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Volume 8, Edition 6 March, 2014 TLS N EWSLETTER : B EYOND T HE C LASSROOM President Brandon Little V. President Ben Freedman Treasurer James Flannagan Secretary Lindsey Zuccala Directors: Marketing Valerie Seaman Recruitment Eddy Nguyen Social Steven Garcia Philanthropy Ana Mendez Assistant Directors: Marketing Veronica Perez Lisa Nguyen Recruitment Maurice Johnson Social Mike Summers Newsletter Staff: Editor Lacey Greene Staff Kelly Pennington TLS Meeting www.unf.edu/groups/logistics Thursday, March 6: TLS Social at Suite 8:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. Saturday, March 8: Excel Workshop sponsored by CSCMP Wednesday, March 12: T&L Flagship Executive Spotlight Monday, March 17-22: Spring Break Friday, March 28: T&L Flagship Tour, Big Sea Day Friday, March 28-29: UNF Relay for Life Saturday, April 5: Discover the Leader in You Wednesday, April 9: TLS Meeting (42/1020) 9:00 p.m.-10:30 p.m. Thursday, April 24: 6 th Annual T&L Flagship Spring Banquet Upcoming Events Organized by: Lacey Greene & Kelly Pennington [email protected] TLS President’s Corner Thanks to everyone who participated in TLS activities during the busy month of February. The Propeller Club Social was well-attended, and the TLS Alumni Panel gave students valuable advice on how to build a successful career path while in college. TLS partnered with the Women in Business Society during Homecoming for a second year to challenge our athleticism in the Swoop the Loop 5k run and test our construction abilities in the Can Castle Competition. All items collected for the Can Castle were donated to the UNF Lend a Wing pantry to benefit students in need. In lieu of a March meeting, TLS will host a “Suite Social” on Thursday, March 6 at Suite Jacksonville 8–10 p.m. Mark your calendar for the TLS Bingo Extravaganza and Elections on April 9, and the annual T&L Spring Awards Banquet on April 24. A few “Little” words of advice, “Having multiple relevant work experiences is one of the most important things companies look for. If you haven’t had at least two, I recommend T&L Career Day as a great way to find new opportunities.” Thanks, Brandon Little Executive Board Spring 2014 By Lynn Brown, CTL I have a degree in Transportation and Logistics. Now what? One of the most common questions I hear from students in the program is what kind of job will I get with a degree in Transportation and Logistics? The answer? “It depends.” What it depends upon is unique to each individual. There are many different options depending on personal interests and experience. Many students begin their careers as freight brokers, dispatchers or inside sales representatives. Others start out in customer service roles or as account executives. Customer satisfaction is a major objective in logistics so people with creative problem solving skills and the ability to stay cool under pressure are in great demand. It is an asset to be bilingual, and excellent phone skills are a must. For a more hands-on approach you may enjoy working in operations; in a warehouse, distribution center, rail yard or marine terminal. It is a fast-paced environment where people of different ages, income, and education levels work together to achieve company goals. It may be necessary to motivate workers, operate a forklift, unload a truck, or be part of a management team that responds to a diverse set of challenges, measures performance, and reports results. Every day is different and with many operations being 365/24/7, it can be very demanding as well. If you like technology and computer systems the field of transportation, logistics, and supply chain is a great place to be. Most companies use sophisticated Warehouse Management Systems (WMS), Transportation Management Systems (TMS), Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems, inventory management systems and supply chain management and optimization systems (ILOG, CAST). The Sub-Systems Analysis class builds a strong foundation for the technology used in most companies today. The ability to analyze data and create meaningful reports in a timely manner is a highly prized skill in the industry. It is strongly recommended that students become proficient in Excel or Access database to be competitive in the job market. Analyst positions in pricing, logistics, supply chain, inventory and replenishment, demand planning, operations, quality assurance, systems and transportation are just a few of the entry-level opportunities for people with analytical skill and experience. The field of transportation, logistics and supply chain offers many different opportunities that are attractive to different people for different reasons, so it is important to complement academics with practical experience. A variety of internships throughout college will enable students to find a good fit for future employment and develop a satisfying career path. If a position does not fit your personality, skill-set or life-style, don’t be afraid to make a change. The best way to do this is to set goals, cultivate a professional network, stay involved with professional organizations, and develop a strong skill set through continuing education and certifications. Above all remember that employers value team players, a strong work ethic, common sense and integrity. Although there is no degree that awards these personality traits, it is a surefire way to prove oneself in the workplace every day.

