The Hidden Risk in Your Supply Chain

A case study with Southern Company

An effective sourcing and supplier management process can create huge value from working with the supply base. Contractors and suppliers bring specialization, but working with external parties introduces risk and uncertainty – make the wrong decision and your competitiveness and your brand could suffer. 

Identifying risk and protecting your company brand are key considerations when managing your supply chain. Engaging with suppliers and ensuring from the outset that risk is recognized and accounted for, value proposition is outlined, can ensure that procurement fulfills its role and, crucially, business stakeholders can rely on transparency and stability in their relationships with those suppliers. 

This webinar discusses how Southern Company manages its suppliers and contractors to control and mitigate risk. It also includes an overview of the process they use to pre-qualify and manage third-parties before contracting work and throughout the duration of the relationship. 

Key Takeaways: 

• How to identify and manage the risk introduced to your business through suppliers, contractors, and vendors. 
• How, Southern Company, one of the leading U.S. Producers of Electricity, Southern, manages supplier and contractor risk 
• How to prequalify suppliers and address the ongoing management of that relationship. 
• How to address the multiple levels and types of risk in your supply chain. 
• Learn the common challenges of prequalifying suppliers and contractors and how to overcome them. 

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Brett Armstrong

Brett Armstrong

Vice President of Marketing, BROWZ

Brett Armstrong is Vice President at BROWZ. He's been with BROWZ for over ten years, and he's had experienced managing teams that have supported the world's leading organizations, during the implementation and ongoing management of supply chain qualification programs.

Earlier at BROWZ, Brett led the operations team for more than 7 years, this experience provides him today with the foundation and understanding necessary to support the communication needs of our clients and contractors.

Dan Meeks

Dan Meeks

CPA, PE – Sourcing Agent, Southern Company Services, Supply Chain Management

Dan Meeks holds a Bachelor of Industrial Engineering from Auburn University, an MBA from University of South Alabama and is a PE and CPA. He has 38 years in telecommunications with line and staff roles in engineering, revenue requirements, industry relations and finance. Mr. Meeks has been a Sourcing Agent with Southern Company since 2007 performing contractor prequalification, bid process, labor and material contracts.

Joel  Van Campen

Joel Van Campen

Professional Services

Joel Van Campen is director of professional services at BROWZ. During his 11 years with BROWZ, he has led the planning and implementation of contractor prequalification programs for clients across multiple industries. Some of his clients include: Ashland Chemical, Southern Company, BNSF, Holcim, and many others. His responsibilities include client relationships, implementation management, training and mentoring management team, and new product strategy.


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Thursday April 25, 2019

1:00 PM ET / 11:00 AM MT


How to Evaluate the Safety Performance of Contractors Using Lagging & Leading Indicators

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Thursday April 25, 2019

1:00 PM ET / 11:00 AM MT

Joint responsibility is the new normal for managing safety between employers and the contractors they hire. Any contractor, subcontractor, or vendor that comes on your site is now part of your risk profile. How do you manage this risk and desire for contractor continuous process improvement?

Progressive companies know they cannot limit their supply chain safety assessment focus to compliance alone. Contractors and suppliers that are compliant on paper still experience employee injury, leadership challenges, production errors and near miss events. Thought-leading organizations such as the National Safety Council are challenging industry to 'Move the Curve', and go beyond compliance – to look deeper into safety management systems and company safety culture.

Join us for a webinar discussing using both lagging and leading indicators to evaluate the safety performance of contractors. We will be discussing how to track a contractor's safety statistics and OSHA/MSHA violations, auditing safety programs, and also performing safety management systems assessments.

Key Topics

  • Why evaluate safety performance of contractors
  • What information to look at to track safety
  • How to interpret the safety data
  • How to manage the data
  • Auditing safety programs and safety manuals
  • Performing safety management system assessments


Dennis  Robinson

Dennis Robinson

Business Development Specialist

Dennis Robinson has been in the supply chain industry for more than 10 years. Before his current role, Dennis managed the assessment specialist team responsible for the validation of all contractor documentation. His experience provides him with firsthand knowledge of the details and documentation organizations rely on to ensure they are working with safe, responsible contractors.

Laurie Knape

Laurie Knape

ASP, CSP, CLCS, HSE Professional

Laurie has over 20 years of HSE experience. She is a CSP, ASP, CLSC. She is the regulatory chair for the Gulf Coast Safety and Training Group, chairperson for Safe Gulf, chairperson for API RP T8, member for API RP 75, member of ASSP for 13 years. Laurie attended the Univ of CT for HSE, Columbia Southern Univ for Science and Business.