March 24th, 2015

Lavante Announces Expansive Thought Leadership Series Through 2015


San Jose, CA – March 24, 2015 – Lavante Inc., the leading provider of Cloud-based supplier management and profit recovery solutions for Fortune 1000, announced today its plans to deliver an expansive thought leadership series through the end of 2015.  Lavante will be partnering with several industry experts to publish a sequence of informational white papers, host a series of webinars and present several live educational sessions at various industry trade shows including several featured speaking engagements at the Institute of Financial Operations’ (IFO) annual Fusion Conference being held May 11-14, 2015 at the Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center in Orlando, FL.

Throughout the series, Lavante will be partnering with an all-star cast of industry experts including Mary Schaeffer – Managing Director – AP Now and Tomorrow;  Pam Miller – Education Director and Editor AP Publications - IOFM; Josh Morrison – Former Sr. Manager of AP and Strategic Sourcing – C&S Wholesale Grocers; Tammie Norman – Former Director of Accounts Payable – Discovery Communications; Jon Casher – President – Casher Associates, Inc.; Chris Doxey, Owner of Doxey Inc.; and Joe Flynn – Founder and CSO – Lavante, Inc. Lavante and its educational partners have worked closely with the IFO on the library of material to be presented throughout the series and will award CPE credits for attendance at all events.

The Thought Leadership series kicks off with a webinar on March 26th entitled “Secrets You Need to Know About your Vendor Master File.”  This initial webinar speaks directly to the foundational importance of master vendor file data while setting the stage for the first wave of events which will occur through the end of June.  Lavante’s goal in this first wave is to educate the marketplace on the critical benefits of managing supplier information to the highest possible standard.

Beyond the spring curriculum, Lavante will continue the thought leadership series through the fall and winter, exploring the many facets of supplier sourcing as well as the evolving benefits of the post audit recovery process.  Lavante’s goal throughout the series is to equip professionals throughout the P2P process with best practices so that they will more easily accomplish day to day tasks while assuming an increasingly strategic role within the larger business organization.

Spring Event Summary

  • Lavante Webinar, March 26, 11 a.m. PST – “Secrets You Need to Know About your Vendor Master File.”  20 year veteran of an industry leading F200 shared service environment, Josh Morrison and Joe Flynn will walk you through the true value of your vendor master file and how your company can more effectively leverage your master vendor data.
  • Lavante Webinar, April 23, 11 a.m. PST – “Detox Your Vendor File.”  Jon Casher and Josh Morrison outline that much of the data and records residing in your vendor file are unnecessary and even damaging to your ability to complete your daily tasks and hit your strategic goals.  Lavante will walk you through the necessary steps to detox your vendor file.
  • IFO Fusion 2015 Presentation, May 13, 2015, 11 a.m. EST  - “What You Absolutely Must Know About Your Vendor Master File” Onsite at IFO Fusion, Tammie Norman and Joe Flynn discuss how the vendor file is a valuable asset that can be leveraged to save money, save time, avoid fraud, achieve compliance and accomplish more of your corporate goals.
  • Lavante Webinar, June 23, 2015 11 a.m. PST –  ”How to Take Your Vendor File to the NEXT LEVEL”  Josh Morrison and Jon Casher walk through the six indispensable steps of the ideal master vendor file.  Learn what it takes to be among the industry’s best of breed.


Ken Brown – CEO, The Institute of Financial Operations: “IFO is excited to be working with Lavante on the development of their 2015 Thought Leadership Series.  The curriculum they are delivering over the course of the year will educate the financial operations community on generating and delivering more value back to the larger corporation.”

Mary Schaeffer - CEO, AP Now and Tomorrow: “Now more than ever we are seeing how AP personnel are only as effective as the quality of their data.  I am excited to work with Lavante to bring real solutions for dramatically improving vendor file data.”

Josh Morrison – Senior Solution Consultant, Lavante  (Former Senior Manager of Accounts Payable & Strategic Sourcing, C&S Wholesale Grocers): “The Vendor Master File is the backbone of effectively managing supplier relationships and is the cornerstone of all downstream Purchasing and Payables transactions.”

About Lavante

Lavante is the leading provider of Cloud-based supplier management solutions for Fortune 1000 Companies. Our mission is to connect businesses with their suppliers while adding value to both by automating and improving the quality, accuracy and cost effectiveness of business interactions. For businesses our software and services help drive dollars to the bottom-line by ensuring quality of supplier data and automation of supplier onboarding and management, including burdensome tax and compliance requirements. For suppliers, we simplify the process of delivering value to clients and improve customer satisfaction, the ability to win new accounts, and profit.


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December 18th, 2013

Lavante’s Joe Flynn named to The Institute of Financial Operations Board of Directors


The Institute of Financial Operations has named its new board of directors for 2014.

Board members beginning terms in 2014 are:

  • Joe Flynn, founder and chief strategy officer of Lavante Inc., who will serve as vice chair, sponsor development
  • Desiree Clayton, accounts payable director at Nordstrom
  • Inna Le Guen, head of procurement center of expertise at Manulife Financial
  • Mark Pearson, director of internal audit services and security at Boise Inc.

