With Explore approaching, I’m looking forward to seeing customers again. It’s so good have the opportunity to catch up with you on what you all have been up to in the past year and hear your future plans.
For those of you who don’t know me, in my role at QAD I spend the majority of time with automotive customers and global automotive industry associations to be proactive in ensuring that QAD solutions help you stay ahead of OEM and industry requirements. I was just reading that in 2014 the global automotive industry produced 85 million vehicles. At that rate, by 2018 IHS predicts global sales will break 100 million! According to several analyst projections, the global automotive industry is expected to remain healthy through 2020. I hope this means continued healthy sales and growth for you in the foreseeable future.
Now, on to QAD Explore … I hope you will join me Monday at Explore for an Automotive Industry Kickoff during lunch, where we will have a customer panel discussing key industry challenges. You won’t want to miss this! Immediately following, I will be conducting the session Supply Chain Risk Management. During this session, we’ll be talking about how the industry and OEMs are requiring automotive suppliers to proactively assess and manage supply chain risk and the QAD solutions to that can help. April Dines, Senior Quality Engineer at Cascade Engineering, will be joining me to share with you how her company is addressing risk management. It will be a great opportunity to learn what is in store for your organization in this area.
When I’m not doing what I love in the automotive industry at QAD, I absolutely love to run. Last year I reported in an Explore blog article that I was running 5Ks. This year, I am happy to report that I moved up to running 10Ks. My goal in 2015 is to do a half marathon. I find running a great way to relieve stress and I have a growing list of friends and family who now run with me. My favorite runs this year were the Big House 5K (Ann Arbor, MI), the Big 10K (Chicago, IL) and the Mackinac Bridge Run (Mackinac, MI). The Mackinac Bridge Run was extra special as I ran it with my two young nephews.
Let’s stay in touch, connect with me on Twitter and LinkedIn. I’m looking forward to seeing you at Explore in May. If you haven’t registered yet, you should do so now and save big with the Early Bird Discount that expires tomorrow!
Have a great day — I’ve gotta run! :)