Senior Category Manager-Facilities
Luis Gile is a subject matter expert and procurement leader in design, construction, and facilities services currently with IBM Procurement Services.
As a Registered Architect, with more than 60 major projects across 4 continents and over $1Billion in spend to his credit, Luis has over 24 years’ experience in the construction industry.
Through his wealth of category expertise and technical knowledge, Luis has made process transformation the hallmark of his career, developing and enhancing capital procurement standards for over a dozen Fortune 500 Clients.
With functional expertise in Design and Construction Procurement, Business Procurement Process, Strategic Business Case Development, Strategic Sourcing, Category Management, Procurement best practices, Construction Delivery Models, and Construction Pricing Models, Luis’ efforts have resulted in improved quality, schedule, and cost for dozens of Clients.
Luis has experience in several business sectors including; Pharmaceutical, Retail, Manufacturing, Corporate Office, Food and Beverage, Consumer Goods, and Restaurants.
Luis holds a Bachelor of Architecture and is a Registered Architect licensed in multiple states. He is certified by the National Council of Architecture Registration Boards (NCARB).
Senior Procurement Manager – Integrated Facilities Management
Rick Hellmann is on a mission to help revolutionize the global procurement industry. Trained in supply-chain management, he has a unique 30 year background in global procurement and category management, effective leadership and delivering successful management of a billion dollar capital and facility management portfolio. His efforts have resulted in savings of millions of dollars through supplier consolidation, long term strategy planning and bringing in new suppliers at the National or Global level to bring best in class operations to the business. With his tenacious drive, people management skills and value-driven decision making, he has helped numerous tech companies develop and transform their procurement departments and earned himself the nickname, the “Hammer.” Rick loves to socialize and bring people together, is an avid dancer and has a passion for golf. In his free time, he and his lovely wife Mary Kay enjoy their home at the beach and love to cruise around the world.
Former Global Category Manager, Global Utilities, and Facility Management
Eli Lilly and Company
Procurement Manager, Supplier Diversity
Willie Johnson, Supplier Diversity Procurement Manager for CHEP. CHEP, a global leader in supply chain solutions, serves many of the world’s largest companies. Located in Orlando, Florida, Willie is responsible for executing the development and implementation of a world-class supplier diversity strategy across CHEP which also includes the commercialization of the Supplier Diversity Solution, while integrating supplier diversity into the daily procurement decisions and activity. As the Supplier Diversity subject matter expert, he is also with increasing the awareness and spend with diverse businesses across all functional areas within CHEP.
Willie brings over 18 years’ experience to in the areas of Supply Chain, Strategic Procurement and Supplier Diversity. In previous roles, he assisted in creating and implementing a local developing business program for a local government agency as well as enhancing and strengthening supplier diversity programs and initiatives for many national corporations.
During his tenure with a National Minority Supplier Development Council Affiliate, he created contract and diversity inclusion language for local corporations, which fosters the development and contractual commitment to diverse businesses, while continuing to keep the bid process competitive. He served as one of five members which resolved and further developed the certification practices and protocol for the National Minority Supplier Development Council, who governs 23 affiliates in the United States and administers programs in Canada, The United Kingdom, China, South Africa and Australia. Willie Continues to strengthen the growth and relationships with many local and national organizations by serving on their boards or committees to assist in the advancement of the CHEP Supplier Diversity program and diverse supplier utilization.
Indirect Procurement Manager - Capital Projects; Engineering; Facilities; Waste; Utilities and Real Estate
Michael Fernandez is Sr. North American Category Manager for Facilities; Real Estate; Engineering; Capital; Waste and Utilities for Syngenta Crop Protection LLC. Mr. Fernandez joined Syngenta in 2009 after serving 16 year with Chemtura Corporation as Global Strategic Sourcing Manager and 10 year working engineering consulting for the oil and gas industry. Mr. Fernandez holds a MBA from the University of Phoenix and a Bachelor’s of Science form Nova Southeastern University and professional certifications C.P.M. and CPSM from the Institute for Supply Management and MCIPS from the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply.
