Season Flagship Event! 2017 Supply Chain Predictions Panel

  • November 30, 2016
  • 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM (PST)
  • Computer History Museum, Mt. View, CA


  • For Members of CSCMP
  • Pay at the door

Registration is closed

Join CSCMP’s San Francisco Roundtable for our popular “Predictions Panel" event moderated by the dynamic Carl Guardino, CEO of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group. Senior executives and supply chain leaders from Google, CRST Dedicated, Fetch Robotics, and Velodyne LiDAR will share point and counterpoint predictions with the now-familiar green and red ping pong paddles, while Carl facilitates dynamic audience interaction.

Event Chair, Mike Powell of RK Logistics Group, is planning an engaging and entertaining event that will allow plenty of time to catch up with colleagues and make new contacts during the networking hour.

Then we’ll gather for dinner in a collegial setting, entertaining our panelists’ bold predictions, offering counterpoint and enjoying connection and learning within the SF Bay Area’s growing supply chain community.

Our Roundtable is committed to giving back.  A portion of proceeds from our Fall events will go to 1000 Hearts for 1000 Minds. Forty-one percent of Silicon Valley 3rd graders are reading below grade level and 46% of 8th graders are not proficient in Algebra, which is a gateway into high school level math.  1000 Hearts for 1000 Minds strives to address this challenge by recruiting caring adult volunteers to serve as tutors and mentors to K-10 students struggling in the core areas of reading, math and science


Carl GuardinoCarl Guardino

President & CEO
The Silicon Valley Leadership Group

Carl Guardino, one of Silicon Valley’s most distinguished business and community leaders, is the President and CEO of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group, a public policy trade association that represents more than 375 of Silicon Valley’s most respected companies.

In February 2007, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger appointed Guardino to a four-year term on the California Transportation Commission. He was reappointed by Governor Jerry Brown. He also serves on numerous other boards and is actively involved in a wide range of community organizations and projects. In 2000, the San Jose Mercury News named Guardino one of the “Five Most Powerful” people in Silicon Valley in a once-per-decade study.

Guardino has been the chief executive of the Leadership Group since 1997. He previously served as a vice president with the organization between 1991 and 1995. He also held an executive position in governmental affairs with Hewlett-Packard and he spent six years on the staff of Central Valley Assemblyman Rusty Areias, the last three as his chief assistant.

Guardino is the founder and race director of the annual Thanksgiving Day Applied Materials “Silicon Valley Turkey Trot.” In addition, he hosts “The CEO Show,” a radio talk show featuring top Silicon Valley CEOs and other executives that airs every Tuesday at 7 p.m. on KLIV AM 1590. Guardino also is on the boards of California Forward and the California League of Conservation Voters. Guardino was born and raised in San Jose and received his Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from San Jose State University, where he is a Distinguished Alumnus. In his spare time, Carl competes in marathons and Ironman distance triathlons.


Jim Miller

VP, Worldwide Operations

Jim Miller has responsibility for global operations, capacity planning, supply chain and new product introduction for Google’s IT infrastructure.

Prior to joining Google in 2010, Jim worked with leading companies in electronics, networking, clean tech and communications technology, manufacturing and consumer services. His expertise in supply chain, both management and consulting, was honed at, Cisco, First Solar, Sanmina-SCI Corporation, IBM Corporation, and Intel.

Jim has a bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering from Purdue University, and master’s degrees in mechanical engineering and management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Jim serves on the advisory boards of a number of West Coast clean tech and supply chain software start-ups and the Leadership Council of the Corporate Eco Forum. He is also on the Engineering Advisory Board of Purdue University’s College of Engineering, where is he is a recipient of the Outstanding Aerospace Engineer Award.

Melonee Wise

Fetch Robotics

Melonee Wise is the CEO of Fetch Robotics, which is delivering advanced robots for the logistics industry.  The company introduced their robot system in May of 2015.  Prior to joining Fetch, Melonee was CEO and co-founder of Unbounded Robotics. Before then, Melonee was Manager of Robot Development at Willow Garage, where she led a team of engineers developing next-generation robot hardware, including the PR2 and TurtleBot from Willow Garage.

Melonee also has extensive experience in the growth of ROS as a research and commercial platform. Melonee was a 2015 recipient of Technology Review's TR 35 -- an award for the leading technology innovators under the age of 35.  Also, she was previously a mentor in the Qualcomm Robotics Accelerator program. 

Brian Bowers

VP, General Manager
CRST Dedicated

Mr. Bowers currently serves as the Vice President, Business Development for CRST Logistics based in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.  Prior to that role he served as Senior Vice President of Intermodal and Automotive at the Kansas City Southern Railroad from 2008 to 2014.  He was responsible for strategic planning, operations and commercial development for these business units operating in the United States and Mexico.  While at the KCS he negotiated the first Mexican direct automotive agreement in 2010 and pioneered creation of the direct cross border intermodal market.

From 1998 to 2008 Mr. Bowers was an executive with Schneider National where he served as Senior Vice President of Global Business Development and Vice President / General Manager of Intermodal.   While at Schneider he created and implemented the strategic plan for the company’s intermodal and brokerage offerings.  Prior to Schneider National he served as President of Hub Group Dallas, Houston and New Orleans from 1988 to 1998 and held a variety of leadership roles at North American Van Lines and Roadway Express.   He served as Director of Clark Holdings Inc. from 2008 to 2011 and served as board member of the Intermodal Transportation Institute at the University of Denver.

Mr. Bowers holds a Master of Business Administration from Ohio State University and a Bachelor of Arts in History and Political Science from Drake University.

Jeff Wuendry

Marketing Manager
Velodyne LiDAR

Jeff Wuendry has 20 years of experience in industrial product marketing and engineering. Always curious about how new technology can be used to make people’s lives safer and more productive, Jeff has been immersed in sensor technology for virtually his entire career. His first autonomous vehicle experience was at the 2005 DARPA Grand Challenge, and since that time he has worked to apply the technology across industries and applications that include shipping container yards, mining vehicles, forklift trucks, and service robots. 

Prior to joining Velodyne LiDAR in January of 2016, Jeff was a Product Marketing Manager at SICK, Inc. for 11 years, where he climbed several post-Panamax quay cranes, traveled through the Panama Canal and was a passenger in an autonomous car. Previous to that, he was involved in fluid process control products at Emerson Process Management where we watched everything from paper to orange juice being made. Jeff earned a B.S. Mechanical Engineering degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an M.B.A. Marketing degree from the University of St. Thomas.  

Event Date/Time
Wednesday, November 30, 2016

5:00 - 5:30 p.m. Registration
5:30 - 6:30 p.m. Networking
6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Dinner and Prediction Panel
8:30 p.m. Close

Event Location

Computer History Museum

1401 Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View, CA 94043 


Event Pricing

CSCMP Members: $75
General Admission: $100
Press/Speakers: Free
Student Rate: $40

Dinner menu:

Full buffet dinner with dessert will be served.

Event Chair

Mike Powell, RK Logistics Group

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