United Parcel Service
Project Engineering Manager
Robert Gonzalez is a Project Engineering Manager at United Parcel Service, responsible for managing the construction of new facilities, expansion of existing facilities and implementation of new technology including automation of sorting operations. Robert is currently managing the construction of two new Hub Automation facilities in Portland Oregon. His areas of responsibilities include Project and Construction Management of General Contractors and Conveyor Systems Integrators. Robert works closely with various contractors ranging from site development to engineering technology development, including systems testing and integration processing. He is currently overseeing $150 Million in new construction projects. Robert maintains strategic partnerships with small and large businesses across the country.
Robert Kunze is a senior supply chain leader with broad experience in multiple industries and rapidly changing environments. He is an expert in strategic sourcing and category management transformations and a driver of continuous improvement culture and alignment with top level organizational goals.
Faison Office Products
What better way to transition to a new millennium than to realize your dream of business ownership. That is just what Jared D. Casey, Jr. accomplished after retiring from a successful career in purchasing management. In February of 2000, Jared D. Casey Jr. launched the next phase of his professional career with the purchase of Faison Office Products Company, a small minority business with a proven track record and even greater future potential. Under Jared Casey’s astute leadership role as President/CEO of Faison Office Products, Inc., this small certified MBE Corporation has grown to be the parent company of Piedmont Office Suppliers in Greensboro, NC; Southwest Business Machines in Dickinson, ND and Gaffaney’s Total Office Source in Williston, ND.
Faison has furthered their reach for opportunities through becoming a member of the NMSDC Corporate Plus Program. Faison Office Products, Inc. is a single source solution for office products, furniture, computer supplies/peripherals, IT infrastructure; copier equipment/service; janitorial products and many specialty items to a prestigious list of customers nationally and internationally. Jared Casey’s goal for Faison Office Products, Inc. is to expand their global presence through growth and acquisition.
Jennifer has been in the field of finance for 14 years and 5 years in banking corporate risk. She started her career at the Federal Reserve Bank of KC after receiving a BA in finance/management. In her nearly 7 years at the Fed she worked with phenomenal people and had mentors that encouraged her to further her education. She then obtained a MA in Economics and is ABD (all but dissertation) on a PhD in Economics and Public Administration. After leaving the Fed she worked for DST Output for nearly 6 years learning the financials of a print manufacturing industry. Jennifer then moved on to Pioneer Services where she learned a great deal about consumer finance and the various complexities of the industry. She has been at UMB since January 2015 where she started as the Director of Model Risk Management, building a strong model risk program from the ground up. In September 2017, in addition to Model Risk, Jennifer gained responsibility of Third-Party Risk Management, Third-Party Insurance, Corporate Insurance, Contingency Planning, and Loss Reporting. Most recently, Jennifer had contracts management and supplier diversity added to her responsibilities, and is now SVP/Director of Operational Risk Management.
Jennifer is very passionate about giving back and is involved in the community with organizations such as Big Brothers Big Sisters, United Way, Firsthand Foundation, Teach For America, and School of Economics to name a few.
Mountain Plains MSDC
Stan Sena is President & CEO of the Mountain Plains Minority Supplier Development Council, a 501c(3) corporate member organization that certifies Minority Business Enterprises (MBEs), provides access to certified MBEs to its corporate members, and provides contracting opportunities to its certified MBEs from its corporate members within Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska and Western Missouri.
Mr. Sena was previously Executive Vice President and COO of Americold Corporation, the leading third-party supplier of supply chain solutions in the consumer packaged goods industry. Americold, with 117 locations in North America, enjoyed sales of over $800 million and an employee base of over 6500. In his capacity with Americold, Mr. Sena was responsible for the growth of the organization-an LBO from Beatrice Companies-starting with 30 locations nationally and $65 million in sales to an international organization with over 100 locations and $800 million in sales.
Denver Public Schools
Murugan Palani is the Director of Business and Outreach at Denver Public Schools. He is a native of Denver, Colorado proudly graduating from George Washington H.S. in 1995 and from the University of Colorado with a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration with an emphasis in Computer Information Systems. He completed his M.B.A. at Webster University in 2011 and earned a Masters in Human Resource Management in 2012.
