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"The Point" is written by BMP Editor Kelly Barner as well as a diverse group of guest contributors.

Kelly Barner is the Owner and Managing Director of Buyers Meeting Point. She has a unique perspective on procurement from the numerous roles she has held during her 15 years in procurement. Kelly worked for Ahold USA (parent company of grocery chains Stop & Shop, Hannaford, Giant Landover, and more) on their not for resale sourcing team,...

Kelly Barner is the Owner and Managing Director of Buyers Meeting Point. She has a unique perspective on procurement from the numerous roles she has held during her 15 years in procurement. Kelly worked for Ahold USA (parent company of grocery chains Stop & Shop, Hannaford, Giant Landover, and more) on their not for resale sourcing team, specializing in systems implementation and hired services category sourcing. She spent three years as the Associate Director of consulting services at Emptoris before it was acquired by IBM in 2011.

Since 2009 she has covered procurement news, events, publications, solutions, trends, and relevant economics at Buyers Meeting Point. Buyers Meeting Point provides the procurement industry with an events calendar, blog, active social media network, and podcast, all of which are trusted sources of information for practitioners and solution providers alike. Kelly has several regular columns throughout the industry, and in the summer of 2016 was appointed to become the Business Survey Chair for the ISM-New York Report on Business.

Kelly has her MBA from Babson College as well as an MS in Library and Information Science from Simmons College. Kelly has co-authored three books: ‘Supply Market Intelligence for Procurement Professionals: Research, Process, and Resources’ (2014), ‘Procurement at a Crossroads: Career Impacting Insights into a Rapidly Changing Industry’ (2016), and 'Finance Unleashed: Leveraging the CFO for Innovation' (2017). In 2017, Kelly co-founded Palambridge with Phil Ideson (Art of Procurement).

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Cindy brings with her over twenty years experience in supply chain business process, systems development , and project management. She has worked on a global scale with multi-faceted supply chain initiatives. With her strong IT background and project management expertise, she has successfully managed a variety of complex systems...

Cindy brings with her over twenty years experience in supply chain business process, systems development , and project management. She has worked on a global scale with multi-faceted supply chain initiatives. With her strong IT background and project management expertise, she has successfully managed a variety of complex systems implementations. Cindy has held positions with large national and international companies in the insurance, retail and medical fields. Cindy has her MBA with an IT concentration. Professional education includes training in strategic sourcing, systems development, and obtaining her CPM.

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Michael Croasdale is a Senior Project Manager at Source One Management Services, LLC. Recognized as a 2015 ThomasNet 30 Under 30 Rising Supply Chain Star, Croasdale is a demonstrated creative problem solver – known for leading innovative cost-reduction initiatives for Fortune 500 companies and mid-market organizations. Specializing in MRO and...

Michael Croasdale is a Senior Project Manager at Source One Management Services, LLC. Recognized as a 2015 ThomasNet 30 Under 30 Rising Supply Chain Star, Croasdale is a demonstrated creative problem solver – known for leading innovative cost-reduction initiatives for Fortune 500 companies and mid-market organizations. Specializing in MRO and Professional Services, Croasdale leads a team of analysts through a strategic sourcing process that includes data collection and in-depth analysis, baseline development, RFP development, pricing negotiations and implementation. 

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Phil Hammer is Director of Travel Services for Runzheimer International. As a global leader in workforce mobility programs, Runzheimer International is recognized for providing innovative solutions for business vehicles, business travel, routing and logistics, home healthcare logistics, employee relocation, and mobile device expense management....

Phil Hammer is Director of Travel Services for Runzheimer International. As a global leader in workforce mobility programs, Runzheimer International is recognized for providing innovative solutions for business vehicles, business travel, routing and logistics, home healthcare logistics, employee relocation, and mobile device expense management. Phil founded business travel technology company ProcureApp in 2011 which was acquired by Runzheimer International in 2014. Phil has over 15 years of corporate travel and technology experience and was named a Top 25 Most Influential Executive in 2013 by Business Travel News.

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Evan Wolkin is a Project Analyst at Source One Management Services and a proven asset in developing RFPs and executing strategic sourcing strategies. Evan is competent in conducting research to produce detailed reports related to competitive markets, sourcing strategies, cost savings opportunities, and benchmarking. He is a leader in providing...

