Regional Industries

Supply Chain Management Council

Striving to be the Integrated Supply Chain Management hub enhancing the competitiveness of West Michigan companies

As part of a trusted group of leaders, members of the Supply Chain Management Council are the voice of supply chain in West Michigan, coming together to solve common challenges by providing actionable insights on new developments.

The Council provides a platform to discuss issues not unique to an individual business. It offers best practice learning through tours, discussion, and connections to educational institutional partners, and produces the popular Supply Chain Conference and Commodity Trends Outlook events.

Membership in the Supply Chain Management Council provides an opportunity to create new collaborations with other supply chain professionals.

Supply Chain Management Council Executive Team

  • Chair | Nick Kuhn, Senior Global Sourcing & Engineering Manager, Haworth
  • Vice Chair | Andrew DeWys, Supply Chain Manager, DeWys Manufacturing
  • Past Chair | Kevin Wickering, Director of Materials & Logistics, Shape Corp.
  • Membership Chair | Beverly Bekius, Strategic Commodity Manager, Magna Mirrors of America, Inc.
  • Facilitator | Justine Burdette, Vice President of Technical Services, The Right Place, Inc./Regional Director, The Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center-West

Benefits of Supply Chain Management Council Membership

Collaboration

Membership in the Supply Chain Management Council provides an opportunity to create new collaborations with other supply chain professionals and educational institutions. Many companies have worked together on everything from coordinated logistics to talent development and training.

Best Practice Learning

As part of a trusted group of supply chain leaders, participating members share best practices and new learning with other members of the council. Plant tours and operational reviews are often part of sharing best practices.

Voice of Supply Chain in West Michigan

Immediate value is provided at each gathering: an annual calendar of events is set at the beginning of the new year, but “hot” topics are generated from and explored by members as they arise. This allows the Council to respond quickly to new developments and provide actionable insight

Networking

As a member of the Supply Chain Management Council, you have the ability to network with other members of the council and their teams. This private networking opportunity provides a chance to develop new relationships and partnerships in the region.

Solving Common Challenges

Many of the problems facing West Michigan supply chain professionals are not unique to an individual business. The Council provides a platform and time to discuss these common challenges and address them as a team of companies. Discussions have and continue to focus on cost improvement strategies, talent development and retention, innovation, and sustainability.

Join the Supply Chain Management Council

Eligibility:

  • Membership is by company not individual. A council members company is responsible for replacing individuals should a council member leave the company. The Supply Chain Council membership fee of $1,000 is invoiced annually.
  • Membership is for manufacturers or service companies that reside within the 13-county Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center – West (The Center-West) region.
  • The company must be represented by a key decision maker in a Supply Chain field (i.e. logistics, risk management, Lean/CI, international/compliance, operations, materials management, procurement, supplier compliance).
  • Members are asked to treat each other with respect, mindful of customer/supplier and/or competitor relationships.
  • Prepare, contribute, and share at council meeting and events.
  • Commit to one year of service as a council member.

Interested in Joining? Contact us today

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Rene Booker

Executive Assistant, The Center-West

René Booker provides administrative support for the Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center-West (The Center-West) events, marketing, and internal continuous improvement efforts. She also supports The Right Place/The Center-West Manufacturers and Supply Chain Management Councils.


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Supply Chain Management Council Member Directory

If you would like to contact any members of the Supply Chain Management Council, please contact Rene Booker at bookerr@rightplace.org or 616.301.6247.

* = Executive Team Members

  • Bucher Hydraulics, Andrew Jansheski, Purchasing/Materials Planning
  • Columbian Logistics Network, Blair Thomas, Director of Customer Care
  • DeWys Manufacturing, Andrew DeWys, Supply Chain Manager*
  • EBW Electronics, Bill McMillan, Continuous Improvement & Supply Chain Manager
  • Flexco, Thomas Miedema, Purchasing Manager
  • Gentex Corporation, David Birr, Senior Purchasing Manager
  • Haworth, Nick Kuhn, Senior Global Sourcing & Engineering Manager*
  • Irwin Seating, Kurt Miller, Supply Chain & Distribution Manager
  • Irwin Seating, Rich Thelen, General Manager
  • Jireh Metals, Eula Gaddis, Senior Quality Manager
  • JR Automation Technologies, LLC, Dave Borski, Director of Strategic Sourcing
  • Magna Mirrors of America, Inc., Beverly Bekius, Strategic Commodity Manager*
  • Metal Flow, Angela Westfield, Director of Procurement and Strategic Sourcing
  • Michigan State University, Dr. David Frayer Ph.D., Assistant Dean, Executive Development and Professional Programs
  • Michigan State University, Kevin McCurren, Commercialization Program Director, Gateway Grand Rapids
  • NN Inc. | Autocam Corp. - Mobile Solutions, Derrick Staat, Purchasing Manager
  • Shape Corp., Kevin Wickering, Director of Materials & Logistics*
  • The Right Place, Inc. | The Center-West, Justine Burdette, Vice President, Technical Services | Regional Director*
  • The Right Place, Inc. | The Center-West, René Booker, Executive Assistant
  • Tiara Yachts, June Kuiper, C.P.M., Director - Supply Chain Management
  • Unist, Inc., Nicholas Standish, Purchasing Manager
  • Western Michigan University, Zachary Williams, Associate Professor of Marketing/ISM Program Director