The University of Tennessee’s Certified Deal Architects (CDAs) are individuals who have earned our prestigious certification for experience in the art of crafting strategic partnerships. CDAs must complete an extensive 1- to 2-year program that consists of both lectures and hands-on work in crafting successful Vested agreements. Individuals are only awarded CDA status after they have proven their competence and have successfully led the implementation of a Vested agreement.
Congratulations to the following individuals that have completed their CDA qualification!
Certification typically takes two years and involves proof of successfully following the Vested Methodology.
Find CDAs in your country easily as well as find qualified constultant/coaches at a Vested Center of Excellence.
Expedia, Strategic Director
Adrianne Gross is an innovative, energetic, and results-oriented leader in business operations, program management, customer relationship management, training, and development with a broad range of experience and expertise. Leveraging her 15 years working as a Business Manager and Chief of Staff in the Microsoft Corporation she brings a diverse and unique skill set to clients.
The Forefront Group, Managing Director
Angela is a Global Sourcing and Procurement expert with over 16 years of strategic sourcing and business transformation experience as both a corporate contributor and as a lead Consultant on a variety of sourcing and procurement-based engagements. Angela specializes in assessing supply chains and procurement organizations and leading them to the next level of value generation.
SPOT Consulting, CEO
Alton is a creative and dynamic leader experienced at developing and growing markets with unique, new services and products in a global marketplace. His specialties include outsourcing, sales, technical support, customer service and multi-national operations.
AD Supply Chain, Managing Director
Andrew is an experienced, commercially orientated and well qualified Supply Chain and Business Leader with corporate and consulting experience in Australia, Asia, USA and Europe. He has wide ranging experience in Automotive, Manufacturing and Distribution Businesses.
Microsoft, Director Enterprise 360 Strategy
Astrid is a Global BPO executive with a passion for leading change. She is highly skilled at transforming business processes for improved results through the considered application of best practices and new ways of “connecting the dots.” She has a strong track record of delivering results across global corporations with complex matrix organizations and involving multiple partners.
Cigna, Director, Globalization (BPO) Center of Excellence
Audrey has Supply Chain Management expertise in Strategic Sourcing, Vested Outsourcing, Business Process Outsourcing, Governance, Negotiations, Collaborative Contracting, Supplier Relationship Management, and Procurement Transformation
President, The Forefront Group
Bonnie is an adjunct faculty member in the University of Tennessee’s Haslam College for Business Administration and is the President of The Forefront Group, LLC, an international leader in Strategic Sourcing Transformation concepts. Bonnie’s business experience includes Corporate Executive and Officer positions for three Fortune 100 companies and two Fortune 500 companies.
Sr. Consultant, The Forefront Group
Bruce has more than 15 years of experience across all aspects of supply chain management. He is adept at managing complex supply chain projects for organizations seeking to upgrade their supply chain capabilities.
Compass Group Canada, Senior Legal Counsel
Carina, based in Toronto, has held the senior legal counsel position for seven years. Her areas of expertise include corporate/commercial law, employment law, franchise law, intellectual property law, advertising/marketing law, commercial leasing law and litigation management.
Director of Innovation and Transformation at Brookfield Global Integrated Solutions
Chris has been in the outsourcing industry since 2001. He joined Brookfield Global Integrated Solutions in 2010, and led their finance organization. He was later the founding director of Brookfield’s Innovation and Transformation – a role that was inspired by the Vested agreement with TD Bank. Chris’s role is to create value for Brookfield’s clients by bringing innovation to real estate. Innovation is a key reason the TD Bank account was recognized by Building Operations Management for the FMExcellence award in 2016.
Dell, Director of Logistics Procurement
Darrin is a successful, enthusiastic, and goal oriented individual with 23 years of leadership and problem solving experience in numerous Procurement, Operations, Materials, Logistics, Strategy, and Supplier Relationship assignments. He has served in challenging global leadership roles and earned a reputation for continually making a positive, bottom-line difference while fostering excellent relations with all customers, both internal and external.
Vancouver Coastal Health, Vice President Business Partnerships
David leads Lower Mainland Business Initiatives and Support Services. He and his team have provided services since 2009 to Vancouver Coastal Health, Providence Health Care, Fraser Health and the Provincial Health Services Authority. David is a certified member of the Canadian College of Health Leaders. He and his team are industry experts in developing alternate service delivery models in health care. They negotiate complex and innovative contracts, and effectively manage the quality of service providers through leading edge contract management practices.
