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Stillman's 2017 Annual Supply Chain Symposium Attracts Students to Meet Supply Chain Professionals  

Supply Chain ManagementThe Stillman School of Business, in conjunction with APICS SHU Student Chapter, will host its 2017 Annual Supply Chain Symposium on Tuesday, March 28, in McNulty Hall. A panel comprised of eight multinational companies will begin the discussion, at 7:30 p.m., followed by a Q&A session, in McNulty Amphitheatre. At 8:30 p.m., students wishing to network and follow up with the presenters will meet in the McNulty Atrium.

Professor Renu Ramnarayanan (Faculty, Department of Computing and Decision Sciences) coordinated the first Annual Supply Chain Symposium with Bob Franco (Senior Assistant Director of the Career Center) and Catherine Bianchi (former Director of Graduate Admissions) in 2016. "The idea behind organizing this event is to expose students to the varied careers in Supply Chain Management," said Ramnarayanan. "Since supply chain is the nerve center of any organization, whichever career path students choose, understanding the functional areas in the supply chain will give them a leg up."

The well-attended Symposium, in 2016, prompted Ramnarayanan to invite even more professionals in a wide variety of industries to join this year's panel. This year's Symposium panelists will include the following 12 supply chain professionals:

WalMart -
Tim Harris, Divisional Vice President, Supply Chain Northeast Division
Alan Hanley, General Manager, Mechanized Distribution Center (PA)

Verizon Wireless -
Ben Lowe, Associate Director, Supply Chain/Business Transformation and Analytics

J.P. Morgan -
Gabino Roche, Senior Vice President, JP Morgan Chase

Argent Associates, Inc. -
Ray Moya, Chief Operating Officer/Chief Technical Officer

Supply Chain Wizard -
Dr. Evren Ozakaya, Founder and CEO

Bayer Consumer Healthcare -
Janie Sharritt, Vice President, Supply Chain, NA
Joe Cervino, North America Regional Manager, Sales and Operations Planning

Hackensack Meridian Health -
Karl Blomback, Vice President, Supply Chain
Mike Goolsby, Director, Materials Management & Applications
Rich Killeen, Director, Purchasing

SGS North America Inc. -
Michael Francolino, Vice President, Procurement

Joe Cervino, North America Regional Manager, Sales and Operations Planning at Bayer Consumer Healthcare, who served as a panelist in 2016, remarked, "I was extremely impressed by the level of interest that the students had. They were completely engaged throughout the symposium and their level of curiosity and thirst for knowledge and careers in supply chain management blew me away!" He plans to participate in the symposium again this year. "The phenomenal student turnout speaks volumes as to the commitment the leadership at Stillman has in providing these opportunities for their students."

Renu Ramnarayanan

Renu Ramnarayanan

Ramnarayanan enthusiastically agrees. "Last year's symposium was a huge success," she said. "We had senior executives from various companies who were part of the panel, and after the panel discussion, they gave generously of their time networking with the students."

Dominic Bucci ('16), who attended last year's event, can attest to how much he gained from the networking experience. "I met James Ward from Wakefern, one of the panel members," he explained. "Subsequently, I joined Wakefern as a Leader in Training-Procurement. This position allowed me to rotate through different departments, such as HR and Marketing. At the end of a year, I will graduate to a Procurement Analyst position." He is grateful for the opportunity. "I owe a lot of thanks to Stillman for not only organizing the event, but also sparking my interest in Procurement and Supply Chain Management."

Another panelist, eager to return to this year's symposium is Ben Lowe, Associate Director, Supply Chain/Business Transformation and Analytics of Verizon Wireless, who stated, "Supply chain is a growing field which is evolving. Seton Hall provides the foundation of supply chain so the students can grow and evolve with it." He noted that Seton Hall students have significant support from the administration, the professors and the infrastructure to prepare them for a career in supply chain. "The momentum is in place between the job market and the student's interest and education to make a winning combination."

What: Annual 2017 Supply Chain Symposium
When: March 28, 2017, 7:30 p.m.
Where: McNulty Auditorium

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Categories: Business

For more information, please contact:

  • Renu Ramnarayanan
  • (973) 761-7950
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