TRACK A - Future of Georgia:
What makes Georgia such a unique place to do business in the life sciences industry? Come learn from key stakeholders on what assets make up a healthy ecosystem and what are the key variables to consider for a growing life sciences industry. We will weigh in on the impact the right technology can have on the ecosystem when it comes to meeting customer expectations in 2019 and beyond and we will dive deep into what healthcare supply chains are doing to meet the needs of its customers in the age of The Amazon Effect.
Director, Supply Chain Ecosystem Expansion, Metro Atlanta Chamber
Ben Harris serves as Director, Bioscience/Supply Chain & Advanced Manufacturing at the Metro Atlanta Chamber where he is responsible for enhancing metro Atlanta’s efforts to recruit, retain and expand companies and investment within the Bioscience, Health IT, and supply chain ecosystem. Prior to joining the Chamber, Ben was Senior Manager, Market Development for Manhattan Associates. There, Ben was responsible for developing Manhattan’s sales pipeline and overall Americas supply chain marketing strategy. Ben oversaw market positioning, messaging and campaign execution to build awareness and drive new pipeline growth. Before joining Manhattan Associates, Ben spent four years with the Georgia Department of Economic Development’s Center of Innovation for Logistics where he played a key role in establishing the Center as a go-to industry resource for information, support, partnership building, and investment development. An APICS Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP), Ben holds an Executive Master’s degree in Business Administration (EMBA) and bachelor’s degree in International Business (BBA) from the Terry College at the University of Georgia. Ben also serves on the Board of Directors for Georgia QuickStart, TAG Logistics Society and Aerotropolis Atlanta Alliance.
Director of Supply Chain, Takeda
Ben started his career in supply chain as an Air Force maintenance and munitions officer leading warehousing operations for the largest non-nuclear munitions storage area in the Air Force. After the Air Force he transitioned to the IT side of supply chain working for Sony Electronics with responsibility for deploying, developing and supporting a warehouse management system that controlled inbound operations through delivery to the manufacturing floor.
He continued his career with Kirklands Home on a greenfield project to build a new distribution center. He worked with the supply chain team to create new distribution processes that leveraged automation and a warehouse management system to increase throughput and reduce distribution costs.
Prior to joining Takeda Ben was the IT Manager for Distribution at CR Bard and was responsible for the systems supporting the Order to Cash cycle including order management, distribution, returns and transportation management.
Kelly Meyers, MBA
Manager Project Management, MediCapital Rent
Kelly Meyers, MBA, manages the team of Project Managers at MediCapital Rent, a company specializing in providing equipment & ancillary solutions for Clinical Trials. After receiving her master’s degree from Mercer University, she joined MediCapital Rent in 2016 to lead the team responsible for supporting sites in North & South America, as well as several Asia Pacific countries.
With a passion for problem-solving, Kelly advises clinical development teams of all sizes on their global Investigator Site provisioning strategies and deployment of Real World Evidence technology solutions.
In her free time, Kelly enjoys spending time at the local gym and exploring new culinary creations with friends and family.
Director, Air Service Development, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport
Elliott Paige is the Director for Air Service Development at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. He joined the world’s busiest and most efficient airport after a successful career promoting trade and investment for over 20 years, including serving 10-years as a diplomat in Geneva, Switzerland. Elliott also worked as an international civil servant with the World Trade Organization and the United Nation’s International Trade Center.
During this period, Elliott designed and delivered strategies to increase trade, open markets and develop industries. He was a lead negotiator in the Trade Facilitation Agreement and was instrumental in getting support from many developing countries. He applies his experience to ensure that the Airport has a positive economic impact to create jobs and promote trade while taking advantage of new trade paradigms.
Since at Hartsfield-Jackson, he has built solid relationships with aviation executives worldwide, recruited several international passenger and cargo airlines, plus several domestic airlines. His efforts are supported through collaboration with various stakeholders – Mayor’s Office, Metro Atlanta Chamber, Atlanta Conventions and Visitors Bureau, Georgia Department of Economic Development, diplomatic community and private sector partners. He has revised the Air Service Incentive Program according to Federal Aviation Authority rules to attract new routes, and continues to direct the implementation of the Airport's air service cargo strategy to increase cargo value and volume.
Elliott is implementing the first cargo community system in the United States in Atlanta while facilitating the establishment of an Atlanta cargo network among cargo stakeholders. He is keen to implement new technologies and to maximize the use of already established technologies that can help increase passenger and cargo flow, while improving efficiencies of operations.
When not travelling, Elliott enjoys running, hiking, reading, writing, following international affairs and spending time with friends and family. He has a Masters degree in Economic Development, a Bachelor in Economics and Management, and holds global certifications as International Airport Professional (IAP) and Airport Executive Leadership Professional (AELP) from Airports Council International and Concordia University. Elliott speaks English, French and Spanish. He is a board member of the World Trade Center Atlanta chapter, the Atlanta Air Cargo Association, the Georgia Council for International Visitors, a trustee of The International Air Cargo Association and advisory board member of Clayton State University School of Supply Chain Management.
Director, UPS Healthcare Strategy
Mark started at UPS in 2010 and has spent much of his career collaboratively developing industry-leading logistics solutions for healthcare customers. He possesses deep expertise in the areas of specimen logistics, and temperature-controlled transportation across both small package and palletized freight.