Rob Benson, Co-Founder, Managing Principal
Rob Benson is Co-Founder of Spinnaker Management Group (“SMG”), a holding company with four lines of business that has evolved and grown to approximately 350 employees across three continents. For over 18 years, Rob has worked with clients on Supply Chain Management challenges in the Semiconductor and High-tech industries. As the Managing Principal for Spinnaker's Supply Chain practice areas, Rob guides the strategic direction for the company's Supply Chain Consulting, JDA and SAP Practices, and Value-Added Warehousing & Distribution offerings. His recent client work focuses on combining the Sales and Operations Planning (S&OP) process with APS tools to further enhance the ability to predict and manage complex, global supply chains.
Beginning his career at UC Berkeley, Rob worked with a team of researchers and consultants that developed some of the earliest optimization based planning solutions for the Semiconductor industry. Key elements of these solutions are still found in supply chain planning applications from leading companies in the commercial marketplace. As commercial software for supply chain planning developed to become the Advanced Planning Systems (APS) market, Rob helped clients use these applications more effectively though improved process design and measurement.
Rob holds a Ph.D. and M.S. in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research from the University of California at Berkeley. He also received his B.S. in Operations Research from Cornell University. Rob is a recipient of the Franz Edelman Award for Management Science Achievement for his work on optimization based planning systems with the team from UC Berkeley.
John Sharkey, Senior Vice President
John Sharkey is Spinnaker’s Senior Vice President of Consulting and has oversight and leadership responsibility for the firm’s supply chain planning and strategy consulting practices which provide management consulting and technology consulting/support services. In this role he oversees strategy and individual practice development, provides business development and marketing direction, and is responsible for overall financial performance for the group. Additionally, Mr. Sharkey is a frequent industry speaker and supply chain thought leader.
As a consultant, John is an expert in the design, development, implementation, and optimization of supply chain strategies, business processes, and technologies and helps oversee supply chain transformation initiatives. John has worked with companies in the High-Tech, Semiconductor, Consumer Products, Medical Products, Industrial, Telecommunications, Paper, and Chemical industries. Having led project teams in a variety of domestic and global supply chain initiatives, he specializes in combining technology and process improvements to design supply chain systems that enable clients to achieve transformational results and achieve strategy objectives. Mr. Sharkey holds a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from the University of Illinois and master’s degrees in engineering and business from MIT. At MIT, John was a graduate fellow in the Leaders for Manufacturing (now Leaders for Global Operations) program, a partnership between MIT’s business and engineering schools and a consortium of leading global manufacturers. He lives in Chicago, Illinois and enjoys spending time with family, traveling, hiking, and golf.
Jeff Jorgensen, Senior Vice President
Jeff Jorgensen is a seasoned executive with 20 years of Sales, Management Consulting and Supply Chain Operations experience. At Spinnaker, Jeff leads the strategic direction and business operations for Supply Chain Execution services across all industry groups and regions. As the leader of the Value-Added Warehousing and Distribution Services team, Jeff manages the account relationships with major outsourcing clients. He is responsible for supply chain and product returns services, as well as oversees capability development efforts to support an expanding set of customers. Jeff’s expertise in strategic planning, transitioning to shared services, business process integration and service management has helped numerous clients to rapidly transform their operations and deliver measurable business results.
Prior to joining Spinnaker in 2007, Jeff led Solution Development teams for Accenture’s Business Process Outsourcing division, contributed to Innovation and Offering Management efforts, and executed large-scale transformational outsourcing programs. He has a demonstrated track record of designing and executing business change through pioneering solutions tailored specifically for Automotive, Financial Services, High-Tech, Telecommunications, and Energy/Resources industry groups. His diverse experience includes defining Go-To-Market strategies for growth-oriented small to medium sized enterprises, managing the deployment of complex information systems, as well as orchestrating transformation programs for large multi-national organizations.
Jeff has several years of international business experience having lived, worked and studied abroad. He is a graduate of Miami University in Ohio where he received a B.AS. in Engineering Management. He also participates in several expert networks and local organizations related to Project Management, Talent Management and Supply Chain Management like the Rocky Mountain roundtable of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP). Jeff lives in Denver where he is an avid mountain biker, skier, and golfer.
