Susan Avery is Editor-in-Chief at My Purchasing Center. She writes articles, blogs and white papers and manages and creates other content for the online procurement and supply management publication. She produces and moderates roundtable discussions, podcasts, webcasts and video interviews. Susan has 30 years experience covering procurement and supply management for Purchasing magazine and Purchasing.com.
Jim Baehr is the Lead for the Sourcing Strategies Group LLC (SSG) supporting the supply management needs of clients in both the public and private sectors. Prior to forming SSG, he was an independent advisor for several years.
His most recent corporate roles were as Vice President of Global Information Technology Procurement for Reed Elsevier, and Director of Technical and Services Procurement for Bayer Corporation. Baehr has extensive experience in senior management positions and an accomplished career in sales.
Currently, Baehr is the President of the ISM – Pittsburgh Affiliate, a member of the Board of Governors of the Joint Chemical Group of Pittsburgh and a member of the Visionary Council of Coupa Software Incorporated based in San Mateo, Calif.
He is a blogger, a frequent presenter at meetings and conferences and a contributing author to the book Next Level Supply Management Excellence: Your Straight to the Bottom Line® Roadmap.
Sharon Barnes, CEBS, is the HR Strategic Solutions Manager at Xchanging where she works with clients to develop and deliver Human Resources category strategies that create value for clients. Sharon has more than 25 years of experience in managing and sourcing Human Resources and Employee Benefits programs. She has an extensive background in employee benefits, global human resources procurement, health care and wellness consulting, account management and sales, global employee benefits design and management, and mergers and acquisitions.
Sharon has a Master of Jurisprudence, Health Law from Loyola University School of Law, Chicago, and Bachelor of Science, Psychology from University of Illinois at Chicago. She also holds certification degrees from the International Foundation of Employee Benefits Plan and the Wharton School of Business in Global Benefits Management, Retirement Plans Associate, Group Benefits Associate, Certified Employee Benefits Specialist, as well as Fellowship status through December 2015.
Nova Barnett is the Senior Procurement Officer at the Office of Utilities Regulation in Kingston, Jamaica. In the role for the past eight years, Barnett is responsible for the procurement of goods, works, general services and consultancy services. Prior to her appointment in Procurement she served in an administrative capacity in the Legal and Human Resources Departments. Barnett is a Certified Procurement Professional and holds a BSc Degree in International Relations from the University of the West Indies and a Post Graduate Diploma in Education and Training from the Vocational Training Development Institute (VTDI). She has served as a volunteer Teacher in the Adult Literacy Programme in her country.
With more than 30 years of experience working with and providing excellent customer service to companies of all sizes, Rick Bender now is the Sales Director at CenterPoint Group. CenterPoint is a management consulting firm that specializes in reducing purchasing expenses of businesses in areas such as office supplies, janitorial supplies, breakroom/coffee, reducing cellular phone expense, fleet cards (gas and maintenance discounts) and car rental discounts.
Rohan Bharucha is a Senior Manager at GEP with over eight years of experience in sourcing, contract life cycle management and procurement outsourcing. He has experience in managing end-to-end procurement engagement with client across different regions and industries. His areas of expertise are procurement engagement solutions, transition and operations.
Paul Blake leads the technology product marketing team at GEP and is responsible for the promotion of GEP’s procurement technology platform, SMART by GEP. He has worked in technology for over 25 years and has been involved in the development of procurement software solutions since before the advent of the internet. Having run the development team that delivered Europe’s first B2B trading platform in the 1990s and implemented eCommerce networks on three continents in the early 2000s, he has long-term experience of the trends and developments that affect procurement professionals.
Dennis Bouley is Editorial Director of MyPurchasingCenter.com and special advisor to MediaSolve Group, a strategic B2B marketing services firm focused on helping companies and institutions leverage the web and social media to achieve business goals. He spent 18 years at Schneider Electric as Managing Editor of Global Publications, and was responsible for cross-division management of the corporation’s white paper and customer success story processes. Prior to that, he spent 10 years working for IBM managing both small and large accounts. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of Rhode Island and holds a Certificat Annuel from the Sorbonne in Paris, France.
SMART by GEP is a complete, unified source-to-pay software platform, native to cloud, touch and mobile technologies with comprehensive sourcing and procurement functionality, including spend analysis, sourcing, savings tracking, contract management, supplier management, procure-to-pay and more.
Offered as Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), SMART by GEP leverages cloud economics to deliver a solution that easily handles the heaviest processing requirements of GEP’s Fortune 500 and Global 2000 clients, while eliminating burdensome infrastructure and support costs.
SMART by GEP is easy to set up, deploy and use, with no extensive training required. All GEP products are platform-agnostic (they work with SAP, Oracle or any other major ERP or F&A system)