Lindahl Law Firm, Partner
David is an outsourcing, IT and telecoms lawyer with strong commercial focus at the Lindahl, the Nordics third largest law firm. David is head of Lindahl’s Strategic Contracts group and the author of a book on writing and negotiating commercial contracts. He works with companies in the ICT sector on drafting and outsourcing, as well as other complex commercial contracts. He holds a master’s degree in sociology.
The Forefront Group, Senior Consultant
Donna is a Global Sourcing and Supply Chain leader with over 20 years of sourcing, supply chain, and business transformation as both a corporate leader and individual contributor in Fortune 100 companies, including GE, Honeywell, Allied Signal, Reichhold Chemicals and Lexmark Printers. She has strong qualifications in assessing and driving procurement, logistics and supply chain organizations and leading them to the a new level of total value generation.
Novartis – Global Supplier Performance & Innovation Manager
Emmanuel is a seasoned Global Procurement Professional. His primary aspiration has always been to challenge the way Business Value is perceived, leveraged and recognized in today’s organizations.
JNyden & Co, Commercial Contract Coach
Jeanette helps service providers maximize key customer relationships by providing tactical, customized contract negotiation coaching from the planning phase through to execution. Her focus is putting in place effective pricing structures, practical statements of work, and functional governance systems.
University of Tennessee, Research Associate
Jeanne is a Research Associate with the Vested Outsourcing team at the University of Tennessee. Working with Kate Vitasek and Dr. Karl Manrodt, she is co-author of the book, Vested: How P&G, McDonald’s, and Microsoft are Redefining Winning in Business Relationships. As part of the Vested team, Kling researches and writes case studies about successful Vested strategic alliances. Kling also authors magazine articles, blogs, and industry papers. Kling has earned the designation of Certified Deal Architect for Vested.
Account Development Director at Compass Group
Jeroen is a commercial management professional who has a proven track record for driving efficiencies and quality for clients on a global level. He specializes in strategic global outsourcing initiatives. He is experienced in leading and motivating teams in both product and service-oriented markets and has exhibited a keen ability to influence multiple stakeholders as both line manager and as commercial director. He is the proud co-winner of the Program of the Year 2013 Award from the American Strategic Account Management Association (SAMA) while serving with the Compass international account team. He is a passionate “foodie” and a board member of Slowfood Convivum Brabant.
IACCM, Vice President, Global Sales and Support
Katherine heads up the Global Sales and Support team for IACCM (International Association for Contracts and Commercial Management). IACCM is a not-for-profit professional association focused on identifying and sharing best practices with its members through research, benchmarking, learning programs and networking events. Katherine has dedicated her career to studying and pursuing best practice in the areas of contracts, negotiations, and relationship management.
Georgia College and State University, Professor
Dr. Manrodt serves as a Professor of Logistics in the Department of Management at Georgia College & State University. He is also the Director of the Master of Logistics and Supply Chain Management program, an on-line master’s program for working professionals. His degrees include a B.A. in Philosophy and Psychology, Wartburg College, M.S. in Logistics, Wright State University, and his Ph.D. at the University of Tennessee. Dr. Manrodt served on the Board of Directors for the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals as well as other leadership roles with WERC. In addition to serving as an editor, reviewer or editorial board of numerous academic and practitioner journals, and co-author of five books, he has given over 150 presentations across the globe.
Kristi provides shared services support to TD’s North American Corporate and Retail Real Estate. Service segments include; Change Management, Vendor Management, Reporting and Technology, Communication, Lease Administration.
Novartis – Associate Director/Regional Category Manager
Louis is responsible for North American Integrated Facility Management contract management, supplier relationship management, governance, team leadership and strategy development for an Integrated Facility Management (IFM) contract for 24 sites totaling 13.5M square feet. He is a key member of a global category team that has developed and commenced implementation of a global category strategy for facility management, real estate and utilities, and is developing an improved contracting model to provide an optimized IFM operational and financial model.
Mark Nassutti Consulting, Principle
In Mark’s consulting work, he helps clients create a credible and convincing story – a business plan, a scenario, a business case, a white paper – to help them win the resources they need to succeed or the clients they need to grow. He often produce the best results by coaching his clients to write things for themselves. Putting ideas into complete sentences (vs. bullet points) sharpens thinking.
