LSI President Brett Tennar says, “Steve’s success in developing operational strategies that improves the bottom line, builds teamwork, reduces waste and ensures quality product development and distribution checks many of the boxes of what we were looking for in a COO. This, coupled with his career in the Air Force working with highly technical systems and his in-depth understanding of Lean Six Sigma and Business Process Management sealed our offer. As our tagline states, our products are Powered by Science. This data driven approach is one reason why our company has grown exponentially as we employ the most advanced technology to product development. I am confident that Steve is the right person to drive operational strategy for our diverse and growing brands.” Advertisement With more than 20 years of experience across multiple industries and functional areas, deMoulpied has particular expertise in organizations with complex technical products. Combined, his prior positions have required a spectrum of skills in corporate strategy, operations improvement, product quality, and revenue cycle management. He has an impressive history of utilizing data driven problem solving (Lean Six Sigma) and project management (PMP and CSM) to achieve strategic goals surrounding customer satisfaction, operational efficiency and improved profit. MEMPHIS, Tenn. – The Automotive Distribution Network elected its new executive committee at the association’s spring meeting, held April 27–29 in Chicago. Coming off the heels of the record-breaking attendance at the recent Network National Convention in Nashville, more than 90 percent of the Network membership was represented at the spring meeting as the group named the following members to the executive committee:AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement · Chairman – David Honig; The Parts House, Jacksonville, Fla. · Jim Buzzard, Uni-Select USA, Amherst, N.Y. · Kenny Maurer; Big City, New York, N.Y. · Stephen Sattinger; Merle’s Automotive Supply, Tucson, Ariz. · David Segal; Automotive Supply Associates, Concord, N.H. · Jim Smyth; Smyth Automotive, Cincinnati, Ohio · Danny Ward; Southeastern Automotive Warehouse, Atlanta, Ga. The Network also reviewed its relationships with manufacturer partners during the meeting, as well as marketing plans for the remainder of the years and national accounts updates. The Network’s fall meeting will be held in October in San Diego.,Lubrication Specialties Inc. (LSI), manufacturer of Hot Shot’s Secret brand of performance additives and oils, recently announced the expansion of senior leadership. Steve deMoulpied joins LSI as the company’s chief operating officer (COO). AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement DeMoulpied comes to LSI from the Private Client Services practice of Ernst & Young where he managed strategy & operations improvement engagements for privately held client businesses. Some of his prior roles include VP of strategic development, director of strategic initiatives, and Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt at OptumHealth, UnitedHealth Group’s health services business, as well as Lean Six Sigma Black Belt at General Electric, where he applied operations improvement principles to customer service, supply chain and product development. A successful entrepreneur, deMoulpied is also the founder of PrestoFresh, a Cleveland-based e-commerce food/grocery business. DeMoulpied has a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Management from the United States Air Force Academy and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Dayton in Marketing and International Business. He served six years with the USAF overseeing the development of technology used on fighter aircraft and the E-3 Surveillance aircraft, finishing his career honorably as Captain.
VIAVI Solutions has announced the addition of cellular IoT (CIoT) capabilities to its TeraVM solution, enabling operators, vendors and service providers to test and future-proof their networks for the development and commercialization of the Internet of Things (IoT).The new TeraVM virtual Radio Access Network (vRAN) CIoT module can emulate over 16 million IoT devices via narrowband IoT (NB-IoT) and CAT-M connections in a fully virtualized environment. This enables users to test the ability of their networks to support the huge array of current and potential connected IoT end-points, while delivering consistent, reliable connectivity for ‘traditional’ mobile voice and data services.The module forms part of VIAVI Solutions’ 3GPP-compliant RANtoCore end-to-end test platform, which validates networking performance from the RAN to the core via the mobile edge. This enhancement provides users with a single platform that covers 2G, 3G, 4G and 5G traffic scenarios, helping service providers determine bottlenecks, protect mission critical services and plan for the next wireless core upgrade.TeraVM’s CIoT support addresses a number of key challenges facing operators and ISPs, as the IoT continues to scale at a rapid rate. IoT devices generate relatively small amounts of data, yet their increasing number is set to stress network signaling nodes in a way not experienced previously. Unlike data and voice, traffic generated by these connected end-points is unpredictable and largely unknown. TeraVM offers a scalable, automated and cost-effective solution by emulating and predicting these scenarios in a lab, data center, or cloud environment.This approach allows users to future-proof their networks, identifying and addressing potential issues with their infrastructure to create a viable foundation for the development of the IoT, and eventual deployment of 5G.The TeraVM vRAN CIoT solution is available now, and is currently in use by a number of operators and major service providers. The module can either be integrated into a current network design, or can recommend the point at which a new network slice should be introduced, in order to tailor quality of service and dedicate resources to a specific IoT use case.
Although he played on football’s greatest stage, one of Warren Barrett Sr’s favourite sporting moments happened long after he had hung up his boots.The moment occurred when his son, Warren Barrett Jr, earned a spot on Jamaica’s Carifta team in 2013 as a shot putter and discus thrower.Barrett Sr, who captained Jamaica’s team at the 1998 FIFA World Cup in France, said that he was moved to tears because what he had done to win his first cap for the Reggae Boyz in March of 1990 ‘work hard’, his son made the same sacrifice to don the black, green and gold in athletics.“I used to tell him that there was no better feeling than to be inside of a stadium and hear the national anthem being played in front of thousands of people,” Barrett Sr said. “So, that Sunday morning when a Cornwall College old boy posted in our social media group that my son had made the Carifta team, it was joyous moment not only for me but for the entire family, my wife Suzette and his two sisters. We were beaming and I cried.”He continued: “I always tell people that he has the same passion for his sport as I have for football, and when he was chosen to represent the country, it reminded me of when I made my debut for Jamaica.”Barrett Jr made attempts to become a goalkeeper like his father, and even made the Cornwall College Under-16 football team in that position, but his talent as a thrower was too immense and he was pulled from the team because of fear that he might pick up an injury.“He really worked his socks off. I remember sometimes he would be alone at Cornwall (College) working and people would see me in the streets as say, ‘Mr Barrett, I’m not surprised that your son is doing so well, sometimes I would pass him up by the school and is him and God alone up there working,” Barrett Sr recounted.Like he did in 1998 in France, the now 49-year-old is hoping that his son can also make it to the pinnacle of his sport.“I would love to see him at the Olympic Games or even the World Championships, and we are working towards it,” Barrett Sr said. “He was working hard during the break due to the coronavirus, but he is back at UWI (University of the West Indies) doing his final exams.”