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As a leader in procurement advisory and services, Velocity’s strength is its people.

Management Team

John Powell

VP Procurement Solutions

John Powell

John comes to Velocity Procurement with 10+ years of experience in the procurement space. He is a professional networker and problem solver at his core crafting bespoke solutions in partnerships with organizations both large and small, across many industries. He has managed large sales teams in multiple verticals across his 25+ years as a sales professional and leader. John also has an entrepreneurial spirit, having owned and operated both a childcare facility and a local financing company for an underserved demographic in his local community.

John is a lifelong learner with a curiosity that enables him to become an extension of your procurement team. He is considered an excellent listener because he focuses on the root causes and current pain points in your source-to-pay processes.

John was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pa. (South Park), and is a lifelong Pittsburgh Steelers fan. He returns at least once a year to take in a game with his boyhood friends. They also maintain a competitive deck hockey game annually, even though most of the gang only grab a hockey stick once a year, and some probably shouldn’t anymore.

John moved to Parkland, Florida, after graduating from Penn West University in 1992 for a branch leadership position with the now-defunct Great Western Bank. John relocated to Jacksonville, Florida, in 2009 after the financial crisis, where he became an entrepreneur out of necessity. John returned to sales management, joining SIG (Sourcing Industry Group) in 2014, and has been in procurement ever since. He has maintained business relationships with several procurement executives crafting solutions for their problems as their career paths take them to multiple organizations and roles.

John still plays and officiates ice hockey games in the Jacksonville adult leagues. He is most proud of his children who are always pursuing their dreams. His son is an aspiring musician touring many venues in the South. His daughter is in high school and will settle for nothing short of a career in musical theatre on Broadway.

Rachel Henney

Vice President
Advisory Services

Rachel Henney

Rachel Henney has over 20 years of experience in business, technology and procurement transformation. She has led and managed multiple procurement divisions, with a passion for finding opportunities to streamline processes and tools that make procurement easy for end users and fun for the procurement organization.  (Yes, procurement really can be fun!).  Rachel’s belief is that focusing on business and stakeholder value realization is critical to an optimized procurement delivery model. Rachel’s deep expertise in technology and workflow design, program management, data analytics, third party risk, and supplier optimization provides her clients with a holistic outcome-based approach to end-to-end procurement solution design for internal procurement operations, managed services and business partners.

Rachel also is dedicated to supporting her local community and is a member of multiple non-profit Executive Board of Directors focused on youth, small business growth, sustainability and the advancement of diverse businesses.  As a child, her participation in sports and music created a strong appreciation of being a part of a team, working together to learn, grow and support each other’s successes, something she continues to prioritize throughout her career.  

Rachel lives in Oregon, one of the best states to live in when you have a passion for outdoor adventures, as there is everything from snow covered mountains, high deserts, and rivers that run to the ocean.  She, her husband and their two daughters spend many weekends finding hidden gem camping spots throughout the Pacific Northwest.

Favorite Quote:

“Be kind whenever possible.  It is always possible.” – 14th Dalai Lama

Michele Harrison

Senior Manager
Digital Transformation

Michele Harrison

Senior Manager
Digital Transformation

Michele Harrison

Michele Harrison has significant experience in the procurement profession. She is a program/project manager with strong Procurement, Sourcing and Change Management experience. Responsible for all phases of program and project lifecycles from business case through to execution and post-execution results measurement. Proven performance in measuring, evaluating, and communicating program achievements with executives and steering committees.

Michele has extensive consulting experience in business requirements, process definition, gap analysis and training. Deep people, process and technology acumen across full spectrum of the supply chain lifecycle.

When she is not working with clients or striving to improve processes, Michele can be found lost between the pages of a book, cuddling with her cats, or planning her next travel adventure.

