Inaugural Richard Hollingsworth Scholarship AwardedPublished: November 1, 2011
Kristin Etherington, a graduate of the Global Logistics Specialist (GLS) program offered through CSULB College of Continuing and Professional Education (CCPE), has been awarded the inaugural Richard Hollingsworth Professional Development Scholarship, which honors the memory of the visionary who believed passionately in education and self-determination and was devoted to his community.
Etherington, who works for Fluidmaster, a manufacturer of plumbing supplies, accepted the scholarship from Marianne Venieris, executive director of the Center for International Trade and Transportation (CITT), at CCPE’s recent 40th anniversary reception.
The fund, which is CCPE’s first and only endowment to date, enables outstanding students with limited resources to enroll in CITT’s most distinguished professional development programs.
Hollingsworth, who co-developed the curriculum for the GLS program and was the facilitator the inaugural class in 1997, passed away on Aug. 5, 2008, of pancreatic cancer. He was the president of the Gateway Cities Partnership, Inc. an economic development corporation and Gateway Cities Community Development Corporation, a new venture dedicated to creating workforce housing and eliminating blight in inner cities residential neighborhoods.
At Fluidmaster, Etherington’s responsibilities include handling all exports to original equipment manufacturers and distributors in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia. She was encouraged to enroll in the GLS program by her former supervisor and mentor, Isabel Gonzalez, whom she credits for teaching her everything she knows about exports and for helping her discover her passion for the industry.
“My favorite part about this entire (GLS) experience is being able to educate my customers and the company I work for on their options for shipping, analyzing their freight volumes, and offer them cost savings,” said Etherington. “The job can be tough, but I love a challenge. And saving customers, and the company I work for, money, is just an added bonus.”
Etherington, who enrolled in the GLS program last spring to broaden her knowledge of the industry, recently completed courses at Orange Coast College and intends to transfer to California State University, Fullerton to purse her undergraduate degree in Logistics/Supply Chain Management.
“I am humbled and deeply moved by the contributions from friends, colleagues, relatives and the L.A. Transportation Club to make this endowment possible,” said Venieris, who was married to Hollingsworth for seven years prior to his death. “I am delighted that from now on every year my dear husband will be remembered by helping a deserving student, by his passion for life-long learning and to help the underprivileged.”
The fund was able to become an endowment because of the significant contribution by the Los Angeles Transportation Club (LATC). Jim DeMask, former president and current advisor of the LATC and executive director of WZI Worldwide, and Tony Williamson, first vice president of the LATC and director of business development and diversity services for Total Transportation Services, Inc., were in attendance during the reception. Williamson is also a graduate of CITT’s GLS and Master of Global Logistics (MAGL) programs.