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March Professional Development Meeting-Joint Meeting with ISM (their Top Management Night)


March 11, 2020
5:00 PM - 8:30 PM
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The Tonawanda Castle
69 Delaware Street
Tonawanda, NY 14150

About the Event:

Program: Living the Supply Chain -30 Years of SCM Transformation

My intention is not to give a “speech”, but rather share my story of how over the last 30 years I’ve had the fortune of being part of what is probably the most transformational time in supply chain history.

That journey provided me the opportunity to “live” supply chain. Whether it was pumping out bins of tomato paste (yes that’s true) or helping map out the order to cash process in partnership with the largest CPG companies in the world … somehow it involved supply chain.

The fun thing now looking back is we had no idea that we were actually part of “creating” this history …. inventing things along the way… ahead of VMI, before there was CPFR, MRP…. All this while technology was evolving at light speed and literally influencing its path. There’s one theme however that hopefully resonates throughout my story, and that’s the importance of relationships and the roles they played throughout this adventure.

So, as you listen to this story, hopefully you find it relates to you in some way, that you feel comfortable to ask some questions and together we have a few laughs ….. possiblyat my expense.

About the Presenter:  Gary D. Thompson, VP-Copack Sales, NA - Refresco

Gary Thompson is a native of WNY, born and raised in Jamestown. His formal education is in Account/Finance and Computer Science with his Masters work in Business Administration.

Gary also holds a P.CRM (Professional of Customer Relations Management) certification.

Gary has been fortunate to have a long and diverse food-based CPG career with experience in a wide range of categories from ice cream to alcohol. In the past 27 years with what is now Refresco,

Gary has had the privilege to hold leadership roles in:

• Project Management;
• Finance & Cost Management
• Operations
• IT Systems & Development
• International Business Development & Supply
• Warehouse and Logistics
• Procurement & Supply Chain
• Commercial

Although passionate about his work, in his free time Gary is an avid fitness enthusiast and enjoys running, hiking and playing tennis. He is married with three grown children and has recently become “papa” to his 2 year old granddaughter Delaney, who also keeps him very active and is the light of his life.


About the Meal

1) Stuffed Chicken Breast (Asiago, Parmesan Risotto) with Pesto Cream Sauce

2) Beef Tenderloin Topped with Bacon & Gorgonzola

3) Pistachio Crusted Salmon

4) Chef's Choice Vegetarian

Including: Greek Salad with Oregano Vinaigrette; Ciabatta Bread; Smoked Gouda & Bacon Potato Gratin; Roasted Vegetable Medley; Chef’s Special Dessert.






$30.00 Member

$30.00 Guest

$20.00 Member not in Workforce or Retired

$20.00 Full Time Student Member

$20.00 Full Time Student Non Member