Business Students to Receive International Award from Carol A. Ptak March 31

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In recognition of their outstanding performance in the 2013 Ptak Student Supply Chain Case Competition, a team of Colorado State University College of Business students will be presented with their award by Carol A. Ptak, for whom the prize is named.

The ceremony is set for 5 p.m. on March 31, in the Bohemian Auditorium in Rockwell Hall on the CSU campus. The presentation will be followed by recognition of students who have received their Certified Supply Chain Analyst (CSCA) certification and Certified Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt (CLSSYB) certification during this school year, and an opportunity for networking.

The International Supply Chain Education Alliance announced in December that Team RamBiz – undergraduates Kaylynn Asmussen, Angelina Howard, Kandis LaPonte, and John Jacobs – had been chosen from among teams worldwide as this year’s Ptak Prize winners. They will receive a medallion and a check for $1,000.

“I am thrilled with this result and am very proud of our team,” said Paul Vanderspek, clinical instructor of management in the College of Business and faculty advisor to Team RamBiz. “They showed lots of collaboration, commitment and professionalism throughout the entire process.”

Carol A. Ptak, CFPIM, CIRM, Jonah, PMP, is previous president and CEO of APICS, The Educational Society for Resource Management, and served as Vice President and Global Industry Executive for Manufacturing and Distribution Industries at PeopleSoft. She spent over two decades gaining practical experience as a successful practitioner, consultant and educator in manufacturing operations. Her pragmatic approach to complex issues and dynamic presentation style now make her a popular speaker worldwide on the subject of how to leverage these tools and successfully become an e-business.

She is the author of numerous articles and the books, include "MRP and Beyond" and "ERP, Tools, Techniques and Applications for Integrating the Supply Chain." "Necessary but not Sufficient" was co-authored with Eli Goldratt, author of “The Goal,” and Eli Schragenheim. Ptak holds an MBA from Rochester Institute of Technology and completed the EMPO program at Stanford University.