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STAFDA Student Supply Chain Competition

Saturday, October 29
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Attending college students have been invited to join STAFDA’s Supply Chain Competition, Saturday, October 29, 8:00 a.m. — 4:00 p.m. using an innovative web-based business simulation game. The competition engages participants as they compete to turn around a fictional struggling manufacturer by creating different solutions for purchasing, operations, sales, supply chain management, and finance challenges. STAFDA manufacturer members are invited to participate and interact with the students while they make presentations about their companies. The winning team and prizes will be announced during the General Session on Monday, October 31.


NextGen Luncheon

Sunday, October 30

Noon - 1:30 p.m.

NextGen LuncheonIt can be hard finding your place in the crowd, especially when the crowd is full of industry veterans and you’re the newbie.  STAFDA’s NextGen Luncheon is an oasis where members under 35 years old can meet over a meal, share ideas and experiences, and take part in an inter-generational panel discussion of what’s going on in the construction/industrial markets.

The panel (made up of distributors, manufacturers, and rep agents) addresses topics such as working within small and large businesses, how to successfully navigate a hybrid work environment, and other current issues. There is also a Q&A opportunity which leads to lively discussions.

This is a wonderful opportunity for those just entering the STAFDA channel to network with their peers, find mentors, and solidify career-spanning relationships that continue beyond the San Diego Convention & Trade Show.

Please sign up for the luncheon on STAFDA’s Convention registration form. There is no additional charge.


Speed Interviewing

Sunday, October 30

1:45 - 3:30 p.m.

Student Hiring EventTalented Employees Found Here!

Finding and hiring employees continues to be a challenge for members in a market where enthusiastic students are snapped up before their resumes hit your inbox. STAFDA’s Student Hiring Event is an exclusive interviewing session for members to talk one-on-one with potential interns and employees. Candidates are upper classmen with industrial distribution, supply chain, or related majors from leading universities. Prior to the Convention, members may review student resumes posted here later this fall. (This hiring session is open to STAFDA distributors, manufacturers, and rep agents.) All students interviewed during previous STAFDA Student Hiring Events were offered positions with member companies!

Student Candidates

Please watch this space for resumes from college students attending STAFDA San Diego Convention & Trade Show. We will also post a Student Interview Scheduling Form as we get closer to the Convention.