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

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

Chris T. Sullivan, Co-Founder, Outback Steakhouse

Spring 2019

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

Spring 2018

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

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

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Topic:“Entrepreneurial Alchemy: Transforming Ideas into Business Success

John West,  Chairman, Hire Velocity

Dan Ciprari, CEO, Pointivo

Spring 2016

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Topic:  “Shaping the Future of Tech”

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

Bob Dutkowsky, CEO, Tech Data Corp.

Fall 2015

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

Mindy Grossman
,  CEO, HSNi

Elizabeth Smith
,  CEO, Bloomin' Brands, Inc.

Spring 2015

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

John G. Taft,  
CEO, RBC Wealth Management

Fall 2014

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

Jeffrey N. Vinik,  Owner, Tampa Bay Lightning  

Thomas A. James,  
Executive Chair, Raymond James Financial

Spring 2014

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

Frank Morsani
,  Founder, Precision Enterprises

John Sykes,  Founder, Sykes Enterprises