Larry Berglund, SCMP, MBA
Principal at Presentations Plus Training & Consulting Inc.
I am based in Surrey, BC and was working out of Hong Kong and Singapore in September, 2012 for a FMCG client
Why did you choose a career in the field of supply chain management?
As with most of my colleagues, we found it to be an interesting side of business that invites a combination of financial and operational expertise.
Describe your current work; what is your role there?
I facilitate business management workshops in the areas of supply chain finance, negotiations, corporate social responsibility, ethics, supply management professionalism and leading practices. I also provide operational review services to private sector and public sector clients. I take several decades of tacit knowledge, and combined with tested theories, help others to be successful in the field of supply management.
What is your proudest professional accomplishment?
I developed the weighted price index model for tracking costs. The model was recognized at the McMaster Symposium as a leading analytical model that correlates an in-house cost of supplies index, external indices and cost drivers. It enables any organization to measure its ability to manage costs and isolate price variances as an aggregate value. It is a quantitative and objective assessment that mitigates the bias of reporting results achieved through supply management strategies and tactics.
How has PMAC membership/SCMP accreditation been of value to you and your organization?
It told me more about what I was not aware of at the time in my career and allowed me to contribute to the body of knowledge. PMAC also provided a conduit to meet some great colleagues and friends over the years. PMAC gave me the ability to begin teaching and writing on the subject, which has been a rewarding experience for many years. I am a life-long student of business and continue to be humbled by better ideas through academia and business practices.
Tell us something interesting about yourself outside of SCM.
We have four grandchildren. I read 2-3 books a week and we try to travel to interesting cities. I also teach web-based programs for UBC Continuing Studies. I completed my MBA in 2003 after starting it at the age of 50. My recent trip to Asia, which combined business and pleasure, is a result of a convergence of the SCMP, MBA, and a sincere belief in helping others to succeed by sharing what I know. Supply chain management opportunities continue to present themselves to all members. Be prepared when the opportunity presents itself.