Purpleocity:  Creating Sustainable Competitive Advantage  
Presented by:  Michael D. Ford, CFPIM, CSCP, CQA, CRE, CQE, ACPF, CPSM
Principal, TQM Works Consulting, Port Crane NY

“No two species can coexist that make their living in the identical way” So said Professor G.F. Gause, and APICS teaches this within the “Strategic Management of Resources” course. But we sometimes forget to apply this important concept to our professional and personal lives.

Purpleocity, which is loosely based on Seth Godin’s Purple Cow theories, takes a light hearted and interactive look at the art of determining, developing and leveraging your core competencies and creating a sustainable competitive advantage. 

This high energy session promises to get your creative juices flowing and send you home with dozens of ideas on how to become PURPLE and stand out from the competition!!!

The audience will be engaged in two specific exercises:
(1) Identifying an example of a leader who motivated people to produce results, and how they did it
(2) What competitive factor will they compete on, i.e. how will they be PURPLE.

NOTE: Attendees are strongly encouraged to dress in PURPLE for this event!


Michael D. Ford, CFPIM, CSCP, CQA, CRE, CQE, ACPF, CPSM is Principal of TQM Works Consulting, based in upstate NY. He provides innovative solutions based on 29 years of experience in retail, distribution, manufacturing, and consulting. His work history includes software implementation, business planning, inventory control, distribution planning and corporate training. He has presented at nearly 300 industry events to local, regional and international audiences across the US, Canada, Nigeria and S. Africa.

Michael has presented corporate training onsite for all of the major manufacturers in the greater Binghamton NY area, as well as teaching classes for Penn State University, Binghamton University, Elmira College, Broome CC, Morrisville College, Tompkins Cortland CC and Finger Lakes CC. He has over 4,400 hours of classroom experience, averaging 4.5/5.0 on instructor evaluations.

Ford is a strong advocate of “lifelong learning for lifetime success”. He is a graduate of SUNY-Buffalo, earning a B.S. in Industrial Engineering. He has earned: APICS’ Certified Supply Chain Professional and Certified Fellow in Production & Inventory Management; the ASQ’s Certified Reliability Engineer, Certified Quality Engineer and Certified Quality Auditor; the Institute of Business Forecasting’s Advanced Certified Professional Forecaster; and the Institute for Supply Management’s Certified Professional in Supply Management. He is a qualified Master Instructor for APICS’ CPIM, CSCP and Instructor Development programs.

Michael is the author of the following works: APICS “Distribution Inventory Management” workshop; Accenture’s “MFG 862: Scheduling Production, Projects and Operations” online course; APICS “Beyond the Basics of MRP” Webinar; many newsletter articles; a variety of white papers for conferences he has presented at; and a half dozen “Lessons Learned” features in the APICS magazine. 

Ford has been recognized as a “subject matter expert” (SME) within the field of operations management and served on the review team for APICS CPIM courseware updates and as an SME for the APICS Principles courseware. He is regularly invited to speak at major international conferences such as APICS (United States) and SAPICS (South Africa).

Ford combines his technical expertise with personal skills to develop a unique “outside the box” approach to life’s challenges. He offers training that is “edu-taining”!

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Thursday, January 21, 2016
Early Registration Deadline: 
Friday, January 15, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. PST
Buffet Only (light dinner)

6:00 p.m. Registration, Networking & Dinner
6:30-6:50 p.m. Business Meeting 7:00 p.m. Professional Presentation Starts 8:15 p.m. Raffle 8:30 p.m. Close of Meeting  


APICS Los Angeles Chapter Facility

370 Amapola, Suite 204

Torrance, CA 90501

(213) 444-3102

$35 - Pre-registered Non-members $25 - Pre-Registered Members $25 - Pre-Registered Affiliate Member (ISM/ASQ) $15 - Pre-Registered Full-time Student with ID $15 - Pre-Registered APICS Student Member $15 - Pre-Registered LAPICS Student Member $15 - Pre-Registered LAPICS Board Member $20 - Add to any Late Registration (registering after deadline noted)

Payment must be provided at time of registration. No-shows are billed. 

*Preregistered LAPICS Student Chapter members receive a full refund when attending event. Payment is refunded to PayPal account after event. You must belong to a LAPICS student chapter to qualify.