Management Science Associates Adds C-Store Channel Vet

Levey joins info tech firm from Buchanan Energy, Irving Oil, National Tobacco, distributors

Steven Levey

PITTSBURGH -- Management Science Associates Inc. (MSA) has welcomed Steven Levey to the role of account director focusing on channel partner solutions. Levey's appointment adds to MSA's leadership team an established professional who brings direct wholesaler and convenience-retailer experiences that will accelerate the development of relevant tools and enhance relationships within the marketplace.

Levey most recently served as category manager for the 69-store Buchanan Energy LLC retail chain in Omaha and Chicago and has been a director of national accounts for the National Tobacco Co. Earlier in his career, Steve held category and account management roles at distributors, Pine State Trading Co. and Cumberland & York Distributors, and convenience retailers Irving Oil and Universal Delaware Inc.

"Steve offers the best of all worlds, having held management positions most recently with the Buchanan Energy convenience chain and also with National Tobacco, Irving Oil and Pine State Trading," said Suzy Silliman, MSA senior vice president and managing director of its largest division, Information Management Solutions (IMS). "His perspectives and experience throughout the demand chain play a critical role in our long-term strategy and will immediately help enhance today's offerings of VendorExpress, Trade Programs Management and Assortment NaviGATOR."

She added, "Additionally, Steve's knowledge and understanding will enable MSA to engage more effectively with our manufacturing clients by consulting on programs and applications that are more wholesaler and retailer-friendly."

Based in Pittsburgh, MSA works with approximately 1,000 distributors and 2,500 warehouses in supporting, among other processes, CPG manufacturer trade programs that deliver more than $1 billion in trade payments to distributors and retailers every year. MSA does not own or sell distributor data, but rather has been managing it securely for more than 20 years for use in business processes that are authorized by both the distributor and its trading partners.

MSA distributor solutions include VendorExpress, the collaborative vendor relationship management platform that provides distributors and their suppliers 24x7 access to critical information needed for streamlined trading-partner processes. Trade Programs Management helps distributors track and achieve customer compliance with distributor-managed rebate programs. Assortment NaviGATOR is a scenario-building platform that helps distributors and retailers optimize their product selections for the greatest return.

MSA engineers and commercializes information-based models, processes and systems for industry and government. Combining its expertise with the tools of information management, analytics, data management and software and systems technology, MSA develops, integrates, implements and maintains products and services in various functional and vertical domains. Within processes, departments, across large and small enterprises and throughout demand and supply chains, MSA helps customers put their data to work.