Lisa is a foremost metals sourcing strategist with over 25 years of metals supply management experience. Lisa began trading semi-finished aluminum metals in June of 1994 before joining the supply-chain management practices of Arthur Andersen Business Consulting followed by Deloitte Consulting. She has worked with a range of industrial manufacturing firms including Caterpillar, Motorola, Johnson Controls, Sanford Office Products, Hamilton Beach, Proctor-Silex and others.
In some instances, Lisa provided strategy advice often helping firms make (or, in some cases, not make) investments in supplier relationship management, eMarkets, sourcing and product development technologies. But she has primarily worked in the area of cost reduction helping companies remove costs from their global supply chains.
In 2004, the CEO of a tier 1 automotive company challenged her to save his company some money, so Lisa formed Aptium Global, now MetalMiner, with partner Stuart Burns.
At MetalMiner, Lisa and her team have developed innovative resources in metal price forecasting, pricing and benchmarking to help metal-buying organizations optimize their sourcing strategy. The MetalMiner team works with a variety of metal purchasing OEMs.
Lisa is also CEO of MetalMiner parent company Azul Partners, which owns and operates Spend Matters, a leading procurement technology intelligence platform & analyst firm.
Lisa is a third-generation metals enthusiast – her great-grandfather started Presmet, the first US metal powder-press company in the United States, in Worcester, MA. Lisa’s grandfather, a metallurgist, was General Manager of Lavin & Sons in Chicago during and after WWII. Her grandfather’s claim to fame was the specialty blended alloys he developed to produce ammunition during the war.
Lisa is a regularly featured expert, by media outlets such as the New York Times, S&P Global, MarketWatch, NPR, LA Times, Fox Business, and industry news outlets/events (e.g. SMU, AMM, Aluminium 2018 (GER), Platts, MetalsNews, Commodities (the Right Place), Tampa Steel Conference).
She earned her MPA from NYU along with a BA in political science and journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Lisa is a six sigma black belt.