MainStreet Speakers Series

NorthStar BankThe MainStreet Speakers Series is a community lecture series that provides an open forum for the exchange of ideas, opinions and perspectives. The Series is presented each fall and spring semester and generously sponsored by NorthStar Bank.

The Speakers Series is held at The University of Tampa on the 9th floor of the Vaughn Center which overlooks beautiful downtown Tampa. The series is open to the public, although advance registration and payment is requested.

Speakers are chosen on the basis of their career achievements and unique expertise in their particular field. To recommend a speaker, please contact James Zebrowski at ecenter@ut.edu or (813) 257-3039.

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Spring 2015

 
         
Wednesday, April 1, 2015

7:30–9 a.m. 
The University of Tampa, 9th Floor Crescent Club

Mike DeLazzer MSS  
Mike DeLazzer 
Co-Founder
RedBox
"Thoughts are Things: How the idea of a DVD Kiosk became RedBox"   Student/Faculty: Free (deposit)
General Admission: $15
Table of Eight (four seats go to students): $150
Corporate Sponsorship: $500

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Past Speakers

 
     

Fall 2014

 
     
Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014

Panelists Include:
Roland Chase, Senior Counsel, Hill Ward Henderson
Roberto Torres, President, Black and Denim
David Chitester, CEO, Florida Funders
Moderated by:
Reid Haney, Shareholder, Hill Ward Henderson
"Crowdfunding: Cutting Edge Funding for Entrepreneurs"

Click here to view session PowerPoint.
 

Spring 2014

 
     
Wednesday, March 19, 2014

7:30–9 a.m.
The University of Tampa, 9th Floor Crescent Club

 Jeff Stevenson 
Jeff Stevenson
Founder and CEO
VinoPRO

"Yes, Profit Does Matter: How We Flamed Out and Then Catapulted VinoPRO to #234 on the 2013 Inc 500 List in Four Years."                  

 

 

Fall 2013

 
     

Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013

7:30–9 a.m.
The University of Tampa, 9th Floor Crescent Club
 
Bonnie&Michael-Smaller
Bonnie Harvey and Michael Houlihan
Co-founders
Barefoot Cellars

"The Barefoot Spirit: How Hardship, Hustle and Heart Built America's #1 Wine Brand"

 

 

Spring 2013

 
     
Wednesday, March 6, 2013

7:30–9 a.m.
The University of Tampa, 9th Floor Crescent Club

Peter Skarzynski

Peter C. Skarzynski
Managing Partner and Founder
ITC Business Group

"Scaling Innovation: Lessons from Organizations Large and Small"  

Fall 2012

 
     

Wednesday, Oct. 10

7:30–9 a.m.
The University of Tampa, 9th Floor Crescent Club

John H. Sykes
John H. Sykes
Entrepreneur and Philanthropist
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C Skyes
Charles "Chuck" Sykes
President and Chief Executive Officer, Sykes Enterprises, Incorporated
View Bio  
"Business, Family and Community Leadership"

Spring 2012

 
     
Wednesday, March 21
7:30–9 a.m.
The University of Tampa, 9th Floor Crescent Club
Dan T Cathy
Dan T. Cathy

President and Chief Operating Officer, Chick-fil-A Inc.
View Bio
"Building Effective Leaders"

Fall 2011

 
      
Wednesday, Nov. 2 
7:30–9 a.m. 
The University of Tampa, 9th 
Floor Crescent Club 
Jeff Stamp Photo

Jeffery Stamp, Ph.D. 
Founder, BoldThinking, LLC
"Entrepreneurial Leadership - Creating A Culture of Opportunity"    

Spring 2011

 
     
Wednesday, March 23
7:45–9:30 a.m. 
The University of Tampa, 9th 
Floor Vaughn Center
nick freedman
Nick Freedman 

President and Co-Founder, College Hunks Hauling Junk
"Work Smart, Play Hard, Make Millions"   

Fall 2010

 
     
Wednesday, Nov. 10 
8–9:30 a.m. 
The University of Tampa, 9th 
Floor Vaughn Center      

Bob Circosta
Bob Circosta

Home Shopping Network (HSN)
"Life's a PITCH"  

Spring 2010

 
     
Wednesday, March 17 
8–9:30 a.m. 
The University of Tampa, 9th 
Floor Vaughn Center     
 Kuratko
Donald F. Kuratko "Dr. K" 

Professor of Entrepreneurship, Indiana University 
"Did you Know that 90% of Florida's Economy if Small Business?"