WE ARE SPECIALISTS
The role of procurement consultants has evolved over the years. In the past, firms offered "generalist" practitioners to support clients across a number of spend categories. Now, clients prefer specialists to help them maximize results and achieve greater tangible value. ACG's team combines packaging industry experts (engineering, pricing, design, sales, and manufacturing) with procurement specialists to address the most complex packaging situations.
Anteris knows the packaging marketplace, understands supplier capabilities / capacities, and utilizes proprietary target price benchmarks for most key locations in the US and Mexico. This knowledge is a critical differentiating factor for ACG. The bottom line is we help clients find the right supplier with the right capabilities who can sell at the right price while providing excellent service.
Mark is a 25-year veteran of the procurement world. He has achieved partner level and led the sourcing / procurement practice at a top-tier consultancy. Mark was a senior procurement practitioner at such firms as Alvarez & Marsal, Deloitte, Archstone, and Accenture, and has identified and captured procurement-related opportunities for 60+ companies. Over the past 8 years, Mark has led more than 12 packaging sourcing programs that produced $40M in annual savings. Mark leads the sourcing and project delivery efforts.
Dr. Steve Bitler
Peter van Eijndhoven
Technical Design Lead
Peter is a 30+ year veteran of the packaging industry with the leading packaging manufacturer in Europe. His groundbreaking work in the areas of corrugated board design and Modified Atmosphere Packaging (MAP), packaging strength optimization, manufacturing, and packaging machine development, has produced 12 patents. Peter leads the technical design efforts for Anteris.
Steve is a 30+ year industry exec w/expertise in developing & commercializing materials / products in markets including food, agriculture, personal care, adhesives, and specialty coatings. While at Landec Corp., he developed novel temperature activated polymers, materials for MAP packaging of fresh fruit / vegetables, and temperature activated seed coatings. Steve has a doctorate in chemistry, and his work has led to 23 US patents. Steve has extensive experience sourcing raw materials and packaging materials globally and serves as the Chief Scientist for Anteris.
ADVISERS & SMEs
Enrique Mendez (Corrugated)
Enrique has spent the past 20 years in packaging sales, brokerage, and business development. He is an expert in the Mexican corrugated and folding carton marketplace and has extensive knowledge of local, regional, and national suppliers and their capabilities. During his career, Enrique has bought and sold more than $100M of packaging in Mexico and the US. He leads our commercial efforts in Mexico.
Mike Parkinson (Flexibles)
Mike is a 30+ year veteran of the packaging industry with deep expertise in flexible packaging, corrugated, folding cartons, and labels. He is a chemical engineer by training and has spec'd dozens of structures and run several converting operations. He has worked as a packaging consultant for over 10 years. During this time, Mike has analyzed / sourced nearly $200M worth of packaging. Mike supports the technical / manufacturing efforts.
James Jones (Corr. & FC) California
James is a packaging executive with 18 years in the corrugated industry and 10+ years of operations management experience. Before beginning his consulting career, James was the President of Texcorr, an 80K ton / yr sheet feeder company located in Texas. Prior to Texcorr, James was the lead for Smurfit Stone's Operational Excellence team and ran a number of high-performing box plants. James leads the supplier identification / qualification and negotiations efforts.
Chris Kieffaber CPSM, CPM
Chris is a 15+ year veteran of the procurement and supply management world. He has extensive experience / expertise in all facets of strategic sourcing, reverse auctions, and procure-to-pay enablement / expansion. Chris brings a strong combination of industry experience (restaurant, retail, and manufacturing) and consulting experience to our clients. He has delivered exceptional results in packaging and multiple other indirect & direct spend categories.