Webinar | Supply Chain Optionality

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Wednesday, October 28, 2020
12:00 PM - 01:00 PM CST

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM (Pacific)
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM (Mountain)
12:00 PM - 01:00 PM (Central)

01:00 PM - 02:00 PM (Eastern)

Zoom Invitation Will Be Shared the Day Before the Event



Please join the Private Directors Association at noon (Central) on October 28th for a webinar where a panel will discuss "Supply Chain Optionality."

Thank you to our National and Gold Chapter Sponsors!




Jose Luis Bretones Lopez
Board Member, Griffith Foods
Managing Partner, LINAR Advisors Global Supply Chain Operations

Jose-Luis was born and raised in Madrid, Spain. Graduated with a MS and a BS degree in Industrial Engineering from Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (ETSII). He joined AT&T Bell Labs Spain in 1991. In 1998, was appointed EMEA (Europe Middle East and Africa) lead to a global supply chain re-engineering team, and was relocated to Oklahoma City, OK where Lucent Technologies headquartered its telephone switching business unit. During this assignment, he earned his MBA degree. Jose-Luis left Lucent-Bell Labs in 2002 to join McDonald’s APMEA (Asia Pacific Middle East and Africa) and moved to Chicago. In his first role at McDonald's, reporting to the APMEA President, Jose-Luis was based in Chicago but spent most of his time traveling throughout the region as lead for APMEA Strategic Planning. In 2008, Jose-Luis stared his second and last role with McDonald’s as “The Beef Guy”... Director Global Supply Chain Strategy to revitalize the global sourcing strategy for beef and pork (~$4B in annual spend). In late 2012, Jose-Luis was recruited to serve as EVP Strategic Sourcing & Supply Chain and executive officer at A.M.Castle. In this last corporate role, he was accountable to redesign the global supply chain operations during a time of turmoil and recession across the three industries where the company operated: Industrial Metals, Aerospace and Oil & Gas. Jose-Luis left the corporate career to found in 2015 a boutique global consulting firm called LINAR Advisors that he currently leads as Managing Partner. Jose-Luis is often retained to serve as advisor for privately managed industry funds and firms.

Most recently, Jose-Luis has been asked to serve as an Independent Director for Griffith Foods, a family owned global developer and manufacturer of customized food ingredients.

Jose-Luis has earned numerous professional accreditations from Kellogg School of Management (USA), INSEAD School of Management (France), Goldratt Institute (Spain), and APICS; and has been quoted and profiled as a thought leader and supply chain expert in several publications:

  • Strategic Supply Chain Management: The Five Core Disciplines for Top Performance, 2nd Editon (By Shoshanah Cohen, McGraw-Hill 2013)
  • Leadership without Excuses: How to Create Performance and High Accountability (Instead of Just Talking about It) (By Jeff Grimshaw, McGraw-Hill, 2010)
  • Vested Outsourcing: five rules that will transform outsourcing. (By Kate Vitasec, Palgrave Macmillan, 2010)

Larry Wyche
President and CEO

Wyche Leadership and Supply Chain Consulting

Larry serves as the President of Wyche Leadership and Supply Chain Consulting. Larry is a seasoned Global Logistics and Supply Chain Expert with over 30 years of experience. He served as the second highest ranked supply chain leader in the US Army. Overseeing daily operations of a workforce of over 120,000 soldiers, Department of Defense and contract personnel. He is both a certified NACD Leadership Fellow and a certified Executive Leadership Coach.

Larry currently serves as a Director of the Houston Food Bank, and is a member of the Advisory Board of the Global Supply Chain Institute at the University of Tennessee. Larry is a senior Supply Chain Advisor for LLamasoft, a nation leading supply chain technology company.

He is the author of the best selling book, Shirts Off Our Backs; Boots Off Our Feet- How Leadership Enables Logistics and Supply Chain Execution and Gives You the Edge to Win. 


