Maria Bastian Thompson is a woman with a vision and the will to see these visions through to reality. After graduating with her bachelor’s degree in Spanish from the University of California Santa Barbara and graduating cum laude from University of San Diego with an International MBA and Supply Chain emphasis, Maria began her career in supply chain. Maria started at a Mexican based maquildora managing inventory, importation, sales and purchasing. Over the years, Maria has held several roles in the area of supply chain working for companies such as Qualcomm in their Supplier Management Program and Sempra Energy utilities in supply chain management where she was the Project Management Coordinator for many strategic sourcing initiatives and helped develop departmental training and key performance indicators for the Supply Chain Management staff.
While working in supply chain for various companies, Maria saw an opportunity to create a business focused on customer service and supply chain expertise within the utility industry. In December 2006, Maria founded Agile Sourcing Partners, Inc. (Agile). Agile is a woman, minority (Latina) owned integrated supplier certified by the California Public Utility Commission (CPUC) as a Diverse Business Enterprise (DBE).
Agile supports gas and electric utilities and their prime suppliers and manufacturers through streamlined communications, contract and project management, and collaborative cost savings. Agile’s top customers include some of the largest utilities in the United States such as Southern California Gas Company, Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E), San Diego Gas &am; Electric (SDG&E) and Southern California Edison. Agile’s expertise is reducing the customers’ Total Cost of Ownership by providing custom supply chain solutions to drive out costs in the entire supply chain. Agile provides leading class solutions that drive maximum value for their customers by offering the most dynamic portfolio of products and services of any integrated supplier. Agile actively participates in both the gas and electric arena providing distribution, substation, transmission, and generation materials, as well as calibrated and engineered gas equipment. The value added services Agile provides its customers include kitting and assembly, sourcing and procurement, warehousing, inventory management and logistics services. Agile is a company founded on creativity and problem solving with services and solutions ranging from custom fabricated units to made to order assemblies that reduce the installation time of meters and modules for SoCal Gas’s Advanced Meter initiative.
Maria is a board member of Cal State San Marcos’s Athletics Board and is an executive board member of the University of San Diego’s Supply Chain Management Institute. Maria also served as the VP of Administration for the American Production and Inventory Control Society Orange County Chapter, is a member of the National Association of Women Business Owners and is a member of the Institute of Supply Management San Diego.