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As a member-based organization, Anthony Burns Center for Advanced Supply Chain Management (CASCM) is governed by an elected board of directors. The board operates to provide strategic direction and set policies to advance its service to members via awareness, research, education and training

Advisory Board

Murat Erkoc, Director

Shihab Asfour,  Associate Dean of College of Engineering

Salvador Romo

Industry Advisor

Henry Locher, Director of Continuous Improvement, AAR

Eugenoi (Gene) Sevilla-Sacasa, VP of International Supply Chain Solutions, Ryder

Jesus Banal, Vice President and General Manager, AAR

Haresh Gurnani, Professor of Management

Dr. Romo is the General Director and Owner at STHAL LLC, a Sustainable Technologies company specializing on Supply Chain and Operations Innovation in areas such as: sustainability engineering including sustainable energy generation, capacity management, advanced algorithms and optimization for lumpy conditions. He holds a Ph.D. degree in Industrial Engineering from University of Miami.

He worked early in his professional career performing engineering design, after several positions he served as the 1.2B Worldwide Transportation Manager at Corporate Logistics. He was the Supply Chain Director for the Latin America Region, then promoted to Operations Director for the 10B dollar Consumer Support Group for the Americas Region before he retired from Hewlett Packard after 27 years of service.

Salvador, served as board member at the Global Supply Chain Council with Ohio State University, has contributed to the Supply Chain Management framework, applied worldwide by multiple companies, the Supply Chain Forum at Penn State University, and the Industrial Distribution Program at Texas A&M University.

Mr. Sevilla-Sacasa is the Vice President of International Supply Chain Solutions at Ryder, a FORTUNE 500 transportation and supply chain management solutions company headquartered in Miami, Florida.  As the head of Ryder’s international operations for its Supply Chain Solutions (SCS) business segment, Eugenio is responsible for overseeing the company’s SCS business in Mexico, Canada, and Asia.  Prior to his current role, he was the Vice President and Managing Director of Ryder Mexico.

Mr. Sevilla-Sacasa holds a M.B.A. in Finance from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering from the Instituto Technologico de Estudios Supperiores de Monterrey in Monterrey, Mexico. He is the Chairman of the Board of the Ryder Federal Credit Union, and Latin American Board Member of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Mr. Sevilla-Sacasa and his wife, Frances, reside in Coral Gables, Florida.

Dr. Erkoc received his PhD degree in Industrial Engineering from Lehigh University. Dr. Erkoc’s research interests include supply chain management and coordination, game theory, stochastic processes, system simulations, and transportation systems.He has consulted to various private and government organizations including Lucent Technologies, Miami International Airport, AAR Landing Gear Services, DHL, Celebrity Cruise Lines, Follet, Truestar, City of Coral Gables and City of North Bay Village.

Dr. Erkoc has taught and advised engineers from various governmental and corporate organizations including NASA, Pratt & Whitney, United Space Alliance, Carnival Cruise Lines, and IBM on topics related to computer logistics and optimization as part of University of Miami’s off-campus programs. His papers are published in journals such as Naval Research Logistics, Production and Operations Management, European Journal of Operational Research, The Engineering Economist, and Transportation Research Logistics. He has acted as a referee for top peer journals. He is a member of Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE), Institute for Operations Research and Management Science (INFORMS), Manufacturing & Systems Operations Management Society (MSOM), Production and Operations Management Society (POMS), and Alpha Pi Mu.

Dr. Asfour is a Professor and Chairman of the Industrial Engineering Department at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida. He teaches courses in Statistics, Manufacturing Engineering, Computer Programming, Motion and Time Study, and other subjects. His research interests include Biomechanics, Ergonomics, Safety Engineering, Sports Medicine, and Energy Conservation. Professor Asfour joined the UM Faculty in 1980.

In 1976, he received his Bachelor’s of Science from Alexandria University. He followed this, three years later, with a M.S. from the same school. His doctoral work was done at Texas Tech University, from which he received his Ph.D. in 1980.

After finishing school, Dr. Asfour started teaching at the University of Miami as an Assistant Professor of Industrial Engineering. He became an Associate Professor in 1984 and a Professor in 1988. Since 1999, he has been the Chairman of the Industrial Engineering Department.

Dr. Gurnani’s Research interests are in supply chain inventory management, bargaining and game theory applications in supply chains, and interface issues with marketing, economics, and information systems. He has received several awards, including The William W. Cooper Award for the Best Doctoral Dissertation in the area of Business and Economics, The William Larimer Fellowship, Richard Cyert Fellowship nomination, the University of Miami Excellence in Teaching nomination, the Michael G. Dale Prize nomination for Teaching, and the Franklin Prize for Teaching Excellence. Senior Editor at Production and Operations Management Journal since 2007 where he is co-editing a special issue on Global Supply Chain Risk Management. Associate Editor at Decision Sciences, and has previously served as Area/Associate Editor at IIE Transactions.

