Three Smeal SC&IS Alumni Recognized on Thomas and ISM 2017 "30 under 30"

We are proud to see 3 Penn State Smeal College of Business alumni on Thomas & Institute for Supply Management 2017 30 under 30 rising supply chain stars! Jordan Haller, ExxonMobil, Keith Unton HERSHEY'S, & Conor Quarry, IBM , all received recognition for being leaders in their fields. Congratulations!

Three Smeal Supply Chain alumni were recognized in 2017’s 30 Under 30 Rising Supply Chain Stars by A Thomas & ISM. Congratulations to Jordan Haller (SC&IS ‘11), Keith Unton (SC&IS ’10, Masters in Business Administration ’17), and Conor Quarry (SC&IS ’13) on your accomplishment!

The 30 Under 30 Rising Supply Chain Stars program, is a partnership between Thomas and Institute for Supply Management® (ISM®). The recognition is in its fourth year of showcasing excellence embodied by young supply management professionals.

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JORDAN HALLER, AGE 28, SUPPLY CHAIN & INFORMATION SYSTEMS CLASS OF 2011, EXXONMOBIL – PROCUREMENT SUPERVISIOR

Jordan has adopted a continuity of business operations through his repeated leadership in safety and emergency responses. In 2015, Jordan was recognized as a Rising Star of Safety by the National Safety Council for leading a near loss campaign for ExxonMobil in Houston to increase safety awareness. Recently in the wake of Hurricane Irma, Haller served as a Logistics Section Chief for ExxonMobil where he led a preparatory procurement effort. Throughout Haller’s career, he has been faced with tough assignments that have required both tactical and strategic thinking. From being a project procurement advisor for capital projects along the Gulf Coast to leading a group dedicated to providing procurement support for two refineries and pipeline operations in the Americas, Haller’s career has combined the wide purview of supply chain and the global footprint of ExxonMobil.

Congratulations Jordan Haller, WE ARE . . . all so proud!

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KEITH UNTON, AGE 30, SUPPLY CHAIN & INFORMATION SYSTEMS CLASS OF 2010, MASTERS IN BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION CLASS OF 2017, THE HERSHEY COMPANY - SENIOR SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGER, WALMART GROUP

While working in the co-manufacturing department, Keith Unton negotiated savings of more than US$1.3million for three consecutive years and played a key role in 15 company initiatives while managing relationships with 17 co-manufacturers. Hershey’s Peppermint Bark Bells (holiday, seasonal) product success became a reality by the efforts of Unton working with a co-manufacturer to develop this seasonal item and in turn yielding over $10million in sales.  Unton has also served on crisis response teams where he reduced sales risk by $30million following Hurricane Sandy. He also has done international missionary work; traveling to Ghana as part of the Nourishing Minds effort, helping to feed 50,000 Ghanaian school children per year.

Commenting on the impact Penn State and Smeal had on his career, Unton said: "I feel my Smeal undergraduate degree in Supply Chain Management has been the foundation of my career.  The Supply Chain Professors at Penn State are second to none… The Smeal EMBA [also] enhanced my leadership style and has provided me with the tools to lead a large team within my organization.  I'm lucky to have both awesome professors and classmates that I have formed lifelong friendships with…”

Congratulations Keith Unton, WE ARE . . . wishing you an even brighter future!

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CONOR QUARRY, AGE 26, SUPPLY CHAIN & INFORMATION SYSTEMS CLASS OF 2013, IBM – ANALYTICS AS A SERVICE LEAD

Conor Quarry graduated from the Smeal College of Business in 2013 with a degree in Supply Chain & Information Systems. Since graduating, Quarry has worked at IBM as a strategic sourcing analyst, senior consultant and currently, analytics as a service lead (source: LinkedIn). “Quarry’s inquisitive nature led him to adopt a sentiment learned through his leaders — always asking, “So what?” Through this mantra aimed at driving collaboration, innovation and leadership, Quarry turned “So what?” into “What if?” The result was a revolutionary tool that’s had high impact on procurement and resulted in the forging of his own role at IBM.” His “What if?” ideology enabled him to develop faster data analysis and data linkeage across several fields. His first “What if?” strategy drove savings of 40 percent, or US$10.6 million for IBM. Aside from his professional work, Quarry enjoys reading, travel, experiencing new cultures, scuba diving and playing sports.

Conor would like to thank the Smeal College of Business for preparing him for his current and future roles. Conor said; "I have always believed that Penn State is able to prepare the best minds in business not only because of the structured curriculum and top quality course content but also because of the focus of building relationships and working together with others to achieve a common goal."

Congratulations Conor Quarry, WE ARE . . . proud of that PSU innovative spirit!

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