Upcoming Meetings

APICS 2016 Conference

September 25, 2016
12:00 AM to 12:00 AM

Washington, DC


If you attend just one conference this year, make it APICS 2016.

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Transportation and Logistics

October 11, 2016
5:45 PM to 7:30 PM

Caesar's Table
125 N Market
Wichita, KS 67202

Andy Dean from Textron will be speaking with us

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Apics News


Welcome to the APICS Wichita Chapter!2015 C-BAR award

The President's Message

Welcome to the 2016-2017 APICS Wichita Professional Development Year! For those of you who do not know me, I have a B.S in Aerospace Engineering from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and an MBA from Wichita State University. I have over 20 years’ experience in manufacturing, engineering, and supply chain and currently work for a Airxcel, Inc. as the Director of Material Management.

This summer, as a chapter, we had a lot of things going on. Our President, Chad Molen, moved to Denver in June.  We submitted the requirements to maintain as a chapter, we updated the strategic plan, and we hosted the Heartland District Meeting in Wichita, KS at the Drury Inn. We focused on YOU, our members! What can we do to get more involvement from new members, core members, and retired members throughout the year? We need to understand the value proposition for you.

In thinking about your value proposition, it has caused me to ponder my own. I am a married professional, in a leadership role, with 3 daughters, ages 15, 12, and 6. Why am I here? What is my value proposition? What am I willing to give up to participate in APICS and Why would I? For that matter, why would you?

I am involved in APICS for several reasons:

  • Training and Knowledge surrounding Forecast/Demand/Scheduling/Inventory/Inventory Control. In my current role, I need to know how to resolve problems stemming from the forecast and actual demand all the way through manufacturing and inventory control at all points in the chain.
  • Network – My network has enabled me to move across industries and functional areas easily.
  • Resume Builder – Board of Directors and CPIM Certification
  • CEU – Continuing Education Training credits to retain my certification (I never want to take those tests again, do you?)

Sure, I could google and find the information online, study on my own and get the certification training, and call into a webinar to get the CEU. What I won’t get is the networking, where I can bounce ideas off of other professionals who are experiencing or have experienced the same issues that I am dealing with today. There is tremendous value in sharing perspectives with a network of professional members working in the same or similar fields, dealing with the same issues.

Taking two hours each month to build my knowledge, improve my skills, and expand my network is pretty worth it to me. What is your value proposition and when can we expect to see you next?

Best regards,

Sandra Jessop

President – APICS Wichita