This month, the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals announced the winners of their 2016 Emerging Leader Award. Among only three winners selected this year is Source One’s very own Associate Director, Diego De la Garza. Each year the CSCMP recognizes up-and-coming leaders, ages 30 or younger, in the supply chain management profession for their contributions to the practice.

What, you may ask, was Diego recognized for?

First, let’s take a look at his contributions to Source One. Diego started his career as a strategic sourcing analyst at Source One in 2010. During this time, Diego observed a growing trend of companies looking to transplant manufacturing operations from countries in Asia to Mexico. Putting to use his language skills and vast knowledge of the Mexico market landscape, Diego became a go-to resource for Source One’s nearshoring projects. While these began as one-off projects, Diego recognized a growing shift in the industry and took the initiative to build a solidified practice around nearshoring. Diego formed relationships with key stakeholders in Mexico such as universities, business networks, and governmental agencies to forge a mutually beneficial network that eased the nearshoring process for Source One clients and enhanced the education of future supply chain professionals. Today, Diego leads Source One’s Nearshoring Advisory Practice. He and his team have helped countless companies reduce costs and realize the benefits of moving supply chain operations from Asian countries to Mexico and Latin America.

Over the years, Diego has executed and lead hundreds of strategic sourcing initiatives. His categorical expertise includes direct materials, logistics, merchant account services, and professional services. His experience enhancing supply management processes for Source One clients has allowed him to grow into a Procurement Transformation pundit. He is a regularly sought resource for optimizing procurement operations, providing strategic advice on supply management process improvement, human capital management, and tools and technology. In addition, Diego has been particularly instrumental in Source One’s expansion in the Midwest. Diego has acted as a pioneer for the company - building Source One’s Chicago office as the first employee in the Midwest to now managing the entire office and developing the team.

As for his contributions to the supply management industry, Diego is the definition of a procurement thought leader. He continuously shares his expertise at supply chain management conferences such as the Institute for Supply Management Annual Conference and UnimarketNow. He is also a member of a number of organizations for which he is also a frequent guest speaker including the Chicago chapters of the US-Mexico Chamber of Commerce and The Mexican Entrepreneur Association. He also contributes to a number of procurement and supply chain publications such as Buyers Meeting Point and Spend Matters Latin America.

Needless to say, we at Source One are so proud of Diego! He truly leads by example, continuously working to improve Source One’s procurement services offering and acting as a mentor to the team.

On behalf of all of us at Source One, congrats Diego!


This fall, Diego will be honored as a CSCMP Emerging Leader at the CSCMP Annual Conference held in Kissimmee, Florida September 25-28th. During the conference, Diego will also be presenting a session titled Sourcing from Mexico. The presentation will cover the many drivers influencing the nearshoring trend, the challenges of identifying and engaging suppliers in Mexico, and how companies can navigate these market challenges to successfully transition manufacturing operations from Asia to Mexico.
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