Onboarding Program

Welcome to the UNT Logistics Student Onboarding Program! This program began in Fall 2013, and is the brainchild of the Logistics Center Board of Directors members. Board members expressed the need for students to gain additional soft skills that will help them “hit the ground running” and be able to contribute to an organization more quickly, be it during an internship or a regular full-time job placement. These skills help set UNT Logistics students apart from their competition in the marketplace for jobs and promotions.

The program takes place on select Fridays, from 12:00-1:00pm, with corporate representatives facilitating lectures and workshops on topics such as:

  • Make the impression – Effective interpretation and presentation of analyses
  • Networking and relationships – Cultivating, building, and sustaining
  • Dress for Success
  • Communication – Verbal and written, effective presentations
  • Social media – How to use effectively
  • Where do I fit in at my new company? Dealing with generation gaps
  • Interviewing from an employer’s standpoint/How to prepare for a behavioral interview
  • Advanced Excel
  • Mentoring – Formal and informal/Career paths

Students must RSVP to attend these sessions. After completing four program sessions students will receive their Logistics Onboarding certificate through the Center for Logistics Education & Research which is a great addition to a resume!

  • How will they benefit me? Do I need to join? What is the commitment level?

    Friday, September 7th - 1:00pm to 2:00pm
    BLB 180
    M. Dave Malenfant

    Director, Outreach & Partnerships, Center for Supply Chain Innovation, Neeley School of Business, Texas Christian University

    Vice President, Membership, CSCMP

    Brian Heldebrandt (UNT Logistics Alum)

    Director, Distribution Operations, DJO Global

  • Learn important steps on how to prepare for and navigate a behavioral interview. Three levels of mock interviews will be presented. Learn what employers expect.

    Friday, September 14th - 1:00pm to 2:00pm
    BLB 180

    Quitney Pryor
    Operations Manager, Target

    Bianca Lewis
    Human Resources Business Partner, Target

  • Three successful alumni will be here to answer all your questions!

    Friday, October 19th - 1:00pm to 2:00pm
    BLB 180
    Adrian Parkhideh

    Senior Director, Customer Strategy, 10-4 Systems, Inc.

    Adrian brings more than a decade of logistics and transportation management experience to his role at 10-4. His background includes operations, technology, and leadership roles at Ryder Supply Chain and PepsiCo. At Ryder, he was responsible for managing Dr. Pepper Snapple’s carrier base for the Western U.S. including inbound Mexico and outbound to Canada. At PepsiCo, Adrian led the technology implementation for PepsiCo’s brokerage, Pepsi Logistics Company, as well as several productivity initiatives for the transportation team. Adrian has a BS in Logistics & Supply Chain Management from the University of North Texas.

    Joshua McMichael

    Rail Operations Analyst, Toyota Logistics Services, Inc.

    Joshua McMichael is a Rail Operations Analyst for Toyota Motor North America in Plano. His current role involves the oversight of rail transportation carriers serving the United States, Canada, and Mexico in support of Toyota and Lexus sales objectives. Additional responsibilities include initiating and leading continuous improvement projects with various stakeholders, leading quarterly performance reviews with assigned carriers, and working through contractual obligations with Toyota’s carrier partners. Josh joined Toyota in April of 2017. Prior to his current role, he was an intern, management trainee, and Trainmaster at BNSF Railway in Seattle, WA. Josh is a 2015 graduate of the University of North Texas. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Logistics and Supply Chain Management.

    Corey Houston

    Route Development Engineer, Frito Lay North America, Mid-South Region

    Corey is a Route Development Engineer for Frito Lay North America. He and his counterpart are tasked with all route development and restructuring for Frito’s Mid-South Region covering Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Mississippi, and Louisiana. Prior to his 2 years in this role with Frito-Lay Corey spent 5 years with UPS’ Customer Solutions Group. Corey is a graduate of the University of North Texas and holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Logistics and Supply Chain Management.

    Corey and his wife Megan are Dallas natives and reside in Carrolton with their 3 dogs.

    Corey’s outside of work interests are motorcycle racing, videography, and photography.

  • Everything you always wanted to know! Gain perspective from an employer, UNT Career Center, and UNT students.

    Friday, November 9th - 1:00pm to 2:00pm
    BLB 180
    Dr. Brian Hirsch

    Assistant Director, UNT Career Center

    Jessica Polio
    Human Resources Manager, PepsiCo

    Adrianne Almazan
    PLCI Sr. Manager, PepsiCo

    Miranda Robertson

    UNT Logistics & Supply Chain student, Peterbilt Intern

    Elisabeth Bernat

    UNT Logistics & Supply Chain student, Ben E. Keith Intern