Procurecon Indirect West 2018

September 24 - 26, 2018

JW Camelback Inn Resort & Spa, Scottsdale, AZ



CPOs and Heads of Procurement

Tad Wampfler
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.


Jim Gorzalski
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.

Mithun Sharma
Vice President, Global Strategic Sourcing
John Becvar
Chief Procurement Officer
Miguel Gonzalez Gisbert
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. 

Erin Lambert
Global Head of Sourcing
Ron Gregorsok
Vice President, Supply Chain Management
Gun Shim
Vice President, Supply Chain Management
Pacific Gas and Electric Company
Marc Gerdy
Head of Corporate Procurement
Discount Tire
David Kern
Head of Global Procurement
TripAdvisor Media Group
Matt Widdoes
Director, Strategic Sourcing
Signet Jewelers

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.

Oliver Gall
Head of Global Sourcing
S&P Global

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.

Nimfa Delos Santos
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.

Trupti Marshall
Former Vice President, Supply Chain
ABB Optical Group
John O. Proverbs
Head of Procurement
KLA-Tencor Corporation

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.

Rendi Miller
Head of Global Sourcing and Procurement
Greg Tennyson
Head of Procurement and Travel
VSP Global

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 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.

Jay Sklar
Chief Procurement Officer
Hub International

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.

Eric Strom
Vice President, Procurement
Mattress Firm
Joshua King
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.

Andy Murray
Senior Director, Global Head of Procurement
Gilead Sciences

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.

Dave Quillin
Manager, Procurement
Alliant Credit Union
Dave Quillin has specialized in technology procurement over the past 14 years. He started his career selling technology for CDW then moving to procurement side. Dave has worked in a variety of companies over the years from traditional to nontraditional firms. Dave is currently the manager of procurement and third-party risk management at Alliant Credit Union in Chicago IL. In his current role he is responsible for the procurement strategy as well as the third-party risk management strategy. He also been nominated as a 2017 Pros to Know.
Joseph Martinez
Chief Procurement & Financial Operations Officer
MUFG Americas
Elaine Gu
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.


Adam Boal
Head Of Procurement-North America
AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals
Edward McAndrews
Head of Procurement - Global IT & Enabling Functions
AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals
Ed is currently the Head of Procurement for North America at AstraZeneca. In this role he leads the US and Canada in market procurement teams. He also has global accountability for AstraZeneca’s core commercial categories including Advertising, Digital/Media, Market Research, Contract Sales and PR. Prior to his role as Head of Procurement, Ed held multiple Global Category Leader roles where he developed and implemented global category strategies across key global markets. Established, developed, and managed key global supplier relationships and implemented global category best practices and sourcing programs. Ed has experience in procurement technology implementing Ariba platforms on a global scale and process expertise in strategic sourcing and category management. Ed holds a Bachelors Degree from Eastern University and an MBA from St. Josephs University.

Heads of Indirect Procurement

Fernando Hernandez
Director, SC&O Indirect Supply Chain
The Boeing Company
Jeffrey Smith
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. 

Keith Woody
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.

Eva Milko
Vice President/Global Head, Procurement Center of Excellence & Transformation

Eva Milko is a globally minded management professional with major career achievements in international business and product development, revenue generation, strategic sourcing and global procurement, operations, business transformation, system implementation and supply management. In her current role, Eva is a Vice President and Global Lead for Jacobs Engineering Procurement Centre of Excellence & Transformation. She oversees procurement integration activities between Jacobs Engineering and CH2M companies.

Prior to joining Jacobs, Eva was the Sr. Vice President and Managing Director at Procurement Leaders, a global procurement membership organization where she was responsible for the rapid expansion of the Americas market. Eva started her career with Motorola Corporation in 1989 and held various manufacturing, engineering and project management positions before choosing procurement and supply chain as her career path. After 16 years at Molson Coors Brewing Company and SABMiller, Eva retired to kick off Thought Foundry LLC, an agency dedicated to emerging thought.

Eva lives in Morrison, Colorado with her husband Jason and her puppy Zuzu.

Geoff Tonini
Indirect Sector Lead
Hess Corporation
Tracy Joshua
Vice President of Procurement, Indirect
The Kellogg Company
Susannah Gobbi
Executive Global Indirect Sourcing Leader
GE Capital
Carol Philipps
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.

