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This Bud's For You

By Art van Bodegraven | 07/27/2012 | 7:50 AM

Apologies for taking a week off.  I was pre-empted by some high-level research into socionomic behavior in Punta Cana.  The control group was informed that I am a dirty old man of uncertain proclivities.  The subject population was fed a rumor that I was in fact, a Sports Illustrated photographer, scouting talent for an upcoming swimsuit (or less) issue.

Exhausting work, this research . . .

Upon returning, I was privileged to attend a celebratory breakfast honoring Bernard J. LaLonde, Jr. PhD., and was reminded that the rising generation of young supply chain professionals, such as myself, have benefited from standing on the shoulders of giants.

This race of Titans is small in number and comprise our world's arguably Greatest Generation, visionary pioneers who saw the power and potential of our profession in elevating business performance. In this tiny group, no one has stood any taller than Bud LaLonde.  It is fitting that we pause to recognize his life and contribution.

Bud has been a leader, a teacher, a mentor, an inspiration, and a friend.  HIs wisdom is timeless, his voice remains relevant, and his presence is treasured.  Countless academics and practitioners find themselves where they are today because of him.

We - our entire professional community - owe Bud LaLonde an enormous debt.  We can honor that debt best by, as suggested by another legend at The Ohio State University, paying forward.

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About Art van Bodegraven

Art van Bodegraven

Art van Bodegraven (1939 - 2017) was Managing Principal of the van Bodegraven Associates consultancy and Founding Principal of Discovery Executive Services, which develops and delivers supply chain educational programs. He was formerly Chair of the Supply Chain Group AG, Partner at The Progress Group LLC, Development Executive at CSCMP, Practice Leader with S4 Consulting, and a Managing Director in Coopers & Lybrand's consulting practice. Concentrating in supply chain management and logistics for over 20 years in his 50+ year business career, he has led ground-breaking strategic, operational, and educational projects for leading US and global clients. Art was principal co-author of DC Velocity's Basic Training monthly column for a decade, and was the principal co-author, with Ken Ackerman, of Fundamentals of Supply Chain Management, the definitive primer in the field. His popular blog, The Art of Art, has been a staple of DC Velocity's web site since its inception.


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