Mark Trowbridge, CPSM, C.P.M., MCIPS
One of the original founders, his 30+ years of procurement experience included corporate management in the Manufacturing, Airline, and Banking sectors; culminating with a leadership role directing all of Bank of America's contracting management and 75% of sourcing activities. During his last two years with Bank of America, Mr. Trowbridge's team delivered a Quarter Billion Dollars in savings.
Over the last two decades, Mark has helped to lead many of Strategic Procurement Solutions' client projects, working with companies and governmental customers like Apple, Intel, Kraft Foods, Johnson & Johnson, AXA-Equitable, Canadian Government, Nationwide, MetLife, LG Electronics, BP, Blue Shield Association, State of Oregon, State of Massachusetts, Allstate, General Mills, Coca-Cola, Colgate-Palmolive, State of Maine, Koch Industries, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, USAA, Capital One, Dupont, etc. Many of these projects have been credited with contributing Hundreds of Millions of Dollars in value to our clients.
Mr. Trowbridge has been a keynote presenter for corporate procurement groups and spoken at conferences throughout North America, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East. His writings have been featured in many publications, including Inside Supply Management Magazine, Supply Chain Management Review Journal, eSide Supply Management, etc. Mr. Trowbridge has been interviewed by many periodicals, including the Wall Street Journal.
His profile page is among LinkedIn's Top 1% Most Viewed (LinkedIn All Star), and contains 2,000+ endorsements and 20+ referrals.
Project teams are hand-picked for every customer engagement, from our portfolio of seasoned procurement professionals. Each advisor has had 15-30 years of actual corporate procurement experience (yes, a real job) in which they contributed multi-million dollar savings for sustained periods of time.
Every professional has unique skills needed for a particular client initiative. This enables them to quickly bond with the client's leadership and procurement personnel and bring deep solutions to each engagement. As was observed about one of our company's founders...
" In the world of consultants, there are posers and there are those like Mark Trowbridge who came out of industry and are the real deal. He's the proverbial Swiss army knife of business partners who can strategically advise a CPO one minute and then work side-by-side with a buyer to negotiate a deal and button up a tight contract. He embodies 'been there done that' and can explain things in plain English, while making the content engaging with war stories and humorous anecdotes. I simply can't recommend him highly enough." Pierre Mitchell, Chief Research Officer, SpendMatters
" I would highly recommend Mark Trowbridge and his colleagues at Strategic Procurement Solutions as you face the challenges to improve every aspect of Source-to-Payment (S2P) performance in your organization. There is no hurdle they cannot leap." Vanessa Burke, Chief Financial Officer, City of Stockton - California
See bios of some of our other team members to the right...
Examples of our experts...
Procurement Specialist with 27 years of sourcing, auctions management, contracts management, and procurement transformation leadership for employers like General Electric, American Family Insurance, and Siemens Medical. MBA, BS in Industrial Technology, AS in Engineering. CPSM, C.P.M., CPIM, CQM, Six Sigma Black Belt
Practice Leader with 30 years’ experience delivering $200 Million in savings and supply chain improvements as second in command in Chevron Corporation’s global supply chain organization. MS in Engineering.
Procurement Specialist with Legal Degree and 32 years’ experience in information technology sourcing and contracting. JD, C.P.M.
Procurement Specialist with 25 years of experience in directing strategic sourcing, procurement and supply chain improvements, and cost reductions, for employers like Disney, BP, and several leading manufacturing firms. MBA, C.P.M.
Procurement Specialist with 15 years of information technology sourcing and contracting experience for employers like Symantec, EDS, MCI, and CSAA Insurance.
Practice Leader with 25 years of cost reduction and complex contracting experience in corporate roles for firms like NEC Electronics, Waave Communications, Mervyn’s, and Workday ERP. CPSM and C.P.M. certifications.
Practice Leader with 20 years of supply chain optimization experience for employers like Toyota Motors, Embarq, and Sprint Corporation. PhD, Six Sigma Master Black Belt, Master’s Degree.
Robert Dunn, MBA, C.P.M. (Co-Founder)
Recently entering semi-retirement, Bob Dunn was one of the original founders of Strategic Procurement Solutions. His 40 years of supply management experience included procurement roles in Manufacturing, Industrial Distribution, Government, and Financial Services (eventually culminating his corporate career pathway leading BankAmerica Corporation's technology and non-technology procurement operations.
Bob's career path continued in the consulting sector leading an advisory group for Walker Interactive ERP and then global SCM consulting practices for Proudfoot Consulting, before joining forces with Mark Trowbridge to form Strategic Procurement Solutions.
Robert also taught supply chain classes at the graduate and post-graduate levels for St. Mary's College and Cal State Hayward University for several decades.
Throughout his career, Bob Dunn was reknown for being an outstanding communicator and instructor. During an era when his teaching circles overlapped with that of Chester Karrass (founder of Karrass Negotiating Seminars), Bob spoke before countless numbers of conference audiences and corporate seminar audiences.
Bob was president of two NAPM/ISM chapters for more than a decade. He served as chairman of the CAPS finance benchmark committee, and wrote many of the questions found in the C.P.M. examinations.
Robert Dunn now enjoys fly fishing and horseback riding with his wife Tammy in the Eastern Sierras of California. Occasionally though, we do bring Robert back to write content for Strategic Procurement Solutions' bi-monthly Best Practices in Supply Management Journal
Procurement Specialist with 30 years of cost reduction and supply chain improvement experience with Bank of America (SVP) and Bank of the West (EVP).
Procurement Specialist with 25 years of procurement process and materials management experience with employers like Apple, Atari, and Sun Microsystems. C.P.M. and CPIM. MS in Engineering.
Procurement Specialist with 24 years of sourcing and procurement leadership experience with companies like Masonite, Abercrombie & Fitch, GE Healthcare, and American Outfitters. MBA, BS.