Melissa Burkland
Director of Indirect Sourcing and Procurement
Rodan + Fields
Mark Richardson
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).

German Torres
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.

Leading Practitioners

Shara Holliday
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.

Connie Chou
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.

Barbara Bramble
Senior Sourcing Specialist
The Home Depot
Anton Van Steenwijk
Procurement Director, Global Operations
Dell Technologies

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.



Rahul Vijay
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.

Mark McElroy
Senior Procurement Manager
Bank of America
Vidya Viswanath
Head of Strategic Supplier Relationships
Vidya leads contingent workforce and third party staffing procurement at Google. Her extensive experience in indirect procurement was built by transforming teams to lead world class supply chain organizations.
Naga Murali Vardhinedi
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.

Michele Thompson
Director, Global Sourcing
Thomson Reuters

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.

Jason Cammorata
Director, Strategic Sourcing
MDC Partners
MDC Partners is one of the fastest-growing and most influential marketing and communications networks in the world. Jason’s overall focus at MDC is delivering best in class business results to MDC’s network of 40+ agencies, globally. Prior to joining MDC Partners, Jason spent five years within Publicis Groupe.
Dan Miller
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.        

Teddy Oberts
Strategic Sourcing Manager
Neil Schloss
Procurement Manager IT and Marketing
Perdue Farms

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

Nick Schultze
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.

Dan Linney
Director Procurement
Delek US Holdings
Dan is an experienced Procurement / Supply Chain leader with a deep Accounting and FP&A background. He is currently Director of Procurement at Delek US Holdings and is highly focused on driving value to the organization, continuous process improvement, building and enabling internal team capabilities, and influencing stakeholders through collaborative engagement. He is also Global Project Lead for procurement restructuring initiatives, and system development and implementation, including global P2P and other procurement tools.
Mariam Georgaroudakis
HR - Category Manager, Corporate Indirect
Raytheon Company
Amee Foss
National Director, Procurement and Plant Operations
Watermark Retirement Communities
An expert in the field of procurement and contracts with over 25 years of experience, Amee Foss’s career spans industries including high tech, engineering and seniors housing. Working for Fluor Enterprises, Razorfish and Watermark Retirement Communities, she has achieved hundreds of millions in cost-savings leading teams to implement sourcing tools for direct and indirect spending. Amee has championed a variety of successful initiatives including supplier diversity and inclusion, real estate, travel and expense, facilities and plant operations. Amee believes that laughter and hard work are the keys to success. She enjoys swimming and making happy memories with her husband, son and two Great Danes.
Alicia Navarro
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.

Dominic Wong
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). 

Derrick Jackson
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.). 

Babu Kuttala
Group Vice President , Advance Analytics Solution Delivery
Babu Kuttala is Group Vice President,  Advance Analytics at ABB. He is responsible for ABB’s big data and advance analytics strategy, operations and processes. He oversees all aspects of data life cycle management and deploying artificial intelligence, cognitive computing and machine learning solutions across all business divisions, and supports the growth of ABB’s business units by partnering with them on revenue-generating programs related to internal business process data analytics. Previously, Babu was IS Director at Honeywell, where he was responsible for developing and executing data architecture strategy that supported Honeywell Finance, Sales & Marketing and Supply Chain Management.

Babu holds master’s degrees in Knowledge Management (California State University) and Computer Information Systems (Quinnipiac University), as well as an MBA in Strategy & Finance from Quinnipiac University. He earned a graduate certificate in modern systems architecture and engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Six Sigma Green Belt holder.

In 2012, Babu was named the IBM “Innovation Leader of the Year” for demonstrating leadership in embracing smarter commerce technology solutions. In 2003, he received the Smithsonian Award for Innovative Information Architecture and exemplary use of technology in the finance, insurance and real estate industry. 

