Tony G. Horne, Managing Partner
Tony is currently the Senior Vice President of Operations at The Herring Group and has enjoyed over twenty successful years in the search business helping solve many staffing and organizational development challenges for our clients. He has a proven record of accomplishments in recruiting and placing talent for the distribution, transportation, human resources, and manufacturing sectors. His interest and expertise ranges from key supervisory positions to the President level. Tony provides both retained & contingency search for The Herring Group. He has completed operational, administrative and engineering roles on behalf of several Fortune 500 companies. Prior to entering the recruiting field, Tony spent 28 years as an Engineering Manager. As a leader in this field, Tony increased productivity, lowered costs, and reduced personnel injuries. His work experience includes service to The Herring Group, Alcoa, ARKLA Chemical, Weyerhauser, and Brown & Root Construction Company.
Jim Saurborn – Vice President of Talent Acquisition / Organizational Strategy
Jim has 25+ years of experience building and leading teams across all aspects of Supply Chain. Trained formally as an Industrial Engineer with a BSIE from West Virginia University, his engineering background has contributed to his success transforming teams in the areas of Engineering, Facility Maintenance, Operations and Procurement across companies both small and large including health care, manufacturing and retail. Successful track record identifying organizational needs, designing a team to address those needs then building teams that drive bottom line improving results. His success in various roles is due in large part to hard work, adaptability and his innate ability to quickly understand what is needed to achieve success.
The broad experience base obtained as a leader at companies such as Burlington Stores, Sears Holdings and Limited Brands provided a great foundation and uniquely position Jim to quickly grasp the needs of our clients and the attributes of the candidates to ensure the candidates presented are a good match for both the technical and cultural requirements of our clients.
Ed Fields SR Director – Talent Acquisition – Supply Chain Sectors
Ed has a successful and diverse background in all aspects of logistics management. He has managed large automated operations for such respected fortune 500 companies as Johnson & Johnson, Bristol-Myers, and Target. Additionally, Ed has senior management experience in sales and operations for third party logistics companies; he consistently attained the companies’ financial and strategic objectives. He was a Senior Vice President and Executive Committee Member for Caldor. In his capacity at Caldor, Ed reduced distribution expense as a percent of sales and built a 500,000 square foot Bulk Distribution and Return Goods Center to better support store operations. Ed transferred his practical experience and co-founded Nexus Management Group, which designs, sells and installs automated storage systems. Ed’s background enables him to effectively satisfy the staffing needs of a company, from entry level to senior management, with consideration to both the company and candidate.
Rodger Cravens – Director of eCommerce / Distribution Talent Acquisition
Rodger Cravens, M.B.A., Veteran and a Lean / Six Sigma Black Belt leader with a diverse background in the global supply chain environments. Rodger has managed environments such as semiconductor manufacturing with Micron and Hitachi; large and small scale distribution center operations (Manual and automated) for companies such as OHL 3PL (Scott’s, Sony and Samsung Telecommunications), Target Corp and Starbucks Corporation; to pure eCommerce fulfillment operations for Phase V.
Rodger has also had the opportunity to implement large Warehouse Management Systems ERP and WMS systems including SAP, Oracle, Manhattan and Red Prairie for various companies across the globe and has received awards for these installs. Rodger provides small business mentoring to Veteran owned small businesses, serves as President of the Florida WERC chapter and volunteers with Fish with a Hero.
Rodger’s Sr. Management experience has afforded him the opportunity to recognize talent at all levels of supply chain organizations. He specializes in finding Logistics talent for Business Development, Distribution, Fulfillment, Transportation, Engineering and Maintenance
James Wyatt, Executive Recruiter – Director of Talent Acquisition
James has over 10 years of experience in recruiting for such Fortune 500 companies as McAfee, Network Associates and Walmart along with 6 plus years as a General Manager in the restaurant industry. James has a strong background in technical support, supply chain and logistics management. With McAfee software, James traveled to European offices to establish and implement a merger processes which ensured SLA’s (service level agreements) were met and customers satisfied. As a senior hiring Manager, he understands the challenges of recruiting outstanding external talent. James prides himself in doing his research to insure a successful placement. His recruiting strategy is simple, he finds the best fit for both clients and candidates through diligence and hard work. While the vast networking opportunities of The Herring Group play a huge role in his success, he enjoys the challenge of finding Talent through reaching out to his network and cold calling clients and Candidates. James earned a BBA in Management with a concentration in HR Management from the University of Arkansas in Little Rock. He is a member of Phi Kappa Phi and lifetime member of Beta Gamma Sigma honor societies.
Dan Ferguson, President
Dan is the senior partner and President of The Herring Group and has been involved in the retail and supply chain arena for the past 37 years. After graduating from University of Minnesota, he joined Sears, Roebuck, & Co. and held positions in store operations, store merchandising, store management, and human resources. Over the past 20 years Dan has been involved in the supply chain arena, progressing from Operations Manager to Vice President and Senior Vice President for several companies such as Marshall’s, Ross Stores, K-Mart, and Garden Ridge. With Dan’s extensive retail and supply chain background he is very aware and sensitive to the people needs of companies. He recognizes talent and the importance of quality people with the right experience and management skills. With this background he is committed to ensuring The Herring Group presents that type of candidate to its clients.
Bill Herring, Founder
Bill has been instrumental in successful organizational planning and staffing projects of Fortune 500 companies. As an active member of senior management, Bill has transferred that practical experience into his organizational consulting and recruiting company. He has more than 20 years in administrative and human resource management with Olin Corporation, Dayton Hudson’s Target Stores, and Vice President of Administration and Human Resources for Environmental Systems Company. Bill served as Human Resources Director for Target Stores with direct responsibility for distribution/transportation staffing – from Vice Presidents to General Managers and Operations Managers – for Target Distribution Centers ranging in size from 600,000 square feet to one million. In 1985, Bill founded Herring & Associates – now The Herring Group – to provide organization, staff, and human resources consulting to nationally recognized companies. He has extensive experience in executive staffing, ranging from key supervisory positions to the vice presidential level. Bill’s commitment is to provide client companies with professional search services resulting in the best possible match of candidate and position.