Chief Procurement Officer
Jay Sklar is the Chief Procurement Officer for HUB International Limited, where he is responsible for implementing a long-term procurement program, inclusive of travel and real estate, to leverage HUB’s buying power across a historically decentralized organization that has grown rapidly via acquisitions.
Jay brings more than 20 years of experience in procurement, strategic sourcing, supplier diversity, and real estate. His prior roles included Vice President of Procurement and Real Estate for Orbitz, and various procurement-related roles at Aon, BankOne (now JPMorgan Chase), Waste Management, and A.T.Kearney.
Jay earned a Bachelor of Arts, with Honors, from Northwestern University, and a Masters of Business Administration from Kellogg / Northwestern University.
Director, Global Real Estate, Procurement, & Employee Travel
As the Global Head of Real Estate, Procurement & Employee Travel, Tido is responsible for strategic, employee facing programs. He’s responsible for fostering the marriage of Airbnb’s core values to their strategic portfolio growth and financial operations around the globe and delivering value through scalable business solutions. Tido’s experience in CRE within Corporate Development and as a consultant for the world’s largest technology firms have provided the foundation for developing workplace strategies which unleash the potential of employees by utilizing the built environment to facilitate productivity and deliver on business objectives. He’s passionate about ensuring that Airbnb culture is prioritized in the decision process and values the opportunity to leverage business insights to deliver value.
Chief Procurement Officer
Mariano Legaz is Senior Vice President and Chief Procurement Officer at Sprint Corporation. He is responsible for Sourcing, Procurement, Supply Chain management, and Real Estate operations across the organization. Under his leadership, Sprint Corporation will maximize supplier relationship, drive operational efficiencies, and enable their winning strategies.
Before joining Sprint Corporation, Mr. Legaz was the Verizon Wireless Florida Regional President, where he was responsible for sales, operations, marketing, distribution, customer service, and financial performance. During his 20 years at Verizon, Mr. Legaz also served as Senior Vice President, Supply Chain Services; Vice President, Sourcing; Director, Capital Planning and Analysis, as well as several other roles in the network technology organization, both in domestic and international markets.
Mr. Legaz was recently appointed to serve on PAHO Foundation Board of Trustees. He is a Board Member with the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. His past Board service includes Board Membership at Quest Forum – TL 9000, Advisory Board with Rutgers Center for Supply Chain Management, Corporate Advisory Board with National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC) a Health Sector Management Policy Advisory Board Member with University of Miami, and the Board of Trustees of University of Tampa.
Mr. Legaz holds an Engineering Degree in Electrical/Electronic Science and a Postgraduate Degree in Telecommunications from the Catholic University of Cordoba in Argentina. In addition, he received his EMBA in Economics from Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University.
Director, Global Sourcing & Global Head, Supplier Diversity
Michele Thompson is Global Director, Sourcing & Procurement and Global Head of Supplier Diversity for Thomson Reuters, an information services company and leading source of intelligent information for the worlds businesses and professionals. Thomson Reuters delivers insights to the financial and risk, legal, tax and accounting and media markets, powered by the world’s most trusted news organization. Thomson Reuters has over 45,000 employees, is located in over 100 countries and has annual revenues of $12 billion.
Michele began her career at Thomson Reuters in 1995 and has held a variety of roles in Sourcing, Procurement Operations, Supplier Management and Finance. She has sourced a variety of commodities in complex settings including global and virtual environments, acquisitions, divestitures, major reorganizations, off shoring and outsourcing.
Michele has led a variety of sourcing initiatives during her Sourcing & Procurement career. Some of her most notable achievements include the following:
- Creating a centralized purchasing function at the divisional level for her company. She assembled the purchasing team and constructed all policies and procedures including the design, implementation and deployment of the Purchase Order system. She also led the teams that delivered all companywide communications, change management and training to employees.
- Lead many large global capital projects in excess of $50 million per year.
- Successfully created and implemented her company’s first Supplier Diversity Program stressing the importance of diversity and inclusion within the sourcing organization as well as the company as a whole.
Michele is a member of the Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council and Great Lakes Women’s Business Council. Council of Supplier Diversity Professionals and is a Certified Professional in Supplier Diversity. Michele serves on the board for the Institute for Supply Management Southeast Michigan affiliate and is active in the community where she resides in Michigan.
