FOR RELEASE: April 25, 2010
(Tempe, Ariz.) April 25, 2010 — Seven students, representing six leading universities, are recipients of 2010 R. Gene Richter Scholarships awarded by the R. Gene and Nancy D. Richter Foundation and the ISM R. Gene Richter Scholarship Fund. Now in its seventh year, the R. Gene Richter Scholarship Program is the largest nationally recognized scholarship program in the field of supply chain management.
Winners were recognized April 25, 2010 at an awards dinner held during Institute for Supply Management™'s 95th Annual International Supply Management Conference and Educational Exhibit in San Diego. Supply management scholars honored at the R. Gene Richter Scholarship Awards Dinner include:
Richard Carelli — Carelli will enter his last semester at The Pennsylvania State University in the fall of 2010. A student in the Smeal College of Business, he is pursuing a degree in supply chain and information systems with a concentration in marketing. His academic achievements include membership in the Penn State Chapter of Golden Key International Honor Society and Beta Gamma Sigma International Business Honor Society. Carelli's leadership experiences outside of the classroom include involvement in the Smeal Innovation and Quality Team and the SAP Student Involvement Group. This past spring, Carelli held a six-month co-op rotation within the distribution department of the Sales and Logistics Company at Johnson & Johnson in Skillman, New Jersey. He will spend this summer in Boston as a supply network operations intern for Proctor & Gamble Co.
"Supply chain management offers me an opportunity to look into the future and think ahead of the curve as opposed to simply tracking and analyzing past activities," Carelli says.
Amanda Chalk — Chalk is entering her senior year at Michigan State University, where she is majoring in supply chain management in the Eli Broad College of Business. Her extracurricular activities include posts as a member and ambassador for the Supply Chain Management Association and Career Fair. She has participated in fundraising efforts that have benefitted organizations that include Make-A-Wish Foundation, American Diabetes Association and the American Cancer Society.
Chalk completed a six month co-op experience at Monsanto Company in December 2009. Midway through her co-op, Chalk was assigned to a US$15 million expansion project in Fargo, North Dakota as the lead buyer. "This exciting opportunity not only let me utilize my supply chain management skills taught to me at Michigan State University, but I also got to work with upper management and be part of a project team responsible for a massive project," Chalk says.
Chalk will spend the summer of 2010 studying abroad in Western Europe. She is looking forward to a career helping corporations utilize their supply chains even more efficiently and effectively.
Amy Hwang — Hwang attends Arizona State University's W. P. Carey School of Business, and is pursuing a bachelor of science in supply chain management and marketing and a minor in Chinese. She is a student in the Barrett Honors College. Her volunteer leadership roles include serving as a mentor for the Barack Obama Scholarship Mentoring Program, director of the W. P. Carey Executive Luncheon Series, vice president of administration for the W. P. Carey Business School Council and participant in Iota Xi Consulting, a student group that provides pro bono consulting services to local non profit organizations.
Hwang's plans are for a career in the retail fashion industry, where she can help retail companies restructure their supply chain networks. "The retail fashion industry is characterized by short product life cycles, volatile and unpredictable demand, and immense product variety — an environment in which effective supply chain management practices are crucial for success," says Hwang. This summer, Hwang will be a procurement specialist intern at British Petroleum (BP) and is eager to observe first hand how processes and policies of purchasing are applied in real-world situations.
Lisa Marie — Marie is entering her senior year at Duquesne University, where she is pursuing a bachelor's degree in the A.J. Palumbo School of Business Administration, with concentrations in supply chain management and information systems management. Marie has held consecutive internships with Westinghouse Electric Company in Pittsburgh. She is currently an intern for Global Growth and Innovation, Supply Chain, where she maps current Buying Center processes for future procedures and identifies areas for process improvement.
