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Global Trade & Logistics Sector Supports CSCMP Inaugural Business & Scholars Gala

Blackhawk Auto Museum in Danville, CA

Petural ‘PJ’ Shelton Presents $7500 in Scholarship Awards to Student Winners of 2016 Competition


Danville, CA – May 16, 2016 Last week, the CSCMP San Francisco Roundtable (CSCMP SFRT) wrapped up its powerful program season with a grand finale at the Blackhawk Auto Museum in Danville, CA. Each CSCMP event is chaired by a member of its Board of Directors, responsible for identifying appropriate speakers, venue and a topic to resonate with the CSCMP member audience of 2000+ supply chain management professionals from throughout the SF Bay Area.  

Event Chair, CSCMP SF Roundtable VP Academic Collaboration, Petural ‘PJ’ Shelton, (pictured to right, emceeing the event), laid a highly successful foundation on which to build with the CSCMP team, with this Inaugural Gala – that featured several aspects much enjoyed by all participants – and more truly ‘gala’ in nature than the typical educational supply chain dinner.

  • First, the venue:  Danville’s renowned Blackhawk Auto Museum:  guests enjoyed hors d’oeuvres and networking amid the ‘Spirit of the Old West’ art exhibit on the Mezzanine, before doors opened to the formal dinner amid the classic car collection for which the Museum is known.  

With photography by Eric Marshall Photography, guests were treated to a photo by the classic auto of their choosing before a velvet roped tour and dinner among the vintage auto collection.

PJ introduced the evening’s keynote speaker, Frank Sanders, Vice President Corporate Procurement (and Vice President of Manufacturing and Technology) for Intel Corporation who delivered a thought provoking talk on ‘Why Supply Chain Management is THE Career for NOW!’  

Screen Shot 2016-05-18 at 10.48.27 AMIf I wasn’t already in Supply Chain, I’d be getting into the field after hearing Frank speak! said Tom Dennison, Logistics Manager for Levi’s Strauss & Co. Click here for Frank’s presentation.  

A key highlight of the evening was when PJ set the stage for the presentation of scholarship awards by inviting a former CSCMP SF Roundtable scholarship winner, Anne-Mari Parkkinen, now a Supply Chain Analyst for Sonic Manufacturing, to the podium to tell her story.  Anne-Mari’s perspective was a welcome success story to the many students, academic and business leaders present, running from her 2009 win of the coveted award through a break to start a family and highly successful re-emergence last Fall (2015).  She credited CSCMP particularly with the networking that helped her land the job she now enjoys in Silicon Valley.  

There were seven student finalists for this year’s academic awards, in a competition managed by Ms. Shelton, from Golden Gate University, California State University at Fresno and from the University of California at Berkeley:  

Aaron Prohofsky, UC Berkeley
Bhargavi Kapuganti, Golden Gate University
Henry L. Fuse IV, California State University, Fresno
Hiromichi Yamamoto, UC Berkeley
Kunal Shalia, UC Berkeley
Pouriya Bagheri, UC Berkeley
Shiman Ding, UC Berkeley

CSCMP presented Visa gift cards of $200 each to Finalists Hiromichi Yamamoto of UC Berkeley and Henry Fuse of California State, and acknowledged Pouriya Bagheri and Aaron Prohofsky of UC Berkeley who were unable to attend.  

Presentation of 2016 Academic Awards – Inaugural CSCMP Business & Scholars Gala

CSCMP SF Roundtable leadership presented the following awards:

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The winner of the 2016 CSCMP SF Roundtable Scholarship award of $2500 (and a full year of membership in the organization) is Bhargavi Kapuganti of Golden Gate University. (pictured at left).  

The MIQ Logistics scholarship ($2500 plus a full year of membership in the organization) was Kunal Shalia of UC Berkeley.  

“I envision this Inaugural as the first of many Business & Scholars Gala events, and look forward to working closely with the academic and business communities starting now, to make next year’s event even more spectacular!  This event can bridge the gap between school and work, bringing together industry and education in developing the workforce our industry needs for the future, said Petural ‘PJ’ Shelton, of the highly successful foundational Gala.