200+

Years of combined supply chain experience

100+

Different Systems interfaced with

130+

SaaS-based P2P and S2P implementations

40+

Healthcare direct supply opportunity assessments

10+

Consolidated service center implementations

About Our Company

RiseNow is a supply chain management consulting firm with a platform-agnostic approach, serving healthcare and the Global 2000. Together, we bring you a 360-degree view of your challenges and solutions, and offer services that ensure your projects are completed on time, on budget, and to your standard of success.

Our spend management solutions team is composed of supply chain experts, each with an average of 15 years of experience in implementing and optimizing platforms such as SAP/Ariba, BuyerQuest, Coupa, JAGGAER, JAGGAER Direct, TECSYS, and Zycus, to name a few. We share a common vision and goal with our clients to ensure that implementations are completed on time and on budget, and deliver the expected results.

Our healthcare solutions team is composed of supply chain experts, each with an average of 20 years of experience. Before becoming consultants with RiseNow, our team members supported the healthcare industry working with distributors, manufacturers, pharmacists, management consultants, and providers. We share a common vision and goal to guide health systems that believe there must be a better way to substantially reduce costs while improving patient care.

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Meet Our Team

 

Leadership

Matt Stewart

Managing Partner and Founder

Matt Stewart, Managing Partner and Founder

Matt is a senior executive with a proven track record of success in starting, growing, and leading consulting firms over his 18-year career. Matt’s unique ability to see what others do not yet see; predict trends before they become trends; identify, recruit, and retain the best consultants and team members; and build a culture in which top performers desire to stay long-term makes RiseNow stand out as a premier supply chain consulting firm. 

Under Matt’s leadership, RiseNow has experienced an average of more than 58 percent growth per year over the past seven years. He attributes this to an unwavering faith and pursuit to be transparent, honest, and accountable with clients, partners, employees, and vendors. Some of Matt’s clients include IBM, Trinity Health, Wendy’s/QSCC, Memorial Sloan Kettering, and McDonald’s.

Dave Bryan

Partner

Dave Bryan, Partner

Dave is a RiseNow partner and professional services executive with more than 30 years of management consulting and business operations experience. Dave brings Big 4 consulting leadership and experience, including 17 years with Accenture (associate partner) delivering successful results for clients such as AlliedSignal Aerospace, Baxter, BNSF Railway, BP, and Caterpillar.

Dave possesses deep supply chain and materials management experience (S2P, MRP, DRP, point-of-use) across numerous sectors, including aerospace and defense, industrial products, transportation, energy, high tech, healthcare IDNs, pharmaceuticals, and retail. Dave is CPIM-certified with APICS.

Since 2010, as a RiseNow Partner, Dave has built and led experienced delivery teams that have successfully delivered more than 120 spend management solutions across numerous verticals for clients such as Trinity Health, Intermountain Healthcare, YRC Worldwide, Endo Pharmaceuticals, AECOM, and Land O’ Lakes.

Brad Micciche

Practice Leader, Spend Management

Brad Micciche, Practice Leader, Spend Management

As practice leader of RiseNow’s spend management practice, Brad brings more than 14 years of experience to RiseNow. He works with public and private sector companies, leading procurement transformations and strategic sourcing initiatives, and helping deploy technology to reduce maverick spend and increase spend visibility.

Brad’s solid understanding of the capabilities of solutions and his dedication to customer success helps RiseNow recommend the best solution for each customer while ensuring that projects are delivered on-time and within budget.

Brad has extensive experience with Ariba, BuyerQuest, Coupa, and Jaggaer, and has implemented source-to-pay applications for more than 30 customers, including IBM, Southwest Airlines, Highmark Health, and QVC.

Darren Baginski

Practice Leader, Healthcare

Darren Baginski, Practice Leader, Healthcare

Darren is the Practice Lead for the RiseNow healthcare practice and has more than 25 years of leadership experience. A majority of his time has been spent leading operations and sales teams at Cardinal Health and Owens & Minor, both Fortune 500 healthcare supply chain organizations. His responsibilities include building client feasibility studies, business case development, and project management.

As an early adopter, Darren led the design and implementation of the industry’s first distributor-managed consolidated service center (CSC) for Iowa Health (UnityPoint). Other key clients include: Upper Midwest CSC, CHI, Quorum, Community Hospital Corp, and Hospital Sisters Health System.

In addition to his extensive knowledge in supply chain, he brings experience in medical surgical product marketing, sourcing, acquisitions, payor processing, equipment asset management, data mining, and analytics.

