Below are the current F4SS board members and their respective roles.
Steve is the Sr. Director, Global Supply Chain - Skincare GFO at Johnson & Johnson. He is responsible for enabling the commercialization of disruptive and innovative new products and businesses for Johnson & Johnson Consumer Products Co.
Prior to re-joining J&J in June 2007, Steve spent the previous 7 years helping to run two start-up companies. Most recently, he was VP – Sales Development & Logistics at USA Detergents, Inc. (a privately-held household cleaner, air care and personal care CPG). Prior to that, he was VP – Sales & Marketing for Netgrocer.com (the leading nationwide Online Grocer and Retailer/CPG service provider) where he led business partnerships, search optimization, web design, loyalty programs, and Retailer and CPG services & relations.
From 1995 through 2000, Steve held positions in both Operations and Marketing at Johnson & Johnson Consumer Cos. His experiences ranged from running the Johnson’s Baby Shampoo and Lotions businesses to leading National Planning for Personal Products Co.
Steve earned his MBA from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University and holds a BA, Economics from Rutgers College.
William (Bill) Ahlborn, President of Kleen Test Products Corporation, has 30 years of progressively responsible experience in the manufacturing industry, spanning over four continents. Before joining Kleen Test Products in 2001, he proudly served in the U.S. Navy. In addition, he held senior-level positions at both Colgate Palmolive and Reckitt Benckiser.
He is the Vice Chair and an active member of the Board of Directors for the Foundation for Strategic Sourcing (F4SS). With a strong knowledge of the industry and passion for sustainability and continuous improvement, Bill believes the most important responsibility of management is to provide for the safety and welfare of their employees. This is exhibited through the core values of Kleen Test Products being safety, quality, and customer service. Safety is a prominent aspect of the culture which is evident through high safety expectations and employee engagement.
Bill Ahlborn holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Southern California. In his personal time, he is an avid motorcyclist and enjoys fishing.
Chris Taylor is the CEO and Founder of Crescent Corporation. He is a fifth-generation native of Cincinnati, attended the University of Cincinnati in Business Administration and is a graduate of Harvard Business School in an intensive three-year advance management degree program.
Mr. Taylor has been involved in the business for over 35 years and represents the fifth generation of Taylor’s to actively operate the business. In 1987, Mr. Taylor recognized the need for a new warehousing and contract packaging operation to complement the existing operations at that time and formed Crescent Park Distribution Centers, Inc, of which he was the principal officer.
Since then, Mr. Taylor has led what is now known as Crescent, from a startup company to multi-million dollar Integrated Supply Chain Services Company, for major domestic and international consumer packaged goods companies and multinational manufacturers. The organization has seven operating facilities within four Midwestern and Northeastern states, employing over 1500 personnel.
Mr. Taylor is a member of YPO since 1999, holding several officer positions of the Cincinnati Chapter, then becoming a member of WPO in the Cincinnati Chapter. Mr. Taylor has held board of director positions for The Research & Development Association for the Miltary Food and Packaging Systems, along with various charitable and local organizations.
Michele Cerminaro is the Global Sourcing Vic President at GOJO Industries. Before joining GOJO in 2004, Michele was the Assistant City Manager for the City of Cincinnati. She is a recognized expert and trainer in Global Sourcing Technology including industry and market analysis.
Paul Blacklock currently serves as the External Supply Chain Director at General Mills. Prior to this position, Paul was the Business Unit Leader at General Mills where he led a multi-function team tasked with external manufacturing location selection and relationship development for multiple divisions. Paul has worked for General Mills for over 16 years in both Canada and US in various supply chain roles, including Plant Manager, Engineering and Maintenance.
Brenda Brenner is currently the Vice President of Global Contract Manufacturing Supply Chain at Kellogg’s. She is a member of the Kellogg Global Supply Chain Leadership team, the Global Procurement Leadership team and a member of the Global Supply Chain council for global platforms.
