Justin Crachy '09

Supply Chain Manager

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Justin Crachy, USD alumnus and Supply Chain Manager at Solar Turbines
begin quoteAs a Supply Chain Manager for Solar Turbines, Crachy doesn’t just see facts and figures. He sees a massive game of chess where every move represents a carefully calculated strategy to make Solar, its customers and its suppliers more successful.

Solar Turbines

Justin Crachy, USD alumnus and Supply Chain Manager at Solar Turbines

The wall in Justin Crachy’s office at Solar Turbines holds a large whiteboard illustrating various models innovating for his company’s supply chain organization. Crachy ponders that board every day, fine-tuning these models, planning his next move. As a Supply Chain Manager for the San Diego-based global industrial gas turbine manufacturer, he doesn’t just see facts and figures. Crachy sees a massive game of chess where every move represents a carefully calculated strategy to make Solar Turbines, its customers, and its suppliers more successful.

His interest in the supply chain side of business began just a few miles away on the USD campus. “I was the first to graduate college in my family,” he says. “I didn’t have a lot of guidance to go into any certain profession or career. I had to figure it out on my own.”

In his sophomore year, Crachy became fascinated with the complexities of negotiating and managing suppliers. He forged relationships with the School of Business faculty and was encouraged to make it his major. He earned his BBS in Procurement and Finance in 2000. When Solar Turbines came looking for new grads, USD shared his resume with them and he was promptly recruited as an associate buyer.

Making the right moves.

Crachy soon worked his way up to Senior Buyer/Planner. In 2003, he left to “spread his entrepreneurial wings” and worked outside of supply chain for a few years. He was successful, but his heart wasn’t in it. So he called Solar Turbines to explore the option of returning. “They said, ‘When can you start?’” Crachy says, smiling. He returned to Solar Turbines as Procurement Specialist in 2006. Returning to San Diego gave Crachy the opportunity to achieve another goal: obtain his Master's in Supply Chain Management from USD.

“Professors like Ray Hummell, who are so open and willing to help students, continue to influence me today,” he says. “They care and spend the time to make sure their students have the tools they need to succeed.”

With tools like personalized learning and real-world experience, he was promoted to Sourcing Specialist in 2008 and tapped in 2015 to head up one of Solar Turbine’s supply chain management teams, which is responsible for several millions of dollars in spend each week. Crachy credits USD’s Master's in Supply Chain Management program with allowing him to move up the ladder more quickly and collaborate on projects that provide significant value to Solar Turbines. Because he has worked in each role he now manages, Crachy knows first-hand the challenges his team faces. “For me, supply chain management is about managing relationships and risk while making sure we’re doing everything we can to keep our customers happy,” he says. “But that’s the fun piece too. There’s always a new challenge.”

Giving back.

Not only does Crachy love his job, he also loves the place that made it possible. That is why he’s always looking for ways to give back to the USD School of Business. In an effort to inspire the next generation, he has spent the last four years mentoring graduate and undergraduate supply chain management students while also developing projects taken from real-life scenarios for the students to work on. He is driven by his passion for the school and a desire to see USD and the supply chain program continue to be successful.

“I want to bring real-world experience to the classroom,” Crachy says. “I give students actual supply chain challenges and put them through the process of figuring out solutions. Hopefully, this will give more students hands-on experience and companies will want to recruit more USD grads.”

Crachy also credits the university as the place where he made life-long friends — and met his wife, Kathryn (Goodman) Crachy (2004). They now have three children and live in San Diego’s North County. While his career has been a series of well-calculated decisions, he sees his time at USD and the School of Business as his most strategic move. “When I think about USD, I feel very blessed,” he says. “The school holds a special place in my heart.”


Renata Ramirez
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