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Sykes Hall of Fame Business Speaker Series

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The Sykes Hall of Fame Business Speaker Series was created to augment the learning of all Sykes College of Business students, specifically the undergraduate students. The Sykes Hall of Fame Business Speaker Series provides students with a rich and vibrant experience which adds to their portfolio of learning business leadership at the college. Guest speakers who participate in this event are nationally known business leaders and entrepreneurs who have an excellent reputation and story to tell. They share their personal experiences with several hundred students and provide an opportunity for these students to gain firsthand insight into the realities, challenges and perseverance that is required to become a highly notable leader in the business community.

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Past Speakers

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Spring 2018

Topic: “Driven to Succeed: Who Needs Customers When you Have Fans?

JohnGainor
John Gainor, Former President and CEO International Dairy Queen

Nick Friedman
Nick Friedman,
President and Co-Founder College Hunks Hauling Junk and Moving

Spring 2017

Topic:“Entrepreneurial Alchemy: Transforming Ideas into Business Success

JohnWest
John West, Chairman, Hire Velocity

DanCiprari
Dan Ciprari, CEO, Pointivo

Spring 2016

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Topic: “Shaping the Future of Tech”

JohnThompson
John Thompson, Chairman of the Board, Microsoft Corp. and CEO, Visual Instruments


BobDutkowsky
Bob Dutkowsky, CEO, Tech Data Corp.

Fall 2015

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Topic: "Entrepreneur or Intrepreneur: Dare to be Different"

Mindy-Grossman
Mindy Grossman
, CEO, HSNi

Liz-Smith
Elizabeth Smith
, CEO, Bloomin' Brands, Inc.

Spring 2015

Topic: "Back From the Brink of Disaster! Reinventing Capitalism"

Taft-Author
John G. Taft,
CEO, RBC Wealth Management

Fall 2014

Topic: "Matching Wits with Wall Street - On the Money"

Jeff-Vinik
Jeffrey N. Vinik, Owner, Tampa Bay Lightning

Tom-James
Thomas A. James,
Executive Chair, Raymond James Financial

Spring 2014

Topic:"Formula for Success...Past, Present, and Future"


Morsani_Frank
Frank Morsani
, Founder, Precision Enterprises

JohnSykes
John Sykes, Founder, Sykes Enterprises