Panel Discussion: What is expected of Supply Chain Professionals
February 8 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
ISM Madison is hosting a panel discussion based around what is expected/desired from supply chain professionals and what should they do to develop professionally. There will be 3 panelists and we will have one from each of the Service, Manufacturing and Technical sectors. Please register by noon February 7th so we have time to forward our list of guests to the security folks at CUNA. Be sure to bring a Drivers license or other photo ID.
The panel discussion topic is:
1. What do employers and managers need and expect from their Supply Chain professionals and what does the company and Directors/VPs need and expect from managers.
2. How can employees improve to better do their jobs, become more valuable and to advance their careers?
3. At the end we’ll take a few minutes to discuss what panelists and the audience would like to see ISM Madison do to help employees and our profession.
Jennifer is the Procurement Manager for New Product Development with Sub Zero Group Inc. She has spent the last 11 years working at Sub Zero as a Sr. Buyer, Project Buyer, Supervisor and Manager of Indirect Materials & Services. Jennifer has also worked in various industries, mostly manufacturing, but started her purchasing career while a student at UW-Whitewater. She has a BS in Education from UW-Whitewater and an MBA from Tiffin University. Jennifer currently resides in Waunakee and is a hockey and lacrosse mom.
Marty Bell, CPSM, C.P.M., A.P.P., with over 25 years of strategic sourcing leadership experience, is currently a Sourcing Manager at American Family Insurance. He has been with American Family Insurance for 35+ years.
He has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of San Diego. He is also a Lifetime Certified Purchasing Manager (C.P.M.) and Accredited Purchasing Practitioner (A.P.P.). He serves as University Relations Director on the Leadership Council of the Institute for Supply Management (ISM) Indirect/Services Group. He was inducted into the Wisconsin State League Baseball Hall of Fame.
Marty is married to Ann and they reside in Sun Prairie. They have 5 children (Brian, Jeff, Adam, Aubrie and Alex) and enjoy spending time at their cabin in Lake Arrowhead.
Gail has over 31 years in Information Technology (IT) experience, all with TDS Telecom. Starting as a programmer, she worked her way up to a Senior Systems Analyst and moved to a liaison role between IT and the business users in 1998. This move added contract negotiation and management to her list of responsibilities. Since 2004, she has been dedicated to leading the IT procurement function which now includes all new and existing contracts, purchases and maintenance/subscription renewals for IT technology including budget responsibility for $20M+ in IT technology vendor maintenance. She leads a team of 4 to accomplish all of that. In addition, she has served as a mentor to future IT leaders.
Gail has a Bachelor degrees in Business Administration and Computer Science from Lakeland College. She also has Associate degrees in Computer Science and Accounting from Madison Area Technical College. In 2007, she received her CPM certification and then followed up with her CPSM in 2016.
While not at work, Gail is at the race track(like Road America, Blackhawk Farms, Milwaukee Mile, etc.) – either racing her Honda Civic, crewing for her husband in his Formula Ford, spectating, volunteering in Race Control, or teaching new comers about the various volunteer opportunities such as working on corners or timing and scoring.