September 14 - 16, 2020
JW Marriott Camelback Inn Resort & Spa
CPOs and Heads of Procurement
Senior Vice President, Global Sourcing, Hotel Design, and Construction
Wyndham Hotel Group
Tad Wampfler is Senior Vice President at Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, where he seeks to compel the system into higher value added approaches to Sourcing, Hotel Design, and Construction for a company with more hotels (greater than 9,000) than any other company in the world.
Tad is a respected and successful leader who has contributed to the growth of several of the nation’s best franchise systems. He is a business executive operating in the procurement world, as opposed to a procurement executive operating in the business world. Before joining Wyndham, he served as CPO at Starwood Hotels & Resorts and prior to that at Wendy’s International. He was CEO and Chairman of the Board of a restaurant supply company, worked in operations, marketing, sales, and new concept development. He also sits on the board of a tech start-up serving the craft beer industry.
Tad received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration - Marketing from the University of Toledo and his MBA from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.
Senior Vice President & Chief Procurement Officer
Capital One Financial
As the Chief Procurement Officer, Jim leads a team responsible for the entire supplier value chain which includes sourcing and supplier selection; contract negotiations; purchase order and invoice management; and delivering third party risk governance services for goods and services from third party vendors across all areas of Capital One. Partnering closely and proactively with business owners across the firm, the team seeks to maximize supplier relationships while ensuring all vendors are fully compliant with the company’s third party management policies and procedures.
Jim has more than 30 years of experience in the procurement field with a record of success as sourcing strategist and tactician, delivering consistent results at leading global manufacturing and financial services companies.
Chief Procurement Officer
Originally from Spain, Miguel Gonzalez started his career in Procurement and Supply Chain with General Electric Plastics. He later has worked for Nalco Chemical, Kraft Foods and currently for DuPont, where he has responsibility for Global Logistics, including procurement, corporate operations and trade compliance.
As part of the Dow – DuPont merger and upcoming split into three independent companies, Miguel will be the Chief Procurement Officer for the Specialty Products division.
Miguel has lived in Spain, The Netherlands and the USA, together with his wife and two sons. He has a degree in Business Administration, a Master from Universidad Camilo Jose Cela and an MBA from ESERP Business School.
He enjoys coaching, mentoring and speaking at universities and events. In his free time, Miguel likes to spend time with his family, travel and get to know other cultures.
Director, Strategic Sourcing
MDC Partners is one of the fastest-growing and most influential marketing and communications networks in the world. Jason’s focus at MDC is to empower MDC’s 50+ global agency partners to deliver best in class business results through overall operational excellence. Prior to joining MDC Partners, Jason spent five years within Publicis Groupe.
Director, Strategic Sourcing
Over a 20+ year procurement, sales and business management career I have thoroughly enjoyed the process of turning potential clients into long-term partners, allies, and friends. I am also passionate about transforming organizations or business units into professional, motivated, and highly performing teams. Whether it is leading a team to new heights of performance or directing Fortune 500 clients to Sourcing outcomes they never thought possible, my career has always been about working hard to exceed expectations.
I have had the privilege of selling technology and consulting services and solutions to a diverse group of clients and take pride in developing champions at all levels of the client’s organizational structure. I have continually engaged in learning new skills and processes along the way to support the ability to drive new opportunities and deliver greater value for my organization and clients.
I am driven to produce positive outcomes through hard work, integrity, professionalism, decisiveness, and enthusiasm.
Head of Global Sourcing
Oliver Gall is Head of Global Sourcing for S&P Global. S&P Global is home to some of the most iconic brands in finance and business, including: Standard & Poors Ratings Services, S&P Market Intelligence, S&P Dow Jones Indices, and Platts.
As Head of Global Sourcing Oliver is responsible for leading a global team supporting $0.7billion of indirect spend across 36 countries. Oliver has been with S&P Global for 6 years, prior to which he spent the previous 8 years working in various global Procurement roles for the world’s leading financial institutions, living and working in London, Frankfurt, Paris, Milan and Madrid. Oliver has a Bachelor’s degree in Business and Economics, and a Master’s degree in Computer Science.
Manager, Travel and Purchasing
Nimfa is currently the Manager of Travel and Purchasing at Zappos. She has over 20 years of experience in Procurement in the manufacturing, food and higher education sectors. Before joining the team at Zappos, she oversee Supply Chain, Purchasing and Accounts Payable/Treasury functions at University of California San Francisco and University of California Berkeley. During her tenure at UCSF and UCB, she won numerous awards including Honorable Award: Woman of Distinction Award, Best-In-Class Procurement Card Program, Circle of Excellence Award -Individual and Project -Team Award and Top High Performing Manager. She is a Six Sigma Green Belt practitioner, with a passion in Procurement, P2P, and Coaching and Mentoring.
Head of Procurement
John Proverbs has more than 20 years of procurement and supply experience. John is currently the Head of Procurement at KLA-Tencor Corporation. John joined KLA-Tencor in 2003 as the Senior Director of Procurement. Notably in 2013 KLA-Tencor was recognized by the IAAPS in 2013 for Best-In-Class Outsourcing Management, as well as by the ISM for its Excellence in Supply Management. KLA-Tencor was a recipient of the ISM's inaugural 2006 R. Gene Richter Award for Leadership and Excellence in Supply Management. John actively participates in industry forums. John is also on the Advisory Board for the UCSD Rady School of Management’s Institute for Supply Excellence and Innovation. Prior to KLA-Tencor, John was a Senior Executive at a start-up engaged in strategic sourcing solutions. Previously, John was an integral member of the procurement teams at Hewlett-Packard and IBM that received, in 1992 and in 1999 respectively, Purchasing Magazine's Medal of Professional Excellence for organizing global procurement transformation. While at IBM, he led global sourcing teams. He has experience in both direct and indirect supply chain with strong skills in strategy development, strategic sourcing, outsourcing, category management, supplier relationship management, contracts development, negotiations, creating operational excellence and building organizational capability.
