LOCOMeX, Inc. is a provider of project economy & supply chain (PES) technology solutions. It offers a comprehensive cloud-based PES platform that connects enterprises/organizations with suppliers globally. LOCOMeX platform provides visibility & transparency into and control over how companies spend ESG, supplier diversity & supply chain procurement program budgets. Our core product is “DivedIn”, a cloud-based collaborative diversity resource planning & strategic local content sourcing tool.
Our platform offers comprehensive suite of products, capabilities & features such as B2B2G Marketplace Connector, Small Business Portal, DivedIn, Invoices Tracker, Assetim, Integration Gateways, etc. that would typically require the purchase and use of multiple disparate enterprise applications and datasets. The core of the platform consists of strategic local content sourcing, supplier diversity planning, invoice to payment (I2P) tracking, and compliance analytics modules that form the transactional AI powered engine for managing a company’s supply chain procurement & supplier diversity spend.
LOCOMeX was founded under the belief that everyone deserves transparency and equal access to opportunities in the supply chain. The use of local small businesses especially from underserved/under-resourced communities to supply products & services, will improve delivery responsiveness & resiliency, and cause local economies to flourish.
LOCOMeX is developing an AI-powered, end-to-end supply chain procurement platform that is easy to use, encourages collaboration/innovation, and creates a win-win for all stakeholders.
Our vision is to empower suppliers and drastically reduce economic inequality by increasing and widening the global supply chain through local content. As a result, ALL communities can thrive.
Collaborative Supplier Portal, AI-Powered DivedIn, AI-Powered Invoice Tracker, and API-Based B2B2G Marketplace Connector & Integration Gateways.
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Consultant – CTO & Cybersecurity
Hello. My name is Ayo Jemiri. I love to learn and tend to ask “why?” on a regular basis. I hunt down every possible scenario before landing on the solution that will make the most significant impact on communities. That is why I have earned an MS & MBA degree, as well as added credentials as a project management professional (PMP) and certified energy procurement (CEP). This educational foundation strengthens my ability to build teams and launch successful projects with long-term viability.
CAREER-DEFINING EXPERIENCES YIELD INSPIRATION FOR SUPPLIER DIVERSITY & LOCAL CONTENT IN THE SUPPLY CHAIN
Over 20 years ago, I was fortunate to work for an American Oil & Gas company. As a young engineer starting off my career, I was assigned to be part of a project team as a “Field Civil Engineer” with responsibility over quality assurance & quality control, and overall construction inspection oversight for a unique & innovative “first of its kind” in Nigeria & Africa! This $30M project was to design and build four “Floating Concrete Gas Compression Station Barges” to support a $120M associated gas pipeline infrastructure project along a land, swamp & offshore pipeline route. This project is unique & innovative in the sense that prior to the award of the project by the Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC) in joint venture with Multi-National Oil & Gas Companies, two previous “Floating Concrete Gas Compression Station Barges” were designed & built outside Nigeria, in Italy, then shipped over international waterways to the project site location in Nigeria! Thanks to some policy makers at NNPC, who reviewed the cost of these past build-transport projects and discovered that the cost of transportation alone can be used to design & build one concrete barge locally in Nigeria with significant economic impact to the local economy! These policy makers pushed for supplier diversity & local content in the $120M associated gas pipeline infrastructure project; that is how the decision was made to design & build the four floating concrete barges in the Niger-Delta region of Nigeria. I was fortunate to be part of this unique & innovative project!
During the design & construction of these four floating concrete barges, I learned much about technology innovation, international trade mechanism, team building, community outreach & engagement, government relations, culture of the community, and project management. Also, through this project, we were able to subcontract to vendors/suppliers from the Niger-Delta region and hire several people from the local communities directly impacted by these projects. This local sourcing created significant economic benefits & impact to the community and local economy!
After a year working on the floating concrete barge project, my boss informed me that the “Executive Project Manager” leading the overall $120M project & the project management office (PMO) requested me to be transferred to the PMO to take over the $20M “Associated Community Development Projects” in a new role as “Project Coordinator”! I was shocked because in a million years I couldn’t have expected the Executive Project Manager to pick me for this role; when I asked him, “Why me?” he explained that the decision came from the “Big Boss” because my daily construction inspection oversight report was so valuable to the project experts at the PMO. When they came out to the site to observe site problems and issues, they relied on my report, which suggested root-cause and plausible problem-solving solutions.
COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS AND DINNER WITH THE KING
The Project Coordinator role gave me opportunity to meet various community leaders, community activists, local government officials, youth groups, non-profit organizations and first-class traditional rulers (Town & Village Kings). During the implementation of the various community development projects, I visited the “Nembe Community” where a community health center & school was being built. The Nembe Community has a first class “King” that oversees the Nembe Kingdom! The king invited me to his palace for dinner; I was moved because I looked at myself, a young engineer from south-west region of Nigeria sitting on the same dinner table with one of the most powerful & influential kings in the oil-rich Niger-Delta region. It was unbelievable experience for me! After dinner, the king showed me around the palace, including pictures he took with an American oil man in the late 60s or early 70s, when crude oil was first discovered in the Nembe Kingdom. He also showed me the very first crude oil ship tanker that shipped crude oil from the port in Niger-Delta region to United States! The king told me that he invited me for dinner because he was very impressed with what he was hearing from the villagers about my dedication & passion to ensure all the community development projects were completed on time, and invoice payments to local vendors & suppliers were made ahead of due dates. Later, he introduced me to one of his sons that was in college studying civil engineering. He said, “I want him to meet you so that you can be a role model to him… because as a very young engineer just starting your career, you have handled these community development projects very well for our people!”. I will never forget how honored I felt to be invited to dinner, and to be entrusted to mentor the king’s son.