Conflict Minerals EDGE: Conference Speakers

Conflict Minerals EDGE

The following is a detailed list of those speaking at Conflict Minerals EDGE on May 6, 2013.

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Jason Busch, Managing Director at Azul Partners, is regarded as one of the leading pundits in the procurement and supply chain marketplace. He serves as Executive Editor of Spend Matters and is frequently cited by both the business and trade press and blogosphere for his analysis and opinion. His current research interests include the intersection of sourcing and commodity management technologies; supplier management; and supply chain risk management. Prior to launching Azul Partners and Spend Matters, Jason served in a range of roles over a five-year period at FreeMarkets (acquired by Ariba). Before that, he worked in the management consulting and merchant banking industries. He holds graduate and undergraduate (honors) degrees from the University of Pennsylvania.

Rose of Sharon DeVos is the Director of Sales and Marketing at Stainless Sales Corporation. She has been in the steel industry since 2000, steadily growing her responsibilities since she started as an inside sales representative. Her first nine years in the industry were spent working for a mill as a salesperson then as Inside Sales Manager. In 2009, she joined Stainless Sales and has worked in national sales, purchasing, marketing and IT solutions. Her customers have ranged from the small job shop to Fortune 500 companies with complex programs and deep supply chains. At SSC, she strengthens relationships and ensures dependable delivery of quality stainless steel flat-rolled coil. Rose of Sharon (as she likes to be called) received her MS, Interdisciplinary Sciences from Johns Hopkins University and undergraduate degree in Chemistry from the University of Virginia. As Director of Sales and Marketing at SSC, she has handled questions about conflict minerals from customers in a wide range of industries.

Jennifer Diggins serves as Director, Public Affairs for Nucor Corporation. In this role, she is responsible for promoting the company’s energy and climate policy in addition to overseeing the state government relations program, covering 22 states. Prior to Nucor, Jennifer spent two years at the law firm of Moore and Van Allen leading Nucor’s state government affairs work. Jennifer also spent 11 years in Washington, D.C., five of those years as the head of government affairs for the American Iron and Steel Institute.  Jennifer has also worked on Capitol Hill and has held positions in state government. Jennifer received her undergraduate degree from Eastern Connecticut University and received her master’s in Political Management from the George Washington University.

Jeffrey Friedman, CIA, CPA, CFE, is the Corporate Compliance Officer for the Americas for Kloeckner & Co SE. Prior to joining Kloeckner he was Director of Internal Audit for Macsteel Service Centers USA. He has over 20 years of compliance and internal audit experience, specializing in due diligence, policy development, operational auditing, financial auditing, and fraud investigation. He established the internal audit departments at two organizations and headed up due diligence on over 20 acquisitions. Jeffrey is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners. He also holds an MBA from Monmouth University and a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Stockton State College.

Chris Grove has worked in Corporate Communications 
for Commerce Resources Corp. an exploration and development company with a particular focus on deposits of rare metals and rare earth elements and in particular, tantalum. Chris has
 significant contacts within the financial communities 
in North America, Europe and Asia and has deep subject matter expertise in all things tantalum. Mr. Grove joined the
 Commerce Resources board in 2012 and has been active 
in representing the company abroad.


Lawrence Heim is a Director of The Elm Consulting Group International, LLC, an independent environmental, health, and safety consulting practice. Mr. Heim has more than 27 years of experience in regulatory compliance and environmental management, helping clients from a wide range of industries. Mr. Heim is the firm’s lead on conflict minerals programs and auditing and has been involved in conflict minerals projects since summer 2010 when he conducted the first tantalum smelter audits under the EICC-GeSI Conflict-Free Smelter program. He was the only representative of the EHS consulting/auditing sector selected by the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) as an expert panelist in the Conflict Minerals Roundtable convened in 2011 to assist the SEC in developing the final regulation. Mr. Heim is a frequent contributor to the media on the topic (including the Wall Street Journal and Financial Times), has made numerous public presentations/educational programs on the topic, including in venues sponsored by the American Bar Association, The Society of Corporate Secretaries and Governance Professionals, IPC (a leading electronics industry association), ITRI (the world’s largest tin industry association) and The Auditing Roundtable.

