STEM Professional of the week

Tomas Edgardo Garcia      
GE Healthcare Technologies

With more than 20 years of experience in engineering, Tomas Edgardo Garcia is presently serving as GE Healthcare Tech¬nologies Global Sourcing Manager for the Process COE and Supplier Diversity. He began his career with GE as a Lead Mas¬ter Black Belt in Clinical Systems P&L and was then promoted to Director of product management for Patient Monitoring. He moved to GE’s X-Ray business as the Global Quality Leader and joined the MR Quality Organization shortly thereafter.

In January of 2012, Tomas embarked on his current position and in a short period of time was able to lead massive simplification of key sourcing processes: supplier addition, RFQ, contracts, last-time buys reducing wing to wing cycle time by up to 70 percent. He leads a 60 person global team, which is responsible for developing and deploying the strategic vision and tools to drive the support of the sourcing operations team and effectively manages risk across the Global Supply Chain. Committed to diversity efforts within the company & externally in growing GEHC’s diverse supplier base, Tomas has led and hosted multiple supplier diversity outreach conferences to enable growth of diverse and small business enterprises.

Outside of his day-to-day responsibilities, Tomas is a true champion of community service. He is the GE Hispanic Forum champion for the Developing Health Globally (DHG) Program in Honduras. DHG aims to improve access to quality healthcare for some of the world's most vulnerable populations by addressing critical gaps in existing developing world healthcare facilities and providing products and expertise to those facilities. When the program expanded to Latin America in 2007, Tomas worked to coordinate the efforts across Honduras as well as through the GE Company. Within a short time frame, as a result of this program, GE witnessed significant improvements in the quality of primary care.

As part of his efforts with Honduras, Tomas has also leveraged the power of the entire GE Corporation Hispanic Forum in a nationwide community service project to make blankets for the many newborn babies from DHG hospitals in the Central American country. As a result, 14 GE Hispanic Forum hubs across the U.S. joined together and shipped 1,400 blankets to two Honduran hospitals. The project was so successful that HF decided to repeat the Blankets for Babies as their 2013 community service project nationwide.

Tomas earned his Bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Tennessee Technological University and a Master’s degree in business administration from the University of Tennessee and is a certified Six Sigma Master Black Belt. Tomas and his wife Barbara, have two daughters and live in Hartland, Wisconsin. In October of 2013, Great Minds in STEM showcased Tomas' efforts during the 25th Anniversary HENAAC conference where he was the recipient of a Luminary Award.

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