Board of Advisors

The Purchasing and Procurement Center Board of Advisors provides support and advice to the Purchasing and Procurement committee and pursues topics of interest and makes recommendations on Purchasing & Procurement Programs.

The Board of Advisors assists the committee in identifying arising challenges for purchasing and procurement professionals across the industries.

The Board also provides the center with a clear understanding of the external environment which affect the purchasing & procurement profession, and periodically contribute white papers for purchasing and procurement professionals.

The board comprises exceptional leaders from and purchasing & procurement who have "been there done that"

Robi Bendorf (CPSM, MCIPS, C.P.M., M.ED) has over 35 years of purchasing and sales experience, involving domestic and international activities, for a broad range of manufacturing and service businesses. He has extensive experience in consulting & training in purchasing, contracts, reengineering the supply management process, the management of procurement functions, global sourcing of materials and components, reducing cost of purchased materials and services, and negotiation of complex transactions and contracts.

He has held purchasing and contracts management positions in high volume manufacturing, subcontract, job shop, and service operations, involving gas turbine manufacturing, power generation, nuclear and fossil power plants, electrical distribution and control, air conditioning equipment and global sourcing services.

Robi is a lifetime C.P.M., and has received ISM’s new certification, the CPSM, and also holds the MCIPS Certification as awarded by CIPS. He has an undergraduate degree from the University of Texas, and a Masters Degree from Penn State University.

His energetic and enthusiastic style, combined with extensive functional experience, makes him an excellent consultant, trainer, and facilitator of change.

Contact Robi Bendorf at robi[at]

 Michael W. Gozzo has over 30 years experience in Supply Chain, Demand Flow Technology, Just-In-Time, Total Quality Control, Inventory Control and Production/Operations Management. His experience as a practitioner concluded after completing seven years as Director of Operations at a division of Allied-Signal. He subsequently became a consultant and guided manufacturers and computer OEM’s (Apple) in the planning and interface with their suppliers.
He has traveled and worked extensively in Canada, England, Hong Kong, Ireland, Scotland, Germany, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Indonesia, etc.
Mr. Gozzo has been selected to Who's Who in American Manufacturing and is Certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM) & Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP) by the Association for Operations Management (APICS),

Mr. Gozzo is a successful and established author of many books. He is the co-author of "Made In America - The Total Business Concept", "Just-In-Time Purchasing", "Supplier Certification", "Behind Bars: Bar Coding Principles and Applications", and his latest "People Empowerment - Success Through

Contact Michael W. Gozzo at michael[at]

Rob Thompson BA, MCIPS, is an outstanding procurement & contracts professionals with 30 years international experience in strategic & operational procurement and contracts. He has a natural passion for training procurement & contracts people seen in the facts that he has delivered over 1,000 specialist training programs with CIPS and over 400 other training programs with other organisations worldwide.

His specialist areas include purchasing and contract management, the development and implementation of major business strategic initiatives, negotiation, contract law and market and supplier development across a broad spectrum of business organisations and commodity areas including oil & gas, facilities management, construction, financial services, manufacturing, food processing and IT. He’s an expert at developing and organising the interface with internal and external suppliers, customers, and sub-contractors.

Contact Rob Thompson at rob[at]

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