May 20, 2010, 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM (Registration and
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM (Roundtable discussion)
Where: Florida Atlantic
University, 111 East Las Olas Boulevard, 11th Floor Conference
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33301. Click Here
Parking is available at the Broward County Municipal Parking located
on corner of
SE 2nd Avenue and SE 2nd Street.
CEO Roundtable will feature:
Mark Blackburn, Ph.D., T-VEC Technologies
Douglas Eagan, Stiles
Ken Hudson, Omni Advertising
Dr. Lawrence Schimmel, Professional Bank
Bruce Turkel, Advertising and Brand Expert
Kurt Wurthmann, Ph.D., Florida Atlantic University
What course does a CEO chart as she or he looks ahead? How has the
company’s business changed after two years of severe rough
seas? Is it easier now for early stage companies to attract
capital? Our outstanding panel of South Florida CEOs will
discuss the ways they make strategic choices, optimize their
competitive advantages, and adjust their business models. Learn
their views on subjects such as:
- After reset - how to grow-grow-grow?
- Strategic planning, is it alive and well?
- Is this really a different economy going forward?
- How significant are global marketplace considerations?
- Where can money be found to fund growth?
- Will you be hiring into growth?
Hear from a panel of successful entrepreneurs and CEOs and early
stage investors about the vision required to succeed, how decisions
are made, and managing when the best made plans are made
asunder. Join us at the FAU Las Olas campus on Thursday, May
20. Registration and networking are from 6 to 7 PM. The
interactive panel discussion will run from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM.
More about the speakers:
Mark Blackburn, Ph.D., is a co-inventor of the T-VEC
system, President and CEO of T-VEC Technologies, and a Systems and
Software Consortium Fellow. He has more than twenty years of software
systems engineering experience in development, management and applied
research of process, methods and tools. He is currently involved in
consulting, applied research, training, strategic planning, proposal
and business development, as well as developing and applying methods
and tools to software and system engineering. He has been principal
investigator on government and large industry projects. He is a
frequent speaker at conferences and symposia, has authored more than
100 publications. He earned a BS in Mathematics from Arizona State, MS
in Mathematics from Florida Atlantic University, and a Ph.D. in
Information Technology from George Mason University.
Douglas Eagon is President of Stiles. President of
Stiles, Doug Eagon oversees all activities relating to operations,
investments and finances of the Corporation and its multiple divisions.
A long-time veteran of the industry, Mr. Eagon joined the company
in 1981, bringing with him an extensive background of urban planning
and governmental experience.
Mr. Eagon served as a city planner for both the City of Fort
Lauderdale Planning Department and the Broward County Office of
Planning. He also served in 2001-2002 as President of the
National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP) South
Florida Chapter and is a member of the Broward Alliance. Currently, he
is the immediate past Chairman of the Fort Lauderdale Museum of Art
and continues to serve on its Board of Trustees.
Mr. Eagon holds a Bachelor's degree in Economics and a Master's
degree in Public Administration from Florida Atlantic University in
Ken Hudson is CEO of Omni Advertising. Omni has
been the leading advertising agency for the automotive industry for
the past 8 years, and Ken has applied the same formula for success to
“EXPAND THE OMNI BRAND” to other industries such as
education, food and beverage, real estate and hospitality. With a
client roster that includes the largest privately held dealer group in
the U.S., as well as some of the largest dealerships in more than 35
markets across the country, Omni knows what it takes to move consumers
even in challenging times. Ken is constantly studying, strategizing,
marketing and fueling his passion to dominate the market of every
product he touches. And when most of his peers are satisfied with
single digit growth percentage in their clients’ business, Ken
has never been satisfied with anything less than double digit growth.
Ken has served on the Board of J.D. Power and Associates and has
been an active member of their Round Table for the past seven years.
Ken is a sought after lecturer and presenter. He has presented at the
NADA (National Automobile Dealers Association) on advertising and
marketing and is a frequent guest speaker at colleges across the
country. Ken has been asked by Hyundai to join their National Dealer
Council as the only advertising professional on that board.
Ken makes his home in Boca Raton, Florida with his wife of 14
years, Saundra, and their four children. The Hudson family is actively
involved in their local community.
Dr. Lawrence Schimmel is Chairman of the Board,
Professional Bank. Dr. Schimmel saw the consolidation throughout
the South Florida banking industry in 2005 to 2007 as an opportunity
to develop a community bank. Rather than become a retail bank and have
to compete with the larger regional and national competitors, he
adopted a strategy to create a community bank that would deliver
sophisticated banking services with a higher level of customer
service. To this end, all of Professional Bank’s staff is
trained by Ritz Carlton. Dr. Schimmel’s model is scalable, and
with the strategic addition of bankers known throughout our community,
he has built a core of base deposits. Professional Bank’s Board
of Directors and seasoned management team provide a wide range of
expertise that gives the bank an strategic advantage in these tough
Dr. Schimmel co-founded Qualmetrix Information Services, LLC, a
medical software development company, in 2005, and has been its
President since its founding. Throughout his career, Dr. Schimmel has
been an entrepreneur in the medical-related business field. In 1992,
he co-founded Allied Health Group and Florida Specialty Networks which
grew into a national medical management business overseeing the
payment of approximately $450 million in health care claims annually.
Dr. Schimmel was the founding Chairman of Megabank and he continued to
serve on the bank's executive committee until just prior to its
acquisition in 1994. Dr. Schimmel served on the Board of Directors of
Executive National Bank until 1997. Dr. Schimmel practiced General and
Vascular Surgery in the Miami community for 17 years. He received his
B.A. from Rutgers College and his M.D. from New Jersey College of Medicine.
Bruce Turkel is an advertising and branding expert who
helps make his clients’ brands more valuable. He has
worked with great companies including Nike, Discovery Channel, HBO,
Baptist Hospital, and the Miami and Puerto Rico Convention and
Bruce has spoken at TED, MIT, UM, and Harvard, been heard on NPR,
FOX, and CNN and featured in The New York Times, Fast Company and
Communications Arts Magazines. He has published three books on
advertising and marketing including his latest – Building Brand Value.
Why has he done all this? Bruce says it’s simple:
“I don’t play harmonica that well.”
Kurt Wurthmann, Ph.D., is a member of the faculty at
Florida Atlantic University’s College of Business. His
research focuses on corporate governance and strategic
management. Prior to becoming an academic, he worked for over 15
years in various engineering and consulting roles. He holds a
Ph.D. in Business and a M.S. in Industrial Engineering from Columbia
University, an MBA from Yale, and a B.S. and M.Eng. in Mechanical
Engineering from Cornell.