Daniel Kelly, Supply Chain Alum and Assistant Manager at Iowa State University Named One of 30 Rising Stars in Supply Chain Management

Kelly Recognized by Institute for Supply Management (ISM)


Ames, IA – Daniel Kelly, Assistant Manager at Iowa State University has been named a winner in the Institute for Supply Management (ISM)® 30 Under 30 Rising Supply Chain Stars Recognition Program.


The 30 under 30 Rising Supply Chain Stars program is designed to recognize individuals who have demonstrated leadership, innovation, collaboration, and other outstanding attributes. This program provides role models and illustrates supply chain and procurement as a viable and exciting career choice. Millennials are expected to comprise 75 percent of global employees by 2025.  


“These young professionals are leading by example for a new generation in the procurement field by demonstrating the huge accomplishments possible,” said Mark Holst-Knudsen, President, THOMASNET. “They are true role models for how millennials are paving a new path in supply chain management.”


At 27, Kelly is recognized for making significant changes to the dining department’s warehouse and distribution system. Kelly’s initiatives produced impressive results: on-hand inventory reduced by 64.3 percent, inventory footprint waste was cut by 44.3 percent, departmental expenses decreased, and paper retention decreased by 60 percent. The department removed over 30 tons of excess equipment and supplies from several storage nodes and donated 3 tons of uniforms, shoes and linen to a charity organization in Ghana. Kelly accomplished this in just over two years in addition to attending Army Logistics University in Fort Lee, VA where he was the top of his class.


“Our new best and brightest stars are ahead of the curve in recognizing supply chain as a natural fit for their expertise and values,” said ISM Chief Executive Officer Tom Derry. “Applying their leadership skills, technical know-how and passion for making a difference, they are helping revitalize the industry in tangible, far-reaching ways.”


Kelly will receive a one-year membership to ISM; admittance to ISM2016, May 16-18 in Indianapolis; and a free Supplier Discovery Lunch and Learn session.

For more information on the 30 Under 30 program, please visit www.thomasnet.com/30under30.


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About Institute for Supply Management® 
Institute for Supply Management® (ISM®) serves supply management professionals in more than 90 countries. Its 50,000 members around the world manage about $1 trillion in corporate and government supply chain procurement annually. Founded in 1915 as the first supply management institute in the world, ISM is committed to advancing the practice of supply management to drive value and competitive advantage for its members, contributing to a prosperous and sustainable world. ISM leads the profession through the ISM Report On Business®, its highly regarded certification programs and the newly launched ISM Mastery Model™. For more information, please visit: www.instituteforsupplymanagement.org.

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