John Rhodes -- Senior Advisor, World Strategies, LLC
John is a proven business leader with the ability to identify and solve business challenges across functions and industries. John’s international experience spans 25 years, having traveled and worked in various markets worldwide.
For the past several years, John has held various positions within Walmart International, focusing on procurement, supplier development, leverage, and private brands. In these areas, he has worked with various merchandising, sourcing, marketing, and strategy teams to develop and drive innovation and efficiencies.
Prior to Walmart, John worked 15 years for Mars Incorporated, across functions and divisions, including snack food, food, and pet care. His roles included sales and category management, as well as supply chain positions both domestic US and International. This work initially drew upon John’s past in international freight forwarding and customs clearance.
His professional background is supported by a degree in Business Administration from Drury University, an MBA (w/emphasis in Ethics and Leadership) from John Brown University, and a CHB license (required to clear imported goods for US commerce). John has a penchant to learn and is pursuing a degree in accounting from Auburn University.
Jennifer Spall, Senior Advisor, World Strategies, LLC
Jennifer is a nationally-recognized, creative media and government relations professional with 20+ years as a PR executive and company spokesperson.
Most recently, Jennifer spent 11 years at Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. serving as Senior Director of Corporate Affairs where she led the company’s political programs. During her tenure, she raised over $4 million in political action committee funds and oversaw all spending and compliance of the company’s PAC and corporate dollars. She managed a board comprised of high-level senior executives. Additionally, she directed corporate grass tops/grassroots efforts and GOTV efforts.
Jennifer also led the company’s Public Affairs & Government Relations team which was responsible for managing policy, legislative and land use issues that impact Wal-Mart, as well Wal-Mart’s Foundation, urban development and community relations in 22 Western states. In that role, she devised the strategy, built a coalition and directed a team of lawyers, lobbyists and stakeholders to defeat legislation with an impact of over $500 million to the company. She further developed and executed community and stakeholder strategy, serving as the company’s representative, on the approval of more than 60 Walmart stores resulting in hundreds of millions of dollars in new sales for the company.
Her public-sector experience includes serving as an aide to former Governor Gary E. Johnson (R-NM) and intern to the late U.S. Senator Conrad Burns (R-MT), in addition to work on countless campaigns. Her private sector experience work includes two of the largest public affairs and relations firms in the country, in addition to her own practice. She worked on a team to build the first private/public partnership on a high school for Intel Corporation and her client base included agriculture, energy, technology and health care interests.
In 2010 she was nominated by Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers for the American Council of Young Political Leaders (ACPYL) and served as a delegate for the ’10 Australian exchange and lead the ’13 delegation to Hungary and Croatia. She was appointed to ACYPL’s board of trustees in 2015. She has served multiple national and regional boards and was appointed by Governor Gregoire (D-WA) to serve on the WA Child Product Safety Task Force and the WA State Freight Mobility Stakeholders Committee.
Jennifer is a double major from the Montana State University in French and Political Science. She and her husband Chip reside in Bentonville, AR with their six-year old son and two dogs.Type your paragraph here.
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Angela Marshall Hofmann - Founder and President of World Strategies
Angela has served as a trusted advisor to members of the U.S. Congress and Executive Branch as well as to CEOs and senior executives in complex, multi-national organizations for over two decades.
Previously, Angela was Vice President, International Corporate Affairs, at Walmart Stores, Inc. where she led the company’s external engagement in 40+ retail, ecommerce and sourcing countries around the world. She also launched innovative public-private chain capacity building projects focused on transparency, building safety, agricultural development and women’s economic empowerment in Latin America, Asia and Africa. Angela joined the company in 2002 as Director of International Corporate Affairs in the company’s Federal Government Relations office in Washington, D.C. In 2005, she moved to company headquarters in Bentonville, Arkansas where she led corporate affairs engagement in the Americas as well as gained operational experience in the supply chain when she was promoted to Vice President, GNFR (indirect spend) and Sourcing Services in Walmart Global Sourcing.
Prior to Walmart, she served as International Trade Counsel on U.S. Senate Finance Committee under Chairman Max Baucus. Angela joined the Senator’s staff in 1989 as a congressional liaison in the State of Montana and in 1997, after receiving her Juris Doctorate from the University of Montana, was his legislative counsel for agriculture and trade in Washington, D.C.
Angela is a staunch advocate for women’s empowerment and continues to be active in the Organization of Women in International Trade ("OWIT") a voluntary, non-profit association of professionals interested in international trade. She joined the organization in 1997 and in 2005 served as President of the Washington, D.C. chapter. From 2010-2013 she served as President of the organization which included 25 chapters and 2000+ members around the globe.
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