President's Report

Greetings Members and enthusiasts of the Racine-Kenosha APICS Chapter,

I hope that you are well and coping with all of the recent changes. Who would have thought that a microscopic entity could have such devastating effects? My sincerest hope is that you and yours are well and that we will find a safe way to get back to whatever normal looks like in the near future.

While we did have to cancel our March Professional Develop Meeting and I very much missed seeing everyone, the top-notch speaker, and the delicious meal that we typically have at Infusion’s, we are adjusting. The upcoming May meeting will be an on-line virtual meeting. It should be exciting. I hope that you can join us for the meeting, details are listed in the attached newsletter. I’ll be in front of my computer and hope that you will too. Be warned, mine will have a camera, so you can see my smiling face. I hope yours does too.

We do want to get back to in-person meetings. At this point, the next opportunity would be in September. We are committed to the safety of all of our members, students, and guests and will continue to review relevant guidance from government and health authorities. We will resume normal activities when it can be safely done.

This strange time might be a good time to invest in yourself. We will be offering some on-line courses and hope that they will be of interest to you. This might just be the right time for you to get certified. Look for details in the attached newsletter.

Or maybe a free webinar would be of interest. These events are being sponsored by ASCM.

  • May 7 - Recovery: What’s Next for Global Supply Chains? Register FREE
  • May 14 - One is the Loneliest Number - or is it? Register FREE
  • May 19 - COVID-19: How to Recover Faster and Help Create a Sustainable Competitive Advantage. Register FREE
  • June 18 - Supply Chain Technology Future for Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain and Data. Register FREE

Be safe, be well, stay engaged and I hope to see you soon.

APICSly yours,

Phil Cwik, CPIM

President RAKE APICS





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Calendar of Events

Please save the date for the Professional Development Meeting schedule below.  If you have PDM topic ideas or leads for speakers you would like to see, please send to [email protected] 

Gary Kerslake

Executive Summary:

Savvy professional with over 40 years in line, staff and consulting experience. As a consultant, Gary has worked with several of our nation’s leading corporations and government agencies. Prior to becoming a supply chain consultant, he was both a materials manager and plant manager.  With his valuable hands-on expertise, he is able to give his clients practical solutions to their lean or supply chain process improvement activities. He has also been presented the prestigious “Award of Excellence” from the U.S. Army Material Command for his leadership role with their Logistics Modernization Program. Gary was also recently named “Instructor of the Year” for the Milwaukee Chapter of the American Production and Inventory Control Society.


Education: AIM, Industrial Management, MSOE – Milwaukee School of Engineering


Certifications and Affiliations:

  • CSCP – Certified Supply Chain Professional with APICS – American Production and Inventory Control Society.
  • Regional and National speaker for APICS.
  • Nationally recognized author with APICS.
  • MATC – Milwaukee Area Technical College – Supply Chain workshop instructor.
  • WCTC – Waukesha County Technical College – Supply Chain workshop instructor.
  • Lead CSCP instructor for the APICS [ASCM] certification program.



Manufacturing and Distribution organizations often depend on inventory to operate and fill customer orders. Inventory is also a major asset that helps with tasks such as planning and staying within budget. In addition, keeping accurate inventory records is a major management commitment that has multiple benefits.

The focus of this workshop is to provide an overview of current best practices in inventory management and their impact on the organization’s supply chain.

What we will discuss:

What inventory is, its purpose and the classes of inventory

Effects of inventory on the Financial Statements

ABC inventory classification steps

The physics of inventory storage and retrieval

How to quickly improve inventory record accuracy

How to manage “risk” in the current supply chain

Benefit-Cost rationale for new technologies

New supply chain topics and terms

How to do a “qualitative” internal supply chain assessment

Registration for MAY Professional Development Meeting  


Register Now!!

6:00 PM - Registration & Networking (Online via ZOOM)

6:15 PM - Chapter Business Meeting 

6:30 PM - Program and Q&A

7:00 PM - Adjourn


September 16, 2020

November 18, 2020

January 20, 2021

March 17, 2021

May 19, 2021




Our chapter is investigating the process to offer online CPIM, CSCP, and CLTD Classes. We hope to be able to offer these soon.

Check our website for future classes.


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Are you interested in advancing your career by continuing your supply chain education?  Consider the APICS certifications for:

  • Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP)
  • Certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM)
  • Certified in Logistics, Transportation, and Distribution (CLTD)


CPIM Part I:

Fall 2020


Fall 2020

CPIM Part II - February 2020

CSCP focus is on the end-to-end supply chain. It looks at topics relevant to your own organization as well as your customers and your suppliers. CPIM, alternatively, is more focused in-house on topics that include materials management, master scheduling, forecasting and production planning.  CLTD is also more focused within logistics, transportation, and distribution.

Learn more at APICS.ORG

For more information on our class offerings, including the latest schedule & pricing, please visit our website RAKEAPICS.ORG and click on ‘Education.’  Our intent is to offer certification review courses for each of these certifications. Please email us if you are interested and when we have enough interest to hold a class, we will schedule the dates.

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Welcome New Members

We'd like to offer a warm welcome to our newest members!  Our chapter is currently 93 members (90 Professional and 3 Students)
Christopher Dobroth
Theresa Jackson
Terri Roe

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Board Meetings

Board meetings are held once monthly to go over chapter progression, discuss upcoming events, and introduce new business along the way.

Members are always welcome to join our board meetings. Please contact the chapter president at [email protected] for time and location.

  • June 3, 2020
  • July 8, 2020

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Social Media Updates

We are on Facebook! Please 'like and share' our page at Racine / Kenosha APICS.

We are also on LinkedIN. Image result for linkedin logo

Here is the link to our Page: 


Racine/Kenosha APICS LinkedIN Page 


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Job Listings

Looking for a job in supply chain?

Check out the Jobs Board on our website!  These postings advertise local employers looking for supply chain talent.

Are you a recruiter?

Consider posting your openings to our site!  Listings are free and can give as much detail as you'd like.  Copy forward job descriptions or simply add a link to your organizations site.



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