Craig H. Faunce
It was just two short decades ago that I rather serendipitously entered into the wild, wonderful world of Federal procurement and supply chain management. If I had not fallen off my bicycle and broken a collarbone while working as a bike messenger in D.C., who knows where I would be today! So, to suggest that my current career path is at all entirely intentional would be disingenuous at best. Fast-forwarding 20 years (how the time flies!), I currently spend my workweek assisting with the administration and management of various subcontracting activities as an employee SAIC (www.saic.com), predominantly supporting a DoD Customer base. My career here started in 2004 when Dr. Beyster was at the helm, and though the company has evolved considerably since then, I still consider this a wonderful place to work. Previously I functioned as a buyer and materials handler for Harris Technical Services Corporation, and later Information Systems Support, Inc. Somehow, I’ve managed to make a career for myself in the field, and one way or the other, I seem to find ways to enjoy the profession every single day. Some days it’s the job; some days it’s all the great people. My daily life goals continue to include trying to learn something new every day and doing my best not to take myself too seriously – I have found these aspirations to serve me well both inside and outside of procurement.
When I’m not busy spending millions of taxpayer dollars, worrying about counterfeit parts or conflict minerals, or lamenting the prospect of audits, I enjoy hanging out with my smoker making delicious barbecue (maybe sipping a little scotch), photography, camping, and riding any one of my bicycles (albeit, without quite so much reckless abandon). I read a bit, and my favorite authors include Ray Bradbury, Stephen King, and Bill Bryson – if only the FAR were as riveting.