Courtney L. Billington
Janssen Supply Group LLC
Courtney Billington is Vice President of Janssen Supply Chain (JSC) within the Johnson & Johnson (J&J) family of companies. JSC is responsible for the global manufacturing and supply management of all biopharmaceutical brands. Courtney is responsible for the leadership of over 11,000 associates working in 24 pharmaceutical, biologic, and chemical manufacturing sites globally. Mr. Billington began his career as a Quartermaster Officer in the United States Army. After serving in a number of leadership positions with the 18th Airborne Corps at Fort Campbell, KY, he retired after serving in Operation Desert Storm.
Courtney is in his 25th year with J&J and spent the last 15 years within Pharmaceuticals (Janssen) and 10 years previously in Medical Devices. Courtney held a variety of executive leadership positions such as: VP Strategic Planning and Process Excellence, VP Operations for North America, VP Global Supply Chain, VP Global Manufacturing & Technical Operations, Regional Marketing Manager and New Technology Sales Representative.
Courtney is a member of the Executive Leadership Council, Cisco Manufacturing Advisory Board, Supply Chain 50, Executive Council of the International Society of Pharmaceutical Engineering (ISPE) and past Chairman of the African American Employee Resource Group (ERG). Currently he is the Executive Sponsor of the J&J Veteran’s Leadership Council (ERG) assisting post 9/11 veterans and their families in partnership with the USO, ACP, and the Travis Manion Foundation.
Courtney is very active in the community having served on the United Way of Somerset County Local Operating Board for the past 8 years, Board Member for Gava Kids, past Marriage ministry leader for 2 years at his church, Ordained Deacon, Youth basketball and soccer coach for 7 years, member Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
He holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in General Engineering Management from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and is married with 4 children.
Billion Dollar Roundtable
Rick Hughes began his work career in the US Army, attending Airborne School and Ranger School, and serving in the US and abroad. He was also certified as a Federal Procurement Officer and attended the Officer’s Advanced Course in Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland. After six years of active duty, Rick remained with the US Army Reserves until 1991, attaining the rank of Major.
In 1982, Rick began his career with P&G as a Purchasing Manager for the company’s Baby Care and Feminine Care businesses. He then served in a variety of roles in Purchasing and in a Customer Business Development role over his 31+ years. In 2001, he was appointed to lead the P&G purchasing organization as Manager, Corporate Purchases, and was appointed Vice President of Global Purchases in 2004, and Chief Purchasing Officer in 2005, serving as CPO until February, 2014.
Rick led the purchasing team at P&G to earn the Franz Edelman Finalist Award in 2005; the Purchasing Magazine Medal of Excellence in 2008; the Procurement Excellence Award from the Procurement Leaders Network in 2009; PLN’s Best Procurement Team Award in 2013. In 2014 he received the Clarion Leadership Award from the National Minority Supplier Development Council and the President’s Leadership Award from the Ohio Minority Supplier Development Council. He was active with the Center for Advanced Purchasing Studies (CAPS) and The Purchasing & Supply Council (The Conference Board) and the Purchasing Roundtable.
Rick is a graduate of The University of Notre Dame and also holds an MBA from the Florida Institute of Technology and a Juris Doctorate from Salmon P. Chase College of Law. Rick served on the Board of Directors for the National Minority Supplier Development Council (Vice Chair): Procurement Leaders Network Advisory Board: the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council; the Board of Directors for the Dan Beard Council (Vice Chair), Boy Scouts of America and on the Board of Directors for the Greater Cincinnati Habitat for Humanity
Rick is now advising C-Suite executives on how to grow their business, transform their supply chains and obtain greater value from their external supply base. He is also a writer and speaker on a variety of topics, like leadership, strategy development and execution, talent enhancement, supply innovation and risk management. He is the Chairman of the Billion Dollar Roundtable, an organization of 20 Fortune 100 companies who annually spend over $1B on supplier diversity. He is working with GEP Consulting in a senior advisory role to help grow and develop their procurement consulting business, and helping several other mid-market companies with strategy, growth and expansion.
Head, Office of Global Supplier Diversity & Inclusion
Johnson & Johnson
As Head, Global Supplier Diversity & Inclusion, Bev Jennings drives a growth strategy that benefits diverse and small businesses and the many Johnson & Johnson (J&J) business partners they serve.
