Agenda for USMA 2018 Educational Conference

The conference agenda for 2018 is still under development, so please check back as we update the information on speakers and sessions for our upcoming conference “Managing Supply Chain Through the Speed of Change”

The conference fee includes:

  • Welcome Reception on Sunday (5:30-6:30PM)
  • Continental Breakfasts on Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday
  • General Sessions on Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday (8:00AM start)
  • Concurrent Sessions on Monday & Tuesday
  • Supplier Networking Reception on Monday from 4:00-6:00PM
  • Attendee Luncheons on Monday & Tuesday
  • Dinner Event on Tuesday Evening

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Sunday, May 20, 2018
Join us for a 5K around the golf course and resort property on Sunday morning.

Prior registration is required. No fee. Contact for more information or to register.
USMA will donate $20 to charity for each registered person finishing the 5K that morning.
This is an informal run and will not be supported by rest stops or medical personnel.

Sunday, May 20, 2018 – Golf Tournament
Pre Registration is Required. Separate fee applies

6:00 am
Transportation is available to the golf course from the main hotel entrance. Space is limited.

Need to rent clubs? Contact before May 13, 2018 (special right or left handed).

7:00 am
Light Breakfast at the course

8:00 am
Shotgun Start
Lunch to follow play at the Golf Course

Proper golf club attire and shoes required.

Golfers may pick up their conference registration packets at the golf course following lunch.

Omni Fort Worth Hotel, 2nd floor at the top of the escalators.
If this is your first time at USMA or if you haven’t attended in recent years, please join us to meet the USMA Board of Directors. Business casual attire suggested.
All USMA Participants and registered spouses/guests are encouraged to meet for drinks and light hors d’oeuvres. Business casual attire suggested.
Monday, May 21, 2018
A light breakfast buffet will be served at 7:30 am for all registered USMA conference participants. Omni Fort Worth Hotel, 2nd floor in the Texas Foyer. Seating in Texas Ballroom E/F – this is a good time to find a seat in preparation for the general session kicking off at 8:00 am. Business casual attire suggested for all USMA sessions.

The breakfast buffet will include the traditional breakfast foods.

Join us at 8:00 am for the opening session of USMA 2018. We suggest arriving early to secure a good seat. Omni Championsgate, Osceola Ballroom. Business casual attire suggested.

Featured speakers:
  1.  Jake Wood, Founder of Team Rubicon
  2. The Economy, Politics and their Impact on Business
    Leigh Gallagher,
    Editor at Fortune Magazine
  3. On the Edge, Leadership Lessons from Mt. Everest
    Alison Levine, Mountain Climber & Author
After the morning general session we’ll take a short break to refresh the room and then lunch buffets will be served.

Networking Reception / Exhibitor Display

Join your peers and suppliers to the industry for a time of networking. For details on the companies displaying at this session go to

Tuesday, May 22, 2018
Details to come
A Series of Perfect Storms, Challenge the Best Restoration Plans

Hear how utilities, suppliers, government agencies, and non-profit organizations faced serial destructive events. Fires, flooding, and extreme winds in multiple locations over a short period of time presented an unusual challenge to restoration work and an incredible drain on supply chains.

USMA is bringing together key executives from companies involved with restoration work in Florida, Texas, California, Puerto Rico and the surrounding areas for a special session.

  • Barry Anderson, VP Electric Distribution, Pacific Gas & Electric
  • Mandie Shook, Director Transmission and Key Accounts, CenterPoint Energy
  • Rich Lee, Director of Materials Management & Head of Emergency Preparedness, FP&L
  • Jeff Ostermayer, Senior Director of Media Relations, Edison Electric Institute

USMA – Tuesday Night Event

Be sure to join us tonight when we head to the Fort Worth Stockyards, one of the area’s most famous National Historic Districts, for an authentic Texas-style good time.

5:15 – 5:30 pm
Busses will depart from the Main Lobby. (Note: You will receive a wrist band as you board the bus that will identify you as a USMA participant for the evening activities.)

6:00 pm
The bus will drop everyone off at the Stockyards Visitors Center where we will gather to watch genuine Texas cowhands drive a herd of Texas Longhorns down Exchange Ave. to their pens. Afterwards, we’ll walk down Exchange Ave. to Rodeo Rd. where Billy Bob’s Texas is located.

Tonight USMA has reserved the main stage area at Billy Bob’s where you will find a full hosted open bar, buffet dinner, a live band and Texas Hold’em Poker tables. If you want to get your two-step on, dance instructors will also be there to lead the way.

Feel free to explore the rest of the facility and enjoy the various activities offered. There’s a photo station with a long horn steer, pool tables, lots of memorabilia, and if you are looking for a quiet place to talk, try out the rodeo arena at the far end of the building. (Please Note: The venue will be open to the general public. You can order drinks from any of the public bars at your own expense.)

Transportation back to the hotel will depart from the Rodeo Plaza Circle beginning at 8:00 pm and will run until 9:30 pm.

Wednesday, May 23, 2017
Details to come
Thriving at Work in the Age of Artificial Intelligence

Part One: AI, RPA and How it Will Impact You

The race to add artificial intelligence and robotic process automation is rapidly changing the nature of work.  This will impact your employment and those you manage and/or hire.  It will also change the process of getting hired.  The pace of change in the workplace and in recruiting technology is something we all need to grasp. Some companies may be slow adopters of new technology and processes, however the companies they deal with are part of an ecosystem building on new technology that will impact everyone.

Jon Kesman, Global Head of Service Procurement Solutions, Allegis Global Solutions

Jon Kesman is the Head of Services Procurement for Allegis Global Solutions, a leader in global talent solutions.  In this role he draws on his extensive experience in contingent workforce and indirect services spend management to deliver strategic procurement solutions to AGS’ clients. Jon earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Purchasing and Operations Management from the Supply Chain Management Program at Michigan State University.

Part Two: The Ever-Changing Human Factor

The human factor in the age of technology will become even more important as technology takes over many aspects of employment as well as many of the job functions people now perform in organizations. Employees will need to focus on developing skill sets that cannot be duplicated by AI in order to advance their careers.  Understanding how to successfully work in the near-term future is the key to thriving in this environment of change. You need to know how to keep your job and excel when automated processes are swirling all around you.  You need to understand the cosmic shifts that have taken place (or are about to take place) among the generational work groups that are now in the workplace. The Traditionalists are gone. The Baby Boomers are leaving in droves. Generation Z has entered the work force. Gen X’ers are moving into positions of power and have no idea how to manage the Millennials. People that will succeed in this chaotic environment are those that understand the differences and can bridge the communication gap between them.

Margaret Morford, CEO, The HR Edge

Margaret Morford has proven her expertise as a workplace expert through her best-selling books, national seminars and television interviews.  Her insight offers you an edge over other workers and managers in the areas of workplace communication and the critical role human factors will play in the future.  She has practical, real world experience as a manager, as the VP of Human Resources at several companies, and as a lawyer with a JD Degree from the Vanderbilt University School of Law.  She has a perspective few people have and an ability to help people not just prepare for, but thrive, in the future.

Registration for 2019 will open in late July 2018.