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Distinguished Lecture Series

Distinguished Lecture Series

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.

Past Speakers

Maureen Shea CEO, Right Management Florida/Caribbean
Robert P. Kornahrens CEO and President, Advanced Roofing and Business Hall of Fame inductee
Bob L. Moss Chairman and CEO, Moss & Associates and Business Hall of Fame inductee
Lisa Lutoff-Perlo Entrepreneur and Business Hall of Fame inductee and President and CEO of Celebrity Cruises
Jorge M. Pérez Entrepreneur and Business Hall of Fame inductee and founder and CEO of The Related Group
Mark B. Templeton Entrepreneur and Business Hall of Fame inductee and Former CEO of Citrix Systems
Per-Olof Lööf Entrepreneur and Business Hall of Fame inductee and CEO of KEMET
Steven J. Halmos Previous Entrepreneur and Business Hall of Fame inductee
Joe Atkinson Region President, Wells Fargo
Neal Asbury CEO
The Legacy Companies
"America Must Believe in Itself Again: Rediscovering Our Faith in Entrepreneurialism Can Solve Everything"
Richard P. Goudis Chief Operating Officer
"The Turnaround from Within"
Dr. Kingsley R. Chin President, CEO, CTO
Spine Frontier, Inc.
Founder, MD, Inventor, Entrepreneur
James Donnelly Founder and CEO
Castle Group
"LifeShaping℠ - How to Live Your Life Consciously"
2014 Entrepreneur Hall of Fame Honoree
Dr. Guy Harvey Artist, Scientist, Cinematographer
Guy Harvey, Inc.
Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation
2014 Entrepreneur Hall of Fame Honoree
Manuel D. Medina Founding and Managing Partner
Medina Capital
2014 Entrepreneur Hall of Fame Honoree
Ben Baldanza President & CEO
Spirit Airlines
"Taking off in the Business World"
Napoleon Brandford III Co-Founder/Chairman
Siebert Brandford Shank & Co., LLC
"Blueprint to Success" - A Q&A Session
Paul S. Hill Director of Mission Operations, NASA "Translating Mission Control Leadership
into the Boardroom"
Grant Cardone International Sales Expert, Author & Coach "Sell or be Sold"
Seth Goldman Honest Tea "Mission in a Bottle"
Lillian L. Lambert Author, Speaker & Entrepreneur "The Road to Someplace Better: From the Segregated South to Harvard Business School and Beyond"
Armando Leighton, Jr.
William E. Mahoney, Jr.
Thomas H. Shea
Entrepreneur Hall of Fame Honorees The Path to Hall of Fame Entrepreneurial Success
Raul Pupo Entrepreneur, Author & Educator The Correlation Between Service Management and Profitability
Carl DeSantis Former Chairman
Rexall Sundown, Inc.
"Life After Sundown"
George Feldenkreis Chairman, CEO,
Perry Ellis International
"Retail's Changing Landscape"
John V. Gillies Special Agent in Charge
Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
"Corruption, Ethics, and Its Effect on the Business Environment"
Bonnie C. Hathcock Senior Vice President and
Chief Human Resources Officer
Humana Inc.
"Business and Social Protocol: Building Your Personal Brand"
Peter A. Manos "History of Electro-Mechanical Cardiac Devices and World-wide Distribution"
Frank McKinney The Maverick Daredevil
Real Estate Artist
"The Three Headed Monster - Bubble-Proof Real Estate, Innovation & The Tap"
Nancy H. Bailey Chairman & CEO
Nancy Bailey & Associates, Inc.
"Her Story"
Joe Natoli Senior Vice President
for Business and Finance, Chief Financial Officer
University of Miami
"Changing Careers: from newspaper publisher to Higher Ed."
John Polstein CEO
Kaplan Test Prep and Admissions
"Navigating Growth: Lessons Learned"
Jordan B. Zimmerman Founder & Chairman
Zimmerman Advertising
"His Story"
Mark A. Emkes Bridgestone Americas Holding, Inc.
Bridgestone Firestone, N.A Tire, LLC
"Gaining Traction in a Global Economy"
Lou Gerstner Retired Chairman & CEO
IBM Corporation
"His Story"
Kenneth J. Kies
Managing Dir,
Federal Policy Group
Managing Director
Clark Consulting
"Tax & Budget Policy: A Look Backward and Forward"
Marilyn J. Ounjian CEO, CareersUSA "Tough Times Don't Last, Tough People Do!"
John F. Tenaglia John Tenaglia Consulting, Inc. "His Story"
John E. DiBenedetto Vice President, Learning & Development
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
"The Transformation of Wal-Mart's Training Into the World's Largest Corporate University"
Arthur J. Falcone Co-Chairman & CEO
Falcone Group, LLC
"His Story"
Robert L. Johnson Black Entertainment
Television & the RLJ Companies
"The BET Story"
George C. Nolen Siemens Corporation "His Story"
Beverly Raphael President & CEO
RCC Associates, Inc.
"The RCC Story"
Carl Singer Chairman, Viragen, Inc. "His Business Philosophies & Experience"