Director of Sourcing Engineering and Facilities
David is a procurement executive with subject matter expertise in strategic sourcing processes and Supply Relationship Management (SRM); eCommerce, keen acumen in developing staff and categories including real estate, facilities, MRO, R&D and HR procurements and contracts. Experienced in Oracle and Ariba sourcing products including RFXs, Category Taxonomy, reverse auctions and iprocurement.
Skilled Negotiator with proven success supporting domestic and international multi-million dollar projects.
Cost-conscious Executive, impacts bottom-line through market data, analytics, strategic sourcing, optimizing spend, and cost avoidance.
Sr. Manager - Real Estate, Facilities Planning, Construction
Mike leads a team of 12 professionals responsible for managing VSP’s real estate portfolio, including real estate transactions, construction management, and space planning at VSP’s Rancho Cordova campus and remote locations.
Prior to joining VSP in 2015, Mike retired from a 26 year career at Intel Corporation. His roles at Intel included managing construction, facilities planning, workplace services (including food services), and program management of several facilities upgrade programs including cafes, high visibility lobbies, and executive briefing centers. In his last six years at Intel Mike managed workplace transformation and café renovation projects around the world.
Mike graduated from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo with a Bachelor’s in Industrial Technology and received his MBA from Golden Gate University. He is a Certified Facility Manager (CFM) and has served as Vice President and President of the Sacramento Valley Chapter of the International Facilities Management Association (IFMA). Mike instructed for the CSUS Facilities Management certificate program.
Outside work Mike enjoys time with his wife of 25 years and their two college kids. Mike enjoys all manner of outdoor activities including backpacking with his son (they’re both Eagle Scouts), swimming, biking, tennis, and snow and water skiing. In addition Mike loves cooking for family and friends.
Senior Manager, Procurement
Toyota North America, Inc.
John Froschauer is Sr. Manager, Operations Sourcing in Indirect Procurement at Toyota Motor North America. His responsibilities include the procurement of Logistics, Packaging, Accessories, and Real Estate and Facilities. Froschauer led the procurement operations for the construction of the TMNA Headquarters in Plano, TX. He worked closely with the Toyota Executive and Development teams to establish the budget, a decision making process, and overall construction schedule.
Before his current position, Froschauer served as the Manager for Logistics, Packaging, and Construction/Machinery and Equipment at Toyota Motor Engineering and Manufacturing in Kentucky. Since joining Toyota in 1993, he has held various positions within Toyota Purchasing with responsibility in direct part procurement of Electrical, Chassis, Stamping, Interior, and Functional Parts. He also worked in Production Control Project Management working with Toyota’s manufacturing plants in Baja California and Canada. He also has worked in Purchasing Project Management on vehicle projects produced at multiple Toyota manufacturing plants in North America.
Prior to joining Toyota, Froschauer was employed by Centurion Vehicles in various positions within Purchasing, Quality, and Customer Service. He began his career in computer sales with NCR. He holds Bachelor of Science and Master in Business Administration degrees from Indiana University.
Director of Strategic Sourcing for Real Estate and Workplace Services
Sr. Manager – Global Real Estate & Corporate Services
Jake Bealke is the Head of Corporate Services at Edgewell Personal Care, which includes managing Global Real Estate and all related activities for the company. Edgewell is a global consumer packaged goods company manufacturing and selling products of such brands as Schick Razors, Banana Boat & Hawaiian Tropic sun care products, Playtex feminine care, and many others.
Manager, Global Strategic Sourcing
BioMarin Pharmaceutical Inc.
Brian M Harman, MBA, PhD Candidate, is an American businessman that has been working in corporate leadership and supply chain management since 2005. He has studied global finance, leadership, and management sciences at the University of Oxford and Pepperdine University, earning his MBA degree from Pepperdine's Graziadio School of Business and Management. He is currently completing his PhD dissertation in Global Leadership and Change.