Head of Procurement and Travel
Greg Tennyson is a recognized global executive with extensive experience leading transformative change. He is currently the Chief Procurement Officer (CPO) at VSP Global and was previously the CPO at Salesforce.com and Oracle Corporation. Greg has his MS in Management and is credentialed by the SIG. Previously he held his ISM C.P.M. and NCMA CPCM credentials. He is a founding member of the Bay Area Procurement Council, comprised of Silicon Valley and Northern California procurement executives. He sits on a number advisory boards for emerging high-tech companies.
Chief Procurement & Real Estate Officer
Jay Sklar is the Chief Procurement Officer for HUB International Limited, where he is responsible for implementing a long-term procurement program, inclusive of travel and real estate, to leverage HUB’s buying power across a historically decentralized organization that has grown rapidly via acquisitions.
Jay brings more than 20 years of experience in procurement, strategic sourcing, supplier diversity, and real estate. His prior roles included Vice President of Procurement and Real Estate for Orbitz, and various procurement-related roles at Aon, BankOne (now JPMorgan Chase), Waste Management, and A.T.Kearney.
Jay earned a Bachelor of Arts, with Honors, from Northwestern University, and a Masters of Business Administration from Kellogg / Northwestern University.
Vice President & Chief Procurement Officer
American Water Company
Joshua King is the Vice President and Chief Procurement Officer at American Water Company. In his role, Mr. King oversees all aspects of procurement and fleet for the country’s largest publically traded water company with operations in 47 states and in Canada.
Prior to his current role, Mr. King served in a variety of procurement, materials management and operations roles at Arizona Public Service, Arizona’s largest electric utility. Mr. King was a Director, Consulting Services at PowerAdvocate where he partnered with supply chain executives to develop and execute strategies to reduce total cost of ownership. Mr. King served as a submarine officer in the U.S. Navy from 1999-2006.
He holds a B.S. in Ocean Engineering from Virginia Tech, an M.B.A from Villanova University and is a graduate of the Columbia University Executive Education Program. He is an avid Philadelphia sports enthusiast and a dog lover.
Senior Director, Global Head of Procurement
Andy Murray’s procurement teams delivered well over $1 billion in total savings under his leadership at two of the world’s largest food & beverage corporations: Mars, Inc. and Nestle, Inc. After first earning valuable experience as a factory manager and logistics director, Andy found his passion in procurement. His operational grounding and stakeholder connectivity allowed him to effectively transition to delivering best-in-class procurement results.
Over the years, he developed and implemented strong Lean Procurement best practice strategies for his teams and businesses. This includes ongoing goal alignment with robust measures for several key drivers. His commitment to coaching, people development, and effective communications empower Andy’s teams to consistently perform at the highest levels.
In 2016, he made the leap from the food & beverage industry to life sciences. “Joining Gilead has been an exciting and rewarding experience,” Andy said, “and to go from providing fuel to develop a great tasting pizza (for example) to helping in some small way with saving patient lives is a real honor.” His Gilead team motto is: “More Savings=More Science.”
Andy recently moved with his family to San Francisco from Orange County, Ca. He remains a lifelong Angels baseball fan.
Alliant Credit Union
Senior Manager, Procurement
Elaine Gu is the Head of Procurement at Alteryx, Inc., a fast growing data analytics company headquartered in Irvine, CA. Elaine started her procurement career at Dell Inc. as the Global Commodity Manager. She had multiple leadership roles at Dell including Director of Software and Peripherals Procurement, Procurement Program Manager for key initiatives, and Director of Structural Materials Procurement. She also led indirect procurement team at Ingram Micro and Broadcom before joining Alteryx. Elaine holds an MBA degree from Arizona State University.
Head of Procurement - Global IT & Enabling Functions
Heads of Indirect Procurement
Global Sourcing Director, Indirect Materials and Services
Jeffery Smith has served as the Global Director of Indirect Materials and Services for the Sourcing and Logistics function in DuPont since July 2012. In this role, Jeff oversees a global staff of 150 employees responsible for approximately $6 billion in spend for good and services that include human resources, information technology, professional services, MRO, fleet, travel and site services. His selection followed more than 36 years of experience with DuPont, including more than 17 years in Sourcing & Logistics and 15 in Sales and Marketing, as well as positions in Information Technology and Applied Technology.
His tenure with DuPont has allowed Jeff to work with multiple industries, including electronics, chemicals, industrial products and agriculture and to travel the world. He is well known for his ability to develop winning global teams with outstanding execution that consistently delivery beyond objectives. He attributes this success to being genuine, transparent, and collaborative, and most importantly, demonstrating servant leadership.
Jeff holds a degree in Management and Information Systems from the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire and stressed the importance of being a lifelong learner. He also holds a Certification in Supply Chain Professional – APICS and is very involved in Employee Organizational Development at DowDuPont.
Vice President, Global Indirect Sourcing
Keith Woody is currently Vice President, Global Indirect and Logistics Sourcing for Technicolor. His previous experience has spanned across both public and private equity owned businesses with a charter to drive procurement transformation, process optimization and talent enrichment. Mr. Woody has held executive leadership roles within companies ranging between $4 billion and $64B billion in revenues, including Asurion, Freescale Semiconductor, and Dell.
Mr. Woody has built a successful track record in building and transforming global procurement and logistical operations that drive significant financial results and customer value. He has Six Sigma Black Belt certification and holds an M.B.A. from the University of Tennessee, and has a B.S. in management and HR management from Liberty University.
Senior Director, Global Procurement
Carol Philipps, C.P.M., is a senior director with Biogen’s Global Procurement Team in Cambridge, MA. She leads the company’s indirect strategic sourcing team with responsibility for over $1B in annual spend globally for categories supporting travel, information technology, human resources, legal, commercial/marketing, and other general and administrative requirements. She is a graduate of Biogen’s Women’s Leadership Program, class of 2017.
Prior to joining Biogen, she served as the lead for indirect sourcing at Raytheon Company in Waltham, MA. She was named a Raytheon Supply Chain Fellow, and previously managed the direct commodity team and played a key role in launching Raytheon’s Strategic Enterprise Aligned Commodity program.
