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Oniqua to Moderate Panel Discussion at Utility Supply Management Alliance 20th Annual Educational Conference

Representatives from Southern Company, Duke Energy, Tennessee Valley Authority and ScottMadden to discuss improving service while reducing costs through inventory optimization

Oniqua Intelligent MRO, the leader in MRO materials management optimization for asset-intensive industries, today announced it will moderate a panel session at the Utility Supply Management Alliance 20th Annual Educational Conference. The Conference will be held May 17-20, 2015, at the Savannah Convention Center in Savannah, Georgia.

The panel discussion – taking place on Monday, May 18th from 2:30pm–3:45pm – will be moderated by Steve Sotwick, VP Business Development for Oniqua, and is entitled “Inventory Optimization — Improving Service While Reducing Costs”. The panel will feature representatives from some of North America’s leading utilities and service providers, including:

  • Rick Crosby
    Generation Materials Manager
    Southern Company
  • Lisa Smith
    Program Manager, Inventory Optimization
    Duke Energy
  • Rachel Branham-Wampler
    Consultant, Inventory Strategy and Policy Governance
    Tennessee Valley Authority
  • Andy Flores
    ScottMadden, Inc.

During the interactive panel session, attendees and panel members will explore inventory optimization trends, practices and lessons learned. Specific topics to be discussed include:

  • The differences between serving Generation compared to T&D
  • Key performance drivers – improving service levels versus cost reduction
    • Eliminating waste without risk to service levels
    • Building a collaborative relationship with O&M
    • Establishing objective, consistent, and sustainable business practices

 The Utilities Supply Management Alliance (USMA) is a multi-national association of individuals serving the electric, gas and water utilities; and is committed to fostering excellence in the understanding and practice of Supply Chain Management.

This year’s conference features renowned industry and business speakers, including Herman Cain, former presidential candidate, author, businessman and radio host; Alan Schoeneberg, CenterPoint Energy (retired); Roger Tutterow, Ph.D., Professor of Economics, Mercer University; Jim Rogers, former CEO of Duke Energy; Christopher Horner, Competitive Enterprise Institute; and many others.

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