Columbus SIGnature Event

April 07, 2017

Honda North America 
Honda Heritage Center 
24025 Honda Parkway 
Marysville, OH 43040

Morning Agenda

8:00 - Delegate Breakfast

8:45 - Live Peer2Peer/Grand Roundtable


10:00 - RPA in Action by Bill Harris, Purchasing Strategy Director,  Honda North America and David Brain, Co-Founder and COO, Symphony Ventures

11:05 - Value Beyond Savings by Wayne Clark, Vice President, Global Delivery, GEP

Afternoon Agenda


12:45 - Roundtable Breakout Sessions (Each Delegate will attend 3 roundtable discussions)

2:00 - CPO Rising: The Art and Science of Procurement by Kory Manley, Director Network Value Engineering, Procurement and Business Network, SAP Ariba

2:50 - Executive Buy-side Panel Discussion 

Facilitated by John Bookmyer, Honda North America


Patrick Eckhert, VP, Corporate Sourcing, Huntington National Bank

Quinn Porner, formerly Senior Manager Indirect Sourcing, Abercrombie & Fitch

Tolga Tomar, Director of Procurement, Thirty-One Gifts


4:05 - Tour of the Honda Heritage Center North American Museum

4:35 - Close, Networking & Reception 

RPA In Action

Bill Harris

Purchasing Strategy Director

Bill Harris leads Honda's Procurement Strategy Team in North America. With 24 years of Purchasing experience at Honda, he leads the management of Procurement Sourcing, Maintenance and Repair Operations while driving the transitional team for organizational reform. 


Value Beyond Savings

Wayne Clark

Vice President, Global Delivery

Wayne is a Vice President at GEP. His areas of expertise include procurement strategy, organization design and Source-to-Pay transformation.

With more than 20 years of procurement and supply chain experience, Wayne has led global procurement transformation engagements with numerous Fortune 100 companies that span a broad range of industry verticals.

Prior to joining GEP, Wayne worked as a Management Consultant at A.T. Kearney and was a Managing Director at IBM, leading their Global Procurement Outsourcing practice. 

Wayne has an engineering degree from Clarkson University in New York an MBA from the London Business School in the UK. 

Executive Buy-side Panel Discussion

Patrick Eckhert

VP Corporate Sourcing
Huntington National Bank

Patrick Eckhert recently joined Huntington National Bank as a VP in their Corporate Sourcing organization.  He is an accomplished, resourceful business leader and procurement strategist with a talent for rapidly reducing costs and risk through lean sourcing processes.  He brings 23 years of expertise in sourcing, technology and finance to ensure low risk, high-value outcomes.  Prior to Huntington, he spent 15 years at Cardinal Health where he lead the transformation of their procurement culture, steered the long-term strategy for Indirect Procurement, redesigned the global travel program and pioneered and implemented a best in class sourcing solution.  Patrick is an accomplished, energetic Strategic Sourcing/Supply Chain Management professional with extensive experience in all facets of corporate procurement allowing him to be a strategic partner with his key business stakeholders including Human Resources, Finance, Legal, Risk, Internal Audit, Corporate Real Estate, Physical Security, and Private Client Group segments.  Patrick is an active member of the Sourcing Interest Group organization and currently sits on the Advisory Board for SIG University where he participates in thought leadership to advance the premier online certification program for professional in sourcing, outsourcing and services.  

Quinn Porner

Senior Manager Indirect Sourcing
Abercrombie & Fitch

Quinn Porner was formerly a Senior Manager at Abercrombie & Fitch.   With 15 years of direct and indirect global spend management he's had a track record of helping organizations achieve cost reduction and re-engineering goals with beneficial sustainable solutions.    His expertise include working across organizational boundaries to successfully source HR, Marketing, Corporate Services, Facilities, Repair & Maintenance, IT, Transportation and Supply Chain Operations.  Prior to joining Abercrombie  Fitch, Quinn worked in the sourcing team for Gap Inc., leading departments in low cost country sourcing and thru extensive international travel has witnessed the impact of labor arbitrage .  Today he's focused on cultivating long-term strategic sourcing opportunities, while improving internal customer satisfaction and external vendor relations across a broad range of technologies and products.  Quinn is an active member of the Sourcing Interest Group and is currently completing his Certified Sourcing Professional Certification. 

Tolga Tomar

Director of Procurement
Thirty-One Gifts

Tolga is a highly capable global strategic sourcing and supply chain professional with expertise in cross-functional fields within a variety of industries, such as health care, manufacturing, consumer products,retail, technology, insurance, finance and energy; recognized with multiple promotions. He is currently the Director of Purchasing at Thirty-One Gifts.Until April 2016 he served as Director of Procurement and Strategic Sourcing at State Auto Insurance, an insurance company providing personal, business, farm, commercial surety bonds, land, and flood insurance products and services. At this position he created and implemented a procurement process across the enterprise. Tolga managed multiple categories for coordination of procurement, supporting business, claims and IT operations with more than $200MM in spend. He led a cross-functional team of 10+ directors/VPs to create the first procurement process map, process guidelines and procurement templates and thus he achieved $1,000,000 in annual savings across different categories during the first 12 months of employment for 2015 (Claims, IT, and Energy). He established an enterprise-wide contract management system and actively monitored and supervised IT, Claims, and Facilities contract negotiations to achieve the best possible terms, cost and SLAs for the organization. Prior to that, between 2011 and October 2014 he was Senior Strategic Sourcing Manager at Cardinal Health, a health care services company which specializes in distribution of pharmaceuticals and medical products. At this position he actively managed multiple categories for coordination of sourcing, supporting key operations with more than $250MM in spend. He also managed and ran multiple RFPs for newly developed private label products across 8 different categories within a cross-functional team (Marketing, QRA, Inventory, Sales). Tolga was responsible for supervising a team of Sourcing Managers to successfully launch new private brand product lines and managed traditional sourcing events that resulted in more than $1,000,000 annual savings. He successfully implemented a toll manufacturing sourcing model for Plastics category and a PCard program for direct spend within the Medical team.


Previous Attendees

  • Abercrombie & Fitch
  • Allison Transmission
  • Allstate Insurance Company
  • American Electric Power Company, Inc.
  • American Honda Motor Co., Inc.
  • American Modern Insurance Group
  • Ann Inc.
  • Bank Of Montreal Financial Group
  • Battelle Memorial Institute
  • CA, Inc.
  • Cardinal Health, Inc.
  • Curtiss-Wright Corporation
  • DSW Inc.
  • Emerson Network Power
  • Express
  • Giant Eagle
  • Grange Insurance
  • Greif, Inc.
  • Huntington National Bank
  • IBM (user)
  • JPMorgan Chase & Co.
  • Key Bank
  • Kroger Co.
  • Motorists Mutual Insurance Group
  • Ohio State University
  • Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company
  • PNC Bank, National Association
  • Progressive Insurance
  • Reed Elsevier, Inc.
  • The Fifth Third Bank
  • The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company
  • UnitedHealthcare
  • WesBanco