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Where Are They Now?
Catching up with MHEFI scholarship recipients
Nebraska at kearney
with her bright smile
and sunny disposition,
has always been a people
person, which makes her a perfect fit for
her current position as an inside sales
representative with Ryerson, a leading
international processor and distributor
of metals. In a sense, she's been training
for this position since she got her first job
in high school as a bank teller.
"When I was a bank teller, I was able
to learn early on how to deal with customers," she said. "That's actually where
I learned that I wanted to do something
with people because I was face-to-face
with customers all the time, and I really
liked it, so I knew this was something I
would like to pursue for my career."
Rivera-Erives, a 23-year-old native
of Grand Island, NE., attended the
University of Nebraska at Kearney and
received a scholarship from the Howard
Bernstein Scholarship Fund, which is
administered by the Material Handling
Education Foundation Inc.
The Material Handling Education
Foundation, Inc. (MHEFI), established
in 1976, is an independent charitable
organization dedicated to supporting the
study of material handling, logistics and
supply chain, exposing students to the
many opportunities in the industry. The
foundation has awarded more than $2
million in scholarships and grants since
"Winning the scholarship allowed me
to focus on my schooling and applying
for jobs," she said. "Just knowing that I
didn't have that extra burden of paying my
tuition, that was really nice, and it meant
that I could focus on building my future."
After graduating in December 2013
with a bachelor's degree in industrial
distribution, Rivera-Erives began a sixmonth training program with Ryerson in
Minneapolis before being transferred to
Tulsa, Okla. She now handles a group of
fabrication companies and product manufacturers, providing price quotes, inputting
orders and dealing with any delivery issues.
The job also involves managing customers'
inventory so they never run out of the metals they need for production.
"It's a little bit of everything, but that
keeps it fun and interesting," she said. "No
two days are the same, that's for sure."
While she was in school, Rivera-Erives
had an internship with Graybar, a leading distributor of electrical, communications and data-networking products,
in St. Louis. She went through a 12-week
program that introduced her to the inside
and outside sales departments as well as
the financial, marketing, communications
and warehouse departments.
"There's only so much you can learn in
the classroom, so it was good to actually
put what I had learned in school to the
test," she said. "It was a great way for me
to get a good understanding of exactly
what it is that I wanted to do for my future,
which is sales."
Rivera-Erives said she eventually would
like to go into outside sales because she
likes the face-to-face interaction with customers, and then she would like to explore
opportunities in procurement and management. When she's not working, she
usually can be found at the gym, taking
a boxing or kickboxing class, or hanging
out with her 3-year-old rescue dog, Kirby.
If you ever have a
Charlie Crawford is the
guy to call. Last October,
Crawford, a 29-year-old
native of Knoxville, TN., began working
for GE Transportation in Atlanta, where he
develops software that railroad companies
use to ensure that their operations run at
peak efficiency. It's a complex job that even
those closest to him don't fully understand.
"I've always been interested in computers," he said. "My mom asked me, 'How do
you know how to do all this stuff?' And I
said, 'Remember when I was growing up
and you'd get on me for sitting in front of
the computer all day? I was kind of driving toward this.' None of it is magic. The
more time you spend with it, the more
comfortable you get."
Crawford graduated from Virginia
Tech in 2010 with a bachelor's degree in
industrial engineering and got his master's degree two years later in operations
research and supply-chain optimization.
A scholarship from MHEFI was a big help
along the way.
"The scholarship really helped me
out because it allowed me to spend more
time building software or working on side
projects rather than having to go out and
get a job," he said. "It was an honor to be
selected out of all the people who could
have been selected. When you're at a big
school with a lot of people, it's a nice validation to be recognized, and it lets you
know that your work is paying off."
While in school, Crawford had internships as an IT systems analyst with the
Eastman Chemical Co. and as a supplychain analyst with W.L. Gore & Associates.
After graduating, he spent two years
as a senior consultant with Manhattan
Associates in Atlanta, where he worked
with clients to implement the company's
warehouse-management software. The
job involved rolling out software for J.
Crew's clothing warehouse in Ashville,
NC, and Finish Line's sneaker warehouse
in Indianapolis. He then moved into the
research-and-development department at
Manhattan Associates, where he started
building software programs from scratch.
"I like building supply-chain software
because there's something physical that's
happening," he said. "People are depending on your software to run their business,
and you're not just making some fun app
or widget. So, even though I've moved into
software, I've always wanted to stay in
the supply-chain industry because that's
where the exciting work happens."
When he's not in front of the computer,
Crawford, who is married, enjoys mountain biking and grilling.
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of MHI Solutions - Volume 4, Issue 2
Emerging Technologies Produce Business Benefits and Talent Challenges
Developing a Talent Management Strategy
Collaborating with Education
Love your Supply Chain Career?
The Power of Mentoring
Eleven Ways to Diversify the Supply Chain: Insights from the Field
How Do You Build A Successful Career in Supply Chain?
Donated Equipment Gives High School, Community College Students Hands-On Experience
Industry Focus: Retail
2016 MHI Innovation Award to be Presented at MODEX 2016
Economic Market Analysis
The Jobs, Wages, Output and Taxes of the Supply Chain
Solutions Group Update
Scholarship Winners: Where Are They Now?
Index of Advertisers
MHI Solutions - Volume 4, Issue 2