the supply management profession. He attends the ISM Annual
Conference each year and regularly visits automotive industry
association events. A Certified Professional in Supply Management®
(CPSM®) recipient, he encourages colleagues to pursue certification
and espouses the value of continuous learning. “Adopting the mind-set of learning something every day and trying to get better all
the time has helped expand my world after completing my formal
education and entering the workforce,” says Kaskinen.
He recommends “thinking like a beginner” and making efforts to look
at situations from different perspectives, which can be valuable when
evaluating what worked and didn’t work in a project or contract. And,
Kaskinen says, it’s important to speak with as many people as possible
because everyone has something unique or new to impart if you listen.
“In this field, information is crucial, and it’s interesting to look back and
reflect on what you learned during a conversation that you weren’t
aware of before,” he says.
Kaskinen says a strong support system helped him cultivate his drive
to learn more and develop his skills. He says King is a patient mentor
who encouraged him to read business books and listen to leadership
podcasts, to pursue his CPSM certification and find other educational
courses to further his knowledge. “Jeff has provided honest, direct
feedback and helped me develop my confidence by fully supporting
me on any initiatives I decided to tackle,” he says. “More than anything,
the biggest impact he’s had is teaching me how to communicate
upward. Demonstrating how to focus my thoughts and deliver a
concise message is a big reason my career has taken the shape it has.”
SET TING THE DIRECTION
Kaskinen says he is humbled and honored to be named to the 2016
30 Under 30 list, and did not expect to be the Megawatt Star. “This
is validation for my off-the-beaten-path tendencies,” he says. “More
than anything, I view this as a reflection of
the support system I’ve been lucky to have in
place throughout my life and career that has
encouraged me to keep growing and pursuing
Ongoing improvement is a way of life for
Kaskinen, and that philosophy applies to his view
of the supply management profession. “Everyone
always talks about how supply management
needs a seat at the table. I think supply
management professionals need to focus on
bringing something to eat so they keep getting
invited back. What I mean is that there should be
less focus on being good at supply management
alone, and more on becoming a high-level
business mind that is sought out for perspective
on company strategy,” he says. “I’d love to see
this field as a whole more involved in setting
direction versus only supporting direction.”
He believes supply management is rapidly
evolving — which means a world of opportunity
for those just entering the profession. “The
explosion of data beginning to be captured
across the world in so many ways will
have a tremendous impact on how supply
management will operate in the future, and
young professionals have a chance to shape what
happens next,” Kaskinen says. ISM
Lisa Arnseth is a publications coordinator for Inside Supply
Teddy Lee Knox, Zipline Logistics (Columbus, Ohio). Nominated
by: Bethany Cramer, Zipline Logistics.
Peter LaFave, Anthem, Inc. (Thousand Oaks, California).
Nominated by: Gregory Antoniono, Anthem, Inc.
Lisa Marie, Arconic (Pittsburgh). Nominated by: Nancy Richter, R.
Gene and Nancy D. Richter Foundation.
Brian Meyer, Owens Corning (Toledo, Ohio). Nominated by:
Brian Wahl, Owens Corning.
Matthew Montana, Pacific Gas and Electric (San Ramon,
California). Nominated by: Sanjesh Sharma, Pacific Gas and
Barbara Noseda, Johnson & Johnson (Zug, Switzerland).
Nominated by: Gordon Macphee, Johnson & Johnson.
Jeff Novak, U.S. Steel Corporation (Pittsburgh). Nominated by:
Ryan Piaggesi, U.S. Steel Corporation.
Andrew Paulson, SpaceX (Hawthorne, California). Nominated by:
Andrea Jarrett, SpaceX.
Blake Pryor, Chevron (Houston). Nominated by: Mark Robicheaux,
Bernadette Quiriconi, Fluke (Everett, Washington). Nominated by:
Amy Georgi, Fluke.
Sara Robichaux, Apache Corporation (Houston). Nominated by:
Mark Hood, Apache Corporation.
Michaela Romanais, DuPont (Wilmington, Delaware). Nominated
by: Al Schyman, DuPont.
Subhash Segireddy, Cisco Systems (San Jose, California).
Nominated by: Colin Chummers, Cisco Systems.
Ruchir Sud, FCA US, LLC (Auburn Hills, Michigan). Nominated by:
Luca Kolcaj, FCA US, LLC.
Jaime Todd, American Red Cross (Charlotte, North Carolina).
Nominated by: Thomas Nash, American Red Cross.
Tianhou Zhong, Coach, Inc. (New York). Nominated by: Nicholas
Ammaturo, Coach, Inc.