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...


An advocate of e-Procurement and Puridiom for more than 20 years, Toohey brought procurement automation awareness to manufacturing; health plan organizations; private education; and non-profit organizations. A believer in using technology to reduce cost, he wrote and for two years taught a course on this subject in the Graduate Business School University Wisconsin Madison. Today, he leads the development of Puridiom’s new eMarketplace. He also continues to consult with Puridiom clients on Procure to Pay (P2P) best practices.

 

Treadwell Davison, Assistant Vice President, Business Operations, Railinc Corp.

Davison manages Railinc’s business operations and oversees all product lines, which serve to improve the safety and operational efficiency and effectiveness of the North American freight-rail transportation industry. Under his leadership, Railinc delivered 10 rail industry projects and an EDI upgrade in 2012 that met vital demands for rail transportation information and improvements in rail operations. He also directed Railinc’s participation in the Asset Health Strategic Initiative, launched in 2012 and projected to save the industry millions of dollars annually upon maturity.

 

Jon Bovit, Chief Marketing Officer, Resilinc

With more than 25 years of industry experience as a technologist, strategist and marketer, Bovit focused on supply chain and procurement solutions for more than a decade. As customers face many key supply chain challenges ahead in 2013—particularly in the area of supply chain risk and resiliency—Bovit’s focus going into 2013 will be to help customers create proactive and scalable strategies for mitigating potential multi-tier global supply chain disruptions.

 

Greg Silich, Advisory Board Member, Resilinc

Throughout his 15-plus-year executive career, Silich delivered a unique C-level value proposition within rapid growth businesses, an entrepreneurial start-up and a large multi-national company involving organic growth; transformation; market diversification; globalization; tuck under acquisitions; large scale mergers; and organizational restructuring.

 

Mark Davis, CTO and SVP of Operations, SafeSourcing Inc.

For the past 15 years, Davis focused his skills on the retail and supply chain side of business helping to develop and market products and services to fit each industry. He believes there will be a continued focus on its customers getting access to mission-critical data and being able to access that data from mobile devices. The company has several new tools and reports that will be available for its customers in 2013.

 

Ryan Melowic, Director of Customer Services, SafeSourcing Inc.

With over seven years in the procurement industry procuring items from supplies to fuel, Melowic identifies specifications for items and asks the appropriate questions to uncover terms and price protection language. He also helps identify how procurement departments can better align with their company’s broader strategy by understanding the major financial goals.

 

Ronald D. Southard, CEO, SafeSourcing Inc.

With a career in supply chain spanning from the 1970s, Southard is considered an in-depth category specialist across a very wide range of categories and his customers look to him regularly for guidance relative to complex spends. He believes the No. 1 challenge is to bring companies, suppliers and supply chain knowledge workers together in a collaborative and cooperative forum where the sourcing practitioner’s view of their category is improved, automated, cost effective and measureable in a triple bottom line view.

 

Debbie Wilcox, CPSM, Vice President, Marketing & Professional Services, SafeSourcing Inc.

Wilcox helped retailers obtain greater than 20 percent savings on their not-for-resale spend for more than five years by utilizing the latest e-procurement tools and procurement best practices to leverage spend and maximize competition among suppliers. She helps organizations save money on purchases and helps suppliers grow their business. Even in areas that are highly service oriented—such as unloading services—she delivered cost savings and helped organizations turn what was once a company cost into a line of income from manufacturer allowances.

 

Tony Harris, Vice President of Solutions, Procurement Line of Business, SAP

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