Event Details

How to Maximize Operations, Supply Chain, and Logistics Performance presented by JPG Resources

Thursday, March 30 | 1:00 pm ET

Ensuring that the ops side of your business is working efficiently—and therefore also keeping your cost of goods optimized—is a challenge at any time, but particularly these days. Join us for a webinar with the veteran ops team from JPG Resources, Rick Williams, Joe Colyn, and Paul Vilker, and learn ways to navigate through the supply chain, logistics, and co-manufacturing hurdles that many brands face.


  • Joe Colyn (Business Partner - Procurement & Coman at JPG Resources)

    Joe Colyn

    Business Partner - Procurement & Coman at JPG Resources


    - JPG Business Partner and leader of JPG’s Procurement and Coman Solutions team.
    - As an agronomist, he enjoys the new product journey from the soil to the store.
    - 40 years developing food systems for a healthier world
    - Kellogg company technical and supply chain leader
    - Bachelor’s degree in agronomy and crop science

    view more
  • Kara Rubin (Strategic Advisor at JPG Resources)

    Kara Rubin

    Strategic Advisor at JPG Resources


    Kara is a better-for-you food and retail industry executive and purpose-led brand strategist. She spent a decade leading one of the largest regional business units for Whole Foods Market in the United States. And she was part of a senior leadership team that turned the JUST Water brand from the brink of insolvency in 2017 into a recognized leader in the sustainably bottled water category today. Kara is also an advisor to clean
    label and sustainability-forward CPG brands and natural-channel retailers.

    Kara is driven by a fascination with food and how it is grown, produced, and distributed; a deeply held desire to bring better, cleaner food to more and more people; and over 15 years of strategic and operational food retail and brand-building experience. She dedicated 10 years to leading Whole Foods Market’s grocery division in the Northeast Region, which included the company’s highest volume stores in the United States. She led teams focused on category management and retail operations, and worked closely with manufacturing partners ranging from small, local entrepreneurs to large-scale, broadly recognized brands to build their businesses strategically in the region and nationally.

    At JUST, Kara spearheaded brand strategy, marketing initiatives, and shepherded product development. She re-engineered the brand positioning, packaging, and messaging, forged strategic partnerships with iconic brands such as Allbirds, oversaw social media and influencer strategies, and directed the company’s rapidly expanding ecommerce business.

    Kara holds degrees from Duke University and the University of Michigan Business School (now the Stephen M. Ross School of Business). She is a guest lecturer at the Columbia Business School the NYU College of Food, Nutrition & Public Health, a Naturally New York Advisory Board member, and a Shift Fellowship mentor. Kara speaks often at food industry and nutrition conferences, including Project Nosh, Bev Net Live and Food Vision USA.

    view more
  • Paul Vilker (Senior Manager, Supply Chain & Operations at JPG Resources)

    Paul Vilker

    Senior Manager, Supply Chain & Operations at JPG Resources


    - Co-leads Co-man Solutions practice at JPG
    - Experience in operations leadership roles with strategic focuses in team development, material management, and capacity management & control
    - Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP) through APICS & the Association of Supply Chain Management
    - Bachelor’s degree in Food Industry Management from Michigan State University

    view more
  • Rick Williams (Business Partner - Operations at JPG Resources)

    Rick Williams

    Business Partner - Operations at JPG Resources


    - JPG Wheelhouse™Mteam
    - Advises clients and executes strategies for Ops and
    Supply Chain
    - Establishes and manages client relationships with manufacturing partners
    - 30+ years of experience in food business including
    - Led Health Warrior operations as part of leadershipteam through acquisition by PepsiCo
    - Founded and grew co-manufacturing business of
    CPC food products
    - Founded and grew food ingredient manufacturing businesses
    - Degrees in business and law

    view more


Connect with 72 people attending this event