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EKU Hosts International Hitachi Supply Chain Conference

EKU Supply Chain Management students turn out for the Hitachi Automotive Conf

Hundreds of global supply chain professionals gathered EKU's Center for the Arts for the Hitachi Automotive Supply Chain Conference on Tuesday, April 25. Supported by EKU's Global Supply Chain Management (SCM) program, the event brought together industry experts and suppliers from multiple countries. EKU SCM students helped with event coordination and attended various sessions.

College of Business and Technology Dean Dr. Tom Erekson brought greetings on behalf of the University. Presentations included a business update from Hitachi Automotive CEO Paul Carroll plus additional sessions on sales, quality production control, logistics, and procurement. Supplier awards capped off the day along with a reception.

Kelsey Price, SCM senior from Paintsville, said, “I am really excited to be a part of EKU’s new Global Supply Chain Management program. There are so many opportunities to engage SCM leaders who come to campus to speak in our classes as well as the Supply Chain Executive Speaker Series. The faculty in this program are very student-focused and teach realworld concepts. I’m looking forward to an internship with a prestigious company and am excited about the many opportunities this program provides in helping me prepare for my career.”

According to EKU SCM Executive-in-Residence James Kirby Easterling, "This was a phenomenal event and our SCM students were appreciative of the opportunity to hear a ‘real world’ business update as well as engage with Hitachi’s leaders and suppliers. We greatly appreciate our partnership with the Hitachi Automotive group. This relationship is very special to me as my first job out of college was with Hitachi—and now to be in my current position where I’m working with Hitachi leaders on filling key SCM positions—is personally very rewarding."

For more information about EKU’s Global Supply Chain Management Program, visit

Published on April 26, 2017

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