About the Meeting

March 25-27, 2013
Gaylord Palms & Convention Center
Kissimmee, Florida

The Supply Management Conference will feature vendors, consultants and fellow supply managers sharing information
on the latest products and developments. There will also be plenty of opportunities for participants to share their experiences
and discuss issues related to warehouse management and supply purchasing.

Who Should Attend

The Supply Management Conference provides warehouse and purchasing managers from APPA member utilities an opportunity to network with peers from around the nation.

Just want to check out the Expo? Register for an Expo-only visitor’s pass

Contact Information

For more information, please contact Paul Zummo at 202/467-2969 or pzummo@publicpower.org.


Monday, March 25

9:00 - 9:10 a.m. Welcome and Opening Remarks

Presiding:  Dennis Stritchko, Warehouse Supervisor, Longmont Power & Communications, CO, and Chair, APPA Supply Management Committee, 2013

9: 10- 9:30 a.m. Welcome to Kissimmee & Orlando

George Richards, Mgr. of Material Management, Kissimmee Utility Authority, FL

Representative John Hearn, Vice President of Financial and Support Services, from Orlando Utilities Commission

9:30 – 10:30 a.m. Introduction and Roundtable Discussion

Brief member updates on current projects and challenges to identify areas of mutual interest and establish key contacts.

10:30 – 11:00 a.m. Break

11:00 –12:00 p.m. Establishing Uniformity in Signage

The 1997 ANSI sign standards represent the first significant upgrade to sign standards since they were originally adopted in 1935.  Effective labels demand careful and precise language(s). Every word needs to count. Does your utility have specifications for labeling equipment? Does it abide by ANSI standards?

James Martarella, West Regional Manager, ElectroMark

12:00 - 1:15 p.m. Lunch (on your own)

1:15 – 4:00 p.m. Smart Grid and the Supply Chain

The advent of smart grid and other advanced technologies presents new challenges for the supply chain. Utilities are investing in new, high-tech equipment, and those responsible for purchasing this equipment are tasked with finding both the best value while also ensuring its security.
This afternoon’s session will take a closer look at advanced metering technology and how this is going to impact your bottom line. We will hear from an expert in the world of cybersecurity. He will address the looming concerns and advise how you can protect yourself from breeches into your system. As it relates to the supply chain, he will also address concerns about how you go about purchasing equipment that is secure. We will also hear more about new technologies and establishing vendor relations for smart meters. There will also be plenty of opportunity for discussion about how you are addressing these issues at your utility and to discuss best practices and lessons learned.

Craig Miller, Manager, NRECA Smart Grid Demonstration Grant
Kameron Thornton
, Meter Specialist, Hamilton Associates

4:30 –6:30 p.m. Expo Opening Reception in the Vendor Expo Hall (Note: Only open to those who have paid additional registration fee)

Tuesday, March 26

9:00 – 10:15 a.m. Getting the pole to your yard
A representative from Stella Jones will discuss the entire process of delivering poles to your warehouse, from the moment the order is placed to the moment it arrives. We will also learn what is involved on Stella Jones’s part in procuring the wood that is used to make poles, as well as other secrets to the trade.

Sam Waldron, Western Region Sales Manager, Stella Jones

10:15 – 10:30 a.m.  Break

10:30 – 11:45 a.m. Workplace Challenges

We all face challenges in the workplace. From miscommunication with co-workers, tight deadlines, and other stresses, we all have to confront a variety of issues that can create tensions. Gerry Hoeffner will discuss these challenges and ways we can make our work experience more pleasant both for us and for those with whom we work.

Gerry Hoeffner, President, Personnel Dynamics Consulting


12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Expo Open: Lunch in the Vendor Expo Hall (Note: Only open to those who have paid additional registration fee.)

1:30 – 2:30 p.m. Changing over to LED

More and more utilities are switching over to LED streetlighting. The more efficient streetlighting might be economical in the long-run, but customers may not see the immediate benefits, and instead may balk at the initial costs. We will explore ways to communicate with ratepayers on the necessity of changing over to LEDs, as well as other strategies of dealing with what may be a contentious issue.

Terry Ross, General Electric

3:00 – 4:00 p.m. Watt LED Fixture Should I Choose?

This presentation will discuss in detail the five questions that you should ask every lighting manufacturer, agent and/or distributor that shares their LED solution with you.  Have you recently asked yourself these questions? Who can I trust with my lighting investment?  Who would make the best lighting partner? And will they provide the service that I deserve?  To answer these important questions you need to begin by asking the right five questions.

Scott S. Chenell,Western Region Lighting Specialist, Stuart C. Irby Company

Wednesday, March 27         

9:00 – 9:30 a.m. Committee Business Session

We will discuss future meeting venues, as well as a general discussion of the current state of the committee.  Please bring ideas and suggestions.

9:30 – 10:45 a.m. Roundtable: Storm management and vendor relations

Recent storms have demonstrated that utilities need to be prepared to respond immediately in order to get the system operating as soon as possible. What preparations have you made to ensure that you can get the materials you need in the immediate aftermath of a storm? Are you working closely with your vendors to establish procedures for procuring the material you need?

Presiding: Kae Rudolph, Supply Chain Services Supervisor, Muscatine Power & Water, IA; Vice Chair, APPA Supply Management Committee, 2013

10:45 - 11:00 a.m. Break

11:00 - 12:00 p.m. Roundtable Discussion Forum

Don’t leave with an unanswered question!  This is an opportunity to share information with peers and find out how others tackle difficult challenges that you face.

12:00 p.m. Adjourn


Gaylord Palms

Entertaining environments, flexible and effective meeting space, and an unparalleled commitment to flawless service are the backdrop for every meeting. Gaylord Palms' spectacular atrium celebrates the natural wonders, history, architecture, and ambiance of three unique Florida regions: the untamed mystery of the Everglades; the colorful, bohemian spirit of Key West; and the rich, Spanish influence of America's oldest city, St. Augustine.

These extraordinary meeting spaces combine with world-class dining, shopping, expansive recreation, Relâche Spa, and exemplary service to provide the ultimate hotel and meeting experience for your guests. Discover the panoramic views inside Gaylord Palms. You won't believe what we have under one roof! And with the gates of Walt Disney World® just five minutes away and golf courses nearby, you and your meeting attendees have plenty of options for day trips, off-site meetings and team-building events.

6000 West Osceola Parkway
Kissimmee, FL 34746

Main Telephone:

Group Rates:
$194 inclusive of resort fee for the Florida Traditional view rooms 

3 p.m.

11 a.m.

Parking Fee:
Valet parking:  $22 daily; Self-parking:  $15 daily

Internet Access:
Complimentary Wireless High Speed Internet Access in all guestrooms and Lobby

Reservation Cut-off Date:
February 27, 2013

Reservation Telephone:

Group Code:    APPA or APP

Online Reservation Link:

Hotel Reservations & APPA Cancellation Policy:
All reservations must be accompanied by one deposit plus tax or guaranteed by a major credit card (and the credit card will be charge for one night’s stay plus tax prior to arrival) as well as complete address information.  Deposits are only refundable for cancellations occurring up to three days prior to arrival.  If rooms remain in the APPA block after the cut-off date, the APPA group rate will be honored.  If not, you may be charged a higher rate.  The room block may sell out before February 27 so early reservations are encouraged.

For individual reservations, call 1-407/586-2000 and mention APPA or make your reservation online at Gaylord Palms.  The Gaylord Palms Hotel should receive all reservations no later than February 27.