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March 1, 2012

UW-Eau Claire APICS chapter competes at case competition

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Back row (left to right): Michael Moore, Brent Krautkramer, Tom Wilmes, Doug Stanek, and Andrew Lewandowski; Front row (left to right): Katie Smith and Molly Bissen

The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire student chapter of APICS competed at the 2012 Great Lakes District Student Case Competition held February 24-25, 2012 in Downers Grove, IL.

The UW-Eau Claire team finished 11th out of 33 teams, winning $452 for the Eau Claire student chapter. First place in the competition went to Bowling Green University, followed by UW-Madison (2nd) and Purdue University Krannert School of Management (3rd).

The UW-Eau Claire team included Molly Bissen, a freshman from Rochester; MN; James Grahek, a senior from Ashland, WI; Brent Krautkramer, a junior from Marathon, WI; Andrew Lewandowski, a senior from Greenfield, WI; Michael C. Moore, a senior from Weston, WI; Katherine J. Smith, a senior from Shakopee, MN; Doug Stanek, a senior from Gillman, WI; and Thomas Wilmes, a senior from Lakeville, MN. The faculty adviser for the UW-Eau Claire team is Theresa Wells, Department of Management and Marketing.

This year’s case focused on the Great Harvest Bread Company. Teams were given the case at 7 pm on February 24th and had until 10 am the next morning to develop a strategy for the company, and produce a six page paper and a five minute PowerPoint presentation highlighting their recommendations. Each team presented their recommendations to a panel of six judges and the other student teams. Presentations and papers were critiqued by the judges.

APICS - The Association for Operations Management is the global leader and premier source of the body of knowledge in supply chain and operations management, including production, inventory, materials management, purchasing, and logistics. To learn more about the UW-Eau Claire APICS student chapter, visit its website.

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