What Does the Future Hold for SCM? Predictions for the Coming Year

  • November 15, 2012
  • 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
  • TechMart, Santa Clara


  • For Members of CSCMP
  • Full table of 10 - MUST REGISTER 10
  • Pay at the door

Registration is closed

This showcase CSCMP event will feature five (5) top supply chain professionals representing some of the most influential companies impacting the San Francisco Bay Area. Each panelist will be asked to present and justify two supply chain predictions for the coming year. Each panelist will have their prediction voted on by their fellow panelists and the audience. Note: Each panelist and each member of the audience will have both a red sign (disagree) and green sign (agree) to vote on the panelist’s predictions. The event is intended to be fun and to include the audience. The intent is to share some bold ideas and have fun doing so.


Carl Guardino

Carl Guardino, President & CEO
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.


Craig Cuffie

Craig Cuffie, Vice President, Supply Chain
Clearwire Communications LLC 
(formerly VP of Supply Chain for 

Craig Cuffie is the Vice President of Supply Chain & Chief Purchasing Officer at Clearwire Communications LLC. Craig was formerly at Intuit, Inc. At Intuit, he was responsible for all end-to-end supply chain activities that deliver Intuit's products and services to retailers and direct to end customers. These activities included planning, procurement, order management, manufacturing, fulfillment, distribution, and logistics. Craig has held a number of business line and leadership roles during his time at Intuit, most recently as Vice President of Global Operations for service and technical support.

Prior to joining Intuit, Inc. in 2003, Craig spent 18 years in aerospace and high technology industries with Quantum, Inc., Lam Research, Inc. and United Technologies Corporation, where he held a variety of management positions in Business Development, Program and Project Management, Manufacturing, Supply Chain and General Management.

Craig earned his Master’s degree in management from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and is a member of the Stanford Supply Chain Forum, Black Executive Supplier Management Forum and the American Production and Inventory Control Society (APICS).

Kerry McCracken

Kerry McCracken, VP of Business Solutions

Kerry McCracken is the VP of Business Solutions for the Integrated Network Solutions Segment at Flextronics. Her team is responsible for Business Process Design and Supply Chain Architecture and Implementation for Infrastructure Customers and Operations. Ms. McCracken has over twenty years experience in Manufacturing Operations, Materials, IT Applications, and new product introductions. She joined Flextronics in 1998 from Silicon Graphics Inc. During her tenure at Flextronics, her team has been involved in: 15+ ultra large scale (>$400M, >3 Geo’s) supply chain acquisitions and/or transformations; 30+ ERP Deployments around the world; 30+ Global Supply Chain Automation projects; a variety of deployments of multi-party complex tax strategies; and a variety of Optimization Projects for Inventory, Cash Flow and Lead Time. Ms. McCracken holds a BSEE from University of the Pacific in Stockton, California.

Devin Fidler

Devin Fidler, Research Director, Technology Horizons Program

Institute for the Future

Devin Fidler is a Research Director with the Institute for the Future (IFTF) in Palo Alto. Devin's interests center on the application of foresight to organizational strategy and strategic planning. In particular, he is interested in organizations as systems designed to activate "know how" in the right places and at the right times. From this perspective, he argues that in a post-globalization world "all management is knowledge management."

Additional areas of focus include new business models, future supply chains, innovation economics and emerging disruptions of the higher education space. Prior to joining IFTF, he was involved with a number of projects in the areas of technology assessment and the future of business, including work in the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Research and Analysis Center and as an Analyst for the Royal Bank of Scotland in Edinburgh. He has lived and worked in several countries throughout his career and approaches projects from a strongly international perspective.

Devin undertook his MBA work with a focus in emerging markets at the Budapest University of Economics (Budapesti Közgazdaságtudományi Egyetem) and the Institut des Hautes Etudes Economiques et Commerciales in Paris, and participated in the inaugural class of Singularity University, a NASA and Google sponsored program focused on the evaluation of emerging technologies.

Mark Buck

Mark Buck, Global Supply Chain & Procurement

MOD Global Supply Chain and Procurement Leader at BioRad, Inc. is responsible for managing supplier performance against key metrics from time to market, commodity & inventory cost reduction, quality improvement and risk mitigation to regulatory compliance - all while ensuring that inbound supply chains are focused on environmental stewardship as expected of World-Class Suppliers.

Mark has more than 20 years private and public sector experience in SCM & global sourcing, lean manufacturing, Six Sigma Quality process improvement and organizational change management in roles of increased responsibility with NCR, Solectron, Asyst Technologies, Apple Computer, & Celerity Group Inc. He has been certified as a Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award Assessor, Quality Systems Review (QSR) assessor, and been responsible for establishing world-wide compliance with Restriction of Hazardous Substances Directive (RoHS). He has visited, toured, audited, assessed and reviewed over 2500 manufacturing plants throughout the World during his career.

Mark served in the United States Marines Corps, achieving the rank of Captain while completing deployments in Kuwait (Operation Desert Storm) and Somalia (Operation Restore Hope). He earned a Bachelors degree in Electrical Engineering from University of Illinois C-U, and an MBA from National University in La Jolla, California, He serves or has served on boards including Go Green Initiative (led by his wife Jill Buck), Silver Beacon Partners, Eqnyte INC, eRoom (later bought by Documentum), and CapOneSource.

Jim Miller, VP Worldwide Operations

Jim Miller is vice president of WW Operations at Google. In this role, he 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 Amazon.com, 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.

Event Time - Thursday, November 15th 2012

  • 5:30PM Networking & Cash Bar
  • 6:15PM Dinner 
  • 7:00PM Panel
  • 8:30PM Close
Event Location 

5201 Great America Parkway
Santa Clara, CA 95054
(408) 562-6111

Event Pricing:
  • Members: $60
  • Non-Members: $75
  • Students: $25
  • Pay at the door: $90
  • Full Table of 10: $600 ($60 per person)
Event Chair:

Marty McMahon
CSCMP Event Chair

Event Sponsors:

Silicon Valley Innovator Level Sponsors:

Global Supply Chain Logistics

Lean and Green SCM Level Sponsors: 

ALOM: The Strategic Link in Your Supply Chain  
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