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Jon Washington

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Jon Washington is founder and proprietor of The Innovation Garage®, with 20 years experience in intra and entrepreneurial product, process, service and supply chain solution delivery. Jon is passionate in helping others achieve business growth goals with Innovation Education and Systems Science. He also works with non-profit and grade school science, technology,  education and math (STEM) programs to inspire careers in technology and entrepreneurship. 

Jon has worked with non-profits, mid market companies and Fortune 1000 organizations such as Toyota, Harley-Davidson,  Illinois Tool Works (ITW), Diebold, Business Units of Hallmark and Mars Foods, Drager, Curlin Medical, Yazaki Automotive, Timekeeping Systems, DRB Systems, Procurement Leaders Network, Aberdeen Executive Summits, COSE Inc-Fuse, Design for Manufacturing and Select USA Investment Summits and MakerFaire with The Henry Ford. 

The project experience includes:

  • Leadership and coaching of CXO level leaders and teams.
  • Innovation Education, Systems and coaching for startups to the fortune 100.
  • Business Growth and Innovation Strategy with applied System Science.
  • Initiatives to accelerate speed to market.
  • Product, Process, Service and Supply Chain Design and Engineering.
  • Design of complex system solutions including software & hardware.
  • Initiatives to program manage enterprise wide cost savings programs.
  • Processes for advanced technology to meet product Launch cost targets.
  • Supplier Selection and Matching to advanced technology roadmaps.
  • Open Innovation Programs to accelerate speed to market.Global Procurement, Logistics & Supply Chain Development.
  • Collaborative Negotiation, Contract Design, and Enterprise Risk Programs.
  • M&A Due Diligence for Private Equity Investment. 

Prior corporate experience includes working for Goodyear, Telxon Corporation, and Diebold in various design, program management, and supply chain leadership roles. Jon was also co-founder of Design Dynamics, an Akron based product development consultancy.

Jon launched The Innovation Garage® to help clients focus on long-term growth through innovation. 

The Innovation Garage® portfolio and the teams we have built include design and collaboration with others on over 39 U.S. patents that have generated over $1B in positive margin revenue and $300M in cost and service life cycle savings. 

Contact Jon by phone at 330.415.8888 or email at info@the-innovation-garage.com

Richard Waugh

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As Vice President, Corporate Development at Zycus, Waugh leads strategic initiatives in the areas of new product introduction, market development, thought leadership, analyst relations, and strategic partner development programs.

Waugh has an extensive background in B2B E-Commerce, going back to his early career at GE, where he helped launch GE'S Trading Process Network (TPN), the first online Marketplace for Sourcing and Procurement in the mid 1990s. He was Co-founder of B2eMarkets, one of the first SaaS (Software as a Service) Sourcing Suite providers and later covered the Supply Management market as an Industry Analyst for the Aberdeen Group.

Prior to joining Zycus, he helped bring to market new innovations in P2P (Procure-to-Pay), helping global clients achieve world-class P2P system adoption and performance.

Richard has a BA from Wake Forest University and is a graduate of GE’s Financial Management Program (FMP) executive training.

Rich Weissman

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Endicott College Assistant Professor Rich Weissman teaches management courses for the School of Business and the Van Loan Graduate School. He is also the director of corporate education, which includes the Center for Leadership, Endicott’s management development institute.

Sean Windle

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Sean Windle is a lead business research analyst for IBISWorld’s procurement division, which specializes in market research that encompasses price trends, major suppliers, supply chain risks and more. Windle holds a bachelor's degree in journalism and a minor in political science from Indiana University. The research featured in his articles can be found at ibisworld.com/procurement.

David S. Yin

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David S. Yin is an Associate Consultant with GEP, based in Clark, N.J. In this role, he focuses on delivering concrete solutions across clients’ procurement functions, and is currently engaged with driving strategic initiatives across the North American procurement operations of a Fortune 100 company.

Prior to joining GEP, Yin worked at a boutique investment consultancy, coordinating with investors and conducting in-depth financial analyses. He also helped manage a student-led real-money investment portfolio, achieving substantial gains during the process. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Business degree with concentrations in Finance and Operations, cum laude, from the Leonard N. Stern School of Business at New York University.