I’ve been in disbelief since receiving the phone call last Wednesday afternoon. My cousin, friend, and fellow procurement enthusiast Justin Falgione suddenly and unexpectedly passed on while traveling on business. It wasn’t until after attending his funeral today that I could bring myself to write a tribute to this brilliant individual.

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Justin was a category manager for Ariba specializing in indirect spend. In recent years, he began getting more well-deserved public exposure in the field for authoring and co-authoring excellent articles in publications like Supply & Demand Chain Executive, Inside Supply Management, and Ariba’s Supply Watch.

Justin had an amazing knowledge of procurement. In mere minutes of speaking with him, you had no choice but to be awed by his intelligence and his knowledge of all of the subtleties of various categories. Some of his co-workers referred to him as a “rock star.”

In the spirit of the educational nature of this blog, I encourage you to seek out his work online. You’ll learn tremendously.

But beyond his professional life, Justin was known as a wonderful father and as someone dedicated to serving others and improving everything he was involved with. To paraphrase the eulogy his father (my Uncle Joe) wrote for today’s service, God is likely right now putting Justin to work to make Heaven a better place.

Justin, you were always an inspiration and your legacy will live on in the family and the profession that we shared.

Charles Dominick, SPSM, SPSM2, SPSM3

Charles Dominick, SPSM, SPSM2, SPSM3 is an internationally-recognized business expert, legendary procurement thought leader, award-winning entrepreneur, and provocative blogger. Charles founded the Next Level Purchasing Association in 2000, oversaw its incredible growth, and successfully led the organization to its acquisition by the Certitrek Group in 2016. He continues to blog and provide advisory services for the NLPA on a part-time basis as he incubates his upcoming business innovations. Charles is also the co-author of the wildly popular, groundbreaking book, "The Procurement Game Plan: Winning Strategies & Techniques For Supply Management Professionals."

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