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  • Volume 8, Edit ion 6 March, 2014

    TLS N EWSLETTER : BEYOND THE CLASSROOM

    President Brandon Little

    V. President Ben Freedman

    Treasurer James Flannagan

    Secretary Lindsey Zuccala

    Directors:

    Marketing Valerie Seaman

    Recruitment Eddy Nguyen

    Social Steven Garcia

    Philanthropy Ana Mendez

    Assistant Directors:

    Marketing Veronica Perez

    Lisa Nguyen

    Recruitment Maurice Johnson

    Social Mike Summers

    Newsletter Staff:

    Editor Lacey Greene

    Staff Kelly Pennington

    TLS Meeting

    www.unf.edu/groups/logistics

    Thursday, March 6: TLS Social at Suite 8:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

    Saturday, March 8: Excel Workshop sponsored by CSCMP

    Wednesday, March 12: T&L Flagship Executive Spotlight

    Monday, March 17-22: Spring Break

    Friday, March 28: T&L Flagship Tour, Big Sea Day

    Friday, March 28-29: UNF Relay for Life

    Saturday, April 5: Discover the Leader in You

    Wednesday, April 9: TLS Meeting (42/1020) 9:00 p.m.-10:30 p.m.

    Thursday, April 24: 6th Annual T&L Flagship Spring Banquet

    Upcoming Events

    Organized by: Lacey Greene & Kelly Pennington [email protected]

    TLS President’s Corner

    Thanks to everyone who participated in

    TLS activities during the busy month of

    February. The Propeller Club Social was

    well-attended, and the TLS Alumni

    Panel gave students valuable advice

    on how to build a successful career

    path while in college. TLS partnered

    with the Women in Business Society

    during Homecoming for a second year

    to challenge our athleticism in the

    Swoop the Loop 5k run and test our

    construction abilities in the Can Castle Competition. All items

    collected for the Can Castle were donated to the UNF Lend a

    Wing pantry to benefit students in need.

    In lieu of a March meeting, TLS will host a “Suite Social” on

    Thursday, March 6 at Suite Jacksonville 8–10 p.m. Mark your

    calendar for the TLS Bingo Extravaganza and Elections on April

    9, and the annual T&L Spring Awards Banquet on April 24.

    A few “Little” words of advice, “Having multiple relevant work

    experiences is one of the most important things companies

    look for. If you haven’t had at least two, I recommend T&L

    Career Day as a great way to find new opportunities.”

    Thanks,

    Brandon Little

    Executive Board Spring 2014

    By Lynn Brown, CTL

    I have a degree in Transportation and Logistics. Now what?

    One of the most common questions I hear from students in the program is what kind of job will I get with a degree in

    Transportation and Logistics? The answer? “It depends.” What it depends upon is unique to each individual. There are many

    different options depending on personal interests and experience.

    Many students begin their careers as freight brokers, dispatchers or inside sales representatives. Others start out in

    customer service roles or as account executives. Customer satisfaction is a major objective in logistics so people with

    creative problem solving skills and the ability to stay cool under pressure are in great demand. It is an asset to be bilingual,

    and excellent phone skills are a must.

    For a more hands-on approach you may enjoy working in operations; in a warehouse, distribution center, rail yard or marine

    terminal. It is a fast-paced environment where people of different ages, income, and education levels work together to

    achieve company goals. It may be necessary to motivate workers, operate a forklift, unload a truck, or be part of a

    management team that responds to a diverse set of challenges, measures performance, and reports results. Every day is

    different and with many operations being 365/24/7, it can be very demanding as well.

    If you like technology and computer systems the field of transportation, logistics, and supply chain is a great place to be.

    Most companies use sophisticated Warehouse Management Systems (WMS), Transportation Management Systems (TMS),

    Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems, inventory management systems and supply chain management and

    optimization systems (ILOG, CAST). The Sub-Systems Analysis class builds a strong foundation for the technology used in

    most companies today.

    The ability to analyze data and create meaningful reports in a timely manner is a highly prized skill in the industry. It is

    strongly recommended that students become proficient in Excel or Access database to be competitive in the job market.

    Analyst positions in pricing, logistics, supply chain, inventory and replenishment, demand planning, operations, quality

    assurance, systems and transportation are just a few of the entry-level opportunities for people with analytical skill and

    experience.

