State of the Chapter: Looking Ahead

A message from PTC Board President, Dan Swan:

Moving towards 2015, PTC Chapter volunteers continue to work at improving the new website, with the goal of making it more engaging and user friendly for Members and all of our visitors.  (No, we are not professional website managers and yes, we do appreciate your insights!) 

Digging into the statistics, we've found that about half of our members hold APICS professional certifications - wish we had more!  With our busy lives, making time for continued learning can be a challenge.  Don't forget that independent study can lead to certification as well.  Fox Valley Technical College offers online learning courses; [Click Here] for a look at their current schedule.  For a more personal experience, our own chapter - with new APICS course materials and seasoned supply chain instructors - provides highest quality APICS instruction in your local area.

CPIM & CSCP are significant educational milestones with proven impact on professional growth and earning potential, organizational enrichment and, perhaps most importantly, your own personal achievement. So join over 100,000 of your peers in a global supply chain network of professionals with APICS CPIM & CSCP certification - and take your knowledge and career to the next level.

On a final note, for personal and professional reasons, our Chapter Executive VP recently resigned.  While this does not disrupt the day to day activity of your Board, we have yet to determine a replacement; typically the President Elect for the following Board year.  If interested in this or any PTC leadership role - please contact us.  We're always looking for folks who want to help!

Looking forward to seeing you at the next event.  


Join us Tuesday, January 13th for a follow-up tour to the terrific presentation that Vijaya Bhasin (Regional Supply Chain Manager with Caterpillar) gave at our December Professional Development Meeting.  We are excited to be touring Caterpillar’s Winston-Salem axle plant (an 850,000 square-foot machining, assembly, testing and painting facility), which constructed on a 102-acre site, was one of the biggest projects in NC history.  The $426 million axle-manufacturing plant, located on Temple School Road in Winston-Salem, represents the advanced components and systems division’s biggest expenditure ever.  

Our meal will be catered by Steven’s Catering in Winston-Salem, and will be held on-site in CAT’s cafeteria beginning at 5:45.  The menu includes a selection of soups and sandwiches, a potato bar, salad, desserts and drinks.  Caterpillar is providing a team of knowledgeable tour guides that will begin tours around 6:30, providing us information abouttheir plant and the really cool BIG TRUCKS that we all want to see…Don’t miss this event!   

See Events page for registration, location, menu and other detailed information.



GTCC CPIM: Detailed Scheduling and Planning
Monday, January 12, 2015
PTC Professional Development Meeting and PlantJan 13, 2015
Tuesday, January 13, 2015
GTCC CPIM: Basics of Supply Chain Management
Thursday, January 15, 2015
CSCP Exam Preparation Workshop: 343-CSCP141503
Saturday, January 31, 2015
CSCP Exam Preparation Workshop: 344-CSCP141504
Thursday, February 5, 2015
PTC Professional Development Meeting Feb 10, 2015
Tuesday, February 10, 2015
Effective Problem Solving with Root Cause Analysis
Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP) Workshops

  Did you know?

CSCP by the Numbers


You can gain your CSCP designation and start living the numbers with the PTC CSCP exam preparation workshops.  There are four classes scheduled in a variety of formats during this program year.  For more information about the program and a view of this years schedule of classes CLICK HERE.

Certified in Production & Inventory Management (CPIM) Workshops

   Did you know?

CPIM by the Numbers

The Piedmont Triad Chapter offers CPIM exam preparation workshops in a wide variety of formats to meet your needs.  See below to decide which format works best for you.
The CPIM FasTraK is designed for those who want to accelerate the entire CPIM program down to about 8-9 months.  These are daytime classes and pre-enrollment work is required.  To review this years schedule of classes and to register CLICK HERE.
In partnership with GTCC we offer CPIM evening classes at the East Wendover Campus in Greensboro.  Beginning in January we will also offer these classes at the New Cameron Campus off NC-68.  Classes are 10-11 weeks depending on the module. To register for these classes you must go to the GTCC website. Register at GTCC
The chapter will be hosting evening classes on Patterson St. near the Greensboro Coliseum beginning September '14.  These class modules will take 9-11 weeks each and program completion should take about 15 months.  For more information and a schedule of classes CLICK HERE 


  • Checking in for one of our meetings.
  • Dan and Diedre discussing topics during a meeting.
  • Buffet dinner before a meeting.
  • Enjoying dinner and networking before a meeting.
  • Dinner and networking before a meeting.
  • Diedre introducing the evening's topic.
  • Speaker presentation during a meeting.
  • Sam Chinnis providing education updates.
  • Chapter recognition during a meeting for award of APICS certification!
  • Q&A discussion during chapter meeting.
  • Networking After a Meeting
  • May 2014 PDM - Networking during Dinner


The Piedmont Triad Chapter is the local affiliate of APICS serving North-central North Carolina and South-central Virginia area. The chapter is working to achieve its vision of "Creating sustainable excellence in Supply Chain and Operations Management in a dynamic environment”. We bring value to individuals, organizations and our communities by providing leading-edge educational and networking opportunities that support continued personal and organizational growth. For more information check out  About Us.

APICS is the leading professional association for supply chain and operations management and the premier provider of research, education and certification programs that elevate supply chain excellence, innovation and resilience. APICS Certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM) and APICS Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP) designations set the industry standard. With over 37,000 members and 287 international partners, APICS is transforming the way people do business, drive growth and reach global customers. To learn more about APICS, visit