Doing Business with Corporations in Construction and Manufacturing Sectors
Representatives from fortune corporations in the auto industry, utilities and construction will jointly discuss some of the challenges and opportunities in the Infrastructure and Manufacturing sector. Panelists will be providing insights on their corporations’ procedures when recruiting suppliers.
Mark Balog joined Ingersoll Rand in July 2012. He has overall commodity management leadership responsibility for Electronics. In this role, he is responsible for building a world class supply base, driving results and integrating supplier diversity and supplier sustainability into the supply base
Prior to joining Ingersoll Rand, Mark worked as a commodity director for Motorola and Delphi Automotive Systems (formerly Delco Electronics). Mark began his career as an engineer in reliability and quality. His experience includes supervisory roles in manufacturing in the US and Mexico. Mark became the materials manager for a maquiladora facility before returning to procurement in 1995.
Mark has been active in identifying, mentoring and engaging diverse suppliers for Ingersoll Rand. He works across all commodities selecting suppliers who meet Ingersoll Rand’s needs and values. In prior roles, he helped implement second-tier reporting for electronics suppliers.
Mark’s experience and expertise have been utilized to improve the diversity program at Ingersoll Rand to maximize the identification of quality suppliers. Over the past five years he has participated in the following industry diversity activities:
BMW diversity initiative and conference
USPAAC Procurement Conference
Ingersoll Rand Diversity Day
He has more than 25 years of experience in supply chain including procurement, materials management and operations. He has a Masters in Business Administration from Indiana University and Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Pennsylvania State University.
Mark and Karen, his wife, reside in Mooresville, N.C. and have two children. Away from work, Mark enjoys serving his church and is a leader with the Boy Scouts of America.
Darade Collins is the Director of Supplier Diversity for Southern Company Gas. In this role, Darade oversees the company’s efforts around supplier diversity, which includes advocating (both internally and externally) on behalf of diverse businesses, being involved in the procurement process of awarding contracts to diverse vendors, and providing mentorship and developmental support to Southern Company Gas’ diverse partners. Mr. Collins began his career at Nicor Gas (an Illinois-based gas utility, and subsidiary of Southern Company Gas) in December, 2001, and has held various leadership roles within the company. A graduate of DePaul University’s Kellstadt Graduate School of Business, Darade is passionate about philanthropy, community enrichment, and working with diverse firms to help them gain sustainability.
Lili Kwan is a Manager of Supply Chain Responsibility at Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E). She supports PG&E’s 30+ year old Supplier Diversity Program which just achieved an all-time high of $2.85 billion spent with certified diverse suppliers in 2016, representing 44.4 percent of the company’s total procurement spend. Lili and her team are responsible for program management of key initiatives including PG&E’s Prime Supplier Program, Supplier Development Program, Technical Assistance Program, Outreach Ambassador Program and Small Business engagement. She also oversees the department’s supplier diversity reporting, regulatory compliance and communication strategy.
Lili has been working in sourcing operations for more than 15 years. Before joining PG&E in 2010, she spent ten years at MedAssets, a healthcare performance improvement and group purchasing company, most recently as Senior Manager of a strategic sourcing project management team. Lili received her Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from the University of California at Berkeley. She enjoys volunteering in her community and spending time outdoors with her tween son.
Joseph A. Maralit is a Senior Buyer for Powertrain components within the BMW Group’s Purchasing and Supplier Network, America. His current purchasing responsibilities include Exhaust Systems, Rear Differentials, Engines, and Output Shafts for the X3, X4, X5, and X6 Sport Activity vehicles.
Over his 21 year experience at BMW, he has developed extensive knowledge and experience working alongside a number of global Tier 1 suppliers both in their production and aftermarket network. In addition to his involvement of improving supply-chain stability and manufacturing efficiencies, he was also directly involved with the localization of a number of drivetrain components to the NAFTA region.
Initially starting his career in Program Management of new-model launches, he transitioned to the purchasing role in 1999 which encompassed regional responsibilities for Engine Cooling, Transfer Cases, Transmissions and Air Induction systems.
Mr. Maralit is a current member of the BMW – Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research Steering Circle focused on strategic areas including manufacturing and materials, automotive engineering, and industry-relevant projects. His current interests revolve around smart-factories and the use of technology and data to further improve manufacturing throughput and efficiencies.
His community work includes being a volunteer-driver for Loaves & Fishes, a food-rescue ministry, Habitat for Humanity, and supporting the Sunday ministry at The Haven Assisted Living facility, all of which are located in upstate South Carolina.
Mr. Maralit graduated from the University of South Carolina where he received a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering. Additionally, he earned a Master’s Degree in Industrial Management from Clemson University.
When not at work, Joseph can often be found in the stands cheering for his wife or any one of his five children; all who play basketball for local leagues around Greenville, SC. Happily enjoying the simple pleasures of life, Joseph and his wife of 22 years currently reside with their family in Taylors, South Carolina.