Marie is a member of the Duquesne Association for Information Technology and member of the Duquesne Supply Chain Council. She spent the spring 2009 semester abroad as a student at the National University of Ireland, Galway, and she is preparing for an internship in the summer of 2010 at Alcoa Inc. "At its core, supply chain involves a large amount of collaboration among a diverse group of people to work together and solve problems to achieve a common goal," Marie says.
Theresa Piazza — Piazza is entering her senior year at The Pennsylvania State University's Smeal College of Business. She is pursuing a bachelor's degree in supply chain and information systems, in addition to a BA in economics. Piazza completed a six-month co-op at Unilever Supply Chain in December 2009. In her second month as a customer support analyst, Piazza was promoted to handle all North America food and HPC liquidations and donations, an account with yearly revenues in excess of US$44 million.
"I synchronized movements between Unilever's 30 different distribution centers, Unilever's transportation department and the customer's receiving department," Piazza says. "It was my responsibility to manage the actions of the liquidation group remotely from Trumbull, Connecticut. While this was not a group in the traditional sense — being that not all members of my group were in the same location — I had to coordinate with each party to ensure liquidation order success. If one party was lacking, the entire system would fall apart."
Kandice Saum — Saum will enter her last semester at Bowling Green State University (BGSU) this fall. She is pursuing a bachelor's degree in business administration with a specialization in supply chain management. Saum has been a leader and mentor to fellow students — both in the role of a residence hall adviser as well as in her volunteer role as a computer consultant for BGSU's Office of Residential Life. Next month, Saum will complete an internship with Honda of America, Inc. in Marysville, Ohio, where she has managed projects focusing on the commercial side of capital equipment and construction; namely delivery, price, change orders and other issues that arise during contract formation and after installation and receipt of services and goods.
"Through both my classes and my internships, I have gained an appreciation for just what it means to be a supply chain professional — to always strive for excellence and integrity because your actions affect not only you and the company you work for, but also those in your firm's network of customers and suppliers," Saum says.
Mariel Webb — Webb will be entering her last semester at North Carolina State University, where she is pursuing a bachelor of science in business administration — supply chain, and a bachelor of arts in international studies — international relations. Currently, Webb is a work practicum student at Bank of America. Among her activities are benchmarking other companies' green initiatives for Bank of America, researching appropriate contract language for green stipulations and working as a member of a team to create conditions for Bank of America's suppliers. Webb has had two study-abroad experiences — the first was in 2008, in Florence, Italy, and the second was in 2009, at Oxford University in England.
"Supply chain incorporates many aspects of business such as procurement, logistics, relations with suppliers, inventory management, etc.," Webb says. "Supply chain also allows me to incorporate outside knowledge from my time spent in international studies such as government regulation, political issues and my passion for environmental causes."
The R. Gene Richter Scholarship Program was established and named in memory of R. Gene Richter, who was a galvanizing force in the field of procurement. Richter is admired for elevating the profession to world-class stature. He led the supply organizations at The Black & Decker Corporation, Hewlett-Packard and International Business Machines (IBM). To date, a total of 46 scholarships have been granted to individuals seeking education in supply management, supply chain management or procurement. For a third year, the number of scholarships awarded was expanded as a result of the Richter Foundation's partnership with Institute for Supply Management™. The R. Gene and Nancy D. Richter Foundation identifies the future leaders of supply chain management. For information on the R. Gene Richter Scholarship Program, visit www.richterfoundation.org.
As the largest supply management institute in the world, the mission of Institute for Supply Management™ (ISM) is to lead supply management. By executing and extending its mission through education, research, standards of excellence, influence building and information dissemination — including the renowned monthly ISM Report On Business® — ISM continues to extend the global impact of supply management. ISM is a not-for-profit membership association serving more than 40,000 supply management professionals in 75 countries. ISM offers credentialing to professionals around the world with the Certified Professional in Supply Management® (CPSM®) qualification. ISM is a member of the International Federation of Purchasing and Supply Management (IFPSM).
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