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October 10, 2017 Professional Development Meeting

October 10, 2017
5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
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GVSU DeVos Center
401 W Fulton St
Grand Rapids, MI 49504

5:00 PM Registration/networking
5:45 PM Appetizers
6:00 PM Speaker

Supply chain management is a journey of learning, experimenting, testing, failing and achievement.  Over the past twenty years I’ve had to fortune to work for companies that have allowed our supply chain management teams to develop tools, processes and philosophies, and to take the risks to try new things, that have made our team grow into better supply management professionals.  I truly believe that there is a maturity curve that each supply management team has to go through in order to get to that next level.  That maturity curve doesn’t just apply to the tools, processes and suppliers; it also applies to talent, abilities and education of our team members.  I plan to share that maturity curve and why I believe that following those stepping stones makes a difference.


 Drew Schramm is the president of World Resource Partners. World Resource Partners is an employee owned company that cares about people, believes in being fair and transparent and seeks customers who believe what they believe. World Resource Partners was established in 1995 to focus on a global manufacturing network for better asset and cost management for its customers. As an international sourcing business, World Resource Partners remains a leader in developing ethical, reliable manufacturing solutions.


Previously, Schramm was the senior vice president, supply chain management, for Spartan Motors, Inc. Spartan Motors is an engineer and manufacturer in the heavy-duty, custom vehicles marketplace with annual revenues of $470 million. Schramm had global accountability for enterprise wide supply management activities.


Previous to Spartan Motors, Schramm was the senior vice president of supply management for Herman Miller. While at Herman Miller, Schramm developed a strong lean manufacturing relationship with key suppliers through the use of continuous improvement experts from his team. His supply management team had also created a supplier diversity program that resulted in awards and recognition from several diversity organizations. Additionally, Schramm had led a strong environmental effort with the DfE (Design for Environment) protocol. This protocol has resulted in environmentally superior components from the supply base which enabled Herman Miller to create products to meet and exceed customer’s ecofriendly expectations.


Previously, Schramm has worked with Praxair Industrial Gases, Abbott Laboratories and Avon Cosmetics in supply management as well as operational roles.


Schramm has an undergraduate degree in Business and in Economics from Rutgers College. Schramm obtained his MBA from Lake Forest Graduate School of Business in Lake Forest, Illinois.


Schramm was the Chairperson of the Committee for Sustainability and Social Responsibility for ISM (Institute for Supply Management) as well as a member of the board of directors for D’Addario & Company, Farmingdale, NY from 2009 to 2012.

For questions or assitance with registration, please contact Kathy, Affiliate Admin: or (616) 490-8608.


$0.00 Member Registration

$35.00 Non-Member Registration

$12.00 Retiree Registration

$0.00 Full-time Student Registration