Dan Ross

Vice President, Client Engagement

Dan Ross, Vice President, Client Engagement

Dan is vice president of client engagement and has more than 35 years of experience in business development and project leadership. Dan has been with the CCP Global group of companies, including what is now known as RiseNow, since December 2002. Dan’s primary responsibility is the execution and messaging of RiseNow’s business development strategy while leading its executive-level governance model for all healthcare projects.

Dan utilizes his experience to develop commitments to our clients while assisting in our project team’s successful implementations at multiple Fortune 1000 organizations, including Highmark Health, Trinity Health, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Lincoln Financial Group, and Lexmark.

Bill Oates

Vice President, Integration-based Solutions

Bill Oates, Vice President, Integration-based Solutions

Bill heads the Integration-based Solutions group within RiseNow. With more than 34 years of development and consulting experience, Bill has held the bottom-line responsibility for over 200 development initiatives. Of those, more than 150 were done on a fixed-bid basis, and nearly two-thirds were on a collapsed time-frame basis.

Bill’s team at RiseNow addresses the critical gaps in a company’s core systems—then uses technology and model-based development to address those gaps. In doing so, RiseNow enhances the value and extends the life of a client’s core systems. Bill graduated from Iowa State University and began his career in the consulting division of what is now known as Accenture.

Jim Greiger

Senior Healthcare Advisor

Jim Greiger, Senior Healthcare Advisor

Jim is the healthcare supply chain advisor for RiseNow. He incorporates his 40 years of global manufacturing and logistics experience across multiple industries to bring world-class, cash-releasing supply chain concepts to the healthcare industry.

Since 2005, Jim and his team have been consulting for health systems and governments interested in developing and monetizing integrated supply models that reduce both the health system’s and the supplier’s cost-to-serve. U.S. clients for whom self-distribution models have been implemented include Unity Point, Shands Healthcare, Trinity Health, Beaumont Health, Highmark/Allegheny Health Network, and Orlando Health.

Featured Consultants

Steve Hlavacek

Director, Technical Services

Steve Hlavacek, Director, Technical Services

Steve is RiseNow’s Director of Technical Services with more than 30 years of experience in full life-cycle custom development. He has developed custom solutions for mission-critical, rapid application projects for many well-regarded firms in a variety of industries. Prior to joining RiseNow, Steve was enterprise architect for Chicago Bridge & Iron Company, where he directed the development efforts of iDocs, a custom document management application.

Steve was also Chief Technology Officer for Health Connections Networks, a cloud-based healthcare solution connecting employers, providers, and employees for workers’ compensation cases. He also served as President and Founder of Graphical Business Systems, an advanced technology consulting firm specializing in e-business solutions. Prior to forming Graphical Business Systems, Steve was a technical project manager with Arthur Andersen.

Doug Quinn

Director, Senior Technical Architect

Doug Quinn, Director, Senior Technical Architect

Doug’s current roles at RiseNow include business and practice development, senior tech, solution architect, and senior lead integration SME. The first decade of Doug’s career was focused on designing, developing, and QA of various games, multimedia programs, and military simulations for several organizations, including Nintendo, Microsoft, and Raytheon.

The second decade of Doug’s career was focused on the world of ERP and spend management systems. He honed his skills with Ariba and Coupa as his core applications of expertise and partnership, with systems architecture and integration as his primary specialties.

Doug has been instrumental in more than 100 successful integration projects. Under Doug’s direction, customers have successfully integrated existing systems such as SAP, Oracle eBusiness, PeopleSoft, Workday, Lawson, JD Edwards, Microsoft Great Plains, McKesson, SmartStream, NetSuite, Okta, Active Directory/Federation Services, and many others.

Carlos Campos

Director, Implementation Services

Carlos Campos, Director, Implementation Services

Carlos is a Director of Implementaton Services with more than 20 years of experience implementing procurement and financial systems including Coupa, Jaggaer, Ariba, PeopleSoft, and Microsoft Dynamics.   

Using his Big 4 consulting experience, Carlos helps clients transform their business processes. He has delivered results with 19 source-to-pay implementation and process designs, including four large-scale U.S. and global PeopleSoft implementations, as well as a multi-year global Ariba deployment in 50 countries covering indirect spend, contractor management, and invoice processing.

Carlos assembles and leads local and remote teams, leveraging contractors and clients. He is delivery-focused, ensuring all business requirements are met. Prior to joining RiseNow, Carlos was a consultant for 15 years at Accenture.

