Meet a Member

November 2019 

Jeremy Banta

Education: Ohio State: BSBA, Marketing, Logistics. Franklin University: MBA. US Army Command & General Staff College

Company/Title: Columbus State Community College/Program Coordinator - Instructor

When and why did you join CSCMP?
I originally joined CLM out of college in the late 1990s for access to educational materials and the network. I rejoined for the same reasons in 2016 after leaving my full-time military position for an academic position.

What advice do you have for new CSCMP members on how they can maximize their membership value?:
Become involved in your local logistics community! A CSCMP Membership is a great way to meet others and develop (or enhance) your network of contacts, and help strengthen your local logistics community.

How did you get into supply chain management/logistics?
My adviser at THE Ohio State University told me I could add one class to my marketing program to get a dual-major because the logistics program meshed well with marketing. After a few classes I realized I had a knack for it and steered my civilian and military career into logistics. My first few summer jobs had been in warehouses and factories, so I already had some experience. Every job since has been tied to logistics in some way.

Describe your job in a tweet (i.e. 140 characters)
Developing the next wave of logisticians...one class at a time!

What are your top three job responsibilities?
Teaching: instructing students, keeping curriculum up to date, designing new curriculum.
Networking: Interacting with the local high schools and industry, and attending local and national events to increase enrollment, keep curriculum current, and find opportunities for students.
Educating Myself: reading current events, researching new ideas and trends, learning how to be a better teacher.

What is the biggest challenge you face on the job, and how are you managing it?
Getting students to understand the significance of not only doing well in class and on assignments, but improving themselves overall is a big challenge.
I try to help them understand this by having guest speakers talk about themselves and not just their jobs; I add "leadership lessons" to classes and assignments so they are learning more than just logistics; and I talk to them a lot about my own experiences in the civilian world and in the military and how I learned from my mistakes..

What technologies, trends, or disruptive forces do you see having the biggest impact on supply chains?
In class we talk a lot about the "Amazon Effect" and how technology is rapidly making the supply chain move faster and be more efficient. But aside from the usual suspects (Blockchain, autonomy, robots/drones) I like students to think about additive manufacturing's impact on retail and manufacturing, reusable rockets and a supply chain that extends into space, and what hyperloop means to transportation. These may not be major factors in the next 10-20 years...but to some of my students these could be their reality when they are senior level managers, owners, and CEOs.

If you were to start a company from scratch, what values would you build it on?:
Culture, flexibility, adaptability, education, trust, honor, integrity.

What are you proudest of?
Aside from my family, my proudest moments are when former Soldiers, students, or employees tell me I had positive influence on their life. It's why I do what I do.

If you could interview anyone, who would it be and why?
Senator John McCain. I didn't always agree with him...but as a former Soldier I respected the h*ll out of him. I would want to know what was inside him that made him feel such a love and dedication to the people of the country. (This is a hard question...John Glenn is an Ohioan and my boy-hood hero. President Barack Obama is amazing! It's hard to choose!)


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