Benchmarking Partners Events

September 14, 2011

Benchmarking Partners facilitates a best practices plenary session on social media and small business jobs growth for the National Defense Transportation Association Forum. The talk caps presentations by General Duncan McNabb and Dr. Eric Haseltine, and features Miles Smith Farm owner, Carole Soule.

Small businesses count. According the the U.S. Small business Administration, small businesses make up 99.7% of the 30 million enterprises in the U.S. and Canada employing just over half of all private sector employees and generating 64% of net new jobs over the past 15 years.

Most small businesses missed the upside from Web 1.0 Internet commerce, and now feel like they might miss the Web 2.0 social media upside as well. Will small businesses simply miss out on this Web 2.0 revolution? Or will location-based participation in social media be a catalyst for unprecedented success for small businesses?

The talk describes how leading community enterprises from the Miles Smith Farm to the New Hampshire Motor Speedway use Big Ten social media channels to grow their businesses by listening to and engaging with their customers. Small businesses like these aim to lead the next generation of Internet commerce through localized and specialized social media promotion of their products and services.


April 13-14, 2010

Benchmarking Partners Joint Mobilization Roundtable


I. Overview: The Joint Mobilization Roundtable focuses on how the public and private sector can expand capabilities to prevent, prepare for, or respond to catastrophic incidents. Participants are senior executives from the private sector and the public sector. The agenda covers mobilization best practices based on lessons learned from Haiti, Chile, Katrina, and other recent wake-up calls. This is a private sector-driven initiative coordinated by Benchmarking Partners and serves as a follow up to the 2006 Benchmarking sessions at Walmart and in Washington, D.C. with the DHS, DoD, DNI, and the private sector.

II. Goals: To exchange best practices for simple public/private information sharing and collaboration that will improve emergency prevention, preparedness, and response.

Core questions we will address are:

  • What progress have we made based on Haiti, Chile, Katrina, and other emergency management experience?
  • What simple, standard steps can the Public Sector (civilian and military) and Private Sector take to further expand capabilities in the National Response Framework?

III. April 13 -14 Key Participants beyond Benchmarking Partners

Public Sector
  • General Ann Dunwoody, Commander, U.S. Army Materiel Command
  • General Duncan McNabb, Commander, U.S. Transportation Command
  • General Gene Renuart, Commander, U.S. Northern Command
  • Major General Kevin Leonard, Deputy Chief of Staff, G4, U.S. Materiel Command
  • Brigadier General Michael Dana, Director of Logistics, U.S. Northern Command
  • Rear Admiral Thomas Traaen, Vice Director for Logistics, The Joint Staff
  • Dr. David Boyd, Director, Command, Control and Interoperability Division, S&T, DHS
  • Mr. Brent Colburn, Director of External Affairs, Federal Emergency Management Agency
  • Mr. Ted Monette, Jr., Director, Office of Coordinating Officer Operations, FEMA
  • Mr. Joe Becker, Senior Vice president of Disaster Services, American Red Cross

Private Sector
  • Mr. Mike Duke, President and CEO, Walmart
  • Mr. Bill Simon, Chief Operating Officer, Walmart
  • Mr. Johnnie Dobbs, Executive Vice President, Logistics/Supply Chain, Walmart
  • Mr. Tom Hyde, Corporate Secretary and Executive Vice President, Walmart
  • Mr. Ken Senser, Senior Vice President, Global Security, Aviation and Travel, Walmart
  • Mr. Chris Sultemeier, Senior Vice President, Transportation, Walmart
  • Mr. Steve Dozier, Vice President, Corporate Services, Walmart
  • Mr. Bryan Koon, Director, Emergency Management

March 22, 2007

Benchmarking Partners leads an Executive Roundtable for the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada on Global Value Chain Competitiveness through Information Sharing and Collaboration.


November 3, 2006

Benchmarking Partners presents on multinational best practices at the Wharton’s Business School’s Risk Analysis Center Roundtable on Enhancing Interdependent Global Supply Chain Effectiveness: Information Sharing and Economic/Security Trade-Offs. The Roundtable is organized by Wharton’s Risk Management and Decision Process Center and Wharton’s Institute for Strategic Threat Analysis and Response.


September 26, 2006

Benchmarking Partners co-presents on a three-way panel with Lieutenant General Robert Dail, Director of the Defense Logistics Agency, and Major General Butch Pair, Acquisition Executive for the Office of the Secretary of Defense.


September 25, 2006

Benchmarking Partners co-leads two biometric identification best practices roundtables with Daryl Deel, CEO of R&R Trucking, a leading carrier of arms, ammunitions, and explosives. The sessions included a wide range of military and civilian government supply chain professions and focused on the supply and demand chain impact of emerging international biometric identification requirements.


