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Bellwether League, Inc.Hall of fame for healthcare supply chain leadership seeks “Future Famers”

Bellwether League Inc. has recognized and honored innovators, leaders and pioneers within five segments of the healthcare supply chain industry: Providers, Suppliers, Group Purchasing Organizations, Consultants and Education and Media. Honorees within each Bellwether Class dedicated decades of their careers and lives not only to the profession but to the business and health of the healthcare industry in general.

With “Future Famers,” Bellwether League Inc. extends its reach to the other end of the career spectrum – those in the early stages of their healthcare supply chain career or those with non-healthcare supply chain experience that may be new to healthcare but are contributing to the industry in a significant way or are otherwise making a difference through innovative achievements, leadership potential and pioneering work.

Bellwether League Inc.’s Future Famers award strives to recognize and honor:

  • Professionals who do not yet qualify for Bellwether consideration, but have contributed to the supply chain profession in a meaningful way.
  • Future industry leaders to encourage ongoing innovation and progress as they may seek Bellwether status later in their careers.
  • The various projects implemented by these rising stars that advance the healthcare supply chain – and healthcare industry as a whole – every day.

Professionals selected as Future Famers will receive a formal certificate and an invitation to Bellwether League Inc.’s annual Healthcare Supply Chain Leadership Forum and Bellwether Induction Dinner events in the fall.

Bellwether League Inc. plans to select Future Famers during the 4th quarter of each year and announce each Future Famer class during the 1st quarter of the following year via Bellwether League Inc.’s Web site and media coverage.

DEADLINE for nominations: Friday, October 31, 2014

Nominate someone today by visiting

Contact: Rick Dana Barlow, (847) 466-7425,


John B. Gaida
Senior Vice President
Supply Chain Management
Texas Health Resources

Patrick E. Carroll Jr.
Patrick E. Carroll & Associates

Mary A. Starr
Assistant Vice President, AdvantageTrust
HealthTrust Purchasing Group

Executive Director
Rick Dana Barlow
Wingfoot Media Inc.


James R. Francis
Chair, Supply Chain Management
Mayo Clinic

Jamie C. Kowalski
Jamie C. Kowalski Consulting LLC

Michael Louviere
System Vice President, Supply Chain
Ochsner Health System

Vance B. Moore
Senior Vice President, Operations

Jean M. Sargent
Director, Advisory Solutions

John W. Strong
John Strong LLC

Mark A. Van Sumeren
Senior Vice President, Strategy and Business Development
Owens & Minor Inc.


Jamie C. Kowalski
Rick Dana Barlow

Founding Sponsors:

Kimberly-Clark Health Care
Owens & Minor
Premier Purchasing Partners

Platinum Sponsor:


Bellwether League Inc. (BLI) is a non-stock, not-for-profit Illinois corporation, tax exempt under IRS Code Section 501(c)(6). BLI donations and sponsorships are not deductible as a charitable contribution for income tax purposes, but may be deductible as a business expense.