Wyoming man receives award from PepsiCo

Wyoming resident Scott Girtz was inducted into the 2012 PepsiCo Chairman’s Circle of Champions at a ceremony in New York in October.

For his excellent work in the PepsiCo supply chain, Henry Girtz received the 2012 Chairman’s Circle of Champions award.

Known to his friends as Scott, Girtz lives in Wyoming with his wife Candice.

Thirty-nine top performers were selected from among PepsiCo’s 250,000-person global supply chain team from PepsiCo North American Foods, which includes Frito-Lay North America, Quaker Oats Company and Sabra.

The winners were from 23 states and three Canadian provinces. Girtz was the only winner from Minnesota.

Frito-Lay sells snack foods and Quaker is known for cereal, granola bars and pancake syrup. Sabra Dipping Company, a joint venture between PepsiCo and Strauss Group, produces Middle Eastern-style foods that are certified kosher and vegetarian.

The winners were honored in October at the annual Chairman’s Circle of Winners induction ceremony in New York City.

Award winners demonstrated exceptional performance in the areas of safety, quality, service, cost, sustainability, and people skills.

At the time of the selection process, Girtz was parts coordinator for Frito-Lay North America, West Division in Coon Rapids.  He joined Frito-Lay in 1999 as vendor coordinator and was named parts coordinator in 2009.

Girtz was recognized for organizing parts and reducing the time it takes to find needed parts.

“He did a complete review that matched parts on hand with trucks and moved unneeded parts to shops where they could be used.  His system includes an automatic reorder to make sure parts are on hand.  He has some of the best scores in the company for ensuring invoices are processed,” his PepsiCo biography reads.

Girtz was also credited with eliminating obsolete parts, rotating high-mileage trucks to locations where mechanics are available and using fuel-efficient trucks on longer routes.

As parts coordinator he purchased parts and supplies for Frito Lay trucks that run in the central U.S. area, from Canada to Texas.

He supervised 11 mechanics in five states and ordered parts for 1200 trucks.

If a truck was broken, Girtz said, he would choose the replacement parts from 1400 national suppliers.

For example, he would get a call from a trucker in Des Moines who needed a set of brake calipers. “I would go into the system and find the best price and quickest delivery,” he said.

Now Girtz has made what he calls a “lateral move” to asset manager, taking care of the truck moves.

As the logistics person he still serves the Midwest, but the area has been expanded. In addition to North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, and Nebraska, it now includes Kansas, Missouri and Arkansas, plus parts of Illinois, Mississippi, and Louisiana.

As part of being inducted into the Chairman’s Circle of Winners, Scott and Candy were treated to an all-expenses-paid three-day trip to New York.

“The company rented the entire Hard Rock Cafe one night for us. It’s a three-level restaurant, and they had different tables on the levels with food from all over the world,” he said.

“They took us to the PepsiCo worldwide headquarters in Purchase, NY, where we were in a parade, and all the employees greeted us,” he added.

For the final night awards dinner, PepsiCo rented the American History Museum in New York.

Girtz said he has taken advantage of on-the-job training courses at Frito Lay and PepsiCo, plus on-line conferencing.

Before joining the company, he said, he worked as a service writer at Lake Country Auto on Greenway Avenue in Forest Lake.

He said PepsiCo is “a great company to work for. I like where I’m at.”