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Fall has arrived with crisp air, subtle breeze, and changing colors in the leaves. Transformation is among us; a favorite time of year for many. This time of year reminds me all things point back to the home with farmers harvesting, cool nights around a campfire, and holiday gatherings on the horizon. Each of us will enjoy fall for various reasons and I can’t think of one person who doesn’t enjoy fall, although you may not enjoy the months to follow.
With fall being a month of transformation or beginning of the end of summer as some call it, I always find myself starting new routines. For some, it’s spending more or less time outside, turning the air conditioner off and the heat on, or starting up that gym membership for the cooler months. These changes are how we adapt to our climate. But what do we do as professionals to adapt to our ever changing job climate? An open ended question like that has unlimited opportunity and each opportunity is important to our transformation.
As you read our schedule for this year I hope you will see that our Education Committee has prepared an outstanding calendar of events from which we can certainly expect to add to our own body of knowledge. We start the year with Dave Nelson, CEO of Dave Nelson Group. Dave has advanced purchasing and supply chain management through various companies, held executive positions, and co-authored three books. Review the rest of our events and pick a couple to attend. My goal this year is to see a majority of our membership attend at least one meeting. The networking opportunities and educational sessions will surely provide assistance to you in the future.
Please join me as we embark on our 56th year as an affiliate of the Institute for Supply Management. We are proud to be an affiliate of an organization that promotes the education of its members. We have listened to your ideas and work diligently to tailor our events to your needs. Join us this year in our “transformation” and use our resources to educate, develop and advance your supply chain. Hope to see you at one of our events.
Demystifying Best Practices
NAPM-Central Illinois is pleased to welcome R. David Nelson on October 14th. Mr. Nelson will be speaking to those in attendance about demystifying the best practices in supply chain management and illustrating that these concepts do not have to be complicated. Mr. Nelson will focus on lean principles as well as integrating the value of supply management into the overall organization and ways to strengthen both the internal and external relationships that the procurement area should be driving.
Dave Nelson, CEO and Senior Advisor, Dave Nelson Group, Inc., was former vice president of Delphi Corporation, Global Supply Management, and was also a member of the Delphi Strategy Board, the company's top policy-making group. Additionally, Nelson served as the executive champion for Delphi's Global SupplyManagement Task Team.
From 1957 to 1987, Nelson worked for TRW Inc. in various manufacturing, quality control metallurgy, materials, sales and marketing positions, in addition to purchasing.
Following, Nelson served for 10 years as a corporate officer of Honda of America Manufacturing in Marysville, Ohio, as vice president of Purchasing, and later as senior vice president of Purchasing and Corporate Affairs. He was promoted to the Board of Directors of Honda of America Manufacturing in 1997. During his tenure at Honda he saw the company's purchasing division grow from 100 to 400 associates and North American purchases increase from $600 million to $6 billion. Honda of America was the 1995 recipient of the Medal of Professional Excellence from Purchasing Magazine.
After Nelson's time at Honda, he served as vice president of Worldwide Supply Management at Deere & Company in Moline, IL, for almost five years. Under his direction, Deere became known for implementing world-class supply management processes and best practices. In 2001, those efforts were recognized when Purchasing Magazine awarded Deere the Medal of Professional Excellence, the purchasing industries highest award. Nelson then joined Delphi and was named vice president, World Wide Supply Management and CPO in February 2002.
Nelson has long been involved in advancing the purchasing and supply management profession and holds a Certified Purchasing Manager certification. He is chair emeritus of the Institute of Supply Management (formerly the National Association of Purchasing Management). He also served as a member of the Board of Trustees of CAPS Research, promoting academic research in strategic issues involving supply management. Nelson also founded and chaired the OESA Chief Purchasing Officer's Council. He was named to the Automotive News All-Stars team for 2003 and 2004. Nelson was also inducted as a life member of the Shingo Prize for manufacturing academy and a member of the Board of Trustees of the Shingo prize as well as earning Global Purchasing and Supply Management's highest award, the J . Shipman Gold Medal Award presented by the Institute of Supply Management in May 2006.
Nelson has co-authored three books, one on Honda, and the others on best practices for managing supply chains. Nelson has also received two honorary doctorate degrees and one honorary MBA.
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