Meeting/Event Information

Tuesday August 14, 2018 Joint Professional Development meeting with ISM

August 14, 2018
5:15 PM - 7:30 PM

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Volvo Communication Center
7900 National Service Rd.
Greensboro, NC 27409

Co-presenters Matt Flowers (Deere-Hitachi) and Erin Welken (John Deere) will discuss "Supplier Development at Deere-Hitachi and John Deere”. 



  • Monitoring industry metrics to identify trends and cyclical changes
  • Identifying and managing supplier constraints
  • Keeping tabs on supplier health
  • Logistics management
  • Measuring supplier performance
  • Effective quality management
  • Evaluating replenishment strategies


 This program is kick off for our joint ISM-PTC September event, which will include a plant tour at Deere- Hitachi.


Dinner Menu:

Sizzing Salad Bar:  Grilled chicken strips, sautéed shrimp, & grilled steak    The meal is completed with  Fresh chopped romaine and Arcadian blend greens.   Assorted toppings include grape tomatoes, cucumbers, black olives, carrots, bell peppers, garbanzo beans, and feta cheese.  Dressings include Home-style Ranch and Raspberry Vinaigrette.   Toasted Pita chips  side with Hummus and dinner rolls with butter.  Dessert:  Mini Cheesecake bites. 

Speaker BIOs


Matt Flowers currently serves as Supply Base Leader for Deere-Hitachi where he is responsible for the strategic commercial relationships with suppliers for certain commodities.  Since joining Deere-Hitachi in 2012, he has been involved in various supply management roles, activities and projects. He spent 2 years as a Freight Specialist, managing both domestic and international logistics. He also served as a Production Buyer, managing daily operational needs to support production.

Matt graduated from Appalachian State in 2007 with a BS, Business Administration in Management.  He earned a PSM degree from UNCG in 2018.  His volunteer roles include serving as the Deere-Hitachi Chair and steering committee member of Young Leaders United of United Way of Forsyth County, President of Kernersville Toastmasters, and church council board member at Main Street UMC in Kernersville. Matt enjoys sports of all kinds and time spent with family at the lake and beach. He resides in Kernersville with his wife, son (4), daughter (1), and dog Boone.

Colleen Foster currently serves as Operations Supervisor in Supply Management for Deere-Hitachi where she supervises the tactical purchasing team.  She joined the Deere-Hitachi team as a Production Buyer in 2012.  She has also been a member of their New Product Development team and a Supply Base Leader.

Colleen is a graduate of UNC Chapel Hill, majoring in Economics and Political Science.  Colleen is an avid runner and also enjoys CrossFit.  She resides with her husband and 1 year old daughter in High Point.





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