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Distinguished Lecture Series

Distinguished Lecture Series

Upcoming Lectures

Per-Olof Lööf
Entrepreneur and Business Hall of Fame inductee and CEO of KEMET
Tuesday, November 7, 2017 | 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Huizenga Sales Institute
Executive Conference Center
Room 3000, third floor
Carl DeSantis Building 3301 College Ave., Ft Lauderdale, FL 33314
Per-Olof Loof

Going Global through Mergers and Acquisitions with No Money

Lööf is the chief executive officer of KEMET, a $1.2-billion global public company with 16,000 employees and 27 manufacturing plants, which sells its products in 98 countries.

Lööf will share his experiences and lessons learned through seven mergers and acquisitions. During his time as CEO of Sensormatic Electronics, Lööf led the turnaround and successful acquisition by Tyco International Ltd.

He was honored by Ernst & Young in 2012 as an Entrepreneur of the Year in North and South Carolina. He also received the Broward Ultimate CEO award from the South Florida Business Journal. Lööf is honorary consul of Sweden for Florida and elected Freeman and Citizen of the City of London.

About The Distinguished Lecture Series

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: Angelo Elia, 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

Joseph Farrell Lecture
Keith Koenig,
President, City Furniture
2001 Entrepreneur Hall of Fame Honoree
Joseph Farrell Lecture
Joseph E. Farrell, Jr.,
President and CEO,
RESOLVE Marine Group, Inc.
2015 Entrepreneur Hall of Fame Honoree
Ramola Motwani Lecture
Ramola Motwani,
Chairwoman and CEO
Merrimac Ventures
2015 Entrepreneur Hall of Fame Honoree
James Donnelly Lecture
James Donnelly,
Founder and CEO, Castle Group, 2014 Entrepreneur Hall of Fame Honoree
Guy Harvey
Guy C. McN. Harvey,
Artist, Scientist, Cinematographer, Guy Harvey, Inc. Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation,
2014 Entrepreneur Hall of Fame Honoree
Dr. Kingsley Chin
Dr. Kingsley R. Chin,
President, CEO and CTO, Spine Frontier, Inc.

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
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