The Traffic Club of Chicago is very excited to announce that our new Podcast series has begun! This new platform will be an opportunity for members and non-members to learn from masters who are shaping the future of supply chain and logistics in an ever-changing global marketplace. Join us as we take on “hot topics” with industry leaders preparing us for the challenges that the future holds. Industry leaders will include executives of shipping and manufacturing companies, economists, entrepreneurs and technology experts, to name a few.

This new series is part of our ongoing mission to supply our membership with insightful and relevant information about the industry, while using technology to grow membership and our brand awareness.

If you have asked yourself how can I create more value from my membership or meet cutting edge industry leaders, this is your chance to take advantage of what the Traffic Club has to offer.

Episode 3 - Keith Prather, Managing Director, Armada Corporate Intelligence

Mr. Keith Prather (MBA) is a Managing Director of Armada Corporate Intelligence and one of the companies’ co-founders. During his ten plus years as Armada’s primary strategist, he has worked with Fortune 500 companies on everything from merger and acquisition strategy to key account management, strategic planning and corporate marketing efforts. He has developed a number of proprietary analytical tools that have been used by companies of all sizes. These include tools designed to position a company in its competitive market, forecasting of competitive movements in an industry sector, identification of the impact of competitive scenarios, and strategic optioning for high-level corporate strategy. He has worked with teams to understand supply chain and strategic business activities in key account programs with companies such as Wal-Mart, Honeywell, GE, Toyota, Boeing, US Department of Defense, FEMA, and many others.

Keith is the chief editor and one of the two primary writers for the Armada Executive Intelligence Brief as well as for the Armada Industry Intelligence Briefs that have been developed for select industrial sectors. In addition, he writes contributions to an industry briefing for a major client in the transportation sector hitting more than 400,000 businesses weekly. He has also developed a comprehensive transportation index for a major client in the sector.  Keith is also a public speaker for industry associations.

Keith has an MBA with a focused thesis on Corporate Intelligence and has experience in Asia. He is a former Chief Financial Officer and has an extensive background in data analysis. His family background is in the field of national security and this exposure informs the style and approach that Armada takes as it seeks to help executives prepare for the challenges they face.

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Episode 2 - Ken Eriksen, Senior Vice President, Head of Client Advisory and Development, and Energy and Transportation at Informa/IHS Markit

Mr. Eriksen is the head of the IHS Markit's IEG Vantage Client Advisory and Development, and Energy and Transportation groups. In this capacity, he directs the group's efforts in client advisory and development, risk management, consulting and events.

Since joining IEG in 2001, Mr. Eriksen led the Transportation, Industrials and Energy Services team and co-led the project consulting practice

Mr. Eriksen regularly speaks on commodity, transportation and infrastructure issues and developments and is an expert witness in the area of transportation, logistics and supply-chain matters.

Prior to joining the company, Mr. Eriksen worked for USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service as an agricultural statistician. In that capacity, he conducted national surveys and set national estimates in agriculture.

Also while at USDA, he worked for the Agricultural Marketing Service on its transportation and marketing program, conducting research and analysis on domestic and international transportation issues.

Episode 1 -
Randy Lewis, Retired Senior Vice President, Supply Chain & Logistics at Walgreens

As Senior Vice President Supply Chain and Logistics at Walgreens, Randy Lewis bet his career that he could create an inclusive workplace at one of America’s biggest corporations where people with disabilities could not just succeed but thrive. Randy designed and opened the first distribution facility of its kind to employ a significant number of people with disabilities (more than 40% of the workforce has a cognitive or physical disability.) Drawing inspiration from his autistic son, Randy has become a speaker and author on the topics of incorporating those with disabilities into the workforce.

Randy has created thousands of full-time jobs for people with disabilities. In his book, No Greatness without Goodness, he offers a firsthand account of what it takes to lead with courage in order to change people’s lives for the better. Randy’s motto is “What’s the use of having power if you don’t use it to do good.”

You can find his book, No Greatness without Goodness: How a Father’s Love Changed a Company and Sparked a Movement, on Amazon by clicking here.

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