The Future is Now: GPS, Drones, and Automated Manufacturing

  • May 17, 2017
  • 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM (PDT)
  • GoPro Headquarters, 3000 Clearview Way, San Mateo, CA 94402
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  • For Members of CSCMP

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It's no longer something that may happen in the future. It's happening now. It's happening fast. And it's happening right here in the Bay Area. 

Big changes are in the wind. For supply chain strategists, location based GPS sensor and drone technology are starting to look like important new tools for getting work done. Competitive pressures coupled with preliminary data on disruptive technologies points towards a need to at least consider where and how these near mainstream tools might fit into your supply chain strategy.

In addition, offshore manufacturing, in many cases is no longer cost effective due to longer transit times and rising labor, material, and transportation costs. Manufacturing is essential to rebuilding our middle class and our economy but it is not simply a matter of returning all the jobs that went offshore. Today’s manufacturing is sophisticated, automated and involves less labor. So what is the best strategy?

Event Chair, Harry Cameau has put together a very distinguished panel of presenters to discuss these potentially disruptive but exciting areas of innovation and ways to incorporate into your operations.

Event Sponsor


Shawn C. Wilde

IT Director of Strategic Programs

Shawn is currently the IT Director of Strategic Programs at Natera, a genetic testing and diagnostics company located in San Carlos, CA. Prior to joining Natera Shawn consulted at a drone startup in Berkeley and until 2013 he was the Chief Information Officer at Trimble Navigation. While at Trimble he directed the systems integration of over 70 acquisitions and joint ventures and managed the coordination of 10 federated IT organizations. Over that period the company grew from $440m to over $2B in revenue. Prior to joining Trimble in 2001, Shawn was the director of software engineering at a PC manufacturing start-up and prior to that a senior engineering manager at a DSL start-up. Shawn also spent 15 years with Bell Northern Research/Nortel Networks as a senior engineering manager in IT, product quality and software development. Previous experience includes various IT roles in government, insurance and aircraft manufacturing. Shawn graduated from the University of Guelph with a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science. He is a chapter co-author of the book, CIO Perspectives, and serves as a CIO adviser to several valley early stage start-ups and is a board member of an Information Security start-up.

Matt Yearling
PINC Solutions

Matt Yearling has been the Chief Executive Officer of PINC Solutions Corp. since March 2013. Mr. Yearling served as Chief Technology Officer and Senior Vice President of Embarcadero Systems Corporation. Mr. Yearling was responsible for the product development, technology operations and the delivery of services to many of the world’s largest transportation supply chain companies. Mr. Yearling spent over 15 years at Oracle Corporation holding several executive roles within the internal IT, product development and support services organizations. Mr. Yearling served as Vice President of On Demand where he spearheaded the process, technology and operation architectures that enabled On Demand to become Oracle’s fastest growing business. Mr. Yearling held various engineering positions within Her Majesty’s Government Ministry of Defense (UK) that focused on the logistics of naval vessel overhauls. Mr. Yearling holds a M.S. in Technology Management from Pepperdine University and a HND in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from the University of Plymouth, England.

Rosemary Coates
Executive Director
Reshoring Institute

Blue Silk Consulting

Rosemary Coates is the Executive Director of the Reshoring Institute, a 501c3 Non-Profit collaboration with the University of San Diego.  She is also the President of Blue Silk Consulting, a Global Supply Chain consultancy. She is an Best Selling author with 5 books including:  “42 Rules for Sourcing and Manufacturing in China”  and “Legal Blacksmith – How to Avoid and Defend Supply Chain Disputes.”  Ms. Coates earned an MBA from University of San Diego and a BS in Business Logistics from Arizona State University.  She has been a management consultant for 25 years, helping over 80 global supply chain clients.  She serves on the Board of Directors of the University of San Diego Supply Chain Management Institute and teaches Global Supply Chain Strategy at UC Berkeley.  She is passionate about bringing manufacturing back to America.

Event Information


GoPro Headquarters
3000 Clearview Way, San Mateo, CA 94402


  • 5:30 p.m.: Registration and networking
  • 6:30 p.m.: Dinner seating
  • 7:00 p.m.: Speaker presentation and Q&A panel 
  • 8:30 p.m.: Event concludes

Dinner Menu

  • A delicious buffet dinner with dessert will be served
  • CSCMP Member: $55
  • Non-Member: $75
  • Pay at door: $80
  • Student: $35
  • Full table for 8: $440
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