Speakers and Panelists

  • Nicole Barick, Director, Global Manufacturing Services, Church & Dwight
  • Rick Blasgen, President and CEO, Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals
  • Laura Heyburn, Director, Global Trade Optimization & Trade Compliance, Firmenich
  • Amy Leslie, Vice-President of Corporate Strategy Management, Olympus Corporation of the Americas
  • Gary Lynch, CEO and Founder, The Risk Project LLC
  • Bob Murray, Chairman, REM Associates
  • Brad Pawlowski,  Managing Director, Supply Chain and Industry Practice, Accenture
  • Suzanne Richer, Director, Trade Advisory Practice, Amber Road
  • Michael Weick, Customs Manager, Subaru of America

Nicole Barick is the Director of Global Manufacturing Services at Church & Dwight building relationships with 3rd party manufacturers to bring the best overall service and value to her organization.  Before working on the manufacturing side, Nicole spent over 15 years working in Customer Logistics, managing key retailers, coordinating order management and best in class service levels. Her experience has helped drive strategic change by improving service and performance from external manufacturing sites, while training her department to think outside the box for solution oriented results. Nicole’s strengths are building strong partnerships built on honesty and fact-based decision making.  She has taken her love for reading and encouraged team engagement through a Book Club in her department. Nicole also enjoys cooking for her family and friends.

Rick Blasgen is the president and chief executive officer of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) in Lombard, Illinois, USA.  Blasgen began his career with Nabisco, working in a regional customer service center in Chicago, Illinois. While at Nabisco, he held various logistics positions of increasing responsibility in inventory management, order processing, and transportation and distribution center operations management. Blasgen became vice president, supply chain, at Nabisco in June 1998, then vice president supply chain for Kraft in June 2002. He joined ConAgra Foods in August 2003 as senior vice president integrated logistics.  Blasgen has devoted much of his time to furthering a number of company’s supply chain management programs and initiatives. This experience has given him a solid foundation for his role at CSCMP where he has responsibility for the overall business operations and strategic plan of the organization.  His efforts support CSCMP’s mission of leading the supply chain management profession through the development and dissemination of supply chain education and research.  Blasgen was designated by the US Department of Commerce in 2011 to serve as the Chair of the Advisory Committee on Supply Chain Competitiveness (ACSCC) providing the Administration advice and counsel on issues and concerns that affect the supply chain sector. He continues to chair that committee.  He is a member of Northwestern University’s Transportation Center Business Advisory Committee and a past chair of the Grocery Manufacturers Association Logistics Committee, and a past president of the Warehousing Education and Research Council (WERC). Blasgen is a graduate of Governors State University, earning his degree in business administration and majoring in finance.

Laura Heyburn is the Director of Global Trade & Duty Optimization for Firmenich, a privately held flavor & fragrance manufacturer.   Laura has been with Firmenich for 21 years and is responsible for the Customs Compliance of the company’s five locations in North America.  Laura provides onsite compliance training at these locations.    She managed the implementation and oversight of the company’s foreign trade zones and C-TPAT programs.  Laura is also responsible for the company’s participation in the Importer Self-Assessment Program and Center of Excellence and C-TPAT.  In addition to compliance, Laura and her team lead several global cost savings initiatives within the company.  Laura has a B.S. in Finance from Rutgers University.  She is a Licensed Customs Broker and a past secretary of the NAFTZ User Committee.  She is also the Chair of the Import / Export Committee for the Fragrance Materials Association (IFRA) and an instructor for Global Trade Academy / Amber Road.

Amy Leslie is Vice President of Corporate Strategy Management for Olympus Corporation of the Americas.  She is responsible for the coordination and implementation of OCA's corporate strategic plan across the Americas and partners with Olympus' counterparts in Japan and European on global initiatives.  Amy has been with Olympus for over twelve years in various roles.  In her most recent role she is responsible for several departments including Corporate Strategy and Planning, Risk Management, Enterprise Security, Real Estate and Facilities, Continuous Improvement and Central Purchasing.  For the past year, Amy has been a part of the project management office for a global transformation initiative that Olympus has launched for both their Corporate Governance area and their Medical Business.  Before moving into her corporate role at Olympus, Amy spent eight years in their Consumer Products Division, as the Director of Marketing and Business Development for Olympus’ Audio Products.  Amy holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Rider University and a Master of Arts (Communication Studies) degree from West Chester University.  She also has several Business Certificates from various accredited institutions.  Amy serves on the Global Rider Supply Chain Advisory Board and is also a Board Member of the YWCA Lehigh Valley Chapter.

