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Rubel School of Business fall speaker series features international business leaders

Aug 31, 2016


This fall, Bellarmine University’s Rubel School of Business will host a speaker series featuring international business executives discussing leadership topics.

The series, which is free and open to the public, offers an opportunity to hear first-hand perspectives on the education, training, circumstance and good fortune through which leaders emerge.

“Even if you are a corner store, the road in front of you is a global highway filled with customers and suppliers from around the world,” said Dr. Robert Brown, dean of Bellarmine’s Rubel School of Business. “Companies must recognize this competition, and the best way to learn is from founders and presidents of companies driving at digital speed on this global highway. The Bellarmine University Business School Speaker Series was designed to help business leaders understand the issues facing them. The Fall 2016 Speaker Series will focus on bringing together leaders on the global highway.”

Each session begins with a networking opportunity at 5:30 p.m., followed by a one-hour presentation that begins at 6 p.m.  

To find each event location, listed below, consult Bellarmine's campus map. For more information on the speaker series, contact Shelley Hunter at 502-272-8348.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016 (Centro 081)
Theodore H. “Ted” Nixon is the chairman and CEO of D.D. Williamson, a Louisville-based global manufacturer of natural and caramel colors used in food and beverages. He joined the company in 1974, became president in 1982 and CEO in 1992.
D.D. Williamson operates 11 plants around the world, with over 75 percent of its sales outside the U.S. Their products are included in more than two billion servings of food and beverages each year.
Tuesday, October 11, 2016 (Hilary’s in Centro’s Treece Hall)
Mario Otero is founder and president of several companies in his native Cuba, with a background in hotels, restaurants and travel agencies. He leveraged appearances in media coverage about the improving relations between the U.S. and Cuba to become known as one of the island nation’s new generation of entrepreneurs.
Otero founded Mayito’s B&B, which manages more than 200 privately-owned accommodations in Cuba. He is currently renovating his childhood home into a hostel, and working with a team of engineers to develop software to manage the booking process for Cubans who operate bed and breakfast accommodations. 

Thursday, October 13, 2016 (Centro 081)
Last year, Zachary Scott retired as president of UPS’s Ohio Valley District, ending a 36-year UPS career that he began as a package car driver in New Jersey. He worked his way through management positions with increasing responsibility before taking on the newly-created Ohio Valley District president’s position in 2010. 

As a UPS regional president, Scott managed a multi-billion dollar enterprise for one of UPS’s fastest growing e-commerce footprints. He received UPS’s highest award for “people excellence” and was recognized by the corporation for running the best overall U.S. domestic operation in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016 (Centro 081)
James O’Reilly is president and CEO of Long John Silver’s, which he joined last year after working at Sonic Drive-In as senior vice president, chief brand officer and chief marketing officer.

He’s held management positions for more than 20 years in the food service industry, including domestic and international leadership roles for brands such as Pizza Hut, Taco Bell, KFC and Einstein Bros. Bagels. Prior to entering the restaurant industry in the 1990’s, James began his career in brand management with Procter & Gamble.  

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