“The Value of Networking”

APICS Tampa Bay, the leading association for supply chain and operations management, invites members of local professional associations, the academic community and business professionals to our Eleventh Annual Holiday Networking Event on December 11, 2018 from 5:30 to 8:30 pm at the DoubleTree Hotel, 3050 North Rocky Point Drive West.

We are quite excited to have Mrs. Teresa Conte, the Marketing Director for McFarland, Goud, Lyons, Sullivan law Firm, as our guest speaker this year! Her presentation will provide an exciting perspective on the value of networking. She will enlighten the audience as to what networking can do for you and will provide tips on how to be very effective at developing your network.

Key takeaways:

  • Learn how to build relationships
  • Value of networking
  • Social media impact on networking

Bring your business cards and come make some new connections!

Teresa C. Conte is a graduate of The University of North Florida with a double major in Marketing and Management. She is originally from Long Island and moved to Dunedin, Florida.

She has had many opportunities in her career through the relationships she has built with her classmates, employers, civic organizations, and volunteer positions. Her networks are professional along with boosters for her 4 children’s activities.

She started her career in banking working in the collection department (First Union National Bank) and worked her way to Vice President of the Bank (Bank of America & Iberia Bank). Through networking with other professionals, she met the managing partner of McFarland Gould Law, who approached her, to start their grass root marketing department at the law firm with the goal was to teach all employees on how to market their areas of practice.

She has been a Rotarian since high school and is the past President of the Oldsmar Eastlake Club. She has won Rotarian of the year twice in the last five years.

She is a graduate of Leadership Pinellas – Class of 2013 – She served on the selection committee, 2017 was Selection Committee chair, and Recruitment Chair 2016.

She has served on the Board of Directors for Clearwater Neighborhood Housing Services, Inc. as the Secretary for nearly 12 years. The organization provides HUD certified home buyer education classes, down payment assistance to first time homebuyers, rehab loans, and small business lending opportunities.

She serves on the Board of Directors for Directions for Living for the last 4 years. Direction for Living is Pinellas counties largest public mental health provider and child protection agency.

Date: December 11, 2018
Time: 5:30-8:30 PM
Event: Eleventh Annual Holiday Networking Event
Topic: "The Value of Networking"
Venue: DoubleTree Hotel
Public: Public
Registration: Click here to register.

Career Services Manager Announcement: Craig Williams, CPIM

The Board of Directors for APICS Tampa Bay are pleased to announce the appointment of Craig Williams, CPIM as Career Services Manager.

Craig is an accomplished Supply Chain, Materials Management, and Operations Professional seeking a leadership role using analytics to build effective teams, improve operational performance, and increase supply chain ROI.

The Career Services Manager is an “in-transition” volunteer member actively seeking employment and is charged with supporting the Chapter’s employment-related services connecting local employers and APICS members. Specific duties are:
• Supporting member companies in identifying and sourcing local supply chain management candidates
• Identifying and communicating resources which may be of assistance to member job seekers
• Using the APICS Career Center to assist members in obtaining employment

Please join us in welcoming Craig in his board position as Career Services Manager. If you are unemployed, underemployed or interested in changing careers, please connect with Craig using his LinkedIn profile at

Craig and the Chapter are here to serve you!

February 6-7, 2019

Disney’s Contemporary Resort

Early Bird rate is $150 until November 1, 2018!

The Florida Supply Chain Summit Program is being developed by a Florida Statewide Steering Committee made up of 30 key stakeholders from business, industry, government and educational institutions.  Enjoy Keynote & Panel Presentations from Industry Leaders!

  • Blockchain for supply chains
  • Global trade trends/trade policy
  • Supply chain automation/technologies
  • Information technology/data analytics/cybersecurity
  • Workforce preparedness
  • Advanced manufacturing – broad state appeal
  • Leveraging Florida market trends for business growth
  • Omnichannel / e-commerce / last mile delivery

Register today! 

Date: February 6, 2019—February 7, 2019
Event: Inaugural Florida Supply Chain Summit
Public: Public
Registration: Click here to register.

Welcome New Members!

