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Institutes, Centers, & Initiatives

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Institutes, centers, and initiatives empower Lutgert College of Business to engage with the community beyond the classroom. Through these organizations, FGCU faculty conduct research, collaborate with their regional business partners and offer their expertise, sharing resources and contributing to the community.

Strategic Sourcing – What a 2024 Mindset Looks Like

Strategic Sourcing – What a 2024 Mindset Looks Like

February 14, 2024 / Wednesday Webinar / Tag: Center for Supply Chain Excellence

This webinar will be conducted by Mark S. Baxa, who is the current President and CEO of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP). Under his leadership, CSCMP has expanded its content reach across all functional levels in the supply chain, added critical new research content connecting meaningful insights for shippers derived from the academic community, expanded the organization's benefits internationally, and created and introduced the Executive Inner Circle and the Executive Supply Chain Leadership Academy, to name a few. He has over 40 years of experience in supply chain leadership, including sales, customer service, logistics, distribution, global trade & compliance, procurement, sustainability, supplier diversity, and supply chain strategy. He is passionate about driving value-added results, creating global synergy, and building leaders. Mark has also served as a global board member for WEConnect International, which is consistent with his belief in the value diversity brings to the supply chain. He facilitates supply chain strategy development at the EU & US Federal levels, teaches executive courses at the university level, is broadly published in numerous supply chain & business media, and speaks at conferences worldwide. In 2018, Mark was inducted into the prestigious DC Velocity Rainmakers. He holds an Executive Supply Chain Strategy Certificate from MIT, a Logistics Modeling Certificate from Georgia Institute of Technology, an Executive Supply Chain Certificate from Northwestern University, and a BS in Agronomy and Crop Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Mark is a seasoned executive with the energy and insight to support supply chain professionals throughout their career. And that’s why he leads CSCMP…to do just that.

Optimizing Supply Chains: Using Industry Characteristics for Decision Making

Optimizing Supply Chains: Using Industry Characteristics for Decision Making

November 08, 2023 / Wednesday Webinar / Tag: Center for Supply Chain Excellence

Paul Blom has had an exciting four decades-long career, focused on engineering, procurement, manufacturing operations and supply chain management. Paul began his career as an engineer with IBM's manufacturing division in Toronto, Canada, where he later advanced through a number of technical and business leadership roles. It was at IBM where Paul began to appreciate the diverse world supply chain, and how excellence in this area would be crucial to global industrial competitiveness. Paul was a member of the leadership team which founded Celestica, a divestiture of IBM's manufacturing operations in Toronto Canada. From the mid-90's to 2004, Celestica acquired over 30 manufacturing and distribution companies from around the world, creating what is today a top-tier Electronics Manufacturing Services (EMS) Company. It is during this time that Paul Blom focused his technical talents and leadership skills in the areas of Supply Chain and Procurement, with responsibility expanding to leadership of several thousand staff worldwide. He has extensive experience working with information technology platforms and solutions used in the running and optimization of supply chain business processes-all with a focus on driving ever-improving performance and business results. Over the past two decades, Paul Blom continued his work in a variety of industries. This included manufacturing and distribution of gas fireplaces, woodstoves and other home heating products, as an executive of CFM Corporation, a company acquired by the Ontario Teacher's Pension Plan. Paul's later work included a return to electronics manufacturing with a focus on enterprise cloud technologies, aerospace electronics, semiconductor equipment, and numerous industrial and green energy applications. For the past three years, Paul Blom has worked in the Toy industry, as the EVP Operations and Supply Chain, for Spin Master, a company with such iconic brands as Paw Patrol, Rubik's Cube, Gund, and Hatchimals. Paul retired from Spin Master in 2023, and now enjoys spending time cycling, swimming and on other outdoor activities. Paul Blom is a graduate in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Toronto, and an MBA graduate from the University of Toronto Rotman School of Business.

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