Gary Lynch is the CEO and Founder of The Risk Project, LLC, a risk analytics based advisory firm, focused on helping senior business executives leverage uncertainty for competitive advantage.  Formerly, Managing Director and Global Leader of Marsh’s supply chain risk practice.  Spearheaded the development of new supply chain insurance coverage as well as a profitability-driven supply chain risk analysis.  Served as a Partner for Booz Allen & Hamilton; Research Director and Market Analyst for Gartner Group’s Information Security Service; Chief Information Security Officer at Chase Manhattan Bank; and Executive Director of the Office of Operational Risk, Business Continuity and Information Security at The Prudential.  Gary has authored three business management books on risk and advised executive leadership at numerous global organizations.  Named 2017 “Thought Leader of the Year” by the Global Supply Chain Resiliency Council, “World’s Best Supply Chain Risk Consulting Provider” by Global Finance and Top 25 Information Manager by Information Management magazine.  He was appointed by the United States Secretary of Commerce as a founding member of the Advisory Committee on Supply Chain Competitiveness.  Also, elected as a Senior Research Fellow to the R. H. Smith School at the University of Maryland and Advisor to the World Economic Forum Global Risk Network.  Worked with the center on a cyber-supply chain risk project for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.  Founding member of the Global Supply Chain Resiliency Council.  Gary has lectured students at numerous universities and been a featured presenter at the World Economic Forum/Global Risk Network on Supply Chain Resiliency and Pandemic Preparedness, Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), World Customs Organization (WCO), National Institute of Standards (NIST), and National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD).  He received a Bachelor of Science in Finance from the New York Institute of Technology, Certified Information Systems Security Professional certification (CISSP 2001-2011), U.S. Secret Service commendation for 9/11 work, and Silver Medal of Valor from Nassau County Fire Service.

Bob Murray is an adjunct supply chain professor 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., a 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. Bob’s teaching responsibilities at Rider most recently included directing a consulting project by Rider students that explored "The Amazon Effect" and included a brief look into "Blockchain."

Brad Pawlowski is Managing Director in Accenture's Supply Chain & Industry X.0 practice and a recognized expert on Business Transformation programs. The global leader of Accenture's Supply Chain Transformation practice, Brad has broad experience managing international teams in diverse industries and markets, including healthcare/life sciences, consumer products, high tech and aerospace/defense.  Brad is responsible for Accenture’s Supply Chain & Industry X.0 portfolio in Products for the Northeast Region and is currently leading Accenture’s effort in developing an ‘Intelligent Supply Chain’ for clients.  Brad has been with Accenture for 22 years.  He graduated from Princeton University with a BSE in Mechanical Engineering and resides in Jersey City with his wife and 2 daughters.

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, 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.

Michael Weick is the Customs Manager at Subaru of America, Inc. in Camden NJ and has been in the global trade compliance industry for 35 years. Michael obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree from LaSalle University in Philadelphia and is designated as a Certified Customs Specialist through the National Customs Brokers and Freight Forwarders Association. Michael began his career with a local Philadelphia customs brokerage firm, becoming licensed in 1989. He then moved on to managing the operational customs staff at IKEA North America which had developed its own, in-house, GTM system for the declaration of its knock-down furniture entries, a very rare occurrence in the 90’s. After 9/11, Michael’s focus shifted to strategic compliance while joining Motorola’s Broadband Communications Division, then to Avaya Inc., Merck and now, Subaru. Along the way Michael has developed in-house compliance and CTPAT procedures as well as work instructions for declaring proper valuation, classification and origin of electronics, pharmaceuticals and automotive parts and accessories. Leading Subaru’s active participation in the Customs and Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (CTPAT) and Importer Self-Assessment Programs since 2013 has earned Michael and his team the highest level of trust within the US Customs and Border Protection Agency. As such, Michael has established a full set of internal controls that measures his company’s performance on a pre and post entry basis as well as developing a CTPAT training module ensuring the safety and security of Subaru’s seven port facilities and nine distribution centers in the US.