Supply Chain Now Radio, Episode 55:
Savannah Business Leadership Series: DIRTT & Frendesign
Laura Lee Bocade is a Market Development and Green Team Leader for DIRTT Environmental Solutions, a Calgary-based manufacturer of prefabricated, sustainable interior construction solutions, representing DIRTT in the Savannah and Coastal Georgia region. Laura Lee’s mission is to develop and build local, state and regional community partnerships and to ‘spread DIRTT’ – central to DIRTT’s progressive approach to corporate social responsibility, sustainability, disruptive innovation and grass-roots philanthropy. Laura Lee graduated with a B.A. in Journalism from Central Michigan University and has been certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resource Management. Laura Lee worked in Real Estate Development for years as Director of Operations for Medallist Developments’ Savannah Quarters, worked for the President of The Coastal Bank and as Chief Operating Officer for Innovations in Contemporary Furniture in Atlanta. Laura Lee’s early career years were on Seventh Avenue in the fashion industry, based in New York City where she spent months each year travelling across Europe, Japan, Taiwan, China, South Korea, Thailand, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Mauritius, Mexico, India and other international locations sourcing materials, developing relationships and locating manufacturing opportunities, negotiating contracts and establishing production facilities for multiple brand-name designers’ many product lines.
Laura Lee is a member of the Georgia Association of Manufacturers, The Georgia Manufacturing Alliance, Women in Manufacturing (WiM), the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) as the 2018-2019 Chapter President, is VP of Marketing on the APICS Savannah board, is a member of World Trade Center Savannah and is on the Advisory Council of the Savannah Economic Development Authority. She serves as President of the board of Mountainfilm Savannah, is co-licensee and board member of TEDx Savannah, a member of Metropolitan Savannah Rotary, is on Savannah Technical College’s Community Council and is a long-time member of the Jenkins High School of Engineering Business and Education Advisory Board. Laura Lee was awarded a STEP Award by the National Association of Manufacturer’s ‘Women in Manufacturing’ (WiM) Institute in 2015 and was honored to deliver the 2015 Georgia Southwestern University Commencement address. She has championed DIRTT to win numerous awards and accolades, most recently the 2018 World Trade Center Savannah International Business of the Year Award, the International Georgia Business of the Year Award for Medium Company in 2016 and the Georgia Manufacturer of the Year for Small Business Award in 2013.
Ms. Bocade resides in Savanah, Georgia with her rescue dogs Jesse and Allie, loves riding her Harley Davidson Fat Boy named Bandit, biking (with pedals), reading, traveling, the beach and being an engaged and contributing member of the Savannah community. Connect with Laura Lee Bocade on LinkedIn and learn more about DIRTT: https://www.dirtt.net/
Stephen Nottingham is the CEO and Co-Founder of Frendesign, (Fren LLC.), a Savannah, Georgia based multidisciplinary design, technology and innovation company, focused on pediatric healthcare. Stephen is a proud Charlottesville, Virginia native who arrived in Savannah during the summer of 2015 to attend the Savannah College of Art and Design, bringing an extensive business and project management background with over 12 years of related experience. His creative and entrepreneurial spirit was alive and well, ready to develop a strong relationship of understanding and lateral perspectives by bridging business strategies with purposeful design methods. During the winter of 2017, Stephen merged abilities with a team of world class designers to propose the value of advanced design techniques with medical expertise to unveil innovation. Late spring 2017, Stephen formalized Frendesign and soon after, initiated partnerships with nationally accredited medical institutions to begin uniting healthcare environments with purposeful design and technology by creating experience-driven solutions. Today, Stephen is positioning Frendesign as a key partner in the healthcare supply chain network and continues to build strong collaborative platforms that are delivering differentiated organizational value through service transformation. You can connect with Stephen Nottingham on LinkedIn and visit Frendesign’s website at https://frendesign.com/ to learn more about the company.
Scott W. Luton is the founder of Supply Chain Now Radio and also serves as Managing Partner for TalentStream. He has worked extensively in the end-to-end Supply Chain industry for more than 15 years, appearing in publications such as The Wall Street Journal, Dice and Quality Progress Magazine. Scott currently serves as Executive Vice President of APICS Atlanta, was recently named a 2019 Pro to Know in Supply Chain by Supply & Demand Executive. He served on the 2018 Georgia Logistics Summit Executive Committee and currently serves as Chair of the 2019 Atlanta Supply Chain Awards Planning Committee. He is a certified Lean Six Sigma Green Belt and holds the APICS Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP) credential. As a Veteran of the United States Air Force, Scott also volunteers on the Business Pillar for VETLANTA, and maintains active membership in the Georgia Manufacturing Alliance & CSCMP Atlanta Roundtable. Connect with Scott Luton on LinkedIn and follow him on Twitter at @ScottWLuton. He can also be reached by email. Learn more about TalentStream, a leading recruiting & staffing firm that helps companies find top talent in the Engineering, Manufacturing and Supply Chain space, by visiting their website here: www.talentstreamstaffing.com
Upcoming Events Mentioned in this Episode
2019 Atlanta Supply Chain Awards: www.AtlantaSupplyChainAwards.com
2019 Georgia Logistics Summit: www.GALogisticsSummit.com
AME Atlanta 2019 Lean Summit: https://www.ame.org/ame-atlanta-2019-lean-summit
EFT 3PL & Supply Chain Summit: click here