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College team wins first at national supply chain competition

December 26, 2016
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2016 Bowersox Undergraduate Supply Chain Challenge
The first-place team: GVSU students Daniel Coblentz, left, Scott Dion, Rachel Travis and Ryan Davis and Anton Fenik, assistant professor of marketing. Courtesy GVSU

A group of local college students has won a business competition with schools across the country.

Grand Valley State University said this month four of its students from the Seidman College of Business took first place at the eighth-annual Bowersox Undergraduate Supply Chain Challenge held at Michigan State University in November.

The students, Daniel Coblentz, Ryan Davis, Scott Dion and Rachel Travis, competed against 13 teams from colleges across the U.S., including the University of Wisconsin, Western Michigan University, West Virginia University, Wayne State University, The Ohio State University, Northeastern University, University of Miami, Duquesne University, Central Michigan University and University of Arkansas.

The Bowersox Challenge is a simulation-based approach to business, and students must use their knowledge of supply chain logistics and apply it to a scenario designed to replicate some of the labors of the business community.

Decisions had to be made within a set time limit in order to most closely match reality. Team members worked through several business cycles related to the components of supply chain management: manufacturing, procurement, operations and demand management.

Anton Fenik, a GVSU assistant professor of marketing and mentor to the GVSU Supply Chain Challenge team, said GVSU business students do consistently good work in the competition.

“The talent of our business school students is consistently reflected in the relatively high placement at the Bowersox Challenge,” Fenik said. “This year, our team members successfully synchronized their skills and through relentless preparations, brought home the first-place trophy.”


Grand Valley State University's main campus is situated on 1,322 acres in Allendale.

The school, founded in 1960, offers 88 undergraduate degrees and 37 graduate degrees, including business, health sciences and nursing.

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