Brian's specialized work in negotiation and leadership has driven his career in construction, biotechnology, and manufacturing. At BioMarin Pharmaceutical, headquartered in USA/Ireland with global operations in 30+ countries, Brian is responsible for global indirect categories, including facilities, HR, IT, finance, and corporate services. Outside of his corporate career, he focuses on leadership psychology, research, consulting, teaching, and writing. In addition to his role as a professor for Golden Gate University, Brian teaches global leadership courses in South America. His research has been published in academic journals and he holds certifications as a Senior Professional in Supply Management (SPSM) as well as Lean Six Sigma Black Belt (LBBP) for continuous improvement methodologies. The CSCMP has awarded Brian with 2 academic grants to continue graduate and post-graduate research. Brian lives in the San Francisco Bay Area, CA, USA.
Senior Director, Facilities Operations
BioMarin Pharmaceutical Inc.
Paul has over 30 years of experience managing Facility Operations in the Biotechnology sector. He has worked for Genentech, Biogen Idec, Vaxgen and most currently as Senior Director of Facilities for BioMarin Pharmaceuticals located in San Rafael Ca. Paul has extensive experience managing both the GMP and non-GMP sides of the business. He has also been very active in Emergency Response, having developed and led emergency response teams in all of the companies he has been involved with. Paul also served as President of the Board of Directors for the Industrial Emergency Council a non profit organization dedicated to partnering the public and private sector emergency response capabilities to improve response collaboration and training. Paul served in this role for over 20 years.
A native Bostonian, Paul attended Franklin Institute and studied Biomedical Technology. He resides in Marin County Ca. where he enjoys playing tennis and music.
Senior Director, Strategic Sourcing and Procurement – North America
Brookfield Global Integrated Solutions
John Castelhano is a charismatic, passionate and collaborative procurement professional with over 25 years of global sourcing and supply chain management experience across a number of different industries: wholesale, retail, custom manufacturing, project management and real estate services. John has had the tremendous great fortune of travelling extensively across the globe during his career and built strong sourcing teams in NA, Asia and Europe committed to driving lasting savings programs, increase value and accelerating speed to market. John is a recently certified Change Management Practitioner from Prosci, has a deep understanding and of the Lean, CI (Continuous Improvement), Six Sigma tool kits.
His focus over the past 6 years has been with BGIS in the real estate services category providing leadership to a team of over 80 procurement professionals. In 2013 ,the BGIS procurement team launched a Sourcing Transformation initiative to improve their sourcing operations, vendor management and overall procurement as a service value proposition. The team is highly engaged and are aligned to the vision of being the most effective global sourcing team in the corporate real estate industry.
Former Head of Global Real Estate & Facilities, 2016 ISM Education and Learning Person of the Year
Jill Zunshine, SLCR & CPSM, is a corporate real estate, procurement, supply chain, and operations executive, an MBA and Engineer with over 20 years in technology, financial services, telecom, manufacturing, and consumer products. Over the last decade, Jill was accountable for many billions of assets and expenses, working with CEOs, CFOs, Board Chairs, and Executive Committee members. She’s an expert in business productivity, having played a part in a dozen major corporate restructurings and having completed 50 outsourcing deals worth $3 billion per year.
As Head of Global Real Estate & Facilities at Hewlett-Packard Company, Jill was responsible for all corporate real estate functions at HP worldwide for all HP facilities including offices, data centers, labs, manufacturing plants, and warehouses totaling 60 million square feet for HP's workforce of 300,000. Jill completed aggressive goals for fiscal 2014, and earned praise from Meg Whitman, HP’s CEO. In her regular, post-earnings (Q4 2014) appearance on CNBC, Meg mentioned Global Real Estate by name among the two divisions that contributed the most to HP’s improved margin.
In 2012, Jill was named HP’s Chief Negotiator for the General Motors in-sourcing deal. GM was bringing its IT work in-house worth $600 million per year to HP. Jill achieved great results, securing a sizable project services commitment from GM as well as much better margins for HP. To do the work in-house GM hired 3,000 of HP’s employees, and also bought software, one of the biggest deals for HP Software at the time.
Previously, Jill was the Vice President of HP Global Procurement for the Americas, leading all procurement activities and teams for the Americas region. Prior to joining HP, she held executive roles in procurement, supply chain, and operations at Deutsche Bank and Lucent Technologies.
Jill earned her BS and MS Degrees in Industrial Engineering from Purdue University and an MBA Degree from the Olin School of Business at Washington University in St. Louis. She served on the Board of Directors at ISM-New York, a non-profit industry association for supply chain professionals.
