Acclaimed global futurist, speaker, and best-selling author, Jack Uldrich is frequently asked, “What will the future look like?” His response is, “Predictably unpredictable.”
So how can you prepare for the unpredictable? The answer will surprise you. The key is embracing paradox: learning to unlearn, thinking about the unthinkable, recognizing failure as a key component of success, and understanding that an awareness of one’s ignorance is a key component of true wisdom. Jack Uldrich paints vivid pictures of what the world may look like in just a few short years. He provides an in-depth exploration of how the “Internet of Things,” ‘Big Data,” social media, robotics, biotechnology, nanotechnology, artificial intelligence, renewable energy and “collaborative consumption” will change everyday life for all of us in the very near future. And he follows through with upbeat, practical and actionable insights on future trends, emerging technologies, innovation, change management and leadership.
Joe Tracy was named Chief Executive Officer of Dot Foods, Inc., the nation’s largest food industry redistributor, in February 2017. He previously served as Dot's Chief Operating Officer (COO) and President for nearly a decade. He joined the family business full-time in 1987 and has held a variety of positions in sales, purchasing, distribution center management, warehouse, and transportation. He became COO in 2007 and added President to his responsibilities in 2008.
Dot Foods Inc. carries 118,000 products from 990 food industry manufacturers making it the largest food industry redistributor in the United States. Through Dot Transportation Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Dot Foods, the company distributes foodservice, convenience, retail and vending products to distributors in all 50 states and more than 25 countries. Dot Foods operates ten U. S. distribution centers, which are located in Modesto, California; Vidalia, Georgia; Burley, Idaho; Mt. Sterling, Illinois; Cambridge City, Indiana; Williamsport, Maryland; Liverpool, New York; Ardmore, Oklahoma; Dyersburg, Tennessee; and University Park, Illinois. Dot Foods' Canadian operations are located in Toronto, Ontario and Calgary, Alberta.
Ms. April Glosser is the Founder and President of Thrive Market Intelligence. Ms. Glosser served as a Director for the Rochelle Area Community Foundation for six years and serves on their advisory board. She is a member of the Strategic and Competitive Intelligence Professionals and the Academy of Professional Intelligence. Her work experience includes a variety of analytical, service and marketing management positions with Woods Equipment Company of Oregon, IL. She has been a Director at Blackhawk Bancorp, Inc. and Blackhawk Bank since January 2017. She has been a Director at Blackhawk Bank since January 23, 2017. Ms. Glosser holds Bachelor of Science in Biology from University of Illinois.
Daniel "Doc" Sewell is the Lead Cybersecurity Engineer and Trainer for Alpine Security. He currently holds many security-related certifications, including EC-Council Certified Security Analyst (ECSA), Licensed Penetration Tester (Master), Offensive Security Certified Professional (OSCP), Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and Certified Secure Software Lifecycle Professional (CSSLP). Doc has many years of experience in software development, working on web interfaces, database applications, thick-client GUIs, battlefield simulation software, automated aircraft scheduling systems, embedded systems, and multi-threaded CPU and GPU applications. Doc's cybersecurity experience includes penetration testing a fighter jet embedded system, penetration testing medical lab devices, creating phishing emails and fake web sites for social engineering engagements, and teaching security courses to world-renowned organizations such as Lockheed Martin and the Hong Kong Police Department. Doc's hobbies and interests include home networking, operating systems, computer gaming, reading, movie watching, and traveling.
Dimitrios Saranteas is a Technical Specialist for IMEC, based in Peoria, Illinois. He has been a analyst and engineering for energy, industrial automation and software development for over 16 years. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from Purdue Northwest and a Master of Science degree in Engineering Management from Northwestern University. In addition, Saranteas has pursued Six Sigma and Project Management education.
Honey Zimmerman, Assistant Professor at Western Illinois University, began teaching at WIU in January 2011. Mrs. Zimmerman is also a WIU Alumnus, graduating with her Bachelor of Business Degree in Management in December 2002. She continued her studies through the WIU Graduate Program, and graduated with her Masters in Business Administration (MBA) Degree in May 2004. Honey concentrated her post-bachelorette studies in Supply Chain Management, International Business, and Finance. At WIU, Mrs. Zimmerman teaches four courses each semester both online and at the Macomb campus. Those courses include: Introduction to Supply Chain Management, Supply Chain Negotiation, and Supply Management (Purchasing) and Strategic Sourcing at both the undergraduate and graduate level.
Michael Barth coordinates youth apprenticeship programs for ThyssenKrupp Presta in Danville, Illinois. He also offers soft skills and teamwork training for youth and new employees. ThyssenKrupp’s Danville location manufactures assembled and ground camshafts for the automotive and heavy and light truck markets. The company was founded in 1860 and is based in Danville, Illinois. ThyssenKrupp Presta Danville, LLC operates as a subsidiary of ThyssenKrupp AG, a diversified industrial group headquartered in Germany with traditional strengths in materials and a growing share of capital goods and services businesses.