Bev’s career has spanned the healthcare, consumer goods, food and retail industries. Today her passion for community, talent in collaborative leadership, and expertise in optimized business operations are combined into a robust initiative that enhances business development, job creation, education and health care.
J&J’s leadership in diverse business development is evidenced in its role as the first Healthcare company member in the elite 20 member Billion Dollar Roundtable. The corporation spends approximately $1.5 billion annually with certified minority and women owned businesses and $3 billion with small businesses in the U.S. Additionally, Supplier Diversity & Inclusion is advancing a global strategy for diverse business development on six continents.
She engages internal and external stakeholders toward meeting and sustaining these goals while serving J&J’s businesses, health care customers and consumers. Towards this end she has developed networks across various industry, healthcare, entertainment and communications sectors.
Bev is a member of the Board of Directors and Executive Committee for the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), serving as Marketing Committee Chair, the Women Presidents’ Educational Organization (WPEO) Board, member of the National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC) Global Link Committee and Co-Chair of the Global Committee for The Billion Dollar Roundtable. Internally, she is an HONOR Leadership Award winner and Co-Chair of the J&J African American Leadership Council National Employee Resource Group (ERG).
Her previous roles include Vice President, Process Excellence for J&J Consumer Group of Companies, where she led business process improvement globally. At J&J Vision Care, she directed a 1200 employee Manufacturing operation, as well as Quality Assurance, Distribution and Customer Services.
Prior to J&J, Bev held leadership positions in Purchasing and Warehousing with Standard Meat Company, a Sara Lee Corporation company, and JC Penney Company.
She holds a MBA in Industrial Management from the University of Dallas and a BS in Management from the University of West Florida. Bev is a Master Business Coach certified by the Fowler School of Business and Executive Coaching.
A leader in the community, she has been honored for her service by the YWCA, the Gateway Girl Scouts as a Women of Distinction and recently with a WBENC Applause Award.
A Florida native, Bev resides in Skillman, New Jersey and enjoys time with family, friends and making great connections.
Director of Sourcing & Supplier Management
John is the Director of Sourcing & Supplier Management in the WW Transportation organization. His team is responsible for leading the global transportation sourcing events as well managing the supplier relation management program for the Logistics Category globally. John has also served as the Logistics Category Lead on the Supplier Diversity and Inclusion team over the last three years.
John has over 20 years of experience across the J&J Supply Chain including Logistics, Manufacturing, Procurement (API/Chemical and Marketing) Project Management, Third Party Manufacturing.
Vice President, Field Operations
National Minority Supplier Development Council
Marquis D. Miller is vice president of field operations for the National Minority Supplier Development Council, Inc.® (NMSDC®), one of the nation’s leading corporate membership organizations dedicated to increasing procurement opportunities for its certified Asian, Black, Hispanic and Native American-owned minority business enterprises (MBEs).
Marquis is responsible for a wide range of nationwide programs and initiatives that support, drive and influence NMSDC’s field operations philosophy, strategy, goals, member relationships and minority business results. In partnership with NMSDC leadership and affiliate boards and operational leadership across the Network, Marquis and his team focus on ensuring that NMSDC continues to lead in creating and maintaining a focused environment aligned with the new emphasis on global supply chains and strategic sourcing, while expanding member and MBE engagement and involvement at all levels.
Marquis is a 25-year veteran of business, civic and community organizations, with over 2 decades of experience in non-profit governance and leadership. He has a strong background and record of leadership in the field of resource development and organizational and strategic planning. His previous role was head of The Business Mosaic, a consulting practice focused on organizational management in the nonprofit, consumer/retail and business services sectors. Marquis led the development of business plans and campaign strategy for clients ranging from neighborhood development organizations to international digital service providers.
Prior to that, he was vice president of business development for SBLI USA Mutual Life Insurance and S. USA Life, a wholly-owned subsidiary of SBLI USA Mutual Life Insurance Company in Chicago’s Loop. In this role Marquis was responsible for group sales and marketing of life and disability products in the company’s new markets.
