The Future of the Supply Chain

Digital technologies are transforming supply chains—making them faster, more responsive, and more intelligent. How will these changes affect manufacturers, and how should executives respond? This panel features Dave Evans, CEO of Fictiv; Jeff McAlvay, CEO of Tempo Automation; Brian Ballard, CEO of Upskill; Peter Blair, VP of Marketing at Berkshire Grey; and Ryan Martin, Principal Analyst at ABI Research. The discussion is moderated by Dan Recht, Global Business Development Lead at Formlabs.
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Jeff McAlvay is the Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer at Tempo Automation. Prior to his role at Tempo, Jeff served in several leadership development roles, including product manager and freight shipping manager, at McMaster-Carr. Jeff received a BA in Philosophy from the University of Pennsylvania.

Dave Evans is co-founder & CEO of Fictiv, a virtual contract manufacturing platform transforming how teams design, develop, and deliver the next generation of hardware products. To date, Fictiv has raised $58M in through Series C from G2VP, Sinovation, Bill Gates, Intel and Accel. He’s an innovative entrepreneur featured on TechCrunch, Inc., and named on Forbes' 30 Under 30 list. Prior to Fictiv, Dave was the first hire at Ford’s Silicon Valley Lab. Dave graduated from Stanford University with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. You can find him on LinkedIn (evansda11) and Twitter (@makrdave).

Pete Blair is the Vice President of Marketing at Berkshire Grey where he is responsible for branding, messaging, demand generation and overall marketing execution and strategy. Pete brings years of hands-on supply chain experience to his marketing roles including: retail logistics management, supply chain consulting and software development for CPG and retail enterprises. Prior to Berkshire Grey, Pete was the Vice President of Marketing for Applause software and Head of Marketing for Kiva Systems; now Amazon Robotics. Pete started his career in logistics operations at The Home Depot, travelled the globe as an IBM management consultant, and contributed to the success of multiple technology startups over his 25-year career. Pete is an active speaker at supply chain and innovation conferences, and he has a bachelor’s degree in Operations Research and Industrial Engineering from Cornell University.

Ryan Martin, Principal Analyst at ABI Research, covers new and emerging transformative technologies, including augmented reality (AR), analytics, and the Internet of Things (IoT). He currently leads the firm’s Smart Manufacturing and Enterprise IoT research. Prior to joining ABI Research, Ryan spent the past several years working at technology market research firms, including Yankee Group and, most recently, 451 Research. Before his time as a market research analyst, Ryan served as a consultant at Mobile Future Institute, a U.S.-based think tank focused on business strategies and marketing tactics for the mobile ecosystem. Additionally, he held advisory, consultative, and managerial positions at a number of early- to late-stage startups. Ryan is frequently quoted and published in a variety of industry and business media, including BBC, CIO, ComputerWorld, CyberTrend, E-Commerce Times, FastCompany, International Business Times, LA Times, PCWorld, TechNewsWorld, TechRepublic, Time Magazine, VentureBeat, Forbes and WIRED. He is also a regular speaker at client and industry events, and a judge for major awards programs such as the CES Innovation Awards and the GSMA’s Global Mobile Awards. Ryan holds degrees in economics and political science, with an additional concentration in global studies, from the University of Vermont and an M.B.A. from the University of New Hampshire.

Brian Ballard is the Founder and CEO of Upskill.

Dan Recht is the Global Business Development Lead at Formlabs, where he helps the world's leading companies shape and implement their additive manufacturing strategies. Previously, Dan led Volute, Inc., a startup that commercialized a new kind of fuel tank for hydrogen fuel cell vehicles, to profitability and a successful acquisition. Prior to this Dan created a technology scouting and partnerships group at OCI, a large manufacturing and renewable energy company in Seoul, South Korea. Dan earned his Ph.D. in Applied Physics from Harvard University and his bachelor's degree in Physics from Princeton University.


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