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Published: February 06, 2018

UT's Sykes Hall of Fame Speaker Series Welcomes John Gainor and Nick Friedman on Feb. 15

On Thursday, Feb. 15, The University of Tampa will welcome John Gainor, former president and CEO of International Dairy Queen, and Nick Friedman, president and co-founder of College Hunks Hauling Junk & Moving, as part of the Sykes Hall of Fame Business Speaker Series. This event is free and open to the public, but seating is limited.

The presentation, "Driven to Succeed: Who Needs Customers When You Have Fans?" begins at 5:30 p.m. in the Crescent Club, located on the ninth floor of the Vaughn Center.

Dairy Queen practically invented the quick serve restaurant more than 75 years ago. Despite fierce competition, DQ now has more than 7,000 franchise stores around the world. Gainor, who served as CEO and president of International Dairy Queen from July, 1, 2008, to the end of 2017, says Dairy Queen doesn't have customers, only fans.

Friedman turned a summer job hauling junk into a nationwide business with more than 100 fast-growing franchises across America. Unconventional thinking and fun are the rules on the road at College Hunks Hauling Junk & Moving.

Register for the event by Tuesday, Feb. 13, at www.ut.edu/buisness/sykeshalloffame. For more information, contact Whitney Vance, coordinator of Sykes College of Business operations, at wvance@ut.edu or (813) 257-3782.


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