About the EP Awards

Executive Platforms builds world-class forums to facilitate the sharing of ideas among the senior leadership of businesses and organizations with common objectives, interests, and challenges. Our team is committed to excellence. Through careful and concerted effort based upon decades of experience we work to elevate the conversation and provide all of our stakeholders with a trusted platform to network, benchmark, learn, and grow together to inspire success in their working lives.

With the EP Awards, Executive Platforms hopes to recognize and champion the people and projects that should be held up as worthy examples for their colleagues to learn from and engage with on their own journeys towards excellence. Our speakers and delegates form a community, and communities thrive when they take the time to identify and celebrate the best among them for the benefit of the collective.

The EP Awards are content- and industry-agnostic. Excellence can be found in every one of our events, and so a winner at one of our NASCES series will also be worthy of recognition at NAHRES or NAMES or NAFS or NAEOS or BMWS.

The EP Awards winners are also chosen by our community, from our community, and for our community. Across all five awards categories, Executive Platforms will solicit nominations from our advisory board, speaker faculties, and event participants, and those same stakeholders will decide who most deserves to be honoured for their achievements.

Awards Categories

There are five EP Awards categories, each focused on celebrating worthy examples of excellence relevant to the community of supply chain executives.

Supply Chain Technology Enablement Award

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In an ever-changing landscape of new technologies, the real successes are found when the right people use new abilities to adjust their processes to achieve goals that would otherwise be beyond their reach. This award celebrates the organization that is leveraging a supply chain-specific technology to change the way it does business, build new capabilities, and improve performance across a number of quantifiable and qualifiable metrics.


Project Strong: Supply Chain Automation

Supply Chain
Innovators Spotlight Award

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Innovators Spotlight celebrates companies and leaders who have done great things without all the resources of larger and more established supply chain organizations. This category wants to shine a light on the pioneers, the inventors, the trailblazers who forged a new path for their companies and allowed them to grow to the next level through new ideas. While other categories might include a focus on metrics and timelines, this is the award dedicated to celebrating the supply chain battles won against long odds.


Our Story So Far

Supply Chain
Recognition Award

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There are individuals in the supply chain community whose personal and professional stories are worthy of being held up as examples and inspirations to their peers. This category is meant to identify and celebrate an exceptional person whose life’s journey both as a supply chain executive and beyond should be shared and praised.


Person of Impact – Past, Present and Future

Supply Chain
Sustainability Award

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This award celebrates the organization whose business practices look beyond the bottom line to also minimize and mitigate negative environmental impacts and improve the lives of people connected to your supply chain. Whether under the title of Corporate Social Responsibility or Environmental Programming or Green Initiatives or Community Development, how is your company committing to make a difference?


Setting Goals and Steady Progress

Supply Chain Process Transformation Award

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Supply chain executives are by their very nature problem-solvers, both in reactive situations and most importantly as the proactive thinkers who look from one end of their value chain to the other seeking solutions to challenges that may not have occurred yet, or improving existing systems to be more reliable, flexible, versatile, or efficient. This award celebrates the supply chain transformations that should be held up as examples other professionals can learn from and benchmark against.


Supply Chain AI and Analytics

Submit a Nomination

Nominations for 2020 are now OPEN! 

The EP Awards are open to any and all companies participating at an Executive Platforms event, excluding software vendors, consulting groups, academic institutions, or any other organization deemed primarily as a service or solution provider.

To submit a nomination for the gala at NASCES20 please email epawards@executiveplatforms.com by December 20, 2019. You are welcome to submit multiple entries in multiple categories. The semi-finalists will be announced on May 18, 2020, followed by finalists on July 6, 2020. The winners will be announced at the EP Awards Gala on September 15, 2020.

Each entry should use no more than 1500 words, and all parts of the online entry form should be completed. In addition to completing the online form, your entry can also include supporting materials in PDF, PowerPoint, or video format to illustrate the points made in your short submission essay.

Entries will be short-listed by Executive Platforms, who will then pass the short-list candidates on to be reviewed by our panel of senior industry executives. All short-listed entries will be notified of their consideration. Executive Platforms will communicate any follow-up questions judges may have during their deliberations.


Walter Charles

SVP & CPO at Allergan

Walter is a sought-after speaker at national and international Supply Chain and Procurement Conferences, a visionary Supply Chain leader, an impactful results deliverer and an inspiring Procurement Futurist. Walter’s global procurement teams support the purchase of products and services supporting Research & Development, Manufacturing, Marketing, Legal, Capital, IT, Plant Operations, Travel, and General and Administrative services for the $11B revenue/year biotechnology innovator. Prior to joining Allergan, Walter held Chief Procurement Officer roles at iconic companies such as Biogen, Kraft Foods, Kellogg’s, Johnson & Johnson Consumer Supply Chain and Cordis. As such, he has the unique perspective of serving on Supply Chain Leadership Teams, and leading procurement transformations across Biotechnology, Consumer Packaged Goods, Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Businesses.

Dennis Snyder

General Manager – Lighting & Decorative Hardware at Kohler Co.

