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David Burton- DMSCA Founder/President/CEO
David J. Burton, AICP, is a native of Columbia, SC and is Founder/President/CEO of the Diverse Manufacturing Supply Chain Alliance (DMSCA). Burton obtained his B.S. from the Morgan State College and a Masters from the University of Pennsylvania in City Planning and Regional Science.Burton is a former Adjunct Professor in Planning at Howard University and a decorated Vietnam Veteran. Burton is active in Small Business Advocacy, Educational Civil Rights, and Community Planning and Development issues and member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity.
His 2001 white paper, "The Strategic Intervention of Minority Small Manufacturing Enterprises in the Manufacturing Supply Chain, was written while consulting with the South Carolina Manufacturing Extension Partnership lead to pilot Department of Commerce and Department of Agriculture grant for a multi-year performance and quality driven diverse manufacturing supplier development program. Successes with this effort lead to his working with the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to develop a national program to support diverse manufacturing development. Work with NIST lead to interest by the U.S. Navy in use of the model in its government driven DoD Mentor-Protégé program and by Procter & Gamble in a private sector driven initiative. Following formation and operations of the National Minority Manufacturing Institute (NMMI), Burton founded the Diverse Manufacturing Supply Chain Alliance to respond to private interest in leveraging Supplier Development as a vehicle for positioning diverse Manufacturing and Logistics Suppliers for competitiveness in strategically sourced supply chains.
Burton has written numerous articles on supply chain related supplier development including, "Moving Without the Ball – Beating the Odds in Strategically Sourced Global Supply Chain", "Minority Manufacturing in Foreign Trade Zones (FTZs) - A Key to Job Retention in the US,"s, and may others.
Icy Williams – Vice President for Development
A native of Fairfield, Texas, Ms. Williams graduated from Prairie View A&M University with a BS in Business Education. Before joining P&G, Ms. Williams was a teacher in Texas and Wisconsin Public Schools, worked as a Production Supervisor for Schreiber Food, Inc. and Real Estate Broker in Green Bay, Wisconsin.She was the former Associate Director, Corporate Supplier Diversity Development for Procter and Gamble, having retired from that position in August, 2009. In addition now supporting DMSCA as Vice President for Development, Ms. Williams is President of Pakteem, an Industrial Air Systems and Engineering Company.
Ms. Williams engaged with DMSCA while still with P&G. She joined P&G in 1980 in Product Supply Manufacturing. She held a variety of positions; Process Engineer, Production Manager, Maintenance & Technical Manager, Department Manager at the Green Bay Plant in Wisconsin and Operation Manager at the Cape Girardeau Plant in Missouri. In 1994, Ms. Williams was appointed Associate Director in The Tissue and Towel Business Unit. She completed two assignments as Associate Director in Product Supply Manufacturing.
As Associate Director, Corporate Supplier Diversity Development at P&G, Williams created systemic processes and systems for P&G to achieve $1.5 Billion spending with Minority/Women Business Enterprises by 04/05. Ms. Williams exceeded the goal of $1.5 Billion in fiscal year 04/05 and then created the 5 year plan to achieve $2.5 Billion by Fiscal year 09/10. Central Jersey, Red Cross of Central Jersey, Board Member and Chair, South Central Ohio Minority Supplier Development Council, Advisory Board Member of Cincinnati Supplier Development Council, Corporate Member, Greater Cincinnati Regional Chamber Minority Business Accelerator Initiative and Cincinnati/Kentucky AA Chamber.
Karen McClain - Supply Chain Consultant
Karen McLain is a retired Executive Director for Global Supply Management with Delphi. She has over 20 years of proven experience in Supply Chain Management with experience in global strategic planning for multiple business units yielding double digit material performance results. Her experience includes negotiations on highly complex global issues, development of cost modeling to support product sourcing and maintain world class quality levels. She has developed training programs to teach the emerging regions the principles of effective Supply Chain Management and Global Category Management Strategy Processes. As Executive Director for Global Supply Management, she was responsible for supplier selection, setting strategic direction globally for $1 billion of automotive and medical procurement practices. She established teams in emerging regions of India, China, Brazil and Russia to meet global market requirements.
While at Delphi she Lead Category managers in the development of global strategies to create a competitive edge for the business units and increased material performance yielding 6-8% cost savings year after year. She established clear cost standards to provide best total cost for 85% of products globally, connect the eye of the needle for engineering standards and optimized supply base for better utilization efficiency.
As Purchasing, Production & Logistics Director foe After Market Medical, she achieved significant material cost reductions, in sourced strategic assembly operations, leveraged the relationship and implemented Lean Manufacturing for top 25 key suppliers; resulting in a 20% plus budget savings on; labor, floor space, inventory and materials.
Karen earned her in M.S Business Administration, from Central Michigan University and
a B.S. in Business Administration from NYU.
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