IANA Logistics & Supply Chain Management Case Competition 2013

at the University of North Florida


  Case Competition 2013


April 11 – April 13, 2013  


On April 12, 2013, thirty-eight students and faculty from Auburn University, Georgia Southern University, Michigan State University, University of Arkansas, University of Maryland, University of North Florida, and the University of North Texas participated in the 5th Annual IANA Logistics & Supply Chain Management Case Competition at the University of North Florida. Students from the Auburn University impressed the judges with their presentation and took away first place honors. Michigan State University was named runner-up team. Congratulations to all the teams that participated.

The student presentations were judged by a group of business professionals representing a broad section of related industries from all across the United States. Michael Breen of the of the Chamber of Commerce JaxUSA Partnership, Patrick Carney of CSX Transportation, Tim Feemster of Foremost Logistics, Jenny Johnson of Intermodal Support Services, Debbie McDowell of Seaonus, Michael Mullaney of VISTAKON, and Bob Utz from McCormick & Company served on the distinguished panel of judges.

On Saturday following the case competition, the students enjoyed a comprehensive tour of the Anheuser Busch bottling plant. They had a wonderful opportunity to network with their peers, learn about the academic programs at other universities, hone their analysis and presentation skills, and enjoy the sunshine and night life in Jacksonville Beach.

The UNF Coggin College of Business is grateful to the Intermodal Association of North America for their support as presenting sponsor and to the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals Jacksonville Roundtable for sponsoring the awards banquet. An event of this caliber would not be possible without their generosity.

Some of the judges and faculty offered the following comments:

“It was my honor to judge the 2013 The IANA Case Competition at UNF.  It was obvious that the participating schools brought their best and brightest transportation and logistics students.  The presentations demonstrated a clear understanding of today’s transportation needs and the utilization of intermodal as an important component of a successful supply chain”.

–Jenny Johnson, Intermodal Support Services


“Thanks to you and all of the people involved for another wonderful competition. We are, of course, extremely happy to have received the runner-up award, but that is secondary to the fact that the IANA competition is just an overall great experience for all of the students and faculty from the different universities. I particularly want to note the excellence of the panel of judges. It is really unique that every team, after finishing their presentations and the Q&A session with the judges, felt very positive about their time. That is a tribute to the ability of the judging panel to constructively provide feedback during the sessions. I can tell you that this is rather unique among the various case competitions that I have attended”.

–Bixby Cooper, Michigan State University

“I was definitely impressed by the quality of the student presentations.  The creative solutions they developed and the way they presented themselves makes me believe that many of them will have a bright future in the transportation & logistics industry.”

–Patrick Carney, CSX Transportation


"The Fifth Annual IANA Logistics & Supply Chain Management Case Competition was a resounding success that provided for an educational and exciting experience for all participants. In the process of analyzing the case study, the students developed their knowledge of intermodal transportation. They also appreciated the opportunity to hone their presentation skills in front of a set of high-caliber industry professionals who asked insightful questions and gave valuable feedback. Another outstanding feature of this event is its friendly atmosphere. The UNF staff and faculty are wonderful hosts and they work tirelessly to make everyone welcome and comfortable. So much so that we cannot wait to come back next year..."

–Christian Hofer, University of Arkansas


“The IANA Case Competition has become the premier supply chain educational event.  The student participants from top notch Universities are remarkable, and their enthusiasm to succeed is exciting.  I commend the Intermodal Association of North America and the University of North Florida for sponsoring an event that brings the best together to help shape the future of the whole industry.  Supply Chain and Logistics professionals are viewed now the as the catalyst for the success of any business today, and this competition is extremely valuable to our profession”.

–Debbie McDowell, Seaonus, Inc.


The 6th Annual IANA Logistics & Supply Chain Management Case Competition will take place April 10 – 12, 2014 at the University of North Florida.



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