It’s always remarkable to learn someone was responsible for delivering more than $10 million in cost savings, spearheading a new global distribution model or driving a startup’s exponential growth. It’s even more notable when you learn those are the achievements of some young professionals named winners in the Thomasnet and Institute for Supply Chain Management (ISM) 30 Under 30 Rising Supply Chain Stars Recognition Program.

 

“These young professionals are leading by example for a new generation in the procurement field by demonstrating the huge accomplishments possible,” says Mark Holst-Knudsen, president, Thomasnet. “They are true role models for how Millennials are paving a new path in supply chain management.”

 

Founded in 2014, the 30 under 30 Rising Supply Chain Stars program recognizes individuals whose leadership and achievements are particularly noteworthy. ThomasNet and ISM strive to reach other Millennials who would thrive in supply chain management and procurement careers by honoring outstanding professionals who are 30 and younger, and who not only lead successful careers, but also are passionate, innovative and demonstrate leadership qualities.

 

The organizations hope that the honorees will serve as role models and inspire other Millennials to build supply chain management careers. This becomes increasingly important as Baby Boomers who dominate the industry retire and leave more jobs open than can be readily filled. Millennials are expected to comprise 75 percent of global employees by 2025, so it is imperative to recruit them and promote the industry.

 

“Our new best and brightest stars are ahead of the curve in recognizing supply chain as a natural fit for their expertise and values,” says ISM Chief Executive Officer Tom Derry. “Applying their leadership skills, technical know-how and passion for making a difference, they are helping revitalize the industry in tangible, far-reaching ways.”

 

This year’s Megawatt Winner is Amy Georgi, 30, a program manager in supply chain acquisitions and integrations with Fluke Electronics, a Danaher Company, based in York, Pennsylvania. Among her prominent achievements was the recent re-sourcing of 91 percent of the components to Fluke’s preferred suppliers within 90 days without causing disruptions to manufacturing, which is a new company record.

 

With an average age of 27, the 2016 supply chain superstars span industries such as manufacturing, medical devices, information technology, oil and gas, and government. Many are driving improvement in areas that matter to them and benefit society, such as sustainability. Some of their accomplishments include identifying opportunities to automate processes to help shippers move products more effectively, improving supply chain inefficiencies through better data analysis, reducing transportation costs by offering greater transparency of global volumes and costs, and introducing new processes for improving inventory management.

 

I also find it interesting that the common denominator among the group is a professed passion for the profession and commitment to making a difference in their companies and communities. For instance, all of this year’s winners volunteer for causes outside of work. Mentoring is also popular—program winners are involved in mentoring peers both inside and outside their companies.

 

What are your thoughts on the 30 Under 30 program? Do you have some superstar Millennials where you work who are passionate about their job and display a commitment to making a difference both at work and in the community?