2012-2013 ASUG Board of Directors
Our Leadership sets the strategy and direction of the organization and works closely with SAP to identify areas for growth and new opportunities.
Our Board of Directors is comprised of ASUG volunteers elected by our membership. Our organization’s daily operations are managed by Bridgette Chambers, Chief Executive Officer of ASUG, along with The ASUG Management Team, a group charged with delivering on the Board’s vision and serving the membership on a daily basis.
Michael J. Stoko III, is Chief Technology Officer – DuPont IT. Mike began his career in 1974 directly from college as a Mechanical Engineer in DuPont’s Engineering department.
He had various assignments as a Design Engineer with responsibilities for the design and construction of major chemical plants in Tennessee, Texas, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania.
From there he moved through various assignments in manufacturing and supply chain, where he was responsible for running a Global Supply Chain for one of DuPont’s many business units.
Stoko then took a position in IT, and served as Chief Information Officer for the Electronic Materials business. In that position, one of his major responsibilities was a global SAP implementation across six business units.
In 2003, Stoko was assigned the role of Global Operations Manager of DuPont’s SAP ERP environment and then moved to Director of Global End-to-End Solution and Service Delivery providing strategic direction and integration of continuous improvement efforts across the applications, data, and infrastructure landscapes.
In 2011, Stoko assumed the role as Chief Technology Officer for DuPont Information Technology with responsibility to lead strategic change for the innovative use of technology for the businesses along with enterprise, business, and domain architecture.
Stoko has been an active member in the Americas' SAP Users' Group community since 2003, serving on the Board of Directors; is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Pennsylvania; and serves on several global technology advisory boards.
Paul Fipps|Vice Chairperson
Paul Fipps is Chief Information Officer and Corporate Vice President of Business Services of The Charmer Sunbelt Group (CSG), one of the nation's leading distributors of spirits, fine wines, beers, and bottled water. He leads the strategy development and execution of CSG’s multi-functional shared services organization which includes information technology, customer service, and financial/associate services.
Fipps holds a bachelor's degree in computer information systems from the University of Baltimore and received his Master of Business Administration from UB’s Merrick School of Business. He is a certified project management professional (PMP) and a Six Sigma Greenbelt.
Under his leadership, The Charmer Sunbelt Group was awarded the 2010 “Best New Captive Services Delivery” from the Shared Services and Outsourcing Network as a result of outstanding achievement in the area of shared services.
Fipps previously served on the University of Baltimore’s Alumni Board of Governors and actively serves on UB’s MIS Advisor Board.
Don Whittington|Finance Chairperson
Don Whittington, Vice President and CIO, Florida Crystals Corporation, a manufacturer and distributor of sugar and sugar-containing products, is responsible for information technology for Florida Crystals and affiliated companies, including Domino Foods, Inc., C&H Sugar, Redpath Sugar, and American Sugar Refining, Inc.
He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Saginaw Valley State University, where he graduated summa cum laude. His career experience includes roles as CIO of Savannah Foods & Industries, senior director - professional services for System Software Associates, VP of Product Development for iWork Software, and adjunct computer science university lecturer.
Whittington participates in leadership roles with ASUG, as a member of the Board of Directors, chairperson for ASUG CIO Council, and executive sponsor for the SUGEN Enterprise Support Charter. He is also a frequent public speaker at industry and professional venues.
Bridgette Chambers|ASUG CEO
Since joining the Americas’ SAP Users’ Group as CEO in June of 2009, Bridgette Chambers has led the transformation of ASUG from a volunteer-run organization into a professionally managed technology association that has become the largest independent SAP users’ group in the world. In her role as CEO, and as a member of the ASUG Board of Directors, she works with the Board to direct the long-term strategy and growth of the organization.
In addition to overseeing all of ASUG’s daily operations, Chambers has responsibility for creating value-added initiatives and services to help drive return on investment for ASUG’s more than 130,000 individual members representing 3,500 companies across 17 industries.
In 2012, Chambers received a Silver Stevie® award in the Executive of the Year - Business Services category and a Bronze award in the Maverick of the Year category from the American Business Awards (ABA). In addition, under her leadership, ASUG earned a Silver award in the Company of the Year - Business Services category from the ABA in the same year.
In 2011, Chambers was named an ABA Turnaround Executive of the Year finalist for ASUG’s remarkable financial turnaround, which was completed ahead of schedule and generated results exceeding expectations. She also was a finalist for the 2011 Stevie Women in Business Best Executive award.
