Seattle SIGnature Event

May 16, 2018
710 2nd Ave, Suite 800
Seattle, WA 98104

Sponsored By:

Morning Agenda

8:00 - Welcome and Delegate Breakfast

8:45 - Live Peer2Peer Discussion

9:45 - Break

10:00 - My Professional Cinderella Moment, by Ranko Asari, Russell Investments

10:45 - Roadmap for the Future: Driving Optimization through Process Improvement, presented by Tamara Reyes, Allegis Global Solutions

11:30 - Benchmarking and Analytics/Reporting: Opening the Door to Program Performance Metrics, presented by Leslie Ethington, Allegis Global Solutions

Afternoon Agenda


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

2:30 - Break

2:45 - Oath - A  Procurement Perspective: Value Through Changes, by Joaquin Rivamonte, Oath 

3:30 - Metamorphosis: From Vendors to Strategic Partnerships, Troy Kendrick, Bank of the West

4:15 - Closing Discussion

4:30- Adjourn


My Professional Cinderella Moment by Ranko Asari, Russell Investments

Five years of mundane procurement-iness. Executing RFPs, POs, negotiating rate cards. One day, an opportunity struck. A door flung open and a ticket to the ball appeared out of nowhere. Terrified yet exhilarated, I took a leap. All along the way, I tried and I struggled. I learned and I grew. I even managed to surprise myself.

What a difference a year can make. What I managed to accomplish in that year continues to surprise me to this day.

Ranko Asari

Director, Global Sourcing & Procurement
Russell Investments

Ranko Asari is a director on the Global Sourcing and Procurement team at Russell Investments. In this role, she is responsible for strategic sourcing, contract management, supplier relationship management and demand management. She currently works closely with internal investment stakeholders and third-party sub-advisors, and manages the firm’s corporate real estate portfolio. She has broad experiences across most indirect categories such as IT hardware and software, telecommunications, professional services, regulatory requirements, investment and fund operations. She holds an M.B.A from Tallinn University of Technology and a B.A. from Amherst College in Massachusetts.

Roadmap for the Future: Driving Optimization through Process Improvement

What will your program look like in 3, 5, 7 years? Having a clear vision of your program’s future will put you on the road to success. During this session, we will touch on industry trends and provide visibility into the future of contingent workforce initiatives. 

Tamara Reyes

Director, Human Capital Solutions
Allegis Global Solutions

With 20 years of staffing and contingent workforce management experience, Tamara Reyes plays a fundamental role on the managed services (MSP) business development team at Allegis Global Solutions (AGS).

As a director of human capital solutions, Tamara is tasked with helping qualify and assess new opportunities, and validating that AGS’ solutions fit our clients’ requirements while capturing their business needs/challenges. Within her role, Tamara works closely with AGS’ operations, finance, implementation, business intelligence, and market analytics teams to ensure our clients receive the best final solutions.

Over the past 20 years, Tamara has fostered her industry experience and impacted clients through numerous roles at Allegis Group. Serving as a recruiter, account manager, and director of national accounts, Tamara has worked with candidates and clients to foster strong relationships, support regional needs and challenges, consult with companies on market trends and competitive data on their industry, and expand business to further drive success.

Being a cancer survivor, Tamara takes pride in overcoming obstacles and finding solutions to tough problems. She is also passionate about helping others not only find success, but their stride as well.

Tamara earned her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of LaVerne. She currently resides in Rancho Cucamonga, California.

Benchmarking & Analytics/Reporting: Opening the Door to Program Performance Metrics

Many companies wonder how their programs are truly performing and don’t have the insight and understanding to the numbers backing up the data provided. In this presentation, we will be discussing key performance measures available to quickly assess the achievements of your program and how to track the data trending performance over time. 

