Membership Update

Membership Update:

95 members, up 4 from the previous quarter

Member Profile: Luke Gardner

Where do you work/what do you do?

Currently I work for Blount International, one of the world’s leading manufacturers and distributors of farm, ranch, forestry, lawn and garden, and agricultural parts and implements.  I am the Inventory Manager for the new Distribution Center for all of North America near the KCI Airport.  I am responsible for 40,000 different SKUs worth over $51,000,000 in a 350,000 sq. ft. distribution center.  We are planning on expanding to 1,000,000 sq. ft. with the integration of other Blount product lines.  We currently house 2 of the 5 product lines Blount has acquired.  Right now we are in the start up phase, creating and controlling processes, integrating systems, and merging business cultures.  Exciting stuff!

Where did you go to school? Are you new to the area? If so, where did you, move here from?

I am originally from the Kansas City area.  I went to K-State for both my undergrad and graduate degrees in Industrial Engineering.  I was a former member of the KCIIE chapter and K-State student chapter, and have recently rejoined to reconnect with old peers and friends.

Is there anything about you or your family that you would like to share?

Married my wonderful wife Sarah last September.  No kids yet. 

Any other tidbits of information that you might like our members to know about you?

Love to travel and eat new things.  Of course, being from KC, I am a BBQ connoisseur.