Speakers

Mohamed Abuali, Ph.D.

CEO & Managing Partner
IoTco, LLC

Mo Abuali currently leads the Internet of Things Company, IoTco, as a strategic and transformative leader with a 20-year record of achievement in driving and sustaining change within manufacturing. Abuali serves industrial and manufacturing clients in a range of industries including automotive, aerospace, and defense among others by providing digital transformation, Industrial IoT (IIoT), and predictive analytic technology and services. He also oversees the IoT Academy for Industry 4.0 Training.

Abuali’s ability to transform discrete manufacturing processes through technology stems from his deep understanding of complex supply chains, manufacturing technology, and lean manufacturing principles. Abuali has a doctorate degree in Industrial Engineering and is an adjunct faculty at the University of Cincinnati. He has worked at IBM, P&G, Omron, and Toyota, among others.

 

Joseph B. Anderson, Jr.

Chairman and CEO
TAG Holdings, LLC

Joseph Anderson’s professional career has included military tours, an assistant professorship in the Department of Social Sciences at West Point, selection as a White House Fellow, and service as a special assistant to the Secretary of Commerce. In the private sector, he spent his early career with the General Motors Corporations, a business unit with 7,000 employees and revenue of $1 billion, holding a number of positions such as plant manager, Director of Exterior Systems Business Unit, and General Director.

As the majority owner, Anderson serves as Chairman and CEO of TAG Holdings, LLC, which owns manufacturing, service, and technology-based companies based in North America. He currently serves on numerous boards including Business Leaders for Michigan, Michigan Aerospace Manufactures Association, the Modular Assembly Innovations, and the New York Stock Exchange.

Anderson completed his B.S. in Math and Engineering from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and two master’s degrees from the University of California, Los Angeles, has graduated from the Harvard Advanced Management Program, and is the recipient of an Honorary Doctor of Management Degree from Kettering University as well as an Honorary Doctor of Commercial Science Degree from Central Michigan University. Mr. Anderson’s military awards include two silver stars, five bronze stars, three Army Commendation Medals, and eleven Air Medals.

Brian Berger

President
Cytellix Cybersecurity

Brian Berger is the president of Cytellix Corporation, responsible for business operations, marketing, technology development, sales and customer success of the cyber team and its high touch services and enterprise grade technology solutions at an affordable cost. He possesses over 28 years of experience in device security, IT, data analytics and corporate leadership and has led the successful development of early-stage companies to leadership positions in their respective markets. Berger has led the completion of strategic agreements with multibillion-dollar cloud service providers and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), securing significant contracts in data encryption, authentication, network security, cloud, analytics and embedded hardware security. 

Prior to his role at Cytellix, Berger was co-founder and CEO of Cerberus Co., an IoT and cloud security company renowned for developing owner-based information containers managed from the cloud. He holds seven patents in cryptographic technology and has served as the chairman and board director for the Trusted Computing Group.

Raheem Beyah, Ph.D.

Dean and Southern Company Chair, College of Engineering
Georgia Institute of Technology, College of Engineering

Raheem Beyah, Ph.D, is the Dean of the College of Engineering at Georgia Tech and the Southern Company Chair. A native of Atlanta, Georgia, Beyah received his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from North Carolina A&T State University in 1998. He received his Master’s and Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Georgia Tech in 1999 and 2003, respectively. Prior to returning to Georgia Tech as a member of the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) faculty, Beyah was a faculty member in the Department of Computer Science at Georgia State University, a research faculty member with the Georgia Tech Communications Systems Center, and a consultant in Andersen Consulting’s (now Accenture) Network Solutions Group. Previously he has served as the Vice President for Interdisciplinary Research, the Interim Steve W. Chaddick School Chair in ECE, and the ECE Associate Chair for Strategic Initiatives and Innovation. While a member of the ECE faculty, he held the Motorola Foundation Professorship. 

Beyah received the National Science Foundation CAREER award in 2009 and was selected for DARPA’s Computer Science Study Panel in 2010. He is a member of AAAS, ASEE, a lifetime member of NSBE, a senior member of IEEE, and an ACM Distinguished Scientist.

In 2017, Beyah co-founded Fortiphyd Logic, an industrial cybersecurity company, with his former Ph.D. student David Formby. Fortiphyd has products that secure industrial networks and nodes and a training solution to educate aspiring industrial network security practitioners.

