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...


Involved in the field of logistics and supply chain management since the mid-1980s, Drake continually focuses on strengthening DSC’s role as a thought leader and process innovator in the industry. Since 1994, Drake guided DSC through a transformation from an extended family of 22 separate companies to a strong network of over 40 integrated logistics and supply chain management operations. Today, Drake sees the need to address key challenges—such as sharing information, ideas, best practices and strategies and finding solutions together—to initiate innovative thinking and collaboration up and down the supply chain. As such, in 2012, DSC concentrated on integrating lean principles into its management system to take continual improvement to the next level.

 

Stephen Craig, Senior Managing Partner, Freight Management, enVista

Craig helped businesses optimize their transportation processes and significantly reduce transportation costs for the past 15 years. Craig understands the big picture of how transportation can contribute to a company’s revenue growth and recognizes the full spectrum of how transportation and supply chains impact the business model. In 2012, under Craig’s direction, enVista’s Transportation Services team saved enVista clients tens of millions of dollars on their transportation spend.

 

Davison Schopmeyer, Senior Managing Partner, Supply Chain Services, enVista

With 22 years of industry experience, Schopmeyer led supply chain projects focused on labor optimization; inventory optimization; transportation optimization; and entire supply chain network designs encompassing all areas. Some results from Davison’s projects have been a decrease in cost per unit by five percent; reduction of inventory costs by over a million dollars; elimination of two warehouses in a network and providing the same service level; and warehouse operational efficiency gains in excess of 40 percent.

 

David Hale, Chief Information Officer, E2open Inc.

With over 20 years of experience managing technology and operations in high growth and emerging companies, Hale leads E2open’s cloud operations and global support teams. While IT is traditionally associated with servers, storage and network infrastructure, Hale continues to spearhead the movement of the IT function as an important driver of strategic business value—for both E2open and its customers.

 

Desikan Madhavanur, General Manager, Products and Product Strategy, E2open Inc.

During his tenure at E2open, Madhavanur continued to gain the respect and esteem of his customers. He is particularly well regarded for his ability to incorporate customer requests and “lessons learned” into functional aspects of the E2open product road map. From brand owners with little-to-no direct manufacturing experience, to brand owners with decades of manufacturing experience, Madhavanur and his team at E2open led countless initiatives designed to optimize end-to-end supply chain operations and develop truly customer-driven supply chain programs.

 

Pervez Qureshi, President and Chief Executive Officer, Epicor Software Corp.

In his 20-plus-year career working exclusively in the software and technology industry, Qureshi focused on building customer-focused cultures to provide innovative business management solutions and outstanding service and support. Under his leadership, Epicor continues to inspire customers with innovation. In fact, 2012 marked the third consecutive year that Epicor has been rated the most visionary vendor on the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Single-Instance ERP for Product-Centric Midmarket Companies.

 

David Farmer, Group Vice President, Fortna Inc.

With over 22 years of experience, Farmer helped companies design, implement and operate high-performance complex distribution operations that help optimize supply chain performance. For the last 16 years as a solutions provider, he developed broad experience across software solutions, distribution strategy, distribution operations, labor management and material handling solutions.

 

Scott Miner, Group Vice President, Fortna Inc.

Miner has over 25 years of experience helping companies plan, develop solutions and execute complex distribution transformations. He successfully delivered complex supply chain transformation projects for major retail and high-tech companies. Miner also focused on the challenge of warehouse management systems (WMS) deployment in conjunction with complex operations and material handling equipment transformations.

 

Rich Seidel, Director, Fortna Inc.

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