Curt Holtan

Director, Implementation Services

Curt Holtan, Director, Implementation Services

Curt is a director in the RiseNow spend management practice with more than 20 years of management consulting experience, primarily in supply chain and procure to pay. Curt also spent four years focusing on delivering complex source-to-pay Coupa initiatives in the healthcare industry.

Prior to joining RiseNow, Curt worked with Accenture for 14 years, where he implemented and supported enterprise software solutions including PeopleSoft, SAP, Ariba, and Microsoft Dynamics.

Curt has worked successfully with teams of all sizes, including client, consultant, and third-party resources in local, remote, and offshore settings. He’s worked in many industries with deep experience in healthcare, insurance/financial services, and automotive/manufacturing.

Dana Demski

Director, Point of Use

Dana Demski, Director, Point of Use

Dana, director of point-of-use (POU) at RiseNow, is a pioneer and recognized thought leader in utilizing technology and workflow improvements to optimize inventory management within the hospital critical care and supply areas. After spending 15 years in the automotive space, he helped design, build, test, and implement one of the first RFID-based POU solutions to be successfully utilized in the OR, at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

Dana has since worked with numerous other hospitals and IDNs, including Memorial Sloan Kettering, University of Chicago, and Trinity Health. For nearly 10 years, he has helped tear down the silos of people and information in hospitals, delivering an improved experience for supply chain, clinical, and administrative staff alike. He has been a lead player in continuing to assist hospitals throughout the U.S. deliver on the improvements that successful POU implementations can provide.

William (Bill) Myers

Director, WMS/DMS

William (Bill) Myers, Director, WMS/DMS

Bill is a leader with more than 20 years of experience in supply chain, with 13 of those years focused on healthcare supply chain with the TECSYS suite of WMS, DMS, and MDM modules. Originating from the operational team of Resource Optimization & Innovation (ROi), he has firsthand knowledge of what it takes to be successful in this industry using TECSYS software.

During his time as a consultant for TECSYS, Bill worked with organizations such as Piedmont Health, Orlando Health, North Mississippi Health Services, McKesson and Health, and Human Services. He later led a team that provided technical support to ROi. He brings a perspective that is based on his broad portfolio of 11 healthcare-focused implementations and numerous projects and integrations. This combination uniquely positions Bill to assist healthcare supply chains by more quickly recognizing their return on investment when utilizing this software.

Brice Austin

Implementation Manager

Brice Austin, Implementation Manager

Brice, a proven spend management professional, has worked with clients for more than eight years to strengthen processes and procedures, yielding cost-effective solutions in procure to pay, supply chain, healthcare information technology, and pharmaceutical manufacturing industries. He specializes in identifying clients’ requirements and goals, ensuring expectations are met in the areas of P2P, sourcing, and expenses implementation, optimization, support, and training.

Brice has successfully managed more than 50 client support accounts and performed 25 implementations/upgrades for cloud and on-premise solutions while successfully managing a disparate group of client and third-party individuals. His recent experience includes spend management projects with Trinity Health, Highmark Health, and Banner Health. Prior to his current role at RiseNow, Brice was a support project manager for Cerner.

Cheryl Wooten

Senior Implementation Consultant

Cheryl Wooten, Senior Implementation Consultant

Cheryl is a Senior Implemenation Consultant with more than 10 years of supply chain experience from planning to execution. Cheryl facilitates solutions and process workshops to identify clients’ business objectives and project goals, then provides a strategic plan to maximize the value of supply chain solutions.

Cheryl has six years of source-to-pay experience. She has enabled over 360 connections (CXML PunchOut, PO, and invoice) with more than 50 suppliers. Prior to joining RiseNow, Cheryl was employed by Jaggaer. Some of the clients Cheryl has worked with include PWC, IBM, McDonald's, Mayo Clinic, and Methodist Hospital Systems.

Cheryl has a proven track record of successfully managing complex projects. She has coded and tested integrations based on technical specifications, designed and implemented training documentation for clients, and administered user training both onsite and online.

Deb Osburn

Senior Supply Chain Consultant

Deb Osburn, Senior Supply Chain Consultant

Deb has been with RiseNow since 2016, after retiring from Trinity Health after 40 years. She spent 10 years in the acute care setting in risk management and quality assurance. She then transferred to the corporate office, where she was part of the strategic planning team.

In 2001, Trinity Health had the vision to develop a supply chain function across the organization. Deb was instrumental in taking a decentralized function to a clinically driven supply chain organization.

