Jeoffrey Burris, Founder and Principal of Advanced Purchasing Dynamics
Jeoff founded APD after spending 20 years in the automotive industry, where he became a recognized authority on procurement processes. He is a noted builder of high performance teams: he led purchasing staffs at Ford Motor Company, Metaldyne and Intier Automotive Seating. Jeoff’s teams were able to consistently save money on procurement costs and significantly improve related processes.
In addition to developing a deep understanding of purchasing in the domestic automotive industry, Jeoff became a successful manager in the global arena, directing profitable facilities and joint ventures in India, Korea and Mexico.
In 2004, the time was right for Jeoff to bring his passion for discovering optimal procurement solutions to his own firm. He infused APD with methodologies for true cost model engineering, and approaches to evaluate global sourcing options while performing precise, customized risk assessments.
At APD’s Plymouth, Michigan headquarters, Jeoff believes in forging a better, more collaborative relationship with suppliers. His techniques improve the entire organization, not just the purchasing department. He believes that a transparent, highly professional, collaborative approach to procurement brings not only substantial financial rewards but also allows well-informed people to operate in a thriving environment.
Jeoff has a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Supervision from Purdue University and an MBA in Operations from Indiana University. He remains a key figure in the world of procurement and global sourcing.
Michael Betz, CEO and Managing Partner
Mike Betz is a Managing Partner for the Purchasing Authority, where he is responsible for driving APD’s strategy to help manufacturers prepare for digital transformation and Purchasing 4.0. Mike is leading the efforts to enhance our product portfolio by opening our industry cost models to our customers and transforming the company into a service provider of cost/purchasing based services.
Prior to joining APD, Mike was COO of FACTON, a global software company focused on Enterprise Product Costing. In his role, Mike led the start-up of FACTON’s North America operations where he created the go-to-market strategy, built a new team and developed the North America market for FACTON.
Mike was also the Regional Vice President for Infor’s North America automotive practice, where he successfully led the team to year-over-year double digit growth. In his tenure, the team produced record years of sales in the automotive market by delivering enterprise supply chain systems to major global automotive suppliers.
With 25+ years in costing and supply chain experience, Mike has held positions of increasing responsibility and is on the board of directors for the Institute of Management Accounts (IMA) Detroit Chapter. He is also a part of the board leadership team at Advanced Purchasing Dynamics.
Wolfgang Greil, Chief Operating Officer
Wolfgang Greil is Chief Operating Officer for LLamasoft, responsible for managing the company’s day-to-day global operations. Wolfgang brings more than two decades of experience operating manufacturing, supply chain and enterprise software organizations.
Prior to LLamasoft he held the positions of vice president and general manager of the automotive division for Infor. He also served as the chief operating officer for Brain North America, a global leader in automotive supply chain technologies, and as CEO at R+H America.
Wolfgang holds a Mechanical Engineering degree and BBA from the Verwaltungs- Wirtschafts- Akademie in Heilbronn, Germany as well as a Master’s degree in Management Consulting from the Verwaltungs- Wirtschafts- Akademie in Stuttgart. He is also a part of the board leadership team at Advanced Purchasing Dynamics.
Karen Homovec, Senior Director
In her role as Senior Director, Karen leads Advanced Purchasing Dynamics’ Placement organization. This involves connecting leading manufacturing companies with the best and most appropriate Purchasing and Supply Chain talent in the market place. In addition, Karen works with the APD consulting division to provide Purchasing expertise on a variety of engagements focusing on delivering cost savings through identifying lower cost sourcing solutions and implementing procurement best practices.
Karen has over 30 years of experience in the procurement field with a record of success as a global sourcing strategist and tactician delivering consistent results on direct and indirect purchases. She held a number of Purchasing management positions during her career at Ford Motor Company serving in progressively expanding roles with increasing levels of responsibility. She’s held two overseas assignments (Japan and Thailand) including leading a global team to procure the interior of all Ford vehicles built in Asia. Her last position at Ford entailed managing over $2.5B implementing the strategy and procurement of the advertising, auto shows and marketing programs for both Ford and Lincoln. Her drive and experience in standardizing best practices as well as optimizing the cost and value of purchased materials, products and services gives her the background to fully understand customers placement and consulting needs in the areas of procurement and supply chain.
Karen earned both an MBA degree with a concentration in International Business and a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Bowling Green State University.
Mike Wynn, Senior Director
Mike Wynn leads the Sourcing Optimization practice for APD, where he ensures that our consulting teams deliver strategic impact and significant costs savings to clients. He brings more than 20 years of consulting experience guiding companies through strategic improvement initiatives in areas ranging from manufacturing efficiency to sales operations.
