A Public Nomination (for Jason Busch)

Those of you in the know will know that Supply & Demand Chain Executive‘s annual Pro’s to Know list is coming up and that it’s now nomination time. Nominations are due in two weeks, so please make sure to do yours ASAP. (I’ve made mine!)

In hopes that you would join me in not overlooking one individual who has made a significant contribution to the space over the last two years, I’ve decided to make one of my nominations public, exactly as I submitted it, here on this blog. If you agree with me, please join me in my nomination. Although it is Supply & Demand Chain‘s prerogative to choose whomever they want to, I’m sure it would be very hard for them to overlook an individual who received hundreds (or thousands!) of nominations.

Name    of nomineeJason Busch
Title   of nomineeEditor
Company of nomineeSpend Matters

In 250 words or less, please describe how the nominee has personally helped raise the profile of Supply Chain and increase the recognition of the importance of Supply Chain as a strategic function within the enterprise; why the nominee personally believes that it is important for Supply Chain to be recognized today as a strategic function within the enterprise; and what, in the nominee’s opinion, technology’s role is in enabling Supply Chain to achieve a more strategic role within the enterprise.

For over two years, Jason Busch has been diligently blogging multiple times a day on issues, events, and best practices in the sourcing, procurement, and supply chain space and working hard to raise the profile of the space as a whole.

Jason Busch personally believes that it is important for Supply Chain to be recognized as a strategic function within the enterprise because he has spent over ten years working in the space, first as a service provider (at FreeMarkets, a pioneer e-auction powerhouse) and then as an independent consultant and analyst (at Azul Partners), and has seen first hand the transformative effects that good supply chain management best practices can have on an organization.

Having worked for a technology provider, Jason Busch knows first-hand what enabling supply and spend management technology can do for the enterprise – that’s why he spends time on a weekly basis talking to people at major software companies in the supply chain space and posting their solution profiles on his blog so that everyone can be informed of the latest technology offerings and how it can help them transform their operations. Jason Busch’s opinion is that technology will continue to help business transform their supply chain operations and become more efficient and more productive as time goes on.

For our selection committee to better evaluate each candidate, we ask that you please cut and paste below a current bio for the nominee.

Jason Busch is Founder and Managing Director of Azul Partners, a marketing consultancy that advises software and services companies. Prior to launching Azul Partners, Jason spent five years at FreeMarkets (acquired by Ariba) leading a range of efforts and initiatives. Jason has also served as a consultant with Northeast Consulting (acquired by Nervewire) where he helped clients with technology and strategic planning decisions.

Jason has authored over one hundred columns and whitepapers on technology and economics. His work has appeared in leading trade and business publications in the US, Europe, and Asia. Regarded for his forward thinking opinions, Jason has been quoted in numerous articles, books, and academic papers and is a frequent speaker and panelist at industry conferences. He has also served as a guest lecturer at US and European universities.

Jason holds an MA in history from the University of Pennsylvania. He also completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania, receiving a BA, cum laude, with departmental honors, in history and English literature. In addition, Jason has completed coursework in the Wharton School.