Leslie Ethington

Director, Business Intelligence
Allegis Global Solutions

As director of the business intelligence team for Allegis Global Solutions (AGS), Leslie Ethington has dedicated her 23-year career to fostering her industry knowledge and expertise through various roles throughout the Allegis Group organization. Starting her career with our affiliate company, Aerotek in 1996, Leslie’s primary focus was process automation and efficiency management.

Leslie worked very closely with one of Aerotek’s largest automobile manufacturing clients to improve customer service, invoicing, and timecard management.

In 2002, Leslie moved over to the newly-founded AGS to support operations for our first implementation of a managed service provider (MSP) program with our long-standing automotive client. Additionally, Leslie worked to develop our North American business analytics team, and later served as the director, where she was responsible for ensuring the best practices and standards for reporting and analytics were delivered to AGS’ clients. Within this role, Leslie also worked closely with our business intelligence team to develop and implement AGS’ proprietary workforce intelligence tool, ACUMEN.

Today, Leslie is the leading expert in ACUMEN, and acts as product experience owner—overseeing all aspects of the user-experience design for various audiences, both internal and external.

Leslie has played an integral role in the success of AGS, and continues to add value to both our organization and our clients’ programs. Her expertise lies in solving complex business problems and telling stories with data.

Leslie holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan, and an MBA from New Hampshire College. She also completed the Business Analytics Foundation Certification program through Duke University. At AGS, Leslie served as a member of the inaugural AGS Women’s Leadership Council, and remains on the advisory board.

Oath - A  Procurement Perspective: Value Through Changes

Joaquin Rivamonte

Director of Strategic Sourcing

Procurement leader with comprehensive experience in the Fortune 100 environment. Joaquin is an innovative procurement leader experienced in procurement transformation, strategic sourcing, change management, vendor relationship management, P2P, category management, contract negotiations, travel, cost savings metrics and budgeting, digital marketing/web development, Business Process Outsourcing (BPO), IT procurement (hardware, software, networks, telephony, mobile). He has created, implemented and maintained best in class procurement departments in highly respected firms and set strategic objectives in line with company business plans. Joaquin is skilled in staff management and communication with executive management. He exemplifies strong attention to detail with a commitment to problem-solving and client satisfaction.


Metamorphosis: From Vendors to Strategic Partnerships

An interactive discussion on the evolution of outsourcing relationships and challenging traditional thoughts and approaches to SRM and Vendor Management.  What does it really mean and what does it really take to develop and manage a Strategic Supplier Relationship?

Troy Kendrick

VP - Third Party Risk and Relationship Management
Bank of the West

Troy Kendrick is an industry leader in the field of Supplier Relationship Management (SRM). He is a proven leader, consultant and IS/IT professional, and an expert in large business negotiations and leadership of contracting teams. Troy has facilitated multiple successes with complete-lifecycle technology implementations, redesigns, integrations and conversions. He specializes in strategic sourcing, supplier Management, account management, hi-tech industry, health care administration, business and software consulting. Troy has worked on either side of the relationship between companies and their suppliers for over two decades. He has a strong foundation in technology and financial services. He has a deep passion for the emerging thinking on the importance of managing balanced, strategic supplier relationships (SRM).

Troy lives in Seattle, Washington, with his family and has way too many hobbies.



Previous Attendees

  • Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Boeing Company
  • Cambia Health Solutions, Inc
  • Caradigm
  • Colliers International Usa, LLC
  • Con-way
  • Continental Mills
  • Expedia, Inc.
  • Guardian Life Insurance
  • Nordstrom, Inc
  • Microsoft Corporation
  • NIKE, Inc.
  • Portland General Electric
  • Premera Blue Cross
  • Puget Sound Energy, Inc.
  • Ross Stores, Inc.
  • Russell Investments
  • Spacelabs Healthcare
  • Starbucks Coffee Company
  • T-Mobile Usa, Inc.
  • University of Tennessee
  • WellPoint, Inc.
  • Weyerhaeuser Company
  • WWU
  • Zillow Group
Event Sponsor: 
Allegis Global Solutions