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Recent Graduate Panel

Wednesday, May 21, 2014
5:00 pm
Meese Room - Third Floor Hannon Library

WilliamVolpert   DanielRullamas

William Volport

Indigo Creek Outfitters



Daniel Rullamas

Officer, Legit Organics

JamesCollins   AdaConner-Coash

James Collins

Founder, Stim Coffee
VP Sage Veterinary Imaging



Ada Conner-Coash

Senior IT Project Manager
Worksystems, Inc.









Ginger Johnson
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
12:30-1:20 pm
Meese Room - SOU Library



Recent Student Graduate Panel

Wednesday, May 21, 2014   5:00 pm
Meese Room - SOU Hannon Library

Four recent SOU graduates will discuss their careers  and how they made the transition from the university environment. Panelists represent public accounting, small business, management and business/chemistry concentrations.





February 27, 2014
Anne Doyle's Bio



Daniel Seddiqui's Bio


  InterActive Marketing and e-Commerce Panel  

Wednesday, February 26,2014          

    More Information                        Panelist Biographical Information



Lou Boudreau      

Lou Boudreau

Former P&G Logistics and
Customer Service Manager

Monday, November 18, 2013


Nancy Morgan

Nancy Morgan
Yala Designs

  Thursday, October 31, 2013 
 Nancy Morgan's Bio



Cynthia Rider, Executive Director
Oregon Shakespeare Festival

Thursday, May 9, 2013

 Cynthia Rider's Bio


 Cynthia Rider


David Gremmels

David Gremmels' Bio


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David Gremmels, President
Rogue Creamery

Thursday, April 18, 2013




The Business of Pursuing Happiness

Monday, February 25, 2013
Are happiness and wealth synonyms or antonyms? Who is responsible for your happiness anyway? How does one define a perfect work/life balance? Hear personal experiences from three accomplished executives who have woven happiness into their academic and career pursuits.

Amy Cuddy, Program Officer, The Oregon Community Foundation
Joan McBee, Associate Professor, Southern Oregon University
David Wilkerson, Principal, Ogden Roemer Wilkerson Architecture


Michael Schwindle, CFO, Harry & David      

Michael Schwindle, CFO, Harry & David
Monday, January 28, 2013

Michael is the Chief Financial Officer of Harry & David since December 2011. Prior to Harry & David he was the CFO of Musicians Friend and a subsidiary of Home Depot. 

You may view his profile at



 Fireside Chat with the School of Business Chair, Dr. Donna Lane

Lithia Park Fire Circle
Thursday, November 8, 2012
6:00 pm

* Marshmallows
* Hot Chocolate
* Dress Warmly
* Bring a Camp Chair


Directions to the Lithia Park Fire Circle:
From the Ashland Plaza, follow Winburn Way up the canyon through Lithia Park.  Park in the third parking lot after the upper duck pond. Cross the creek on the bridge. Turn left on the trail. Follow the creek downstream to the fire circle.


Pam Hammond
Paddington Station

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Pam Hammond's Bio

  Pam Hammond


Lithia Unplugged Logo

Students and faculty are cordially invited to meet and greet Lithia executives and take a tour of Lithia's new headquarters in downtown Medford. The event takes place on Tuesday, October 23, 2012 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm at Lithia Headquarters, located at 150 N Bartlett, Medford, Oregon. At 5:30 pm there will be a Town Hall with Bryan DeBoer, Presidnet & CEO; Scott Hillier, Senior Vice President, Operations; and Chris Holzshu, Senior Vice President, CFO.  Please RSVP and Register


InterActive Marketing Partners Panel

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Executives and managers from Fire Mountain Gems, Lithia Motors Web Marketing, Harry & David, and Motorcycle USA, will talk about their interactive marketing practices. Come learn about the Certificate in Interactive Marketing and e-Commerce (CIMeC) and about the InterActive Marketing Partners program that focuses on internship opportunities during college and employment after graduation.


