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Open Sky Group’s J.J. Swick Receives MHI’s 2021 Young Professional Network Mentor Award



Open Sky Group’s J.J. Swick Receives MHI’s 2021 Young Professional Network Mentor Award

October 27, 2021

Senior Solutions Architect Offers Time, Wisdom, and Encouragement to Young Supply Chain Professionals

RALEIGH, N.C. (October 27, 2021) – Open Sky Group, global specialists in Blue Yonder solutions, is proud to announce J.J. Swick, Senior Solutions Architect, as MHI’s Mentor Award recipient for 2021, recognizing his dedication to helping young professionals in the supply chain industry advance their careers under his leadership and support.

The MHI Mentor Award is presented annually to an MHI member who offers professional guidance, is a positive and inspiring role model, instills and nurtures talent, advocates for employees, and supports the professional development of young professionals in the industry.

“I am extremely humbled to have received this recognition,” said J.J., who was nominated by several recent and past mentees for his generous contributions to their developing careers. “What I appreciate most about this is that it rewards taking a long-term view of your business. Mentoring is time-intensive with softer short-term benefits. It does make your business stronger in the long run.”

J.J. has been in the supply chain industry for almost 20 years, spending more than 15 years implementing Blue Yonder projects. He has been involved in 27 go-lives with Open Sky Group, served as technical project lead for 26 warehouse implementations, and has contributed his expertise on projects to the benefit of more than 50 customers worldwide.

“From the first day we worked together, he started teaching, guiding, and correcting me whenever he noticed he could help,” said Jeremy Carson, Open Sky Group Director of Managed Services. “I am still able to reach out to him for feedback on any issue and know that he will take the time to respond.”

J.J. has mentored people both inside and outside of Open Sky Group, leading by example with his strong commitment to the company, customers, and young people in general.

“It’s like having a secret weapon,” said Curt Sardeson, Open Sky Group CEO. “We bring young people into our organization and after a few months of working alongside J.J., they start performing as though they’ve been here a long time. He definitely lifts our game.”

“From the first day that J.J. joined our project, he brought energy and confidence to a daunting implementation. Not only did he teach our staff valuable tips on using our system, he helped us overcome some major challenges. J. J. creates very detailed documentation, so much so that we have been able to use it to train new support team members. He has been an amazing mentor to our team,” said Janet Bays, Senior Manager, Applications and Development for Toyota Tsusho America. Inc.

The MHI Young Professionals Network (YPN) is dedicated to providing resources and programming to a diverse group of professionals looking to advance their careers in the material handling, logistics, and supply chain industries. The group’s goals include increasing industry retention, education, and networking, as well as offering career support.

About MHI

MHI is an international trade association that has represented the industry since 1945. MHI members include material handling, logistics and supply chain equipment and systems manufacturers, integrators, consultants, publishers, and third-party logistics providers. Much of the work of the industry is done within its product- and solution-specific groups. The association also sponsors trade events, such as ProMat and MODEX, to showcase the products and services of its member companies and to educate industry professionals on the productivity solutions provided through material handling and logistics.

About Open Sky Group

Open Sky Group, global specialists in Blue Yonder warehouse management, labor management, and transportation management solutions, helps clients to lower costs and risks with its proprietary methodology and no-modifications approach to upgrades and implementations. As the largest, dedicated Blue Yonder WMS Implementation partner and one of the first accredited for WMS, Open Sky Group is committed to client success and strives every day to be the best consulting partner on the planet for supply chain solutions.

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Jeremy Hudson

Vice President of Client Services

Jeremy’s focus is on the products and services clients need to stay competitive. Open Sky Group’s mission is to deliver technology-enabled solutions that allow our customers to achieve more while having the flexibility to adapt to change. Jeremy lives the core values and mission by bringing the best experience possible to our clients. He is an essential member of implementation teams, working alongside clients, and encouraging them to use innovation and best practices instead of customizations for success.

Jason Yantiss

Vice President of Client Services

Jason provides leadership to a variety of teams focused on implementation and integration. With 27+ years of experience holding operational and technical management roles in transportation, billing, and warehousing across a vast array of industry verticals, Jason is adept at driving multiple complex projects, understanding customer needs at all levels of the operation and providing viable solutions. Jason’s resume of 150+ implementation projects include Warehouse, Labor, Transportation, Yard Management and multiple AR/AP Freight Pay and Customer Billing systems. 

Eric McPherson

Vice President of Client Services

Mac works to oversee implementation and integration projects. A former Marine officer and military police officer, he brings over 27 years of supply chain experience, including 11 years at Blue Yonder in both delivery and service sales. Mac is a dedicated, team-oriented professional with a background in business management, professional services, customer service, and supply chain technology. His specialties include sales support, supply chain execution systems, project management, fulfillment operations, distribution operations, and GSA contracts.

Shannon Caflisch

Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing

Shannon is responsible for the strategy and management of all sales, business development, and marketing programs. With over 25 years of sales experience and 15 years focused in the supply chain space, Shannon focuses on building strong relationships with clients and partners and strives to deliver the right software solutions to help conquer supply chain challenges. Shannon believes in learning by listening to understand clients’ goals, struggles, and what is important to their business to build lasting, successful relationships.

Alan Prillaman

Senior Vice President of Client Services

As Senior VP of Client Services, Alan oversees all consulting services and account management at Open Sky Group. Possessing over 30 years of combined industry and consulting experience, Alan leverages his unique background in IT, logistics, quality management systems, manufacturing and distribution operations, and facility and strategic account management to provide clients with creative resolutions to complex challenges. His core philosophy and passion are to deliver tangible value for and establish long-term trusted partnerships with our clients.

Mike Noble

Senior Vice President of Technology

As Senior Vice President of Technology, Mike leads Open Sky Group’s Managed Services, Software Services, Infrastructure Services, and Information Technology teams bringing 35+ years of experience in Supply Chain Execution and Information Technology. Mike and his teams ensure we maintain the highest levels of customer service in a secure and reliable environment, constantly reviewing and evaluating new technologies, their appropriateness and applicability so we can safely and securely transact our own business – and help our clients accomplish the same.

Chad Kramlich


Joining Open Sky Group in 2015, Chad, served as Chief Revenue Officer for three years prior to his appointment to CEO in 2022. With over 25 years of experience delivering results for high-growth software and consulting organizations, Chad is leveraging his background in building efficient and effective implementation teams, establishing high-impact services operations, achieving revenue growth, and deepening executive-level client relations to help propel Open Sky Group into a very successful future.

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