Episode 1: Welcome To MFG Talk Radio

Episode 1 Nov. 4, 2013
Hosts Lew Weiss and Tim Grady meet with Brad Holcomb, CPSM, CPSD, is chair of the ISM Manufacturing Business Survey Committee. In that role, he is responsible for compiling, writing and releasing the ISM Manufacturing Report On Business®, based on the survey results of approximately 350 supply management professionals across 18 different industry sectors. The Report On Business® is released on the first business day of each month, and features the PMI Index as its key measure.

Holcomb has held executive-level procurement and supply management positions at Dean Foods Company, Royal Group Technologies, Waste Management, American Precision Industries and Praxair. His mission has been to build high-performance teams and broaden the role of procurement to substantially reduce costs and create a competitive advantage.

Most recently, Holcomb was the Senior Vice President and Chief Procurement Officer at Dean Foods, where he transformed and broadened the role of procurement and reduced costs to help fund innovation and growth. He executed a broad strategic sourcing program, drove simplification and standardization, and streamlined the supply base resulting in a measurable competitive cost advantage. Dean Foods is headquartered in Dallas, Texas, and is one of the nation’s leading food and beverage companies, producing a full line of dairy and soy products with more than 100 plants in the United States and employs more than 26,000 people.

Prior to Dean Foods, Holcomb joined a new management team at Royal Group Technologies Limited as Senior Vice President of Global Materials and Supply. He held P&L responsibilities for Royal’s chemical plants in North America and operations in China, and managed the enterprise project management office and the procurement and supply management function. A successful transformation effort resulted in the sale of Royal to Georgia Gulf at a substantial premium over Royal’s stock trading uk price. Royal is headquartered in Toronto, Canada, and is a leading producer of resin-based building materials with manufacturing plants throughout the United States, Canada and China.

Before joining Royal, Holcomb was the Vice President and Chief Procurement Officer for Waste Management Inc. Over the course of five years, he helped achieve a major corporate turnaround by building a high-performance procurement team and delivering world-class results. These results were documented in a 2005 cover story in Purchasing magazine, and he also received the Chairman’s Award for his team’s contributions. Waste Management is North America’s largest waste disposal company, headquartered in Houston, Texas.

Holcomb holds a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering Science and a Master’s Degree in Industrial Engineering from Arizona State University, and a Master of Science Degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Rochester. He is a member of the Institute for Supply Management (ISM), and is a Certified Professional in Supply Management® (CPSM®) and a Certified Professional in Supplier Diversity® (CPSD™). He is currently on the Board of Directors of ISM’s CAPS Research, the Dallas/Fort Worth Minority Supplier Development Council, and is Past Chairman of the Houston Minority Business Council.

Holcomb has authored numerous articles on procurement trends and leadership opportunities, and has lectured at Arizona State University, Michigan State University and Rochester Institute of Technology.


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