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Holcomb is the 84th recipient of the J. Shipman
Gold Medal Award, receiving that award in 2015. The award is presented
professionals whose unselfish, sincere and persistent efforts have aided
the advancement of the supply management field. It is the highest honor
awarded by the Institute for Supply Management (ISM). ISM Manufacturing
Index is one of the key national indicators used by the US Federal
Reserve economists and Wall Street Investors to gauge and forecast
Holcomb has held executive procurement and supply management positions at Dean Foods Company, Royal Group Technologies, Waste Management, American Precision Industries, and Praxair. His mission has been to build high-performance teams and broaden the role of procurement to substantially reduce costs and create a competitive advantage.
In his last role as chief procurement officer,
Holcomb was a senior vice president at Dean Foods, where he transformed
and broadened the role of procurement and reduced costs to help fund
innovation and growth. He executed a broad strategic sourcing program,
drove simplification and standardization, and streamlined the supply
base, resulting in a measurable competitive cost advantage. Dean Foods,
headquartered in Dallas, is one of the nation s leading food and
beverage companies, producing a full line of dairy and soy products,
with more than 100 plants in the United States and more than 26,000
Before joining Royal, Holcomb was the vice president and chief procurement officer for Waste Management Inc. Over the course of five years, he helped achieve a major corporate turnaround by building a high-performance procurement team and delivering world-class results. These results were documented in a 2005 cover story in Purchasing magazine, and he also received the Chairman s Award for his team s contributions. Waste Management is North America s largest waste disposal company, headquartered in Houston.
Holcomb s career began at Eastman Kodak Company,
where he held numerous management and leadership positions, including
(1) general manager, digital products manufacturing, (2) general
manager, international digital products marketing and sales, (3)
director, corporate commercial affairs, and (4) director, supplier
relationship management. His final assignment at Kodak was to
re-engineer global procurement to leverage the size and scope of the
entire company. The success of this effort laid the foundation for the
next twenty years of Holcomb s career, as he was next recruited to
Praxair as vice president and chief procurement officer, and later to
American Precision Industries in the same role.
Holcomb has written numerous articles on
procurement trends and leadership opportunities and has lectured at
Arizona State University, Michigan State University, and Rochester
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