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Blockchain Round Table with Industry Experts and Academia

When: April 11, 2019
5:00 pm - 08:00 pm
Where: HESS Club
5430 Westheimer Ct
Houston, Texas  77056
United States
Contact: David Cabello

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Blockchain Round Table with Industry Experts and Academia 



The Round Table with Industry Experts and Academia will focus the discussion on the skills that will be in high demand for the blockchain. We will discuss what we can do from the industry and the academia perspective to assist and develop the skill set needed.

Questions for the students:

  • Do you want to learn more about challenges and changes in supply chain due to emerging technology – blockchain?
  • What can you do to prepare?
  • What skill sets will be in high demand?
  • You can ask the panelists questions to help you prepare.

Who should attend?

  • All undergraduate and graduate students – all majors welcome!
  • All faculty are welcome
  • Anyone who wants to gain a better understanding of the blockchain technology
  • Professionals and faculty who have experience in this topic

If you want to have answers and different perspectives from industry & academia, please register for the first Houston area supply chain forum on this popular topic – blockchain.

Panelists:           Gordon Smith, University of Houston

                            Panelist, Sam Houston State university

                            Kyle Hill, Consultant from Silicon Valley

Moderator:         David Cabello

Event CostFree for Students and Faculty registering on/before 04/09/2019. On the spot registration will be                             $10(Students & faculty only) .


Panelist Biographies:

Kyle Hill

Kyle Hill - is an Associate Director of Emerging Technology with Ernst & Young.   As a member of this group, he supports the Global Innovation team within EY, based in Palo Alto.  He graduated to the Global Innovation role after helping to develop the nascent Blockchain OpsChain offering with EY's Advisory Supply Chain and Operations practice.  Kyle has 20 years of consulting and industry experience.  

Prior to joining EY in the Bay Area, Kyle had over ten years operations experience in China through senior management roles at Emerson, Lincoln Electric, and Ernst & Young (China) Advisory Limited.  Prior to moving to China Kyle was also a Captain in United States Air Force (USAF) where he served as a Procurement Officer and Contracting Commander.


Pamela J. Zelbst

Pamela J. Zelbst is a Professor at Sam Houston State University (SHSU) in the College of Business Administration (COBA).  In addition to teaching she serves as the Director for the Center for Innovation & Technology and the Sower Business Technology Laboratory.   She is tasked with identifying and acquiring platform technologies that will have a significant impact on a wide variety of industries. She has authored and co-authored over 20 published articles, 30 conference papers, and a book.  She has been an invited speaker at the Industry Studies conference sponsored by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the NASA RFID Connectivity Event, and a Tech Champs Event at Johnson Space Center sponsored by the Houston Technology Center.

Gordon D. Smith, PhD

Dr. Smith is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Supply Chain Management at Bauer College of Business the University of Houston.  Known as ‘The Supply Chain Guy’, he has over 30 years of leadership experience transforming operations, supply chains and customer support organizations in the automotive, telecommunications and oil and gas E&P industries.  He currently teaches the Supply Chain Management core course in the MBA, MS and EMBA programs and MBA/MS electives in Global Supply Chain Management, Supply Chain / Operations Strategy and Corporate Projects (Consulting Lab).  He continues to provide thought leadership regarding supply chain and operations strategy via consulting, executive education, publishing and numerous speaking engagements.

Look for his most recent publication “Where are my cookies?  The tale of the Thin Mints Shortage” a CSCMP (Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals) 2018 Academic Case Study.


Moderator Biography:


David Cabello

David Cabello has 20 years of global operations, business integration/stabilization, and global supply chain leadership with strong Lean Manufacturing background. David has demonstrated the ability to quickly synthesize and execute cohesive transformations and operations strategies despite operational and financial challenges. He helps complex manufacturing companies capture millions of dollars in savings and improve top line revenues. His deep skill sets in lean six sigma methodologies and in optimizing end-to-end business transformation have helped him turn around several underperforming or failing organizations.

His expertise includes leading businesses through growth, transformation, and ‘adaptation’ of lean management systems to different business models, cultural and regional challenges.

His credentials include: M.S. Supply Chain Management/Global Strategic Sourcing (MSU); MIT Sloan School Executive; Certified Six-Sigma Lean Manufacturing MASTER; and APICS CPIM and CSCP.



5:00 – 6:00 PM: Networking opportunity

6:00 – 6:45 PM: Dinner

6:45 – 8:00 PM: Blockchain Forum

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* Changes of speaker or topic are possible