Shoshanah Cohen, Rick Hoole, Hiroyuki Irie and Joseph Roussel, of the Supply Chain Innovation Practice at PRTM Management Consultants (www.prtm.com), have worked for more than 15 years to define the leading edge of supply chain management practices, developing the first comprehensive set of cross-functional supply chain performance metrics and the first industry consortium to collect benchmarking data for those metrics before collaborating to lead the development of the Supply-Chain Operations Reference-model (SCOR), which revolutionized the way corporations view their supply chains.
Sergio Retamal, president and CEO of supply chain consulting and services provider Global-4PL (www.global-4pl.com), has advanced the study and practice of supply chain management through speaking engagements and his work in various organizations, including as president for the San Francisco Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals and as a board member for the Bay Area World Trade Center in Oakland, Calif.
Tracy B. Stephens, CEO of the Global Supply Chain Management Practice at services firm Resources Global Professionals (www.resources-us.com), believes that Supply Chain should be recognized as a strategic function because it is the glue that holds the enterprise together, affecting and being affected by every functional area within an organization. He promotes the need for companies to recognize and improve the touch-points between the supply chain and core functions like IT, Human Resources, Accounting and Finance, and Internal Audit.
Joey Benadretti, president of SYSPRO USA (www.syspro.com), a provider of enterprise solutions to small and midsize businesses, leverages his 20 years' experience working with manufacturers and distributors to highlight the message that successful companies must look to Supply Chain to ensure that they adhere to Lean principles through the entire supply network, establishing strong relationships not only with customers but also with suppliers and partners. A staunch advocate for the U.S. manufacturing sector, Benadretti believes that technology alone does not account for the growth of industry in the country. Rather, he feels it is the coupling of technology with an indomitable entrepreneurial spirit that has made the United States the leading industrial nation in the world.
Edward (Ned) Blinick, vice-president of sales and marketing at Blinco Systems (www.blinco.com), a developer of enterprise and inter-enterprise global commerce management solutions, has spent the past decade promoting the role of Supply Chain in helping enterprises gain competitive advantage by operating more efficiently even as they expand their supply networks into new geographies, bringing Lean principles to the extended supply chain.
Donald A. Hicks, president and CEO of supply chain optimization and simulation specialist LLamasoft (www.llamasoft.com), has championed the use of network optimization, simulation, inventory optimization and "design for robustness" to solve key supply chain strategy questions, helping to change the way that supply chain analysts think about their work and raising the level of professionalism in supply chain strategy projects.
Narayan Laksham, founder and president of lean manufacturing software provider Ultriva (www.ultriva.com), has been evangelizing, since 1999, that "leaning" the supply chain is the key to improving on-time performance of a plant, the supply chain is a natural extension of manufacturing, and collaboration must include the shop floor along with purchasing and suppliers. His message has helped organizations refocus supply chain metrics away from cost management and toward profitability and growth.
Bob Moyer, president of enterprise product information management (PIM) solution provider FullTilt Solutions (www.fulltilt.com), evangelizes the value of improving product information management and has worked to promote the key role of Supply Chain in turning strategic PIM into a competitive advantage in conjunction with data synchronization and RFID initiatives.
Jeff Nigriny, chief security officer at aerospace and defense industry collaborative business network Exostar (www.exostar.com) and president of data security not-for-profit CertiPath (www.certipath.com), is working to ensure that increasingly outsourced supply chains remain secure, collaborating closely with members of the A&D industry and U.S. and U.K. governments to build secure procurement and collaborative platforms, and highlighting Supply Management's vital role in ensuring a secure supply chain.