparedness program (CMEP) where he designed exercises and simulated events for the Non-NATO Black Sea Initiative countries, including Albania, Georgia, and Kazakhstan. The current second generation simulation tool allows for interactive scenario development to predict outcomes and evaluate crisis management responses. This initiative has been developed through collaboration with the University of Central Florida’s School of Engineering.
Steve holds a BS in Business, and an MS and PhD in Instructional Design and Development, all from the University of South Alabama.
Georgia Tech Supply Chain & Logistics Institute (GTSCL) and Center for Emerging Logistics and Supply
Senior Lecturer - Customized Programs, GTSCL and Executive Director, CELSC
Maria Rey is an educator and consultant on supply chain management and logistics strategies for emerging economies, and is a recognized expert in the fields of corporate performance management and the design of global and emerging supply chain strategies.
Maria Rey is founder and Executive Director of the Atlanta-based Center for Emerging Logistics and Supply Chains, which conducts over 100 logistics courses in 16 countries in the Americas and other emerging economies such as Turkey, Russia and Poland. She is also adjunct faculty at the Georgia Institute of Technology in the Executive Masters in International Logistics (EMIL) and Cranfield University where she teaches International Operations, Latin American logistics and design of performance management systems.
As supply chain management advisor, Maria has a strong practice focused on advising senior executives in the areas of supply systems strategy and high performing organizations. Her clients span many industries including government, manufacturers, distributors, financial service companies, and logistics service providers.
Maria is a regular speaker at The Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP), The Supply Chain and Logistics Institute, WERC, and ExpoLogistica Panama, Peru and Mexico. She has also keynoted numerous corporate conferences including, The Logistics Congress of the Americas, the Humanitarian Logistics Conference, the Hewlett Packard Summer Executive Series, the Coca-Cola Annual Supply-Chain Conference, and the Brazilian Association of Material and Logistics Managers (ABML). She is fluent, and lectures in English, Spanish, and Portuguese.
She is an Economist from Universidad del Rosario in Colombia, with a MSc in International Logistics and Operations from the Georgia Institute of Technology and currently conducting her doctoral research at Cranfield University in England.