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Meet the Board of Directors and Instructors

Howard R. Yost, CPIM


Howard R. Yost, CPIM is a driven business leader with more than twenty years of integrated supply chain and systems implementation experience in Semiconductor, Aerospace, Electronic Component and Nondurable Goods industries.

Howard has been involved with the APICS Phoenix Chapter for many years serving in various different roles on the Board of Directors. He held the office of President of the APICS Phoenix Chapter during the 1996/1997 board year. Howard is currently serving as President for the second time. As President, he’s managed Boards of Directors consisting of professionals from throughout the manufacturing industry. Howard was voted the Phoenix Chapter’s “Member of the Year” for 2000/2001. He also served on region staff committees including a one-year term as Director of Finance.

Having achieved and maintained APICS Certification in Production Inventory Management (CPIM) with additional training in Project Management and Six Sigma Green Belt, Howard has a more current understanding of optimal material supply practices and Lean Manufacturing strategies. This background supports his role as an APICS Instructor for CPIM, Principles, Lean Enterprise and Global Sourcing.

Howard is a Military Veteran having served 3 years in the US Army. Trained in inventory control and accounting, he was stationed stateside and in Europe where he was a Helicopter Repair Parts Specialist. He rose quickly in the ranks having reached the level of E-4 within 2 years.



Executive Vice President


Vice President - Administration Luke Laliberte, CPIM


Vice President - Education Ramon Diaz, MBA, PMP, CPIM, CSCP


Vice President - Programs Michael Hansen


Vice President - Finance Pat McFarland


Vice President - Membership Howard R. Yost, CPIM 


Vice President - MarketingTony Davis


Past President
Robert Lundeen, CPIM, CLTD, SCOR-P


Director of Administration
Dave Johnson, CPIM
Director of EducationVacant 
Director of Finance

Director of Programs

Francisco Lara, CPIM, CSCP
Director of Membership Vacant
Director of Marketing


APICS Instructor Development Program (IDP)

Ramon Diaz, MBA, PMP, CPIM, CSCP   

Robert Lundeen, CPIM, CLTD, SCOR-P

Afton Roush, CSCP, SSBBP      
Howard R. Yost, CPIM
Christon Valdivieso, CSCP, SSBBP

Jason Yates, CPIM


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