Favorite Quote:

Actions speak louder than words

Peter Hepburn

Senior Manager
Solutions Integration

Peter Hepburn

Senior Manager
Solutions Integration

Peter Hepburn

Peter knew from the moment he finished his first program on his Commodore 64 that career in technology lay ahead. Initially wanting to develop games and code all day, after getting his first full-time job as a software engineer, he has found himself fascinated and perplexed by the problems encountered within organizations and how they were using technology.

Over the next 10 years, he worked less as a software engineer and more as, initially, an integration consultant eventually becoming the solution architect, working directly with organizations to design and implement purchase to pay solutions. Client satisfaction is a key driver for Peter, who always aims to ensure the business and the users are happy at the end of project.

Increasing automation and seamless integration for clients became a passion for Peter, having witnessed the manual processes used by clients, even those who had “automated” systems, but users spent more time in data management than focusing of job specifics, he always targets to reduce user touch points for any process. Integration is almost always key to a successful technology implementation but often it is under appreciated by the business and end-users but when it isn’t great then the user experience is diminished. Therefore, Peter is often the liaison between the client business and IT departments, ensuring that integrations work seamlessly and invisibly to the end user.

Other interests

Peter is based in Scotland and is a family man, who enjoys living in a small village in rural Aberdeenshire. When not walking the dog or playing with the kids, he maintains a collection of “retro” games consoles, a home server and a collection of Raspberry Pi single board computers. Peter considers his greatest achievement (after his children) to be attaining his blackbelt in Tae Kwon Do.

Peter joined Velocity in 2020 and became the first employee of the Velocity Procurement European expansion.

 

Favourite quote

Pain is the best instructor, but no one wants to go to his class” -General Choi Hong Hi

David Jack

Senior Manager
Digital Transformation

David Jack

Senior Manager
Digital Transformation

David has spent his entire working life in the IT sector – initially programming software, building networks, and supporting customer IT systems – he went on to serve on the executive board of two software consultancy firms specializing in Purchase to Pay and Professional Service Automation. This was no accident. Fascinated by computer software during his formative teen years, he could be found coding games and database applications on a small home computer into the early hours. Hooked – there really was no other career path. He was a geek before he knew what a geek was.

A sworn enemy of duplicated effort and inefficiency, matching the right solution to a given problem has been his drive since before finding a career. Spending his days during the summer months chopping wood and landscape gardening, even there he was constantly looking for a more efficient way to accomplish a given task. That has been and remains his personal drive.

As the newest member of our expanding European P2P team, David brings to Velocity 36 years of experience in the IT industry with over 24 of those years working in CRM, project management, operations management, implementations, staff and customer training and 20 of those years directly involved in purchase to pay and PSA implementations for global organizations. A key strength that overarches this background is David’s ability to clarify, understand and explain things in plain terms, which means being on the same page from the start and every step of the way until the project is delivered.

Other interests

Based in Aberdeen, Scotland – when he’s off the clock, David can be found strumming his guitar (sometimes accompanied on the ukulele by his 13-year-old daughter), camping, cycling or hiking in the hills, swimming in the sea or finding reasons to buy more woodworking and landscaping tools. That is, if his daughter doesn’t hijack him to build a stick fort in the woods.

Favourite quote

“A cynic is a man who knows the price of everything, and the value of nothing.” – Oscar Wilde

David Jack

Senior Manager
Digital Transformation

David has spent his entire working life in the IT sector – initially programming software, building networks, and supporting customer IT systems – he went on to serve on the executive board of two software consultancy firms specializing in Purchase to Pay and Professional Service Automation. This was no accident. Fascinated by computer software during his formative teen years, he could be found coding games and database applications on a small home computer into the early hours. Hooked – there really was no other career path. He was a geek before he knew what a geek was.

A sworn enemy of duplicated effort and inefficiency, matching the right solution to a given problem has been his drive since before finding a career. Spending his days during the summer months chopping wood and landscape gardening, even there he was constantly looking for a more efficient way to accomplish a given task. That has been and remains his personal drive.

