Each year the International Federation of Purchasing and Supply Management makes four awards. The 2014 IFPSM Awards were awarded to:
Garner Thémoin Award – Martin Montanti, SCMA, Canada
Lewis E. Spangler Award – Yang Chor Leong, MIPMM, Malaysia
Hans Ovelgönne Award – Anil Ponweera, ISMM, Sri Lanka
The President’s award went to Peter Kraljič and the President presented this to him recently in Slovenia.
ANIL PONWEERA – HANS OVELGÖNNE AWARD
Anil Ponweera, current President of ISMM, is a well-known qualified professional in the field of Supply Chain Management (SCM) who has over 33 years hands on experience in almost all areas of the supply chain which includes over 18 years at senior managerial level. He has successfully completed his MBA from the Australian Institute of Business Administration in Adelaide.
He has devoted his spare time serving ISMM as a Senior Vice President and the faculty since 1995 to maintain his professional advancement and impart his vast experience with the SCM professionals. He has undergone many train the trainer (TOT) programs conducted by ITC/WTO/UNCTAD in International Purchasing Supply Chain Management and many other training institutions around the globe.
He is a fellow member of 2 prestigious Institutions namely the Institute of Supply & Materials Management of Sri Lanka and the Institute of Certified Professional Managers, a Charter member of the Institute of Logistics & Transport and a member of the International Purchasing in Supply Education Research Association, (IPSERA) Italy.
He is a talented cricketer where he has captained the two Airline teams where he worked and Jinasena Limited in Mercantile division three and four tournaments conducted in Sri Lanka.
Mr. Ponweera is currently serving as the Manager Materials & Logistics of the National Carrier Sri Lankan Airlines Ltd at a very senior level of management. He is fully responsible for the entire operational materials management and logistics functions of the Engineering Procurement & Logistics department.
He has vast experience in government as well as private sector organizations which includes Multi National/Local cultures in Manufacturing, Telecommunication, Aviation, Banking and Financial Sectors. Air Lanka (presently known as Sri Lankan Airlines) and Emirates Airlines – Dubai are the two major airlines which he worked to gain 10 years of aviation exposure in SCM.
He is capable in implementing highly efficient and streamline processes to achieve effective results through Key Performance Indicators (KPI’s) to monitor business activities, contributing to profitability through cost leadership, negotiation savings and economies of scale. Further he has a proven track record in meeting deadlines and milestones consistently along with more efficient and enhanced business processes.
During his tenure as a Supply Chain Professional he has attended many international forums, workshops, global, regional supply chain conferences and round tables conducted by foreign countries. In March 2014 he was invited to present a paper at PISM’s Supply Link Forum in Manila on Supplier Relationship Management in the SC Context for the Industry. He also attended the IFPSM Summer School in 2008 held in Austria for researchers.
ISMM was established by an act of Parliament in 1979 and Anil has been with ISMM Sri Lanka since 1995 and has served the Council of Management as General Secretary, Vice President and headed many sub committees as Chairman. He is an able and skilful lecturer and Train the Trainer for ISMM.
Winning an internationally recognized award by him for the profession has given him enormous strength to work more for the supply chain community. It is more than an honour for him and ISMM as the recognition he has received from IFPSM has motivated him to impart the knowledge acquired amongst the network members of the profession.
More importantly, it has given him the strength to dedicate himself to the Supply Chain profession with vigor to encourage young professionals to work for the arena with passion and commitment in order to gain momentum for the upliftment of the profession.
His hunger and thrust for the upliftment of the supply chain profession in Sri Lanka and all the hard work for the supply chain profession finally paid dividends after becoming the recipient of the Hans Ovelgönne Award for 2014 from IFPSM on 24 October in Sri Lanka.
YANG CHOR LEONG – LEWIS E. SPANGLER AWARD
It is with deepest appreciation and gratitude that I express my thanks for being chosen as a recipient of the 2014 IFPSM Lewis E. Spangler Award.
It is a tremendous honour to be acknowledged by such an esteemed, prestigious organisation.
This award has brought motivation and gratification, reminding me that dedication and commitment in voluntary services and in supporting others in our Institute and with the affiliations in the professional development and academic endeavors will eventually be recognized.
The Malaysian Institute of Purchasing & Materials Management (MIPMM) is a leading educational institution in promoting the professionalism in materials and supply chain management in Malaysia and had its inception in 1997.
It was registered with the Human Resources Development Council of the Ministry of Human Resources and granted as the Approved Training Provider.
Today, the Institute remains as a non-profit, self sustainable institution and a National Certification Body.
I am one of the founding members and the current President of the Central Region based in Kuala Lumpur. My involvement with the movement of the national professional body started way back in 1985.
I am confident that with the continuous support and commitment, MIPMM will move into the next decade towards upgrading the global standards in the profession that promotes quality and affordable programs in the field of materials and supply chain management.
Chor Yang Leong has over 35 year in SCM senior positions with multi-national companies in Malaysia and abroad (Panasonic, Nkamichi, FACB and PDL in New Zealand). He currently owns and is the Executive Director of Strategic Alliance Resources (Asia Pacific) Sdn Bhd. He is currently the President of MIPMM, a Council member of the Malaysia Standard Department – Accreditation Committee and a Board member of the Asia Pacific Logistics Federation (APLF)
MARTIN MONTANTI – GARNER THÉMOIN AWARD
The International Federation of Purchasing and Supply Management has selected Martin Montanti, Vice President of Corporate Services for Southern Health – Santé Sud, as the recipient of its prestigious Garner Themoin Award, presented to an individual whose unselfish, sincere and persistent efforts have furthered the advancement of the supply chain profession.
