Recent Events

Recent Events

6/7/2019Learning Dynamics for InstructorsJoni Holeman, Chris Urbane
5/28/2019The Shocker of ElectromobilityMichael Stacey
3/26/2019Ballast Point Brewery Tour
2/2/2019Innovation - Step into the Intersection
Matt Malone
10/9/2018JP Walker of Glade Road GrowingJP Walker
9/18/2018The Power of LinkedinEvandro Minato
8/14/2018Failure Mode Effects Analysis (FMEA)Alan Parrish
7/25/2018The Power of Process Automation
6/23/2018Train the TrainerJoni Holeman, Chris Urbane
5/15/2018Quality Challenges of A Robust EconomyEd Hammond
4/17/2018Volvo Project Steering ModelMartin Sable
2/21/2018Interviewing Techniques WorkshopOpen Discussion
11/15/2017Quality in Purchasing Panel Discussion
10/17/2017Quality in HealthcareSandy Fogel
9/19/2017Flint water CrisisNi Zhu
3/14/2017Lessons in Effective Cover Letter WritingChris Urbane
4/16/201618 Ways to Improve Your Linkedin ProfileJohn Capron
3/17/2016Become an APICS Chapter InstructorHoward & David Foreman

In May 2019, the APICS Roanoke Learning Dynamics for Instructors course was held in beautiful Blacksburg, Virginia. Thanks to Joni Holeman (CPIM-F, CIRM, CSCP, CLTD) and all the students that attended. We had a great selection of attendees; some from Volvo, and some from out of state along with some fine gentlemen from the local Manufacturing Training Center.

This February, the Volvo Truck Plant in NRV welcomed the APICS Roanoke student chapter. The students enjoyed observing the robots in the weld and paint shops among other areas of the facility. Speakers Rebecca Ovelgoenner, Marty Sable, Christopher Urbane, Brian Wolf, Tanvi Karambelkar, Evandro Minato, Enzo Da Ros, and Jean Marc Brieu bridged the gap between students and industry with lectures about logistics, certifications, and internships.

On June 23rd and 24th, APICS Roanoke held Train-the-Trainer Pitch-Perfect Presentations, a “learning by doing” workshop in which participants were provided with presentation techniques, which can be applied to any situation where one may need to conduct training on a topic to a small group or audience. Attendees were instructed on enhancing communication, public speaking, and developing leadership skills that are applicable in many work and personal scenarios.


On Thursday, December 7th, S.T.E.M. students at Passaic County Community College heard a presentation by Chris Urbane about his experiences working at the Volvo Truck plant in Virginia. Discussion topics included the role of industrial automation in manufacturing, and how it can improve material flow while removing human error. The presentation was followed by a question and answer session.

On March 14th, the Roanoke and Virginia Tech student APICS chapters gathered at Preston’s Restaurant with ASQ Radford-Roanoke for dinner, discussion, and a presentation offering guidance on how to create an effective cover letter for students and young adults entering the workplace.