Commercial Contracts Expert and Author
Getting To We!
Environmental Protection Specialist
Environmental Protection Agency – Office of Pollution Prevention & Toxics
Jenna Larkin comes from the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics at headquarters in Washington, D.C. As an Environmental Protection Specialist, she is a member of the Environmentally Preferable Purchasing (EPP) program where she plays a key role in the development of product sustainability standards and the management of EPA’s Recommendations of Specifications, Standards and Ecolabels. The EPP program helps suppliers and buyers navigate this complex marketplace by defining what it means to be “green” and helps federal purchasers identify and procure environmentally sustainable products and services.
Previously, Jenna comes from Indiana University’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA) where she received dual master’s degrees in Environmental Science and Public Affairs.
Former Director & Chief of Staff
Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Helen is a Communications, Operations, and Strategic Planning Executive, an MBA with over 20 years in technology, finance, and retail. She has held various executive positions at Hewlett-Packard Company (HP), and leadership positions in the finance and retail industries.
During her ten year career at HP she served as Chief of Staff and Strategic Planning leader to progressively larger organizations and progressively more senior HP leaders, including the Senior Vice President of World Wide Sales Operations, the Vice President of Global Real Estate, the Vice President of Strategic Business Partners, and the Vice President of Global Procurement for the Americas. In these roles, she led all functions within the organizations including, operations, communications, strategic planning, organizational transformation and design, employee engagement, and employee development.
As a trusted advisor keeping a pulse on how the organization performs and feels, Helen utilizes her greatest strengths of innovation, drive, leadership, and ability to connect with people at all levels to bring about large improvements. During her time in Global Real Estate, she increased customer communication satisfaction by 13 points year over year, and in every organization she joined, she consistently increased employee engagement scores by at least 10 points year over year. She thrives on challenges, especially those which present the greatest risks and rewards. Her demeanor and work showcase her passion and skill for effective communication.
Helen completed the Stanford University Innovation & Entrepreneurship Program, in addition to her MBA from Clark University with a double concentration in Management and Finance. She also earned her Lean Six Sigma Executive Belt.
Helen lives in Florida’s Tampa Bay with her husband and son.
Vice President, Facilities Management Solutions
Bob has twenty years of experience across many facets of Facilities Management with a record of accomplishments and contributions in supporting procurement, operations, pricing and strategic business and market planning.
A certified Retail Facilities Management Professional (RFMP) by the PRSM Association, and member of IFMA Bob’s 20-year history in Facilities Management at firms like USM, EMCOR Facilities Services and BrightView Enterprise Solutions, in addition to his innovative approach, makes him the perfect fit to provide vision and leadership for SDI’s Facilities Management (FM) organization, supporting prospects, clients, and SDI's internal stakeholders.
Director, Indirect Procurement
The Home Depot
Katrina Holloway is Director of Indirect Procurement for The Home Depot; which is the world’s largest home improvement retailer, with more than 2,200 stores across North America. The company is headquarter at the Atlanta Store Support Center in unincorporated Cobb County, Georgia.
Katrina received her Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Management Organization from Spelman College. She is a Certified Professional in Supply Management through the Institute of Supply Management. Before joining The Home Depot, Katrina served in a number of positions with increasing responsibility in Supply Chain with top companies such as Ernst & Young, General Electric Power Systems, and Booz Allen & Hamilton.
As Director, Katrina is responsible for leading Strategic Sourcing efforts focusing on Indirect (non-merch) Purchases and Services. In this role, Katrina leads a team of associates who are responsible for procuring over $2B in spend for products and services to support Home Depot’s stores, Distribution Centers and Corporate Offices. As of result implementing a myriad of sourcing strategies, the team has delivered over $100M annually in Cost Out savings and Process Improvements.
Katrina serves as Chair to the African American Associate Resource Group (AAP) at the Home Depot, where she helps provide relevant programming to assist associates with Personal and Career Growth. Additionally, she mentors many young professionals on personal branding and careers.
Katrina resides in Southwest Atlanta, Georgia with her husband Asa, and their dog Roscoe.