Bill Johns has extensive experience with all major
aspects of organizations
through his service as an employee, consultant, and entrepreneur.
Although Bill was an entrepreneur most of his childhood, his
background began in operations in Memphis, Tennessee, in 1989, when he
worked for Baxter Healthcare in one of the nation's first
healthcare-efficient consumer response (ECR) centers. There he managed
the cross-docking, distribution, fulfillment, and carrier management
activities of this key facility and gained early knowledge of the
beginning of logistics solutions associated with critical-parts
management, reverse logistics, kitting, and other value-added services.
Memphis was making supply chain history during this time as companies
such as FedEx innovated logistics services, and Bill was exposed to
these modern techniques.
In addition, while in Memphis Bill spent time working in the public and
non-profit sectors by working for the City of Germantown in various
associated with planning, community development, and recreation. He also
worked in marketing and brand management for Ducks Unlimited, the
nation's leading wetland conservation group.
During this time, Bill offered consulting services on security products
and organizational performance, and also served as a consultant for the
Tennessee Quality Award Program.
While pursuing an MBA in Supply Chain Management, Bill worked for
Motors in Detroit, Michigan, where he was responsible for developing
supply chain strategies for GM's North American Operations group's
strategic Custom Xpress Delivery (CXD) program. These activities
included the developing of an activity-based costing / forecasting model
to support the $13.5B dollar CXD program for Cadillac, GMC, and
Chevrolet, managing intermodal carrier relationships, and evaluating
supply chain management software and other technologies.
After earning his MBA in 1998, Bill worked in various
roles for i2 Technologies, the leading supply chain and eBusiness
software company of that time in various roles associated with his work
in developing i2's Logistics and Transportation business practice. Bill
developed i2's Logistics Strategic Opportunity Assessment (LSOA)
methodology and served as the Director of the LSOA Group, which provided
consulting solutions to a global territory.
From 1998-2001, Bill deployed the LSOA methodology in
over 120 engagements of the Fortune 500 and/or strategic lead logistics
providers (LLPs). In 2000, Bill led i2's account consulting team in
winning the company's largest logistics and transportation contract for
$25M. This achievement was during same the year i2 was recognized by
Sales and Marketing Management as a "Top 25 Sales Force."
In 2001, Bill was i2's global Strategic Account Manager
for its United Parcel Service (UPS) account where he expanded i2's
solutions. While at i2, Bill's clients included UPS, FedEx, Barnes &
Noble, Ryder Logistics, Crowley, APL, Matson, Frito-Lay, Wal-Mart,
Goodyear, Cooper Tire, GM, Caterpillar, Toyota, Johnson & Johnson, North
American Logistics, and many others.
Since 2001, Bill concentrated on building Bluewater Consulting™,
a strategic business, technology, supply chain, and marketing service
firm which operates in strategic markets and offers a wide range of
solution offerings to most major industries.
Bill is an advisor to the various programs of the University of
Tennessee's College of Business. He is a past speaker to the Council of
Logistics Management (CLM), i2's Planet, and the University of
Tennessee's Supply Chain Forum. He is the current President of CLM's
East Tennessee chapter and an officer of the American Society of Public
Administration's East Tennessee chapter. He is also a member of the
American Marketing Association, Society of Manufacturing Engineers, and
the National Defense Industry Association. Bill is also quite active
with local economic development organizations and chambers of commerce.
Bill holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from The
University of Tennessee at Knoxville and a Master of Public
Administration (MPA) and Bachelor of Arts (BA) degrees from The
University of Memphis. His focus of studies have included supply chain
management, technology, global business, strategic management,
leadership, quality management, public administration, city planning,
public policy, counter-terrorism, criminal justice, military studies,
history, and political science.
Bill's personal interests include organic gardening,
traveling, scuba diving, paleontology, astronomy, and aeronautics. He
and his wife and their golden retrievers reside in Farragut, Tennessee,
a suburb of Oak Ridge and Knoxville, located in the valley west of the