About

The SIG Innovation Accelerator (SIA) seeks to increase the corporate profits of buy-side companies through accelerated adoption of emerging products that substantially improve Source through Supply Chain performance.

SIA leverages the collective knowledge, ideas and purchasing power of Procurement executives of Fortune 500 and Global 1000 companies to conceive new products and improve, evaluate and implement emerging products while simultaneously helping providers efficiently design, develop, refine and capitalize on these products.

SIA is driven by a Leadership Council, which is comprised of the Procurement executives of 24 major buy-side companies. The Leadership Council identifies areas of primary interest, determines criteria for identifying and reviewing emerging products, participates in evaluating products, provides a primary source of advice for product providers and works with SIA’s management to build and refine the SIA model.

SIA is operated by Creatze, an innovation and product facilitation company in partnership with the Sourcing Industry Group (SIG). Creatze is led by Barry Wiegler, SIG’s founder and former CEO.

Barry Wiegler

President of SIG Innovation Accelerator

Barry Wiegler is a serial entrepreneur, private equity investor and advisor to top corporate executives and early stage product companies that are applying emerging technologies. He is recognized for his creativity and extraordinary ability to connect the dots helping people and companies form and capitalize on powerful relationships.

He is the Founder and former long-time CEO of Sourcing Industry Group, establishing the company’s foundation and differentiating culture of member mutual support that has played a major role in making SIG the global leader that it is today. While CEO of SIG, Barry was a significant contributor to the shaping and growth of Strategic Sourcing and Outsourcing in North America, helping SIG’s member companies anticipate and benefit from the industries changes during his 16 year tenure.

More recently, Barry led the team that founded the innovation advisory and facilitation firm, Creatze (pronounced “Creates”), which assists F1000 companies to increase profits and mitigate business risks by better capitalizing on the accelerating velocity of innovative products. To accomplish this, Creatze also helps mid-stage companies accelerate their product development and sales cycles.

Rick Harriman

Chief Innovation Officer

Rick leads SIA’s ideation and creative thinking processes. He served as CEO and Managing Partner of one of the World’s foremost creative thinking consultancies, SynecticsWorld for over two decades and is currently a Senior Fellow with the firm. Rick is also an Innovation Fellow at Harvard University and is a Social Innovation Fellow at Babson College. He is a patent holder and the author of a number of articles and book chapters on creativity in business and is co-author of Creativity, Inc: Building an Innovative Organization.

Tom Bloomquist

Chief Operations Officer

Tom leads SIA’s operations, information technology and data management. He is a recognized expert in Program and Project organization and management, especially focusing on organizational transformation. Over the past three decades Tom has also served as an advisor and consultant on IT Strategy for executives within numerous F1000 companies as well as leading multiple programs focused on transforming and enabling the Procurement and Supply Chain functions within Fortune 500 companies.

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