    The field of transportation, logistics and supply chain offers many different opportunities that are attractive to different

    people for different reasons, so it is important to complement academics with practical experience. A variety of internships

    throughout college will enable students to find a good fit for future employment and develop a satisfying career path. If a

    position does not fit your personality, skill-set or life-style, don’t be afraid to make a change. The best way to do this is to set

    goals, cultivate a professional network, stay involved with professional organizations, and develop a strong skill set through

    continuing education and certifications. Above all remember that employers value team players, a strong work ethic,

    common sense and integrity. Although there is no degree that awards these personality traits, it is a surefire way to prove

    oneself in the workplace every day.

    http://www.unf.edu/groups/logisticsmailto:[email protected]

  • Life After Graduation: Grant Walker, CTL

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    Get to Know TLS Assistant Social Director: Mike Summers

    Grant Walker graduated in August 2013 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Transportation and Logistics. During his time at UNF Grant

    was involved in TLS and served as the social director on the TLS board. While a member of TLS, Grant participated in facility

    tours and Career Day. Grant said, “I think Career Day was one of the best learning experiences I had during my time at UNF.”

    Career Day helped Grant obtain a summer internship at Cemex, a building materials distributor. He also gained experience

    working part-time at Corporate Traffic, a third party logistics (3PL) provider.

    Grant currently is a Branch Specialist for Gexpro in Tampa, FL. He has been with Gexpro for about 7 months and works 45 – 50

    hours a week at the distribution center. His day-to-day duties include delivery route planning, shipping, confirming/billing orders,

    and syncing VMI data. Grant was excited to share that his branch was named Gexpro’s most productive in the nation for 2013.

    The Tampa team earned this recognition by increasing sales while at the same time decreasing operations expenses.

    Grant offered a few words of wisdom for current students in the program. “You get out of it what you put into it. There are many

    great opportunities to learn, lead, network, and be challenged. You can become a member just to write something on your

    resume, or you can get involved and have specific situations to talk about during an interview. That is what recruiters are looking

    for.”

    March, 2014

    www.unf.edu/groups/logistics [email protected]

    By Lacey Greene

    Mike Summers is from Tavares, FL. He plans to graduate this summer with a BBA in Transportation & Logistics and a minor in

    International Business. Mike currently holds the position of Social Director in TLS. Mike joined TLS to meet other people in the T&L major

    and to expand his networking and employment opportunities. He has taken advantage of unprecedented access to many local logistics

    companies by attending facility tours offered every semester. When asked what he gained from being a member of TLS Mike responded,

    “The opportunity to meet and network with other members and professionals in the industry. I was offered a summer internship with

    Rexel Holdings USA through Career Day and last fall attended the IANA Expo in Houston with a group of TLS board members. I learned a

    lot about logistics as a member of TLS and will continue to learn about this ever-evolving industry.” He will also travel to Austria and the

    Czech Republic during spring break with Coggin. Mike was last employed with Stein Mart as a Supply Chain Intern where he worked with

    transportation and accounts payable teams using Stein Mart’s Transportation Management System to ensure carrier invoices are correct

    and paid on time. Outside of his very busy schedule Mike enjoys playing guitar, playing with his dog, going to the beach, and hanging out

    with friends.

    By Kelly Pennington

    Every spring the Propeller Club of Jacksonville hosts a comprehensive tour of the Jacksonville Port Authority for

    the UNF Student Port (UNF Transportation and Logistics Society). It has come to be known as “Big Sea Day” and

    it is the most exciting tour of the year. Big Sea Day is an action packed behind the scenes view of the port never

    seen by most people, unless of course you work at the port. Students will tour Talleyrand, TraPac and Blount

    Island Terminals. We will watch as crane operators deftly load and unload containers at lightning speed followed

    by lunch on a Horizon Lines ship. This year Big Sea Day will take place on Friday, March 28. To register email

    [email protected] Space is limited and transportation is provided. You won’t want to miss out on this unique

    experience!

    TLS on Tour: Big Sea Day At Jaxport

    By Lacey Greene

    Sponsored by The Propeller

    Club of Jacksonville

    Mark Your Calendar: 6th Annual T&L Spring Banquet

    Students and their families, UNF T&L alumni, faculty and staff and friends from the professional community are invited to celebrate the

    accomplishments and achievements of the academic year at the 6th Annual T&L Spring Banquet. This event will be held Thursday, April

    24, 2014 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the UNF Adam Herbert University Center. The event is free for students in the UNF T&L Flagship

    program but guests are suggested to donate $25.

    TLS and T&L Impact Awards, Outstanding Logistics Graduate, and CTL Certificates will be presented. Graduating seniors, scholarship

    winners and case competition teams will be recognized.

    R.S.V.P. by April 15 to [email protected] or (904) 620-1961. Business professional attire.

    By Lynn Brown, CTL

    http://www.unf.edu/groups/logisticsmailto:[email protected]:[email protected]:[email protected]