Supply Chain Mgmt students compete at STAFDA

Four College of Business Supply Chain majors attended the Specialty Tool & Fastener Distributors Association (STAFDA) 2022 Annual Conference in San Diego, California, Oct 28-Nov 1.  The attendees were four officers of the ECU Student ISM Chapter (Dalen Kiefer-Gutierrez, Connor Harmon, Kennedi Bethea, and William Dong).  The trip was made possible through the Vincent K. McMahon Endowed Professorship, currently held by Dr. John F. Kros of the Department of Marketing and Supply Chain Management in the College of Business.  The students were accompanied by Drs. Kros & Mauro Falasca, who serves as the Student ISM Chapter advisor.

More than 2,700 conference attendees gathered at the event.  The students participated in the inaugural Case Challenge placing third in the competition.  Connor Harmon summed the conference up with the following:

“Had a great time this weekend in San Diego for the 46th STAFDA Trade Show and Convention. With the help of fellow ISM officers at East Carolina University (and the College of Business), we participated in a supply chain competition with other students around the country that majored in supply chain management/operations. We had a great time meeting, working, and connecting with many professionals and ended the competition top 3. A huge thank you to Georgia Foley for the invitation, our professors, and STAFDA for hosting us.”

Roll Pirates!
The specialty tool & fastener distributors association (STAFDA) represents the best companies and leaders in the construction/industrial supply chain. STAFDA has 2,000+ members who make STAFDA their #1 source for business networking, education, and strength to advance the industry.  Information about the event can be found here: