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Webinar | Controlling the Uncontrollable
Thursday, July 01, 2021, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM CST
Category: National

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® for a webinar titled, Controlling the Uncontrollable, which is the third in a series on Supply Chains. The first webinar was in June of 2020 and the panel discussed How to Keep a Supply Chain Moving During Disruption or Dislocation, followed by the second webinar in October of 2020 when the panel discussed Supply Chain Optionality

Thank you to our National and Gold Chapter Sponsors!



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. 


Jose-Luis Bretones
Managing Partner
LINAR Advisors 

Jose-Luis was born and raised in Madrid, Spain. He graduated with a MS/BS degree in Industrial Engineering from the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (ETSII). He joined AT&T Bell Labs in 1991 and began his career optimizing manufacturing processes. He stayed in the telecommunications industry, progressing through several European roles in the global supply chain and manufacturing operations arena. In 1998, he was appointed as the EMEA (Europe Middle East and Africa) Lead to a global supply chain reengineering team, and relocated to Oklahoma City, OK where Lucent Technologies headquartered its 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 McD’s global headquarters in Chicago, IL. In his first role at McD, Jose-Luis spent most of his time traveling throughout the region for almost six years as the regional lead for Strategic Planning, Program and Project Management. During his tenure, the APMEA region delivered innovative initiatives like 24Hrs (Hong Kong), Delivery (Egypt) and McCafé (Australia). In 2008, he was internally recruited to revitalize the global sourcing strategy for beef and pork (~$4B in annual spend), and to lead the sustainability and animal welfare strategy (for all protein-based products) as Director Global Supply Chain Strategy.

In late 2012, Jose-Luis left McDonald’s to join A.M.Castle, a $1B publicly-traded company operating in Industrial Metals, Aerospace and Oil & Gas as EVP Strategic Sourcing Supply Chain and executive Officer.. He was accountable to the Board of Directors and the CEO for redesigning the global supply chain as well as manufacturing and distribution operations.

After leaving A.M.Castle in 2015, Jose-Luis founded a boutique global consulting firm, LINAR Advisors, which he currently leads as Managing Partner.

Jose-Luis is often retained to serve at the Board level, including the following organizations:

  • University of Loyola. Business Leadership Hub. Center for Risk Management. (2020-Present) Board of Advisors.
  • Griffith Foods. (2019-Present) Independent Director. A family owned global developer and manufacturer of customized food ingredients.
  • USEC (US-Spain Executives Community). (2018-Present) Board of directors and Treasurer.
  • Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (GRSB). (2011-2012) Founding member and director, representing McD and partnering with WWF, Walmart, Cargill among other industry leaders, to drive impactful changes in the way cattle is raised around the world.
  • Roycemore School. (2010-2019) Trustee, Vice-Chair, Treasurer and Chair for the Finance Committee.


Greg Hewitt
Financial Advisor
Axiom Wealth Management

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. Greg is a founder of the Nashville PDA, President for almost 2 years, and now on the Executive Committee.  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 client and ambassador, he now loves sharing the value and benefits of Axiom Wealth Management & Northwestern Mutual to new families and businesses.

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 Lincoln Industries. He is involved deeply with his church and faith and loves supporting his wife of 29 years and 2 adult daughters. Greg is also active with Big Brothers Big Sisters, 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!



Larry Wyche Lieutenant General
President and CEO 
Wyche Leadership and Supply Chain Consulting

Larry Wyche Lieutenant General (Retired) Larry serves as the President and CEO of Wyche Leadership and Supply Chain Consulting, where he and his team focus on leader development at all levels, executive leadership coaching, and supply chain consulting. He is also an authorized partner of The Five Behaviors of Building Cohesive Teams and Everything DiSC. Larry is a senior and seasoned Global Logistics and Supply Chain Expert with over 30 years of experience. Larry’s extensive experience includes providing vision; developing corporate-level strategy and directing the performance of global manufacturing, maintenance, transportation and distribution management; and leading through crisis management. Additionally, he is both a certified NACD Leadership Fellow, Cofounder Houston Chapter, Private Director Association and a certified Executive Leadership Coach.

Larry currently serves as a Director of the Houston Food Bank and a member of the Risk Committee. He is a member of the Advisory Board of the Global Supply Chain Institute at the University of Tennessee. Larry is also Chairman GovExchange Advisor Board. Additionally, Larry has served as Director of Army Depot Maintenance Corporate Board; Chairman of Army Materiel Command Cyber Governance Board; and Executive Member at the United States Transportation Command Distribution Board.

Larry has published numerous articles ranging from Securing Army Weapon Systems and Supply Chain from Cyber Attacks to Delivering Materiel Readiness. Also, he is the author of the bestselling book, Shirts Off Our Backs; Boots Off Our Feet- How Leadership Enables Logistics and Supply Chain Execution and Gives You the Edge to Win.

Larry trains corporate executives, business owners and entrepreneurs in strategies and best practices. As the second highest ranked logistician and supply chain leader in the Army, as a Lieutenant General and Deputy Commanding General Army Materiel Command, he presided over the day-to-day operations, a 58-billion-dollar enterprise which employed a global workforce of over 120,000 soldiers, Department of Defense (DoD) civilians and contractors, with a presence or economic impact in all 50 states and 152 countries. Larry directed a significant portion of DoD’s sustainment effort, overseeing the Army’s Organic Industrial Base of 23 arsenals, maintenance depots and manufacturing plants. In this capacity, he also testified before Congress on DoD Industrial Base Readiness.

Larry holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Texas A&M University Corpus Christi, and Master’s Degrees in Logistics Management (Florida Institute of Technology) and National Resource Strategy (Industrial College of the Armed Forces). He has also been recognized as the Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi 2018 Distinguished Alumnus. Impressively, Larry received the honor of being a lifetime member to Texas A&M Chancellor Century Council.



Kimberly Rodriguez
Executive and Entrepreneur

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. Kimberly currently serves 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.

Most recently Kimberly was the Chief Executive Officer for Dura Automotive Systems. 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 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.