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Karen Mathis

Karen Mathis
Crib Attendant

Karen Mathis is a Crib Attendant for the SDI Site Team at the Ascend Plant and is responsible pulling stock orders. She has been with SDI for almost 3 years, but was employed on the Ascend Plant for 15 years. In addition to pulling stock, Karen is also a safety coordinator. Culturally, safety is very important at Ascend Site, and Karen has been instrumental in making sure the store room stays free of any potential hazards “Hazard Recognition” which is reported monthly to the Ascend ESSH Staff. What many don’t know about Karen is her physical and mental toughness. As a graduate of Florida State University with a degree in Nursing Karen which was cut short by a terrible car accident that left her in a coma for 2 months. She proved her resiliency and determination by her remarkable recovery. She’s displays this toughness in her daily activities. She loves to shop and spend time with her grandchildren.

Success Story

It takes a progressive manager to push the organization to look at indirect spend and managing it in a different way - but once you see it, then you realize the opportunity.

SDI at Work

In the third post in this series on MRO As-a-Service by Spend Matters, Pierre Mitchell and Michael Lamoureux talk about how managing MRO as a process delivers benefits from efficiency to effectiveness and beyond to an evolutionary phase. The next generation of value, MRO-as-a-Service, helps organizations build intelligent, agile, scalable and integrated supply chains (direct and indirect).

The project team has worked its way through Define, Measure, Analyze, and Improve. It’s time to begin the Control phase. The key stakeholders gather to evaluate the solution as implemented and create a plan to sustain the improvements. The goal is to standardize the improved processes, establish an audit schedule and schedule periodic follow-up to identify additional opportunities for improvement.