George Fowler, Vice President
George Fowler leads the JDA Implementation and Support Services Practice at Spinnaker. George brings over 20 years of experience in Supply Chain and Business Process Management to Spinnaker's consulting organization. An expert in organizational development and project delivery, George spent 15 years working for JDA/Manugistics, where he developed methodologies still used by JDA today. At JDA he served in a variety of roles including Practice Director of JDA Software Group’s Technical Consulting Practice. In this role, he managed an international team of more than 50 Technical Supply Chain consultants across the full spectrum of JDA Supply Chain applications. As a project executive, lead, and consultant, George has helped deliver more than 100 successful supply chain planning systems implementations across a variety of industries.
Since coming to Spinnaker, George has led one of the industries most respected and successful supply chain implementation and support practices and has delivered highly successful implementations that have provided nearly a billion dollars in client ROI. George’s extensive experience in the JDA space gives him both the technical and functional specialization to identify and resolve client challenges before the sidetrack projects. George received his B.S. in Decision Information Sciences with a minor in History from the University of Maryland at College Park. Outside of his time at Spinnaker, George enjoys skiing, scuba diving, triathlons, and chasing after his kids.
John La Bouff, Vice President
John La Bouff is Spinnaker’s Vice President of Management Consulting, where he leads our supply chain strategy as well as our SAP-enabled focus areas. He has over 35 years of leadership in supply chain management and brings a wealth of experience driving supply chain transformations as a business owner, IT executive, application vendor, and consulting professional. He is an acknowledged writer and speaker on leading practices and concepts in supply chain management. In addition to helping clients develop and improve core supply chain planning capabilities, John focuses on the latest innovations in supply chain best practices that bring new clarity to complex challenges. He is a powerful asset for our clients in process simplification, effective measurement, and leading transformational change.
Prior to joining Spinnaker, John led supply chain and IT groups at several electronics manufacturers, founded a software company in the 1990s that innovated supply chain planning solutions for the fabless semiconductor industry, and consulted extensively for high tech companies both individually and with Deloitte Consulting.
John has completed Lean Six Sigma Green Belt training as well as a variety of training for various applications and in change management. A graduate of Stanford University, John holds a B.S. in Management Science & Engineering. John lives in Mountain View, California. He is an avid wine maker and world traveler.
Nick Hamm, Vice President
Nick Hamm is Spinnaker’s Vice President of Supply Chain Design. Nick has deep expertise in supply chain design and analytics as well as over a decade of experience applying technology to help solve some of the most challenging supply chain problems faced by industry today. Beyond being a technical expert, Nick brings a solid perspective on the broader strategy, process, and change management issues companies need to address to truly transform supply chain performance.
Prior to joining Spinnaker, Nick was the first employee of LLamasoft and spent 8 years with the leading supply chain software firm in a variety of consulting and engineering roles including serving as the first product manager for LLamasoft’s flagship product, Supply Chain Guru. While at LLamasoft, Nick also served on the Applied Research team which is a group of Operations Research professionals that develop the algorithms used by Supply Chain Guru. Nick’s supply chain modeling expertise includes strategic network design using mixed-integer linear programming, multi-echelon inventory optimization, vehicle route optimization, discrete event simulation, and advanced supply chain analytics.
Over the course of his career, Nick has successfully delivered over 75 projects and has worked with over 60% of Gartner’s top 25 supply chains. His projects span many industries including OEM manufacturing, logistics and 3PL, consumer electronics, retail, consumer packaged goods, grocery, medical devices, chemical, automotive, oil and gas, aerospace, and military applications. Nick received his B.S. in Industrial Operations Engineering from the University of Michigan, and now lives with his family in Denver, CO. When away from Spinnaker, he enjoys fly fishing and hiking.
Paul Adamson, Director
Paul Adamson is the Director of Business Development and Marketing for Spinnaker. He has over 20 years of industry experience in Returns Management, Service Operations, and Sustainability. A recognized subject matter expert in Electronics Remanufacturing, Recycling, and Second-Life Applications, Paul has been a regular moderator and panelist at regional and national conferences on reverse logistics, material reuse, and recycling. Throughout his career, Paul has worked in leadership positions for a variety of industries including Consumer Electronics, Distribution, Retail, and Sustainability.
Prior to joining Spinnaker, Paul founded two successful electronic test and repair companies with global operations. Paul’s diverse background includes P&L experience managing the Computer Systems & Services division of Round2 (acquired by Avnet) as well as strategy, operations, and business development roles for other high-tech repair and remanufacturing companies. In these roles he has helped develop reverse logistics, remanufacturing, and recycling strategies for clients with operations across the globe. Most recently, Paul worked to establish collection and processing capabilities in Central America for universal waste, electronics, metals, and plastics. Paul received his B.S. in Business Administration from LeTourneau University.