Professionalism & Essential Skills for Today's Jobs

November 07, 2017
5:30 PM to 9:00 PM
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Orange Grove Bistro at CSUN
Orange Grove Bistro on Matador Road, Enter on Zelzah, just north of Nordhoff. Before parking, go to Information booth on Lindley and get a "GUEST" parking pass.
Northridge, CA

Professional Development Meeting

Essential Skills for Today's Jobs

A Discussion on Professionalism and Skills needed to begin or advance your career.

The San Fernando Valley Chapter of APICS is proud to announce a new "Skills Gap 2017" Panel discussion. Our panel will field questions regarding the current career landscape and future of professionals in procurement, supply chain, production, manufacturing, and related industries. Where is your current career trajectory going to land you in five or ten years from now? Do you have the training, talents, and skills necessary to guide you through the job market or in your current company?

What should be in your skills tool bag that would make you a valuable, promotable employee; or what stands out on your resume that says "Hire ME!"?

Bring your questions for our panelists and presenter.

We have invited Systems & Operations Management students from CSUN to attend this event. Many are close to graduation. If you are interested in meeting some promising future Operations & Supply Chain professionals for either jobs or internships, this is your chance! You won't be disappointed. This opportunity is for the inexperienced and the experienced alike; you’re never too old or too young to be a better you.

Presenters and Panelists: 

Moderator: Paul Fidler MBA, CPIM: Mr Fidler is currently the Operations Manager at Gordon Brush Mfg. Co., Inc as well as being the current chapter President of APICS San Fernando Valley.  He is a supply chain professional with over 25 years of experience in Production Control, Inventory Control and Purchasing as well as Process Improvement. He has had experience both in the consumer goods and aerospace industries and has been the main hiring manager for all purchasing and production control personell at Gordon Brush.  He obtained his MBA from Cal State Northridge in 1999. Mr. Fidler has been on the board of directors of the San Fernando Valley Chapter of APICS since 2012.


Ajay Kaneria (panelist) is the Supply Chain Manager for the 3M manufacturing plant in Northridge, CA. The plant is a contract manufacturer of asthma inhalers and transdermal patches. Ajay's role includes managing the plant's planning, scheduling, procurement, warehousing, inventory control, supplier management, packaging/labeling, and MRO operations. His experience spans across engineering, manufacturing supervision, process improvement, and supply chain. Ajay has a B.S. in Chemical Engineering, and an MBA, all from UCLA.

Shannon B. Reininger (panelist) is currently the Production Control Manager for Aerospace Dynamics International, Inc. located in Valencia where they produce large machined components and assemblies for commercial and military aircraft.  She has worked in manufacturing for over 20 years at companies including: HAECO, Ducommun, Esterline, Meggitt, Gruber Systems, Iwerks Entertainment and Campbell’s Soup Mushroom division.

During her career she has worked in procurement, planning, scheduling, logistics, warehousing, safety, environment compliance, ERP system implementation, and operations.  She has been active in the San Fernando Valley Chapter of APICS for many years and started her APICS involvement in a student chapter.  She is currently serving on the board as VP Education and is also an instructor of APICS curriculum.  She holds a BS degree in Production Management from Utah State University and is CPIM and CSCP certified through APICS.

Steven Turnbull (panelist) is Human Resources Director, Southwest Region PCC Aerostructures

Dennis G. Umali, Matrix Business Group, Owner/President (panelist): Matrix Business Group has successfully placed key professionals with many local manufacturing companies. His company continues to serve Engineering, Manufacturing, Operations, Business Development as well as Accounting and Finance departments. His group places professionals in Management, Director and Executive level positions.

  Dennis also conducts workshops on Job Development Training; teaching job seekers how to find work (other than just using the latest job board). He also conducts training on how to interview effectively, "Interviewing 101".

PLEASE NOTE: This event  is on a TUESDAY night, rather than our usual Thursday.

Please register by Wednesday, November 1st,  to receive the $5 discount. Free self parking is available for all attendees.

Parking Instructions: CSUN Orange Grove Bistro has new rules for parking. Please have all guests stop by either info booth #1 or info booth #3 and ask for a guest parking permit. They must say they are with SFV APICS in order to receive a permit. This permit is valid in the G1 parking lot for parking spaces labeled OGB/University club which are numbers 1-31 ONLY. Once those spaces are full they are allowed to park in the G3 structure and G3 lot in any spaces not labeled employee. The permits must be displayed on the dashboard so that they are visible through the front windshield.

No-shows who do NOT cancel at least 3 days before the event, will be billed for their meal.

To cancel, send an e-mail to and put Cancel PDM in the subject of the e-mail. Please include your name and the number of people who will be canceling (if you made a reservation for more than 1).


For questions concerning registration only please contact:

You can now pay by check, credit card or cash at the door on the day of the meeting.


$30.00 Nov PDM (Signed-in Member)
$35.00 after 12:00 am November 2

$30.00 Nov PDM (member-not signed in or member of another chapter)
$35.00 after 12:00 am November 2

$5.00 Nov PDM-student member of APICS
$0.00 Earlybird rate before November 2

$15.00 Nov PDM-student price-NOT APICS member

$35.00 Nov PDM-Non Member Ticket
$40.00 after 12:00 am November 2