He has also served as interim vice president of institutional advancement at Chicago State University (CSU) and executive director of the CSU Foundation, where he led fundraising, alumni affairs and communications, including co-chairing the 5-year strategic planning team for the office of the President. Additionally, Marquis served as vice president of external affairs for the Chicago Urban League where as a member of the Executive Leadership Team he built a membership program which increased annual revenue and helped to design and implement the League’s Strategic Resource Development plan which focused on delivering new value for the organization’s top supporters.
Prior to joining the Urban League, Marquis spent several years as vice president of the Corporate Scholars Program of the United Negro College Fund (UNCF). Before that role, he was vice president of field operations for the UNCF’s Midwest office in Chicago.
A thought leader in the fields of organizational leadership, diversity and durability, Marquis is a board member or advisor to several external organizations, including the Museum of Contemporary Art; Uhlich Children’s Advantage Network and Trinity United Church of Christ. He earned his Bachelor of Arts (BS) from The Ohio State University.
Vice President, Worldwide Transportation
Global Logistics Category Leader
Dorcas Patterson is currently Vice President, Worldwide Transportation and Global Logistics Category Leader. Dorcas joined Johnson & Johnson in September, 2006 as Worldwide Director, Logistics with the Global Procurement organization. Dorcas’ primary accountabilities include collaborating with supply chain, logistics, procurement, and other business stakeholders to create value for Johnson & Johnson operating companies. Dorcas’ team focuses on delivering value in the areas of business process innovation, cost savings, supply chain optimization and service improvement through effective supply chain strategies and initiatives, efficient technology leverage, and enhanced global trade compliance.
During Dorcas’ career, he has worked in supply chain, procurement, logistics, engineering, operations, and finance with companies that include J&J, Gap, Nike, PepsiCo, Northern Telecom, and as a management consultant.
Dorcas earned his B.S. degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Iowa and a MBA in International Business from the University of Dallas.
Personal interests for Dorcas include traveling, church ministries, golfing, coaching youth sports and spending time with his family, Janice, DJ, and Desmond.
Sharon H. Patterson
President and CEO
Billion Dollar Roundtable
Sharon H. Patterson is President, Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of the Billion Dollar Roundtable Inc. (BDR), an organization of major U.S. corporations that promotes supply-chain diversity through top-level forums and sharing of best practices and policy engagement.
The organization’s corporate members each purchase more than $1 billion annually in goods and services from minority and women-owned companies on a first tier basis in an effort to support diverse businesses and foster economic development. The group was established in 2001. BDR was recently recognized as Organization of the Year by the Bridges Foundation and was inducted into the Minority Business Hall of Fame and Museum in 2016.
Patterson previously served as director of supplier diversity for Kraft Foods where she developed and implemented policy and strategic initiatives throughout the organization. Patterson was also involved in procurement activities including the development and implementation of synergy strategies, sourcing suppliers, bid and contract development, synergy team leadership and savings tracking.
Additionally, she chaired the Altria Group Supplier Diversity Task Force and supported the company’s Diversity subcommittee of the Board of Directors. Under her leadership, the National Minority Supplier Development Council honored Altria Group with its coveted “Corporation of the Year” award.
Patterson is an executive who is dedicated to advancing entrepreneurship and has enjoyed a long career in support of U.S. business enterprise.
She worked in commercial lending for two major Chicago-based banks and served the Chicago Economic Development Corp. in a number of capacities, including acting CEO. Patterson also served as Executive Director of the Cosmopolitan Chamber of Commerce and chairman of the Chicago Regional Purchasing Council.
Patterson has received numerous acknowledgements, including recognition for her work with the Billion Dollar Roundtable during the U.S. Minority Business Development Agency’s MED Week celebration. She was honored by MBN USA as “Women Who Mean Business in Supplier Diversity” and a “First Lady of Supplier Diversity.” MBN USA magazine selected her in its annual ranking of the “100 Influential People of Minority Economic Development” and later one of the “Best of the Decade” Patterson also is on the advisory board of MBN USA.
Additionally, Patterson served on the planning committee of the Tommie Agee Foundation and the Mobile Chamber Growth Alliance. Patterson received her MBA in finance and marketing from Northwestern University and her undergraduate degree in economics from Spelman College.
A resident of Spanish Fort, AL, Patterson enjoys spending time with her family and friends. Other personal interests include painting, golf, exercise, reading and church activities.