The Institute of Business Forecasting & Planning, IBF, wishes to congratulate our 2013 Business Forecasting & Planning Recognition Awards Winners. The IBF has established the Business Forecasting & Planning Recognition awards to recognize the best and most innovative thought leaders, solutions and ideas in the field. This year’s winners are:

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Charles W. Chase, Jr. (pictured right)
Chief Industry Consultant, Demand Solutions
SAS Manufacturing & Supply Chain Global Practice

has earned IBF’s 2013 “Lifetime Achievement in Business Forecasting & Planning” award for his excellence and long time commitment to advancing the field.

Anish Jain, Managing Director, IBF (pictured left) summed it up well:

“Charles has been a major contributor to the field of Business Forecasting & Planning as well as the IBF. He helped launch our first best practices event in 1996, which was the catalyst for the many developments at the organization including our global presence, development and growth of IBF certification, membership, research, and more.Charles has published over 50 articles in the field, written a number of books, and continues to volunteer his thought leadership to practitioners around the world.It’s really an honor and with great pleasure to award him with IBF’s Lifetime Achievement Award.”

 Charles response to winning this award:

“It is an honor to receive this award, particularly, while among my peers, business colleagues, and friends. The IBF has certainly been a key ingredient to my success in the field of business forecasting and planning. Over the years I have met many great people through the IBF. The list is too long to share all the friendships that I’ve made as a result of my affiliation with the IBF. In closing, my words to you as a fellow forecaster are be courageous, think outside the paradigm, be passionate about your work, have perpetual optimism in the face of negativity, and above all, finish strong. You will not be judged on how you start, but how you finish.” 



Alan Milliken (pictured left)
Senior Manager – Supply Chain Education GSS/ET
BASF Corporation

has earned IBF’s 2013 “Excellence in Forecasting and Planning” Award



Patrick Bower, Senior Director, Corporate Planning and Customer Service, Combe Incorporated (pictured right) summed it up well:

“Alan has had a long and rich career – and this award recognizes his specific contribution to, and excellence in the profession of demand planning and forecasting.

During the last decade, Alan has offered his thought leadership over and over again. He has been published in the JBF nine times since 2004 and has been a featured speaker at many IBF events. Alan is quick to offer his learned and folksy wisdom to anyone in our profession.

Alan’s long career has brought him to his current role as a teacher. He is an educator on all things demand planning and S&OP. Alan became such a distinguished resource by working hard and innovating – looking for ways to consistently improve both himself and the organizations he worked for. Alan is so respected in the field that he was asked to write the forward in the latest book from Dr. Jain and the IBF, ‘Fundamentals of Demand Planning & Forecasting.’

Without trying to be silly or cute – I view Alan as a demand planning sensei.. a distinguished master of his profession. A teacher. It has been my honor to present Alan with this award.”

Alan’s response to winning this award: 

“I want to thank the IBF for recognizing my efforts to advance the forecasting and business planning processes. I also want to thank BASF for giving me the opportunity to participate in the IBF’s mission. I am honored to receive this prestigious award.”

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