Thomas Raterman

The Tool Maker


AGE: 28

HOMETOWN: Cincinnati, Ohio

ALMA MATER: The Ohio State University

CURRENT POSITION: Contract Administrator, Strategic Sourcing, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Chevy Chase, Maryland

NOMINATED BY: Judith Smith, Associate Director, Strategic Sourcing, Howard Hughes Medical Institute

In His Own Words

Most significant career accomplishment to date?

Working to set up a primary vendor relationship with a key supplier through an RFP process. This yielded several positive benefits, and was a big change for the organization.

Does your job have a significant impact on your company?

Yes. We enable end users to order supplies efficiently. Overall price, quality, and service improve by developing strategic relationships with key suppliers.

30 Under 30 Program Partners

Institute for Supply Management® (ISM) is the first supply management institute in the world. Founded in 1915, ISM's mission is to enhance the value and performance of procurement and supply chain management practitioners and their organizations worldwide. By executing and extending its mission through education, research, standards of excellence and information dissemination—including the renowned monthly ISM Report On Business®—ISM maintains a strong global influence among individuals and organizations.

ThomasNet provides solutions that make it easier for buyers and engineers to partner with the right industrial suppliers. For nearly a century the Company’s “big green books”—the Thomas Register—were considered indispensable to B2B buyers and manufacturers alike. Today, ThomasNet offers tools to facilitate every step of the buying process. These include industry’s leading supplier discovery platform, free online at

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