Steve is currently employed within the Information Technology industry as Sr. Director of Purchasing in Ann Arbor Michigan. Prior to his current position, he worked at Borders Books as Director Purchasing and Facilities in the Retail industry supporting store operations and distribution centers.
Drawing upon experience from multiple industries, Steve worked as a Vice President and Director in transitioning procurement, supplier quality, and logistics functions from traditional purchasing to a supply chain management approach in multiple firms.
He has over 20 years industry experience including; Startup/Carve out operations, Manufacturing Production, Retail, Government, Insurance, Service, Distribution environments, and Bankruptcy/ Liquidation. His manufacturing experience includes OEM float and fabricated glass, Paper, Sinter Metal, Assembly, Automotive Tier 1, and Heavy Truck Manufacturing. Other industry experience includes Healthcare Insurance, and Wood Product Manufacturing.
While working in multiple industries in his personal commitment to continuing education, Steve recently completed his degree, Doctor Business Administration (DBA) from Lawrence Technological University. With an interest in employee retention and credentialing in supply chain, his dissertation topic is; “Compensation, Certification, and Education within Supply Chain Management.”
His focus is on process change, continuous improvement, and his background includes leading and coordinating operations while pursuing best in class options to meet the business needs and improve the value chain on an international basis. This includes benchmarking global best practices for eProcurement including eMRO, eAuctions, and ERP systems.
Stressing change and intervention, Steve utilizes principles of Organizational Development. Process Improvement is achieved via continuous improvement and lean thinking to create change in both manufacturing and administrative environments. He is results oriented.
Working seamlessly in manufacturing or MRO environments, continually encouraging communication, training, and education within procurement teams and suppliers resulted in process change, system improvement, supply base reduction, increased quality, zero downtime, and documented savings programs delivering 5-16.5% savings annually. Savings improvements include continuous improvement, system redesign, cash flow improvement, inventory reduction, and cost reduction.
He teaches MBA classes for Lawrence Technological University in Leadership, Management and has taught Leadership, Small Business, Purchasing, Human Resources, and Management courses for Davenport University (Detroit College of Business) in the Adult Accelerated Program.
Noted for excellence in education, Steve received the ISM/NAPM District award for his commitment to education. He was a board member with NAPM –Detroit (1997- present) and serves as liaison for the ISM - Southeast Michigan Economic Survey.
Steve is a Lifetime Certified Purchasing Manager, (C.P.M.). He obtained his MBA and DBA from Lawrence Technological University and a BSBA from Wayne State University.