Director, Stacey Hooper came to the State in February, 2006 with an extensive background in warehousing and distribution. As Director of the Division of Warehousing and Distribution, Ms. Hooper is responsible for the oversight of all divisional aspects including warehousing/distribution, state and federal surplus property, procurement, budgeting, general administration, and the State Records Operations Program. Since being appointed to her current position, Ms. Hooper has overseen the centralization of warehousing at a statewide level. Centralization provides agencies a means to reduce their overhead by closing multiple warehouses, ultimately resulting in lower State expenditures. In addition, processes have been modernized and streamlined to provide more expedient customer service while minimizing operational costs.
During Ms. Hooper's 14+ years of experience in Inventory and Operations Management, she has worked at multiple facility sites, ranging in sizes up to 400,000 square feet. Inventory types managed and distributed have included pharmaceuticals, printed materials of all types, and cellular telephones and components. Many of these facilities were controlled and/or secured environments due to the sensitivity of products handled. Ms. Hooper received a United States Drug Enforcement Agency Certification to handle and distribute scheduled pharmaceuticals in 2005. During her career, Ms. Hooper has been instrumental in the reorganization of multiple distribution centers, including development of software, as well as all other warehouse procedural functionality such as receiving, pick/pack, quality control, shipping, security and controls, sales order processing, budget and inventory maintenance.
Ms. Hooper is an ardent advocate for change, believing that allowing processes and personnel to become stagnant provides a breeding ground for inefficiency and waste. She currently serves on the Strategic National Stockpile Cities Readiness Initiative Advisory Committee. She is an alumnus of the Tennessee Government Executive Institute, University of Tennessee and the Naifeh Center for Effective Leadership.