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Where Are They Now? Catching up with MHEFI scholarship recipients Yanira Rivera-Erives University of Nebraska at kearney Yanira Rivera-Erives, 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 its inception. "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. Charlie Crawford Virginia Tech If you ever have a computer problem, 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. ‚óŹ * MHI SolutIonS 127

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of MHI Solutions - Volume 4, Issue 2

CEO Update
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
MODEX 2016
2016 MHI Innovation Award to be Presented at MODEX 2016
Industry Trends
Economic Market Analysis
The Jobs, Wages, Output and Taxes of the Supply Chain
Safer Handling
Solutions Group Update
Fulfillment Update
Solutions Spotlight
Scholarship Winners: Where Are They Now?
MHI News
Index of Advertisers

MHI Solutions - Volume 4, Issue 2