Billyde Brown, Ph.D.

Research Faculty and Director of Manufacturing Education Programs
Georgia Tech Manufacturing Institute

Within the Georgia Tech Manufacturing Institute (GTMI) Dr. Billyde Brown facilitates the transition of research and design (R&D) to commercialized products, particularly for new startups and small businesses. In a dual capacity as a Manufacturing Program Advisor for the Atlanta MBDA Advanced Manufacturing Center, he also is charged with creating strong partnerships among industry, government, and academia in manufacturing research, development, and deployment.

Brown manages a Manufacturing Certificate program and hosts a 10-week Lunch and Learn Lecture Series each semester to share advanced manufacturing knowledge within a global community. In addition, he also coordinates an annual Research Experience for Undergraduates summer program that targets student veterans and underrepresented minority groups.

Brown has expertise in several emerging technical areas including nanotechnology, thin-film materials, electrochemical energy storage and conversion, electrochemical biosensors, advanced composites, additive manufacturing, and printed electronics. He earned his B.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from North Carolina State University and Duke University, respectively.

KELIE CHARLES

Senior Director, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
The Home Depot

Kelie Charles is senior director of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion at The Home Depot. Charles and her team are responsible for diversity initiatives that support associate development through internal business partnerships, insights and analytics, learning and development, and managing employee resource groups. Additionally, her team supports community development through outreach and sponsorships of diverse community organizations, as well as drives the company’s supplier diversity engagement.

During her 8 years with The Home Depot, Charles has developed and grown several merchandising businesses, including the Holiday category and launch of the company’s Halloween program and Décor business. Prior to joining The Home Depot, Charles was a Senior Buyer at Target. In addition to her Merchandising background, Charles has over 10 years of experience in merchant finance, real estate finance, and international marketing and pricing.

Charles has a Bachelor of Science and MBA from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Cynthia Curry

Director, Smart Cities Ecosystem Expansion
Metro Atlanta Chamber

As Director of Smart Cities Ecosystem Expansion with the Metro Atlanta Chamber (MAC), Cynthia Curry helps strengthen the smart city ecosystems across the 29 county Metro Atlanta area. She serves on the Diversity Equity and Inclusion (DEI) team at MAC and helps support the ATL Action for Racial Equity. As a member of the economic development team, Curry supports local company growth while attracting new jobs and investment to the region. By connecting Atlanta’s thought leaders in the smart cities space, she helps drive collaboration between the business, government, civic, and educational ecosystems to create inclusive and resilient communities that leverage technology to solve the most pressing issues of our time.

The MAC economic development team supports companies looking to grow or relocate to the region by providing complimentary services including, but not limited to; custom market research, workforce assistance, relocation assistance, and connections to; capital sources, educational partners, communications exposure, customer introductions, community leaders, and much more.

Curry holds a B.S. in journalism and philosophy from Georgia State University and has called Atlanta home for over 30 years. She serves on the City of Atlanta CIO Advisory Board, and the boards of; Georgia Smart, Georgia Tech’s CDAIT (Center for the Development and Application of Internet of Things Technologies), TAG (Technology Association of Georgia) and the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition. Curry is a mom, wife, cyclist, hiker, music lover, and food fanatic.

Daniel DeLay

System Senior Vice President, Supply Service and Resource Management
CommonSpirit

Dan DeLay leads CommonSpirit Health’s supply chain operations. CommonSpirit was created in February 2019 by Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI) and Dignity Health. With a team of approximately 150,000 employees and 25,000 physicians and advanced practice clinicians, CommonSpirit operates 140 hospitals and more than 1,000 care sites across 21 states.

Following military service, DeLay practiced healthcare and criminal law in Chicago. After leaving practice for business school, he joined Computer Sciences Corporation’s healthcare consulting practice, then Cap Gemini Ernst & Young. He built the Supply Chain Analytics Division at VHA (now Vizient). From there he joined Ascension Health, serving first in Baltimore-Washington D.C. as chief resource officer, then as area chief resource officer for the Midwest prior to joining CHI.

DeLay holds an MBA in finance and health services administration from Northwestern, a J.D. from Loyola University College of Law, and a B.A. in Public Policy from the University of Chicago.