Adrienne Arsht Chairman, TotalBank "Walking in Other People's Moccasins"
H. Wayne Huizenga Chairman, Huizenga Holdings, Inc. Greatest Entrepreneur's Insights
Stephen A. Ross, Ph.D. MIT Sloan School of Management
N. K. "Trip" Tripathy President, Macy's Florida, Inc. "The Changing Face of Retailing"
Christopher Asplundh Chairman & CEO
Asplundh Tree Expert Company
"Developing and Operating a Successful Family Business"
Phil Bakes Far & Wide Travel Corporation
Larry Bossidy Former Chairman & CEO & Author
Honeywell International, Inc.
"Execution: The Discipline of Getting Things Done"
The Honorable Clarence Thomas US Supreme Court
Associate Justice
G. Richard Wagoner, Jr. Chairman & CEO General
Motors Corporation
Melvin Chasen Intercede "An Entrepreneur's Journey"
Dr. Paul Hersey Center for Leadership Studies, Inc. "Situational Leadership"
Kenneth Langone Invemed Associates, LLC "The Langone Story"
Frank McKinney Entrepreneur, Author, Philanthropist "Make It Big!" (49 secrets for building a life of extreme success)
Alan Potamkin Co-Chairman
Potamkin Companies
"Consolidating the Nat. Automotive Retail Industry w/out Eliminating the Entrepreneurial Spirit of the Local/Dealer Operator"
Douglas Warner, III JP Morgan Chase & Co, Inc.
Jack Welch Former Chairman & CEO,
General Electric
Jack Welch, LLC-Consultant
"Advice from General Electric, Corporate Success to Today."
Michael Bienes Entrepreneur/Philanthropist "Making It: Success and Failure in Today's World"
Michael Carricarte, Sr. Amedex Insurance Group/
USA Medical Services
"Think Big"
Nicholas Castaldo President & COO
Pollo Tropical
Jorge de Cespedes President, CEO & COO
Pharmed Group Corporation
"Corporate Culture, Can it Affect the Bottom Line?"
Debi Davis Founder,
Fit America
"Planning for the Future"
Dr. Paul Hersey Center for Leadership Studies, Inc.
Susan Kronick Group President, Federated
Department Stores, Inc.
Department Store Concept and Current Opportunities
Michael E. Maroone President & COO AutoNation, Inc. "AutoNation: The Road to Becoming America's Largest Automotive Retailer"
Joseph Natoli President, The Miami Herald
Charles L. Palmer President & CEO
North American Co., Ltd. &
North American Company, L.L.C
"How to Manage Venture Capital and Business Development Activities"
Alfredo Salas CEO, Koning Restaurants
International (Pizza Hut)
"The Company's Vision"
His Excellency
Sir Orville Turnquest
Governor-General of
The Commonwealth of the Bahamas
Mitchell W. Berger Partner, Co-Chair, Founder -
Berger, Davis & Singerman, P.A.
David I. Blyer Co-founder, President & CEO,
SPSS Vento Software Group
"Maintaining Entrepreneurial Vision"
Rick Case Chairman & CEO
Rick Case Automotive Group
"Delivering Superior Customer Service"
Debi Davis Founder, Fit America "Diet and Nutrition"
Steven J. Halmos President
Halmos Holdings
"SafeCard Services, Inc."
Hamid Hashemi President & CEO
Muvico Theaters
"Muvico Theaters"
Richard Langhorne President
The Langhorne Company
"Crisis & Reorganization Management"
James Randi 2000 James Randi
Educational Foundation
"Investigations of Claims of Psychic, Supernatural, and Paranormal"
Michael Scheck Sweet Paper Sales, Corp. "The Family Business"
John Tenaglia Broadcasting
Consulting Services
"His Story"
General Charles E. Wilhelm United States Southern Command "Personal Path to Success"
Ronald M. Bergeron President
Bergeron Land Development, Inc.
"The Bergeron Story; How the West (Davie) was Developed"
Frederick A. DeLuca President & Co-Founder
Subway Restaurants
Debi Davis Founder, FitAmerica "Personal Path to Success"
Carl DeSantis CDS International Holdings, Inc.
"How to Create a Vitamin Empire from a Dream"
Caesar Souza Odebrecht "How Odebrecht is Developing Its 'Global' Strategy"
Rosa Sugranes Chairman, Iberia Tiles "What It Takes To Be An Entrepreneur"
Sanford Ziff Sunglass Hut "Millennium Presentation on Business & Entrepreneurship"
Itchko Ezratti Founder & President
G.L. Homes
"Attitudes for Success in Florida in a Private Business"
Richard Langhorne President
The Langhorne Company
"Business Ethics - Financial & Real Estate Specialists"
Ovid Lewis Former President
Nova Southeastern University
"Legal Reasoning"
Charlie Pearlman Atlas, Pearlman, Trop & Borkson, P.A "Emerging Business - Legal &Other Considerations"
Sanford Ziff Sunglass Hut "Succeeding in Today's Business World: Entrepreneurship"
George Zoley Wackenhut Wackenhut Privatization & Management Concepts
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