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Manage...Lead...Transform: What You Need to Know to be Effective

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Panelist Biographies

Main Presenter:

Nancy Q. Smith is Director, Strategic Partnering, for Exemplary Performance (EP), a leading performance alignment and execution firm serving some of the world's most successful companies. EP's results are evidenced in increased margins, faster time to performance, reduced turnover, and increased close rate. In her role, Nancy works with HR, supply management and other enabling functions to help them transition from a tactical to a strategic approach and builds the capability of their teams to serve as strategic business partners and deliver results to the business.

Prior to joining EP in 2007, Nancy served as people development manger and global process manager for Delphi Corporation. As a people development manager she built and managed the execution of development strategy for 2,700 employees across 38 countries. This included development of process support strategies, coaching structures and learning and development programs. As global business process manager, she was actively involved in reorganization, supplier support and crisis resolution. She improved business processes, led the roles, decision rights and metrics process and created the learning, development and coaching strategy to deepen internal client partnerships to align with strategic business goals. Prior to 2002, Nancy held positions of increasing responsibility within the PACE organization.

Nancy is a featured speaker for supply management and human resources audiences. Together with Dave Nelson, she authored CPO Perspective on Strategic Business Partnerships, a whitepaper featuring 15 top CPOs. Nancy was also recently published in Training magazine.


Bradley Holcomb, CPSM, CPSD is Chair of the Institute for Supply Management™ Manufacturing Business Survey Committee. In this role, he writes the ISM Manufacturing Report On Business® based on the survey results of approximately 350 supply management professionals across 18 different industry sectors. The Report On Business® is released on the first business day of each month, and features the PMI Index as its key measure.

Brad's specialties are in the areas of procurement, supply management, business transformation, staff development, and mentoring. His mission has always been to build high-performance teams and broaden the role of procurement to substantially reduce costs and create a competitive advantage. He has held executive-level procurement and supply management positions at Dean Foods Company, Royal Group Technologies, Waste Management, American Precision Industries and Praxair. Brad's earlier career was with Eastman Kodak Company where he held a broad range of management positions over a 20-year period. In his last assignment at Kodak, he led the project that globalized procurement through the development and implementation of worldwide processes and best practices. Based on this valuable experience, Brad went on to become Chief Procurement Officer and lead successful transformations at five companies over the course of the next 15 years.

Linda K. Lundquist, MBA, CSCP, PMP, PHR, RCC is manager of Supply Chain Processes & Optimization at Caterpillar. She manages an internal consulting group in Caterpillar Production System team to drive ERP systems excellence in supply chain and manufacturing processes and optimization of business transformation results globally. From 2003 to 2008, Linda was Employee Development Program Manager at Delphi Corporation in Global Supply Management. In this role, Linda supported functional objectives such as redesign of global category strategy development and sourcing, defining new process to classify suppliers and manage supplier relationships and restructuring Indirect Materials organization including development of tools for strategic sourcing process and eRFQ. Prior to joining Delphi, Linda was employed at John Deere, where she spent more than 10 years in Supply Management as a Project Manager for initiatives in supplier training, performance management, workforce management, succession planning, talent management and key leadership talent development.

Wayne Turmel is the CEO and founder of Great Web Meetings, a consultancy focused on focused on helping companies present, sell, manage their teams and communicate over the web. He is obsessed with helping people communicate virtually. As president of he helps companies and individuals use today's virtual communication technology. His clients include The American Red Cross and WeightWatchers. He's the author of several books including 10 Steps to Successful Virtual Presentations and 6 Weeks to a Great Webinar, is a regular blogger on and is the host of one of the world's most successful podcasts, "The Cranky Middle Manager Show." He lives in Glen Ellyn, IL with his wife Joan, daughter Nora, and Byron, the Demented Cockatiel.