Forum at UPS offers insights from business leaders

Officials hope the April 8 gathering will go on to become an annual event.

“Real world” perspectives on major topics and issues in the global marketplace will be offered at the University of Puget Sound Business
and Leadership Forum, “Business Insights from Business Leaders,” Thursday, April 8. Puget Sound’s School of Business and Leadership and its Board of Visitors have organized this free forum, which they hope to make an annual event.

“It’s a unique opportunity to learn from and network with successful local
business leaders,” said Jim McCullough, professor and director of the School of Business and Leadership. “The sessions will be interesting and
informative for our students, and anyone in the community who would like to

Area business executives will speak on financial services, corporate
culture, business leadership, and 21st Century retailing. Sessions include:

– Getting the deal done once the financial analysis is completed.
2 p.m., Rasmussen Rotunda, Wheelock Student Center.
Mike Andrews of MAK Partners will moderate the discussion, joined by
panelists Curt Nohavec, vice-president of finance at Boeing Shared Services
Group, the Boeing Company; and John Huddleston, executive vice-president and
CFO of Pacifica Bank

– Creating a corporate culture that drives customer service
3:30 p.m., Rasmussen Rotunda, Wheelock Student Center.
Presented by Rick Brooks, president of Zumiez.

– The human elements that can determine success in business
5 p.m., Rasmussen Rotunda, Wheelock Student Center
Len Stevens, chairman of EndoBiologics, Inc., will moderate this discussion,
joined by panelists Renée Behnke, president of Sur la Table; Rick Brooks of
Zumiez; and Carl Behnke, president of R.E.B. Enterprises. Brooks and Carl
Behnke are members of the university Board of Trustees.

Break for dinner and networking
6 p.m.

– Key factors in successfully integrating retail stores, catalog sales, and
online services
7 p.m., Schneebeck Concert Hall
Address by Renée Behnke, president of Sur la Table.

The forum is free and open to all. Participants may register on-line at BUSINESS AND LEADERSHIP FORUM
registration.asp. However, registration is not required.

For more information call the University of Puget Sound School of Business
and Leadership at 253/879-3153.

The Wheelock Student Center is located on the east side of campus.
Recommended parking is in the lot located on the southwest corner of North
Alder and North 14th Street. Schneebeck Concert Hall is located in the Music Building in the center of the Puget Sound campus, east of Thompson Hall, which fronts Union Avenue. Recommended parking is in the Thompson Hall lot or along Union Avenue.

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