Thomas Kase serves as Lead Analyst for Spend Matters. He has extensive direct experience from both the buy and sell sides of the negotiation table. He has provided consulting to or otherwise supported a long line of Fortune 500 organizations and their procurement professionals, and has worked as a solutions advisor and event (RFx) manager for several solutions providers, including Procuri (currently Ariba) and AECsoft USA (currently SciQuest). During the dot-com days, Thomas was the co-founder and CTO of a technology company focused on B2B solutions. Before that, he worked in the Japanese process control, automotive, and IT industries, a stint that lends additional international perspective to the Spend Matters team. Thomas grew up in Sweden and is fluent in English, Swedish, Japanese, German — and has the ability to sound quite convincing in a few others.

Michael Littenberg is a partner at Schulte Roth & Zabel, where he heads the firm’s global public companies practice. Michael’s public company clients range from well-known large-cap companies to growing micro-cap companies and his experience spans every major industry. Michael is a leader in advising on the Conflict Minerals Rule. He is the most widely quoted and published attorney in the United States on the rule and frequently speaks at programs on this topic. In addition, SRZ is the only law firm to maintain an online Conflict Minerals Resource Center. Michael can be contacted at 212-756-2524 or michael.littenberg(at)

Michael Loch is the Director, Supply Chain Sustainability for Motorola Solutions Inc. He is responsible for Motorola’s Global Supplier Sustainability Program. Mike is on the Governance Committee of the Public Private Alliance for Responsible Minerals Trade. Mike served on the Board of the Global e-Sustainability Initiative (GeSI), and co-chairs the EICC and GeSI Extractives Work Group that have developed the Conflict-Free Smelter Program and Conflict Minerals Reporting Template. Mike has been active in the development of the OECD Due Diligence Guidance on Conflict Minerals. He has participated in numerous meetings with US government officials including the Security and Exchange Commission (SEC), US State Department, Government Accountability Office, US Agency for International Development, and the Congressional leaders who sponsored section 1502 of Dodd Frank. During his trips to the DRC and Rwanda, Mike has been able to visit mine sites, trading houses, NGOs and regional governmental representatives to gain a local perspective of the issues on the ground. Mike continues to work with numerous stakeholders including the US State Department, Dutch Foreign Ministry, NGOs and Central African governmental entities to try to improve the conditions on the ground. Mike is a graduate of Montana College of Minerals Science and Technology.

Pierre Mitchell is the Chief Research Officer of Spend Matters. He has 25 years of procurement and supply chain industry and consulting experience, and is a recognized procurement expert specializing in supply processes, practices, metrics, and enabling tools and services. He is a regular contributor to business publications, a frequent presenter at industry events around the world, and counts himself fortunate to have served and interacted with so many CPOs – and future CPOs.

Michael Pfeifer is President of Industrial Metallurgists, which offers metallurgy training and engineering support to help clients with decisions and problems related to product development and manufacturing. Prior to Industrial Metallurgists, Michael worked for Motorola for 13 years as a manufacturing engineer, then as a design engineer. Michael has a PhD in Materials Science and Engineering from Northwestern University and is a professional engineer licensed in Illinois. He is also an active member of ASM International and has published the book “Materials Enable Designs: The Materials Engineering Perspective to Product Design and Manufacturing.”

Lisa Reisman is Editor and Co-Founder of the highly acclaimed metals website, MetalMiner™. MetalMiner provides sourcing and trading intelligence for global metals markets and currently ranks as the largest metals publication in the US, according to third-party ranking sites. Lisa’s opinions have appeared in Forbes, American Metal Market,, the Christian Science Monitor and on MSNBC’s The Dylan Ratigan Show, among others. In her past roles at Andersen and Deloitte Consulting, Lisa gained extensive experience in direct material sourcing, particularly metals-based sourcing. She has also owned and operated her own metals trading company. Lisa earned her MPA from New York University, and a BA in political science and journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Tyler Showalter graduated from Brigham Young University with a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering and has worked at Buffalo Tungsten since 2003 as a Design Engineer and Quality Control Manager. He has spent time in Nigeria, Rwanda, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, China and Russia becoming familiar with the tungsten supply chain and the issues surrounding Conflict Minerals.

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