Thomas Brunell, vice president, Supply Network Services, Avnet Electronics Marketing, has a career spanning nearly 30 years in supply chain management, electronics manufacturing, and materials management. Brunell served on the board of directors for the Supply-Chain Council for seven years and was chair in 1999. He is a recognized authority on supply chain strategies, speaking frequently on this topic. He has presented at the annual conferences of the Council of Logistics Management, the Institute for Supply Management™ (ISM), and APICS as well as supply chain conferences in Asia and Europe. He was the editor of Global Supply Chain magazine and has worked with the North American Electronics Initiative (NEMI) to develop its supply chain strategy. Brunell received a B.S. in nautical science from Massachusetts Maritime Academy.
Joseph L. Cavinato, Ph.D., C.P.M., director of ISM's Center for Strategic Supply Leadership (CSSL) and the architect for this program, is also ISM professor of supply management at Thunderbird, The American Graduate School of International Management where he teaches MBA courses on supply chain management, purchasing, and logistics. His other teaching, executive management, and research activities are in the areas of business futures, strategic business models, and international business. Cavinato is a senior fellow in the Center for Global Leadership and was a professor of business logistics at Penn State from 1978 until 1999. He is currently co-authoring books entitled The Leveraged Pyramid, Marketplace Intelligence, and Supply Chain and Operations Handbook. He has written over 160 cases in strategy, inter-organization linkages, purchasing, and value chain management.
Peter D. Shadek, principal, A.T. Kearney, has more than 15 years of strategy and operations consulting experience (including working in Japan for two years) in a variety of manufacturing and service industries. He has led major profitability improvement and restructuring engagements that focus on strategic sourcing, procurement, organizational design, and enterprise transformation. In the strategic sourcing arena, he developed a unique strategy for addressing mega-supplier relationships. These relationships are characterized by significant "captive spend," often running into the hundreds of millions or even billions of dollars with individual suppliers. The mega-supplier strategy has been used successfully in several industries (including telecommunications and energy) to dramatically improve strategic partnerships while reducing costs.
A.T. Kearney is an innovative, corporate-focused management consulting firm known for high-quality, tangible results and its working-partner style. The firm was established in 1926 to provide management advice concerning issues on the CEO's agenda. Over the past decade, A.T. Kearney has worked with leading companies to conduct global best-practice studies within the procurement arena. Shadek received a B.S., Engineering, Bucknell University and an MBA, Dartmouth College, The Amos Tuck School of Business Administration.
Michael T. Smith, president, Thomas Advisory Group, is a recognized industry leader in the field of developing and marketing cutting-edge EDI, commercial card, and electronic commerce applications. Previously, Smith had over 18 years of experience in the corporate sector, specializing in technology and finance. His career includes senior positions with several major banks. His uniquely diversified experience in the e-commerce field includes management, marketing, sales, product development, purchasing system design, and information systems design. During his tenure within the financial services sector at such institutions as Citibank, U.S. Bank, and CoreStates, he built a strong track record in creating new business lines while developing a strong reputation for integrity and expertise. Smith has also held positions on the VISA Domestic and International Commercial Card Advisory Boards. During the early 80s, he co-founded the Delaware Valley EDI Roundtable, a Northeast EDI user group of local business professionals dedicated to the advancement and promotion of EDI in the business community. He served as chairman of this group during its inaugural two-year period. Currently, Smith is focused on helping companies convert their legacy business practices to take advantage of the new virtual market of Internet-based solutions. Through Thomas Advisory Group's innovative methods and procedures, companies achieve "best in class" recognition that separates them from their competition and improves their bottomline. Smith has a B.S. in management of information systems and an MBA in finance, both from Drexel University.
Timothy Van Mieghem, CPA, a founder of The ProAction Group, implements projects and delivers services that result in improved client operations. Examples include international distribution and sourcing, metrics implementation, lean manufacturing, and reverse partnering. Every project has achieved the dual goal of obtaining specific results, whether reducing costs or enhancing services, and training the client to continue or replicate the process. Van Mieghem's clients include companies in the automotive, chemical, consumer products, food products, and other industries, ranging in size from less than $10 million in sales to the Fortune 25. He has also created, written, and taught executive seminars on international sourcing, negotiations with suppliers, interpersonal communications, and how to harness the computer as a management tool. He is the author of the Prentice Hall book, Implementing Supplier Partnerships: How to Lower Costs and Improve Service. Van Mieghem has a B.S. degree in accounting from Marquette University.