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Convergence Conference 2018

The Center for Supply Chain Excellence at CSB partners with the St. Louis Operations Collective to bring you this one-day supply chain management conference.

Come learn from experts about emerging trends in trade, transportation and technology impacting the supply chain – globally and right here in our own backyard. From blockchain and sensor-driven supply chain visibility to digital agriculture, technology is transforming the way we navigate the supply chain and do business around the world.

Join us on Tuesday, March 13 for a day’s worth of thought-provoking insights and new connections at Convergence.

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Edward Corno - Chief Technology Leader, IBM

Ed Corno

As a passionate information technology leader, Ed Corno's abilities are unique, offering a combination of industry, technical knowledge and innovative creativity. Corno's accomplishments in business and information technology have enabled Fortune 500 companies such as IBM, HP and smaller organizations to thrive and succeed in an ever-changing competitive marketplace.

He approaches information technology from a comprehensive background in business management, working and consulting across numerous verticals for the following industries: manufacturing, consumer products, government, distribution, healthcare, agriculture, venture capital and financial services. Corno has expertise in a variety of technologies such as Blockchain, Artificial Intelligence, Internet of Things (IoT), Cloud computing, 3D printing, as well as traditional technical business solutions.

Throughout Corno's 20-plus year career, he has served as chief technology leader for IBM, chief technologist in the Office of CIO for HP and EDS, and principal for CapGemini Ernst & Young. During this time, he has gained experience in technology strategy, innovation, business development, management consulting and C-level advisory capabilities.

In addition, Corno assists the private equity industry by evaluating technology for companies such as JP Morgan, Wells Fargo and McKinsey. He has provided advice to various charitable, civic and professional organizations over the years. In the information industry, he spoke at the annual Society of Information Management (SIM) conference about leadership. Mr. Corno was one of the keynote speakers at the annual IBM Rational conference.  Regarding charitable, community innovation organizations and universities, he has been involved in Boys Hope, Girls Hope and Tony LaRussa's Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF). He also takes part in Cortex in St. Louis, advising startups. Most recently,  Corno has interacted with Washington University and Webster University about implementing Design Thinking.

Corno, a native St. Louisan, holds a bachelor's degree from Washington University and a master's degree in business from Webster University. He has completed a HP sponsored Harvard University certificate as well as many hours of IBM and HP professional development training, covering numerous areas such as Blockchain, Artificial Intelligence and Cloud computing.

Cheryl Stuckmeyer - Global Supply Chain Planning Lead, Monsanto


Cheryl Stuckmeyer is the global supply chain planning lead for Monsanto where she has worked for three years.  She is responsible for the demand, supply and sales and operations planning across the crop protection, row crop and vegetable businesses globally.  Stuckmeyer has over 20 years of experience within various industries including consumer goods, pharmaceutical, health care equipment and agriculture.

For the majority of her career, she has been working across the supply chain and has experience within the key areas of source, make, plan and deliver.  She enjoys bringing process, people and systems together to drive efficiency, better customer satisfaction and bottom line savings to the company.  Stuckmeyer has a Bachelor of Business Administration (double major in marketing and supply chain) from the University of Missouri-Columbia.  

Rosemary Coates - Executive Director, Reshoring Institute

Rosemary Coates

Rosemary Coates is the founder and president of Blue Silk Consulting and procurement practice leader at Think! Inc. She is also the executive director of the Reshoring Institute. She is a China expert, a global supply chain management consultant, with an MBA and 25+ years experience in management consulting.

She serves as an expert witness for legal cases involving global supply chain matters and Chinese imports.

She is the executive director of the Reshoring Institute (501c3 non-profit) in conjunction with University of San Diego Supply Chain Management Institute. Her focus is reshoring research and assisting companies in bringing manufacturing back to America.

Prior to BSC and the Reshoring Institute, she was a senior director at SAP, supply chain practice leader at Answerthink Consulting and KPMG Peat Marwick, and regional manager at Hewlett-Packard.

Coates has consulted with 80+ global and domestic clients on systems and processes. She has considerable international experience and has worked for extended periods in Asia and Europe. Her experience spans a broad range of industries including high technology, chemicals, health care, consumer products, industrial products, food distribution, transportation and warehousing, publishing, retail, and oil and gas.

She is a global supply chain architect and strategist and author of five books: "42 Rules for Sourcing and Manufacturing in China"​ (a best seller at; "42 Rules for Superior Field Service,"​ "The Reshoring Guidebook," and "Legal Blacksmith - How to Avoid and Defend Supply Chain Disputes."


Mary C. Lamie, P.E. - Executive Director, St. Louis Regional Freightway


St. Louis Regional Freightway Executive Director Mary Lamie is responsible for developing public-private partnerships to optimize the region’s freight transportation network and creating the foundation for planning, marketing and advocacy of the bi-state region as a national freight hub with international connectivity.

She has over 25 years of experience in transportation, engineering and management including 23 years with the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), with the last seven years as the Deputy Director of Highways Region 5 Engineer. During this time she was responsible for the development and implementation of the Region’s transportation program which included engineering, management and budgetary responsibilities. She was responsible for more than 800 employees, 3,300 lane miles of state highways and 1,700 bridges.  Her engineering and project management experience includes a wide variety of transportation projects that included the $670 million Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge (Interstate 70) over the Mississippi River Bridge in East St. Louis, IL and St. Louis, MO and portions of the IL High Speed Rail Corridor Tier 2 EIS study in Central and Southwestern Illinois

She holds a master’s degree in civil engineering from the Missouri University of Science and Technology, has a bachelor's degree in civil engineering from the University of Missouri- Columbia and is a professional engineer.