As the newest member of our expanding European P2P team, David brings to Velocity 36 years of experience in the IT industry with over 24 of those years working in CRM, project management, operations management, implementations, staff and customer training and 20 of those years directly involved in purchase to pay and PSA implementations for global organizations. A key strength that overarches this background is David’s ability to clarify, understand and explain things in plain terms, which means being on the same page from the start and every step of the way until the project is delivered.

Other interests

Based in Aberdeen, Scotland – when he’s off the clock, David can be found strumming his guitar (sometimes accompanied on the ukulele by his 13-year-old daughter), camping, cycling or hiking in the hills, swimming in the sea or finding reasons to buy more woodworking and landscaping tools. That is, if his daughter doesn’t hijack him to build a stick fort in the woods.

Favourite quote

“A cynic is a man who knows the price of everything, and the value of nothing.” – Oscar Wilde

Mike Jasper

Executive Vice President
Digital Solutions

Mike Jasper

Executive Vice President
Digital Solutions

Mike Jasper

With over 27 years of experience, Mike is a seasoned professional dedicated to helping organizations optimize their Procurement processes and leverage technology for a competitive edge. His expertise lies in his deep understanding of the relationship between people, processes, and technology. Known for bridging the gap between best practices, business requirements, and technology, Mike excels in guiding organizations through the complexities of source-to-pay, ensuring better cultural alignment between procurement, stakeholders, and accounts payable.

For more than eight years, Mike has been an integral member of the Business Payments Coalition (BPC), a volunteer group supported by the US Federal Reserve. His role in the BPC focuses on enhancing the efficiency of B2B electronic payments across the entire process. For the past four years, he has been a part of the leadership team, leveraging his vast experience to contribute significantly to the coalition’s objectives.

A California native, he moved to New England, embracing the change from San Diego’s perennial sunny skies to the diverse climates of the East Coast. This relocation has opened up new horizons for Mike, including enjoying snow activities and passionately supporting the local sports teams, particularly the high school football and the University of New Hampshire Rugby teams where his sons play.

Joining Velocity Procurement in 2019, Mike was drawn to the company’s vision, people, and methodologies, which he saw as perfectly aligned to address the gaps in many organizations’ Source to Pay processes. Coincidentally, one of the managing partners of Velocity Procurement shares a unique connection with Mike, having been born in the same hospital where his wife manages the Medical Staff.

David Pastore

Senior Vice President
Spend Management

Dave Pastore

Senior Vice President
Spend Management

David Pastore

David is a results focused, strategic, and analytical Procurement thought leader who is passionate about elevating the role of Procurement to become a leader and create a competitive advantage for clients in their respective industries. For 15 years he has led teams of consultants that help market leading companies manage their most complex and strategic spends and supplier relationships. Pairing a technical background with his procurement expertise, he brings extensive experience sourcing, developing, and implementing source-to-pay technology. Most of all, David is genuinely committed to the people with whom he works. He has coached and mentored collaborators ranging from analysts to executives and deeply values the mutual growth derived from strong relationships.

An entrepreneur at heart, David always found ways to earn money from a very young age. He did things like setting up a trading card store and picked and sold wild blueberries to a local farmer’s market. Later, he ran his own business to pay his way through college by taking on odd jobs and subcontracting: landscaping, splitting firewood, refinishing railings, handyman work, etc. His discipline, determination and work ethic continue to drive improvement within himself, the teams with whom he works and his clients.

David lives in Pennsylvania with his wife and two dogs. He has far more interests and hobbies than he has time to pursue them. He enjoys traveling, hiking and camping, powerlifting, woodworking, metalworking, making noise with synthesizers, playing chess and creating art. He spends most of his free time in his workshop and has proudly built more of his furniture than he’s purchased.

