by Colton Campbell

Projects assigned to University of West Georgia students within the Richards College of Business are often tied to the real world, but one project recently completed by three students originated straight from the corporate boardroom.

UWG studentsAnd one student leveraged the experience into an internship and a career opportunity with an industry leader representing more than 75 proven years of experience and excellence.

Students in one of Dr. Brad Prince’s classes in the Management Information Systems program were approached by Treadmaxx Tire Distributors – previously known as Kauffman Tire – to conduct research into the company’s practices and to present recommendations on how to increase efficiency and save money.

“Most of the time, when our students are participating in projects, they are hypothetical real-world projects simulated by the professor. However, this was an actual real-world project that a well-known, regional business was in need of but didn’t have time to initiate on its own,” Prince said. “Reviewing the available software and analyzing the data are time-consuming efforts, and our students fulfilled that role and contributed to narrowing down several options to three.”

The students – Yannick Brassard, Joey Moncayo and Josh Downes, who was recently hired as an logistics analyst by Treadmaxx – interviewed Treadmaxx’s chief information officer to obtain user requirements, worked with the short list of software companies to see if they could meet those requirements, and they finally made a recommendation.

Theron Garcia, vice president of human resources and risk at Treadmaxx, said the experience was valuable to the company – so much so that the students were invited to present directly to the company’s president and the full executive team.

“This collaborative project was a win-win for both us and the students involved,” Garcia said. “It was a valuable project that exceeded expectations.”

“As a result of our students’ hard work, Treadmaxx had the opportunity to increase efficiency, save money and fulfill an operational need,” Prince said. “It gave our students an actual real-world experience and built up their public speaking confidence, and it was completely extracurricular.”

Brassard, Downes and Moncayo also won second place at the Richards College of Business Big Night of Research event, presenting their project, titled “Treadmaxx Route Optimization Review and Recommendation.”

Prince said he’s worked at UWG for 15 years, and this is the first time Management Information Systems students have had an opportunity of this kind. And he’s looking forward to creating more impactful opportunities like this.

“I’m proud of these students, not only for the work they achieved but for the way they represented the Richards College of Business and the University of West Georgia in front of the Treadmaxx executive team and for opening new doors for themselves,” Prince said.

Posted on June 29, 2018