We empower supply chain professionals with profound discovery, powerful connection, and clear foresight. Measure up. Move forward.

About CAPS Research

Charting the course for strategic supply management


CAPS Research was started more than 30 years ago by Institute for Supply Management® and the W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University to lead in academic research on supply chain and procurement. CAPS began as Center for Advanced Purchasing Studies, an academic research center focused on supply chain, but we have evolved from purchasing and expanded our membership offerings and scope. Today, CAPS stands alone in its name, and leads the way in its vision of empowering supply management professionals with profound discovery, powerful connection, and clear foresight.

CAPS is your best source of timely and unbiased benchmarks, thought-provoking research, and peer-to-peer networking events – completely sales-free opportunities for professional and enterprise-wide growth.

At our core, the CAPS team is hardworking, has rich experience and great ideas, and is passionate about delivering high-quality supply management research, metrics, and events. We love challenges and look forward to the next 30 years of inspiring and informing supply management professionals from around the globe.

Not for profit. For possibility.

A small and mighty team of forward-thinkers

CAPS Research team

Our team works hard to deliver the real world insights you depend on. These are the people who make it all happen.

Deborah K. Stanton
Executive Managing Director
Responsible for executive leadership and operations of CAPS Research to ensure best in class benchmarking and research is delivered to our Corporate members. Provide a differentiated experience and a strong network for CPOs and their organizations through roundtables, workshops, critical issue forums, and customized work.

telephone 480/752-2277

Thomas Choi, Ph.D.
Harold E. Fearon Chair of Purchasing Management and Executive Director
Responsible for overall direction of major research projects. Holds a joint appointment as Professor of Supply Chain Management at W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University.

telephone 480/752-2277

Richard A. Boyle, Ph.D.
Director of Corporate Membership/Operations
Oversees membership benefits and recruitment; helps direct the operations of CAPS Research.

telephone 480/752-6276, ext. 3050

Geoff Zwemke
Director of Benchmarking
Directs the strategy and management of CAPS Research benchmarking practice with the goal of increasing the value and relevance of deliverables for CAPS Research member companies and all benchmarking participants. Responsible for all day-to-day benchmarking activities and overseeing a dream team of benchmarking colleagues. Leads the effort to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of all benchmarking activities. Responsible for key account relationship management, new product development and expanding custom benchmarking projects.

telephone 480/752-6276, ext. 3052

Genevieve Gil
Director of Marketing and Business Development
Drives public-facing marketing communication and lead generation efforts, with a focus on increasing member company value and providing enjoyable learning and networking opportunities.

telephone 480/752-6276, ext. 3060

Jill Moore
Manager, Meetings and Events
Organizes and tracks progress of research events and conferences. Exercises oversight of expenditures and contracts specific to CAPS Research events.

telephone 480/752-6276, ext. 3055

Miranda Metcalfe
Program Manager
Manages and coordinates research project activities including publication of research. Liaison between CAPS Research and related organizations.

telephone 480/752-6276, ext. 30324

Kristin Thies
Benchmarking Manager
Supervises benchmarking activities. Develops new benchmarking products. Key liaison between CAPS Research and benchmarking participants.

telephone 480/752-6276, ext. 3037

Miranda Kuhns
Benchmarking Research Project Manager
Organizes and tracks progress of benchmarking activities with a focus on survey development and programming. Prepares benchmarking reports and collaborates with companies on new and custom benchmarking products.

telephone 480/752-6276, ext. 3016

Steve Lutha
Benchmarking Research Specialist
Prepares benchmarking deliverables for distribution to survey participants and member companies. Develops new benchmarking products and reporting methods to meet the changing needs of member organizations.

telephone 480/752-6276, ext. 3071

Jan Willoughby
Business Manager
Organizes and tracks progress of fund raising, budgets, and administrative issues.

telephone 480/752-6276, ext. 3115

Steve Koch
Director of Information Technology Services
Manages the information services required to support CAPS Research initiatives, while developing, maintaining, and supporting applications and databases.

