APICS Inland Empire Presents

2017 Spring Symposium

Disruptive Innovations in Logistics 

Disruptive innovations are transforming the future of logistics. Do you know what they are and are you ready to meet the challenges of disruptive change? Join us for an expert panel discussion and networking with industry peers and supply chain, manufacturing and logistics professionals on:

Saturday, May 6, 2017

At Eagle Glen Golf Club, Corona, from 8:00 am to 11:30 am 

 for our Spring Symposium and learn more about these trends that will rock the supply chain!

Dr. Genevieve Giuliano : Director of the METRANS


Dr. Genevieve Giuliano is Margaret and John Ferraro Chair in Effective Local Government in the Sol Price School of Public Policy, University of Southern California, and Director of the METRANS joint USC and California State University Long Beach Transportation Center. Her research areas include relationships between land use and transportation, transportation policy analysis, travel behavior, and information technology applications in transportation.  Current research includes examination of relationships between land use and freight flows, spatial analysis of freight activity location, impacts of freight activities on local communities, and applications for transportation system analysis using archived real-time data. She has published over 170 papers.Professor Giuliano is a past Chair of the Executive Committee of the Transportation Research Board, and of the Council of University Transportation Centers. She has received numerous distinguished scholarship and service awards.  She is a former member of the ITS Joint Program Advisory Committee and the National Freight Advisory Committee.  She has participated in many TRB policy studies; currently she is serving on the Committee on the Future of the Interstate Highway System. 

Mark Hirzel | A.N. Deringer, Inc. |Licensed Customs Broker | Freight Forwarder | Certified Logistics 


Mark Hirzel  with A.N Deringer, Inc, brings over 25 years of Customs brokerage and logistics experience to the Los Angeles District Manager position. In this role, Mark oversees Deringer's LA customer service center and supports its ongoing Customs brokerage and freight forwarding operations.

Mark has a strong presence in the Southern California trade community, serving on the boards of numerous associations. He is currently Chairman of the Los Angeles Customs Brokers and Freight Forwarders Association, Inc., after serving on the Board of Directors as President, Vice President, and Legislative Chair. Mark also holds a seat on the San Pedro Bay Supply Chain Optimization Working Group and serves on the Board of Directors for the nonprofit, International Seafarers Center of Long Beach, which maintains facilities and provides services for the recreational, personal, and cultural needs of merchant seamen calling at the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles.

Lupe Valdez: Director of Public Affairs, Union Pacific Railroad

Lupe Valdez joined the Union Pacific as the Director of Public Affairs in July of 2005. She serves the Los Angeles Basin, which includes Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Riverside, Orange, Ventura, Santa Barbara and Imperial Counties. Her responsibilities include working with local elected officials and community groups in Southern California. 

Prior to joining the Union Pacific, she worked for Southern California Regional Rail Authority- (Metrolink) in Los Angeles and served as a Deputy Executive Officer for the South Coast Air Quality Management District (AQMD) in Diamond Bar. She began her professional career at the Southern California Rapid Transit District (RTD) and continued her transportation work with Los Angeles County Transportation Commission (LACTC) and MTA, now known as Metro. While at these agencies, she had the opportunity to work on many projects and environmental impact reports for rail lines now fully operational in Los Angeles County.Lupe currently serves as Co-Chair of the Transportation & Goods Movement Committee of the Los Angeles Chamber; serves as Co Chair of the Energy & Environment Committee of BIZFED, Board Member of the City of Commerce Industrial Council and is a member of the San Gabriel Valley Economic Partnership and is now a Board Member of the CA Transportation Foundation. She is a member of the Inland Empire Economic Partnership, the Inland Empire Logistics Council and Inland Action. She previously served as Vice Chair of the City of Montebello Traffic & Safety Commission

Heidi Chance, Division Manager at Yamaha Motor Corporation, USA 


Heidi  brings over 30 years of  strong supply chain experience ranging from US Navy to Global Supply Chain management with Yamaha Motor Corporation,USA.  Heidi will share with us what it takes to manage strategic planning, organizational review and realignment, product development project management, procurement planning, supplier relationship management, systems implementation, distribution and inventory management, and team leadership. 

Steven C. Finley - Vice President for Re-Transportation, a Kuehne + Nagel Co .

Steven Finley is currently Vice President for Re-Transportation, a Kuehne + Nagel Co . Re-Transportation is an Intermodal Marketing Company (IMC), Transportation broker, and Third Party Logistics Provider (3PL) with 60 offices nationwide. In this capacity, Mr. Finley is responsible for all sales and marketing, operations, carrier negotiations, and billing. Mr. Finley has held various positions with other intermodal companies, trucking companies, and LTL Carriers. He was Traffic Manager for a fortune 500 company. Mr. Finley started his transportation career in 1970. He graduated from the University of Southern California in 1977 with a BA in Political Science. Steve served as President of the Los Angeles Transportation Club in 2005 and Chairman in 2006. In 2010, Mr. Finley, was awarded the outstanding instructor of the year for Fall 2009 semester by CSULB.