Session Facilitator Profile

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John F. McDermott

Senior Strategy Manager, KeepStock and Manufacturing Programs

John is Senior Strategy Manager for KeepStock and Manufacturing programs at W.W. Grainger, Inc., a leading industrial distributor of maintenance, repair and operating supplies for plants and facilities; based in Lake Forest, IL. In this role, he works with businesses and institutions of all sizes to help them operate safely and efficiently manage their inventory. John has been with Grainger for over ten years and has held various positions in helping customers take costs out of their business operations.

John earned his Masters in Business Administration in 2003 from Keller Graduate School of Management while working for Nicor Inc (GAS), one of the nation’s largest natural gas energy distribution companies, in several marketing management roles. John has spent his career in manufacturing with product management experience in the high pressure decorative laminate industry at a private company, Lamin-Art, and also in calendared plastics for the consumer electronics and woodworking industries at Forbo-Commercial Plastics, where he began his career after graduating from Drexel University in 1987 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Operations Management.


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