Speakers and Panelists

  • Rick Cura, Head of Supply Chain for Latin America and for Marine & Energy Franchises, Americas, BP Castrol
  • Patrick Javick, Senior Director Industry Development, Apparel and General Merchandise, GS1 US
  • Bob Murray, Chairman, REM Associates
  • Emmanuel Peters, Senior Director, Network Strategy for Customer and Logistics Services, Johnson and Johnson
  • Suzanne Richer, Director, Trade Advisory Practice, Amber Road
  • Richard Rodgers, Director, Solutions Development, Dematic
  • Jack Schmidt, Senior Manager, Life Science Industry Sales, Deloitte
  • Larry Smith, Vice-President, Global Supply Chain, Becton Dickinson & Company (BD)
  • Adrianne Swerdlow, Assistant Vice-President Retail Supply Chain, L’Oreal

Rick Cura is currently head of supply chain for BP Castrol Latin America and for the BP Castrol Marine & Energy Franchises, Americas.  He has been in this role since October 2015 and was previously head of BP Castrol Logistics for the Americas.   Prior to BP, Rick worked at Johnson & Johnson for 14 years, holding various roles in Logistics, Demand and Supply Planning, Third-Party Manufacturing, Transformation & Integration, and Brand Management. A former US Naval Officer, Rick holds a Bachelors’ Degree in Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and an MBA from Cornell University.

Patrick Javick has spent his 20+ year retail and sales career partnering with industry trading partners. As GS1 US Senior Director of Industry Engagement for the Apparel and General Merchandise Sectors he is responsible for industry development and strategic account management.  Patrick is focused on supporting GS1 US customers with their standards-based deployments and strategic programs.  He works directly with Retailers and Manufacturers to understand their business needs as they apply to identifying, capturing and sharing product information and to helping apply the GS1 System of Standards to those needs.   His position focuses on industry strategy, marketing and business development. He is also closely tied to the on-going EPC-enabled RFID pilots and implementations within the Apparel, Fashion & Footwear, and General Merchandise Industries.  Mr. Javick earned his Bachelor’s degree in Marketing and Communications from the University of Dayton.

Bob Murray is an adjunct member of the faculty here at Rider and President of REM ASSOCIATES, a consulting firm established to counsel corporate management in the area
of business operations and management. Bob has more than twenty five years’ experience in this field including product sourcing, import and customs regulations, production planning and scheduling, manufacturing, quality assurance, inventory management and control, physical distribution, warehouse operations, and transportation, including private fleet. This experience encompasses all aspects of management from strategy and planning to policy, procedures and operational cost control. Bob has extensive line, staff, and consulting experience within this discipline in a wide variety of industries with particular emphasis in consumer products, including fashion, tobacco, and electronics, food, and chemical industries. Prior to directing the activities of REM ASSOCIATES, Bob was the Corporate Vice President of Worldwide Operations for Foot-Joy Inc., Division of General Mills, Principal with Booz, Allen and Hamilton, Inc., Corporate Director of Logistics for Nabisco Brands, Manager of Consulting Services for A. T. Kearney, Inc., and held various physical distribution management positions within Scott Paper Company and National Gypsum Corporation.

Emannuel Peters is the Senior Director, Network Strategy for Johnson and Johnson’s Customer and Logistics Services Organization.  In this position, Emmanuel is responsible for developing network strategy and capability for the global logistics footprint of J&J.  Prior to his current role, Emmanuel led global business process and technology for the J&J Worldwide Transportation team.  Emmanuel started his career in logistics planning at Warner-Lambert Co/Pfizer Inc. and held positions of increasing responsibility.  Emmanuel has also published peer-reviewed articles on transportation crew scheduling and decision support systems.  Emmanuel received his Ph.D. in Management Sciences from the University of Iowa and his M.S. in Industrial Engineering from Texas Tech University.

Suzanne Richer joined Amber Road to lead the development of a Trade Advisory Practice, when they acquired her firm, the Global Trade Academy.  A licensed customs broker and Certified Classification Specialist™ (CCLS™), Ms. Richer has extensive experience in advising corporations on Export and Import Audits, Export Controls, Focused Assessments, C-TPAT cargo security applications and validations, classification, valuation and the Importer-Self Assessment (ISA) program.  With over twenty-five years as a trade consultant, Ms. Richer has conducted Supplier/Factory Assessments and conducted training globally, including but not limited to Italy, UK, Germany, France and throughout Asia as well as South America. Her expertise in global customs programs has earned many firms the coveted Tier 3 status within the C-TPAT program.   Her work in ISA has earned many of her clients the title of Trusted Partner with Customs and Border Protection.  In 2006, she was recognized by the Journal of Commerce as one of the top 20 Women in Transportation and in 2011, she was featured in the newly released book, Million Dollar Conversations, focused on women leaders within their industry.   Ms. Richer is currently working towards her black belt in Six Sigma certification.   Ms. Richer is a featured speaker at lectures in the U.S. and internationally on global trade, including Classification, NAFTA, Incoterms, Export Controls, Import Compliance Issues, FCPA and C-TPAT.   She has conducted over 3000 hours of training, authored 12 books on international trade, and provided training for the National Customs Brokers & Freight Forwarders Association, Footwear Association, CSCMP New York and Paris Roundtables, Mid-West Importers Trade Association, and the Federal Maritime Commission.   Ms. Richer is the President of CSCMP – NYC, and actively conducts training in the U.S. and overseas for the Global Trade Academy.  Ms. Richer earned her Master’s degree in Economics from Eastern Michigan University and her Bachelors of Economics from the University of Michigan.  She has studied language courses at the University of Strasbourg, France and Osaka, Japan.  In addition to her books, her articles on international trade topics appear in the Shipping Digest, Supply Chain Management magazine and Logistics Management.