Craig E. Green, Ph.D.

Chief Technology Officer
Carbice Corporation

As the Chief Technology Officer at Carbice Corporation, Dr. Craig E. Green leads in developing nanomaterials solutions that produce substantial value in electronic device markets. His background is in the thermal and fluid sciences focused on the thermal management of electronics. Before pursuing his graduate studies, Green worked in the nuclear power industry with Exelon Corporation. He has authored or co-authored 30+ papers in major technical journals and refereed conference proceedings, and currently has nine issued patents with many more pending.

Green has received academic and professional awards, including an Outstanding Paper Award at the semiannual ITHERM conference and most recently the “Most Inspirational Presentation” award at the 2016 BITS symposium – the leading conference for semiconductor burn in and test. Born in Baltimore, Maryland, he received a B.S. degree from Cornell University in 2002 and a Ph.D. from Georgia Tech in 2012, both in mechanical engineering.

Yagnesh Kikaganeshwala

General Manager
Siemens Mobility

Yagnesh Kikaganeshwala is the head of Siemens Mobility’s Components business with a manufacturing facility in Alpharetta, Georgia.  Kikaganeshwala started his career at Siemens as a mechanical engineer, designing power products and systems for Siemens’ Norwood facility in Ohio. Through several positions of increasing roles and responsibilities at the plant, he eventually transitioned to more involved roles in operations and manufacturing processes.  Kikaganeshwala moved to Germany, where he worked several years in innovation and product development in Siemens’ global operations. He then returned to the U.S. to help lead and develop the engineering and busines operations at Siemens’ Alpharetta location.  Currently, the plant has more than 100 employees.

 

Siemens Mobility in North America designs and manufactures transportation vehicles and systems for some of the largest cities and transit agencies across the continent. The company has more than 3,500 employees in more than 30 facilities across the U.S. and Canada. The Georgia facility manufactures propulsion systems for the transportation fleets of some of our country’s top transportation agencies. These drives ensure clean, sustainable electrical power can be used reliably throughout the operations of our nation’s critical public transportation fleets.  

 

Yagnesh received his B.S. in engineering from the National Institute of Technology in Surat, India, M.S. in mechanical engineering from the University of Cincinnati and M.B.A. from the University of Georgia.

BRIAN MANDIGO

Vice President – Global Sourcing
The Home Depot

Brian Mandigo serves as Vice President of Global Sourcing at The Home Depot, the world’s largest Home Improvement retailer with over 2,200 stores, 400,000 associates and $110 billion in revenue in North America. Mandigo leads The Home Depot’s efforts to source products from around the world for sale in stores and online. He leads a team of 300+ associates in 9 countries tasked with ensuring their manufacturing partners are delivering the best quality and value for customers while meeting responsible sourcing requirements. Mandigo has been with The Home Depot for 18+ years, and has previously held roles in Store Operations, Pro Contractor Services, and Merchandising.

Mandigo lives in Smyrna, GA with his wife Zayani, their two children, and their dog Clay. Mandigo and Zayani are actively involved in improving access to voting, and are passionate supporters of the arts in Atlanta, including serving on the board of Dance Canvas, a non- profit dedicated to providing opportunities and access to dance in Atlanta for underserved communities of color through choreographic residencies, outreach and youth programs. Mandigo also recently joined the board of Families First, a 130-year-old Atlanta organization that helps families who are having a crisis get back on their feet and build families that are stable for the long-term – so the children can reach their highest potential. Mandigo holds a BFA from the University of Kansas.

Ray Pittard

Transformation Office Leader
Trane Technologies

Ray Pittard is the transformation office leader of Trane Technologies. In this role, he leads efforts to transform Trane Technologies into an efficient, more customer-focused company that unlocks value for customers and shareholders.

Pittard joined the company’s Air Solutions Group in 1988 holding key roles in sales, engineering, and product management before moving to the Climate Control Technologies sector in 2001. Most recently, he served as President of Transport Solutions for North America, Europe, Middle East, and Africa, leading all aspects of operations, strategy and performance for the strategic business, Thermo King®. Previously, Pittard held leadership positions in a variety of functions including global products, engineering, program management, marketing, and general management. He has been a member of the Climate Solutions leadership team since its creation in 2009 where he held various leadership roles in the U.S. and Europe, including president of the sector’s European-Served Area businesses.

