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"The West Texas Coalition for Innovation & Commercialization (WTCIC), in collaboration with the Texas Emerging Technology Fund, serves as the catalyst for the West Texas Region (83 counties) to create an environment that is conducive to regional industrial, intellectual, and educational wealth creation. LGE has been a vital partner in this effort because of their ability to leverage their vast experience, expertise, and corporate “know how”. LGE is already generating successful partnerships with West Texas companies to accelerate their rapid growth. LGE’s global network of professionals makes them a valuable partner because of their ability to execute on a plan of action in a very rapid manner."

Dale Gannaway
Board Chairman and Executive Director
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Jim Sutherlin

Jim Sutherlin Partner
Experience:

Jim has spent more that 30 years in the technology industry, contract manufacturing and with startup companies.  He has extensive experience in supply chain management, commodity management, personnel leadership and planning.  He has held senior management and executive positions at IBM, Sanmina-SCI and Augmentix.

During his 27 years with IBM Jim held many leadership positions in procurement, commodity management, supply planning and held a leadership role for a critical project to align global commodity management with new product development.  This project was considered one of the key success factors to IBM’s return to competitive leadership in the mid 1990s.  It also reestablished IBM as one of the global leaders in commodity management.  He also managed procurement for IBM’s Server Division.  Jim’s leadership was key to the consolidation of procurement for all divisions within IBM which reduced overall costs by 30% while maintaining the quality that IBM’s customers expected.

In 2000, Jim was appointed Corporate Vice President of Procurement for SCI Corporation, a $6B Contract Manufacturing Company.   He was responsible for all procurement for North America and for guidance and management oversight for all worldwide procurement operations.  Over a 2 year span, Jim was instrumental in building a very strong and industry recognized commodity management organization.  In 2003, SCI was purchased by Sanmina to form Sanmina-SCI Corporation.  Jim was VP of commodity Management managing over $3B in annual expenditures.  Jim piloted a program where he worked with the marketing and sales teams on new accounts and with top tier customers from a supply chain perspective.  The program became so successful that a new internal organization was formed to continue to align the supply chain organization with the marketing and sales groups.

In 2007, Jim was appointed Senior Director of Supply Chain at Augmentix where he established a supply chain organization incorporating suppliers in China and the U.S and supporting customer distribution in Europe.  He also worked closely with the marketing and sales teams on introduction of new products and new account activity.

Jim has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a major in Marketing Florida Atlantic University.


  
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