Meet a Member
Remko van Hoek
Board of Directors, 11 years
Education Strategies Committee Chair
Distinguished Service Award Committee
Name Change Committee
Doctoral Dissertation Award Committee
JBL Editorial Board
Conference Track Chair and frequent speaker
Educator's Conference Chair
University of Utrecht, PhD
When and why did you join CSCMP?
I joined CSCMP in 1996 during my PhD studies and submitted a paper about my research to the annual educator’s conference preceeding the annual conference. I won the best paper award and two years later I won CSCMP's doctoral dissertation award. From that point on I have been serving and giving back, helping advance the profession, and benefiting from the learning opportunities and the network that CSCMP offers.
How has being a CSCMP member helped you in your career?
Winning those awards was a huge honor, I think I was the first non-US winner of the doctoral dissertation award. But being able to present my research in a room filled with all the top professors and the founding fathers in our field helped me make connections that still matter today and really founded me in this field. I was able to join the faculty of the top supply chain school in Europe on the back of it. CSCMP staff also connected Spencer Stuart with me after I won those awards. I ended being head hunted for a role in the DC. As I continued to stay involved in CSCMP I developed a lot more connections and had the opportunity to serve our profession in a number of capacities. It has been an honor, it has been fun and it has only just started!
What advice would you give to new members to help them maximize their membership value?
Engage, attend and look for a way to help a peer and our field - you will be surprised how much you can get out of it.
How did you get into supply chain?
My research, I always have had in interest in what is beyond the horizon and travelling and I quickly figured out that supply chain makes the world go around and makes businesses deliver around the world.
What are you passionate about in the supply chain field?
Growing the bench of future leaders. We are a young field that still needs a lot of innovation, we have only just begun to scratch the surface of what supply chains can do for businesses, economies and consumers. And we are short the talent to help deliver on all of this. If I can interest more future GMs and CEO’s about supply chain and get them to consider supply chain as part of their professional journey than I am serving and winning for the profession.
What is the biggest challenge you face on the job, and how are you managing it?
I am in transition looking for my next exciting professional home and with all my professional friends and the rapid development of our field behind me I look forward to what is to come!
What are the biggest challenges facing the supply chain profession today?
Accelerating innovation and effectively implementing a future-proof team that is well embedded in the business and seen as critically contributing to new success in the market.
Is there anything you’ve learned at a CSCMP conference or from a CSCMP publication that helped you solve a work-related issue?
Where to begin? I find the conference a rich platform for sharing and learning and making connections with peers that generously share how they solve issues.
Where do you see the future of the profession headed?
As mentioned, we are a young field so we need to be on the move (literally and figuratively) and leaders that will drive us forward will make the difference. In the process supply chain management can help make the world a much better place from a sustainability perspective, driving economic development around the world, raising service standards and making things available to more and more consumers, fresh and affordable.
What hobbies and interests do you have outside of work and career?
I love my kids and spending family time with them. We aim to raise them as citizens of the world, bi-lingual, living in different places and seeing parts of the world. And when we build Lego’s we don’t even limit it to trucks, boats and trains - I promise!
What is the single most important thing you’ve learned on your career journey?
The most important thing that I have learned so far is that we have only just scratched the surface of all that supply chains can become and mean. That being said, the more you serve your profession and the professionals in it, the more you can advance with the profession. In the process you will have a lot of fun and make meaningful connections.
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