A group of Mount St. Mary's University students are studying in Florence, Italy, this semester, and recently had the opportunity to meet one of the country's leading global logistics managers.

The Mount delegation, led by Marty Malone, Ph.D., professor of sociology, discussed today's global shipping and logistics challenges with Tina Gentile, Italy's country manager for BDP International, a global logistics company. Located in Milan, Ms. Gentile is responsible for all of BDP's operations and also manages a small office outside of Florence. BDP ships a diverse array of products around the globe for companies - from specialty chemicals and high-end automobile parts, to custom-made tuxedos.

Ms. Gentile's visit to Florence was arranged by Karl Einolf, Ph.D., dean of the Richard J. Bolte, Sr. School of Business. The Mount's Business School is named after the founder of BDP International - who sent all seven of his sons to the Mount.

"One of my objectives as dean has been to leverage our relationship with BDP and connect our students and faculty with BDP's employees all over the world," said Dr. Einolf. "Our partnership has led to educational opportunities for both of our organizations."

Ms. Gentile, who studied abroad at the American University in Rome while she pursued her degree in International Business, provided the students with important lessons about living abroad and working for a global company - describing the challenges of both raising a family and doing business in Italy, and reminded them to take advantage of the opportunity to learn about people from other cultures when living abroad.

"Every business deal is always about understanding the client - and most often this means understanding the person as much as their business," she said. "I hope you'll continue to travel abroad, to talk to people in other countries to learn their customs, and to take every advantage to learn another language."

Italy Trip