Favorite Quote:

“The ultimate test of your knowledge is your capacity to convey it to another.” ― Richard Feynman

Brian Shuey

Executive Vice President
Business Development

Brian Shuey

Executive Vice President
Business Development

Brian Shuey

Brian adds 15 years of creativity, problem-solving, and executive relationship management experience to the Velocity Procurement team. His primary focus during that time has been on co-creating solutions with enterprise Procurement teams to automate redundant and manual processes, as well as finding opportunities to innovate within the Procurement strategy. Brian has worked alongside some of the largest Fortune 500 companies and their suppliers, while also sharing best practices with many mid-sized organizations during their transformational journey. Brian’s curiosity for life in general, coupled with his desire to constantly learn, has allowed him to build lasting relationships in both his personal and professional lives. He has also had some amazing teams, colleagues, and mentors to guide him along the way.

Brian lives in the Greater Pittsburgh area with his wife and kids where he spends most of his personal time with family and friends. He likes to travel, especially for big family vacations or to explore new cities with his group of long-time childhood friends. He enjoys meeting new people and hearing their stories as well. If and when he gets time to himself, Brian reads, writes, catches up on the DVR, binge-watches Netflix, or listens to music/Howard Stern. When his arm is twisted, he’ll go out and drink a few beers, or try new bourbons and ryes. If a 30-handicap counts as golfing, then he also likes to play golf.

Brian’s claim to fame (by association) is the “famous” Shuey Burger, found only in his hometown of Greensburg, PA, at Greensburg Hose Company #8, Greensburg Volunteer Fire Department. The burger, smothered in caramelized onions, is named after Brian’s paternal grandfather, Louis C. Shuey, affectionately known as “Pap” Shuey. It was created as a fundraiser for the fire station and can only be purchased less than a dozen times a year between April and October. Brian would encourage anyone within a 5-mile radius of Greensburg on the selected dates to go and enjoy a Shuey Burger!

Favorite Quote

The fragility of crystal is not a weakness but a fineness.” – Jon Krakauer (Carine McCandless), Into the Wild

Tim Weeks

Executive Vice President
Digital Transformation

Tim Weeks

Executive Vice President
Digital Transformation

Tim Weeks

Tim spent the past three decades working to better understand people’s needs as it pertains to technology. It started out with upgrading the family computer and changed into helping businesses solve problems through the adaptation of precise technologies, while working as part owner of an IT company. Now, as a leader at Velocity Procurement, Tim wears many hats, but his mission is to make sure that client’s needs and expectations are met.

Tim’s work ethic emerged from spending summers with his aunt and uncle in Vermont. There he would help his cousins heard the milk farmers’ cows to a pasture on top of the mountain behind their house. Hungry cows don’t care if it’s raining, you’re tired or you forgot to set your alarm all together. So, working in IT and Customer Service roles were a natural fit for Tim – to say the least. With over 15 years of experience in management and customer service Tim is driven by an entrepreneurial spirit that is self-motivated and process oriented. When he isn’t plugged into a project he is unplugged in nature, woodworking at home, camping and hiking with his wife. Tim also enjoys golfing and working on cars, more to make them faster than actually fixing anything. He shares these interests with both of the Co-Founders of Velocity Procurement.

In addition to dabbling into his variety of at-home DIY projects from IT to landscaping or spending time outside building campfires, he loves to be indoors watching sci-fi movies. When you get the opportunity to visit him in his office in Philadelphia, you’ll soon learn just how much sci-fi he likes. It goes beyond more than just Star Wars mugs and NASA tee-shirts. All of these life experiences and enjoyments make him a man of many hats and interests.

Favorite Quote:

“If people sat outside and looked at the stars each night, I’ll bet they’d live a lot differently” – Bill Watterson

Co-Founders

T Grant Dearborn

Co-Founder
Strategy & Growth

T Grant Dearborn

Co-Founder
Strategy & Growth

T Grant Dearborn

When Grant isn’t riding dirt bikes with his daughters or attending their many sporting events, he works hard to lead the growth of Velocity Procurement, a firm he helped co-found. When you get to know Grant a bit, if you can get him off the phone that is, you’d truly get a sense for his desire to make every single business relationship a success.

