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3rd November 2020 • Supply Chain Now • Supply Chain Now
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In today's episode of Supply Chain Now, Scott welcomes Page Siplon, John Heard, and Yinka Ajirotutu to the podcast.  

Prior to joining TeamOne Logistics, Page Siplon served as the Executive Director of the Georgia Center of Innovation for Logistics, the State’s leading consulting resource for fueling logistics industry growth and global competitiveness. For over a decade, he directly assisted hundreds of companies to overcome challenges and capitalize on opportunities related to the movement of freight. During this time, Siplon was also appointed to concurrently serve the State of Georgia as Director of the larger Centers of Innovation Program, in which he provided executive leadership and vision for all six strategic industry-focused Centers. As a frequently requested keynote speaker, Siplon is called upon to address a range of audiences on unique aspects of technology, workforce, and logistics. This often includes topics of global and domestic logistics trends, supply chain visibility, collaboration, and strategic planning. He has also been quoted as an industry expert in publications such as Forbes, Journal of Commerce, Fortune, NPR, Wall Street Journal, Reuters, American Express, DC Velocity, Area Development Magazine, Site Selection Magazine, Inbound Logistics, Modern Material Handling, and is frequently a live special guest on SiriusXM's Road Dog Radio Show. Siplon is an active industry participant, recognized by DC Velocity Magazine as a “2012 Logistics Rainmaker” which annually identifies the top-ten logistics professionals in the Nation; and named a “Pro to Know” by Supply & Demand Executive Magazine in 2014. Siplon was also selected by Georgia Trend Magazine as one of the “Top 100 Most Influential Georgians” for 2013, 2014, and 2015. He also serves various industry leadership roles at both the State and Federal level. Governor Nathan Deal nominated Siplon to represent Georgia on a National Supply Chain Competitiveness Advisory Committee, where he was appointed to a two-year term by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce and was then appointed to serve as its vice-chairman. At the State level, he was selected by then-Governor Sonny Perdue to serve as lead consultant on the Commission for New Georgia’s Freight and Logistics Task Force. In this effort, Siplon led a Private Sector Advisory Committee with invited executives from a range of private sector stakeholders including UPS, Coca-Cola, The Home Depot, Delta Airlines, Georgia Pacific, CSX, and Norfolk Southern. Siplon honorably served a combined 12 years in the United States Marine Corps and the United States Air Force. During this time, he led the integration of encryption techniques and deployed cryptographic devices for tactically secure voice and data platforms in critical ground-to-air communication systems. This service included support for all branches of the Department of Defense, multiple federal security agencies, and aiding NASA with multiple Space Shuttle launches. Originally from New York, Siplon received both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in electrical and computer engineering with a focus on digital signal processing from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He earned an associate’s degree in advanced electronic systems from the Air Force College and completed multiple military leadership academies in both the Marines and Air Force. Siplon currently lives in Cumming, Georgia (north of Atlanta), with his wife Jan, and two children Thomas (19) and Lily (15).

Oluyinka Ajirotutu (Yinka) is an accomplished healthcare leader, established public speaker and mental health advocate. With over 12 years of experience, Yinka has worked at some of the top healthcare organizations in the country such as Mayo Clinic and the University of Chicago Hospitals. She also served as a healthcare consultant for government health agencies such as the Veterans Health Administration and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid. The importance of health and wellness became personal for Yinka as she struggled with anxiety for several years. She began to focus on intentional living, stress management and self care and ultimately achieved more peace, joy and resilience in her daily life. She now serves as an engaging public speaker and dynamic coach seeking to encourage and support others through their health and wellness journeys.

John Hearn John Hearn is the Managing Principal of The Benefit Company, an Employee Benefit Consulting firm headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia. John is tasked with developing innovative strategies to support employee health and reduce healthcare cost trends. John is also a leading authority on HealthCare Reform and often speaks to industry forums on the subject. John graduated from the University of Georgia in the early ‘90’s with a degree in Risk Management and Insurance. Following graduation, he spent 15 years on the carrier side of the business with stints as Market Manager in Atlanta, Phoenix and San Diego. John recently received the Most Innovative Broker of the Year Award from the Institute for Healthcare Consumerism, and he was recognized in in 2018 by United Benefit Advisors (UBA) as their National Partner of the Year. John is a member of the 2010 Class of Leadership Georgia. He is on the Board of Directors for The Georgia Chamber of Commerce, United Benefit Advisors (UBA), where he serves as Secretary/Treasurer, and John also serves as the Chairman of the Board of Sigma Nu International Fraternity. His other volunteer work includes Committee Chair for Troop 955 with the Boy Scouts of America, as well as serving on the Finance Committee and Usher Team at Mt. Bethel United Methodist Church. John and his wife, Amy, a Registered Nurse, now reside in metro-Atlanta with their three chidren.

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