Ms. Philipps began her Supply Chain career in manufacturing in Cleveland, Ohio, worked for Celanese Corporation in Dallas, Texas, and spent over fifteen years in Supply Chain in the banking industry at Bank of Boston/Fleet Bank. She served as a Board member for the Institute of Supply Management, Greater Boston, for over 9 years and is a former Board member of the New England Minority Supplier Development Council where she chaired the Certification Committee for several years.
Ms. Philipps earned her bachelor's degree in business administration from Notre Dame College of Ohio, and a master’s degree in business administration from Simmons Graduate School of Management in Boston. She is a certified Raytheon Six Sigma Specialist, holds a Lifetime C.P.M. from the Institute of Supply Management, and held Global Travel Professional certification.
Manager, Procurement - Fleet and Administrative Services
Mark Richardson leads the Procurement, Strategic Sourcing and Fleet functions for The Automobile Club of Southern California (AAA). This is the largest Club in the AAA Federation operating across 21 states, almost 400 locations and serving over 16m members while driving $6.5b in annual revenue.
Prior to joining AAA, Mark worked for 9 years in outside consulting with Profit Recovery Partners LLC (PRP). PRP develops, implements and manages administrative solutions for FORTUNE 1000 companies, law firms, private equity firms and private companies throughout North America.
Mark grew up in Newcastle upon Tyne, England, leaving at the age of 18 with only two suitcases. He played 4 years of Division 1 collegiate soccer and graduated with honors from Boston University’s Questrom School of Business. Mark lives in Huntington Beach, CA, is married and has 2 young daughters (3 and 5).
Director Categories, Indirect Materials and Services
German Torres is the Global Director of Indirect Categories at recently merged TechnipFMC heading global strategy category management and operational procurement in 6 regions and USD$1.8B spend around the world.
With over 20 years’ experience in Supply Chain Management he has enjoyed assignments in Latin America, Europe, Middle East and the US performing multiple leadership roles in Supply Chain Management in automotive and energy sectors including Regional Head of Supply Chain, Global ERP Supply Chain Implementation Lead, Global Sourcing Manager and Global Process and Systems Manager. He’s currently a member of the Houston ISM-CPO Advisory Board.
German is a Certified Professional in Supply Management by ISM and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Management, a dual Master Degree in Information Technology and Business from ITAM in Mexico City and a Certificate in Supply Chain Management from MIT.
Sr. Director, Global Indirect Strategic Sourcing & Procurement Operations
International Game Technology PLC
Angela Zou is Senior Director, Global Indirect Strategic Sourcing and Procurement Operations at International Game Technology (IGT), a global gaming leader. She is a supply chain executive with 15+ years of strategic sourcing, category management, and procurement operations expertise across management consulting and industry capacities, with a consistent track record of costs optimization and process optimizations.
In her one year tenure at IGT, Angela has implemented an indirect procurement transformation (from tactical indirect procurement to strategic sourcing and category management), and established foundational infrastructure for Procurement operations in IGT. Her leadership responsibilities include: strategic sourcing strategy and execution for indirect ($600M+ in spend), Procurement Transaction Center design & operations, Buy Channel Optimization strategy & execution, Procurement policies and process improvement, Procurement systems/technologies deployment and adoption, Procurement/spend analytics, and Procurement program (MSP) implementation and management.
Angela has an MBA in Global Management from the Thunderbird School of Global Management. As a Chinese native, she deeply appreciates diverse global cultures and an avid Latin dancer, with a life-long passion for global travels.
Director, Strategic Sourcing
Shara Holliday is a Director of Strategic Sourcing and Operations in the Microsoft Procurement organization. In this role, Shara leads a team responsible for sourcing, negotiating and operationalizing over $5B in indirect spend across Engineering services, 3rd party software and cloud services, hardware and telecommunications categories. In addition, she serves as a change champion leading and delivering people, process and technology solutions to complex organizational opportunities. Past and future opportunities include simplifying policies, rationalizing the global indirect supply base and digitally transforming how devices get into the hands of Microsoft employees. In addition to Microsoft, she has held Procurement roles at both Starbucks and Boeing.
Director, Procurement Operations
Connie Chou is a Director of Procurement Operations at Microsoft. In this role, Connie creates strategies to simplify and optimize the buying experience for internal stakeholders, and leads a team responsible for managing procurement tools, processes, and outsourced service providers that touch over $24B in supplier spend annually. She designs complex large scale programs and operating frameworks that enable people, process, and technology to intersect to deliver exceptional results.
Connie has 15 years of Procurement experience, and held roles previously at AT&T Wireless and Providence Health Systems. She has a B.S. in Supply Chain and a B.S. in Marketing from Arizona State University, and an M.B.A. from the University of Colorado – Colorado Springs.
Procurement Director, Global Operations
Anton joined Dell Inc in June 1999. Since 2014 he leads the procurement organization responsible for global real estate and facilities (GREF), electronics disposition and security services sourcing. He also leads the team development program across the Dell General Procurement organization.
From 2010 to 2014 Anton led the Global Fulfillment & Logistics procurement organization and managed sourcing relationships with key partners such as FedEx, DHL, UPS, Kuehne & Nagel, and others.
Between 2003 and 2010 Anton held various logistics procurement roles in the Dell supply chain organization. Prior roles at Dell include Program Management and Manufacturing Engineering Management.
Previous work experiences include manufacturing engineering management positions at NCR, and Solectron, as well as independent consultant.
He received a Master of Science degree in aerospace engineering from the Technical University of Delft, the Netherlands and an MBA from Webster University. During his procurement tenure in the Dell logistics organization Anton was a member of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP), and has been a speaker at Eye for Transport and the Georgia Logistics Summit.
Anton is an active volunteer at Habitat for Humanity and Hands Of Christ.
He grew up in the Netherlands and immigrated to the U.S. in 1994 to start his married life with his wife Amy. They have a 14-yr old son, and enjoy camping to experience the natural beauty in the 50 states.
