News for alumni & friends
February 2021
Greetings from Ann Arbor -

On February 9, forty nominated dealers eagerly awaited the announcement of the 52nd TIME Dealer of the Year award at the National Automobile Dealer Association's virtual convention.

The Tauber Institute is honored to select the four regional winners and the one national winner for this prestigious award. This year we updated the application to account for a crazy COVID-driven year, focusing on innovative ways dealerships got through the pandemic, as well as evaluating each dealership's operational excellence and contributions to their community. Please join me in congratulating Richard DeSilva Jr. of Emerson, New Jersey, the 2021 TIME Dealer of the Year!

Managing Director, Tauber Institute for Global Operations

ICYMI: Tauber industry panel explores the future of mobility
What will the future of mobility look like and what opportunities will it present? On February 23, the Tauber Institute hosted a webinar moderated by Ross Technology and Operations faculty member Joline Uichanco to explore these questions. Hear from panelists Angela Flood of the American Center for Mobility, Russell Hensley of McKinsey & Company, Doug Mehl of A.T. Kearney, Jim Morgan of Rivian, and Kunal Vora of Tesla.
Virtual service projects offer new opportunities
The Tauber Institute provided expert operations analysis to community organizations through our annual student-led Tauber Community Service Day events. This year, Community Service Day teams partnered with Detroit Area Pre-College Engineering Program, Detroit Food Academy, and Mend on the Move through virtual projects that offered some new opportunities through their non-traditional format.
"I am intrigued by what can be learned from companies in other regions of the world. For example, what can we learn from the success of Indian companies which must design and manage distribution networks for a country of more than 1 billion people, many of whom are living in rural areas? Or how about the impact of the Nigerian accent throughout Africa, largely due to the widespread distribution of Nigerian media products? That is fascinating."

Tauber team project advisor and Michigan Ross faculty member John Branch has also served as an adjunct or visiting professor at more than 40 business schools throughout the world.
PepsiCo representative joins Tauber Industry Advisory Board
The Tauber Institute is pleased to welcome PepsiCo representative Tim Carey to our Industry Advisory Board. Tim is the Vice President for Sustainability and Consumer Recycling at PepsiCo. He is responsible for Resource Conservation, Consumer Recycling, and Customer sustainability programs for PepsiCo's North American beverage businesses.
Seth Guikema named fellow of the Society for Risk Analysis
Tauber faculty advisor and U-M IOE Professor Seth Guikema is one of seven honored to join the 2020 Fellows for the Society for Risk Analysis. The announcement was made alongside six scholarly and service awards as part of the annual SRA meeting. Some of the awards recipients included Amber Jessup and Anthony Fauci.
"From learning about the University of Michigan’s COVID response team practices from a leader at the medical school to learning that pirates can and will delay necessary international shipments, Tauber has given me years of knowledge in two months."

Christina Welberg (MBA '22) is a LatinX woman who has lived and worked around the world. She is passionate about facilitation and getting products out the door quickly. At the Tauber Institute, Christina has discovered a new mathematical appreciation for the science of Operations.
Become a Tauber alumni mentor!
We are seeking a few more alumni to mentor Tauber students as they embark on their 2021 team project journey. Please fill out this form by February 28 to express your interest and to help us align student interests with alumni expertise. Questions? Contact Admissions & Student Experience Manager Cari Ceo.
Thank you for supporting Tauber Institute students
Your contributions ensure our students continue to be the Leaders & Best in operations! Many thanks to Susan Allen, Ravi & Padma Anupindi, Damian Beil, Jason Comstock, Nilothpaul Dutta, Peter & Kelly Frank, Timothy Gantz, Edward & Jennifer Hanawalt, David Hoffman, John Scrudato & Shan Kuang, Sho Kawabe, Irving Liimatta, Roderick McInnis, Shawn Mindus, Raymond & Veronica Muscat, Dave & Susan Ostreicher, Daniel & Kelsey Partin, Sharon & William Pfeuffer, Joel & Sarah Raup, Kartik Raju, Lawrence & Beverly Seiford, Samvit Bhardwaj & Asmita Singh, Nayana Srivastava, Charles Su, Lisa VanLanduyt, Santiago Vargas-Soto, Abhishek Vyas, Kevin Zhou,The Horing Family Fund, and anonymous donors for recent gifts, and to all our alumni and friends for your ongoing support.
ICYMI: Positive Links Speaker Series
Tauber Institute is proud to sponsor the Positive Links Speaker Series. Recordings are available of all 2020-21 events, including "The Trouble with 'Talent': Why Describing Ability as 'Talent' may Undermine Grit in the Workplace."
Earn your Project Management Certificate
Tauber Institute alumni receive a $100 discount when they register for the upcoming Project Management Certification course provided by the Tauber Institute. Since 2013, all students who took the exam after this course have received certification!
Explore new career opportunities
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Team Up with Tauber!
According to sponsoring company calculations, the 2020 Tauber team projects resulted in an average of $31 million per project savings over three years. Total projected savings is over $433 million.