Pittard is a board member for the Trane Technologies Foundation which manages all charitable contributions and partnerships. He has also served on the board of the Ada Jenkins Center – a charitable organization in North Carolina. He holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering degree from Texas A&M University and has attended advanced programs from the University of Chicago, The Wharton School, and global leadership development programs through Trane Technologies.

MArk Terranova, MBA, CMRP

Vice President of Supply Chain Management
Grady Health System

Mark Terranova provides innovative solutions and leadership to all aspects of the Grady Health System supply chain. His broad background in supply chain allows him to deliver results that improve operational efficiency and lower operating costs while improving employee engagement. Under Terranova leadership, Grady’s supply chain management team managed hospital Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) and other supplies through the 2020 pandemic without a stock out and used ingenuity and creativity to sustain having quality products available. Terranova and his team have successfully implemented supplier diversity processes at Grady Health System to exceed and sustain the annual goal of 20% of total spend committed. His specific expertise includes implementation of distribution systems to measure stock outs and reduce them to less than 1%, cost reduction strategies, strategic visioning, integration of value analysis (CQO), high compliance PPI (physician preference item) benchmarking, and capital life cycle cost analysis. 

 

Terranova’s has served as vice president of procurement and value analysis, vice president of supply chain and corporate director of materials management for two of the largest academic medical centers in the northeast, and one in the south as well as multi-hospital and community hospital roles. Prior to Grady Health System he was the director of management services for a consulting firm owned by a regional group purchasing organization (GPO) and local agent for a National GPO.

 

Terranova serves on the board of the Healthcare Resource Management Association of Georgia and served as past president of the New York Chapter of Association for Health Care Resource & Materials Management.  He received a B.S. from Ramapo State University and a M.B.A. from Fairleigh Dickenson University. He is a six sigma green belt and a Certified Materials Resource Professional from AHRMM. 

Billy Vickers

President & CEO
Modular Assembly Innovations, LLC

Early in his career, Billy Vickers played a leading role in successful product launches, including the Ford I-Beam suspension program. As a general manager, he spearheaded the New Haven Foundry and led the largest minority-owned foundry in the U.S. into a major tier-one supplier to Chrysler. Vickers also launched his own MBE-certified company, Yale Inspection Services, which provides quality-engineering services to an automotive supply base.

In 2005, Vickers joined TAG Holdings as President and Chief Operating Officer with responsibilities for the modular assembly’s division where he handled manufacturing operations, planning and oversight, strategic growth, profit and loss, and new business acquisitions and development. After launching three award-winning manufacturing operation joint ventures and following acquisitions, Vickers established Modular Assembly Innovations (MAI), LLC, in 2011. Vickers’ MAI company continues to thrive as the seventh largest privately held, MBE-owned manufacturing company in the nation valued at $1.1 billion in 2018. Vickers, earned his B.S. degree at North Carolina State University.

Steve Wang

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
MAT Holdings, Inc.

Steve Wang, Ph.D. worked at General Electric’s aircraft engine group in Cincinnati before moving to Chicago to take a power plant design engineer job at Sargent & Lundy. In 1984, he launched Midwest Air Technologies, Inc. (MAT Holdings, Inc. or MAT). Wang initially started his venture by setting up an assembly plant near O’Hare International Airport making air compressors for the retail market. A few years later, he began working as a sales agent in the U.S. for a Taiwanese auto parts company and then decided to make his own parts before opening his first plant in China in the early 1990s.

 

MAT Holdings has been a supplier to The Home Depot for more than 20 years. The company supplies fencing, air compressors, planters, and lawn accessories to The Home Depot. Over the years, Wang turned MAT from a maker of air compressors into a company that produces brake components and shock absorbers for many of the world’s top carmakers, as well as automotive iron casting and machining components, NVH parts, gasoline engine parts, pneumatic tools, and wire fencing. MAT now operates 15 facilities in the U.S. and manufacturing plants in China, India, Mexico, Vietnam, and Europe with 16,000 employees worldwide.

 

A Taiwan native, Wang majored in nuclear engineering in college. He moved to the U.S. in 1977 and earned his Ph.D. in engineering from the University of Cincinnati. Besides being an international businessperson, Wang resides in Florida with his wife, has four children and five grandchildren, and enjoys fishing in his spare time.

