Navigating Crititical Business Challenges and Cost Reductions: Conversations with SIB

Virtual Event
October 17, 2023 | 11:00 AM TO 12:00 PM

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Is inflation impacting your business? Join us as we partner with SIB Fixed Cost Reduction for a free, dynamic conversation on how businesses can analyze costs and develop achievable solutions! 

Leading the conversation will be Christian Johnson, SIB’s Vice President of Business Development and Channel Partnerships, who will talk about the challenges businesses face with expenses, and how cost reduction strategies – including vendor optimization, procurement strategies, and contract compliance – can help improve your bottom line. 

You’ll also hear real-world examples from SIB clients Dick’s Sporting Goods and Primanti Brothers, who utilized SIB’s recommendations to increase efficiencies and cut costs. 

Following the presentation, Christian will answer your questions and help you start thinking about the innovative strategies that will save you money. For more information on about partnering with SIB on cos-saving strategies for your business please click here.

Time & Place

Tuesday, October 17, 2023
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Virtual Platform: Zoom

Price: FREE 



Christian Johnson is SIB’s Vice President of Business Development and Channel Partnerships. In his role, he is responsible for both direct business development and the growth and management of SIB’s partner programs. 

Christian joined SIB in 2012 and has been an integral part of the business development team. He has worked with hundreds of companies in a wide array of industries to them SIB’s clients lower their expenses. 

Prior to joining SIB, Christian was VP of Marketing for technology start-up Synthio (formerly Social123). Before 

moving to Charleston, he spent eight years in Bozeman, Montana, where he ran Promotions West, a custom imprint and promotional product company. 

Christian attended The University of the South in Sewanee Tennessee, where he graduated with a degree an English and a minor in Environmental Studies.  

Pete Chiappa is the Chief Financial Officer of the iconic Primanti Bros. restaurants, which was acquired earlier this year by Garnett Station Partners, a New York-based PE firm. 

Pete has worked in private equity-owned businesses for the past 15 years, serving in various executive leadership roles. His previous restaurant experience came from being the CFO of Buffalo Wild Wings’ largest franchisee, Michigan-based Patton Wings, which operates more than 100 restaurants in 8 states. Prior to that, Pete held various roles with Vantage Food; and began his career with KPMG, serving as senior manager in the firm’s Manufacturing, Retail and Distribution practice. 

Christoph Elben of Coraopolis PA, is a multilingual strategic sourcing, category management and procurement operations executive with broad experience in all aspects of corporate purchasing, e-Sourcing, contract negotiations, category planning, P2P systems, and Policy development. 

Christoph has been with Dick’s Sporting Goods for over 8 years and is currently the Vice President of Non-Merchandise Procurement.  

He is responsible for managing all aspects of ~ $1.5B Non-Merchandise Procurement spend, including spend and savings forecasting, capacity management, stakeholder satisfaction, budgeting & cost control, quality and continuous improvement, and team performance.

Christoph’s career began at Ariba, Inc, where he spent close to a decade rising to the role of Director of North America and Europe Sourcing Operations. Following that, and prior to his role at DSG Christoph was Director of Global Sourcing Execution Operations at Accenture. 

Christoph is a graduate of Purdue University and holds a multitude of Certifications in Supply Chain Management.