In 2016, Sam started a journey to discover what would happen if he applied his industry experience to help micro-entrepreneurs increase in knowledge, grow their revenue and ultimately pull themselves out of poverty. This experiment took place in South Africa, a country that has one of the widest gaps in wealth and race in the world. On one side of a street, you could find enormous mansions and golf courses and on the other, a family of 8 living in one single tin shack. Electric poles look like a spider web of wires directly hooking up to these shacks to provide some electricity. Most people cook in open fire stoves. Many of these shacks double as storefronts. Most roads are broken and all of them are covered in sand. People living in these townships survive on as little as $2.50 per day, while on the other side, people earn +20 times this amount. This was the most ideal place to learn some real world economics and test the theory: if you teach a man to fish, can he build a global industry? To find out the answer, come to the webinar.
|Event Date||11-09-2021 12:00 pm|
|Event End Date||11-09-2021 12:30 pm|
|Individual Price||Member - FREE | Guest - $10 | 0.5 PDU|
Sam Ares has two bachelor’s degrees, one in Chemical Engineering and a second in Industrial Biotechnology. He has spent the last 8 years working for both large corporations and small start-ups in the areas of product development, material and process development, and business strategy. More recently, he worked in Material Packaging Group as Project Manager for PET and HDPE technologies at the manufacturing site of a Fortune 500 company. Currently he’s leading all packaging innovations projects.
In 2012, Sam was hired as Material Developer Engineer for Procter and Gamble. As a material owner, he managed a global supply chain, multiple material types and supported various P&G sites in NA/LA. Sam worked with global projects and multi-cultural teams to deliver $2 million per year in cost savings. He developed business continuity programs and led Fem Care through two supply chain crises that threatened global production of Fem Care Pads and Liners. In his next role as process developer, he created and owned the technical cost model for a product innovation portfolio within the Always brand. He provided insight and influenced the innovation trajectory for the next five to ten years.
In 2016, he moved to Cape Town, South Africa to be the Managing Director of a non-profit that offered entrepreneurial training courses to micro-businesses in poor communities. He managed work and career development plans for the staff and led the team in digitizing all its learning content so that people throughout Africa could have access to the courses.
In 2018, he started working as the Material Technology Owner for Bottles for P&G Tabler Station Manufacturing. He developed expertise in bottle blowing and injection molding technologies. By building strong partnerships with other P&G departments, vendors and suppliers, he was able to lead cross-functional teams in the qualification and validation of over 131 unique packages. He managed budgets and functional resources to complete the project scope on-time and within budget. He created and implemented projects that increased process reliability and generated cost savings. He also worked with Brand, Operations and our vendors to develop packaging qualification strategies for various initiatives. He currently led the development of all Capital Engineering projects in Tabler Station, including projects that increase capability. His work involves creating business cases, cost-benefit analysis, alternatives analysis, scope definition, procurement strategies and qualification strategies for each of these and presenting them to management.