Business After Hours Participants             

Business After Hours 2012

Networking, Employment and Internship Opportunities

When: Wednesday, October 10, 2012, 6:00 pm
Location: Ashland Springs Hotel
Wear: Professional Dress/Attire
Bring: If you are looking for a job or an internship, bring resumes


Business Connections
Career Explorations

More Information

  Thursday, May 10
5:30-6:30 pm
Central Hall, Room 128
  Dr. Joan MCBee 
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Bryan DeBoer, Lithia Motors  

Bryan DeBoer
President and CEO
Lithia Motors, Inc.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012
Reception following in Central Hall
Catered by the Hospitality and Tourism Club

Bryan DeBoer's Bio



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Mel Ashland
Managing Partner
Ashland Partners

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Mel Ashland's Bio


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Civility, Competition, and Communication
Wednesday, February 15, 2012  

Panelists:  John Bowling, PhD, Organizational Consultant and SOU Master in Management Coordinator; Steve Schein, MA, CPA, and founder of ResortQuest International, Inc; and Cynthia Scherr, MBA, MTS, and Principal, Scherr Management Consulting.

Global competition, emerging technologies, and increased communication have dramatically changed the way business is done. Business civility defines the standards of behavior expected in employee/employer interactions and consumer/investor dealings. Three SOU School of Business professors examine the social responsibilities and ethics occurring within businesses today. External accountability to the world community and internal responsibilities will be debated. These dual, and sometimes opposing, obligations to people will be scrutinized as the business community considers how to civilly compete and communicate.


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Wendy Larson, SVP
Customer Experience
Union Bank
Thursday, October 6, 2011

Wendy Larson's Bio

  Andy Junker  

Andy Junker
Visiting Professor
HTW des Saarlandes

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

The Business Environment in Germany


People Helping People:
Meeting Basic Needs in the Face of Scarce Resources
Wednesday, April 26, 2011

Moderator: Dee Anne Everson, United Way Executive Director
Panel Members:
Susan Harris, Ashland Food Bank Director
Brad Russell, Rogue Valley YMCA Executive Director
Ida Saito, La Clinica Chief Operating Officer
Dan Thorndike, Community Volunteer


John Lee


John Lee
Co-Founder and General Manager
Folium Partners
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
John Lee's Bio

Anne Root


Anne Root
Co-Owner and General Manager
Eden Valley Orchards & EdenVale Winery

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Anne Root's Bio 


Paul Nicholson


Paul Nicholson
Executive Director
Oregon Shakespeare Festival

Thursday, November 18, 2010   

Paul Nicholson's Bio


Jeff Bowman, CEO, Massif FR Fabrics


Jeff Bowman, CEO,
Massif FR Fabrics

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Jeff Bowman's Bio


Karen Clarke          Karen Clarke, Adjunct Instructor
SOU School of Business

Friday, May 7, 2010

The Perfect Storm One Year Later...
Are We Still at Sea...or is the Boat Docking?

SOU Adjunct Business Professor, Karen Clarke, discussed the financial markets and federal agency attempts to quell economic unrest. She attempted to forecast what's ahead and what it will mean for our global and local economies.


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Robert MacLellan
Pacific Coast Restaurants

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

"Why was Pacific Coast Restaurants
so Incredibly Successful?"

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Dean Fortmiller
Director of Education
Consumer Credit Counseling Service

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Lou Miramontes


Lou Miramontes, KPMG, San Francisco

Monday, February 1, 2010

Lou Miramontes has 33 years of experience with KPMG, including 23 years as a partner. As Managing Partner, Lou's responsibilities include the office's market activities, client relationship management, attracting talent to the firm and serving as audit partner on various accounts. He is the audit partner on several public and private clients including a Fortune 1000 construction company and a leading retailer.



Southern Oregon DECA Competition
SOU School of Business
Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Students from regional high schools participated in a regional DECA competition hosted by the SOU School of Business. School of Business faculty and students served as facilitators and judges for the competition.


Babson Entrepreneurship Forum Presenation
Monday, January 11, 2010

School of Business students, Kala Bernhardt and David Parker, attended the 2009 Babson Entrepreneurship Forum last term. They were sponsored by Cropper Medical, Inc., an Ashland Company. The two students provided highlights of the conference.


Direct Marketing/Interactive Marketing Partners Panel
Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Executives and managers from Musician's Friend, Fire Mountain Gems, Lithia Motors, Harry & David, and Motorcycles USA spoke about their interactive marketing practices. The audience learned about the new InterActive Marketing Partners (IAM Partners),  the Certificate in Interactive Marketing and e-Commerce (CIMeC), and about  new interactive marketing partners, Nike and Barefoot Motors.