In today’s fast-paced business environment, many supply chain and operations management professionals just like you join APICS Tampa Bay.

membership_box2The Board of Directors would like to welcome our newest members:

  • Diana Mejia
  • Mei Nelson
  • Mark Zarycki
  • Kent Olsen
  • Leanna Edwards

APICS offers a broad range of memberships to help you achieve your professional goals-whether you’re joining as an individual or company or just getting started in your career.Whatever your professional needs, APICS has a membership for you.


APICS Tampa Bay would like to invite our members and their colleagues to attend our Professional Development Meeting from 6:00-8:00 PM on Tuesday, November 13.

Our guest speakers are Mr. Jerry Kilty and Ms. Patti Gander. They will be presenting information that they gathered from the APICS 2018 Conference in Chicago, IL. The theme of the conference was “Next is Now” emphasizing that companies and individuals should be at the forefront of the ever-changing landscape of Supply Chain. They will also be discussing trends in Supply Chain as reflected in the management processes of Plan, Source, Make, Deliver and Enable.

They will update you on an exciting announcement made at the conference. Come hear the news and network with fellow Supply Chain professionals!

This event will take place at Bonefish Grill in South Tampa.

Entrees (Choice of)


LILY’S CHICKEN Goat Cheese, spinach, artichokes & Lemon Basil Butter


All entrees are served with Garlic Whipped Potatoes and Seasonal Vegetables

CHEESECAKE drizzled with chocolate and caramel

*Alcohol available for purchase

Don’t delay registering for this event as the registration will be closed at 25 guests.

$37.50 Guests/Non-Members
$35 APICS Members

Date: November 13, 2018
Time: 6-8 PM
Event: November 13, 2018 Professional Development Meeting
Venue: Bonefish Grill - South Tampa
(813) 876-3535 [
Location: 3665 Henderson Blvd
Tampa 33609
Public: Public
Registration: Click here to register.

The Power of Your Resume

Dates: October 23, 24, & 25
Investment: Free!

A powerful RÉSUMÉ gets the interview; the INTERVIEW gets the JOB.

Most hiring managers today look for an achievement-based résumé – what you can do for a company. Deluged with more résumés than ever before, they will spend five seconds or less deciding whether to read further.

Why would a hiring manager NOT look at your résumé? You’ve broken one of the rules. Don’t make resume mistakes you can avoid!

During this 75 minute webinar, you will learn about the positives and negatives of résumés, including:
• Overall appearance
• Layout effectiveness
• Completeness and presentation of header information
• Clarity and support of objective
• Education & experience documentation and organization
You will learn how to use the Power of Your Resume to get the interview, and so much more!

The Power of Your Resume webinar is FREE and takes place at 8:30 AM, 12:00 PM, & 9:00 PM on October 23, 24, & 25.

Your résumé is a sales document designed to get you the interview. Don’t let your job or lack of a job define who you are.

Date: October 23, 2018—October 25, 2018
Time: 8:30 AM, 12:00 PM, & 9:00 PM
Event: The Power of Your Résumé
Public: Public
Registration: Click here to register.


Learn the art of the shift at LIVE2LEAD Tampa Bay, a leader development experience designed to equip you with:

– new perspectives,
– practical tools
– and key takeaways.

You’ll breathe new life into your leadership during this information-packed rebroadcast event.

Learn the art of the shift from world-class leadership experts, be prepared to implement a new action plan, and start leading with renewed passion and commitment. At LIVE2LEAD Tampa Bay you will hear from:

– John C. Maxwell; New York Times bestselling author and leadership expert.
– Tyler Perry; World-renowned filmmaker, actor, entrepreneur, and philanthropist.
– Carly Fiorina; 2016 presidential candidate and former CEO of Hewlett-Packard.
– Daniel Pink; New York Times bestselling author and time management expert.
– Debra Searle; Professional adventurer, public speaker and Serial Entrepreneur.

LIVE2LEAD Tampa Bay will take place from 8:00 AM – 2:30 PM, on Friday, November 2nd in the Brandon Campus Conference Center of Hillsborough Community College, 10414 East Columbus Drive, Tampa, FL 33619.

Take advantage of the $20 discount by using the Promotional Code “FLWC2018” during registration. The Chapter will also receive a $20 donation for everyone who participates!

Register now at