Dennis has recently joined Kohler to help launch and build a new business unit focused on luxury lighting and accessories, which complement Kohler’s beautiful faucet and fixture product lines. Dennis has a clear understanding of lighting as a fashion-influenced product, its ability to improve your living environment, and as an integral technology platform for gracious living today and tomorrow. He has held senior executive positions at Kichler Lighting, Superior Essex, and American Standard. At the start of his career, he spent more than thirteen years with Invacare Corporation in progressive international leadership roles. His expertise in global operations and supply chain is backed by multiple expatriate assignments and an ability to speak in English, Spanish, and Mandarin Chinese.

Cornelia Coles

VP, JJOS Product Supply Execution at Johnson & Johnson

Cornelia is responsible for the Product Supply Execution of the Johnson & Johnson Operating System across the enterprise. This involves the development of Business Process Standards & Capabilities, driving sustainable performance improvements, and synchronization of Plan, Source, Make, Deliver & E2E through an integrated approach and alignment with Value Chain Segmentation, Product Strategies, ESS&H and Quality. Prior to joining Johnson & Johnson, Cornelia held leadership roles with increasing responsibility in Supply Chain, Operations Management, Compliance & Quality with Eaton Corporation, TE Connectivity, Johnson Controls and HID Global. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering Technology from Southern Polytechnic University and an MBA from Vanderbilt University.

Fabio Colalillo

VP Supply Chain Global Nalco Water & Global Planning at Ecolab

Fabio began his diverse career at Unilever, passing through R&D, Finance, Planning, and Manufacturing roles. Following Unilever, he spent four years in Avery Dennison, and he has just completed his fifth year with Ecolab. Fabio started with Ecolab as the SC VP for Latin America and moved to the USA to lead the Global Supply Chain for the Water business and the Global Planning Excellence community. In that role Fabio is responsible for optimizing the global supply chain for the Nalco Water division, leading strategic footprint studies, global technology and innovation deployment, and driving common processes and best practices. In the Planning area, Fabio leads the global CoE that implements best practices in Demand Planning, Supply Planning, S&OP and Inventory Management.

Joseph Selle

Associate Partner, Cognitive Transformation & Operations at IBM

Joseph is a Senior Executive with 20+ years’ experience post-MBA in management and technology consulting as well as General Management. He has deep experience in advanced analytics (descriptive, predictive, prescriptive) and cognitive (artificial intelligence) initiatives to resolve operational business challenges, as well as intense experience in supply chain visibility and optimization through hands-on strategy development, solution design and implementation management. Joseph also has entrepreneurial experience in creating value at rapidly growing businesses, acting as CEO, COO and founding VP at three different firms.

Mark Ratcliffe

VP, Global Business Operations & Supply Chain at Cargill

Mark is responsible for the design and implementation of the approach, organizational structure, and process capabilities that lead Cargill to a common set of core best practices around demand/supply planning, IBP/S&OP, supply chain network design, and production/procurement/logistics scheduling. Mark has functional responsibility for the Global Supply Chain leaders across the organization, helping to set priorities and lead improvement across Cargill’s supply chain. Additionally, Mark successfully built a new Supply Chain Planning Center of Excellence (COE) team to develop standard processes, metrics, terminology, and best practices across Cargill. Much of this work is centered around building an end-to-end supply chain that takes advantage of Cargill’s unique size and footprint. Mark is leading the team to deploy integrated business planning (IBP) across Cargill, while also working to identify significant cost savings through inventory reduction and network design and optimization.

Mark Trylinski

VP of Supply Chain, Henry’s

Mark Trylinski has more than 30 years of supply chain management experience. Today, Mark is VP of Supply Chain for Henry’s, a Canadian electronics retailer that sells a variety of photography, video and related technology based products. Prior to this position, Mark worked for 27 years at Sony in both Canada and the United States. Mark has leadership experience in import/export, order management, logistics service, inventory planning, demand planning, distribution operations and retail planning. He has served as Chairman of the Canadian Retail Shippers Association (CRSA) (2008- 2015) and he was a member of the Border Commercial Consultative Committee (BCCC) (2008-2015) where he advised on the development and implementation of government policies.

Entries will be in the form of an essay not to exceed 1500 words, although supporting materials in PDF, PowerPoint, or video format may be included for the judges’ consideration should the essay prove interesting enough to warrant that further commitment of time.

After reviewing the nominations vetted by the EP team, judges will use their own criteria based on their experience and expertise to vote on a confidential ranked ballot. Winners will be determined by the cumulative score of all participating judges’ ranked ballots. Judges will be profiled on the EP Awards webpage and receive preferred seating at the awards gala.

If you are interested in becoming a judge, please contact us at EPawards@executiveplatforms.com

At the Show

The EP Awards Gala is scheduled for September 15, 2020, after the end of the first day of the NASCES20 program. Following the chair’s Day One closing remarks, delegates will enjoy a networking drinks reception while Conference Room One is reset and dressed for the evening’s festivities. When all is in readiness, attendees of the EP Awards Gala will enjoy a three-course dinner together along with live entertainment. Award winners will be announced throughout the evening, interspersed with further live entertainment.

Contact Us

We look forward to hearing from you. If you have any questions please email us at epawards@executiveplatforms.com.