Prior to joining ASUG, Chambers was CEO at Voile Enterprises, a leading management consultancy, where she increased both revenues and profitability and successfully guided the organization through acquisition.
Before Voile, Chambers served as vice president of Enterprise Business Solutions at Comsys, where she had global responsibility for the company’s Enterprise Resource Planning, Business Intelligence, and Analytics solutions divisions.
Chambers received her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Houston, her MBA from Texas A&M University, and developed her leadership skills while serving proudly in the United States Army Reserves and the Texas Army National Guard.
Keith Sturgill|Director at Large
Keith R. Sturgill is currently Vice President and CIO of Information Technology for Eastman Chemical Company.
Sturgill is a native of Wise, Virginia. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in computer science from Virginia Tech and is a graduate of the Tuck Executive program at Dartmouth College. He has served in various roles in multiple IT associations, including the Americas' SAP Users' Group.
Sturgill joined Eastman in 1986 as a systems analyst. He had various and growing responsibilities around implementation of enterprise-wide technologies. In 1999, he became supervisor of the IT data services organization, and in 2001, manager of application technical services, until 2004, when he was promoted to director of global IT business systems. His management responsibilities have included development, support, and implementation of global information systems, as well as ensuring that IT is strategically aligned with Eastman businesses.
Sturgill lives in Kingsport with his wife, Linda. They are active members of First Free Will Baptist Church in Church Hill, TN, where Sturgill serves as a teacher and deacon.
Anthony J. Bosco, Jr.|Director
Anthony Bosco is Sr. Vice President and Chief Information Officer for Day & Zimmermann (dayzim.com), a leading provider of diversified services and products with 28,000 employees headquartered in Philadelphia, PA.
The company, which was founded in 1901, provides architectural-engineering-construction services, power plant maintenance and modification services, security services, talent and outsourcing services, and validation services to businesses and government agencies, as well as munitions products, logistics, and a wide variety of equipment maintenance and facilities management services to the Department of Defense.
In his current role, Bosco oversees and is responsible for Day & Zimmermann’s information technology organization and is responsible for leading the optimization of the company’s ERP (enterprise resource planning) system. In this capacity, he is charged with establishing greater efficiency, productivity, and competitive advantage by having technology enable business process improvements and innovation. Bosco is also a member of Day & Zimmermann’s Leadership Council, which makes decisions regarding overall company strategy, policy, and investment.
Bosco has been with Day & Zimmermann for 32 years. During that time, he has held a series of progressively responsible staff and line roles in all areas of the company. These include vice president and treasurer, project controls manager for a number of construction and construction-related projects, project manager, corporate planning, finance, accounting and information technology. Most notably, he has been responsible for successfully leading Day & Zimmermann’s enterprise-wide implementation of the mySAP Business Suite, the single largest resource and technology investment ever made by Day & Zimmermann.
Outside of Day & Zimmermann, Bosco serves as Director on the Board of Directors for ASUG (Americas' SAP Users' Group).
Bosco holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and Computer science from LaSalle University.
As the global SAP executive within Pentair Water, a global leader in providing innovative products and systems used worldwide in the movement, treatment, storage, and enjoyment of water, Chris Crone has more than 15 years experience in ERP implementations, project management, and leadership focus on the application, support, and growth of SAP in a ever expanding global environment. Additionally, since 2009, Chris has overall IT responsibility for the Residential Flow Global Business Unit.
Prior to joining Pentair Water, Crone was with The Boeing Company where she served as Sr. Program Application (SAP) Engineer; Sr. Manager with Pacific Coast Companies; and more than 20 years with Wacker Chemie, serving in several operations, leadership roles and finally, as Manager, Information Systems.
Her background in business operations has provided the conduit to successfully engage and create relationships with business leadership and customer communities.
Currently, Crone is responsible for the continuing deployment of the global SAP environment across several companies and lines of business within Pentair.
Additionally, her organization is focused on supporting the requirements of the business functions in deploying Lean concepts, business process optimization using technology, and the deployment of global standards.
Crone has been a participant in the ASUG CIO Customer Council since 2005, and was involved in the former PISUG group. She was appointed to the board in 2007.
Timothy Graven (T.J.) is the Vice President and Chief Information Officer at Brown-Forman Corporation in Louisville, Kentucky. In this position, he is responsible for providing technology vision and advocacy, leadership of the company’s global IT efforts, and defining priorities for fundamental organizational transformation.