The Forefront Group, Independent Outside Labor Procurement Professional
Michele has consulted in Vested, strategic supply management, procurement transformation, and training and skillset development since 2010.
Director for Facilities Management, State of Tennessee
Mike is a senior executive who has proven abilities in providing advisory support for complex outsourcing initiatives. He has exceptional credentials in process design and management of planning, manufacturing, distribution, product development and engineering in high volume consumer industries. He has expertise in international sourcing of product and tooling, especially in China. MIke is currently the Director for Facilities Management for the State of Tennessee, and leads their Facilities Management Outsourcing initiative. Mike is also an author and frequent speaker on relationship development, business process improvement and performance measurement.
Vested Outsourcing Inc. – Chief of Staff / Broker at Windermere Real Estate
Mike handles the strategic, administrative and technical aspects for Vested, bringing a variety of skills to the position, including supply chain management, contract negotiation, strategic planning and property management. He was the chief operating officer of Supply Chain Visions for three years and the company’s business manager for eight years starting in 2003.
Novartis – Cross-Divisional Country Category Lead, Strategic Sourcing
Neida has been Novartis’ Cross-Divisional Country Category Lead – Strategic Sourcing – Warehousing & Distribution, based in Montreal, since November 2013. Prior to that she was Senior Adviser, Advisory Services-Management at KPMG Advisory.
The Forefront Group, Sr Advisor
Peter has over 30 years in Supply Chain Management and Operations in industry and as founder and leader of a third party logistics company. He has served as North American Leader for Ernst and Young and the Capgemini Logistics Consulting Practices.
Chartered Institute of Cooperation, CEO
Piotr’s philosophy is deeply embedded in practicing what he believes in. He has successfully combined his practical experience of deploying highly collaborative relationships in the areas of logistics and production (supply chain transformation: assembling all steps from sourcing materials at suppliers to delivering finished products at customers, to conversion at manufacturing plants owned or contracted, into a consistent supply chain process) with his role as Founder of Chartered Institute of Cooperation, the only one Vested® Center of Excellence in Poland.
Senior Vice President Corporate Real Estate, TD Bank
Roger is a seasoned real estate professional who has served in senior executive roles at McDonald’s, Bank of America, and most recently with TD Bank. While at TD Bank he was responsible for an operating budget of $1.4b and capital expenditures in excess of $500mm annually. Roger led all of the bank’s operating real estate, including all 2,500 branch locations and all corporate facilities across North America. Roger was the champion behind TD Bank moving to a Vested business model, which led to TD Bank winning an FMExcellence award from Building Operations Management and a CORENet Global Innovation Award. Roger now leads one of the Vested Center’s of Excellence and provides coaching support for organizations wanting to explore Vested.
Softek, Sr. Vice President
Sanjiv Aggarwal is an accomplished Transformation & Outsourcing Executive who strategically fosters collaboration. He possesses over 23 years of experience in Business Consulting and IT Outsourcing with leading players like EDS, IBM, Infosys, TCS, and Capgemini. Sanjiv spearheads large-scale transformations, developing and implementing integrated solutions. He aligns outsourcing and off-shoring initiatives with organizational strategy. Ultimately, he bridges business and IT, bringing all stakeholders together to create competitive advantage, accelerate growth, and yield superior returns on shareholder capital.
TD Bank, Associate Vice President Corporate Services Sourcing
Steve, with seven years of sourcing experience, is accountable for bank-wide procurement related to Real Estate, Marketing, Insurance Claims, Travel and HR Services.
The Forefront Group, Sr. Consultant
Steven’s passion is helping companies improve their supply chains and strategic outsourcing relationships. SRSymmes Consulting is focused on enhancing buyer/supplier relationships, uncovering value through supply chain assessments, design and reengineering, strategic sourcing, process improvement and training. They develop and redesign end-to-end business solutions that deliver significant paybacks for their clients.
TD Bank, Vendor Management Lead
Yvonne’s diverse 20+ year career includes 10 years experience in Strategic Sourcing North America operation. Other experience includes Real Estate Vendor Management, Human Resources, Retail Banking, Wealth Management. Yvonne is a results driven self starter with strong track record in leadership, relationship management, strategic planning, and superior customer service.
CDA’s In Training
The following individuals are working toward their Certified Deal Architect and have completed three of more of the six required course criteria.