2011 Western Regional Conference





Keynote Speaker

Supreet S. Manchanda - IT Risk & Business Intelligence

Supreet has 25 years of experience in building value as a senior executive and venture capitalist. Indian born, African raised with European and US education, he has worked globally for multinationals, building products, leading organizational change & strategy.

Running an IT Risk & Business Intelligence consultancy, Supreet helps clients assess and mitigate pre & post M&A IT risk. He often manages compliance and runs IT and Operations for complex growing organizations. Most recently, as SVP, Strategy, & Product Development at CA, Inc. He managed Strategy, Innovation (including development - India) & M&A functions. He worked with key customer CFO & CEO’s on piloting innovation and developed new cloud computing & SaaS based software products including new Product Portfolio Management, Corporate Sustainability and GRC (Governance, Risk & Compliance) by integrating Web services with supply chains and Enterprise Risk Management. 

Formerly, Supreet was EVP, Chief Technology & Corporate Development Officer of Ozburn‐Hessey Logistics Inc.  OHL is a retail focused Logistics Co in Nashville, TN. He re‐built Information technology and integrated new lean processes while completing three acquisitions growing the Co. to over $1.4 Billion.
Supreet has been CEO of a UK & Asia based supply chain & ERP program management consulting company, and a hands‐on General Partner with Adler & Co., a US $2 billion venture fund (delivered 65% IRR by taking on CTO/COO, business development and M&A roles). He has led numerous ERP implementations & his other roles include: Partner at KPMG (integrating SAP & Oracle with SCM & Ecommerce), and CIO at Logistix, a company that pioneered lean six‐sigma based BPO in Silicon Valley, where he implemented implementations SAP in 5 months enabling $6B operational capacity and Oracle in 9 months at SGI. Supreet was Controller at USC, and held technology & operational roles at IBM, Silicon Graphics Inc & The White House.

Architecture & Methodology: 
The true value of Supreet’s hands‐on work is his ability to abstract & integrate his experience, talent of others and thought leadership into repeatable solutions. Supreet’s diverse 360 degree understanding of technology coupled with lean operational processes, enable him to leverage lessons learned & best practices in one industry and to vision, build teams and develop innovative products / services creating value in emerging industries and sectors

Technical Focus: 
From his early work in technology infrastructure, ERP, B2B, B2C and SCM processes to his current initiatives in innovation in CRM, SaaS/Web 2.0 and corporate sustainability Supreet has enabled businesses to look at total cost of ownership and P&L’s with a greater confidence. At KPMG, he led the development key Ecommerce protocols for RosettaNet Pips for RosettaNet consortium and BizTalk for Microsoft – a foundation element of Microsoft.Net. 

Supreet couples his diverse experience with a TRIUM MBA focused on globalization a joint offering from the London School of Economics, NYU and HEC in Paris. The program is ranked 2rd globally. Supreet has a B.Sc. in Business from University of Houston; work in industrial engineering from Texas Tech University and certifications including PMP (Project Management Professional) from USC, and CISR (Center for Information Systems Research) at MIT.

Awards & Special Activities:
Supreet won numerous awards for successful global technology implementations. Known as a supply chain expert, Supreet is a frequent speaker in business & technology forums. Supreet is also an ongoing Executive‐In‐Residence at University of Tennessee, Knoxville, MBA Logistics & Marketing / SCM program for the last 12 years. 

A US citizen, he is active with the Fulbright program and with anti‐hate & sustainable charities. On the Council for Competitiveness, Innovation & Sustainability working group he liaises between government and private sector CTO & Chief Sustainability Officers. He is a senior member of the Office of the CIO. He is fluent in 6 languages.

Keynote event will take place Saturday, February 19, 2011 at 9:00 AM in the Warren Auditorium located in the Mother Rosalie Hill Hall.

Professional Speakers

Kaz Takeda – Manager Industrial Engineer from Disney Corporation

Kazuo ‘Kaz’ Takeda is a Manager of Industrial Engineering for the Disneyland® Resort.  His team is responsible for planning and improving the sustainment operations for two Theme Parks, three Hotels and over 330K sq.ft. of retail and dining areas.
    Kaz began his career using industrial engineering skills as a quality control engineer within the home satellite television industry.  He then joined Telescreen LTD as the US logistics manager for their international animation studio production group.  In 1988, Kaz joined United Parcel Service in their industrial engineer division supporting multiple initiatives from the creation of Quality Incentive Bonus system and the opening of new buildings and air gateways. He then joined the Disneyland® Resort in 1998 as the Manager for Industrial Engineering working on all aspects of Disneyland’s business and operations from a core member for the Disney California Adventure press event grand opening team to the implementation of process standards within maintenance. 

Kaz is also an active member of the Institute of Industrial Engineering National Leadership Committee as Assistant Region Vice President and Chapter Development Fund Committee Chair.  He also serves as the Chair for the National Industry Advisory Board and has been elected into the rank of IIE Fellow.  At the university level, Kaz serves on the USC and Cal Poly Pomona Industrial Engineering Advisory Committee’s.  He received his Bachelor degree from California State University at Long Beach and is currently completing his Masters at the University of Redlands.

