Technology, Change Management and Process Improvement Leader

5617 Katrine Avenue

Downers Grove, IL 60516

(312) 351-5239 (mobile)


A results oriented leader in the innovative use of technology with a proven track record of effectively partnering globally with senior business leaders including Board of Directors, C-Level, Business Unit Presidents and their teams to realize strategic business objectives.



MARS IS, LLC, Chicago, IL                                                                                                                                     2011 – Present


PMO – Core Services – Organizational Transformation

Appointed as Program Manager for an organizational transformation initiative that included all of Mars IS. 


·         Participated in organizational design which created an organization with the right resources in the right location at the right cost.

·         Team member of a $370MM managed services RFP and vendor selection, which included infrastructure, support, development and deployment.

·         Assisted in the development and execution of a business case that generated over $40MM in perpetual savings and enabled organizational efficiency while increasing business responsiveness. 

·         Responsible for identifying and validating perpetual savings in alignment with the business case.


Senior Manager – Application Technical Development


·         Responsible for global SAP application development (ABAP, Fiori, Personas).

·         Led a team of 6 direct reports and an off-shore team of 45 contractors.

·         Team had the highest engagement score within the function.

·         Identified new technologies, developed standards and ensured compliance with SLAs.

·         Developed a model for supplier partnership which was adopted by Mars IS.


Business Relationship Leader – Quality, Innovation and Collaboration Team Lead (Wrigley Segment)


·         Aligned with global quality leadership team to define current and desired future state operating models and developed multi-year business capability roadmaps.

·         Led a global cross-segment, cross-function team through RFP, software selection, system development and deployment of a LIMS system. 


DEAN FOODS, Franklin Park, IL                                                                                                                          2009 – 2011

The largest dairy processor and distributor in the United States


Senior Manager – Supply Chain Optimization and Technology

Co-Program Manager for a multi-year, nationwide supply chain optimization effort to maximize distribution efficiency, focusing on cost elimination and standard compliance.  The program realized annual cost reduction of $86.8 million (USD).  


  • Utilized lean tools to measure process capability and created location specific targets for improvement.
  • Developed a customer cost to serve modeling framework.
  • Created enterprise-wide standards which enabled each region / market to monitor progress.

REYES HOLDINGS, Rosemont, IL                                                                                                                     2004 – 2009

$11 Billion privately held global food and beverage distributor representing such brands as McDonald’s, Miller, Coors, Heineken and Corona


Director – Business Technology

Reporting to CIO, Reyes Holdings and COO, Reyes Beverage Group, had responsibility for all IT for the $1.2B Beverage Group. 


  • Managed a team of 7 direct reports and project teams of up to 50 members.

·         Created a technology roadmap which was approved by the organization’s Board of Directors.

  • Led application and hardware rationalization and standardization across the division.
  • Developed a BI strategy which included data from sales, logistics, WMS and financial systems.
  • Co-Created a shared services organization responsible for A/P, master data management, and routing.
  • Technology lead on 6 acquisitions responsible for due diligence and post-acquisition integration.


Corporate Applications Manager

Management of a group which supported ERP, SharePoint, EDI, asset management, custom application development, interface design and report creation. 


  • Created an insurance cost decision support system that saved over $1.2M in annual cost.
  • Received a corporate award for utilizing workflow technology to automate numerous manual tasks.
  • Technical lead on a financial process improvement project that reduced the close cycle by 2 days. Automated daily item and pricing updates for over 100,000 items, reducing processing time by over 400%. 
  • Created a customer information portal which eliminated postage and labor costs and improved customer service and payment accuracy.



DELOITTE CONSULTING LLP, Chicago, IL                                                                                              2003 - 2004

Big 4 consulting firm


Senior Consultant

JD Edwards EnterpriseOne consultant – Financial, Manufacturing, Inventory and Sales applications


  • Participant on several successful proposal development and client presentation teams.
  • Managed the scope and challenges of implementation projects. 
  • Prioritized objectives and operated clearly and succinctly in an unstructured environment.


JD EDWARDS, Downers Grove, IL                                                                                                                       2001 - 2003

ERP solution provider, acquired by Oracle


Senior Consultant Project Manager

Implementation consultant and project manager, JD Edwards EnterpriseOne. 


  • Globally recognized for superior client service and engagement management. 


JOSLYN MANUFACTURING COMPANY, Chicago, IL  Manufacturing Systems Analyst     1999 - 2001

AMERITECH, Chicago, IL  Financial Analyst                                                                                                    1997 - 1999

THE DELTA CHI FRATERNITY, Iowa City, IA  Leadership Consultant                                            1996 - 1997




DePaul University - Chicago, IL                                                                                                                  2005

M.B.A. Concentration - Leadership and Change Management

Western Michigan University - Kalamazoo, MI                                                                                                     1996

B.B.A. Finance




Motorola University – Schaumburg, IL                                                                                                                     2007

Six Sigma Green Belt

Northwestern University – Chicago, IL                                                                                                                    2006

Certificate in Information Systems Project Management




Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust – Home and Studio Tour Guide

The Delta Chi Fraternity – Lifelong Involvement Committee, Leadership College Instructor

Boy Scouts of America – Cub Scout Pack Committee Chair

Youth Lacrosse, Hockey and Baseball Coach

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