Richard Rodgers has almost 20 years’ experience with Dematic as a leader in operations and Solution Development capacities. This experience was preceded by a 14-year engineering and project management background specific to automated and conventional material handling.  His specific project experience includes Pharmaceutical, Food Processing, Manufacturing, and Cooler and Freezer applications. Richard’s project experience also encompasses a wide range of technologies and equipment, including AS/RS, AGVS, conveyors and sortation, and order selection.   Richard has a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Florida, and is a professional construction specifier certified by the Construction Specifications Institute.

Jack Schmidt started his career at Johnson and Johnson (J&J) and he has spent his career focused in the Life Science Industry working in Pharmaceuticals, Biotech and Medical devices. While at J&J, he worked in Strategic Planning and developed a Supply Chain Performance Management model and optimization algorithms to improve Supply Chain performance.  He also led the Greenfield start-up of a pharmaceutical manufacturing and packaging plant which employed a lean production philosophy and high performance work team concept. Since leaving J&J Jack has worked at a number of Enterprise Technology companies such as Manugistics and SAP where he had responsibility for identifying emerging industry trends and guiding solution investments in these innovation areas.  This includes automating & extending enterprise business processes through new capabilities such Pharma Supply Chain serialization, Patient Engagement solutions and Predictive Analytics.  In 2017, Jack joined Deloitte Consulting and Advisory Services in a National role where he is responsible for helping clients with business transformation and innovations in areas like digital transformation, advanced analytics (AI) and Blockchain.

Larry Smith is a Supply Chain and Operations Executive with over 35 years’ experience in Clinical Diagnostics and Medical Device companies.  Currently, he is Vice President, Global Supply Chain at Becton Dickinson and Company (BD), a $12 billion medical device, biosciences and diagnostics company headquartered in Franklin Lakes, NJ.  Prior to joining BD in 2001, Larry was Vice President of Global Supply Chain Management for Dade Behring, a $1.5 billion clinical diagnostics company.  From 1996-1998, he was Vice President of Business Operations.  Prior to joining Dade Behring, Larry held many assignments of increasing responsibility during his earlier career at DuPont.  His broad business background includes significant leadership assignments in manufacturing, business/general management, sales, marketing, product development, and customer service.  Larry has a BS in Chemical Engineering from Pennsylvania State University.  He has won numerous honors, including two corporate level Marketing Excellence Awards, a Sales District of the Year Award, a Business Achievement Award, and company-wide recognition at DuPont for Transformation of the North American Product Distribution System.  At BD, Larry’s team won the top level Becton Quality Award for the transformation of the USA Distribution Network to a “best in class” operation and two special recognition Becton Quality Awards for Trans-Atlantic Shipment Quality Improvements and Implementation of Intra-Company Finished Product Distribution Collaboration Initiatives.  In 2008 and again in 2010 BD was awarded the Aberdeen Group’s Supply Chain Achievement Award for overall Supply Chain Management Performance Excellence. In 2011- 2015 BD was ranked the #1 or #2 manufacturer on Gartner’s top 25 Healthcare Supply Chain list.   Larry serves on the CSCR Sponsors Council at Penn State University, the  Supply Chain Advisory Council at Rutgers University and on Rider University’s College of Business Administration Executive Advisory Board and the Supply Chain Advisory Board.

Adrianne Swerdlow is the Assistant Vice President of Retail Supply Chain for the Luxe Division of L’Oreal USA. Her team’s mission is to deliver a level of exceptional service in all strategic retail channels that allows Luxe brands to drive incremental sales, optimize inventory and minimize cost by channel.  Her leadership journey began early when she entered L’Oreal, then Cosmair, as one of the first management development program (MDP) employees. She is a YWCA TWIN (Tribute to Women in Industry) award recipient and has over 20 years of experience in manufacturing and operations covering various areas of quality, production, packaging, IT, assembly and supply chain. Most recently she managed the operations and IT integration of Urban Decay into L’Oreal.  In the last three years Adrianne has been using Lean and Lean Six Sigma methodologies to drive operational excellence and is now expanding this work with Luxe retail partners.  In 2013, she was a keynote speaker at the Supply Chain Council conference in St. Louis, Missouri where she presented L’Oreal Promotions, driving a new way to work concept to counter.  Adrianne is married with two children and a dog and lives in Belle Mead, NJ.