16th Annual TCU Supply Chain Conference
Transforming your Global Supply Chain – Visualizing the Possible
April 3-4, 2018


Melvin Tiffany
Tiffany Melvin, J.D.
North American Strategy for Competitiveness, Inc. (NASCO)

NASCO is a tri-national coalition of governments, businesses and educational institutions driven by a common interest in collaboration along key freight, energy and commercial trade networks. Founded in 1994, NASCO encourages North America’s competitiveness in the global marketplace. NASCO is dedicated to informing and advancing the critical role that the supply chain, logistics, trade and a skilled workforce play in the economic growth and competitiveness of North America.

Tiffany has led NASCO for 20 of its 23 years – first as the Executive Director of NASCO, and then as its President. 

Under her vision and leadership, NASCO has grown into a widely respected, tri-national coalition focusing on freight logistics, energy and the environment, and growing North America’s skilled workforce. She directs NASCO with an aggressive, far reaching, cooperative approach to solving critical issues impacting the efficient, secure and sustainable movement of freight throughout North America.

Tiffany also serves on the U.S. Department of Commerce Advisory Council on Supply Chain Competitiveness and is the Chairman of its Trade Innovation Subcommittee and Chairman of the NAFTA Task Force, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Advisory Council’s Border Infrastructure Task Force, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Advisory Committee on Commercial Operations to Customs and Border Protection (COAC) North American Single Window Vision Working Group (NASWVWG), the Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC) Leadership Council, the Eno Center for Transportation Freight Working Group (as the alternate representing Texas), the North Central Texas Council of Governments’ Regional Freight Advisory Committee, the Central Texas Council of Governments’ Regional Freight Advisory Council, the Bi-national Board of Directors of the U.S. Mexico Chamber of Commerce, and a founding Board member of the Canada Texas Chamber of Commerce.



Shen Albert

Albert Shen
Senior Advisor – Toyota Mobility Foundation

Toyota Motor Corporation

Albert Shen is currently serving as Senior Advisor for the Toyota Mobility Foundation working on developing new investment strategies in U.S. cities.  Previously, he was a Senior Advisor in Advanced Technology and Research at Toyota North America in Plano, TX where he was developing next generation mobility strategies on transportation innovation and to integrate new mobility technologies with federal, state & local governmental transportation Smart City initiatives.   

In 2014, he was appointed by President Obama to be the National Deputy Director of the U.S Department of Commerce, Minority Business Development Agency.  His role was to create U.S. jobs by developing federal polices; new impact investment models and other new business innovation initiatives that promote the growth and global competitiveness of businesses owned and operated by minority and immigrant business owners. His leadership elevated minority business participation in new international markets in Asia, Africa, and South America   Before he joined the Obama Administration he leveraged his background as a minority business owner himself for 15 years as CEO of Shen Consulting, Inc., a successful transportation & civil engineering consulting firm that managed major projects such as the Seattle Tacoma International Airport’s Rental Car Facility Program (a $400M project) and many other large-scale airport capital programs & heavy civil environmental programs in the Pacific Northwest.

For his efforts Shen has consistently received accolades from industry and community organizations. In 2012 he was awarded the U.S. Small Business Administration Region 10 Minority Champion of the Year Award. Shen has provided support to educational institutions, community organizations, business organizations and political advocacy groups. He served as Board Chair of the Seattle Community College Board of Trustees, and as Vice Chair of the Washington State Commission on Asian and Pacific American Affairs. In 2013 he was a candidate for Seattle City Council.   Shen earned his bachelor’s degree in chemistry and environmental science from the University of Washington.

Elliott Cindy

Cindy Elliott 
Head, Commercial Industry Marketing, Global Go-To-Market Strategy for Manufacturing and Strategy

Cindy Elliott leads Esri’s commercial industry marketing team where she helps to shape the role of geospatial analytics within private sector enterprises focusing on new market development, supply chain operations, and advanced services. 

For more than fifteen years, Cindy has worked with global manufacturers and enterprise class technology companies to influence customer-focused business transformation. Cindy holds a senior visiting industrial fellow position at Aston Business School in Birmingham, UK, and is an established thought leader on servitization and manufacturers’ advanced services. She earned a master’s degree in international management from the Thunderbird Graduate School and completed Harvard Business School’s Program for Leadership Development.

Paz Martin

Martin Paz 
Technical Industry Marketing Specialist, Commercial Sector

Martin Paz is the technical industry marketing specialist for Esri’s commercial sector supporting market development globally. He is responsible for building technical assets that communicate the value of GIS and location intelligence for Esri’s core industries including logistics, retail, manufacturing, real estate, insurance, banking, and media / entertainment. He received his bachelor’s degrees in Geography and Environmental Studies from Villanova University, and his Master’s degree in Geographic Information Science from the State University of New York at Buffalo.