Head of Procurement Operations and Insights
Nathan Haydn-Myer is an internationally accomplished business leader with experience in transforming perceptions and performance across various industries and teams. Currently he is the head of Procurement Operations and Insights for VSP Global’s Corporate Procurement and Travel division where he has been instrumental in renovating the processes and image that help secure Procurement’s seat at the proverbial table. Prior to VSP Global, Nathan lead teams in the fields of forecasting, finance and marketing in companies such as Blue Shield of California (healthcare), Angel (Italian early stage capital for hi-tech firms), Blackshape Aircraft (aviation) and the MERMEC Group (railway diagnostics).
Nathan earned his MBA from UC Davis Graduate School of Management where he also obtained a fellowship in their leadership program. He earned his Certified Sourcing Professional certificate through SIG University, holds a certificate in lean six sigma and is fluent in Italian.
Head of Telecom Sourcing
Tech deal-making @ Uber. Global keynote speaker, board advisor and panelist. Heading global mobility, IoT, wireless, messaging, voice, network, telecom, data center, cloud, contact center & connectivity strategic sourcing, relationships and spend at world's most valuable private company.
Key partner to business development teams in managing partner-supplier ecosystems. Key partner to CFOs to successfully achieve total cost of ownership reduction goals. Key partner to CTOs for technology renting and buying strategies. Key partner to chief legal officers for risk reduction, compliance and contracting. Expertise in partnerships, sourcing, procurement, supply chain, logistics, contract law, systems, market drivers, source to pay, cost structures and sales incentives. Regularly engages in executive presentations, capital and expense planning, budgets and partnership decisions.
Seasoned deal-maker and negotiator. Well networked in high-tech industry with a deep understanding of key players and emerging technologies and trends. Possess a trusted network of global peers and mentors. Regularly partners with organizational presidents and directors to develop business cases, perform due diligence analyses and Buy vs. Rent vs. Build strategies. Expert in supplier management and risk management. Have led teams to effectively partner up with cross-functional teams to 'get things done quickly' in complex large organizations.
Adept at internal selling and have built teams from scratch. Managed multiple complex global teams and initiatives by hiring best talent, building strong working relationships with key internal and external partners, securing ‘a seat at the table’ with stakeholders, and acting as a trusted adviser. Former business development professional, management consultant, media professional and engineer.
Strategic Sourcing Leader
Strategic Sourcing Manager
Naga is an extremely experienced procurement manager responsible for leading Google's third party spends in key growth areas. He brings the right balance of strategic thinking and a bias to action to transform how we manage contingent labor.
Director, Global Sourcing
Michele Thompson is Global Director, Sourcing & Procurement and Global Head of Supplier Diversity for Thomson Reuters, an information services company and leading source of intelligent information for the worlds businesses and professionals. Thomson Reuters delivers insights to the financial and risk, legal, tax and accounting and media markets, powered by the world’s most trusted news organization. Thomson Reuters has over 45,000 employees, is located in over 100 countries and has annual revenues of $12 billion.
Michele began her career at Thomson Reuters in 1995 and has held a variety of roles in Sourcing, Procurement Operations, Supplier Management and Finance. She has sourced a variety of commodities in complex settings including global and virtual environments, acquisitions, divestitures, major reorganizations, off shoring and outsourcing.
Michele has led a variety of sourcing initiatives during her Sourcing & Procurement career. Some of her most notable achievements include the following:
- Creating a centralized purchasing function at the divisional level for her company. She assembled the purchasing team and constructed all policies and procedures including the design, implementation and deployment of the Purchase Order system. She also led the teams that delivered all companywide communications, change management and training to employees.
- Lead many large global capital projects in excess of $50 million per year.
- Successfully created and implemented her company’s first Supplier Diversity Program stressing the importance of diversity and inclusion within the sourcing organization as well as the company as a whole.
Michele is a member of the Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council and Great Lakes Women’s Business Council. Council of Supplier Diversity Professionals and is a Certified Professional in Supplier Diversity. Michele serves on the board for the Institute for Supply Management Southeast Michigan affiliate and is active in the community where she resides in Michigan.
Associate Director, Business Operations Sourcing
Dan Miller, Associate Director of Business Operations Sourcing at Biogen is responsible for overseeing the commodity strategy, sourcing, contracting and vendor management activities for the global travel category. Previously he held strategic sourcing and travel management positions with Raytheon, General Dynamics, Medtronics (formally Covidian), Genuity Solutions, and American Express. A graduate of Boston University (BS) and Boston College (MSA), Dan is a certified Six Sigma Specialist. Dan has presented at many industry conferences including Business Travel News’ 2017 Trends and Forecasts seminar, and forums hosted by the Global Business Travel Association. During his career, he has provided testimony before the US Department of Justice, US Department of Transportation, and the European Commission on airline joint venture and antitrust topics.
Procurement Manager IT and Marketing
Neil Schloss is the Sourcing Manager for Indirect Procurement at Perdue Farms Inc. supporting IT and Marketing sourcing requirements. He holds a BSIE from University of Buffalo and MBA from New York Institute of Technology. He has held leadership roles for Direct and Indirect procurement areas for more than 30 years in a variety of verticals. They would include heavy industrial organizations like Carrier Air Conditioning, Black & Decker – Kwikset Div., Financial, Insurance and most recently CPG - food processing. He has extensive experience with e-Procurement deployment and effective Procurement engagement within early project creation. He enjoys golf, racquetball and family while living in Scottsdale, AZ
Sourcing Category Leader, Contingent Labor and Recruiting
Nick Schultze, Sourcing Category Leader for Intuit’s Global Contingent Labor and FTE Recruitment programs, brings over six years of experience in developing and implementing strategic sourcing plans for $100M+ in annual services category spend. He recently led Intuit’s contingent labor transformation journey that will deliver millions in annual savings while expanding the program from 3 countries to 9, and creating efficient new processes resulting in a simple, single point of entry for all requests. His leadership helped expand the program globally bringing all spend, across 4 continents, under management, and expanding a conventional category into an effective, compliant program for all contingent workers.