With over 25 years in the supply chain management industry, Grant brings extensive experience across most industry verticals with his focus always on advancing the value of the procurement function. He has led successful transformations of dozens of procurement organizations of all shapes and sizes across the Mid-Market and Fortune 500 landscape. Grant has been instrumental in shaping the evolution of Velocity’s growth since 2007.

Prior to venturing out on his own as an entrepreneur and starting Velocity, Grant’s diverse career includes time at a few global supply chain management advisory firms, KPMG Advisory and AribaSAP Consulting to name a couple. This pedigree, combined with his MBA, provided Grant the necessary foundational skills and knowledge that allows him to be an effective advisor to Velocity’s clients.

Even though it’s hard for Grant to take time away from Velocity, he’s an avid golfer and loves boating, and since their move from Boston to Orlando in 2014, Grant, his wife Jessica, and two daughters spend as much time on the water as possible, whether it be on the lake or the ocean.

T Grant Dearborn

Co-Founder
Strategy & Growth

When Grant isn’t riding dirt bikes with his daughters or attending their many sporting events, he works hard to lead the growth of Velocity Procurement, a firm he helped co-found. When you get to know Grant a bit, if you can get him off the phone that is, you’d truly get a sense for his desire to make every single business relationship a success.

With over 25 years in the supply chain management industry, Grant brings extensive experience across most industry verticals with his focus always on advancing the value of the procurement function. He has led successful transformations of dozens of procurement organizations of all shapes and sizes across the Mid-Market and Fortune 500 landscape. Grant has been instrumental in shaping the evolution of Velocity’s growth since 2007.

Prior to venturing out on his own as an entrepreneur and starting Velocity, Grant’s diverse career includes time at a few global supply chain management advisory firms, KPMG Advisory and AribaSAP Consulting to name a couple. This pedigree, combined with his MBA, provided Grant the necessary foundational skills and knowledge that allows him to be an effective advisor to Velocity’s clients.

Even though it’s hard for Grant to take time away from Velocity, he’s an avid golfer and loves boating, and since their move from Boston to Orlando in 2014, Grant, his wife Jessica, and two daughters spend as much time on the water as possible, whether it be on the lake or the ocean.

T Grant Dearborn

Co-Founder
Strategy & Growth

When Grant isn’t riding dirt bikes with his daughters or attending their many sporting events, he works hard to lead the growth of Velocity Procurement, a firm he helped co-found. When you get to know Grant a bit, if you can get him off the phone that is, you’d truly get a sense for his desire to make every single business relationship a success.

With over 25 years in the supply chain management industry, Grant brings extensive experience across most industry verticals with his focus always on advancing the value of the procurement function. He has led successful transformations of dozens of procurement organizations of all shapes and sizes across the Mid-Market and Fortune 500 landscape. Grant has been instrumental in shaping the evolution of Velocity’s growth since 2007.

Prior to venturing out on his own as an entrepreneur and starting Velocity, Grant’s diverse career includes time at a few global supply chain management advisory firms, KPMG Advisory and AribaSAP Consulting to name a couple. This pedigree, combined with his MBA, provided Grant the necessary foundational skills and knowledge that allows him to be an effective advisor to Velocity’s clients.

Even though it’s hard for Grant to take time away from Velocity, he’s an avid golfer and loves boating, and since their move from Boston to Orlando in 2014, Grant, his wife Jessica, and two daughters spend as much time on the water as possible, whether it be on the lake or the ocean.

T Grant Dearborn

Co-Founder
Strategy & Growth

When Grant isn’t riding dirt bikes with his daughters or attending their many sporting events, he works hard to lead the growth of Velocity Procurement, a firm he helped co-found. When you get to know Grant a bit, if you can get him off the phone that is, you’d truly get a sense for his desire to make every single business relationship a success.

