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

Director of Indirect Procurement Strategy
Honda North America

Bill Harris is the Director of Indirect Procurement Strategy at Honda North America.  While at Honda the past 25 years, he has supported roles in supply chain management, procurement operations and governance implementation.   Bill’s career has consisted of strategic supplier leadership, sourcing allocation and technical project management.  He has compiled a track record of customer focus, strategic thinking and problem-solving acumen through multiple organizational transformations.  He currently supports Sourcing Interest Group and Wright State University as board member to provide insight into the manufacturing field.

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. 


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