International Student Panel
Thursday, November 19, 2009

The International Student Panel is brought to you by SOU students who have participated in the Study Abroad program. The panel will share stories and photos of their adventures while abroad. There will be plenty of opportunities to ask questions about studying in another country. Come find out if an international program is right for you!


SOAR ~ May 19-21, 2009

Sustainability Leadership Spring 2009 SOAR Presentation

 Daily Tidings Article: May 26, 2009

Green Job Opportunities Appear to be Growing ~ SOU Students see hope for future employment.


Speaker ~ Guy Kawasaki


Guy Kawasaki
Appearing via live iChat video conference
Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Guy Kawasaki, the author of "The Art of the Start," "Rules for Revolutionaries" and "How to Drive Your Competition Crazy," knows his business -- and technology. When the Macintosh was born, Guy was Apple's evangelist. His latest book is "Reality Check: The Irreverent Guide to Outsmarting, Out-managing, and Outmarketing Your Competition." He packs an iPhone and the new unibody MacBook with his hockey gear.


Human Bean Coffee Cup        

Dan Hawkins
Human Bean, Inc.


Thursday, May 14, 2009

Dan Hawkins Biography


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Water Quality Panel
featuring Elizabeth Royte

Thursday, April 2, 2009

"Bottlemania ~
How Water Went on Sale and Why We Bought it."


Dorothy Billingsly


Business Success Panel
Monday, March 2, 2009

"How to be Successful in Business"

Dorothy Billingsly, CEO of Billingsly Associates, an executive search firm, discussed what executive search firms do and how one becomes an executive recruiter. Billingsly presentation materials

David Mitchell, Ph.D., Corporate Psychologist, and Joan C. Fullerton, Fine Artist, joined Dorothy Billingsly on this panel to discuss business success strategies.


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Quartetto Gelato Presentation

Thursday, January 15, 2009

"The Business of Music"

Quartetto Gelato ~ This quartet has established itself as a dominant force on the emerging "new classical" scene, winning the coveted title of NPR Performance Today's Debut Artist of the Year in 1996.


Interactive Marketing Panel Presentation
Monday, November 17, 2008

We were very pleased to once again host four of our region's most dynamic marketing companies -- Musician's Friend, Fire Mountain Gems, Lithia Motors, and Motorcycle USA to talk about their interactive marketing practices and how they market through the Internet. The audience had an opportunity to learn about the InterActive Marketing Partners program that focuses on internships and employment opportunities with these companies, as well as about the CIMeC, the only certificate program of its kind approved by the Oregon University System.  The reception immediately after the panel presentation allowed the audience an opportunity to talk to the panel members.


"Reality - What it really takes to do business"

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Two recent SOU students, Jordan Beck and Chris Benware, shared about their experiences in starting the Rogue Valley's first biodiesel manufacturing plant.


Nike Marketing Representative

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

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Dave Robino


Dave Robino

Thursday, February 21, 2008

View Dave Robino's Bio

Dave Robino's Presentation Link

Mae Nelson and Dino Rossi


Business Today Conference Speakers
Mae Nelson and Dino Rossi

Thursday, January 17, 2008

 Sustainable Growth Presentation Link


Hank O'Dougherty


Hank O'Dougherty
President & CEO
Professional Tool Manufacturing

November 27, 2007

Mr. O'Dougherty's experience in sales, marketing, finance and operations has been integral to the development and execution of ProTool's successful business model.  He joined Darex in December 1997 to head its Drill Doctor division and immediately began to assemble a strong management team.  Between 1989 and 1997, Mr. O'Dougherty was a senior executive with Naumes, Inc., the largest deciduous fruit grower in the world.  Between 1986 and 1989, he served as Controller on the five-person executive team at California Cooler Company. Mr. O'Dougherty began his career as a CPA and auditor with Grant Thornton.  Mr. O'Dougherty holds a BS in Business Administration from the University of the Pacific.


Rudd Johnson   

Rudd Johnson, Ex VP of HR
Harry and David Holdings, Inc.

