THE TRUSTED LEADER
Helping You Cut Costs while Increasing Quality and Dependability
Your supply chain has many opportunities for failure. Waste, delays, poor quality and lost sales can all dramatically reduce margins. And with costs continuing to rise, optimizing your supply chain is no longer an option, it’s a necessity. At Impactiva, we make sure your products are made Right from the start™.
Our growing list of service offerings includes seven key areas (Quality Assurance, Materials Management, Lab Testing, Lean Transformation, Technical Audits, Mold Prevention and Training), each serving to eliminate waste, cut costs and improve quality across your entire supply chain, from your company and trading companies to your factories and the material vendors that supply them.
Our Purpose and Mission
To empower industry with innovative, sustainable, hands-on solutions that lead to profits in an ethical manner
To revolutionize the lifestyle* industry by delivering sustainable leading-edge supply chain practices
*Apparel, footwear, leather goods, outdoor gear, fabric, leather, etc.
The Partner of Choice for Major Brands throughout the World
Since 2003, Impactiva has been the partner of choice for major brands with suppliers throughout Asia, Europe and South America. Whether teaching factories how to operate under Lean manufacturing principles or providing direct, on-site quality assurance, our highly trained professionals ensure significant improvements in efficiency, quality, as well as restricted substance compliance.
We achieve this by attracting and retaining the industry’s best, most ethical professionals, made possible by our rigorous recruiting processes and world-class learning centers in Chennai, India, and Dongguan, China.
Our high-quality professionals provide customers with several unique benefits:
- Cost-Saving, Forward-Thinking Insight. As an engineering company, our team members think and work like engineers, defining metrics, gathering data, developing new processes and procedures, and performing root-cause analysis. From Lean transformations to end-to-end lab testing programs, their insight and precision yield reliability, quality, and most importantly, value.
- Dedication to Continuous Improvement. Our top priority is maximizing the return on your investment in us. So we’re responsive, quickly locating the root cause of issues while continually improving our procedures and expanding our depth of service offerings. The result is dependable, end-to-end supply chain optimization from professionals who are passionate about providing the highest quality at the best value.
- Unmatched Integrity, Honesty and Ethics. Our record of non-corruption sets us apart in the lifestyle industry. We maintain clear, firm rules to ensure that we maintain the highest standard of ethics and honesty. Under no circumstance are our professionals allowed to accept money, gifts or any type of entertainment from a supplier or pay other than market prices for punctual assistance received from factories. Any team member who violates these rules is immediately terminated.
Jose R. Suarez is the majority shareholder who has been in the leather, footwear and apparel industry since 1991. Mr. Suarez successfully founded and operated during the 1990′s Tri-Commerce, a hide trading company based in Igualada, Spain which was well known as the number one supplier with respect to quality of Eastern European wet salted cow hides and wet blue. In 1999, he founded leatherXchange, a marketplace for the world of hides and leather with 20 million euros of financing from Amadeus Capital Partners and the venture capital subsidiaries of Banco Santander, Rabo Bank and TNT. Mr. Suarez sold leatherXchange in June of 2003 purchasing the nascent quality control division of leatherXchange from his shareholders using it as the foundation to launch Impactiva that same year. Mr. Suarez has a Bachelors of Science and Masters of Engineering degree in Operations Research and Industrial Engineering from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York.
Stanley Motta is a Panamanian business man involved in many activities. He is presently Chairman of the Board of Copa Holdings (NYSE symbol CPA) the parent of Copa Airlines based in Panama and Copa Colombia Airlines based in Colombia. As Chairman of Grupo Financiero Continental he negotiated a merger with Banco General to form BG Financial Holdings in early 2007 thus forming the largest privately held bank in the region. He continues as President of Motta Internacional a wholesale distributor and operator of Duty Free Stores in the region. Mr. Motta was Chairman of Autoridad de la Region Interoceanica (ARI) until May 2000. This was a government entity that received all the assets that were not part of the Panama Canal Operations as a result of the Torrijos Carter Treaty between the United States and Panama. Mr. Motta resides in Panama and continues to be active in many industries including television, auto distribution, insurance and trustee of ANCON a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting the environment. He is also a member of the Board of the Trust of the Americas affiliated with the Organization of American States and Chairman of Sumarse an organization promoting CSR in Panama.
Board of Advisors
Robert Bohlen is a Graduate in animal science from the University of Illinois, he soared to the top of the purebred cattle breeding business and worked to provide as embryo transfer, embryo freezing and sexing through his sponsorship of veterinarians in this field. He bred and produced numerous national and international champions in several breeds of beef cattle. He also judged at most of the major beef cattle shows in the USA and Canada.
