Corey Meador ’16
BBA in Supply Chain Management
|What extracurricular activities were you involved in at Texas A&M? Texas A&M football team; Aggie Supply Chain Management Professionals (ASCMP); Fish Camp counselor; Business Peer Leader; 180 Degrees Consulting Project Manager, The Wells Project Advocate; Lean Startup Project
What was your favorite Supply Chain Management course at Texas A&M? My favorite Supply Chain Management course was SCMT 335 – Sourcing and Procurement with Dr. Agrawal. A majority of the class focused on various high-level case studies. In our teams, we took a stance on different issues in the case; varying from controversial topics like child labor to more standard supply chain practices like sourcing. Many of our preconceived notions would lead us to one answer, but Dr. Agrawal would shatter these ideas with examples as to why another solution was superior. This class taught me to broaden my perspective and to think more holistically about sourcing and procurement.
What do you feel was the most beneficial course you took? The most beneficial course I took was MGMT 466 (Strategic Management) with Lazlo Tihanyi. In this class, we analyzed various companies from a strategic point of view. This class taught me how executives view their company and how business strategy is like a game of chess with multiple players. My favorite part about strategic management was the game we played throughout the semester. It was a competition between six groups in the class to determine who could achieve the highest stock price by the end of the semester. The game used a simulation software and different metrics to determine how well each team did that week. Not only was the simulation fun, but it allowed me to practice what I learned in class and apply it to a real life situation.
Describe your career and what led you to your entry-level position. Because I am graduated early, I did not have an internship on my résumé. I believed this was really going to hurt my odds of finding a great job, but it actually opened up conversations in interviews about other high-level opportunities I’ve had like 180 Degrees Consulting and a lean startup project. By my last fall semester, I had an offer from Oracle and was on the last round of interviews with Dell, but Amazon was the company I really wanted to work for because of their foremost supply chain expertise and great reputation for employee development. After receiving my offer from Amazon, I quickly accepted.
Describe what your initial role within your company. In my role with Amazon, I lead and develop a team of 35 to 40 associates by motivating, mentoring, and coaching. The core of the job is engaging with the team during a shift to ensure that the highest level of safety, quality, attendance performance and engagement are maintained. As the Team Leader, I ensure that the team of associates has all the tools needed to succeed for any task during a shift. I also develop performance goals and objectives to achieve customer promise expectations and ensure accuracy and quality.
Any specific advice you would give to current Supply Chain Management students? Look for opportunities! Mays provides scholarships, hosts company luncheons, and has programs to increase your learning and help you find a great job or internship. Take advantage of these resources!