Mike has overseen projects at APD for commodities ranging from resins and steel to indirect materials. Prior to joining APD, Mike oversaw multi-year consulting engagements with a variety of companies, including Baxter, Chrysler, Hewlett Packard, Corning, Libbey, Trane, John Deere, U.S. Postal Service, Gerdau Ameristeel, Toyota, RR Donnelley and Caterpillar. He earned an MBA and a BSE degree in Industrial Engineering, both from the University of Michigan.
Denise Mattern, Business Development Manager
Denise Mattern is a Business Development Manager for APD, where she manages business opportunities and builds long-term relationships with prospects and clients. Denise exceeds at juggling both client expectations and company goals while thriving to drive revenue growth.
Denise is an excellent addition to the APD team, bringing over 8 years of sales experience to create efficient and authentic customer relationships. Denise has experience in the auto, pharmaceutical, packaging, and staffing industries.
Denise received her BBA in Marketing from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.
Jason Lefevbre, Chief Technology Officer
As CTO, Jason leads the Purchasing Authority’s technology vision. With two decades of diverse experience in software development, Jason is the master behind the APD Cloud and its cloud solution, ProcureForce.
Jason is passionate about developer operations and efficient, agile software development lifecycle (SDLC) management. He is a recognized authority on Microsoft .NET and has written several books and many more articles on it in national magazines and for the Microsoft Developer Network (MSDN). He has been working with Microsoft .NET since it was an internal, unreleased alpha product.
Before opening the doors at Derecho Software, Jason was a Senior Developer at Software Packaging Associates. During his time there, he created a solution to improve accounting, assembly, shipping and sales business operations in Windows and ASP.NET applications, using primarily C# and SQL. Prior to Software Packaging Associates, Jason managed a diverse team focused on development at Resurgent Capital based in Mason, Ohio.
Jason studied mathematics at Wright State University with a concentration in computer science.
Jim Dixon, Director, Consulting
Jim Dixon heads up the consulting division where he leads a wide variety of initiatives that assess and provide solutions for the procurement operations of the Purchasing Authority’s clients. He has led extended engagements with tier-one automotive suppliers to achieve accelerated and sustainable cost savings. For example, he identified 11.2% MRO cost reductions and service enhancements working with a purchasing services provider to handle a client’s MRO buying requirements. For another client, he developed a strategy and implementation plan to centralize and globalize the client’s indirect materials purchasing function, including benchmarking of industry BIC practices.
Jim has effectively utilized his non-production purchasing experience to the benefit of the Purchasing Authority’s clients. For example, he spearheaded a market study and rapid implementation of a third party procurement model at a tier-one automotive supplier, which resulted in more than $2 million of total cost reduction. He has Implemented purchasing strategies for commodities including packaging materials, plastic components and resins, telecommunications, IT software, etc. resulting in client savings of approximately $6 million.
As an automotive supply chain executive with extensive experience in the global procurement of production and non-production materials and services, Jim brings 30 years of experience to the Purchasing Authority. His ability to develop and deliver sound procurement strategies enabled him to move from buyer positions to Purchasing Director within Ford Motor Company. As a purchasing executive, he had global responsibility for machinery, tools, information technology and other indirect material spends.
Jim holds an MBA degree from the University of Illinois and a Bachelor’s degree from Illinois State University.
Adam Thor, Director, Cost Engineering
As a Cost Engineering Director, Adam uses his true cost modeling expertise to assist companies in understanding the cost structure of their material purchases. Clients, guided by his strategies, use this knowledge to control and contain expenses. An effective trainer, Thor teaches buyers to fully comprehend supplier cost structures. He is especially expert in the launch and detailed analysis of part cost modeling, specifically in support of purchasing cost reductions and make/buy analyses. Working with the cost engineering group, he develops data analysis models and quote summaries of RFQ market test data, including cost breakdown and cost driver data. The result is cost savings and greater transparency in the supply chain.
Before joining Advanced Purchasing Dynamics, Thor honed his purchasing and cost engineering skills at manufacturing giants Lear Corporation and General Motors. As a cost engineer at Lear, his work focused on providing data-driven cost analysis to support purchasing decisions. Similarly at GM, he served as a Supplier/Cost Development Engineer, regularly auditing supplier cost structures and determining multiple avenues for price reductions.
Adam is a graduate of the University of Michigan with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Industrial and Operations Engineering. He is bilingual in English and Hmong.