The 13th Annual “Pros to Know” Set the Pace for a Better Supply Chain in 2013 and Beyond

Each year, it gets harder and harder to narrow down the final list of our annual “Pros to Know” awards honoree list. And this year is no exception as the editors of Supply & Demand Chain Executive whittled the final list down from nearly 400...


Nelson earned a reputation with supply chain practitioners as the “place to go” to seek assistance with that stubborn problem that needs a solution that “sticks” for the long term. As supply chain companies continue to address the increasingly complex demands for innovation and speed, Nelson’s unique mix of industry experience and innovative technological and organizational solutions enables both struggling and best-in-class companies to achieve a higher level of performance. Currently managing a field of 20-plus consultants, she ensures all projects are delivered on time and on budget with the highest client satisfaction. In one case, she assisted Cintas to optimize their existing supply chain processes and enabling technologies to achieve an inventory reduction in excess of $50 million while reducing customer backorders in less than 12 months.

 

Rose Kelly-Falls, Senior Vice President, Supply Chain Risk Management, Rapid Ratings

A pioneer of Supply Chain Risk Management (SCRM), Kelly-Falls has been at the forefront of the practice for her more than 20 years in the supply chain field. As SCRM evolved, she worked within and for companies involved in its initial engagement. Kelly-Falls’ success in Supply Chain Risk Management comes down to a single fundamental belief that “risk management is not the responsibility of the purchasing organization or the supply chain organization or the finance organization. Risk mitigation is a cross-functional responsibility.” Although this can be a difficult challenge for some companies—as many are accustomed to working in silos—shared input and accountability is key. In order to best manage risk, functions within organizations must work together to share information and mitigation practices.

 

Dawn Tiura Evans, President and Chief Executive Officer, Sourcing Interests Group (SIG)

The leader of a 22-year-old organization that brings sourcing and outsourcing leaders together, Evans looks at the issues facing outsourcing, sourcing and procurement executives and their C-level counterparts both domestically and abroad. Because she is in a unique position of being neither a provider nor a practitioner, she is seen by both as a trusted advisor and is frequently sought out for her knowledge of the industry and insight into the trends. She believes that proper risk management and a strong governance plan are major challenges facing SIG members today, particularly in highly-regulated industries such as banking or insurance. As such, Evans works closely with SIG’s members to deliver content and services regardless of their industry—helping them to manage risk and increase their competitive advantage.

 

Michael B. Lee, Chief Executive Officer, Airclic

With more than 20 years of experience working with some of the world’s top communications and software companies, Lee is an expert in identifying the avenues that will help companies most effectively achieve their supply chain and finance goals. Through his leadership, Airclic revolutionized and improved the performance of organizations’ supply chain, logistics and field service operations.

 

Stephanie Miles, Senior Vice President of Commercial Services, Amber Road

With nearly 20 years of expertise in client services, Miles’ unique insight from her work with and understanding of customer issues—as well as her leadership, strategic vision and extraordinary attention to detail—has been integral in Amber Road’s remarkable growth. By providing automation, optimization, transparency, controls and metrics, Miles and her Amber Road team work to make it easier for customers to reach and serve new markets; and extend their global market reach.

 

Ty Bordner, Vice President, Product Management & Solutions Consulting, Amber Road

As a true technology visionary, Bordner led Amber Road to the forefront of the global trade management (GTM) space and helped its multi-national customers tackle some of their most challenging issues in today’s global market. He pioneered new product developments that integrate compliance, logistics and supply chain technologies that help today’s leading companies automate and manage their global trade operations.

 

Jim Preuninger, Chief Executive Officer, Amber Road

With over 25 years of software industry experience, Preuninger has been a part of the evolution of the supply chain management market from a domestic focus to one that now encompasses global operations and spans logistics, compliance and trade finance. He founded Amber Road (formerly Management Dynamics) in 1989 and helped define the Global Trade Management (GTM) market.

 

Robert Shecterle, Vice President of Marketing, Aravo Solutions Inc.

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