Meet Our Education Advisors
Dr. Theodore P. Stank
Theodore P. (Ted) Stank is the Harry J. and Vivienne R. Bruce Chair of Excellence in Business in the Department of Marketing and Supply Chain Management at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. He assumed the Bruce Chair following nearly six years in a variety of administrative positions in the College of Business Administration, including Department Head for Marketing and Logistics, Associate Dean for Academic Programs, and Associate Dean of the Center for Executive Education. Prior to arriving at UT, he served as Associate Professor in the Department of Marketing and Supply Chain Management at Michigan State University, joining the MSU faculty as an Assistant Professor in 1997. He was also an Assistant Professor on the faculty at Iowa State University (1995-1997) and at the University of Texas at El Paso (1994-1995). He holds a Ph.D. in Marketing and Distribution from The University of Georgia, an M.A. in Business Administration from Webster University, and a B.S. from the United States Naval Academy.
Dr. Stank’s business background includes sales and marketing experience as an employee of Abbott Laboratories Diagnostic Division. He also served as an officer in the United States Navy prior to his industry and academic experience. He has performed consulting and executive education services for over 50 organizations, including Dell, EDS, Kellogg’s, IBM, Lowe’s, Norfolk Southern, OfficeMax, Pepsi, Siemens, Sony, Textron, Walgreens, Walmart, Whirlpool, and the U.S. Marine Corps. He serves as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP). He also serves as Educational Advisor to the Health and Personal Care Logistics Conference. He is Associate Editor for the Journal of Business Logistics and serves on the editorial review board of Journal of Operations Management and International Journal of Physical Distribution and Logistics Management.
Dr. Stank’s research focuses on the strategic implications and performance benefits associated with supply chain management best practices. He is author of over 95 articles in academic and professional journals and has also co-authored three books including 21st Century Logistics: Making Supply Chain Integration a Reality, Handbook of Global Supply Chain Management, and Global Supply Chains: Evaluating Regions of the World on the EPIC Framework. He has received numerous awards for his research and teaching, and was named a Logistics Rainmaker by DC Velocity magazine.
Dr. Terry L. Esper
Dr. Terry L. Esper is Associate Professor of Logistics at the Fisher College of Business of The Ohio State University. In addition to his full-time academic activities, Esper also serves as Co-Chair of the Academic Strategies Committee for the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals, and is an Educational Advisor to the Health and Personal Care Logistics Conference.
He has published several articles on issues associated with retail logistics and supply chain management strategy in leading academic and managerial outlets, including Journal of Business Logistics, Journal of Operations Management and Journal of Retailing. In addition, he is a regular speaker at global conferences, where he builds on his research insights and accumulated experiences to engage in dialogue regarding trends and issues in logistics and supply chain management practice, and is a regular featured guest on a Sirius XM Radio show.
Prior to his Doctoral studies in Marketing and Logistics at the University of Arkansas, Esper worked for Hallmark Cards as a Transportation Manager and was involved in transportation infrastrtucture research for the U.S. Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration.