Students gain access to corporate insight and mentorship
Alvernia names Penske Logistics Senior Vice President of Sales and Solutions, Andy Moses, as the College of Business, Communication & Leadership’s Executive in Residence (EIR) for the 2022-23 academic year.
"The College of Business, Communication, and Leadership is widely recognized for our vibrant academic community, and our EIR program is instrumental in this regard,” said Dean of the College of Business, Communication & Leadership, Dr. Travis Berger. “We intentionally identify an industry leader who will encourage divergent thinking, challenge assumptions, engage in dialogue on the big issues of the day, drive research agendas, and help us develop our learners into ethical high performers. We are extremely fortunate to have Andy Moses serving as this year's executive-in-residence. Providing access to such an accomplished professional is a tremendous advantage to our learners, faculty, and the Alvernia community.”
On Thursday, Dec. 1, Moses was the featured speaker at an interactive Q&A forum, moderated by MBA Program Director, Don Schalk. The event was attended by Alvernia’s Senior Leadership Team, faculty, and students.
“I am honored to serve as Alvernia’s Executive-in-Residence,” said Penske Senior Vice President of Sales and Solutions, Andy Moses. “I am impressed with Alvernia’s innovative approaches to preparing students for careers in industry by bringing together the academic and business communities. Our company has a number of Alvernia graduates contributing to Penske’s success.”
The session featured a discussion of Penske’s company culture, management style & core values as well as what keeps him “up at night” about the business, advice for students entering the job market and his approach to market trends that will affect Penske in the future. The main trends that he identified were people and technology and he encouraged students to pay extra attention to courses involving analytics and data science.
“We have more data proliferated per day than in the history preceding us and while there is a lot of value in data, people only have so much capability to process and sift through it. What we’ve discovered is when you marry the two together efficiently, great things can happen,” said Moses. “This has been very helpful to us in retaining truck drivers. It’s a very simple example of how to use technology to drive a practical impact and we are really focused on this throughout the company and Penske certainly isn’t the only company that is going down this path he continued.”
The EIR program, now in its seventh year, allows students to gain valuable insight into real-world experiences directly from regional industry executives. Students also learn about the specific skills that leaders are looking for in college graduates, various leadership styles and real-life professional scenarios through interactive sessions and classroom lectures with Moses and other Penske executives.
Moses has amassed over three decades of transportation industry experience serving in product and sales leadership roles. Prior to joining Penske Logistics, he was vice president of sales at Penske Truck Leasing. A member of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP), Moses has spoken at industry-leading supply chain conferences and guest lectured at top universities. He is also a supply chain author.
His spring keynote address will be on Wednesday, March 1, 2023 in Alvernia University’s Francis Hall Theatre from 1-2 p.m. where he will discuss his journey and the “key to success” from his perspective. Moses will also speak at the Delta Mu Delta business honor society ceremony that is tentatively scheduled on Wednesday, May 10, 2023 from 5-7 p.m. Any questions about the program and upcoming events can be directed to Schalk at email@example.com or (484) 254-2127.
Past Executives-in-Residence include Ira Trauber, president of TRIOSE. Paula Barrett, RKL, LLP. Partner, John Adams, Berks County district attorney and president of the Pennsylvania District Attorney’s Institute; Paul Cohn, chief client experience officer and team leader relationship manager with Clermont Wealth Strategies; Tracy Davidson, morning news anchor for NBC10 in Philadelphia; Kenda Creasy Dean, published author and co-founder and lead permissionary of Ministry Incubators; Steve Gerhard, superintendent of Governor Mifflin School District; Brittany Sweeney, news reporter for PBS39 News Tonight; Chris Pruitt, CEO of East Penn Manufacturing; Andrea Funk, former CEO of Cambridge-Lee; Scott Gruber, CEO of Tompkins Financial; and Carl Anderson, general partner of Cannondale Partners LLP.