Our CONNEX Marketplace technology was developed over 10 years ago by i5 Services to connect the U.S. manufacturing supply chain. Our first solution was built in the state of Utah. It was built in response to an economic development project designed to increase local jobs and revenue by keeping manufacturing locally sourced.
During this project, we met with many manufacturers from all regions of the state and asked them why current local-sourcing solutions were not solving their problems. From our interviews, we quickly learned that a major problem for buyers and manufactures is the ability to find and connect with manufacturers based on what they do (manufacturing processes), not just what they produce.
Seeing the tremendous industry need, we set out to build a solution. We built an initial database of all the manufacturers in the state and taxonomically categorized them by thousands of data points based upon their capabilities. When the platform was ready to go, we experienced success on the very first search we ran. It was for a large manufacturer who had been searching everywhere across the state for a supplier that met the exact certifications, excess capacity, equipment, and processes they required. Within minutes, our technology platform found a qualified supplier just two miles from their facility which did not come up in their traditional search methods. After meeting the manufacturer, and seeing that they were fully qualified, the buyer awarded them a $70M contract.
Based upon this success, and many others, we made the decision to build a national solution with a database of all U.S. manufacturers and their capabilities. In partnership with the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), America’s largest industry association, and state manufacturing associations across the country, we launched this national platform in 2017 and originally called it the Manufacturers Marketplace. In addition, we also partnered with the National Institute of Standards and Technology Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NIST MEP) and state MEPs, to create state-level solution called CONNEX, which seamlessly integrated into the national solution.
Today, the two platforms are combined into one product called CONNEX Marketplace. This platform is being implemented across the country to solve many of the current supply chain issues by intelligently connecting small American manufacturers and suppliers to large primes, OEM’s and government buyers. Manufacturers and suppliers can quickly post and respond to needs, visualize supply chain risk, search for qualified suppliers and instantly discover new business opportunities.
CONNEX is THE solution for the U.S. manufacturing supply chain and to help strengthen and rebuild the great American manufacturing industry.
President and CEO of i5 Services, LLC
Alan Davis is the President and CEO of i5 Services. For 25 years, he assisted companies like Boral, Walmart, British Airways, RiteAid, and Hertz to improve their bottom-line results. The largest project added $40 million per year directly to the bottom line and deterred over $120 million of loss annually.
Alan started i5 Services with the goal of changing industries through creative technical solutions to complex business problems. His background in technology, along with years of experience in leadership, transformation, process improvement, and business/IT alignment, have helped him excel at implementing solutions that bring about disruptive improvement.
David Rudd is the CFO of i5 Services. He manages all financial activities, leads Human Resources, and collaborates with the Strategy Team to set goals and implement growth plans. He also manages projects, creates innovative and effective solutions, and coordinates all divisions.
Previously, David had an extensive career in the Financial Sector as CEO, CFO, Sr VP, and Managing Member with companies like Expand Learning Solutions, Pristine Financial Services, Inc., and Information Access Technology. With his financial expertise, he helps organizations save money and monitor operational improvements.
Jeremiah Duck is the CTO at i5 Services. In this role, he is responsible for all aspects of technology, including software development, project management, information systems, technology infrastructure, and IT support. He supports the sales process in a technical capacity for project cost estimation, scoping proposals and statements of work.
Before coming to i5 Services he managed IT systems, software training, customer help desk, and marketing campaigns in higher education at West Texas A&M University, WTAMU Foundation, and the University of Utah.
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