Co-edited a book on Supply Chain Disruptions: Theory and Practice of Managing Risk, published by Springer-Verlag (London) in 2011. His articles have been accepted in journals such as Production and Operations Management, Management Science, Marketing Science, Journal of International Business Studies, Naval Research Logistics, IIE Transactions, Journal of Retailing, IEEE Transactions on Semiconductor Manufacturing, European Journal of Operational Research, etc. Interacted with industries, including those corporations such as IBM, AT&T, General Motors, and Texas Instruments, along with various Asian companies.

Mr. Banal began his career in aviation in 1985 at Cleveland Pneumatic (previously Goodrich, currently UTC) in Miami, FL. Following his tenure at Cleveland Pneumatic, he advanced to the role of Lead of Bushing and Honing department in 1987 with AAR Landing Gear Services.

Between the years of 1987 and 2014, he held various positions in Quality and Operations. Under his leadership as Vice President Operations between 2008 and 2014, he established and maintained quality control systems and metrics to improve production and the quality of final products to meet the different regulatory requirements such as the Federal Aviation Administration, European EASA, Chinese CAAC, Saudi Arabia PCA, among others. He continues to foster opportunities for Continuous Improvement initiatives in order to maintain innovative and technologically advanced in the market place. In November 2014, he was appointed General Manager of AAR Landing Gear Services. He is responsible for the Miami and Malaysia facilities, managing over 380 employees. Additionally, he oversees a Wheels and Brakes division establish in 2007 that is experiencing rapid growth as the branding strategy is bearing fruits. Mr. Banal has more than 30 years of Operations and Quality experience in the Aviation Industry.


Henry Locher is the Director of Continuous Improvement (CI) for AAR Landing Gear Services (LGS). LGS is a self-contained, full-service aircraft landing gear overhaul facility located in Miami, FL. Henry has been with AAR since 2010 when he came on board to start a Business Intelligence Initiative. Before appointed Director of CI, he held the position of Director of Operations of AAR LGS, implementing and managing new Overhaul Priority System and Scheduling Tool. He developed highly strategy and management tools that support every day decision on how to operate the business to better achieve corporate objective. Prior to working in MRO, Henry worked in manufacturing environments. As part of their growing CI initiative, LGS has aligned the IT Department, Information Systems Department, and the Business Intelligence Department under the CI umbrella to achieve more effective relationships across the business. This strategy has proven synergistic and is helping LGS with the culture change necessary for supporting its process improvement initiatives.

Henry holds Bachelor of Science in Production Engineering from Universidad Metropolitana (Caracas, Venezuela) and a Master of Science Degrees in Industrial Engineering from the University of Miami. He is also a Six Sigma Black Belt.


Basil Khalil, VP of Planning and Engineering, FedEx Latin America and Caribbean Division

Mr. Khalil manages a diverse team of more than 225 managers and professionals that support all facilities, vehicles, aircraft scheduling, engineering, strategic business case analyses and supply chain services in the 50 countries and territories in the LAC Division of FedEx Express. Khalil joined FedEx Express in 1997 as a financial analyst for the Financial Planning and Analysis department, where he was quickly promoted for leading a corporate-wide initiative to identify international growth strategies. As a manager, he was responsible for implementing the global cash handling and control system and rolling-out electronic invoicing in the Caribbean. Prior to his current role, Khalil was responsible for all aspects of software development, telecommunications and network engineering for Latin America and the Caribbean. Khalil has been honored three times with the Five Star Award, a significant recognition bestowed on employees who demonstrate leadership, creativity, superior performance and distinguished efforts in support of FedEx customers. Prior to joining FedEx, Khalil served as an operations analyst and senior systems analyst at Ryder Systems Inc. and later Ryder TRS.

Khalil earned a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Miami. Khalil has served as a member of the University of Miami Alumni Association’s Board of Directors, and was recognized as the University’s Young Alumnus of the Year.

Professor Jorge Miguel Carrillo is the Executive Director at Arthur Lok Jack Graduate School of Business since June 2009. Professor Carrillo holds a B.S. degree in Industrial Engineering from Tecnologico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey. At the beginning of his career, he entered the field of finance, eventually becoming Finance Director at Hewlett Packard in Mexico, where he worked for eight years. He also obtained his MBA during that time. Professor Carrillo obtained his PhD in a joint program between Concordia and McGill Universities. He has had a distinguished career as a professor, having taught for over 22 years in 13 different countries in three languages. His main areas of focus are innovation and strategy. He has held the positions of Strategy Professor at Western New England College and Dean of the School of Business Instituto Tecnologico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (ITEC).

He also served as the Head of the Innovation Center and Professor at Midwestern State University and the Director of the Miami Campus at Adolfo Ibanez School of Management. During his tenure at ALJGSB, he has achieved significant growth in the academic and corporate programs of the School and has signed joint programs with the University of Miami, Florida International University and Babson College.

Miguel Carrillo, Executive Director, Arthur Lok Jack Graduate School of Business