Nick’s based out of Intuit’s San Diego office.
Delek US Holdings
National Director, Procurement and Plant Operations
Watermark Retirement Communities
National Procurement Manager
Watermark Retirement Communities
For two decades, Alicia Navarro has served in a variety of roles in procurement and finance. She has successfully implemented innovative tools and processes within different business sectors. As Procurement Manager at Watermark Retirement Communities, Alicia blends bottom lines and best practices in the seniors housing profession. A firm believer in work-life balance to achieve success on both sides of the coin, Alicia enjoys spending quality time with her husband and three children.
Enterprise Vendor Management & Contracting
Premera Blue Cross
Dominic is a Dynamic Solution-Driven Caring Leader known for driving strategies, process improvement and execution excellence that yields Lofty Business Results with Deft and Grace through People, Process and Technology Management.
Dominic has a diverse industry experience in global procurement, process improvement and project / program management that spans across the Technology, Financial, Healthcare, and Manufacturing industries at companies like GE, Microsoft, Russell Investments (LSEG) and Premera Blue Cross (BCBS). He is a driven manager with deep technical skills and business acumen who works tirelessly to achieve complex and aspirational goals in a fast paced environment. He is also an effective people manager with a history of mentoring individuals to achieve successful careers. Dominic graduated with an Executive MBA and a Master in Engineering at the University of Washington (Seattle, WA).
Senior Manager, Procurement - Indirect Professional Service
RJ Reynolds Tobacco Company
Derrick Jackson holds the position of Senior Manager of Procurement at RJ Reynolds Tobacco Company. Mr. Jackson is a supply chain professional with over 15 years of experience in the Tobacco Industry. He is responsible for $150 million in Indirect Marketing Services and Materials related spend across the RAI operating companies. Mr. Jackson directs a team of 4 procurement professionals in a shared services model in support of several operating companies. He earned his MBA w/ a concentration in Finance in 2000 from Keller Graduate School of Management of DeVry University and his BA in Finance in 1994from Valdosta State University. He is also a Certified Professional in Supply Management (CPSM) and a Certified Purchasing Manager (C.P.M.).
Group Vice President , Advance Analytics Solution Delivery
HR Benefits Sourcing Manager
Business Operations Manager, Corporate Strategic Procurement
Director, Category Management
Influential Procurement and Commercial leader with a proven record of success in strategic sourcing, category management, supplier relationship management, travel and meetings management and contact center leadership. Delivered triple digit returns in cost savings, process improvements, and efficiencies through development and execution of innovative category strategies and by leading and managing cross-functional teams, supplier performance and productivity initiatives. Collaborative partner and passionate leader who thrives on motivating, training, developing and mentoring others to exceed organizational and individual goals.
Information, Analytics & Systems Director
University of California, Office of the President
Erin is the Director of Information, Analytics & Systems for Procurement Services at the University of California system. Erin has more than 12 years of analytics and systems experience within private and public sector supply chain organizations.
Since joining UC in late 2011, Erin has been designing and delivering systemwide solutions including spend analytics, sourcing technology, eProcurement process and content enhancements, and a robust benefit (savings) program. Erin was a key member of the P200 team, responsible for transforming systemwide Procurement to deliver $298M in benefit (savings) last fiscal year, far surpassing the $200M target
Director, Western North America
Chad Hill started his career serving as the “shopping cart logistics manager” aka (pushing the shopping cart from the parking lot to the store), at a Home Depot in Bellevue, WA during high school. Chad currently leads GEP’s Sales and Business Development teams across Western North America. Chad’s background spans procurement, financial, technology, cloud, SaaS, PaaS and international sales. He prides himself on being a procurement geek that loves the financial and analytical challenges we get to solve each day. Currently he resides in Phoenix, AZ with his wife and daughter. Chad studied at Arizona State University for his undergraduate work and Northeastern University for his Graduate program.
Chad Hill started his professional career serving as the “shopping cart logistics manager” (a.k.a. pushing the shopping cart from the parking lot to the store), at a Home Depot in Bellevue, WA. Chad currently leads GEP’s Sales and Business Development teams across Western North America. Chad’s background spans procurement, financial, technology, cloud, SaaS, PaaS and international sales. He prides himself on being a procurement geek who loves working on and successfully resolving the financial and analytical challenges we get to solve each day. Currently Chad resides in Phoenix, AZ with his wife and daughter. Chad studied at Arizona State University for his undergraduate work and Northeastern University for his Graduate program.
Global Travel Manager
General Dynamics Mission Systems
As Global Travel Manager for General Dynamics Mission Systems, Ms. Loper is responsible for negotiating and managing contracts and programs with air, hotel, rental car and agency suppliers. She has served two terms as Chair of General Dynamics’ Travel Committee, a coalition of 18 business units responsible for developing and managing enterprise travel agreements on behalf of the corporation. Ms. Loper currently chairs General Dynamics’ corporate air subcommittee, which formulates and implements strategic initiatives that are enacted within each participating business unit.
Ms. Loper developed General Dynamics’ consolidated hotel program in 2002 and actively participates in industry networking groups, particularly those focused on Aerospace and Defense.
Ms. Loper earned her Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degrees in Management and Marketing from Arizona State University. She also holds a Masters in Business Administration (M.B.A.) from the University of Phoenix. Ms. Loper holds a Global Travel Professional designation and is a member of the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA).
Industry Thought Leaders
VSP Vision Care
Kate Renwick-Espinosa is the President of VSP Vision Care, the nation’s largest not-for-profit vision benefits and services company. She leads efforts to provide access to affordable, high-quality eye care and eyewear to the world. Renwick-Espinosa has worked for VSP for more than 26 years, and previously served as VSP Global’s first chief marketing officer. In that role, she led the organization’s global marketing strategy to deliver its products and services to a diverse client base – including Fortune 500 companies, the federal government, and small businesses – as well as more than 88 million members globally and 39,000 doctors.