April 19, 2007

Rudd Johnson joined Harry & David in 1996 after fourteen years at Neiman Marcus in Dallas, Texas, where he was Vice President of Human Resources. He received a BA from South Dakota State University and an MBA from Southern Methodist University. Mr. Johnson is past President of the Board of Trustees of the Hearts and Vines Foundation and previously served as a member of the Board of Directors of Britt Festivals, the Medford/Jackson County Chamber of Commerce, the Center for Retailing Studies at Texas A&M University and the Associate Board of Southern Methodist University. Currently, Mr. Johnson is a member of the Board of Directors of the American Leadership Forum of Oregon, the Corporate Advisory Board of the Center for Retailing and Consumers Sciences of the University of Arizona and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.


Robert MacLellan    

Robert MacLellan

June 1, 2006

Robert MacLellan, Chairman and Founder of Pacific Coast Restaurants, built, owns and operates twenty-four restaurants employing 1800 people in Oregon, Washington, California and Colorado. The Wendy's restaurant on Riverside near Barnett in Medford, Oregon, which Mr. MacLellan built and operated with two partners, posted the highest sales in the United States at $1.7MM in 1980. The partnership also built and operated five other Wendy's restaurants in Southern Oregon. Past executive experience includes: Taco Bell -- middle management real estate (built twenty restaurants per week); Fotomat Corporation -- middle management (built 650 stores per year in the US and Canada), Marriott Corporation -- Farrell's division (as youngest vice president developed 20 restaurants per year nationwide). Mr. MacLellan has served on the Southern Oregon University Foundation for 11 years, and is currently a member of the SOU Foundation Emeritus Trustee Council.


Jim Root   

Jim Root
CEO and Owner
Sabroso Company

May 18, 2006

Jim Root is the owner and Chief Executive Officer of Sabroso Company. Sabroso produces fruit purees and concentrates for a variety of industries. Sabroso currently exports to 26 different countries and has been recognized three times by the Governor of Oregon for its international involvement. Most recently Sabroso received the Oregon Department of Agriculture's Processor of the Year Award for 2005. In addition, Sabroso has been recognized by Oregon Business magazine as a Top 100 Company to work for in Oregon.


Randy Harrington    

Randy Harrington Presentation
CEO, Extreme Arts and Sciences

January 25, 2006

One of the most dynamic speakers in the country today, Harrington uses energy, humor, and creative problem solving to take on some of todays toughest organizational challenges. Harrington is the founder and CEO of Extreme Arts & Sciences. He brings a blend of media, academics, and information science to challenge people to work at their very best. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Oregon in Communicationsand his Masters Degree from the University of North Carolina in Interpersonal Communication. He is one of the most sought after speakers and writers in the country today. Harringtons energy, humor, and creative problem solving helps clients take on some of the toughest organizational challenges.


Business Today Conference - Panel Presentation
January 19, 2006

The speakers/panel members are senior business students who recently attended this year's Business Today Conference in New York. Kanako Onaka (Accounting), Sean Fitzsimmons (Accelerated Baccalaureate, Management), and Margret Dunlap (Accounting) were chosen via a competitive selection process to represent the School and participate at the November 2005 National Business Today Conference. The BT Conference is an annual meeting that brings together 200 students from across the country and around the world to discuss and share perspectives on current business issues, and benefit from the knowledge and experience of the current leading generation. Executives from major US corporations as well as political leaders attend this annual event. Most of them come to meet some of the bright minds in college today.

The SOU business students participation in this national event was made possible by the generous sponsorship of Sid DeBoer, CEO of Lithia Motors

Tom Hanenburg        

Tom Hanenburg, CEO
Southern Oregon Service Center
Providence Health System

Thursday, May 22


View Tom Hanenburg's Bio


Anne McAlpin        

Anne McAlpin
world traveler and packing expert

Wednesday, April 30th

"Traveling Smart and Safe in Today's World"

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Craig Black
Blackstone Audio

Thursday, April 17

 View Craig Black's Bio


Romero Hicks        

Jose Luis Romero Hicks,
Guanajuato State University

Thursday, April 10

"NAFTA at Almost 15"

View Jose Luis Romero Hicks' Bio