With over 25 years in the supply chain management industry, Grant brings extensive experience across most industry verticals with his focus always on advancing the value of the procurement function. He has led successful transformations of dozens of procurement organizations of all shapes and sizes across the Mid-Market and Fortune 500 landscape. Grant has been instrumental in shaping the evolution of Velocity’s growth since 2007.

Prior to venturing out on his own as an entrepreneur and starting Velocity, Grant’s diverse career includes time at a few global supply chain management advisory firms, KPMG Advisory and AribaSAP Consulting to name a couple. This pedigree, combined with his MBA, provided Grant the necessary foundational skills and knowledge that allows him to be an effective advisor to Velocity’s clients.

Even though it’s hard for Grant to take time away from Velocity, he’s an avid golfer and loves boating, and since their move from Boston to Orlando in 2014, Grant, his wife Jessica, and two daughters spend as much time on the water as possible, whether it be on the lake or the ocean.

T Grant Dearborn

Co-Founder
Strategy & Growth

When Grant isn’t riding dirt bikes with his daughters or attending their many sporting events, he works hard to lead the growth of Velocity Procurement, a firm he helped co-found. When you get to know Grant a bit, if you can get him off the phone that is, you’d truly get a sense for his desire to make every single business relationship a success.

With over 25 years in the supply chain management industry, Grant brings extensive experience across most industry verticals with his focus always on advancing the value of the procurement function. He has led successful transformations of dozens of procurement organizations of all shapes and sizes across the Mid-Market and Fortune 500 landscape. Grant has been instrumental in shaping the evolution of Velocity’s growth since 2007.

Prior to venturing out on his own as an entrepreneur and starting Velocity, Grant’s diverse career includes time at a few global supply chain management advisory firms, KPMG Advisory and AribaSAP Consulting to name a couple. This pedigree, combined with his MBA, provided Grant the necessary foundational skills and knowledge that allows him to be an effective advisor to Velocity’s clients.

Even though it’s hard for Grant to take time away from Velocity, he’s an avid golfer and loves boating, and since their move from Boston to Orlando in 2014, Grant, his wife Jessica, and two daughters spend as much time on the water as possible, whether it be on the lake or the ocean.

Maulik J Shah

Co-Founder
Strategy & Operations

Maulik J Shah

Co-Founder
Strategy & Operations

Maulik J Shah

For nearly 20 years Maulik has dedicated his career to the procurement industry with a passion for helping companies save money and developing effective supplier relationships. Maulik has a strong passion for building value and improving business processes for all of Velocity’s clients, wherein he focuses his efforts on ensuring our client programs are built using best-practices and delivered with precision.  “We have a very unique program where we conduct a detailed review session after every project and brainstorm on ways to improve delivery.  If you’re not improving your process you will be left behind.  Our people are our most valued asset, without them, none of this possible.  We take the time to train and provide continuous feedback on the positives and improvement areas.  This whole process has been really well received within our company and continues to be a core value of ours.”

Maulik immigrated to the US when he was just 3 years old with his parents. His mother and father both worked in a factory producing locomotive engines. His father and mother had a vision of becoming entrepreneurs and saved every dollar they could, to make that dream come true. His parents are now successful owners of multiple businesses and this is how Maulik gained his entrepreneurial spirit and the value of a dollar. “Success is not handed to you, it’s about vision, hard work and strive for excellence.”

In addition to his duties for Velocity, Maulik sits on the Eastern Minority Supplier Development Council (EMSDC) board and is the Secretary for the Minority Business Enterprise Input Council (MBEIC).  “As a diverse business, I am passionate about helping other diverse businesses grow and showing large companies the value in considering other diverse businesses.”

When he’s not engaged with clients, he enjoys spending time with his friends and family. He is also very mechanically inclined and loves to work on and drive cars and in his spare time continues to perfect his remote-control lawnmower. “OK, while this is all true, I also don’t mind a Sunday afternoon nap.”