The Center for Professional Education kicked-off the 2019 Supply Chain Lunch and Learns at Freight Alley on January 18. David Porter, Regional Sales Manager at Georgia Port Authority (GPA), served as the presenter. Porter discussed GPA’s growth and expansion as well as the economic impact the agency has had on Georgia and Tennessee.

The monthly Supply Chain Lunch and Learns are a collaborative effort between UTC Center for Professional Education (CPE), FreightWaves, and the Chattanooga Regional Manufacturing Association (CRMA). “Our goal with these lunch and learns is to provide the supply chain and logistics community with networking and professional development opportunities that add value. It is a competitive marketplace and education is key to success,” remarks John Freeze, Director of the Center for Professional Education.

The partnership between CPE, CRMA, and FreightWaves developed organically–as each entity brings a unique perspective to supply chain conversations. CRMA represents the manufacturers who depend heavily on the shipment of products. FreightWaves addresses the point of view of the carrier industry, and CPE provides the educational component. Talking about the partnership, Freeze states, “We truly value our relationship with CRMA and FreightWaves. Our partners allow the Lunch and Learns to thrive and grow.”

The Center for Professional Education is looking forward to the rest of the year, and Freeze acknowledges opportunities to build a cohesive community. He states, “When I look at this program, I am excited to see people in different facets of the supply chain industry come together and share ideas. If we create a long-standing community for these individuals, we have met our goal.”

2019 topics will include insights into new technology, best practices, innovations, customer relationships, regulatory and compliance, and economic development.

Upcoming Lunch and Learns

Supply Chain Innovators: Millennials in the Workforce

Presenter: Cameron Doody, Co-Founder and Chairman of Bellhops

Date: February 15, 2019

Time: 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Cost: $10 (includes lunch)

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