Board members continuing on are:

  • Andre Hale, Disney Worldwide Shared Services, now senior vice chair, senior financial ops executives
  • Kathy Strasser, WAUSAU Financial Systems, vice chair and treasurer
  • Kathy Shannon, Costco Wholesale, vice chair and secretary
  • Fidel Coutou, Rogers Communication Inc., vice chair, Canadian affairs
  • Charles Kaplan, Perceptive Software Inc., now vice chair, global affairs
  • William Lowman, Shuffield Lowman P.A., vice chair, legal and compliance
  • Romil Bahl
  • Brian M. Good, Diesel Jeans
  • Kathy Hamburger, Hinduja Global Solutions
  • Derrick Murphy, ibml
  • Kathleen E. Romano, Verizon
  • Stephen Urrutia, JPMorgan Chase & Company

About The Institute of Financial Operations

The Institute of Financial Operations is a membership-based professional association serving the entire financial operations ecosystem, with a particular focus on the accounts payable and accounts receivable disciplines and the related fields of information management and data capture. The Institute grew out of the merger of four associations: International Accounts Payable Professionals (IAPP), International Accounts Receivable Professionals (IARP), the National Association of Purchasing and Payables (NAPP), and The Association for Work Process Improvement (TAWPI).

Based in Orlando, Fla., with affiliates in the U.S., Canada, and the UK, The Institute serves as a global voice, chief advocate, recognized authority, acknowledged leader, and principal educator for people in financial operations. The Institute has a community of nearly 70,000, which includes 9,000 members and customers, and an additional 61,000 financial operations professionals.

The Institute’s members have access to benefits and leading-edge resources such as the award-winning Financial Ops magazine, a dynamic, content-rich website, educational and networking events, online educational offerings, certification and certificate programs, career resources, and volunteer opportunities.

The Institute of Financial Operations has named its new board of directors for 2014, including three new members.

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November 19th, 2013

Lavante Inc. Taps Alan Park as SVP Sales


Former Executive from Trimble, Openwave and PINC Solutions brings SaaS enterprise expertise to the leader in cloud-based supplier management and recovery audit solutions SAN JOSE, CA – November 19, 2013 – Lavante, the leading provider of cloud-based supplier information management (SIM) and audit recovery software for Fortune 1000 companies, announced today that Alan Park has Read More…

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September 10th, 2013

Lavante Inc. Announces VP Product Management, Derek Anderson, SaaS Executive from Skire, WorkplaceIQ, Redwood Systems


SAN JOSE, CA – September 10, 2013 – Lavante, the leading provider of cloud-based supplier information management (SIM) and audit recovery software for Fortune 1000 companies, announced today that Derek Anderson has joined as VP Product Management.  With more than 20 years of experience leading technology companies through growth initiatives, Anderson will lead product strategy, Read More…

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September 4th, 2013

Lavante Inc. and Estuate Partner to Automate Supplier Management with Oracle ERP Systems


Technology partnership speeds up onboarding of new suppliers while enabling real-time changes to the vendor master file San Jose, CA and Sunnyvale, CA – September 4, 2013 – Lavante Inc., the leading provider of SaaS-based supplier management and profit recovery solutions, and Estuate, a global IT services company and Oracle Gold Partner, today announced a technology Read More…

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August 19th, 2013

Lavante Enhances Compliance and Risk Management Capabilities for Leading SaaS Supplier Management Application


Lavante SIM™ upgrade adds new workflow approval process, audit trail and e-Signature capabilities  SAN JOSE, CA– August 19, 2013 – Lavante Inc., the leading provider of on-demand supplier management and profit recovery solutions, today announced the availability of enhanced compliance and risk management capabilities in Lavante SIM™, the industry’s most comprehensive application to collect and validate supplier Read More…

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June 11th, 2013

Lavante Inc. Announces New CEO, Sam Klepper, Former Executive with Intuit, Microsoft, and eMeter


Press Release Lavante Inc. Announces New CEO, Sam Klepper, Former Executive  with Intuit, Microsoft, and eMeter San Jose, Calif. – June 11, 2013- Lavante, the leading provider of cloud-based recovery auditing and supplier information management (SIM) software for Fortune 1000 companies, announced today that Sam Klepper has joined as CEO.  Klepper has an exceptional track Read More…

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May 24th, 2013

101 Best Practices for Accounts Payable – Book Review


Mary Schaeffer has just released her newest book covering all things AP. With this new book titled 101 Best Practices for Accounts Payable Mary keeps the tradition of providing great information and great value for the reader.

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April 3rd, 2013

Supplier Information management Spotlighted by the Sourcing Innovation blog


Lavante Connect is one of the more powerful, and more streamlined, supplier information self-management solutions on the market. In the Lavante Connect solution, the supplier is walked-through the 3 to 5-step process of completing their profile and is updated with respect to their progress, and percentage of work remaining, after each step.

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