Closing Bell Speaker Series 2017-2018 Academic Year


The College of Business and Economics sponsors the Closing Bell Speaker Series (CBSS), which began in September 2008. The program brings successful scholarly professionals to the campus to engage with students in topical discussions that reflect the changing global environment. The primary objectives of the CBSS are:

1) To provide insight on the current trends facing businesses today.
2) To inspire students and provide additional encouragement for quality person and career development.
3) To enrich the students’ lives by providing them with role models in the careers for which they are preparing.

Many thanks to Mr. Curt “CT’ Tomlin who initiated The Closing Bell Speaker Series in 2008 as a result of the 2007 opening of the Financial Trading Room in the College of Business and Economics. We appreciate his vision and passion that sprouted into the CBSS.

Date Location/Time Speaker Company Topic
September 21, 2017 The Fred and Janie Deese Auditorium, Merrick Hall 125    4:00 p.m. Mr. Alphonso Alexander Chief Relationship Officer and President of NASBA Center for the Public Trust  
October 19, 2017 The Fred and Janie Deese Auditorium, Merrick Hall 125 4:00 p.m. Dr. William Picard Chairman,  Global Automotive Alliance, Co-Managing Partner, MGM Grand Detroit Casino, CEO, Bearwood Management Company and co-owner of five black-owned newspapers  
November 16, 2017 The Fred and Janie Deese Auditorium, Merrick Hall 125 4:00 p.m. Mr. Shawn Taylor President and CEO Zaxby’s Houston, LLC  
 
February  15, 2018 The Fred and Janie Deese Auditorium, Merrick Hall 125 4:00 p.m. Mr. David L. Howard  Chief Deputy Secretary North Carolina Department of Transportation  
March 15, 2018 The Fred and Janie Deese Auditorium, Merrick Hall 125 4:00 p.m. Mr. Bob Murphy Vice President of Supply Chain IBM Transformation and Operations  
April  19, 2018 The Fred and Janie Deese Auditorium, Merrick Hall 125 4:00 p.m. Ms. Emel Jenkins Lyons Director, Bilateral Agreements and Enforcement Division Foreign Agricultural Service  

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