Murugan served in the Colorado National Guard his last two years in college and served 6 years as an Officer in the Army upon obtaining his Business degree.
Upon completing his service to the United States Army, Murugan accepted a position with Xcel Energy as its Manager of Supplier Diversity in April of 2009. Murugan is a strong proponent of small business and believes that helping small businesses grow and succeed is the key to growing our economy and our community. His passion for small businesses is evident with his involvement in and leadership roles in several of the local Chambers of Commerce and other business organizations.
Warren Elbeck is a Supplier Diversity Program Manager with over twenty years of Supply Chain Management experience. Including Auditing, Material Estimating, Negotiations and Subcontracts Administration. Vast knowledge and experience with FAR (Federal Acquisition Regulations), CASB (Cost Accounting Standards), DCAA (Defense Contract Audit Agency) and Interpreting Laws and Regulatory requirements. He has experience in the development of Supplier Diversity programs, coaching of diversified small business and the growth of small business advocates within Supply Chain Management. He also has vast knowledge of financial analysis, material estimating, subcontracts cost analysis, and development/implementation of SCM policy and procedures.
Reporting to the President, Stancia J. Whitcomb Jenkins is the Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer for the University of Nebraska system. Jenkins provides leadership in developing and implementing policies, practices and initiatives that enhance access, inclusion and retention of a diverse student body, faculty and staff. She also assesses high-impact strategies, programs and activities to promote diversity, access and inclusion across the university in the three mission areas of teaching, research and service.
Jenkins holds a bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Advertising from the University of Kansas, and a master’s degree in public affairs with a concentration in business and government relations from Park University. She is also a certified administrator and interpreter of the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI), a Certified Affirmative Action Planner (CAAP) through the American Association for Access Equity and Diversity (AAAED), and has completed Cornell University’s Diversity and Inclusion Certificate Program.
Bank of Valley
Deborah is the CPS Senior Solutions Consultant. VP for Bank of Blue Valley with 13 years of experience in Commercial Payments including Treasury Management
At the Bank of Blue Valley, Deborah serves on the Leadership Board and as a strategic partner to clients in planning and executing a best in class accounts payables strategy. Working with companies of all sizes Deborah’s expertise in commercial card and treasury management allows her to advise clients on how to pay, who to pay, and when to pay while keeping the companies best interest top of mind. Deborah is passionate about making sure clients are aware of what is happening in the payments industry including, shifts to electronic payments, fraud prevention and technology enchantment. She is relationship focused and values working with great clients. Deborah has participated in Junior Achievement, and enjoys volunteering with kids as a Baseball mom and a Girl Scout troop leader.
Deborah received her education from Graceland University, after joining the U.S. Army for both Active and Reserve Duty serving her country for 8 years. Before transitioning to Bank of Blue Valley she rose through the ranks to hold senior business strategy and treasury sales positions at UMB and BMO Harris Bank. With her husband Christian, (who is also an Army Veteran) they have made a longtime home in Kansas City with their three kids.
Deborah’s commitment to her community is reflected throughout her career, and is passionate about that obligation leading and guiding her career through the duration.
Sheryl Tockerman is a Senior Manager, Procurement at Charter Communications – the second-largest cable operator, which offers services to consumers and businesses under the Spectrum brand. She joined Charter and moved to Colorado in September of 2017, now calling Englewood home.
Sheryl has 20+ years of experience in various supply chain management and sourcing roles. She began her career in Supply Chain at ABB, where she completed a ‘Management Rotational Program’ over 2 years. She also spent time working for Pfizer Pharmaceuticals NYC in the Strategic Sourcing organization. Currently, at Charter she is responsible for supporting Charter with software and professional services.
Sheryl graduated from Penn State University in 1999 with a degree in Supply Chain Management. She is also a member of the WICT Rocky Mountain Chapter and hoping to complete her CPSM certificate in the next year. In her free time, Sheryl enjoys spending time outdoors exploring the Colorado Mountains, fixing her new home and spending time with family and friends.