Scott T. Kiefer - Partner and Vice President, Oliver Group


Scott Kiefer is a partner with Oliver Group, a national management consulting firm providing leadership solutions to a wide variety of businesses. He consults on executive and management levels to create performance improvement strategies that fundamentally change how leaders run their businesses. Kiefer  is a speaker and executive advisor with a dynamic, energetic style. He also serves as trusted personal advisor to CEOs and boards, helping them navigate personal and professional challenges. Kiefer is a member of the National Speakers Association.

Kiefer is also a partner in the Leadership Pipeline Institute (U.S.), a global provider of evaluation systems, development programs and succession planning for leaders of all levels based upon the concepts of the popular business book, The Leadership Pipeline. In this current role, Kiefer is able to witness firsthand how the changing demands, pace and complexity of the business environment are putting stress on leaders like never before.

Prior to joining Oliver Group, Kiefer spent 10 years as an Army Infantry officer, including assignments in the Cold War capital of Berlin, Germany. While in the Army, Kiefer served with a number of today’s senior military leaders, led soldiers as an Infantry company commander and served as an instructor and evaluator of new Army officers before leaving active duty.

After the military, Kiefer led business teams at Frito-Lay and ExxonMobil with the same energy, drive and passion as in the military. His first role after leading soldiers was to lead the manufacturing operations at the Louisville, KY production facility—from platoons to potato chips. In 2000, Kiefer moved from Frito-Lay to ExxonMobil and only two years after joining ExxonMobil, he was leading the supply chain organization for a Japanese-US joint venture for petrochemical products to the US automotive industry. In that role, he was responsible for the entire supply chain including contracts and operations for raw materials, manufacturing, transportation and warehousing. The 24/7 automotive industry in the early 2000’s was at an all-time high with record production and sales numbers to challenge his leadership skills and focus.

Kiefer earned his undergraduate degree from James Madison University in Virginia and an M.B.A. from the University of Louisville with a focus in entrepreneurship. He is a graduate of the U.S. Army Ranger School, the most challenging combat leadership course in the military.

Brian Dixon - COO, Capital Innovators and Blockchain Strategist/Developer, Speaker and Author, Manifest Ventures 

A St. Louis native, Brian Dixon was born and raised in the midwest. He attended the University of Missouri and received a degree in English and Sociology before receiving a Juris Doctorate at Washington University in St. Louis. During his time in law school, he learned about blockchain technology and became infatuated with its potential for shaping the future of the world. After law school, Brian was working at a personal injury firm and knew that he was not passionate about his career. He decided quickly that he would leave the firm and dedicate all of his energy to pursuing work in the technology field. Soon after, Brian joined the startup Capital Innovators, which at the time was a tech-focused business Accelerator. He started as an unpaid intern to get to know the space and soon fell in love with working with startups and venture capital investing. Since Brian joined Capital Innovators, he has worked his way up to become the COO of the organization creating tremendous value and growth for the business. During his time at Capital Innovators to date, Brian has helped raise 10’s of millions of dollars for investment funds, provided venture investment and management of over 90 companies in the technology, consumer products and energy space, launched brand new business lines including fractional c-suite help for startups, corporate innovation partnerships, corporate Accelerators, university  partnerships, early education partnerships and more bringing in tremendous revenue growth for the business. 

 In addition to Brian’s success at Capital Innovators, he has been actively investing in cryptocurrencies and advocating for the blockchain space since 2012. He has written three books covering Bitcoin, blockchain technology and other advanced technologies. All of which may be found on his personal website; His expertise and knowledge in the tech space has afforded him features in publications such as Forbes, Inc., TechCrunch, Entrepreneur EQ and many more, along with several national and international speaking engagements. 

 Over the years Brian has come to realize the power of the mind and manifestation. Implementing these learnings have allowed Brian to accomplish every goal he has set. Brian excels at the intersection of creativity and business and enjoys constructing innovative value creating opportunities from inception through execution. He thrives in creating a vision for organizations and manifesting into reality through strategy and operational structuring. He has in-depth knowledge into the most cutting-edge technologies that are shaping the future of the world. In his free time, Brian thoroughly enjoys reading, writing books, listening to podcasts, researching outer space, quantum physics and mechanics around multiple dimensions, studying consciousness, meditation and intuition, learning about different countries and their cultures, investing in cryptocurrencies and startups, and last but not least, educating himself on everything there is to know about blockchain and predicting what’s to come in the future.

Rob Stevens - Co-founder and CRO, Tive

Rob Stevens
Rob Stevens is the Co-Founder and CRO of Tive, a company focusing on sensor-driven awareness and analysis of in-transit goods from start to finish. Rob brings over 20 years of experience in sales, marketing, and business development at high-tech startups, including GrabCAD, Backupify, Kiva Systems, FreeMarkets, and McKinsey & Company. Rob holds an MBA from MIT Sloan School of Management and BS in Mechanical Engineering from Cornell University.