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June 2017 "TMN" Top Management Night- Aerospace
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Panelists: Ryan Prouty, Manager, ISS Mission Integration Office, Ernest Sanchez, CMC Deputy Program Manager, & Jim Lahey, APICS Vice President of Channel Services

When: Thursday, June 22, 2017
5:30-8:00 PM
Where: The Hess Club
5430 Westheimer Rd.
Houston, Texas  77056
United States
Presenter: R. Prouty, Mgr, ISS Mission Integration, E. Sanchez, CMC Deputy Program Mgr, & J. Lahey, APICS VP
Contact: Director of Programs

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Top Management Night 2017 

Join Us for the 2017-2018 Board Inductions & a Ceremony Recognizing Newly APICS Certified Individuals in CPIM, CSCP, CLTD Certifications

TMN "Top Management Night" is a special annual event where we recognize the outstanding contributions of companies, volunteers, and members:

  • Company of the Year
  • Volunteer of the Year
  • Education Partner of the Year
  • Instructor of the Year
  • Newly Certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM) Professionals
  • Newly Certified Supply Chain Professionals (CSCP) 
  • Newly Certified in Logistics, Transportation, & Distribution (CLTD)


Presentation Title:  Challenges and Opportunities in the Aerospace Industry

Presentation Topic: As the Oil and Gas Industry continues to shrink, individuals and corporations must diversify and look for other alternatives to employment and business.

The Aerospace Industry is growing but it also faces challenges. Join us to for a conversation with senior leaders and experts in the aerospace industry and together explore the challenges and opportunities that this industry offers to us.

This will be an exciting opportunity to network with peers and learn about this exciting industry.

About our speaker:


Ryan Prouty, Manager of the International Space Station Mission Integration Office

Ryan L. Prouty is the manager of the Mission Integration and Operations Office for the International Space Station Program. She leads the organization that defines the launch sequence of all vehicles to the international orbiting laboratory, what science experiments and supplies will fill those vehicles, and what the crew will accomplish with those supplies and throughout their stay onboard. Up until the Fall of 2015, she worked directly for the Program Manager leading the effort to reengineer the ISS program in order for it to better meet its vision of enabling science discovery and fostering commercial enterprise in space. The initiative, Revolutionize ISS for Science and Exploration, is a monumental culture change initiative, the likes of which rarely if ever occurs in a government agency. She initiated a paradigm shift for the people in the program from values and norms required for building a space vehicle, to values and norms required to enable science discovery and viable commerce in Low Earth orbit.

Prior to this position, she led multiple teams of highly skilled mid-level managers: one that directed failure recovery activities for onboard vehicle system failures through the completion of the shuttle program and assembly of the station and another that managed research integration activities for the ISS science compliment. Through her career, she has been awarded the NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal as well as two Exceptional Achievement Medals, two highly regarded awards in the Agency; in addition to a Silver Snoopy and two Space Flight Achievements for individual and team accomplishments. She began her career in 1997 as a Communications and Tracking Officer where she logged thousands of hours as the sole operator monitoring ISS performance on orbit.

She holds a BS in mathematics from the University of Wyoming; the same state where she was raised. She is often asked what prompted her to move from such beautiful country to Houston, TX; her only response is the passion to be part of something greater than herself. The only thing that can compare to living in Wyoming is one day discovering a cure or developing a technology to improve life for all humanity on or off our planet.

Ernest’s career spans over 25 years in the area of human space flight.  He has expertise in engineering, project management, operations, risk management, subcontract management, logistics, and property management.  Ernest received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Texas A&M University.

Ernest is currently the Deputy Program Manager over the International Space Station (ISS) Cargo Mission Contact (CMC) where he is responsible for cargo packing to delivery to and from the International Space Station, consisting of pressurized and unpressurized science and logistics carriers, assembly hardware and crew support supplies.


Prior to assuming his current role as the Deputy Program Manager of CMC, Ernest served as the United Space Alliance (USA) Flight Crew Equipment (FCE) Close Out Manger from 2010 to 2011 where he was responsible for transitioning and dispositioning of Space Shuttle and Space Station heritage hardware and engineering products to various organizations in support of the Space Shuttle Program retirement. From 2001-2011, Ernest was the USA FCE Chief Engineer and Department Manager, responsible for a team that processed and maintained Space Flight hardware and Ground Support Equipment (GSE) while serving as a member of the USA Chief Engineering council. From 1996 to 2001, Ernest was the USA FCE Engineering Project Lead, responsible for an engineering group that manufactured, repaired, and processed space flight, training, and GSE hardware.  


Ernest has received the NASA Space Flight Awareness award, Silver Snoopy award, and numerous NASA Group Achievement awards.


The vice president of global channel services, Jim Lahey, leads the channel and chapter relations teams for APICS. Lahey has more than 25 years domestic and international channel and business development experience. He’s successfully led major projects and channel sales teams within the wireless technology and communications industry. Most recently, he was principal at Revivo, an organization that provides channel development and business expansion consulting. Prior to that, he was vice president and managing director at CradlePoint UK Ltd. Lahey also played a significant role in launching the successful European business of Sierra Wireless (NYSE: SWIR), the leading provider of wireless solutions for the Internet of Things, as Vice President, Europe, Middle East and Africa. Lahey holds a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from Illinois State University. Additionally, he’s participated in extensive continuing education in leadership, strategic selling, negotiation and Six Sigma.

Meeting Agenda
5:15 PM – 6:00 PM Check-In 
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM Dinner + Presentation + Award Recognitions + Chapter Announcements
8:00 PM – Meeting Adjourns

Event Cost                       By June 16                   After June 16

Houston Chapter Members        $25.00                                $35.00
Student Chapter Members         $10.00                                $20.00
Non-Members                            $30.00                                $40.00


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