Students and Staff Attend APICS Conference

Students and Staff at the 2017 APICS Conference

Back Row L to R – Dr. Mike Essary (Chapter Advisor), Lara Colvin (Student Chapter Secretary/Treasurer)
Front Row L to R – Dr. Kim Roberts (Chapter Advisor), Melissa Rogers (Student Chapter President)

Students and faculty from the Athens State University student chapter of APICS attended the 2017 APICS National Conference in San Antonio, TX October 14 – 17. APICS, the global leader and premier source of the body of knowledge in supply chain and operations management, celebrated 60 years of supply chain evolution this year.

Students heard from keynote speakers such as John Mackey, cofounder and CEO of Whole Foods Market, and Derreck Kayongo, founder of the Global Soap Project. The conference offered learning paths featuring more than 65 educational sessions covering all areas of the value chain: plan, source, make, deliver, return, and enable.

The Athens State APICS chapter offers students the opportunity to participate in these national conferences, serve in leadership positions, participate in community service projects, and network with school, local, and national chapter members. Students are also able to partner with the business professionals of the Tennessee Valley Chapter, which was recognized as a GOLD Award Winning Chapter by the organization’s national headquarters.

Students raised funds throughout the past year to attend the conference. The Athens State University Foundation generously sponsored students to attend as well. The Tennessee Valley Chapter of APICS sponsored the students’ registration costs. The student chapter of APICS is housed in the College of Business. The advisors are Dr. Mike Essary and Dr. Kim Roberts.

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