Founder & CEO
American Council of Sourcing and Procurement Executives
Michael Shaw is the Founder and CEO of the American Council of Sourcing and Procurement Executives (ACSPE). ACSPE membership serves more than 5000 practitioners including 750+ Chief Procurement Officers and SVPs Supply Chain. The focus of the organization is on the Future of Procurement and Supply Chain in terms of people, process and technology with an emphasis on technology because of its ability to dramatically change business processes and entire business models. Michael is also currently serving on the board of the American Blockchain Council as an Executive Director.
Prior to ACSPE Michael founded The Sourcing Source, a procurement industry analyst and executive advisory firm where he has worked with more than 350 Global 2000 organizations ranging from $250 million to $80 Billion in annual revenues providing guidance and insights for selecting procurement technology and services partners. While at TSS he was instrumental in developing the TSS proprietary Subject Matter Expert (SME) database covers more than 2000 categories and has identified more than700 subject matter experts providing the largest network of Sourcing Category Subject Matter Expertise in the world.
Mr. Shaw has spoken at and chaired numerous industry conferences and was voted one of Supply and Demand Chain Magazine’s “Pros to Know” for 2014, 2015,2016 and 2017.
Senior Global Business Advisor
Nancy has a 20+ year track record of success in Procurement leadership roles. Most recently, she has joined the Basware team as the Senior Global Business Advisor with expertise in Procurement.
Prior to Basware, she was a Director, Indirect Procurement at Grainger where she led Category Management teams, Supplier Performance Management, Best Practices, and Program Administration. In addition, she previously was a Product Marketing Director at SciQuest, Director of Indirect Sourcing and Corporate Alliances at Brunswick Corporation, and held procurement leadership roles at Reynolds Food Packaging, eLoyalty, and Trustmark Insurance.
Nancy has a B.S. from Northern Illinois University, MBA from Keller Graduate School of Management, and holds a Lifetime C.P.M. certification. She has been appointed as an Executive Board Member for The Global Council for the Advancement of Women in Procurement, as well as an Advisory Board Member for Procurecon, and a member of the Chicago Procurement Council. She is an award winning 2014 & 2015 Supply & Demand Chain Executive Pro to Know.
Nancy, along with her husband and dog, is a longtime resident of Gurnee, IL and participates in community volunteer projects, enjoys playing pickle ball, golf, and bicycling.
As Regional Director, Barb is responsible for the retention and management of a portfolio of OMNIA Enterprise Members located in the Southwest Region.
Barb has a proven track record of helping clients succeed in the area of human capital and supply chain initiatives. She works with her members to assess and accelerate spend under management by working across multiple functional stakeholders.
Barb was selected as a 2018 Pro to Know by Supply & Demand Chain Executive and serves as the 2018/2019 President on the Board of Directors for the Institute of Supply Chain Management of Arizona (ISM-Arizona). Barb is an active member of ISM and recently elected to the Affiliate Advisory Council. She is a certified Group Benefits Associate (GBA).
Former Global Director Of Services
Ed has over 30 years of procurement experience gained through working in various roles across most procurement categories at a global non-food fast-moving consumer goods company. As Director of Global Procurement for Services, Ed co-ordinated the efforts of global teams responsible for all services, including procurement for HR, temporary labor, IT, business travel, fleet and business process outsourcing, as well as management and factory services. His particular interest is influencing global strategy and expanding Procurement's scope. Ed has been working as a CASME facilitator for five years.
Doug started his career as an accountant with Rolls Royce, then Joined the famous Mars Corporation, where he had an incredibly successful career in Sales, European Marketing and International Management. He was recognised as a great trainer and coach, so much so he coached members of the next generation of the Mars family itself (the 5th richest family in the world).
However, 8 flights and 5 countries a week took their toll, so he left and set-up his own company in 1993 and has never looked back since, incidentally Mars was his first client. Microsoft, Porsche, Adidas, Apple, BT, JP Morgan and his latest Amazon are all clients, each one of them approached him to work with them, he has never done any traditional marketing in over 20 years.
Doug typically presents around the world at 15-20 Conferences a year with audiences up to and over 1000 delegates. He also works with numerous sporting personalities, some for many years including, David Beckham and Victoria too!, the European Ryder Cup Golf Team, and the Williams Formula One racing Team including the CEO and Claire Williams the new Deputy Team Principal. Private Clients are where Doug spends most of his time, helping “ Bring the Best Out In People”, and being the trusted advisor and Mentor to support hard-working people achieve results way beyond their expectations.
Associate Director, Talent Acquisition - R&D
Daiichi Sankyo, Inc.
Scott Sugarman, Associate Director of Talent Acquisition - R &D with Daiichi Sankyo
Scott oversees Daiichi Sankyo’s recruitment of Research and Development professionals at all levels. He is responsible for the Talent acquisition strategy, Headcount Management and Executive Recruitment for the US Research & Development with a large focus on Oncology. Lastly, Scott has played a critical role in spearheading Daiichi Sankyo’s contingent workforce management vendor selection process and launch of the company’s vendor-neutral and integrated Vendor Management System and Managed Services Program.
VP of Sales
James is Vice President of Sales for CoreTrust Purchasing Group, a GPO with approximately 400 members and 50 contracts across many categories of indirect spend. James leads a team of Sales Directors who are responsible for Sales and Account Management activities of several of the Private Equity Firm relationships, their portfolio companies, and many National Accounts.
Prior to joining CoreTrust, James managed a large portion of GPO sales business for Sprint. In that role he worked with the Sprint sales force and leading healthcare GPOs to grow new business and develop healthcare solutions across the country.
James has his BA in Economics from the University of the South, Sewanee TN, and a Masters in Business Administration from Baker University in KS. He is married with four children and lives in Franklin TN.
Chief Marketing Officer
VP of Marketing and Sales
Travis is responsible for global marketing and public relations at Concord. Prior to joining the team he held leadership roles in tech and finance in Silicon Valley and contributed to The Economist, where he wrote about business, economics, and US politics.
He’s a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley where he played four years of varsity water polo and was member of the 2007 National Championship team.
