For the second time in two years, a Stillman School MBA student has
been awarded a 2014 ISM-Capital One Conference Scholarship. Sean
Rainford was named one of 12 students nationwide to receive the honor
after competing against more than 130 applicants from around the world.
In his essay entitled, "The Future of Supply Management," Rainford
noted that supply management and procurement will become an increasingly
important strategic business unit that can "organically generate growth
and increase profits." In addition, Rainford predicted a greater
reliance on technology in supply management, "freeing people to create
value in the procurement stream in other performance improvement manners
such as process redesign, streamlining workflows, and reducing
"I am very privileged, honored and humbled all at the same time,"
Rainford said after winning the $1,250 scholarship and the opportunity
to attend the ISM-Capital One Conference in Las Vegas in early May. "I
look forward to representing Seton Hall at the conference and to
mingling with the best and brightest in supply management and
procurement. I hope this award brings awareness on the national level to
the quality of education at Stillman School and Seton Hall and helps
both continue to rise in national prominence."
The 31-year-old New York native plans a career in commodities trading
and expects his supply management degree to give him an added advantage
over the competition. This latest accolade comes after a first place
win in the 2013 Rhoda Isaacs Scholarship in Supply Chain Management
competition, sponsored by the New York chapter of the Council for Supply
Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP).
"Winning the ISM-Capital One competition twice in two years is a
fantastic achievement for the Supply Chain program at Stillman," said
Penina Orenstein, professor of computing and decision sciences. "It
demonstrates the underlying strength of the program which is expanding,
both in terms of the number of students as well as in its visibility.
We are extremely proud of Sean's double achievement as he establishes
his career in the field of Supply Chain Management."
Last year's Stillman winner was Wambui Gathu, who submitted an essay
entitled "Emerging Technology and its Effects on Service Delivery in
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