Abbey Marquette and Rachel Weber – Management Engineers from Rady Children’s Hospital San Diego

Abbey Marquette

Abbey graduated from the University of Wisconsin‐Madison in 2005 with her B.S. in Industrial Engineering and continued directly with her Masters in Science degree at UW‐Madison in Health System Engineering, graduating in 2006.  While completing her undergraduate degree, Abbey interned with SBS Communications as a Student Manager working on optimization models for sales managers throughout the Midwest.  During graduate school, Abbey interned at Kurt Salmon Associates as a Health Care Facility Planning Assistant focusing on hospital utilization analysis for hospitals across the country.  

After completing her MS, Abbey moved to San Diego and began working at Rady Children's Hospital San Diego in the Quality Management department and has recently joined the new Industrial Engineering department.  Her work has included various performance improvement projects, clinic flow analysis, risk assessment, and the implementation of an electronic incident reporting system.  Abbey consistently uses industrial engineering concepts and techniques throughout her work at RCHSD by incorporating lean engineering, six sigma, simulation, and other various management engineering methods.  In addition, Abbey has been highly involved in Joint Commission compliance projects, ANCC Magnet Application, and development of the Medication Error Reduction Plan. Abbey has published her work at Rady Children’s in various poster presentations at national conferences such as NACHRI and NDNQI.  Abbey is currently a member of both the Institute of industrial Engineers and the Society of Health Systems and has recently begun a clinic flow project with students from the University of San Diego on a senior design class project.

Rachel Weber

Rachel graduated from the University of Wisconsin‐Madison in 2008 with her B.S. in Industrial Engineering and continued directly with her M.S. degree there in Health System Engineering, graduating in 2009. As an undergraduate, Rachel worked as an intern for University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics on process improvement projects under the Director of Operational Integration. This work continued into graduate school for Rachel, where she was a Research Assistant with a focus to improve operations and services in healthcare. She has been exposed to many of the challenges that an inpatient hospital faces, in particular, integration of an Electronic Medical Record system. Throughout college, Rachel was actively involved in the Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE) and the Society of Women Engineers (SWE). She also developed a love for travel after her semester studying abroad in Budapest, Hungary.  Rachel just completed her first year working for Rady Children’s Hospital of San Diego as a Management Engineer.  She has been involved in a variety of clinical and business improvement projects.  Rachel is a part of Rady Children’s new Industrial Engineering department and is partnering with a group of Industrial Engineering students at the University of San Diego on their senior design project.

Jeff Asik, Senior Consultant, Premier, Inc

Jeff Asik is a Senior Consultant and Performance Partner with Premier, Inc’s Healthcare Informatics group.  He provides performance engineering consulting solutions to healthcare informatics clients in the area of operations and clinical performance improvement.  Jeff joined Premier in 1992 and has served in several roles.  He is currently supporting clients nationwide with developing best practice solutions for Labor Resource Management.  The focus is implementing processes to improve productivity, accountability and quality.  Jeff also provides executive education and management coaching, and facilitates benchmarking and knowledge transfer efforts.  In FY10, his clients documented savings that provided an average ROI of 12:1.

At Sinai Hospital in Detroit, Michigan, Jeff managed Premier’s performance engineering program. He organized and coordinated cost reduction, process improvement and quality efforts after merger with Detroit Medical Center and was credited with over $2.8 million in annual cost reduction.  Jeff was a Product Manager in Informatics, where he managed the growth of Premier’s hospital productivity and operational benchmarking product, including business growth and market planning, and coordination of functional leadership to drive solution outcomes and customer satisfaction.

Earlier in his career, Jeff was Director of Operations and Information Technology at a Financial Services company.  During his tenure, the company increased sales volume by over 400% annually over four years through implementing CRM, sales training and new marketing. Jeff built and managed the IT department and led development of software to manage workflow & cut processing time per customer by over 30%.  Jeff started his career with the Management Systems group at the University of Michigan Medical Center.  While there, his work included Total Quality, continuous improvement and statistical analysis projects.

Jeff earned his Bachelors of Science in Industrial Engineer and Operations Research from the University of Michigan.  He is actively involved with the Institute of Industrial Engineers, Society for Health Systems and the Healthcare Financial Management Association.  His recent awards include the 2009 Premier Award for Knowledge Transfer.

Arman Paymai Solar Turbines
Headquartered in San Diego, California, USA, Solar Turbines Incorporated, a subsidiary of Caterpillar Inc., is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of industrial gas turbines, with more than 13,400 units and over 1.4 billion operating hours in 98 countries.

Products from Solar Turbines play an important role in the development of oil, natural gas and power generation projects around the world. Solar Turbines’ products include gas turbine engines (rated from 1590 to 30,000 horsepower), gas compressors, and gas turbine-powered compressor sets, mechanical-drive packages and generator sets (ranging from 1.1 to 22 megawatts).

Solar’s customers put the company’s products to work in many areas including production, processing and pipeline transmission of natural gas and crude oil and generation of electricity and thermal energy for processing applications, such as manufacturing chemicals, pharmaceuticals, and food products.

Solar’s foundation is people and Solar’s culture is one where individual contributions are valued, diversity in the workplace is encouraged, and safety is emphasized in all aspects of the business. Solar Turbines is comprised of a dedicated and multi-talented workforce of more than 6,000 employees with decades of experience working as a global team.

-From Solar Turbines Company Website

Banquet Speaker

James E. Moore, Professor and Director, Transportation Engineering Program

Additional information on speakers coming soon.