Nov Professional Development Meeting:  
Unleashing People Performance for Higher Global Profits and Productivity
Speaker:  Gordon D. Smith, PhD, Clinical Professor of Supply Chain Management, University of Houston

Companies worldwide are increasingly utilizing global and virtual teams to reduce costs,enhance productivity and attract wider talent pools in today’s volatile economic and political environment. Given its global reach, the energy industry is actively utilizing such teams across functions. Supply chain and human capital management are especially being impacted by this workforce evolution. Progressive organizations and project managers that can improve the performance of global/virtual teams could increase ROI from important projects and identify future leadership talent from within the organization.

This session will address the business and technology factors driving global and virtual teams and provide actionable tips (best practices) for program and project managers as well as team-members operating in these settings. It will also discuss how optimizing team performance can result in improved professional development within organizations.


Gordon D. Smith, Ph.D., is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Supply Chain Management in the Department of Information and Decision Sciences at the University of Houston C.T. Bauer College of Business. He holds a Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research and an MS in Industrial Engineering from The Pennsylvania State University and a BA in Mathematics from The University of Connecticut.

Dr. Smith has over 25 years of executive management experience for multinational companies in high technology industries prior to rejoining academia. He has led the transformation of global operations, supply chains and customer service organizations in automotive, telecommunications and oil & gas industries. Gordon is a frequent conference speaker, workshop leader, executive educator and regularly quoted source on Supply Chain Management trends.  He also provides consulting guidance focused on sustainable change management and achieving operational excellence through business process rationalization and improvements.

Dr. Smith previously held the positions of Assistant Professor of Operations Management and Director of the Executive MBA program at the Whittemore School of Business and Economics at The University of New Hampshire.                                                                 
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Thursday, November 13, 2014
Early Registration Deadline: 
Friday, November 7, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. PST
Buffet only

5:30-6:00 p.m. Registration & Networking
6:00-6:30 p.m. Business Meeting & Dinner
6:30-6:50 p.m. Student Presentation
7:00 p.m. Professional Presentation Starts
8:30 p.m. Close of Meeting  


APICS Los Angeles Chapter Facility
370 Amapola Avenue, Suite 204
Torrance, CA 90501


$35 - Pre-registered Non-members
$20 - Pre-Registered Members
$20 - 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
$50 - All Late & Walk-in Registrations
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.