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KNOXVILLE –- Theodore Stank, head of the department of marketing and logistics at the University of Tennessee, is one of 12 individuals honored this year by DC Velocity, a magazine which caters to logistics managers and executives.

Each summer, DC Velocity honors a group of academics, practitioners, consultants and vendors for outstanding work and contributions to the industry. These honorees are called “Rainmakers.”

Theodore Stank
Theodore Stank
In the July 2006 issue of DC Velocity, Stank said he sees a growing number of top-notch students interested in logistics and supply chain management.

“This is true across the United States and particularly in UT’s ranked programs,” he said. “Students are smart and look at things like career placement rates and starting salaries. When they see that logistics graduates are among the leaders in those categories, our demand goes up. We’re getting more than our fair share of the top talent.”

Stank said working with executive education students is particularly rewarding, especially when “I am able to lead a class of executives on a topic related to my research and have them get excited about it and express interest in incorporating my knowledge in their business activities.”

Stank is the John H. Dove Professor of Logistics in UT’s College of Business Administration, as well as marketing and logistics department head. He is responsible for programs and processes related to the department’s 22 faculty, five staff members, 16 doctoral students and 700 undergraduates. He also is involved with the college’s numerous discipline-related degree and non-degree executive education programs.

DC Velocity’s other 2006 Rainmakers are Tim Krisher, president and founder of SeayCo Integrators Inc.; James Stock, professor of marketing and logistics management at the University of South Florida; John Sidell, a founder of ESYNC; Jeffrey Karrenbauer, a founding director of Insight Inc.; Philippe Lambotte, Kraft Foods’ vice president of international customer service and logistics; Chad W. Autry, assistant professor of supply chain management at the M.J. Neeley School of Business at Texas Christian University; Michael Fostyk, senior vice president at American Eagle Outfitters; John Gentle, former Owens Corning global leader for transportation affairs; Jeffrey D. Camm, professor of quantitative analysis at the University of Cincinnati; Dick Ward, a senior staff officer of the Material Handling Industry of America; and Bob Delaney, honored posthumously for his career that ranged from military service to work in the private sector to advocacy on Capitol Hill.


Amy Blakely, (865) 974-5034,
Cindy Raines, (865) 974-4359,
Theodore Stank, (865) 974-1001,