M. Jay Heilbrunn
The Distributor Board, Inc.

M. Jay Heilbrunn has worked in numerous company executive, business ownership, and board of director positions.  The focus of his work has primarily been with privately owned and family companies in wholesale distribution businesses.  Mr. Heilbrunn currently serves as Chief Operating Officer for Alliance Paper and Foodservice Equipment, a Midwest family owned and operated distributor of non-food products to supermarket and foodservice market segments. Mr. Heilbrunn serves on the Board of Directors of Top Notch Distributors, a national company that has distributed Architectural Door Hardware products since 1975.  Mr. Heilbrunn is on the Private Directors Association Board of Directors; a member of the Midwest Business Brokers and Intermediaries Board of Directors; and a member the Selfhelp Home of Chicago Board of Directors.


Greg Hewitt
Board Director/Wealth Management 

Axiom Wealth Management Group 

Greg is an accomplished, operationally diverse leader with 30 years of experience driving customer success, revenue, and growth in financial services, consumer, retail, and industrial sectors.  Comprehensive experience domestically and globally in supporting and internal and external supply chains in consumer durables and complex industrial businesses with focus on safety, quality, delivery, and best total value.  Former member of the University of Tennessee Supply Chain Forum Board.  Currently serves on the Board of Lincoln Industries a 3rd generation industrial leader in coatings supporting top clients like Harley Davidson and Peterbilt.

Greg excels in driving strategic imperatives and operations and is currently working closely with the Axiom leadership team to grow and support the practice. After almost 20 years as a comprehensive Northwestern Mutual Wealth Management Company client, he loves now sharing the value, planning benefits, and risk/investment solutions of the Axiom Wealth Mangement Group & Northwestern Mutual to new families and a diverse group of private businesses from construction, professional services, health care, industrial,transportation, and other segments.

After growing up in East Tennessee, Greg graduated with high honors in Marketing from The University of Tennessee and later gained an MBA from The University of Phoenix. He has trained at the Center of Creative Leadership, IMD, Thunderbird, as well as other top programs. He is a life-long learner and now has life/health, long-term care, and insurance licenses in several states and holds Series SIE, 6, and 63 securities registrations.

Greg is very involved in the community serving on Boards of the United Way and the Private Directors’ Association. He is involved deeply with his church and faith and loves supporting his wife of 28 years and 2 adult daughters. Greg is also active with Big Brothers& Big Sister, TN Achieves, The Legacy Center, and the Entrepreneur & Innovation Center in Nashville.

He loves being active, playing golf, fishing, and hiking. He has traveled to all 50 states and visited 35 countries. All of this gives great perspective and excitement for the future ahead!



Kimberly Rodriguez
Chief Executive Officer
Dura Automotive Systems LLC

Automotive industry veteran, Kimberly Rodriguez joins Dura Automotive Systems as Chief Executive Officer and board member on September 1, 2020. Kimberly is a renowned expert in transforming global organizations to maximize efficiencies in supply chain, manufacturing and operational performance. During her 30-year career, she has assisted automakers and suppliers in driving value creation by leveraging the interface between finance, operational (plant floor) efficiency, and the effective use of technology.

Prior to joining Dura, Kimberly was Chief Executive Officer of Rush Trucking, a $100 million long-haul trucking company. During the 2020 COVID Automotive shutdown, she helped to dramatically improve efficiency, reduce equipment cost in half and quadruple the customer base for Rush.

Kimberly joined Rush from Detroit-based Huron Consulting Group, where she served as a senior consultant. She previously served as a principal of her own firm SCRM, providing independent consulting services, largely to equity funds and multiple holding family funds relating to sales growth, efficiency and market strategy.

From 2010-2015 Kimberly was principal at KPMG and from 2006-2010 she was partner at Grant Thornton, where she led creation of an industry-leading, proprietary financial and operational web-based analytical tool and its follow-on product to monitor extensive supply chains. The highly successful tool is now in use by Fortune 50 firms and over 10,000 of their suppliers. From 1999-2006, Kimberly was partner at Stout, Risius, Ross, Inc. She began her career in 1998 as founder of Michigan-based Concorde Management Group.

Kimberly sits on the Board of Directors for AMG Industries, LLC., and Romeo Rim, as well as on the Executive Committee and General Board for The Children’s Center, a Detroit-based non-profit. She is a founding member and the first female chair of the Private Director’s Association, which provides training and insight for existing and potential board members of privately held companies. In 2019 she was named “Director to Watch” by Directors & Boards Magazine.

Kimberly earned a Bachelor of Art in economics and accounting from Michigan State University and a Master’s in business administration from Walsh College.