So that eight-year career at Ernst and Young, I grew my knowledge and experience across supply chain. I was able to get involved in projects, strategic sourcing projects, manufacturing projects, transportation management systems and warehouse management systems and other related supply chain project works. So, I was able to broaden my knowledge and experience across different aspects of the supply chain, which was very beneficial.
During a project with a big $5 billion global food company I was developing a relationship with the then COO. About a year and a half later, I received a call from that same individual. He had been named the CEO during that timeframe and he called and said, Hey, I would like to talk with you about coming on board with us to head up our supply chain organization, which at the time was in its infancy. So, this is a $5 billion company in the early 1990s that had no supply chain organization, which was true for a lot of companies at that time. So, I ended up leaving Ernst and Young where I absolutely had a wonderful time and a great career and met a lot of wonderful people, and moved to Green Bay, Wisconsin to head up the supply chain group for Schreiber foods, which as I mentioned, was a $5 billion food company, and served big companies like Walmart and McDonald’s and Sysco foods, and a lot of other companies that you would know of. In that role, I was responsible for heading up a supply chain organization that consisted of transportation and distribution and inventory management functions.
As I mentioned, we are one of Wal-Mart’s big customers. In fact, we are one of their top hundred suppliers. So, we were very active with leading edge supply chain companies as our customers at that time. I was at Schreiber foods for about four years, and learned a ton and got back into the practitioner side or the corporate side of supply chain.
Which I really valued, but ended up coming back into consulting with Jones Lang LaSalle, which, at the time that I joined, was with the Staubach company, which is Roger Staubach, the former quarterback of the Dallas Cowboys, who’s quite a hero of mine and I know of a lot of other people. He started a real estate career as he was leaving football, which was required at that time to put his kids through college. But I joined the Staubach company, which about a year later was acquired by Jones Lang LaSalle. Now known as J L L, and we are a company with revenues of about $18 billion and about 95,000 employees around the world.
For those of you that don’t know JLL, and I certainly did not. JLL is not only a big company, but we are one of two big global commercial real estate companies. So that was quite an interesting turn for me. Not because I’m doing anything different than I had been for my entire career, but I was doing it in a completely different industry segment.