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Distinguished Lecture Series

Distinguished Lecture Series

Upcoming Lectures

Jorge M. Pérez
Entrepreneur and Business Hall of Fame inductee
Wednesday, April 18, 2018 | 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Executive Conference Center
Room 3000, third floor
Carl DeSantis Building 3301 College Ave., Ft Lauderdale, FL 33314
Jorge Perez

Jorge M. Pérez is founder and CEO of The Related Group, a leading residential development firm and one of the country’s largest Hispanic-owned businesses. Pérez has been at the forefront of South Florida’s urban evolution since the 1970s, and he has redefined all sectors of development, from affordable housing projects to luxurious condominium towers. A lifelong lover of the arts, Pérez is an ardent supporter of institutions such as the Pérez Art Museum Miami, the Miami-Dade Cultural Affairs Council, and the NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale. He graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in economics from Long Island University C.W. Post Campus and earned a Master of Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Michigan.

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

Past 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.
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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