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Supply and Value Chain Center award winners announced

Supply and Value Chain Center award winners announced

“We are pleased to honor these dedicated individuals and teams as part of the annual Supply Chain and Sustainability Summit,” said John A. Caltagirone, executive director of the Supply and Value Chain Center.

The Supply and Value Chain Center at Loyola University Chicago’s Quinlan School of Business is pleased to announce the winners of its annual Supply and Value Chain Center Awards. The awards recognize outstanding performance of individuals and teams in categories including Leadership, Supply Chain Excellence, Innovation, and Sustainability.

2016 award winners

The 2016 Supply and Value Chain Center Award winners are:

  • Leadership Award
    Michael Romano, President and CEO, Associated
  • Supply Chain Excellence Award—Team
    PepsiCo North America Nutrition - Visual Analytics Center for Excellence
  • Supply Chain Excellence Award—Individual
    Cheryl Harris, Senior Vice President and Chief Procurement Officer, Allstate Insurance
  • Supply Chain Innovation Award
    Jake Crampton, CEO, MedSpeed
  • Supply Chain Sustainability Award
    Reuben Slone, Senior Vice President, Supply Chain, Walgreens

Awardees will be honored Monday, October 17, at 11 a.m. at the Four Seasons Hotel Chicago as part of the fifth annual Supply Chain and Sustainability Summit. The awards will be presented by Dwight Hotchkiss, SIOR, from Colliers International. He serves as president of Brokerage Services, USA, and national director, Industrial, USA. Colliers International is also sponsoring the awards.

“The Annual Supply and Value Chain Center Awards gives us the opportunity to celebrate the incredible contributions of individuals and teams in supply chain to their companies, their communities, and our economy,” said John A. Caltagirone, founding director of the Loyola Business Leadership Hub and executive director of the Supply and Value Chain Center. “We are pleased to honor these dedicated awardees as part of the annual Supply Chain and Sustainability Summit.”

For more information and to register for the Supply Chain and Sustainability Summit, please visit LUC.edu/quinlan/scm/summit.

About the award winners

Leadership Award

Michael Romano, President and CEO, Associated

This award recognizes an individual who has demonstrated the values-based leadership espoused by our founder, St. Ignatius of Loyola. Awardees are responsible leaders with a consistent focus on personal integrity, ethical behavior, and a balance between justice and fairness.   

Mike Romano is a 35-year industry veteran with a long history of dedication to people, his company, and the industry. He has championed mentoring and training at all levels of his organizations. For example, in 2012 Mike implemented a manager training program that is still active today and includes skill-building workshops, one-on-one coaching and a personality profile to help the management team develop as leaders, communicators, and collaborators.

Mike is very committed to the industry and has served on the Board of Directors of the Material Handling Equipment Distributors Association (MHEDA) for 10 years, including holding the role of president in 2002.

Supply Chain Excellence Award—Team

PepsiCo North America Nutrition, Visual Analytics Center for Excellence

PepsiCo’s North America Nutrition Customer Supply Chain Team has shown excellence in supply chain through their innovative program, Visual Analytics Center for Excellence. This team leads the division’s reporting and analytical delivery strategies across its core supply chain teams as well as sales and finance partners. It established the Visual Analytics Center for Excellence to improve the process of examining and providing insights to complex business problems through data analytics.

By leveraging new, dynamic, and innovative visualization software, the team retired the use of limiting spreadsheets and manual ad hoc reports to introduce interactive dashboards. The dashboards have dramatically improved overall employee engagement while accelerating organizational decision-making and knowledge creation. The team has created more than 150 dashboards and analytical tools accessible to leaders and tacticians within the PepsiCo Supply Chain. These state-of-the-art resources cover customer collaboration and VMI forecasting, customer POS and DOH inventory tracking, forwarding-looking views of open order details, WMS real-time data and supply chain productivity analysis.

These efforts have also enabled the PepsiCo team to become specialists in the field and unlock valuable employee resource time by quickly identify risks and opportunities for the business. By optimizing, simplifying, and stabilizing the many supply chain processes that occur daily through innovative and effective new processes, the PepsiCo team continues to demonstrate excellence in the industry.

Supply Chain Excellence Award—Individual

Cheryl Harris, Senior Vice President and Chief Procurement Officer, Allstate Insurance Company

Cheryl Harris led Allstate’s Sourcing & Procurement Solutions team through a review of existing supplier management processes and practices, resulting in the construction and rollout of a new, industry-leading, supply management framework, covering more than 1,300 suppliers.

This enhanced model addressed supplier segmentation, refined the supplier scorecard, and created new processes to audit supplier management effectiveness and evaluate longer-term supplier management technology solutions.

Cheryl and her team also updated operating model roles and responsibilities, as well as the process for aggregating the new scorecard and performance data. They developed a communication and change management strategy in support of the new program directing the commodity managers and respective business leads. The new processes identified additional risk areas, including those beyond financial risk, and created a roadmap that outlined the vision and gaps ahead. Cheryl’s success in guiding her team through this extensive transformation is a testament to her leadership and excellence in the industry. 

Supply Chain Innovation Award

Jake Crampton, CEO, MedSpeed

Jake Crampton formed MedSpeed 16 years ago using a business model he devised in response to a business school case challenge as an alternative to the traditional courier model. The company does not simply execute a series of stops from points A to B. Instead, the MedSpeed team investigates the details behind all transportation activities to build a solution that satisfies those collective needs in the most efficient manner possible. This approach allows MedSpeed to rebalance the current transportation network without impacting service to patients, remove redundant service, eliminate waste, and bring down costs.

Their proprietary technology produces actionable insights: MedConnect, MedSpeed’s robust technology platform, facilitates higher quality service, improved chain of custody, efficient and effective business process integration, and smarter decision making for their customers.

MedSpeed is dedicated to improving the health of individuals in the communities it serves. Its corporate culture and strategic goals are directly aligned with this objective. All of the MedSpeed staff are company employees and, as such, have access to a comprehensive suite of benefits and are part of a strong, clear culture that drives performance. Jake’s leadership and vision is a testament to his commitment to innovation in supply chain and logistics.

Supply Chain Sustainability Award

Reuben Slone, SVP Supply Chain, Walgreens

Reuben Slone has been a champion for people with disabilities in the workforce, upholding Walgreens’ commitment to a sustainable and responsible corporate supply chain. Reuben led the strategic implementation to design Walgreens facilities and training programs so that they create more job opportunities for people with disabilities.

The strategy for the program was built on three pillars. First, jobs and expectations would be the same whether an employee had a disability or not. Second, all Walgreens employees would be held to the same work standards for the same pay; and third, the model should be sustainable and fit operational, human resource, and other critical standards.

There are two facilities currently using this model, both of which are 40% more efficient than the traditional model, and there are plans for more. Under Reuben’s leadership, Walgreens has become a leading employer for those with disabilities. Across the Walgreen’s distribution center network today, people with disabilities comprise about 12% of the workforce, almost twice the federally mandated utilization goal of 7%. Reuben’s leadership in this area is a testament to his commitment to sustainability and responsibility in supply chain.