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Sykes Hall of Fame Business Speaker Series


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 2017

Topic: “Entrepreneurial Alchemy”

Transforming Ideas into Business Success

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John West
Chairman, Hire Velocity


Dan Ciprari
CEO, Pointivo

Past Speakers

View past speakers for the Sykes Hall of Fame Business Speaker Series...

Spring 2016

»Spring 2016 Sykes Hall of Fame Video

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

»Fall 2015 Sykes Hall of Fame Video

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

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