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Darin Matthews


Darin Matthews has over 25 years of contracting experience in both the public and private sectors.

He is currently the director of procurement and supply chain for University of California, Santa Cruz and has held high level positions for several Oregon public agencies. Darin has a Bachelor’s degree in Business and a Master’s in Acquisition Management.

He speaks on procurement issues around the world and has published several books and articles on supply chain management. Darin has served on the faculty of Florida Atlantic University, Portland State University, and California State University, San Bernardino.

Steven Carnovale


Dr. Carnovale is an expert supply chain strategist and econometrician who specializes in interfirm networks, risk management, supplier selection & relationship management, global sourcing strategies and global production networks with a specific focus on equityand non-equity-based partnerships.

Dr. Carnovale has published more than 35 journal articles and conference proceedings. Dr. Carnovale earned his B.S. and PhD degrees at Rutgers University, specializing in Supply Chain Management and Marketing Sciences. Dr. Carnovale is a frequent speaker at both academic and professional supply chain meetings. His presentations generally focus on the topic of supply networks and analytics, with a specific focus on how firms can use these concepts to generate enhanced visibility and financial performance within their supply chains and extended enterprises.

In addition, Dr. Carnovale frequently engages in consultative arrangements with several large and mid-size firms. Prior to his academic work he co-founded a marketing strategy and consulting firm, worked in sales and operations management roles in the IT sector, as well as in market research and marketing analytics roles.

William Agee


Mr. Agee has been in purchasing for nearly thirty-years spanning a very broad and diverse career. WDA andAssociates, Inc., a Texas corporation, was created in 1996 as a sole proprietorship by William Agee. 

Today, thecompany averages a 24% annual compound growth rate and has expanded to 57 professional associates. WDADevelopment, Inc., a Nevada corporation, was created for large special projects involving hotels, resorts, casinosand amusement parks. International Investment and Advancement, Inc. (IIA) was created in the Grand Caymansfor managing off-shore program and licenses.

Over the years, Bill has given his time in working with Baylor University in an adjunct faculty position teachingcourses in purchasing, negotiations, operations/manufacturing management, and quality assurance on thesenior and graduate level. During this time he developed and published a software educational program,entitled The Smart Buyer, highlighting the contributions purchasers and supply managers can contribute in adynamic marketplace in applying the proper tools of lot-sizing, timing of purchases transactions, minimizing thecost of acquisition, controlling inventory burden costs while maintaining a benchmark service level to thecustomers.

Mr. Agee works with procurement and supply chain professionals both in the United States and abroaddelivering both purchasing education and consultation to facilitate the value driven goals of strategic focustoward the professional. He has written or presents over 203 educational programs in the field of purchasing,negotiations, supply management and other aligned fields for use by the profession. The newest section addedto his web site for supply managers cover the complicated and costly area of construction acquisitions andcontracting.

The last few years has seen Mr. Agee assisting many of the top Fortune 300 organizations in major projectdevelopment, new product development, risk mitigation efforts, construction program management, mergersand acquisitions, financial analysis involving workouts and turn-around, opening new hotels and resorts as wellas gaming development and creating strategic long terms plans for three companies which exceeded value plansin excess of $13.7-billion dollars.

In addition, Mr. Agee wrote the State of Texas certification training passed by the state legislature for buyerproficiency. The state’s approval make is mandatory that a buyer must be certified to issue a purchasingcontract employing a state budget warrant for acquisitions. Certification of the State of Texas buyers is under atwo-tier concept of a Certified Texas Purchaser (CTP) and Certified Texas Purchasing Manager (CTPM). Currently,this program is under review in over eleven other states.

Mr. Agee is currently reviewing drafts for a new book on supply chain activities incorporating benchmarkstandards to drive optimal efficiency and productivity for the profession. While working on the drafts Mr. Ageewrote five modules of the new CPSM Study Guide for ISM. In addition, Mr. Agee won the coveted Howard W.Cosgrove Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Purchasing Professional from the Institute for Supply ChainManagement. All sessions provided are qualified for C.P.M points from the Institute of Supply Management.

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Cliff Allen


Cliff Allen is currently the Interim Associate Dean of Graduate Programs and the Academic Director of the MS GSCM program at Portland State University.

Dr. Allen holds a Bachelor of Science and Master of Arts degree in Economics from San Jose State University as well as a Ph.D. in Leadership Studies & International Business from Gonzaga University. Currently, he is currently a candidate for the Master of Arts in Liberal Sciences at Reed College.Cliff Allen was most recently with General Dynamics - Itronix as Sr. VP of Product Line Management & Operations. Itronix, based in Spokane, Washington, is a world leader in the design and manufacture

of rugged wireless computing solutions for mobile workers. At Itronix, Dr. Allen was responsible for the Product marketing, Design R&D, Supply Chain and Manufacturing throughout Taiwan, China, and the U.S.Prior to Itronix, Dr. Allen was the Vice President of Manufacturing for 3Com Corporation having responsibility over the Operations of Palm Organizer Products and the Mobile Communications Division.

