Signature Event - Procurement Executives Roundtable Discussion

October 24, 2019
5:30 PM EDT - 8:00 PM EDT

Mike Ilitch School of Business
2771 Woodward Avenue
Detroit, MI 48201
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  • Thomas McMillen - General Motors, Executive Director, Purchasing, Global Chassis & Body Structures
  • Dawn M. Gontko - Ford Motor Company, Purchasing Director, Indirect
  • Marvin Washington – Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Director, Electrical and Electronics Purchasing
  • Chris Heineman - MAHLE Behr USA Inc, Senior Director of Purchasing, Thermal Management Business Unit

Our panelists will share perspectives on the following key topics:

Managing Your Supply Chain

Connect the dots between senior purchasing, sourcing and supply chain executives for a comprehensive view of the overlapping challenges of procurement. Master the protocol for optimal performance in inventory and cost management, contract compliance, achieving greater transparency across the chain, supplier management and risk mitigation.

Supplier Relations

Procurement experts will share best practices and solutions to the most significant challenges of supplier partnership management, including identifying strategic suppliers, successful metrics to measure suppliers and supplier risk management.

Purchasing’s Role in Supporting Innovation

Supply chain and innovation might seem like two different activities, but in fact, they generate significant interaction. Once a product is designed, the supply chain comes into source materials, manufacture the product and get it to the market.  Learn about innovative ideas and the use of new technologies to help optimize costs and better responding to customer demand.

Talent Development

Learn how you can create optimal conditions for your people to achieve innovation, realize their potential, and find true fulfillment in the workplace. Experts will discuss the finesses of managing the changing manufacturing landscape and tackling the task of attracting, and retaining, qualified talent.

Event details are as follows:

  • 5:30PM - 6:00PM  -  Registration
  • 6:00PM - 6:30PM  -  Appetizers and Networking 
  • 6:30PM - 7:30PM  -  Panel Discussion 
  • 7:30PM - 8:00PM  -  Wrap-up and Networking




$ ISM Members

$25.00 Future ISM Members

$20.00 Students