Brown-Forman, founded in 1870, is among the top 10 largest spirits companies in the world, and sells its brands in more than 135 countries across the globe.
Prior to this position, Graven served as Vice President, Director of Investor Relations for Brown-Forman. Graven joined Brown-Forman in 1998 as a Finance Team Lead. In 1999 he was appointed to Manager, Planning & Analysis, and was subsequently named Controller for the Wine Group. He has also served as the Director of Enterprise Systems with the Information Technology Team.
Prior to joining Brown-Forman, Graven was a consultant for SAP America, Inc. where he worked with Fortune 500 clients to apply technology to improve business processes.
Graven earned a Bachelor’s degree in Finance from Indiana University and an MBA with high distinction from the University of Notre Dame.
He resides in Louisville, Kentucky with his wife, Kimberly and their three children. In his free time he enjoys golf and auto racing.
Rudy Hendricks is a Production Control, Planning, and Scheduling Coordinator for Huntington Ingalls Industries at the Newport News Shipbuilding facility. Huntington Ingalls Industries designs, builds, and maintains nuclear and non-nuclear ships for the U.S. Navy and Coast Guard and provides after-market services for military ships around the globe. Newport News Shipbuilding is the sole designer, builder, and refueler of U.S. Navy aircraft carriers and one of only two capable of building and refueling U.S. Navy submarines.
Hendricks began his shipbuilding career at Newport News Shipbuilding in 1975 in the Design Lofting department. He left in 1980 and worked at three other companies providing design, procurement, and planning support services in various areas of shipbuilding before returning to Newport News Shipbuilding in 1994. He has served as an Engineering Analyst, Fabrication Planner, and Business Analyst in IT and, in his current role, as the POC for a multi-departmental group which processes inspection reports for all aircraft carrier new construction, overhaul, and fleet support concerns for the Steel Fabrication and Assembly Division.
Hendricks has a dozen years of SAP experience at Newport News Shipbuilding, having been on the frontlines during their rollout of SAP into the production environment in April 2001. He worked closely with the IT department to configure processes, procedures, and work methods to fit into the complex, non-repetitive manufacturing environment of shipbuilding. He was an end-user when testing the technical upgrade to SAP 6.0 at Newport News through June 2007, and in IT for the actual flawless rollout in July of that same year.
Hendricks has been a lifelong volunteer, having served as a volunteer firefighter, lieutenant, and captain for 30 years; a youth football, basketball, and softball sports coach; commissioner and president, Hampton Board of Youth Sports Commissioners; PTA president; a president of the local fire and rescue association; a youth camp director with the local and state Elks; a youth football official; and a VA High School League fast-pitch softball umpire.
Hendricks has served as an ASUG Program Chair and, most recently, as the Chair for the North Carolina-Virginia Chapter (six years). For the past three years he has served on the ASUG Communities Council, serving as the Co-chair for the past year.
Sherryanne H. Meyer|Director
Sherryanne Meyer is the Manager of IT HR Solutions and Delivery at Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. The company supplies a portfolio of atmospheric gases, process and specialty gases, performance materials, equipment, and services to customers across a wide range of industries – from food, beverage, and health and personal care, to energy, transportation, and semiconductors. With 18,300 employees, Air Products operates in more than 40 countries.
Meyer has more than 12 years of experience with SAP global implementations, beginning with the company’s initial SAP deployment project in 1999 where she provided the leadership necessary to implement benefits administration with SAP.
Following the successful go-live of SAP HR in 2001, Meyer was appointed to lead the newly-formed SAP Support and Competency Center’s North American office for SAP HR. Sherry has provided project management to further SAP HR deployments to Brazil, Israel, Central Europe, and other countries, as well as to the global deployment of various SAP components, including employee self-service.
In her current role, Meyer provides strategic direction and leadership for the building of new solutions, and overall management of delivery services for the IT systems that support human resources and payroll applications globally, as well as travel management and time entry.
Meyer holds a Bachelor of Science degree in business with a minor in communications from Cedar Crest College. An active leader in the ASUG Human Capital Management Community as a program chair since 2007, Meyer has leveraged connections throughout the SAP ecosystem to bring educational and influence opportunities to ASUG's annual conference, and virtual and FALL FOCUS events. She has also served on the ASUG Impact Award committee and as a member of the ASUG Volunteer Leadership Council. She works actively with the Philadelphia ASUG Chapter to assist in the development of content as needed. Meyer also contributes to the SAP Community Network and asugnews.com, and has worked with SAPinsider to deliver presentations on their behalf.
