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10th Annual Supply Chain Mangement Day - Monday, September 30, 2013

student speaking with employer representative employers and faculty at scm day lunch

Schedule of Events

Setup/Lunch with employers and Supply Chain Management faculty: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm, University Grand Ballroom

SCM Day Career Event: 12:00 - 4:45 pm, University Grand Ballroom

Dinner with employer representatives, students, and faculty/staff: 5:00 - 5:45 pm, Multicultural Center

Keynote Speaker-Thomas E. Knoll: 6:00 - 6:30 pm, Multicultural Center

Thomas Knoll VP Deere and Co

Thomas E. Knoll, Vice President Worldwide Supply Management and Logistics-Deere & Company

Thomas E. Knoll is Vice President, Worldwide Supply Management and Logistics, a position he has held since August 2007. Knoll is responsible for the leadership of all global supply management and logistics activities for the company.

Since joining the company in 1980 as an engineer at John Deere Harvester Works, Knoll has held positions of increasing responsibility in supply management throughout the company, including John Deere Waterloo Works. In 1998, he was appointed Director, Supply Management, Worldwide Construction & Forestry Division at John Deere Dubuque Works. In 2000, he relocated to Deere & Company’s European Headquarters in Mannheim, Germany, as Director, Supply Management. In November 2002, Knoll was named Director, Worldwide Supply Management Operations, Deere & Company, and shaped global strategic sourcing strategies. Prior to his current position, Knoll was Operations Manager, John Deere Harvester Works.

A native of Mandan, North Dakota, Knoll received a bachelor of science degree in industrial engineering from North Dakota State University in 1980. He received his MBA from Clarke College in 1999.

John Deere (Deere & Company - NYSE: DE) is the world's leading provider of advanced products and services for agriculture and forestry and a major provider of advanced products and services for construction, lawn and turf care, landscaping and irrigation. John Deere also provides financial services worldwide and manufactures and markets engines used in heavy equipment. Since it was founded in 1837, the company has extended its heritage of integrity, quality, commitment and innovation around the globe.

Supply Chain Management Students

The event includes an afternoon of informal meet-and-greet opportunities with company representatives. The day also includes presentations by many industry leaders in the Supply Chain Management field with information about possible career and internship opportunities.

Download the Student Reservation Form (pdf)

Contact Information

Dr. Barton Jennings
Stipes Hall 418Q
(309) 298-1540

Carrie Van Vleet, Office Support Specialist
Stipes Hall 414
(309) 298-1535

Anna James, Office Support Specialist
Stipes Hall 414
(309) 298-1535


We anticipate that this year's event will continue to foster interaction between employers, current and prospective SCM majors, and WIU faculty and staff.

Besides attending the event and meeting with students, we will be providing display space for all of the companies participating. We hope that this space will be used for information on your company job or internship announcements that you might have, and as a place to talk with students during the event. Feel free to bring giveaways and company displays to attract students.

WIU has scheduled the Fall 2013 university-wide career fair for the following day, Tuesday, October 1st, to be held in the Grand Ballroom as well. We certainly encourage you to attend both events, in which case you are welcome to leave your company display up overnight. Fall 2013 Career Fair information is available here or call WIU's Career Services at (309) 298-1838.

There in no cost to attend, but reservations are required by September 15, 2013.

Download the reservation form (pdf)