Minneapolis SIGnature Event

May 18, 2017


Schuman Campus

655 Lone Oak Drive

Eagan, MN 55121

Morning Agenda

8:00 - Delegate Breakfast

8:45 - Live Peer2Peer/Grand Roundtable


10:15 - Ecolab + Indirect Procurement; The Work We Do Matters by George Kattner, VP, Global Indirect Procurement at Ecolab and Bill Sedoff, Director, Global Indirect Sourcing at Ecolab

11:05 - Thought Leadership Presentation by Mark Spencer, Senior P2P Manager, Zappos and Matt Budd-Thanos, Director of Sales, ScoutRFP

Afternoon Agenda


12:45 - Roundtable Breakout Sessions (Each Delegate will attend 3 roundtable discussions facilitated by Mayer Brown, MBO Partners, and ScoutRFP)

2:00 - Connected Devices, Data and Internet of Things for B2B by Brad Peterson and Rebecca Eisner, Partners, Mayer Brown

2:50 - Transforming the Talent Supply Chain with Self-Sourcing by MBO Partners by Hazzen Muñoz, HR Director, Employee Relations & Compliance, Ecolab and Bob Lucas, SVP Business Development, MBO Partners

3:40  - Closing Discussion and Wrap-Up

4:00 - Adjourn


Ecolab + Indirect Procurement; The Work We Do Matters

Ecolab is the global leader in water, hygiene and energy technologies and services that protect people and vital resources.  With 2016 sales of $13 billion and 48,000 associates, Ecolab delivers comprehensive solutions and on-site service to promote safe food, maintain clean environments, optimize water and energy use and improve operational efficiencies for customers in the food, healthcare, energy, hospitality and industrial markets in 170 countries around the world.

 In this session you will  learn  about:

  • Our Sourcing Excellence Journey enabling stakeholder engagement.
  • Our 2016 Hallmark Win. Our sales and service vehicle fleet sourcing process overview.


George Kattner

Vice President, Global Indirect Procurement

George Kattner is Vice President, Indirect Procurement at Ecolab, the global leader in water, hygiene and energy technologies and services that protect people and vital resources. 

In Kattner’s current role, he provides leadership, direction and the development of the strategy and execution for global indirect spend.  He’s responsible for delivering annual savings targets and value capture through category strategy, stakeholder management and organizational leadership.  Category responsibility includes areas of Logistics, Manufacturing, CapEx, Facilities, IT, Car Fleet, Human Resources, Professional Services & Travel. 

Previously, Kattner held the role of Procurement Director for Asia Pacific and Greater China, where he built and managed the overall procurement function comprised of Direct Raw Materials & Packaging, Indirect & Services, Equipment, Compliance Systems & Process and Best Cost Country Sourcing responsibilities.

Prior to Kattner’s International assignment, he was Director of Procurement Integration, overseeing the merger of Ecolab and Nalco.  Kattner’s earlier roles at Ecolab include various Procurement Divisional and Category Management roles as well as Business Marketing.

Prior to joining Nalco in 2002, Kattner worked in the consulting industry.  He graduated from DePaul University with a B.A. in Finance & Economics and graduated from Rutgers University with an MBA.

Bill Sedoff

Director, Global Indirect Procurement

Bill Sedoff is Director, Global Indirect Procurement at Ecolab with current responsibility for Ecolab’s Commercial Digital Solutions (CDS) category. 

In his current role, he provides leadership, direction, development, and execution of the negotiation strategy for Ecolab’s CDS Divison.  This division is focused on client facing solutions, connected devices, IOT, B2B portals, and data analytics providing industry leading solutions for Ecolab’s customers. 

Over the past 8 years with Ecolab Bill has led procurement categories inclusive of: HR (Benefits, Talent Acquisition, Temp Labor, Training, Payroll and Compensation), Light Fleet (consisting of 13,000 Sales and Service vehicles for North America), and Global IT (sourcing of Software, Hardware, Services and Telecom).  Bill implemented an MSP and VMS strategy for IT contingent labor in 2014 and was the root for Ecolab’s 2018 global deployment of an MSP and VMS for all contingent labor categories across the organization. 

Prior to joining Ecolab in 2010, Bill worked at Target in various roles including; Accounting, Audit, Supply Chain, IT and his final 6 years as Manager in Technology Acquisition where he and his team were responsible for $300M - $1B of IT spend. 

Bill graduated from the University of St. Thomas with a B.A. in Business Administration and Accounting.

Transforming the Talent Supply Chain with Self-Sourcing by MBO Partners

Hazzen Munoz

HR Director, Employee Relations and Compliance

Hazzen Muñoz is HR Director, Employee Relations & Compliance for Ecolab. He is responsible for providing leadership for Ecolab’s developing contingent workforce management program, as well as enabling a high performing work environment by aligning policies, processes and practices that concern the relationship of employees with Ecolab’s values and desired behaviors while ensuring compliance to with applicable laws and regulations.