telephone 480/752-6276, ext. 3116

Tammy A. Schwerman
IS Administrator/Web Master
Manages and/or supports the administration, development, maintenance, and content of CAPS Research web applications. Also maintains and supports internal software and related IS infrastructure.

telephone 480/752-6276, ext. 3054

Executive Advisory Board

The Executive Advisory Board plays a crucial role in establishing standards for the nature and quality of information CAPS put out into the world, in understanding the role that the CPO plays in supply management, and in advancing the role that supply management and procurement serve in their organizations’ overall prosperity.

Kevin Alexander

Kevin Alexander
Toyota Industries North America
Chief Procurement Officer

Stewart Atkinson

Stewart Atkinson
Procter & Gamble Company
Chief Purchasing Officer, Product Supply

Jaime Bohnke, Ph.D.

Jaime M. Bohnke, Ph.D.
Northrop Grumman Corporation
Vice President Global Supply Chain and CPO

Christine Breves, C.P.M.

Christine Breves, C.P.M., Chair
U.S. Steel
Vice President and Chief Supply Chain Officer

Daniel Carrell

Daniel Carrell
Vice President, Global Procurement

Thomas Choi, Ph.D.

Thomas Choi, Ph.D.
CAPS Research
Harold E. Fearon Chair of Purchasing Management and Executive Director

Thomas Derry

Thomas W. Derry
Institute for Supply Management®(ISM®)

Chief Executive Officer

Harold Fearon

Harold E. Fearon, Ph.D., C.P.M.
CAPS Research

Director Emeritus

James L. Ferrell, Jr.

James L. Ferrell, Jr.
Plains All American Pipeline
Vice President, Supply Chain Management

David Hammerle

David A. Hammerle, Vice-Chair
Bechtel Corporation

Principal Vice President, Corporate Manager
of Procurement & Contracts

Amy Hillman

Amy Hillman, Ph.D.
Arizona State University

W. P. Carey School of Business

Vincent J. Hrenak

Vincent J. Hrenak
Raytheon Company
Vice President Supply Chain
Space and Airborne Systems

Robert J. Kenney, Jr.

Robert J. Kenney, Jr.
Teradyne, Inc.
Corporate Vice President, Global Supply

Tom Lake

Tom Lake
Honda North America, Inc.
Vice President, North American Purchasing

Maria Lindenberg

Maria Lindenberg
Chevron Corporation

Chief Procurement Officer

Pam McGinnis

Pam McGinnis
Phillips 66
General Manager and Chief Procurement Officer

Thomas A. Nash

Thomas A. Nash
American Red Cross
Head of Supply Management

Carl Oberland

Carl F. Oberland
Siemens Industry, Inc.

Vice President, Supply Chain Management North America

Joan Robinson-Berry

Joan Robinson-Berry
Boeing Company – Shared Services Group
Vice President, and General Manager

Dale Rogers, Ph.D.

Dale Rogers, Ph.D.
Arizona State University
W. P. Carey School of Business
Interim Chair, Supply Chain Management

Colleen Soukup

Colleen Soukup
General Mills, Inc.
Vice President, Worldwide Sourcing

Susan Spence

Susan Spence
FedEx Services
Vice President, Sourcing and Procurement

Deb Stanton

Deborah K. Stanton
CAPS Research

Executive Managing Director

Patricia Stroup

Patricia Stroup
Nestlé North America
Vice President and Chief Procurement Officer

Jacklyn Sturm

Jacklyn A. Sturm
Intel Corporation

Vice President, Technology and Manufacturing Group
General Manager Global Supply Management

More than 25 years of shaping the profession

  • Over 300 large, global firms as corporate members
  • Nearly 100 in-depth research publications on strategic topics
  • Hundreds of benchmarking reports on over 20 industries and topics
  • Global research events across the U.S., Europe, and Asia
  • Partnerships with 30 leading universities