Bohlen was also instrumental in developing the certified Angus Beef Program now featured in many of America’s leading restaurants and grocery stores. He was a founder and principal of Premier Beef, Premier Corp, and Premier Angus. These entities were involved in cattle ranching, breeding, feedlot and meat packing operations located in 18 states. He later headed companies in the Coal Mining, Finance, Document Destruction, Real Estate Brokerage, Residential Construction, Interior Design, Title Insurance, and Property Mortgage fields. Bohlen was the number one out of 39,000 real estate agents in the world for Prudential Real Estate 10 out of the 11 years he was associated with them based on total commission income. His firm, Preview Properties, was consistently in the Top 5 single offices with Prudential out of 1600 offices. His firm was based in a town of 5500 residents in Brighton, Michigan.
Bohlen continues to practice Real Estate Brokerage with his wife, Lillian Montalto. Together they own Signature Properties in Andover, MA. Bohlen is also the principal shareholder with a portfolio of 2000 residential apartments and approx 15,000,000 square feet of office arehouse and retail space, which his management co., Anyi Management manages and operates.
Marc Castagnet holds an MBA from Pace University, Lubin School of Business and from ESLSCA, Paris, France. After a career in banking in New York, Marc started SgT Group in 1993, a company focused on quality control and supply chain outsourced services in the textile industry. In his industry, he pioneered the development of pick and pack logistic-distribution warehouses throughout Asia, Africa and Eastern Europe and sold SgT in 2009 to a private equity group.
Marc currently spends 50% of his time as Director of ICS, an investment vehicle company focused on global opportunities in the hospitality, education and real estate industries. Marc spends the remainder of his time on social entrepreneurship and social impact initiatives. He strongly believes that social and environmental issues can only be solved through sustainable, hybrid systems partnering NGOs and private corporations within an entrepreneurial framework and spirit. To that effect, he holds positions as an officer in the YPO Pearl River Delta Chapter (Young Presidents Organization), Chair of Asia Social Enterprise Network, a panelist at Ashoka Globalizer events, a member of the Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce where he holds the chairmanship of the Asia-Africa Committee and a board member of the English School Foundation in HK and of the largest group of non-profit French universities. Marc is also an active participant as a speaker at conferences related to social enterprise and supply chain design and optimization.
John Naughton is the Vice President leading Nokia with Windows Phone Product Quality in Smart Devices business unit. John has global responsibility for all Windows Phone Quality activities, including product testing and validation of hardware, system software, technology modules, and applications software. John is a member of the Smart Devices and Nokia with Windows Phone leadership teams, starting on October 2011.
Prior to joining Nokia, John held various global leadership positions at Dell and Eastman Kodak in operations, supply chain, engineering, and quality management. During his 11 years at Dell his roles included, VP of Consumer Product Quality based in Singapore, VP of Supply Chain Quality based in Texas USA, and Director of Quality & Engineering for Europe based in Ireland. In addition, John was responsible for Lean and Six Sigma expansion and Global Citizenship at the corporate level.
John was born in USA and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Clarkson University in Potsdam, New York. He also participated in Executive Development Program at Kellogg Business School, Northwestern University, Illinois. John will be based in Finland, together with his wife and 3 children. In addition to family fun, his hobbies include playing golf, running, and ice hockey.
Roberto Saco is a principal at Aporia Advisors, a boutique consulting firm, specializing in designing business processes/services and in organizational change. He believes that “design practices” help tackle the increasing complexity business leaders face today. When not consulting in banking, healthcare or IT, he may be found teaching on the topics of service quality and innovation, or enabling leaders in the not-for-profit sector. He worked more than 20 years for American Express Company in their financial services division holding positions such as Vice President of Quality and Vice President of Strategic Planning.
Roberto is a Past-President of the American Society for Quality (ASQ), the world’s leading association for performance improvement professionals with more than 80,000 members. At ASQ, he founded and chaired the Social Responsibility Advisory Council.
He participated in the National Performance Excellence program at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST, U.S. Department of Commerce) serving for eight years as Sr. Examiner for the Malcolm Baldrige National Performance Excellence Award. He is also a judge for the Florida Governor’s Sterling Award which recognizes organizations for their performance excellence. Roberto is currently a board member of the Florida Sterling Council and the Miami Light Project, organizations which strive to improve the quality of life in their communities.
Regis Vogel has served 15 years as an IT leader in the textile, B2B and manufacturing industries in positions such as CTO, Chief Architect, Head of Software Development and Chief R&D Officer. He has participated on industry boards for global organizations such as Eclipse (IBM), and as a founding board member of the ECMFA (European Conference on Modeling Foundations and Applications).
He has spearheaded multiple critical path technology initiatives in major organizations such as the University of Michigan, where he was selected to represent all non-academic units on the IT Steering Committee of the University CIO. His industrial R&D has been published in numerous peer-reviewed papers and he has won numerous awards for developing and implementing technology best practices, most recently receiving the 2010 global award from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE).
His academic degrees are from Pierre and Marie Curie University (Paris University VI), spanning computer science, artificial intelligence, model driven engineering, software and systems engineering and electrical and embedded systems. He has published numerous peer-reviewed papers on leading edge software engineering disciplines such as MDE/A.