Joanna Norris, Assistant Director
Department of Media Relations and Events
Four University of North Florida
students representing the UNF Logistics Team recently won the 2nd Annual
Logistics and Supply Chain Management
Case Competition, the same competition the team won last year.
The competition was held
April 16 at the UNF
where the UNF Logistics Team competed against top-ranked logistics programs in
The UNF student team consisted of Southside residents Joseph
Finnigan, a senior, and Kyle Groothius, a junior; senior Claudia Gorham of St. Augustine; and senior
Brock Renner of Jacksonville Beach.
The University hosted students and
faculty from the University of Arkansas, University
of Maryland, University
of North Texas and the University of Tennessee. The UNF Logistics Team was
named the first-place team, while the University of Maryland
was the runner-up team.
The panel of five judges represented a diverse cross section of
the business community from the Jacksonville Regional Chamber of Commerce, CEVA
Logistics, Horizon Lines, the Jacksonville Port Authority and Landstar
“It was good to see the students taking into consideration today’s
global issues while demonstrating innovative and agile solutions,” said Todd
Pye, vice president of Logistics Operations, CEVA Logistics. “I see a strong
pipeline of future leaders to the logistics industry.”
“The quality of all the participants bodes well for the logistics industry.
Their insight and understanding of how logistics plays a vital role in our
everyday lives gives me confidence that the future of the logistics industry
will be in good hands,” said Michael Breen, the Chamber’s director of
and Logistics Flagship Program offers a unique and rewarding program for
students electing to major in transportation and logistics. The program prepares
students for challenging careers in supply chain management, international
logistics, transportation and physical distribution.
The program has
received considerable state, national and international recognition, including
being ranked 13th in the nation by Supply Chain Management Review
magazine as well as a “Program of Distinction” and a “Center of Excellence”
within the state university system.
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