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Barry J. Brunetto


Barry J Brunetto is the President and Founder of 4th Revolution, LLC, a company with the mission to help companies develop transforming strategies that will get them ready for the next evolution of the Digital Age. 

Mr. Brunetto was the Vice President of Information Systems for Blount International. Prior to Blount Barry worked at Sensormatic Electronics Corporation in Boca Raton, Fl.

Over the past 17 years, Barry developed and executed a strategy that transformed Blount for the first evolution of the Digital Age. During his 18 years at Sensormatic, he held various management positions in the field of information systems, business process re-engineering and global implementations.

He was awarded the 2011 IT Executive of the Year at Innotech, the Business and Technology Innovation Conference and Expo in Portland, Oregon. In 2006, he was awarded the CIO Decisions MidMarket Leadership Award. 

Barry is a member of the Society of Information Management, The Portland CIO Alliance and the Portland Chapter of InfraGard.

From a community perspective, Barry serves on the Board for the Providence Milwaukie Hospital Foundation as Vice President. He also serves on the Board for the FBI Citizens Academy Alumni Association Oregon Chapter, as President.

Barry holds a Bachelor of Science in Professional Management and MBA in International Business from Nova Southeastern University – Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. He is also a Certified Computer Professional.

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Lee Buddress

PhD, C.P.M.

Dr. Buddress is Director of the Supply and Logistics Management Program at Portland State University. 

Leland A.W. Buddress, Supply and Logistics Management, has a B.S. from University of California, Berkeley and a Ph.D. from Michigan State University. Dr. Buddress teaches supply and logistics management, operations management, and negotiation. His twenty years of experience in supply, logistics and operations management

provide the foundation for his research interests in international supply and logistics and forecasting. Dr. Buddress is actively involved with National Association of Purchasing Management, American Production and Inventory Control Society, and Industrial Distribution Association.

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Darin Matthews


Darin Matthews currently serves as director of contracting and procurement for Portland State University.  

His role for the state's largest university includes oversight of procurement, contracting, and capital construction. He has over twenty years of management experience in state and local government, as well as private industry.

He is a past-president of the Oregon Public Purchasing Association and a former board member for the Institute for Supply Management. Darin speaks throughout the world on a variety of procurement topics, and his writings have been featured in Purchasing Today, The Public Manager and The Journal of Public Procurement. He is a national columnist for American City and County and his books include Warehousing and Inventory Control, Logistics and Transportation, and Effective Supply Management Performance. He has lectured at numerous universities throughout North America and serves on the faculty of Portland State University, School of Business Administration.

Darin is a Certified Public Procurement Officer (CPPO), a Certified Professional in Supply Management (CPSM) and a Certified Purchasing Manager (C.P.M.). He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business/Political Science and a Master’s degree in Acquisition Management. Darin is an instructor for the Institute for Public Procurement and served as their President in 2007. He has also served as a board member of the Universal Public Procurement Certification Council and the Public Procurement Research Center at Florida Atlantic University.

In 2012 he was recognized with NIGP’s highest honor, the Albert H. Hall Memorial Award. Darin is also a recipient of NIGP’s Distinguished Service Award, and the Lewis E. Spangler Award from the International Federation of Purchasing and Supply Management.

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Mike Taylor


Mike Taylor, C.P.M., has been in the Supply Chain profession since 1973.  

His career includes purchasing responsibility for a custom fabricator of large hydraulic cylinders, commercial nuclear power plant construction and Federal Government contractors. This includes 11 years as a first-line procurement manager as well as many years as a procurement team lead.

Mike has purchased and/or managed the procurement of a wide range of products and services. Mike is presently a Supply Chain Specialist for the CH2M Hill Plateau Remediation Company at the Department of Energy Hanford Site. He is responsible for procurement policies, professional and technical training, purchasing ADP systems, procedures and electronic records. Mike has been a leader in increased internet and electronic tools usage by the department since 1994.

Mike is the developer and owner of MLTWEB.COM and the PURCHASING TOOLBOX. A web site of resources and information for purchasing professionals.  In December 2000, Mike's web site was recognized as one of the top 25 purchasing related web sites by iSource Magazine.

Mike’s professional experience includes presenting seminars, speeches and workshops at professional meetings, conferences, supplier and public forums and company training programs.

Professional recognition:

  1. ISM Innovation/Creativity Person of the Year , 2008
  2. ISM Pacific & North West Forum, Sid Brown, C.P.M. Award of Excellence, 2003
  3. NAPM District XI Leadership Person of the Year, 2001
  4. NAPM District XI Education Person of the Year, 2000
  5. NAPM Presidential Citation
  6. in recognition of his commitment to the Association and the purchasing profession in 1998
  7. NAPM Professional Development Person of the Year, 1991
  8. NAPM District XI Professional Development Person of the Year, 1991
  9. WL "Boyd" Boydstun award for service to NAPM-Columbia Basin 1988
  10. Certified Purchasing Manager (C.P.M.) earned in 1982