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.
Gonzales Consulting Services
Mr. Gonzales is the President, Chief Executive Officer, and sole shareholder of Gonzales Consulting Services. Since 1990, Mr. Gonzales has built GCS into a profitable multi-million dollar company providing technical, management, and administrative support services to federal clients. A CPA, Mr. Gonzales began his career in public accounting with Deloitte, Haskins & Sells in Denver and later joined Arthur Andersen & Co. in Denver. From 1986 through 1990, he held the positions of Controller, Tax Manager, and Vice President in the financial services industry before founding GCS. He holds a B.B.A. degree in Accounting and an M.S. degree in Business.
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.
Pete Burney is Vice-President of Diversity, Inclusion and Compliance at JE Dunn Construction Company. In this role, he is responsible for strategies and plans supporting the company’s commitment to diversity, along with business processes to comply with project requirements across the country.
Prior to joining JE Dunn in August of 2017, Pete was Senior Vice-President of Supply Chain and Business Enablement at Hallmark Cards. He was responsible for manufacturing, quality, logistics, global procurement, demand and inventory management and information technology. He also oversaw the company’s supplier diversity program. Pete was with Hallmark for 25 years, retiring in 2016 to provide family caregiver support.
Pete served four years as a communications systems officer in the U.S. Army’s 82nd Airborne division prior to joining Hallmark.
He holds a B.S. degree in secondary education from Louisiana State University and an MBA from the University of Massachusetts – Amherst.
During his career, he has served on several non-profit boards, including the Mountain-Plains Minority Supplier Development Council, United Way of the Pioneer Valley (Massachusetts), Junior Achievement of Middle America, Samuel U. Rodgers Health Center Foundation, Urban League of Greater Kansas City, the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum and the Helzberg School of Management at Rockhurst University.
Pete and his wife, Roslyn, live in Kansas City, Missouri.
Wes Hutcherson is the Senior Director of Strategic Sourcing in Union Pacific’s Supply Chain Department where he is responsible for leading supply chain and sourcing management activities for mechanical (locomotive and freight car), IT, and vehicle fleet. In addition, he is responsible for the design and oversight of category sourcing waves designed to drive process improvements and achieve savings. He’s responsible for a portfolio of ~$2 billion of spend annually
Prior to his current role, he led the strategic sourcing team for engineering and contract services where he was responsible for an annual portfolio spend of ~$4 billion. He also led UP’s Benefits group in HR where he was responsible for the design, implementation and ongoing evaluation of a national benefits plan for approximately 12,000 non-union employees and retirees. In addition, he was responsible for thrift and life insurance benefits for approximately 40,000 union employees. Further, he oversaw the design of other benefit plans including short and long term disability, day care center operations, employee relocation, long-term care insurance, and human resources compliance.
As Vice-President of Supply Chain Maria has a proven record of guiding organizations through complex business transformation and change.
Extensive accomplishments across diverse functional areas and in challenging turnaround and rapid growth environments.
Leverages a deep skill set and experience across finance/operations management, supply chain, accounting, organizational development, risk management, M&A, P&L, procurement, and board relations to strengthen revenue, profit, and competitive market position.
Zeroes in on issues, establishes strategic direction and structures the roadmap to streamline operations, improve processes and reduce costs.
Employs thought leadership and best practices, as well as a solid understanding of key business drivers to define objectives aligned with the goals of all stakeholders and overarching corporate strategy.
Recognized as a trusted advisor to boards, C-level decision makers, executive colleagues, management teams, strategic partners, regulatory authorities, and other stakeholders in effectively mitigating and minimizing risk while ensuring performance in alignment with strategic objectives.
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.
Libby Allman has held a number of leadership positions in Supply Chain over the past 25 years.
She is currently the Vice President of Manufacturing and Procurement at Hallmark Cards, Inc. where she leads domestic manufacturing and global sourcing activities in support of the greetings, home décor, gifts, and Hallmark retail businesses.
While at Hallmark, Libby has held several leadership roles including Vice President of Product Integrity and Technical Resources where she was responsible for protecting Hallmark’s brand equity through standards of quality, safety, ethical sourcing and environmental sustainability, Vice President of Supply Chain Planning, Director of the Lean organization and the General Manager of the Liberty Distribution Center. Libby also worked in the Information Technology organization as the Director of Process and Program management. Libby co-founded the Hallmark Women’s Network.
Libby is a life-long advocate of women and girls in STEM careers. She is a recipient of the Central Exchange STEMMy Ground Breaker award. Libby served as chair of the Board of Directors for Girl Scouts of NE Kansas & NW Missouri where she continues as a board member. She currently serves on the Washington University National Engineering Council and was awarded the 2017 Engineering Alumni Achievement Award. Libby is a member and former board member of the Society of Women Engineers where she holds the Fellow status and also serves on the board of the Kansas City Urban Neighborhood Initiative (UNI).
She earned an MBA from Rockhurst University, a BS Mechanical Engineering from Washington University in St. Louis and BA Physics from William Jewell College where was recognized as a 2018 Alumni Achievement recipient.
Libby resides in Kansas City with her husband, Scott and their two children: Ellie and Henry.
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.