Vice President of HS&E and Workforce Development Associated Builders and Contractors
Greg Sizemore is the Vice President of HS&E and Workforce Development for the Associated Builders and Contractors in Washington, D.C., and has over 30 years as a leader in the engineering and construction industry championing organizational development initiatives and developing and implementing competency-based professional and craft workforce development programs. Under his leadership, his teams have designed and implemented multiple nationally recognized and award-winning educational and workforce development programs and training interventions that have brought value to the companies he has worked with. Sizemore is past chair of the ABC National Craft Championships Committee and NCCER Workforce Development Committee, and he currently serves on several boards. He has been the keynote speaker at workforce development conferences across the country on topics such as high performance work teams, effective communications, and generations in the workforce.
Wes joined Clark in 1996 as a Project Engineer with the Company’s Purchasing Department. In the years since, he has been responsible for purchasing an abundance of projects throughout the country, including the Roman L. Hruska U.S. Courthouse in Omaha, Nebraska and San Antonio Convention Center in San Antonio, Texas. Promoted to Purchasing Agent in 1999, Wes was instrumental in successfully purchasing the American Red Cross and National Institute of Standards and testing projects in the Mid-Atlantic Region. In 2002, he was promoted to Senior Purchasing Agent where he continued to strengthen the Company’s relationships with its subcontractors on projects such as 575 7th Street and 901 New York Avenue in Washington, DC and Largo Station in Largo, Maryland. Most recently, Wes led purchasing efforts on the Waterview project – a landmark, one-million-square-foot, mixed-use complex in Arlington, Virginia and the $408 million dollar, one-million- square-foot, Design/Build DC Major League National’s Ballpark.
Wes holds bachelor’s degrees with a concentration on facilities management from Norfolk State University and Widener University. He is an active leader in a number of Company initiatives, including the Clark Corporate University and Boot Camp and is involved in community outreach programs for So Others Might Eat (SOME), Rebuilding Together with Christmas in April and Peaceoholics.
Wes and his wife, Michelle, live in Great Falls, Virginia with their two daughters, Loren and Reilly. In his free time, he enjoys fishing, traveling, community service and spending time with his family.
Wes’s Purchainsing Team develops bid packages, conducts pre-bid-conferences, performs scoping activities, negotiates subcontracts and purchase orders, drafts subcontract scope descriptions, assembles and distributes subcontracts and purchase orders, tracks all activities and ensures that they are executed properly. His Team also assists in the procurement of fast-track components in order to make certain that critical milestone dates are maintained and achieved to ensure each projects success.
Wes also commonly serves as the CBE Coordinator to ensure that the goals of each projects minority subcontracting plans are achieved. Wes developes bid packages specific to the minority business community, coordinates opportunity fairs and other activities in support of Clark Project Team’s. Because so much of the subcontracted work needs to be procured as “fast-track” or “early release” packages, it is critical that Wes be involved from the very onset of the project to ensure that the Clark Team maximizes opportunities for the certified business enterprises. By being involved early on, Wes’ Team can help both monitor and drive subcontractor interest, and can help align appropriate subcontractors with suitable work packages.
A licensed architect in numerous states with over 20 years of building industry experience, Kirby Wu brings a unique blend of design and construction knowledge to the Wu & Associates design-build practice, a second-generation family-owned business founded in 1990.
After graduating with honors from Carnegie Mellon University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Architecture and Industrial Management, Mr. Wu worked as a Project Architect for a prominent design firm prior to joining Wu & Associates in 1996. He advanced to Vice President after obtaining a Master of Business Administration degree from Cornell University, and became President in 2010.
Through Mr. Wu’s leadership, Wu & Associates has grown its portfolio to deliver multi-million dollar construction projects nationally to the nation’s most distinguished clients, ranging from federal agencies to Fortune 500 customers. With an award-winning project list including military complexes, national historic monuments, nuclear submarine berths, and educational facilities, the firm’s success is reflected in the national recognition it continually receives for demonstrating excellence in construction, sustainability, safety, and diversity. Another hallmark of leadership is the company’s achievement of the U.S. Green Building Council’s first LEED Platinum Certification for Existing Buildings in the entire State of New Jersey.
Outside of Wu & Associates, Mr. Wu serves as the past Northeast Region Vice Chair and current Diversity Committee Member for the Associated Builders and Contractors, a national organization of 70 chapters and 21,000 members; he also serves as the current Northeast Region President for the U.S. Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce, a national organization promoting Asian American-owned businesses. Mr. Wu is a sought-after lecturer on business and architecture for professional audiences, and an avid mentor for small and diverse businesses.
Senior Manager of Supply Chain Southern California Edison
Scott Yoshikawa is a Sr. Supply Chain Manager at Southern California Edison. He manages roughly $300M in annual direct service procurements covering a variety of categories including Environmental Services, Transportation, Civil Construction and Electrical Generation. Southern California Edison is the primary electricity utility company in Southern California providing over 85 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity to 15 million people covering a territory of 50,000 square miles.
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