Deb helped lead consolidation of procure to pay(P2P), which included consolidation of MMIS systems (from several to a single standardized system with one item/vendor file across the organization). She also led the “production function” for purchasing and facilitated the consolidation of the procurement activity across the organization.

Craig Daugherty

Senior Consultant

Craig Daugherty, Senior Consultant

Craig, solutions consultant and integration architect for RiseNow, has built a career on analyzing issues, researching, and providing options to customers. His background began as a developer on implementations, writing custom software extensions and integrations. Craig soon took on more functional roles on projects, then began running implementations on his own.

Craig has 12 years of eProcurement experience, with both SaaS and on-premise solutions. Some of his clients include Memorial Sloan Kettering, Southcentral Foundation, and Teleperformance. Breaking problems into smaller pieces and tackling them accordingly is his favorite challenge. He prides himself on his communication skills and upbeat attitude. Craig's motto is: “Let's do this well and have a good time doing it.”

Robert Parkinson

Consultant, Implementation Services

Robert Parkinson, Consultant, Implementation Services

Robert is an experienced consultant, working in implementation services at RiseNow. Before joining RiseNow, Robert worked at BuyerQuest, Inc., where he helped implement Fortune 500 companies such as Kimberly-Clark, Kiewit, and Wendy’s, while assisting on many other projects. He also has a strong background in supplier enablement. Robert is a strong, well-spoken, and organized leader who has great communication, planning, and analytical thinking skills. 

Prior to consulting, Robert spent four years on active duty in the United States Coast Guard. He served in several U.S. cities, conducting high-risk search and rescue and law enforcement operations. After receiving an honorable discharge in 2010, Robert attended Ohio State University, where he received his BA in business.

Jeff Forster

Senior Implementation Consultant

Jeff Forster, Senior Implementation Consultant

Jeff is a Senior Implementation Consultant at RiseNow, and is accomplished in the areas of complex system implementation and integration. He brings more than 18 years of experience in leading integration project teams during systems implementations and integration solutions design. His areas of expertise include project management, solution architecture, and integration development. He has successfully implemented and integrated numerous systems in use around the globe.

Jeff’s adaptability allows him to thrive in changing project environments. He understands both business requirements and technical design, which enables him to manage diverse stakeholder groups. He quickly builds trust with his clients through his thought leadership and professional nature. Prior to his current role with RiseNow, he was the professional services manager at Countermind, LLC.

How We're Different

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Platform
Neutral

We work for our clients, not a particular software vendor. Our allegiance and focus is to delivering successful outcomes for our clients, not in generating commissions or kickbacks from software vendors.

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Deep Subject
Matter Expertise

What makes RiseNow unique is that you’ll work directly with seasoned supply chain veterans with 15-20 years of experience who enjoy rolling up their sleeves with you and consistently delivering successful projects.

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Rigorous
Discovery

To avoid surprises during implementation, our team completes rigorous discovery before software contracts are signed to identify potential “gotchas” before it is too late. This process separates the wheat from the chaff to ensure you’ve selected the right solution that will achieve your goals.

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High
Accountability

Our team’s income is tied to your success criteria, rather than total hours or number of change orders, to ensure your project stays on time and on budget, and delivers your expected outcome.

Our Values

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    Transparency

    Transparency

    We promise to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, no matter what. This is because we honor our commitments to our clients. We strive to identify and eliminate barriers and hidden “gotchas” that tend to derail projects. By including a deep discovery process up front, we ensure change orders and new fees don’t surface. What you were promised in the beginning is what you’ll get. No surprises.

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    Accountability

    Accountability

    We love being held accountable. Our discovery process and experience implementing more than 130 projects mean we know what your project is going to cost and how long it’s going to take. That’s why we encourage our clients to pursue fixed-fee engagements with us. We believe in holding ourselves accountable, too, by aligning our team's incentive compensation to your definition of success instead of how many change orders they get signed or hours they charge.

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    Advocacy

    Advocacy

    We’re on your side. Our team works with you throughout the process to navigate the waters of your solution, understand your system, negotiate with your vendor—whatever it takes to ensure your success. We’re also advocates for you. If you put your faith in our team, then our team wants to make you look good so you can advance your organization as well as your career. We want to work together, as an extension of your team, and even have some fun along the way.

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    Persistency

    Persistency

    Everything inside our organization—methodology, approach, process, people—is designed to achieve your definition of success. This includes completing your project on time and on budget while realizing your goals. We don’t quit. That’s why we tie our team’s compensation to your success. Plus, because we only staff our team with experienced consultants, we ensure measurable outcomes.