WENDY WHITE

Industry Manager for Food and Beverage
Georgia Manufacturing Extension Partnership

Wendy White serves as the Georgia Manufacturing Extension Partnership’s (GaMEP) food safety expert to food businesses by providing educational outreach and aiding to improve food safety and quality systems.  Before joining academia in 2019, she spent the first 17 years of her career in the food manufacturer and distributor industry, most recently as a corporate director of quality for a large, global company.

White has presented at many industry conferences over the years, most recently at the Global Food Safety Initiative conference. She is a prolific scientific author and serves on the Editorial Board of Food Safety Magazine. She holds multiple industry certifications and is a FSPCA PCQI lead instructor for Food Safety Modernization Act certificates.

An active member of the International Association of Food Protection (IAGP), White is currently serving as Chairperson for the Meat and Poultry Committee, Vice Chair of the IAFP foundation committee, and serves on the Executive Board as the Affiliate Council Secretary. On a local level, she is a past president and current delegate for the Georgia Association of Food Protection. White received her B.S. in Biology and M.S. in Food Science from the University of Georgia.

Rosina Wickart

Vice President, Commercial Procurement
Supporting Janssen Pharmaceuticals, North America

Rosina Wickart joined Johnson & Johnson (J&J) in 1992 as a Research Scientist in Dusseldorf, Germany and worked in research and development before moving into procurement. In procurement, she has managed a variety of supply chain categories while working in Germany, Belgium and Switzerland.  In 2008, Wickart left the EMEA region and spent four years in Singapore, leading Supply Chain Procurement for the Consumer Asia-Pacific business. She returned to Europe in 2012 to lead the implementation of procurement’s new operating model involving the standardization of processes across requisitions, POs, sourcing and contracting and introducing procurement shared services across the J&J Enterprise.

Wickart began leading the North America procurement team in 2017, supporting the Johnson & Johnson’s Pharmaceutical business. Her role was focused on supporting the sales and marketing of Janssen’s products to patients and customers. Wickart and the entire procurement organization are guided by the high standards set forth in the J&J Credo. More specifically, these principles include being responsible to the communities in which the employees live and work and to the world community as well. 

Currently, Wickart leads the global procurement team, supporting Janssen’s global supply chain. Her role is focused on ensuring reliable, compliant, and cost competitive supply to customers. In addition, she is the North American Chair for the Women Leadership and Inclusion employee resource group working towards gender diversity and inclusion at J&J.

Wickart holds a Bachelor of Science in chemistry from Sussex University, UK. She resides in Princeton, New Jersey with her husband and two children.

Deborah Williams, MSM

Senior Director, Program Management
Supplier Diversity & Sustainability (EPP)
Premier, Inc.

Deborah Williams, MSM joined the Premier healthcare alliance as the Senior Director of Supplier Diversity in 2008 and became responsible for the Premier Supplier Diversity Committee. Under her leadership, she launched and enhanced the program to include the Sourcing, Education and Enrichment for Diverse and Small Suppliers (SEEDS), a program aimed at increasing the number of small, diverse, and regional enterprises on the Premier contract portfolio.  In 2018, her responsibilities were expanded to include Premier’s Sustainability (EPP) program.

 

Williams has more than 35 years in business development, strategic contract negotiations and supplier contract management in the healthcare industry.  She came to Premier from Mills-Peninsula Health Services, a Sutter Health affiliate, in Burlingame, California, where she was the Director of Contracting and Value Analysis. Before that, she was a Medical Surgical Service Line Director for Broadlane Inc., assigned to the Kaiser Permanente account. Williams spent 23 years at Detroit Medical Center serving as a contract administrator, marketing support manager and a strategic sourcing manager responsible for the Detroit Medical Center’s Affiliate program.

 

Among Williams numerous accomplishments, she is the board chair of the Healthcare Supplier Diversity Alliance, founding member of the National Minority Supplier Development Council – Healthcare Industry Group and Field Operations Council and immediate past board chair of the Carolinas-Virginia Minority Supplier Development Council. A native of Brooklyn, Williams’ has a B.S. in business and M.S. in management from Walsh College and a M.B.A from Strayer University.