September 12, 2006

Benchmarking Partners holds its 13th Annual Executive Roundtable at the Cosmos Club, Washington, D.C.  The session, which was peer facilitated with Admiral James Loy (retired) and Ken Senser, Wal-Mart’s Senior Vice President of Security, focused on open source collaboration best practices for value chain efficiency and security. 


May 3-4, 2006

Joint Mobilization Roundtable

Bentonville, Arkansas


The Joint Mobilization Roundtable focuses on how the public sector and the private sector can expand capabilities to prevent, prepare for, or respond to catastrophic incidents. Participants are senior executives from the private sector and the public sector.


This Roundtable gathers public and private sector executives concerned with mobilization best practices in light of what was learned from the Hurricane Katrina experience and other recent “wake-up calls”. This is a private sector-driven initiative[1] sponsored by Benchmarking Partners and the National Defense Transportation Association’s Security Best Practice Committee for which Benchmarking Partners serves as the chair. The Roundtable builds on three prior Benchmarking Partners and NDTA Security Best Practices Committee sessions for leaders from government and industry: the first one kicked off by the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs on joint public/private mobilization for security and efficiency; the second convened with the DHS Deputy Secretary on critical infrastructure protection; and the third bringing together members of the Intelligence Community with private sector executives on more proactive prevention, preparation, and response to incidents of national significance.


This May 3-4 Roundtable aims to improve prevention of, preparedness for, and response to catastrophic incidents--either man-made or natural. Roundtable participants will share the executive agenda for joint mobilization based on lessons from Katrina, existing programs, and emerging initiatives.


The key questions we will address are:

  What lessons did the participating leaders learn during their Hurricane Katrina experience?

·  What is the pragmatic roadmap for how the Public Sector (civilian and military) and Private Sector can jointly expand capabilities to prevent or respond to catastrophic circumstances?

   What exercises and initiatives will strengthen joint prevention, preparedness, and response?


Noon-2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 3rd

Public Sector executives will meet ahead of the overall participants for lunch and walk-through at one of the Wal-Mart Distribution Centers.


3:30 p.m.- 5:30 p.m.: Initial Roundtable

  • Welcome by Benchmarking Partners, Wal-Mart, and General Norton Schwartz, Commander, U. S. Transportation Command and Distribution Process Owner for the U.S. Department of Defense.
  • A Joint Concept of Operations to Support the National Response Plan (NRP).
  • Lessons Learned workshop

--Comments by Process Owners on their Prevention, Preparedness, and Response Efforts

    • CVS, The Home Depot and Wal-Mart
    • Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
    • U.S. Northern Command (NORTHCOM)
    • U.S. Transportation Command (TRANSCOM)
    • American Red Cross


7:00 p.m.: Dinner will allow participants to informally exchange views.


7:30 a.m.-8:30a.m. on Thursday, May 4th: Breakfast in the Roundtable Room


8:30 a.m.-12:00p.m.: Roundtable Second Day: Applications of Lessons Learned

  • Mapping Extended Enterprise Roles: Public and Private Sector expectations under extraordinary circumstances
    • Capabilities Expansion
    • Information Sharing
    • Credentialing

  • Roundtable Review of Next Steps
    • Joint Mobilization Roadmap and Playbook
    • Business Case for Action
    • Exercises Development


12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m.: Working Lunch


1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m.: Tour of Wal-Mart’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC)


[1] The Roundtable’s goal is to exchange views on combining security and effectiveness/efficiency, not to create an industry consensus. The Roundtable includes invited public officials, but it was not established by them and will not be utilized by them or their government agencies. As such, it does not fall under the Federal Advisory Committee Act.




May 3-4, 2006



Senior Vice President, Supply Chain and Logistics CVS


Vice President, International Supply Chain The Home Depot


Director of Supply Chain The Home Depot


Executive Vice President, Logistics Transportation Wal-Mart


Senior Vice President, Transportation Wal-Mart


Senior Vice President Global Security, Aviation & Travel Wal-Mart


Vice President Global Supply Chain Wal-Mart


Director of Emergency Management, Global Security Wal-Mart


Director of DC (Distribution Center) Operations Wal-Mart


Roundtable Coordination, Global Supply Chain Wal-Mart




Executive Vice President, Chapter and International Operations American Red Cross


Executive Director, Operations Response American Red Cross






Asst. Secretary for the Private Sector Office Department of Homeland Security (DHS)


Senior Business Analyst DHS


Deputy Director of Logistics Federal Emergency Management Agency




Director, Logistics and Engineering (J4) North American Aerospace Command/

Northern Command (NORAD/NORTHCOM)


Commander US Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM)


Director, Strategy, Plans, Policy and Program USTRANSCOM


Director, Operations USTRANSCOM


Director, Logistics Operations (J3) Defense Logistics Agency (DLA)


