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...


Shecterle’s more than 25 years of experience in supply chain management span supply chain process design and improvement; solution design creation marketing; and supply chain analyst research and reporting. He engineered the solution architecture, marketing strategies and product launches of some of the industry’s most notable supply chain and e-commerce solutions. Shecterle also helped to create and evangelize the SRM solution category and conducted some of the industry’s first research on supply chain sustainability.

 

Gene Averill, President and Chief Executive Officer, Avercast LLC

Averill continues to provide leadership, direction and his considerable supply chain experience to Avercast LLC, which he formed in 2008. He personally pioneered many of the demand management planning technologies that are commonplace today. Additionally, his Demand Solutions software product is used today by more than 10,000 people in 74 countries. As a result, Averill’s software earned numerous industry accolades over the years, all while saving his customers millions of dollars in inventory savings.

 

Joe Averill, Senior Software Engineer, Avercast LLC

Averill’s contributions to demand and supply chain forecasting helped move the industry forward to bring sophisticated Web-enabled collaboration to demand planners globally. He created more efficient and effective systems for accessing forecasting data in a variety of structured and unstructured formats. Soley responsible for enabling the cloud-enabled version of the Avercast platform, he helped improve user interface standards through working directly with planners and field sales forces in wholesale, distribution and retail.

 

Dan Purtell, Senior Vice President, Supply Chain Solutions, BSI Professional Services Inc.

With over 30 years of experience in supply chain security and risk mitigation, Purtell provides the tools and knowledge to help individuals and companies achieve the best level of security in their supply chain. Under his direction a number of companies acheived best practice status for the implementation of C-TPAT.

Chuck Robinson, Vice President, Account Services, Choice Logistics Inc.

Robinson developed a client lifecycle methodology that transitions a new client from the business development team into operations through the steps of solution design; solution implementation; client transition management; and operations. He directed the development of a new tool used to analyze a company’s installed base of technology and recommends the Choice Logistics stocking locations that would meet a given service-level objective. One long-term client which already used the tool identified more than $600,000 in inventory savings.

 

Steven Wales, Business Development Director, Decideware Inc.

Wales will be a major driver as Decideware embarks on a series of new programs in 2013 to engage large advertisers in global conversations about what advertisers need to optimize the return on their spend with the agencies. This year, he will lead an industry-wide education program to help all major marketers understand how they can be better equipped to manage a more successful and cost effective agency relationship.

 

Bill Harrison, President, Demand Solutions

Since 2006, Harrison led Demand Solutions to improvements in its applications; the company’s relationship with Microsoft and integration with its widely-used, Microsoft Dynamics business software; and provided industry thought leadership in broad issues from effective inventory management practices to technology innovation in supply chain management. Under Harrison’s leadership, Demand Solutions became a business partner that looks at how to better enable its customers to operate more efficiently— and improves its customers’ business. Harrison supports a comprehensive approach to providing software that works for its customers and for their customers and constantly innovates to provide better technology.

 

Thuy Q Mai, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, DiCentral

Responsible for DiCentral’s overall company management, direction and strategy, Mai led the organization this year through a successful completion of the SSAE 16 certification, which confirmed DiConnect’s ability to meet industry standards. Supply chain leaders like Mai provide customers with service that meet and even exceed industry standards necessary for streamlining EDI processes.

 

Ann Drake, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, DSC Logistics

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