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Foothills Chapter Mission Statement

The Foothills Chapter serves Hickory, Lincolnton, Morganton, Lenoir and surrounding areas in North Carolina. The chapter is an award-winning and active chapter committed to developing members professional education and networking opportunities. The Foothills Chapter has a rich history of excellence in professional development meeting opportunities, speakers, educational offerings, and charitable community support. Come join us and you’ll see why we have such a great reputation in the District.

National APICS Mission Statement

“APICS builds and validates knowledge in supply chain and operations management. We enable our community of members, affiliates and customers to lead in the global marketplace.”

President’s Message

APICS Members and Friends:


Now and then January weather in North Carolina throws us a curve in scheduling our Professional Development Meetings. While we cancelled our January joint PDM with the IMA due to hazardous travel conditions, the topic of the data-driven enterprise generated a lot of interest in both groups.  We hope to reschedule our speaker for another date on our schedule.


This month we will be trying something a little different with our student engagement. This time, the students will lead the conversation about where they are coming from in their career expectations and what they are looking for in potential employers.  Come equipped to challenge our student panel for what should be a lively discussion!  See details elsewhere in the newsletter.


On the subject of career challenges, board member Dick Crandall raises our awareness in the latest issue of APICS magazine of the coming shortage of trained supply chain management professionals. One study indicates that supply chain management retirees will soon outnumber new graduates by a margin of two to one.  Worse, many of these retirees may be the only person in an organization who understands their supply chain.  While this imbalance of supply and demand bodes well for our students and their employment prospects, it challenges our organizations to attract the best talent.  Our chapter can help connect you with the talent you will need, either with fresh graduates equipped with the latest skillsets or experienced professionals at other companies.


Another source of potential talent Dick points to is internally in our organizations. There may be people in your company interested in advancing their careers who would be excellent in supply chain management with training and development.  They may already know your company and your systems, so their experience would serve you well.  We always welcome guests, so invite them to attend one of our meetings to further their interest in the field.


Hopefully, the weather man will cooperate with us this month and I look forward to seeing you on February 8th.


-Mike Gahagan, President

Appalachian State University Presents Supply Chain Management Scholarships

The Walker College of Business at Appalachian State University recently presented approximately 230 scholarships totaling more than $500,000 to outstanding students. The APICS Foothills Chapter sponsored three scholarships in Supply Chain Management this year.  A reception was held in October on campus to recognize the scholarship winners.  Pictured below are chapter board of directors  members and our scholarship award winners.  From left they are VP of Education, Mike Carpenter, scholarship winners Sydney Rowell and Emily Turner, Treasurer Dr. Pam Keystone and chapter president Mike Gahagan.  Not pictured is scholarship winner Victoria Fowler who was on a foreign study trip.  Congratulations to these future supply chain management leaders!





ASU Awards Supply Chain Management Scholarships

Appalachian State University recently announced the recipients of the 2017-2018 APICS Foothills Chapter Supply Chain Management Scholarships. The awardees are Victoria Fowler, Emily Turner and Sydney Rowell.  They will be recognized at a reception Friday October 6th on the ASU campus.

Our chapter has sponsored these scholarships for several years. Often, these students have been regular participants at our PDM’s and have gone on to start rewarding careers in supply chain management at some of today’s leading companies.  Please offer your congratulations to these fine students when you see them at an upcoming PDM.


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How can your APICS chapter serve you better?

Each year we send out a survey requesting your ideas. This year, I am requesting that you consider sending me an email with your thoughts. This is an open ended survey to capture your opinion. Please email me directly with your ideas of areas we can improve –

 Information from August’s PDM

John Kowalczyk has provided the following links to further assist individuals that would like to follow along from last month’s PDM on BI Tools in MS Excel.

Pivot Table Fundamentals

Internal Data Model

Power Pivot Fundamentals




March 1st. PDM Catawba Country Club-Mustafa Dadawalla, Manager, Global Data Quality, Corning Optical Communications. Data Governance and Quality: The Relevance for today’s Global Supply Chain



April 12th. PDM Catawba Country Club- TBD

May 10th. PDM Catawba Country Club- TBD


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