Family Enterprise Center Speaker Series

The Family Enterprise Center established its Speaker Series to give our students the opportunity to learn from, network with and dialogue with professionals working with the top family enterprises throughout the state, region and nation. This first-hand experience has brought our students face-to-face with many prominent business professionals, such as Steven C. Rockefeller, Jr. and Dr. Mark Hollis.

We have found that our students benefit from having guest speakers come into the classroom and describe their real-world experience in working with family enterprises. The Family Enterprise Center Speaker Series allows our students to engage in discussions with people who have the experience and know-how to help guide them in their own career endeavors. As a result, our speakers come from a variety of backgrounds.

Previous Speakers

Previous speakers include:

  • Jim Ethier, CEO of Bush Brothers & Co.
  • Mark Peters, CEO of Butterball Farms
  • Charles Luck, President and CEO of Luck Companies
  • Casey Gonzmart and Andrea Gonzmart, fourth- and fifth-generation family members of Columbia Restaurants
  • Ross Born, co-CEO of Just Born
  • Kaley Hollis, alumna, Giorgio Armani
  • Roman Ozimek, alumnus, Gartner

» View a complete list of previous speakers

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Spring 2014 Featured Speakers

Henry Brown

February 19, 2014

Miller Electric Company

RJ Santore

April 14, 2014

Santore & Sons

Richard Gonzmart

Columbia Restaurant

Fall 2013 Featured Speakers

Andrew Keyt

Family Office Expert

John Kittle

Kittle's Furniture second-generation member

Carol Wittmeyer

Associate Professor of Management, St. Bonaventure University

Kirby Rosplock

Head of Research and Development, GenSpring