Evan Wolkin is a Project Analyst at Source One Management Services and a proven asset in developing RFPs and executing strategic sourcing strategies. Evan is competent in conducting research to produce detailed reports related to competitive markets, sourcing strategies, cost savings opportunities, and benchmarking. He is a leader in providing client solutions through “out of the box” thinking and problem solving. His high level of analytical skills and supply chain expertise helps streamline clients’ operations and drive sustainable cost savings. 

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Leigh Merz presently serves as a Project Manager for Source One Management Services, LLC. In this position, she is involved directly in all aspects of strategic sourcing initiatives for clients, from project kickoff & data collection through implementation & continued management. Leigh is recognized consistently for her ability to deliver value...

Leigh Merz presently serves as a Project Manager for Source One Management Services, LLC. In this position, she is involved directly in all aspects of strategic sourcing initiatives for clients, from project kickoff & data collection through implementation & continued management. Leigh is recognized consistently for her ability to deliver value to clients regardless of their industry.

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Matthew Gunn is Manager of Manufacturing Industries at GT Nexus, the world’s leading cloud supply chain platform. A former journalist with career stops at United Business Media and the Financial Times business publications, Matt has spent the last five years working at the intersection of technology and finance to address challenges around...

Matthew Gunn is Manager of Manufacturing Industries at GT Nexus, the world’s leading cloud supply chain platform. A former journalist with career stops at United Business Media and the Financial Times business publications, Matt has spent the last five years working at the intersection of technology and finance to address challenges around global trade and procurement.

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Megan Connell is a Senior Project Analyst at Source One Management Services and a proven asset in developing RFPs and executing strategic sourcing strategies. Megan is competent in conducting research to produce detailed reports related to competitive markets, sourcing strategies, cost savings opportunities, and benchmarking. She is a leader in...

Megan Connell is a Senior Project Analyst at Source One Management Services and a proven asset in developing RFPs and executing strategic sourcing strategies. Megan is competent in conducting research to produce detailed reports related to competitive markets, sourcing strategies, cost savings opportunities, and benchmarking. She is a leader in providing client solutions through “out of the box” thinking and problem solving. Her high level of analytical skills and supply chain expertise helps streamline clients’ operations and drive sustainable cost savings. 

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Jennifer Engel is a Senior Supply Chain Project Analyst at Source One Management Services, responsible for executing strategic sourcing and process improvement initiatives for Fortune 1000 clients. Working directly with clients and their respective suppliers, Engel supports all stages of the strategic sourcing process, from data collection,...

Jennifer Engel is a Senior Supply Chain Project Analyst at Source One Management Services, responsible for executing strategic sourcing and process improvement initiatives for Fortune 1000 clients. Working directly with clients and their respective suppliers, Engel supports all stages of the strategic sourcing process, from data collection, through selecting and conducting go-to-market strategies, to negotiation and contracting and implementation. 

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Ken Ballard is a supply chain Project Manager at Source One Management Services, responsible for leading sourcing events to optimize the spend and operations of clients in the areas of supply chain and IT, working directly with the clients and their respective suppliers through all stages of the strategic sourcing project – from data...

Ken Ballard is a supply chain Project Manager at Source One Management Services, responsible for leading sourcing events to optimize the spend and operations of clients in the areas of supply chain and IT, working directly with the clients and their respective suppliers through all stages of the strategic sourcing project – from data collection, through selecting and conducting go-to-market strategies, to negotiation and contracting, to implementation. 

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Meghan is the Inbound Marketing Strategist and lead writer for Winddle’s blog, covering topics related to procurement, sourcing, technology, collaboration, quality control and product development. Her role is to build a relationship with the community with the purpose of stimulating conversation that promotes progress and positive change in the...

Meghan is the Inbound Marketing Strategist and lead writer for Winddle’s blog, covering topics related to procurement, sourcing, technology, collaboration, quality control and product development. Her role is to build a relationship with the community with the purpose of stimulating conversation that promotes progress and positive change in the industry.

Winddle introduces a new way to perform procurement activities. They believe in the power of collaboration starting from ideation to product development through to the end of production. Connect with stakeholders and suppliers to manage your procurement without silo.

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Mike is CEO of POD Procurement and created The POD Model, because he believed “there had to be a better way”He works with organisations to create culturual change to increase bottom line profits. Mike is a sought-after speaker at events and writer with many publications, including authorship of the book "The POD Model" published by Cambridge...

