Supply Chain Management Students Earn Awards and Scholarships

Posted on March 29, 2018

Bryan School supply chain management students traveled to two competitions this spring, earning scholarships and awards for their academic performance.

From Left to Right: G. Sean Williams, President of ISM Carolinas/Virginia Regional Chapters, Brandon Jarman, Caleb Francis, Nicholas Fittz, and Eric Rechtin

The Institute of Supply Management (ISM) sponsored their Fourth Annual Student Case Competition in Charlotte in March. The team of Bryan School supply chain students placed first, second, and third in the first three competitions.  The team consisted of Nicholas Fittz (junior), Caleb Francis (junior), Brandon Jarmon (MBA), and Eric Rechtin (senior).  Their seven-minute presentation dealt with the redevelopment of an 80-acre parcel of land in Charlotte, which was the location of the Eastlake Mall.  Each student earned a $1,000 scholarship from their first-place performance.

The team’s trip to the competition was sponsored by the Pope Foundation, which is dedicated to improving supply chain knowledge and expertise throughout the Triad and the State of North Carolina.

The second competition was the Piedmont Triad Chapter of APICS’s (Association for Supply Chain Management) annual Research Paper Competition, which focused on a variety of supply chain topics and applications. Three Bryan School students won awards this year at the chapter’s Professional Development meeting in February.

1st place and a $500 award: Jordan Sierra (MS in Accounting)

Her paper was entitled “Adjusting the Traditional Cost Accounting Method for a Lean Supply Chain”.  Her research offers a more effective accounting method for lean operations, appropriately called lean accounting, and compares its effects with those of managerial accounting on lean supply chain initiatives.

2nd place and a $250 award: Leslie Reynolds (MBA)

Her paper focused on Demand Uncertainty and how companies handle it. The paper analyzed different strategies companies use to adapt to the demand changes.

3rd place and a $100 award: Dale Johnston (senior)

Her paper was entitled “Warehouse Performance Metrics”.



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