NAU Alum Mike Konefal Shares Knowledge with MGT 301

Posted: Friday, May 3rd 2013 at 12:38 PM

NAU alumn Mike Konefal (‘05 COM/PR) stopped by Professor Will Ott’s MGT 301 Production and Operations Management class on Wednesday, April 24, 2013 to talk about his company, RisingHy LLC, and give tips to students who may be interested in running their own business one day. RisingHy specializes in fresh hot sauces with no vinegars and "Tortilla Lady" brand hand crafted tortillas.

Konefal’s success in starting RisingRy can be contributed in part to his understanding of the grocery store industry and the concept of DSP-direct store delivery. Although the main shop is located in Flagstaff, RisingHy products are being distributed all over Arizona as well as two stores in New Mexico and Pennsylvania.

Some of the topics Konefal discussed included challenges related to outsourcing, the importance of product quality, how he manages process control to maintain high quality buying power related to lot size purchase decisions and production planning.

He learned much from his experience of starting a business, and the students were interested in hearing his tale.

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