Vice President, Sales
Sean is a global sales leader focusing on Contract Lifecycle Management and Supply Management verticals.
His primary motivation is to enable clients to optimize ongoing business relationships through technology enablement. By connecting Sales, Contract operations, Human Resources and Procurement through Analytics & Contracts, decision makers can make more informed decisions quicker.
He has both the tenacity required to navigate the difficult path during a business start-up phase and the executive experience to lead an organization into a true market leading position.
Director, Amazon Business Commercial
Martin Rohde is the director of Amazon Business’ commercial vertical. As director, Martin oversees strategy, P&L management, and end to end customer solutions for key commercial sectors such as, technology, industrial, financial services and hospitality. Martin has extensive experience in B2B procurement, working with enterprise customers in Sales and eCommerce roles. Martin has held executive positions at Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Hewlett Packard, and Arrow Electronics.
Martin is originally from Dusseldorf (Germany) and holds Masters degrees in both Business Administration and Mechanical Engineering from Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (Germany). He lives in Seattle with his wife and son. Martin enjoys sports and outdoor activities, especially soccer and boating.
Senior Vice President, Procurement Transformation
Insight Sourcing Group
Prior to joining Insight Sourcing Group, Doug was an Executive Partner with Accenture where he was an architect of several of Accenture’s largest and most complex consulting and outsourcing programs. He is also a former Partner with IBM’s Business Consulting Services and a former Senior Project Engineer with Pratt & Whitney.
Doug received an M.B.A. with honors from the Goizueta Business School at Emory University and Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Clemson University.
Founder & Chief Executive Officer
Bid Ops, Inc.
Edmund Zagorin is founder and CEO of Bid Ops Inc., the first company to use artificial intelligence to automate multi-vendor procurement negotiations. As a procurement consultant and practitioner, Edmund experienced the pain of combing through spreadsheets to evaluate vendor bids based on a set of ever-changing qualitative and quantitative criteria, which was the inspiration for creating the Bid Ops platform. Edmund frequently meets with groups of F5000 executives to discuss the evolving role of artificial intelligence in spend analysis, vendor audit, bid scoring and across the enterprise procurement stack.
Director, Client Solutions
Neerav Shah is a member of PRO’s Client Services and Business Development teams. For the past decade, Neerav has advised clients on program strategy, scope, design, and roll-out including supplier adoption and key performance metrics. Industry leaders have trusted Neerav’s experiences to drive program cost savings and improving manager experiences. Prior to joining PRO, Neerav spent a decade advising technology firms across management consulting, corporate/business development, and investment banking initiatives while at Ernst & Young, Oracle, and Houlihan Lokey. Neerav completed his bachelor degree at U.C. Berkeley (Industrial Engineering & Operations Research) and graduate studies at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (M.B.A. & M.P.P.).
Vice President, Strategy
Matt Weber has over 10 years of experience in the technology space. Focusing on SAAS solutions, Matt has been at the forefront of cloud applications through his career with industry leaders such as Workiva and Underwriters Laboratories. An alumnus of Illinois State University, Matt has a consistent track record of pairing solutions with key business challenges and has managed relationships with organizations ranging from the Fortune 100 to early stage start-ups.
SVP Global Sales & Operations and Chief Global Officer
Sean Hobday is a Global technology supply chain leader with over 20 years of global supply experience. His expertise includes asset management strategies, global vendor consolidation, import reduction methodology, next gen IT procurement and cloud management. Sean has been with Zones for over 18 years and has extensive experience in working with Fortune 100 companies for the supply of IT hardware, software, and solutions.
Senior Vice President
Williams Lea Tag
As Senior Vice President of Business Development and Marketing for Williams Lea Tag Americas, Patrick has responsibility for all growth related initiatives across the US, Canada and Latin America. Williams Lea Tag is the leading independent marketing and communications partner to brands worldwide. As an industry veteran, Patrick has an unprecedented understanding of the challenges facing marketing and procurement teams to meet their organizations’ demands for efficiency and effectiveness.
Prior to joining WLT, Patrick was CEO Americas of Konica Minolta Marketing Services (formerly
Charterhouse), a global marketing solutions company, specializing in globally integrated marketing execution solutions on behalf the world’s most dynamic brands. Before that, Patrick was the global leader for Pitney Bowes Marketing Lifecycle Solutions (MLS) business responsible for driving innovative solutions that help enterprises reduce costs while increasing marketing ROI, driving revenue and maximizing profitability. Before joining Pitney Bowes, Patrick spent fourteen years at Williams Lea Tag delivering transformational Managed Document Services and Print Management solutions for global clients.
Before that, Patrick held senior sales, business development and solutions positions at Bowne Business Solutions, R.R. Donnelley Enterprise Solutions, and Eastman Kodak.
Patrick earned a J.D. from St. John’s University and a B.A. from Fairfield University. Patrick is a member of the New York and Connecticut state bars.
Vice President of Operations, Americas
Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply, (CIPS)
Bill Michels is the Vice President of Operations, Americas for the Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply (CIPS). He is a recognized expert in Purchasing and Supply Chain Management.
Bill has worked in procurement across a wide spectrum of industries and countries transforming Procurement and the Supply Chain. Until recently, Bill was the CEO and founder of Aripart Consulting after more than 23 years at ADR North America. Under his leadership, ADR North America became a leading niche specialty consulting firm and has won several recognitions and awards.
Bill is a sought-after speaker and writer with many publications, including co-authorship of the book "Transform Your Supply Chain" and numerous published articles. He is now working on a new book focused on supplier relationship management. Bill has a B.S. in Business Administration from Rochester Institute of Technology and an MBA from Baldwin Wallace University. He is a CIPS Fellow (FCIPS) and has CPSM and C.P.M. certifications. He is on the Board of Directors of the Joe Niekro Foundation, Editorial Board of Advisors for Supply & Demand Chain Executive Magazine and Advisory Board of Palambridge.