Bob Lucas

SVP, Business Development
MBO Partners

Bob Lucas is SVP of Business Development at MBO Partners and is responsible for the company’s business development and sales efforts. He has over 25 years of experience in the contract workforce industry and has been recognized for leadership as one of Supply and Demand Chain Executive’s “Pros to Know.” 

Connected Devices, Data and Internet of Things for B2B

Please join Brad Peterson and Rebecca Eisner, Partners at Mayer Brown as they lead a discussion on the following hot topics:

  • Legal issues for businesses using IoT
  • Legal and supply chain issues surrounding the integration of connected devices and platforms
  • Data management and analytics issues with connected devices and platforms

Brad Peterson

Mayer Brown

Brad Peterson is a partner in Mayer Brown’s Chicago office. He leads the Technology Transactions practice.

Lauded by clients as “astonishingly talented” (Chambers USA 2010), Brad has focused his practice for 20 years on helping companies work better with their technology and operations suppliers. In outsourcing, he has represented customers in dozens of large managed services agreements with, cumulatively, over $15 billion in contract value.  In the past five years, he has represented clients in increasing numbers of contracts with digital services providers, including cloud, data analytics, “as a Service” and automated process scopes and cyber security and privacy issues related to those scopes. He also has extensive experience representing companies’ licensing enterprise systems and contracting for systems integration and systems development for those systems.  He benefits in this practice from majoring in Computer Studies as an undergraduate, receiving an MBA from the University of Chicago, and working as a software developer and IBM Marketing Representative for years before attending Harvard Law School.

Rebecca Eisner

Mayer Brown

Rebecca Eisner is Partner-in-Charge of Mayer Brown's Chicago office and previously served as a member of the Global Partnership Board.

Rebecca has over 20 years of experience representing clients in hundreds of matters in three main areas: outsourcing, emerging technologies, and data privacy and security.

In outsourcing, Rebecca has represented clients in many industries in complex global technology and business process outsourcing transactions of all types. She also has experience with re-structuring and re-negotiating outsourcing transactions, in-sourcing, managing acquisitions and divestitures in outsourcing transactions, and termination of outsourcing arrangements, and other strategic sourcing relationships.

Rebecca is nationally ranked in the areas of technology and business process outsourcing. She has been described as “an expert negotiator, and intelligent, focused and pragmatic." Sources note that “her dynamism in negotiations is extremely effective” and that she "knows her subject matter and is very open and engaging." Rebecca has also been lauded for her “ability to get the results we're looking for without antagonizing the other party” (Chambers Global and Chambers USA). She has also been named as among the World's Leading Lawyers (information technology), Best Lawyers in America (technology law and information technology), one of the top women attorneys in Illinois (Leading Lawyers Network 2006, 2007, 2009) and on the list of Illinois Super Lawyers. Rebecca is recognized as one of the leading lawyers in the outsourcing field by Chambers Global (“1” ranking in Outsourcing), Chambers USA (“1” ranking in “Nationwide: Outsourcing” and “Illinois: Technology & IT Outsourcing”) and Legal 500 (recognized in “Technology Outsourcing”). Best Lawyers named Rebecca as its Chicago Technology Lawyer of the Year for 2015. Profiles in Diversity Journal has named her a “Woman Worth Watching”.

Thought Leadership Presentation by Mark Spencer, Senior P2P Manager, Zappos and Matt Budd-Thanos, Director of Sales, ScoutRFP

Abstract coming soon!

Matt Budd-Thanos

Director of Sales

Matt is the Director of Sales at Scout RFP. Matt has a passion for building up high-growth tech companies, and previously held sales positions at salesforce.com and Twitter. Matt is a graduate of University of Oregon.

Mark Spencer

Senior P2P Manager

Mark is a provider of strategy, leadership and mentoring for all aspects of finance operations and a go to trusted business consultant for all elements of company operations and logistics at Zappos. Mark's personal mantra: Lead by example and push boundaries as a curiosity magnet so that others are attracted to overcome their own obstacles.


Previous Attendees

  • Advance Auto Parts
  • Alliant Techsystems Inc.
  • American Family Mutual Insurance
  • Ameriprise Financial Inc.
  • Andersen Corp.
  • Assurant, Inc.
  • BB&T Corporation
  • Best Buy Co., Inc.
  • Campus Service Cooperative
  • Cargill, Inc.
  • Caterpillar, Inc.
  • CHS Inc.
  • Deluxe Corporation
  • Digital River
  • Ecolab Inc.
  • Fairview Health Services
  • General Mills, Inc.
  • IBM (user)
  • Kohler
  • Land O'Lakes
  • Masco Corporation
  • Michael Foods
  • MnSCU
  • Options Clearing Corporation
  • Principal Financial Group, Inc.
  • RJ Reynolds Tobacco Company
  • Securian Financial Group
  • Supervalu Inc.
  • Target 
  • Tennant Company
  • The Travelers Home and Marine Insurance Company
  • Thomas Reuters
  • UBS Financial Services Inc.
  • UnitedHealth Group
  • U.S. Bank
  • Valspar
  • Voya Financial
  • Wells Fargo
  • Wolters Kluwer