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Distinguished Lecture Series

Distinguished Lecture Series

Upcoming Lectures

Ramola Motwani
Chairwoman and CEO of Merrimac Ventures

2015 Entrepreneur Hall of Fame Honoree
Thursday, October 22nd, 2015 | 10:30 a.m.
Huizenga Sales Institute
Executive Conference Center
Carl DeSantis Building 3301 College Ave., Ft Lauderdale, FL 33314
RSVP to jade@nova.edu

Ramola Motwani
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Ramola Motwani, Chairwoman and Chief Executive Officer of Merrimac Ventures, a real estate management, investment and development company with interests throughout the United States and India. Merrimac Ventures - a family business that was started 30 years ago by the late Ramesh Motwani - has owned several hotels in Ft. Lauderdale Beach since 1986 and is currently a partner in the Four Seasons Fort Lauderdale Beach as well as the Gale Boutique Hotel and Residences projects. Motwani manages the family business with her two sons, Dev and Nitin. She serves on many Boards, including the Broward Workshop and the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association Board. Most recently, Motwani was inducted into Travelhost Magazine's Hospitality Hall of Fame, and recognized by the South Florida Business Journal as one of Broward's Ultimate CEOs. She was also inducted into the H. Wayne Huizenga College of Business and Entrepreneurship's Entrepreneur Hall of Fame this year.

Ramola Motwani will share her story of influence in the development and redevelopment of Fort Lauderdale Beach. She will speak of her challenges as an entrepreneur, as a working mother raising two young boys and her vision for family and business.

Joseph E. Farrell, Jr.
President and CEO of RESOLVE Marine Group, Inc.
2015 Entrepreneur Hall of Fame Honoree
Thursday, November 5th, 2015 | 10:30 a.m.
Huizenga Sales Institute
Executive Conference Center
Carl DeSantis Building 3301 College Ave., Ft Lauderdale, FL 33314
RSVP to jade@nova.edu

Jospeh E. Farrell
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Joseph E. Farrell, Jr., President and Chief Executive Officer, RESOLVE Marine Group, Inc., a leading global marine services provider that specializes in vessel emergency response, ship rescue, salvage, maritime training, naval architecture and marine engineering. Farrell has more than 45 years of experience in the maritime industry, and has led RESOLVE for 35 years. RESOLVE has extensive fleets strategically positioned with operations in the United States, the United Kingdom, Singapore, Gibraltar, China, Ireland, India and New Zealand. He began in the military with the U.S. Navy diving school then served as a U.S. Coast Guard explosives adviser in Vietnam. He also spent four years recovering torpedoes after jumping from helicopters in scuba gear. He established the company after resolving what he wanted to do in life. Farrell as received many honors, including the 2015 Golden Compass Award bestowed by the Seafarer's House. He was also inducted into the H. Wayne Huizenga College of Business and Entrepreneurship's Entrepreneur Hall of Fame.

Farrell will speak about his journey, from growing up in Boston and working as an outboard mechanic to building RESOLVE Marine Group into one of the most recognized salvage companies in the world.

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About The Distinguished Lecture Series

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The Distinguished Lecture Series (DLS) was established by Dean Emeritus Randolph A. Pohlman to inspire students by giving them a glimpse into the minds of successful and outstanding entrepreneurs and business leaders.

Distinguished lecturers articulate lessons learned and provide insight into our often complex business world. Students and the business community benefit from discussions ranging from business ethics to the practical application of academic theory. The general format of the DLS is a presentation, followed by questions and answers, or our speaker may simply "tell their story" and allow our audience to pose questions thereafter.

Initially created for students, the DLS has grown to include undergraduate and graduate students, faculty members, business leaders and distinguished members of our community.

Our past distinguished lecturers include: Jack Welch, Larry Bossidy, The Honorable Clarence Thomas, Robert L. Johnson, Alan Potamkin, Ronald Bergeron, Stephen A. Ross, Ph.D., and H. Wayne Huizenga (recipient of Ernst and Young's 2005 World Entrepreneur of the Year).

High profile entrepreneurs and business leaders interested in participating as a Distinguished Lecture Series speaker should contact the Office of Development at  (954) 262-5008.

Dean Emeritus Pohlman interviews H. Wayne Huizenga

Recent Speakers

Neal Asbury Lecture
Neal Asbury,
CEO, The Legacy Companies
Richard Goudis Lecture
Richard P. Goudis,
COO, Herbalife Ltd.

Dr. Kingsley Chin
Dr. Kingsley R. Chin,
President, CEO and CTO, Spine Frontier, Inc.
James Donnelly Lecture
James Donnelly,
Founder and CEO, Castle Group

Guy Harvey
Guy C. McN. Harvey,
Artist, Scientist, Cinematographer, Guy Harvey, Inc. Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation

Past Events

Ben Baldanza Lecture
Ben Baldanza,
President & CEO, Spirit Airlines
Grant Cardone Lecture
Grant Cardone,
International Sales Expert, Author, Coach

Paul S. Hill
Paul S. Hill,
Director of Mission Operations, at NASA Johnson Space Center
Seth Goldman Lecture
Seth Goldman,
President and TeaEO of Honest Tea