Commercial Contracts Expert and Co-Author
Getting to We
Ms. Nyden is a recognized expert in the field having co-authored Getting to We: Negotiating Agreement’s for Highly Collaborative Relationships, written Negotiation Rules! A Practical Approach to Big Deal Negotiations and co-authored The Vested Outsourcing Manual: A Guide for Creating Successful Business and Outsourcing Relationships.
Ms. Nyden has worked with organizations such as PG&E, TD Bank, CIBC Bank, Brookfield Johnson Controls, CH2MHill, T-Mobile, Jones Lang LaSalle, Microsoft, and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Ms. Nyden is an adjunct professor at Seattle University and has taught negotiation skills courses at the University of Tennessee’s Center for Executive Education.
Ms. Nyden earned her B.A. and Juris Doctorate from Southern Illinois University. Between 2002 and 2007, Ms. Nyden donated hundreds of hours mediating disputes for the Pierce County Center for Dispute Resolution, a non-profit organization.
President / CEO and Product Evangelist
Wolfe Procurement and Bonfire
Andrew is currently the President & CEO of Wolfe Procurement as well as the Product Evangelist for Bonfire. As a Bonfire Partner, Andrew’s role is to engage and build relationships with CPOs/Procurement Leaders across all industries. Understand their vision, key initiatives and priorities while helping them through their digital journey.
Andrew is a seasoned procurement executive with 23 years’ experience. He has a proven track record of executing complex, high-value strategic sourcing initiatives and supplier management programs globally. He is an expert negotiator focusing on savings and improved supplier offerings. Andrew has experience leading high performing teams, procurement transformation and acquisition integrations.
Prior to Wolfe Procurement, Andrew held senior leadership positions at OpenText and Manulife Financial. Most recently, the Director, Procurement at OpenText where he lead the transformation from transactional “low value add” purchasing to a “best-in-class” strategic sourcing operation.
Michael Hughes is currently the VP of Worldwide Sales for Bonfire Interactive. Michael has responsibility for building and operating the sales and partner organizations at Bonfire. Michael comes to Bonfire from Scalearc, which was acquired by Ignite Technologies where he was responsible for leading the sales organization. Michael brings with him over 20 years of software sales and executive management experience having led his last four firms through either successful acquisition or IPO including WatchDox (acquired by IBM), Watchfire (acquired by Blackberry) and Delano Technology. Michael has a B.S. in Computer Engineering from Clemson University and a M.B.A. from the University of North Carolina.
Director of Sales, North America
Tata Consultancy Services
Kenya Sims is a Director of Sales, North America at Tata Consultancy Services. She has over 13 years of experience in the Procure-to-Pay area, specifically in retail and the pharma sectors. With her ability to help simplify and streamline complex processes, she has helped many of the Fortune 100 transform their P2P operations. Her focus is to help organizations accelerate their automation journey and to have the ability to leverage their entire P2P ecosystem.
Executive Managing Director
Deborah Stanton is the Executive Managing Director of CAPS Research. She leads the non-profit organization focused on advancing the practice of supply management through outstanding research and benchmarking, in partnership with Arizona State University and Institute for Supply Management.
Deborah brings many years of corporate experience as a supply management practitioner. Most recently she was CPO and Group Executive at MasterCard responsible for Global Supply Chain and Corporate Services.
Prior to Ms. Stanton’s role of CPO and Group Executive at MasterCard from 2009-2014, she held various leadership positions in supply management at Honeywell, Whirlpool, and Temple-Inland. Deborah has been ranked #4 “Top CPO” by ExecRank and holds a degree in Business and Economics from the University of Minnesota.
Chief Marketing Officer
Amy Romero, the CMO of CreativeDrive, one of the world’s largest global content creation and production studio networks, is a respected marketing and communications leader.
Amy’s journalistic approach to telling the CreativeDrive story has gained awareness in the U.S., Latin America and Asia, attracting global clients in the fashion, hospitality, technology and food and beverage industries. She promotes and shares the stories of CreativeDrive’s creators, makers and doers, which includes over 1,000 dedicated filmmakers, photographers, designers and developers, along with their local cultures to raise awareness of CreativeDrive’s talent collective.
This is not the first time Romero has paved the way for new models and offerings. She joined Omnicom’s Rapp in 2003 during the height of the dial-up to broadband internet transformation. Under her leadership, she launched and marketed the company’s TV and digital capabilities. Just four years later, she was one of the pioneers at Ketchum who created and marketed the company’s digital business division to meet the demands of the social media landscape. Before taking her expertise to corporate agencies, Amy embarked on producing content and marketing solutions for entertainment brands, including Jazz at Lincoln Center, HBO, MSNBC and Varsity Entertainment.
Senior Vice President
With over 20 years of experience in the Human Capital industry, Marrena has started, managed, and strengthened client-driven talent acquisition organizations. Prior to joining ProcureAbility, Marrena served many leading Fortune 1000 companies in procurement recruitment, business development, and project management. In these roles, she was responsible for developing and leading best-in-class operations and driving business growth.
Marrena is an often-sought expert providing current insights into hiring trends and best practices in the procurement and supply chain talent space. She maintains an extensive network of procurement and supply chain professionals.
Kim Neisen is an industry expert with more than 20 years of successful experience in Talent Acquisition, Managed Service and Procurement. Kim has an extensive history of innovation and enhancement that elevates operational effectiveness, employee engagement and client satisfaction. Prior to joining ProcureAbility, Kim implemented, developed and operated managed several contingent workforce related programs during her tenures at Randstad Sourceright and Pontoon. More recently, she led the global, Enterprise-wide Professional Services MSP under Global Spend Management at Aon Corporation.
Kim has a proven ability to foster relationships and is most fulfilled when helping people to grow professionally.
Your Program Director
ProcureCon Indirect West
Jennifer has an extensive background as a Reality TV Producer, Writer and Director. Looking for a new challenge, she’s now brought her experience to the content creation and crafting of WBR’s ProcureCon Events, where the elements of event management, talent casting, audience engagement and great storytelling are just as significant – but don’t judge based on her background. She promises there will be no crying, fighting, drinks thrown, or tables flipped. At least, not until the first cocktail reception.
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