Nearly 20 years of experience in this industry.

We’ve seen the breakdown between facility owners and suppliers. There is complexity, ambiguity, and lack of transparency regarding cost, quality, and timing.

Buddy Bockweg

Founder + CEO

Throughout his 20 years of design, distribution, and supply chain experience, Buddy has come across countless customer problems that he couldn’t wait to figure out. To solve these ever-evolving jigsaw puzzles, he built teams focused on solutions and leveraged modern software systems (ERP, CRM, Project Management and E-commerce platforms) that empowered people and created personalized service to better connect suppliers with end users. Buddy has been proud to deliver results to some of the world’s most innovative companies, including JP Morgan Chase, YUM! Brands (KFC/Taco Bell/Pizza Hut), Chick-fil-A, 21c Museum Hotels, Texas Roadhouse, Regions Bank, Humana, Bonefish Grill, and many more.

 

Buddy brings to AxisPoint Alliance his strategic experience in Operations Management, Planning, Sales, Procurement, Risk Mitigation, Product Development, Marketing, Purchasing, and Forecasting. Laser focused on serving his partners, employees, and the surrounding communities, he’s excited at the opportunity to empower people, create value, and give back.

 

He holds a B.S. in Finance from The University of Louisville. Outside of his professional life, Buddy loves spending time with his family and attending services at his church. He’s involved in local charities, rarely passes up a chance to play 18 holes and loves to be anywhere there is water.

Gary Criscillis

Chief Financial Officer

Gary is a proven finance and business leader with experience in a broad range of business functions in high-growth, PE-backed organizations. He has demonstrated the ability to drive meaningful process and operational improvements in addition to M&A, acquisition integration, and overall business strategy.

 

Gary started his career in public accounting but found his calling as an operator serving in leadership roles within Sales Operations, Lead Generation, and FP&A. While in these positions, he developed general sales and Go-To-Market strategy for a multi-billion-dollar healthcare IT company, he led an integration workstream for a nearly $800M acquisition, and he developed reporting and analytics packages to inform and empower executive leadership.

 

Most recently, Gary was a part of the deal team that helped position a major technology company for a $2.7B sale. While on this team, he was responsible for securing the financial and operational data for the virtual data room so that potential suitors could accurately analyze the company and develop a bid for purchase.

 

Gary is a Certified Public Accountant who holds an MBA from the University of Louisville. When he isn’t providing financial solutions, he’s volunteering at the children’s ministry of his local church or spending time with his wife and three boys. 

Elia Tautua

Chief Supply Chain Officer

Bringing a truly one-of-a-kind background to AxisPoint Alliance, Elia has 18 years of experience in Procurement, Sourcing, and Inventory Management, most of which were spent in the United States Army. Starting his career as a Logistician, he quickly learned how to move products and personnel through complicated and sometimes treacherous supply chains.

 

After three tours and a few overseas stints, Elia became the VP of Sourcing and Procurement for a distribution company—moving tens of millions of dollars’ worth of product annually across the U.S.

 

During this time, he also utilized a new technology platform to create and implement purchasing processes and procedures. As a result, processing time and atomization of the purchasing function was reduced. AxisPoint Alliance will lean heavily on his experience with negotiating pricing, supplier terms and rebate programs for over 100 manufacturers.

 

Elia graduated Summa Cum Laude with a B.A. in Management and a B.S. in Accounting from the University of Kentucky.

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