NMMS18 Only 4 Days Away! Meet our Keynote Speakers!


Over 400 attendees from 28 states, Puerto Rico, Canada and Washington, D.C. will gather to connect with leaders in the manufacturing industry and introduce their company to large corporations. We have invited expert speakers to share testimonies, give insight on the future of manufacturing and tips on how to lead your team to their next big in.

John Evans, Vice President

Global Procurement
Ingersoll Rand
Sourcing the Future: Manufacturing with a Purpose

John Evans joined Ingersoll Rand in 2000 and was appointed vice president, Global Procurement in 2015. Ingersoll Rand’s family of brands includes Club Car®, Ingersoll Rand®, Thermo King® and Trane®.

John oversees a global purchase spend in excess of $9 billion and a supplier development team managing direct and indirect material suppliers. Previously John was president of Power Tools, president of Residential Security Solutions and vice president of operations for Climate Control Technologies sector.

Before joining Ingersoll Rand, John held positions at Leoni Wiring Systems, Marley Cooling Tower, Electro-Wire Products and Cummins Engine Company.

He has a bachelor’s degree in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Kansas and an MBA from St. Bonaventure University.


Jim Warfield

Global Segment Manager
Caterpillar, Inc.

Jim Warfield serves as a Global Procurement Manager for Caterpillar Inc.’s Innovation and Technology Development Division in Mossville, IL. He has responsibility for hydraulics, powertrain, and suspension while leading a global team of over 100 experts focused on strategic component delivery and world-class category strategy development.

Before his role as a Global Procurement Manager, Jim was the Global Purchasing Product Manager with worldwide responsibility for medium wheeled products.

Jim joined Caterpillar in 1994 as a Grinding Specialist in Pontiac, IL. He quickly gained experiences and increasing responsibility in operations and purchasing. He has led multiple global teams including Aurora, IL US; Wuxi, China; Joliet, IL US; Kiel, Germany; and Shrewsbury, UK.

Jim is a graduate of Illinois State University and holds a bachelor’s degree in Marketing. In his free time, Jim enjoys playing golf and coaching youth football. He resides in Peoria, IL with his wife Mindy, sons Spencer and Jameson, and dogs, Rex and Riley.