Columbus SIGnature Event

April 04, 2018

Thirty-One Gifts
3425 Morse Crossing
Columbus, OH 43219

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Morning Agenda

8:00 - Welcome and Delegate Breakfast

8:45 - Live Peer2Peer Discussion

10:00 - Break

10:15 - Executive Buy-side Presentation by Tolga Tomar, Director of Procurement, Thirty-One Gifts

11:15 - Sponsor Provided General Session Keynote by Gary Stoddard, Partner with Nitor Partners

Afternoon Agenda


1:00 - Roundtable Breakout Sessions (Each Delegate will attend 2-3 roundtable discussions)

2:30 - Executive Buy-side Presentation by W.C. Benton, Professor, Ohio State University

3:15 - Executive Buy-side Presentation on Blockchain by Chris Hershberger, Staff Administrator, Honda North America

4:15 - Closing Discussion

4:30- Meeting Adjourn with Happy Hour Immediately following at Coopers Hawk Winery


Executive Buy Side Presentation By Tolga Tomar, Director Procurement, Thirty One Gifts

Tolga Tomar

Director of Procurement
Thirty-One Gifts

Tolga Tomar is the Director of Procurement at Thirty-One Gifts in Columbus, Ohio. He has previously held several types of sourcing/procurement roles at companies like ITW, Cardinal Health and State Auto. Tolga is a graduate of Istanbul Technical University with a Mechanical Engineering degree and holds an MBA from the University of Massachusetts. When not spending time with his family, he enjoys watching soccer and playing video games.

Sponsor Provided General Session Keynote: Realizing Value Through Procurement Transformation by Gary Stoddard, Partner with Nitor Partners

Join us to discover how to realize true value when looking to transform Procurement, including:

  • Benchmarking, assessment and gap analysis across all aspects of Source-to-Pay
  • Holistic focus on People, Process and Technology to ensure sustainable change
  • Educating and influencing stakeholders that support Procurement - IT, Legal & Finance
  • Prioritizing recommendations to drive focus, phasing and resource allocation
  • Managed execution of the transformation roadmap to provide value / savings

Gary Stoddard

Nitor Partners

Gary provides leadership on the business strategy and development of Nitor. He provides clients experience across the Source-to-Pay spectrum including: spend assessment, category management, strategic sourcing, contract negotiations, supplier management and procurement transformation projects.

Gary has over 20 years of procurement experience across many industries. Prior to joining Nitor, Gary had a 10-year career at Rolls-Royce where he held management positions in global procurement, supply chain operations and customer business. Gary then managed a procurement consulting firm specializing in strategy, sourcing and cost savings. Gary has extensive international experience, including managing projects in Italy, Spain, France, Israel, South Africa, England and the Americas. He has delivered significant procurement transformation programs that have improved performance, increased supply chain resilience, and delivered over $800MM in sustainable savings.

 Gary holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honors) degree in Business Economics from Nottingham Trent University in England.

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
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