Montanti never chose to go into the profession, rather the profession chose him.
From the beginning, he thought he’d follow his father, a steamfitter, into the family business. By the time he had some schooling under his belt, the industry was laying off, so he took a job as a dispatcher for a United States Trucking Company.
Looking for a change, he then went to work for a wholesale baking supply company, where he learned the value of the dollar from the owner of the company. He started in the warehouse, but when the company was forced to move in a new direction, becoming a commercial bakery, he relocated to the office. He started doing a little purchasing and saw the company grow from $1.5 million in sales to $15 million. He even did a stint running the bakery operations for 6 months but found purchasing to be his niche.
After deciding this was the career he wanted, Montanti enrolled in the supply chain management accreditation program, which helped him to see other opportunities and landed him a job in the aerospace industry.
Standard Aero saw him as an expert, even though he’d only taken one course up until then. But over the years, he worked hard by completing and receiving his designation in supply chain management. During his time at Standard Aero he earned the reputation as Canada’s “inventory guru” by reducing inventory from $80 million to $30 million, while at the same time sales were boosted to $200 million from $120 million. While at Standard Aero, he also performed the process engineering role for a 3 year period as they redesigned their materials management department into product unit supply cell. One major accomplishment in the supply chain design was combining the purchasing, inventory planning and account payable functions into one role creating a seamless process that provided better customer service and a reduction in processing time.
Continuing to seek new challenges, but feeling pidgeon-holed by his accomplishments, Montanti was wooed away by flamboyant businessman Michael Shamray, who within an 18-month time span grew his business from three millwork/cabinetry companies to 10 companies, including radio and TV stations, a hotel in Jamaica and boating and gaming interests.
But the story didn’t have a happy ending. Shamray declared bankruptcy, putting everyone out of work.
For Montanti, the experience left him bitter and having a very sour taste in his mouth for private industry.
He had an opportunity to go public and took it, accepting a position as Director of Materials for the Regional Health Authority Central Manitoba. He developed a centralized materials model, consolidating 30 independent services into one. Even at that, he found he had a lot of spare time and took on extra duties. As well as logistics and supply chain, he oversaw the diagnostic services (lab and imaging), EMS, food services, risk/disaster management, privacy and access, information technology, health information services, electronic health records and plant maintenance.
On top of these functions, he served as acting CFO for eight months, putting together a financial plan and then hiring his successor.
When Regional Health Authority Central Manitoba merged with South Eastman Health, he was named Vice President of Corporate Services, doing all the same things.
In 2010, he received his MBA degree with Distinction from the University of Liverpool, which for a guy who never read a book until he was in Grade 8 was pretty amazing. His dissertation, which is published in the University of Liverpool library, was titled “Stay the Course or Re-Create? – An analysis of the current state of Canada’s Universal Medicare System and how it will impact a small rural community in Manitoba. His original research identified a flaw in the funding model that pays one health care provider based on volume (fee for service) and the remaining health care providers are funded based on a fixed budget (capped volume).
Montanti credits much of his success to being a member of the Supply Chain Management Association of Canada (SCMA) for almost 30 years. He says, “As a member it allowed me the opportunity to advance my career, develop and teach courses, seminars and workshops and the SCMP (CPP) designation met one of the prerequisites for gaining entry into the University of Liverpool’s MBA program”. However he went on to say the greatest benefit of being a member of SCMA is the network that he has built. “The association over the years has given me access to over 10,000 supply chain individuals by attending courses, teaching courses, and attending meetings and conferences”.
Montanti not only received great value as being a member of SCMA but he also believed in giving back to the associations as well. As an active member he served numerous roles such as: President of SCMA Manitoba, SCMA National Conference committee member including the Master of Ceremony and the Chair of the SCMA Taskforce of Champions. He goes on to say, “The association is a member organization that relies heavily on its members to giving back to the profession to grow it in the future”.
He also credits two main characteristics for his success:
- The ability to take all the analytics and science, then apply the art of emotion (what he calls his spider senses) to negotiate a better deal, to understand what people are all about and to see an opportunity
- The decision to be a “servant” leader – to serve the people and support the business
While Montanti enjoys his career, he also values his private time with his wife Lori and twin boys, Anthony and Andrew. He loves all sports and plays hockey and golf.
SCMA member Glynn Hancott receives prestigious IFPSM Lewis E. Spangler Award
The Supply Chain Management Association (SCMA) is proud to announce that Glynn Hancott has received the 2015 Lewis E. Spangler award from the International Federation of Purchasing and Supply Management (IFPSM). Glynn Hancott was nominated by SCMA.
The Lewis E. Spangler Award recognizes an outstanding commitment to the profession of Purchasing and Supply Management by evidence of successful contribution to the bottom line as well as by support given to collaborators in the field of Education and Training.
Mr. Hancott was SCMA’s 2015 Outstanding Achievement Award recipient. Recipients of this award have provided innovative strategic leadership in supply chain management and have made a significant contribution to the advancement of the profession through business and professional achievements.
Glynn Hancott, CSCMP, has had a successful career spanning over three decades and finds him currently as the Manager, Procurement and Planning Services at the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care where he manages non-vendor of record information & information technology (non-VoR I&IT) processes – and a $95 million budget – within the I&IT Health Services Cluster.
Outside of the office, Glynn is a teacher and mentor to the next generation of professionals in supply chain management, and has been an instructor for SCMA courses since 2003. SCMA has benefitted from Glynn’s leadership through his service with the SCMA Ontario Board of Directors.
SCMA Awards of Distinction winners are put forward each year for possible recognition by the IFPSM for its annual awards program, which consists of three awards: The Garner Thémoin Award for Advancement of the Profession, the Hans Ovelgönne.