Lukas Forney
HR Benefits Sourcing Manager
Intel Corporation
Lukas is currently the Global Employee Benefits Sourcing Manager at Intel responsible for over $650M in annual spending across 63 countries. His career with Intel over the past 12 years has also included a variety of sourcing roles including professional services, IT hardware & software, managed services, outsourcing and contingent labor. For the past 6 years, Lukas has successfully partnered with Intel’s HR organization to save over $100M in healthcare spending while implementing various commercial strategies in an effort to transform the way employers purchase and consume healthcare. He holds a position with the National Business Group on Health Payment Reform Committee in an effort to influence state and federal activity. Lukas received his BS degree in Supply Chain Management and MBA from Arizona State University’s W.P. Carey School of Business.
Matthew Yancy
Business Operations Manager, Corporate Strategic Procurement
Intel Corporation
Matt Yancy joined Intel in 1999 as a Buyer in the Materials Organization and since then has worked as a capital equipment Commodity Manager in the Technology Manufacturing and Engineering Organization, a Commodity Manager in the Corporate Strategic Procurement Organization and a Contracts and Negotiations Manager in the Contracts and Negotiations group within Corporate Strategic Procurement.  Matt also led the Contracts and Negotiations Team before moving to his current role as the Business Operations Manager for the Corporate Strategic Procurement Organization and the Business Acumen Series Program Manager.  Prior to Intel, Matt managed the hedging position at Conversion Resources, a scrap metal refinery.  Matt received his Bachelor’s degree in Finance from Colorado State University and his M.B.A in Supply Chain Management from Arizona State University.
Denise D'Adamo
Director, Category Management
AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals

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.

Angela Zou
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.

Industry Thought Leaders

Kate Renwick-Espinosa
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.

Michael Shaw
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.

Joanna Martinez
Supply Chain Advisors
Phil Ideson
The Art of Procurement
Barb Sexton
2018/2019 President
ISM Arizona

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).


Ed Lieg
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.

John Quinn
AI Expert, Machine Learning Engineer, Data Scientist at Harvard University/Founder & Managing Member
hidden layers, LLC
Doug Spence
Managing Partner
Spence Associates

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.

Scott Sugarman
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.


James Hallock
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.

Alex Saric
Chief Marketing Officer
Alex has 20 years’ experience growing enterprise software companies, including 15 focused on Spend Management. Alex joined Ariba to build its spend analytics business, which he led as general manager. He then built and led Ariba’s international marketing team until successful acquisition by SAP, transitioning to lead business network marketing globally. Earlier, Alex was a founding member of Zeborg (acquired by Emptoris) where he developed vertical procurement applications. He began his career in the U.S. Cavalry, leading tank and scout platoons through 2 combat deployments. Alex holds a B.S. in Economics from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and an international M.B.A. from INSEAD
Travis Bickham
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.

Nikesh Parekh,
Chief Executive Officer
Sean Delaney
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.

Martin Rohde
Director, Amazon Business Commercial
Amazon Business

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.


Doug Van Wingerden
Senior Vice President, Procurement Transformation
Insight Sourcing Group
Doug has over 20 years of consulting and operations experience and has supported large-scale, transformational programs for clients around the world in a variety of industries. His areas of specialty include process transformation, service delivery strategy, change management, organization design, and technology rationalization.

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.
Edmund Zagorin
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.

Neerav Shah
Director, Client Solutions
PRO Unlimited
Matt Weber
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.

Sean Hobday
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.

Mark Rhys Thomas
Chief Growth Officer

Mark started his career in the content creation space with Tag worldwide, as its first-ever, brand-facing director. In this role, he used creativity to build Tag into a touchstone for direct production relationships with brand owners, bypassing their agency relationships, and effectively creating the decoupled market in the early 2000s. 

This was followed at the Omnicom building The Hub+, BBDO’s answer to Tag, cementing their then relationship with P&G and Mercedes. 

Mark was one of the three founding partners of Hogarth Worldwide, again creating a new paradigm, coupling transcreation with technology with content creation, for brands like Pfizer and Unilever. After selling to WPP, and completing an MBA, he rejoined Omnicom to help transform TBWA’s E-Graphics into Omnicom’s production business eg+, working on Nissan and Apple as well as having responsibility for Omnicom’s healthcare practice.

He is self-described as a serial offender in the content creation space, having spent the last 20 years working with the world’s leading brands. As the Chief Growth Officer at CreativeDrive, Mark is responsible for delivering clients a true challenge to the status quo and a new agency model that feeds insatiable consumer appetites for relevant, high-quality content.

Patrick Fogarty
Senior Vice President
Williams Lea Tag
Bill Michels
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.

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Jennifer Platt
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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