Meet the Authors

Rosemary Coates

Rosemary CoatesRosemary Coates is the President of Blue Silk Consulting, a Global Supply Chain consulting firm and the Executive Director of the Reshoring Institute. She has been helping companies with global supply chain strategies and architectures for more than 25 years. She is an Expert Witness in cases involving supply chain disputes, especially those involving sourcing and manufacturing in China.

Ms. Coates is an Amazon.com Best Selling author with four other books including: "42 Rules for Sourcing and Manufacturing in China," "42 Rules for Superior Field Service," "Negotiation Blueprinting for Buyers" and "The Reshoring Guidebook."

During her 25-year career in consulting and in industry, she was a Managing Director at SAP, Supply Chain Practice Leader at KPMG Peat Marwick and Answerthink Consulting, and Regional Manager at Hewlett-Packard. She has worked with over 80 clients worldwide, on supply chain strategies and tactics, including many process and technology improvement projects. Ms. Coates earned an MBA from University of San Diego and a BS in Business from Arizona State University. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the University of San Diego Supply Chain Management Institute. She is a Licensed US Customs Broker manufacturing. She currently teaches Global Supply Chain Architectures and Strategies at UC Berkeley.

Sarah K. Rathke, ESQ

Sarah K Rathke, ESQSarah Rathke is a trial attorney whose practice focuses on supply chain disputes and related litigation involving manufacturers – an area in which litigation is increasing and where hundreds of millions of dollars or more can be at stake. She has argued and tried supply chain cases in forums throughout the U.S., and her clients include foreign, domestic, and multi-national entities across industries, including automotive, aerospace, medical, construction, and office products.

Her skills include a deep understanding of operational issues in manufacturing and the process of bringing highly engineered products to market. Sarah also provides counseling to manufacturers concerning their supply chain contracts, the law governing international supply chain relationships, and the advisability of incorporating alternative dispute (arbitration) clauses into supply chain contracts, among other supply chain legal issues. She is a partner in the Cleveland, Ohio office of the international law firm of Squire Patton Boggs.