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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.

Spring 2021

Speaker: TBD

Topic: TBD

Date: TBD

Location: University of Tampa, Falk Theatre  

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Spring 2020

Spring 2020 Video

Topic: “Once an Entrepreneur, Always an Entrepreneur: From Localization to Globalization" 

Chris Sullivan
Chris T. Sullivan, Co-Founder, Outback Steakhouse

Spring 2019

Spring 2019 Video

Topic: “Technology and Transformation in an Ever-Changing Business World"
Hubertus Mühlhäuser
Hubertus Mühlhäuser, CEO, CNH Industrial

Spring 2018

Spring 2018 Video

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

John Gainor
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

Spring 2017 Video

Topic:“Entrepreneurial Alchemy: Transforming Ideas into Business Success

John West
John West, Chairman, Hire Velocity

Dan Ciprari 
Dan CiprariCEO, Pointivo

Spring 2016

Spring 2016 Video

Topic:  “Shaping the Future of Tech”

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


Bob Dutkowsky
Bob Dutkowsky, CEO, Tech Data Corp.

Fall 2015

Fall 2015 Video

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

Mindy Grossman
Mindy Grossman
, CEO, HSNi

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

Spring 2015

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

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

Fall 2014

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

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

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

Spring 2014

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


Frank Morsani
Frank Morsani
, Founder, Precision Enterprises

John Sykes
John Sykes, Founder, Sykes Enterprises