Mike is CEO of POD Procurement and created The POD Model, because he believed “there had to be a better way”He works with organisations to create culturual change to increase bottom line profits. Mike is a sought-after speaker at events and writer with many publications, including authorship of the book "The POD Model" published by Cambridge Academia.

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Helen Sabell works for the College for Adult Learning, she is passionate about adult and lifelong learning. She has designed, developed and authored many workplace leadership and training programs, both in Australia and overseas 

Charles Dominick, SPSM, SPSM2, SPSM3 is Founder, President and Chief Procurement Officer of the Next Level Purchasing Association (NLPA). He has authored most of the NLPA’s online courses and is the mastermind behind the prestigious Senior Professional in Supply Management (SPSM) family of certifications, earned in over 90 countries.

Charles is...

Charles Dominick, SPSM, SPSM2, SPSM3 is Founder, President and Chief Procurement Officer of the Next Level Purchasing Association (NLPA). He has authored most of the NLPA’s online courses and is the mastermind behind the prestigious Senior Professional in Supply Management (SPSM) family of certifications, earned in over 90 countries.

Charles is co-author of the book, “The Procurement Game Plan: Winning Strategies and Techniques for Supply Management Professionals.” His articles and interviews have been included in countless supply chain publications. Charles’ clients have had their post-training success stories featured in multiple magazines, including two cover stories in Supply & Demand Chain Executive.

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Founder, Romanian Union for Procurement Professionals

Tatiana Scripnic is a Supply Chain Project Analyst at Source One Management Services. Highly analytical, Scripnic is a depended upon resource of deriving actionable supply management strategies based on qualitative and quantitative data. 

Brad Martin is Senior Director of Product Marketing at PRO Unlimited.  He has over 15 years in VMS and the Staffing Industry. A veteran in the field, Brad has also held key roles in Product Management, Product Development, Experience Design, and as Founder for a successful startup in the HR/Staffing space.  Follow Brad on Twitter @nextbrad, and...

Brad Martin is Senior Director of Product Marketing at PRO Unlimited.  He has over 15 years in VMS and the Staffing Industry. A veteran in the field, Brad has also held key roles in Product Management, Product Development, Experience Design, and as Founder for a successful startup in the HR/Staffing space.  Follow Brad on Twitter @nextbrad, and also be sure to follow @WandVMS and @PRO Unlimited

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Allie has been a member of the PRO team since 1997 and was recently promoted to COO and EVP. Allie oversees a team that has blazed new trails in developing unique and cutting-edge contingent workforce programs for Fortune 1000 clients with operations in the US and globally. Some of the key milestones that Allie has spearheaded include launching...

Allie has been a member of the PRO team since 1997 and was recently promoted to COO and EVP. Allie oversees a team that has blazed new trails in developing unique and cutting-edge contingent workforce programs for Fortune 1000 clients with operations in the US and globally. Some of the key milestones that Allie has spearheaded include launching a global MSP offering, creating an industry-first SOW management solution, building an integrated services-technology self-sourcing capability, and continued evolution of PRO's vendor-neutral MSP approach that encompasses thousands of talent and project suppliers.

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Scott Jancy helps organizations ignite growth. He partners with leaders to help them think creatively, build new sources of value, and stay competitive. Looking at the big picture, he can connect the dots and enable people to anticipate what's coming next. Scott is currently writing a book entitled The Architecture of Business: A Practical...

Scott Jancy helps organizations ignite growth. He partners with leaders to help them think creatively, build new sources of value, and stay competitive. Looking at the big picture, he can connect the dots and enable people to anticipate what's coming next. Scott is currently writing a book entitled The Architecture of Business: A Practical Guide to Creative Leadership. He's passionate about the role that design and leadership can play in creating change.

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Ashley is currently Marketing Manager for Odesma Procurement consultancy and their sister company Procurement PeopleCloud®, running and coordinating every aspect of the Marketing and public relations. Ashley is an active member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing and of the Chamber of Commerce, with nine years of Marketing and PR experience...

Ashley is currently Marketing Manager for Odesma Procurement consultancy and their sister company Procurement PeopleCloud®, running and coordinating every aspect of the Marketing and public relations. Ashley is an active member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing and of the Chamber of Commerce, with nine years of Marketing and PR experience both in-house and agency. Ashley’s previous experience involves working on accounts such as Brakes foodservice’s, Lambs navy rum and Apropos aluminium glass structures.

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