Meet Louise


Empowering Women in the Workplace

Louise O'Sullivan, an accomplished entrepreneur and award-winning industry executive, has a new career as a Leadership Speaker. 

O’Sullivan’s key presentations are designed to help young executives flourish in leadership roles and to assist leadership teams in empowering women in the workplace. Speaking engagement topics include:   

  • Things Are Really Different Now...Aren't They?
  • Can Women Flourish in a Male Dominated Industry?  
  • Unveil Your Corporate Culture: Make Sure Every Employee Flourishes, Especially the Women, in Your Company
  • Get the Most from your Female Team Members AND Maximize Your Company Reputation 

O'Sullivan founded Prime Advantage in 1997, following a 22-year management career in industrial manufacturing. Prime Advantage, a manufacturer's buying consortium (GPO), negotiated supply chain programs with Endorsed Suppliers of raw materials, components, services and supplies for its 2000+ manufacturing member companies. In 2017 O’Sullivan, the company’s Chairman and CEO, sold Prime Advantage to OMNIA Partners, a GPO with over 150,000 members.

Prior to founding Prime Advantage, O'Sullivan was president of a Dover Corporation (DOV) company, Groen, an OEM manufacturer of commercial food service and industrial processing equipment, for more than 12 years. A former elementary school teacher, she joined Groen in 1975 as a part-time advertising writer.  During the next 10 years O’Sullivan rose rapidly through the ranks, serving as Vice-President of Sales, Marketing and Engineering immediately before being appointed President.

O'Sullivan has a distinguished history as an industry leader. She was named 2013 "Pro to Know of the Year" by Supply and Demand Chain Executive Magazine. She is past President of NAFEM (North American Association of Food Equipment Manufacturers) with 700+ Members, and past Director of the Illinois Racing Board. 

Louise is the 2005 winner of NAFEM's highest honor, the William W. Carpenter Award, Louise served on the boards of Taylor Capital Holdings and The Entrepreneurial Advisory Board for University of Chicago's Graduate School of Business. She was Vice President of the University of Chicago's Executive Program Alumni Club, received the "Pacesetter of the Year" award for Women in Marketing, as well as MAFSI's "Market Mover Award".  

O'Sullivan is referenced in General Managers in Action, 1992, by Harvard Professor Frank Aquilar, as well as in Managing Corporate Ethics, published in 1994 by Oxford University Press, and in Lessons in Leadership by Charles Bernstein, 1993. In 1987, Harvard Business School published a case study on O'Sullivan and her management challenges at Groen. 

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MBA, University of Chicago, Booth Graduate School of Business

M.A. Child Guidance, Northeastern Illinois University

B.S. Elementary Education/Psychology, College of St. Teresa

Louise Speaks

Helping Leadership Teams Achieve 

Speaking engagement topics

  • Things Are Really Different Now...Aren't They? 
  • Can Women Flourish in a Male Dominated Industry?
  • Unveil Your Corporate Culture: Make Sure Every Employee Flourishes, Especially the Women, in Your Company
  • Get the Most from your Female Team Members AND Maximize Your Company Reputation

Louise O'Sullivan  |

312-497-3101  |

In the Spotlight

Breaking Ground: A Q&A with Prime Advantage’s Louise O’Sullivan, March 2018

Value Employees as Much as Customers

Entrepreneur, November, 2016

2013 Pro to Know of the Year

United Plans Huge Jet Order


Chicago Tribune, September, 1996

Groen: A Dover Industries Company, Louise O'Sullivan, President, Video

Career References in Print

Dover Corporation, A History, 1995-1989

Smith and Sobel, 1991

General Managers in Action

Harvard Professor Frank Aguilar, 1992

Lessons in Leadership

Charles Bernstein, 1993

Managing Corporate Ethics

Oxford University Press, 1994

Past Board Positions

Director, Dukane Manufacturing

St. Charles, IL

Director, Cole-Taylor Bank

Chicago, IL

Trustee, Kendall College

Chicago, IL

Commissioner, Illinois Racing Board

Springfield, IL

President, NAFEM (North American Foodservice Equipment Manufacturers)

Chicago, IL

Vice-Chair, IFMA (International Foodservice Manufacturer’s Association)

Chicago, IL

Vice-President, University of Chicago’s Executive Program Club

Chicago, IL

Chair, CFSP (Certified Food Service Professional) Board of Governors

Chicago, IL

Trustee, Illinois Restaurant Association’s Educational Foundation

Chicago, IL

Chair, FCSI (Foodservice Consultant Society International) Allied Member Advisory Committee

Louisville, KY

Member, American School Foodservice Association’s Foundation Advisory Committee

 National Harbor, MD 


SDCE Pro To Know of the Year

William A. Carpenter Award

Edward B. Sweeney Award

Baltimore All Industry Council

Ph.D., Honorary

Johnson and Wales University

Market Mover Award

Manufacturers' Agents to the Foodservice Industry

Pacesetter of the Year Award

Roundtable for Women in Foodservice

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