2nd Annual Awards to Honor Supply Chain Professionals Announces Nominations


​​​The Second Annual Central Indiana Supply Chain Awards (CISCA), powered by BCforward, have announced their list of nominees. The awards ceremony will be held Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019, at 8 a.m. at the 502 East Event Centre in Carmel, IN. The event is organized by the Institute for Supply Management –Central Indiana (ISM – Central IN) and the Mid-States Minority Supplier Development Council (Mid-States MSDC).

CISCA nominees for 2019 represent 20 different corporations and are as follows:

BCforward Thinking Award:

  • Madelyn Gentry, IU Health
  • Jeff Hastings, CNO Financial Group
  • Arif Hussain, Calumet Specialty Products
  • Jim Gruwell, Cummins Inc.

Supply Management/Chain Leader of the Year:

  • Jim Messersmith, Mays Chemical Co.
  • Maureen Hughes, Envigo RMS LLC
  • James Duke, IU Health
  • Mike Gonsalves, Cummins Inc.
  • Heather Hutchinson, OneAmerica
  • Mira Bell, Endress + Hauser

Innovation In Supply Chain:

  • Eric Anttonen, Eli Lilly
  • Marcya Thomas, Anthem
  • Stephanie Winkel, KAR Auction Services
  • Denis Ford, Cummins Inc.
  • Kieron Dabbs, Cummins, Inc.

Team Excellence:

  • Talent Attraction Team, Defenders
  • IT Divestiture Team, Elanco
  • Vendor Management Team, OneAmerica
  • US Warehousing & Logistics Team, Cummins Inc.
  • Contingent Labor Team, Anthem, Inc.

Rising Star:

  • Eric Black, Anthem
  • Joe Zelasko, On America
  • Kevin Webster, Envigo RMS LLC
  • Justin Fulfort, IndyGo

Lisa Yoder Lifetime Achievement Award:

  • John Dalton, Navient
  • Chris Durnil, Bowen Engineering Corporation

Supplier Diversity Advocate:

  • Bernice Walker, Duke Energy
  • Ryan Day, Cummins Inc.
  • James Duke, IU Health
  • Holli Harrington, Indianapolis Airport Authority
  • Lisa Hardin, Cummins, Inc.

Top Academic:

  • Dr. Kuntal Bhattacharyya, Indiana State University
  • Dr. William Moser, Ball State University

CISCA was created to recognize supply chain professionals in Central Indiana who have shown innovation, perseverance, delivery of results and best practices to their businesses and/or organizations. Supply Chain management is an essential part of business and those involved in the profession are extremely valuable to corporate America and to the manufacturing, logistics and service industries in our region.

“At BCforward, we recognize that winning strategies, products, and services require diversity of thought, perspectives, and contributions. Inclusion is a practice and commitment that we are proud to be a part of; and as the largest minority-owned IT Staffing and Professional Services company in Indiana, our diversity has been one of our key competitive advantages,” says Andrea Bartlett, Vice President of Digital Strategy at BCforward. “It is that reason that we continue to support the Central Indiana Supply Chain Awards.”

The partnering organizations, Mid-States MSDC and the Institute for Supply Management – Central Indiana (ISM – Central IN) both work to advocate on behalf of and provide training and development for supply chain and supplier diversity professionals in Central Indiana. Mid-States MSDC also provides services to diverse businesses to ensure their participation in corporate procurement opportunities.

“We are thrilled to provide these individuals with the recognition they deserve,” said Harold Wims, chair of ISM – Central IN. “CISCA is a wonderful way to spotlight the connective efforts and inclusion of the corporate supply chain in business.”

BCforward, the title sponsor for the second year in a row.

For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit www.ciscawards.com.


ISM-Central Indiana serves as a center of excellence in establishing and maintaining best-in-class professional standards of competency and conduct for the Procurement profession and its members, in matters pertaining to research, education, and certification. ISM is the largest supply management association in the world and is known for its standards of excellence, research and education.


The primary mission of the Mid-States MSDC is to promote and cultivate successful minority enterprises within the Central Illinois, Indiana and Eastern Missouri business communities. The Mid-States MSDC serves as an advocate for the economic well-being and growth of certified MBEs, while also providing a direct connection for corporations who are committed to purchasing products and services from Mid-States MSDC-certified MBEs.

ABOUT BCforward

BCforward is a global IT consulting and workforce fulfillment firm that provides services and resourcing for leading businesses and government organizations. For 20 years they have helped clients achieve their strategic goals. Their strong culture and clear values have enabled BCforward to become a market leader and best in class place to work.


Source: Central Indiana Supply Chain Awards

About Mid-States Minority Supplier Development Council

Mid-States MSDC is one of 23 regional affiliates of the National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC) with more than 1,700 corporate members and more than 12,000 certified minority business enterprises nationwide.

Mid-States Minority Supplier Development Council
Indianapolis, INDIANA


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