Defense Business Systems Acquisitions Executive Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD)




Chairman and CEO Benchmarking Partners


Partner Benchmarking Partners


Benchmark Practitioner Benchmarking Partners

Former VP Corp. Security, FedEx


Senior Analyst Benchmarking Partners


Roundtable Coordination, Practice Manager Benchmarking Partners


Roundtable Coordination, Executive Assistant Benchmarking Partners



September 10 -14, 2005


Joint Security Best Practice Roundtable


The Roundtable focused on resolving a high-priority vulnerability issue: SDDC commercial carriers of Arms, Ammunition, and Explosives (AA&E) who already have their security clearance, but currently carry only company-issued identification.  The discussion centered on the pragmatic and voluntary application of the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) by SDDC's commercial AA&E carriers as a way to fill the gap for an authenticated, common credential.


The context for the discussion was an overall Joint CONOPS for Transportation Security by the global public and private sector.  The Roundtable goal was to achieve executive alignment on the AA&E TWIC Initiative as precursor to a business case, information sharing agreement, and mobilization as the next step of the Joint CONOPS.


Since the session, a working group has begun addressing these business case and test pilots on the way to full mobilization.   Participants represent SDDC, TRANSCOM, DHS, and the AA&E commercial carriers.


Roundtable members included:


        Major General Butch Pair, Chief of Staff for the U.S. Transportation Command (TRANSCOM)

        Major General Charles Fletcher, Commander, SDDC (Surface Deployment and Distribution Command)

        Ms. Patricia Young, SDDC Deputy to the Commander

        Mr. Edward Brown, SDDC Chief of Domestic Surface Division

        Mr. J.G. Somavilla, SDDC Chief of Security and Intel

        Mr. Marc Boyle, CEO, Boyle Transportation

        Mr. John Collins, Vice President of Operations, Landstar

        Mr. Rick Nelson, Vice President, R&R Trucking

        Mr. Justin Oberman, Assistant Administrator, DHS Office of Transportation Threat Assessment and Credentialing (TTAC)

        Mr. Ted Rybeck, Chairman of the NDTA Security Best Practices Committee and CEO of Benchmarking Partners



November 10, 2005
Benchmarking Partners, along with Blair LaCorte, Partner at Texas Pacific Group, presents to MBA Students at Dartmouth's Tuck School of Business and other business and technology leaders

November 8, 2005
Benchmarking Partners facilitates Security and Efficiency Best Practice Working Group Session across Joint Commands within the Department of Defense

October 6, 2005
Benchmarking Partners leads session along with Nobel Laureate in Economics, Robert Mundel, on Global Trade and China Developments

October 5-6, 2005
Benchmarking Partners facilitates Security and Efficiency Best Practice Working Group Session across Joint Commands within the Department of Defense

September 20, 2005
Benchmarking Partners facilitates Security and Efficiency Best Practice Working Group Session across Department of Homeland Security, Department of Defense, and Private Sector Leaders

September 14, 2005
Benchmarking Partners facilitates Security and Efficiency Best Practices Panel and Working Group among flag officers from the Department of Defense, senior officials from the Department of Homeland Security, and leaders from the private sector

May 17, 2004
Benchmarking Partners keynotes along with Department of Homeland Security and Academia Leaders for IBM Research Best Practices Summit

March 29, 2004
Benchmarking Partners addresses Homeland Security Journal Conference on Security and Efficiency

September 21-22, 2004
Eleventh Annual CEO-Team Roundtable

2003 CEO-Team Roundtable

2002 CEO-Team Roundtable

2001 CEO-Team Roundtable



National Defense Transportation Association
Security Best Practices Committee Events

Chaired by Benchmarking Partners


NDTA Security Best Practices Committee Member CEOs/
Designees  (1,064 Kb PDF File)






Intelligence-Related Supply Chain Security Best Practices Briefing

Transportation Security Administration Headquarters, Arlington, VA
September 28, 2004 Agenda  (647 Kb PDF File)

Security Best Practices Panel

NDTA Forum, Miliwaukee, WI
September 13, 2004

U.S. Transportation Command Multinational Operations Exchange

Scott Airforce Base, IL
July 26, 2004  Agenda  (652 Kb PDF File)


CEO-Team Roundtable

Pentagon, Arlington, VA
June 24-25, 2004  Agenda  (602 Kb PDF File)

Kick-Off Sessions

Transportation Security Administration Operations Center, Arlington, VA
May 20, 2004  Agenda  (646 Kb PDF File)

Transportation Security Administration Operations Center, Herndon, VA
March 24, 2004  Agenda  (644 Kb PDF File)

Transportation Security Administration Operations Center, Herndon, VA
January 29, 2004  Agenda  (651 Kb PDF File)