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Students and Industry Professionals Invited to Discuss New Degree Plan in Distribution Management and Technology

March 28, 2007

by Amanda Sawyer

On March 30, the Department of Management and Entrepreneurship is hosting the Distribution Management and Technology advisory meeting to discuss the implementation of the degree plan in the Hankamer School of Business. Students are invited to learn about the field of distribution management and technology (DMT), a rapidly growing field for which the demand for qualified individuals currently outweighs the supply.

"The DMT major will open the door to numerous career opportunities in procurement, materials management, purchasing, vendor management, customer relationship management, integrated supply liaison, quality assurance, project management, traffic management, logistics, systems analysis, scheduling, consulting, and training," according to the degree fact sheet.

Expected salary in the industry averages $78,470, not including stock options, while "those that have obtained professional certification earned an average of $4,347 more" than those without a certification, according to the Institute for Supply Management's 2005 annual salary survey published in the May 2006 issue of Inside Supply Management.

Although it is similar to the current Operations Management degree plan, DMT will focus on distribution management and offer a guaranteed internship with an industry partner. A maximum of 20 students per year will be accepted into the program. Distribution Management is a new required course that introduces students to the field. Another new course, Procurement and Materials Management, will afford students the opportunity to prepare for professional certification as a Certified Professional in Supply Management. Other courses include Project Management (which will prepare students to sit for the Project Management Professional Certification), Global Supply Chain Management, and Management Consulting.

Industry professionals from leading organizations in distribution and supply chain management have been invited to advise and assist the business school in developing the degree. The advisory meeting will occur March 30 at 10:00 a.m. The meeting will be followed by a luncheon. There will also be a reception to meet with Baylor students from 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Graduate Conference Room on the second floor of the Cashion Academic Center. Refreshments will be served. At this reception, students will have an opportunity to talk with industry professionals and learn about the benefits of a bachelor of business administration in Distribution Management and Technology.

Invited Attendees include:

Bill Strait, Partner, Ernst & Young LLP; Ken Allen, Sr. V.P., Supply Chain and Logistics, H.E. Butt Grocery Company; Carlos Garza, Vice President, Supply Chain, H.E. Butt Grocery Company; Al Barrientez, III, Vice President, Warehousing, H.E. Butt Grocery Company; Brett Moore, Senior V.P., CFO, McLane Group; Greg Chalkley, Director, Logistics, & Trade Facilitation, DLP® Products, Texas Instruments Inc.; David Dzina, President/Owner, Selle Supply Company, PBI Supply, Inc.; Tom Greene, Vice President, Director of Logistics, Tejas Logistics Systems; Rick Hughes, General Manager, Wal-Mart Return Center 9153; Dave Hellmann, CPIM, Product Coordinator, Blue Bell Creameries, L.P.; Bill McGee, Senior Configuration Specialist, McKesson Provider Technologies; Wendy L. Werner, Distribution Operations Manager, Kraft Foods; Jay Scherler, Vice President Business & Support Systems, Providence Healthcare Network; Ross George, College Station; Dr. Michael E. Workman, College Station; Mr. Tracy Edgemon, CEO, Grand Openings, Inc.; Dr. Kathryne A. Newton, Professor, Industrial Distribution, Department of Industrial Technology; Mr. Albert Black, CEO, On-Target Supplies & Logistic; Mr. Scott Sessions, On-Target Supplies & Logistics; and Mr. Arnold Martin, Irving, Tx.

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