March 2010  

"The Road to Cash"
June 15 - 16, 2010


Supply Chain Summit Reception and Conference
Event Location:
Hyatt Regency Woodfield-Schaumburg, Schaumburg, IL

About the Conference
How can you produce more cash in this sluggish economy? How are supplier companies just like yours doing that? SEA members and guests will focus on strategies for improving cashflow and profitability. We will participate in our 3rd Supply Chain Summit, a lively panel discussion involving customers and suppliers that changes our thinking and our strategies for success. We’ll hear progress reports, “Keynotes” from suppliers on the bleeding edge of change, and customer presentations that help chart the road ahead. What is the road to better financial performance? Let’s explore these questions together.
Who Should Attend

  • CEOs, company owners, presidents and operations senior leaders.
  • Senior supplier development, management and procurement professionals from tier-one and tier-two organizations.


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Did you know…?  
SEA is an unprecedented aerospace and defense alliance led by sub-tier suppliers committed to accelerating supply chain performance. SEA is a non-profit 501c6 funded by supplier memberships and sponsorships that provides...

  • a proven turnkey system for supplier development targeted to mid-tier aerospace and defense customers.
  • a platform for supplier visibility, performance improvement and collaboration.
  • an industry voice for suppliers on issues affecting supply chain performance.

SEA partners and alliances include Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME), National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA), International Aerospace Quality Group (IAQG), Society of British Aerospace Companies (SBAC), and California Space Authority.

Contact Information

For further information and answers to your questions about SEA, please contact:
2062 Business Center Drive, Suite 225, Irvine, CA 92612

SEA Website

Main telephone: (949) 476-1144

Executive Director
: Mickey Wiebe, Ext 307
Director, Operations: Hilda Pacheco-Taylor, Ext 316
Director, Small Business: David Blanco, Ext 334
Director, Outreach: Kimberly Hawkins, Ext 332
Director, Sponsorships: Robert Crosby, Ext 339
Outreach Representative: Keba Parker, Ext 362
Other Important Links

What’s New on the SEA Website?
Miss some important news? Here are the most recent additions to the SEA Website:
Check out our new EVENTS TAB where you can access the following information:
CEO Conferences*
(for everyone) Suppliers share their success stories and collaborate on integrated supply chain projects.
Supplier Benchmark Site Visits (for non-members) Non-SEA suppliers visit benchmark sites and determine how best to participate in SEA.
Process Owner Forums** (for members only) Process Owners study best practices and compare notes on implementation of the SEA LES.
Webcasts (for members only) Members learn how to prepare a quarterly report, how to implement the roadmap, and how to prepare for SEA certification.
Certification Workshops* (for everyone) Members and Qualified Associates learn to implement the SEA Lean Enterprise System.
*fees apply        ** subscription required

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Awards Conference and Gala Dinner - SAVE THE DATE!
November 16 - 18 - Hyatt Grand Champions, Indian Wells, CA

The 2010 award process
has begun!

Nominations opened on March 1, 2010 and
are open to suppliers whether a member of SEA or not. You are encouraged to nominate your customers, suppliers, and your own company. Nominations will CLOSE on August 12, 2010.
Download Nomination Form

Award Categories
Awards will be presented in the categories listed below:
Stephen E. Barton Leadership and Culture
Workforce Development
Operational Excellence
Supply Chain Innovation
SEA Customer of the Year
Richard Hall Award for Leadership Excellence

2007-2009 WINNERS

Award Applications
Companies nominated must submit a completed application by the application deadline.  Applications are DUE by September 2, 2010. Need help completing an application? Sign up for a How To Complete SEA Award Application Webcast"

Award Process
An independent Panel of Judges will review all submitted applications by September 9, 2010 and announce Semi-Finalists. Panel of Judges will independently review and score each application and hold a consensus meeting to make their final selections. Winners will be announced at the Awards Gala.
Why Participate?

  1. Nominating your suppliers shows good will and helps to improve your relationship and build trust.
  2. Nominating your customers can open doors and permit dialogue that sometimes isn’t easy to generate.
  3. Nominating your own company helps you to get national recognition for all the good things you’ve accomplished.
  4. Nominating your peers demonstrates your leadership and opens the door for collaboration.

Of course you can participate because this awards process is for the entire aerospace and defense industry. We would love for you to join SEA, but even if you don’t, we welcome your participation and fellowship. Please nominate early – give your nominee maximum time to prepare their application.


The SEA Supply Chain Summits are an ongoing dialogue between customers and suppliers about changes in the supply chain and how these are impacting suppliers across the country. CEOs and owners are making strategic decisions about their companies in these sessions. You cannot under estimate the impact when customers and suppliers get together to discuss the real issues in the supply chain.
SEA held its second very successful Supply Chain Summit on February 16, 2010. A panel made up of prime and tier-one representatives and suppliers engaged in candid discussion on Redundant Audits and Scorecards.  
Don’t miss the next Supply Chain Summit on June 8, 2010 in Schaumburg, IL. You’re “flying blind” if you don’t attend these summits. Members only please.


"We’re just suppliers… Like you... Proud of our companies… Committed to Excellence

The “Keynote” format relies on results and improvement track records. SEA suppliers are a very different breed - they’re sophisticated, they understand process management, they speak the language of process – and they have something to teach us about improvement.

Our Keynote strategy is generating a lot of “buzz” and “energy” as the SEA and the SEA Supplier brand means excellence to everyone in the industry. A total of five suppliers presented their Keynotes in the last conference – their presentations are posted on the SEA YouTube Channel.


The SEA Supplier Registry is gaining popularity with our customers who are now using it to find qualified suppliers for their supply chain. As they use The Registry more and more, they are beginning to ask for more information in order to evaluate suppliers. At their request, we have added a link to supplier’s websites. We are also busy adding Keynote videos so they can hear directly from the CEO or owner of that company on improvements that you’re making.

How do you get on the Registry? SEA “Certified” and “Performing” suppliers are listed in the SEA Supplier Registry on the SEA Website. Basic+ members that participate in the Quarter Performance Review Process, submit a Quarterly Report that is accepted earn the status of “Performing.” The Quarterly Review Process consists of the submission of an Annual Improvement Plan and a Quarterly Report. SEA reviews your report and provides feedback. If your report meets the criteria, then you are accepted as a “Performing Supplier” and listed on the SEA Supplier Registry and promoted to over 30,000 customers industry wide.
If you are interested in new business, there is nothing more effective than the visibility that SEA provides to the industry. Our formula is simple and it works – improve your performance and make yourself more visible as a supplier who “gets it” and wants to help improve our competitiveness in the market by investing in improvements in process management and performance.


SEA is the premiere supply chain organization for the aerospace and defense supply chain. We’re in our 7th year and we’re a group of suppliers who have taken charge of our destiny and helping our members to meet three important needs:

  • Increasing performance by following a step-by-step process called the roadmap designed for small companies from 10 to 500 employees.
  • Increasing visibility and creating opportunities for new business by using the SEA Supplier brand to distinguish ourselves to our peers and customers.
  • Increasing collaboration to work on what our customers really want – an integrated supply chain where we work together to solve industry and customer problems.

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We invite you to join SEA today. Let’s work together to build a competitive aerospace and defense industry!