Paul Roche is the Chief Information Officer for Network Services, responsible for setting and driving the overall technical vision and strategy for this national organization of distributors of janitorial, sanitary, packaging, and foodservice disposable products.
In addition, he is responsible for the business process and technical integration of Network’s 75 member companies located across North America, representing a 12 billion dollar distribution organization with more than 400 warehouse locations in the United States, Canada, and Mexico.
Roche started with Network Services in 2004 as the Director of Business Applications, and was promoted to Chief Information Officer in 2006. Prior to joining Network Services, Roche held various consulting and management roles with Daly Commerce, Infinium Software, and Peregrine. Paul has a Master of Business Administration from DePaul University’s Kellstadt Graduate School of Business, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Providence College.
Network Services implemented SAP ERP across its three companies in under 13 months, completing their final go-live in December 2010. Network Services was awarded an ASUG Impact Award in 2011 for its rapid implementation leveraging the wholesale distribution All-In-One approach, and as the first company in North America to implement SAP’s agency business solution. Roche is also a member of ASUG’s Executive Exchange Steering Committee.
Geoffrey Scott is the Chief Information Officer for TOMS Shoes, the pioneer of the One For One™ movement. For every pair of shoes sold, TOMS donates a pair of shoes to a child in need somewhere in the world. In this role, Geoff has global responsibility for global technology strategy, execution, and operations. As such, he led the greenfield implementation of SAP for TOMS in September of 2012, with a team of more than 100 people.
Prior to TOMS, he was the Chief Information Officer at JBS, the world’s largest protein company, where he was responsible for all aspects of enterprise information technology strategy, execution and operations. Geoff also held senior leadership positions in Marketing and Sales, Human Resources, and Healthcare at Ford Motor Company.
Scott has more than 20 years of ERP experience, including seven years of extensive SAP implementation and operations experience covering global operations. Scott has implemented SAP for small organizations, startup companies, and large organizations. His experience in the automotive, food, fashion/retail/apparel, and startup spaces brings unique and broad-based industry experience to ASUG. He has experience with a number of SAP industry solutions – IS Oil, Catch Weight Management, and Apparel/Footwear, and exposure to SAP FICO, MM, and Warehouse Management. His supply chain focus was on eliminating waste, redundancies, and unnecessary costs while improving on-time performance, quality, and customer relationships. Geoff also worked closely with SAP on JBS's initial SAP license purchase for its Australian subsidiary.
Scott has served on a number of philanthropic boards. He was the founding member of the Denver CIO Executive Council, and currently serves as an advisory board member for NIMBL, a rapidly-growing SAP services partner, where he provides business experience, a sounding board, mentorship, and experienced opinions on business strategy and operations.
Scott holds a bachelor's degree in accounting as well as an MBA from Michigan State University.
David Wascom is Vice President of Information Technologies and Chief Information Officer for Summit Electric Supply (summit.com), one of the nation’s top 25 electrical distributors.
Summit, founded in 1977, is headquartered in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and employs 500 associates in 19 markets across four states, as well as in international operations.
It was the company’s growth from 2002-2007 that led Summit to consider SAP as its ERP system. Summit doubled in size with the acquisition of another distributor in 2002 that Wascom was working for. His sales and operations experience included progressively more responsible positions, including automation products manager and service center leader in New Orleans.
In 2006, Wascom was appointed to his current position to lead Summit's SAP implementation project. He and Summit’s team of 20 in-house IT professionals not only accomplished the enterprise-wide implementation, but customized many SAP functions to specifically meet Summit’s unique business needs as a wholesale distributor. He was named Chief Information Officer in 2007, and his experience led him to become an active member of the Americas’ SAP Users' Group.
In 2010, ASUG recognized Wascom with its Volunteer Service Award for his service as chair of the Wholesale Distribution Special Interest Group (SIG). ASUG also recognized Summit’s overall SAP efforts, led by Mr. Wascom, with its Impact Award.
In his current role, Wascom continues to oversee Summit’s information technology operations and is responsible for continuous business process improvements using SAP.
Wascom holds a bachelor's degree in economics and a MBA from Louisiana Tech University, as well as a Master of Science degree in economics from Louisiana State University.