Brenda joined Kellogg in 1985 as a co-op in Quality in the Battle Creek Plant and moved into a full time position upon graduation from college. Brenda spent the first 8 years of her career in the manufacturing plant in various roles including industrial engineering, plant supervision, and raw materials and production planning. In 1992 she moved into a corporate role in Customer Logistics and Services. She has spent her career in various roles across the Supply Chain including Logistics Manager in the Augusta Bakery, Supply Chain Business Partner in MF and Snacks, Procurement, Logistics Innovation and Contract Manufacturing.
Julie's entire career has been spent in Food & Personal Care manufacturing with companies such as Dean Foods, Minnetonka Brands, Cristophe Hair Care, Watkins, Apex International and now CLA/Visual Pak where she is Vice President of Supply Chain and Manufacturing. She has launched start-up brands, created innovative products, partnered with customers to help grow and build their companies, and is passionate about Lean/CI. Julie's leadership philosophy focuses on people engagement, process improvement and relentless execution.
Julie earned her MBA from Capella University, and holds a BA in Communications from St. Norbert College.
She resides in the Los Angeles area and enjoys golf, reading and travel in her spare time.
Tom is a 27-year veteran of Kimberly-Clark having held roles in customer supply chain, planning, manufacturing, research & development, and procurement. He has supported all major K-C brands such as Huggies®, Kleenex®, Kotex®, Depend®, and Scott®. Tom now serves as Senior Director for External Manufacturing leading the activity of 150+ supplier-partners around the world through a globally dispersed team. Tom has a degree in Management from Purdue University. Tom is a father to three boys who have all graduated from Midwest universities. He and his wife Valerie are now happily empty nesting in greater Atlanta.
Gary is a P&G veteran devoting 14 of his 35 years there in external manufacturing.
Gary is currently Vice President of External Supply and Planning for Beyond Meat in El Segundo, CA. He is a former Vice President of CAG USA Inc. CAG USA is the parent company for C-Care Company, a contract manufacturer based in Baltimore MD.
Gary was the former F4SS Board of Director Chair, currently serves as Treasurer of the F4SS Board of Directors.
Jason began his career with Menasha in 2004 as the Regional Lean Six-Sigma Manager. In that role he was responsible for leading internal LSS initiatives as well as helping customers drive down to the lowest total supply chain cost. Since 2006 Jason has held various sales and sales leadership roles responsible for driving new business development. Prior to his current role Jason led a sales team on the East Coast as Director of National Sales. In January 2019 Jason began a new role focused on driving Agile supply chain initiatives.
Jason is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse with a Bachelor of Science in General Management & Technology and earned his Lean Master Facilitator certification from the Milwaukee School of Engineering.
McQuinn is currently Oral Care External Supply Solutions Operations Leader, NA Product Supply at Procter & Gamble. He is responsible for End to End (E2E) supply chain manufacturing & initiative delivery for Crest white strips, Glide floss & various Crest mouthwashes and pastes produced at CoMan(s).
McQuinn Began his career with P&G as an intern at P&G Cape Girardeau Plant working in both Family & Baby Care business modules in 2001. Followed by 16 years of multiple assignments in P&G Manufacturing plants (4 locations) with various roles across Manufacturing & Engineering. McQuinn earned his BS from Tuskegee University in Chemical Engineering, married to his wife of 15 years Teresa who have 3 beautiful daughters. They reside in Cincinnati, OH.
Don Sciolaro started his career in the Office of Congresswoman Marge Roukema followed by positions in Membership, Grassroots Advocacy and Programming with the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM). He moved on to serve in senior management positions at the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA), including Director of Member Services overseeing Membership, Chapters, Customer Service and Data Base Management before assuming the role of CEO. Don received his M.P.A from Fairleigh Dickinson University and his B.A. from Seton Hall University. He is as an elected official on his local town Council serving as the Chair of the Financial and Administrative Committee as well as a Trustee of his local Public Library and a member of the Executive Board of the Bergen Joint Insurance Fund. Don resides in Waldwick, NJ with his wife Karen and their children Matt and Michelle.