EPIC Awards to Honor Professional Excellence in Indirect Procurement

By Susan Avery

December 29, 2012 at 11:53 AM


My Purchasing Center and ProcureCon will recognize professional achievement in indirect procurement with the new Excellence in Purchasing Indirect Categories (EPIC) Awards at ProcureCon Indirect East, February 11, 2013, in Charlotte, N.C. 

The EPIC Awards honor procurement professionals in three categories--individual, team and rising star. There is a supplier category as well. 

A panel of leaders in procurement representing My Purchasing Center (Editorial Advisory Board and others) and ProcureCon (Advisory Board) evaluated the entries and made the final selections. The panel included:

  • William E. Bagley, Vice President, Global Procurement, Unum
  • David Butler, Vice President, Global Operations and Supply Chain, Philips Healthcare
  • Aaron Cleavinger, Director of Procurement, ULTA Beauty
  • Rick Hughes, Chief Procurement Officer, Proctor & Gamble
  • Mike Kimball, Sourcing Team Leader, 3M 
  • Ed Maino, Vice President Global Procurement Services, Capital One
  • Mike Rager, Strategic Sourcing Leader, formerly at Tyco International
  • Frank Sanders, Director Corporate Strategic Procurement, Intel
  • Linda Winter, Director Corporate Service Sourcing, PG&E


Sneak Peak at Finalists

Procurement professional finalists in the individual category will present case studies of indirect procurement at their respective companies in a webcast hosted by My Purchasing Center on January 23 at 2 pm ET. The webcast is called Excellence in Purchasing Indirect Categories. 


Selected as finalists and scheduled to present are Charen Buyce, Manager, Indirect Global Procurement at Amway (pictured left), John Willi, Senior Director, Supply Chain Management at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (pictured right), and Brian Bancroft, Senior Director, Procurement at Kellogg. Register for the webcast Excellence in Purchasing Indirect Categories.

Conference Agenda

ProcureCon Indirect East takes place February 11-13, 2013, at Hilton University Place in Charlotte, N.C. The conference features presentations, round table discussions and networking and will focus on three themes--strategic transformation and value creation; globalization, c-suite reporting, compliance challenges and supplier relations; and complex services spend and category management. 

On the conference agenda are these scheduled presentations and speakers, among many others: 

  • Effective Retention, Reward and Succession Planning Structures by Keith Woody, Executive Director, Global Indirect Procurement and Logistics Operations at Freescale Semiconductor
  • Supplier Risk, Compliance, Rationalization and Management by John Thompson, Senior Vice President and Director, Strategic Sourcing, and Trupti Marshall, Senior Vice President, Supplier Performance Management, SunTrust Bank
  • Procurement’s Greater Role in the Supply Chain by Gary Miller, Vice President, Global Supply Chain at A. Schulman
  • Putting Your Spend Analytics Tool to Work for the Greater Good by Kenneth Naughton, Director, Spend Analytics and Sourcing Strategies at CBS Corporation
  • What to Do Next to Extend Value? by Wayne Evans, Head of Procurement Americas, Deutsche Post, DHL, and Frank Sanders, Director, Corporate Strategic Procurement, Intel 
  • Teaching the Future of Procurement by Joe Sandor, Hoagland-Metzler Professor of Practice in Supply Management, The Eli Broad School of Business, The Eli Broad Graduate School of Management, Michigan State University  

The conference also features a Solutions Zone exhibit area that includes these sponsors: Allegis Group Services, Ariba, Inc., Beeline, Carlson Wagonlit Travel, Coupa Software, Ernst & Young Advisory Services, Fieldglass, IBM Emptoris Strategic Supply Management, IGNavigator, Paladin Associates, Perfect Commerce and Work Nexus. 

My Purchasing Center is a ProcureCon Indirect East media partner. 

For more information on and to register for ProcureCon Indirect East, call 888-482-6012 or 646-200-7530 or email ProcureConIndirect@wbresearch.com.

Register for the My Purchasing Center webcast Exellence in Purchasing Indirect Categories (January 23 at 2 pm ET).

To read My Purchasing Center's coverage of the 2012 ProcureCon Indirect East conference, please see the article Indirect Procurement: Think Like the CEO 


EPIC Awards Judging Criteria

These are the questions asked of EPIC awards finalists in the individual category: 

Contribution Focus. Why do you wish to be considered for the EPIC award? (Please describe the category focus or activity, annual spend involved, criticality of the category/activity).

Initial Challenge. Please describe the history, challenges and extent of procurement’s involvement when you first got involved.

Internal Customers/Stakeholders. Who are the internal customers/stakeholders, and what are their goals, requirements and challenges?

Approach. What steps did you take to overcome challenges, meet and exceed goals and requirements?

Strategic Corporate Alignment. How are you involved in advancing strategic corporate initiatives?

Supplier Involvement/Collaboration. How did you involve & encourage suppliers (including diversity suppliers) to help meet the goals of your stakeholders/customers? Please give examples.

Execution and Results. What value and benefits did you deliver and how was this measured?


Tags: indirect Strategic sourcing Supply management Procurement
Category: News Article

Susan Avery


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. 

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