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Past Spring 2017 Industry Trends

January 20, 2017 - Risk Management Power Panel

HH 226 | 10-11:45 am

Description:  Risk management’s objective is to assure uncertainty does not deflect the endeavor from business goals. In a constantly changing global environment, how do public and private sector institutions do that? How do risk management professionals identify, assess, mitigate, perhaps even find new opportunities, through the practice of risk management?

Panel Member(s):

  • Terry Buckner: President/CEO, The Buckner Company
  • Roger Andrews: Director of Risk Management, ED Bullard (Retired)
  • Ray Pickup: CEO, Workers Compensation Fund
  • Todd Kiser: Insurance Commissioner, State of Utah 

January 27, 2017 - Social Media

HH 226 | 11:15 am - 12:15 pm

Description: From 10-year olds to octogenarians, it seems everyone, including businesses and governments, uses some form of social media. But what is the impact of social media on the bottom line? How are businesses, large and small, using social media to further their goals?

Panel Member(s): 

  • Brian Beckstead: President/Co-Founder, Altra Footwear
  • Rob Wellman: President & CEO, Social5
  • Nicole Williams: Digital Marketing Coordinator & Designer, Salt Lake Community College
  • Jake Osbourne: Chief Growth Officer, Contravent
  • Dan Fletcher: Sr. Digital Strategists, Contravent
  • Collin Searle: Social Media Manager and Intermountain Healthcare

Februrary 3, 2017 - Executive Sales

HH 226 | 11:15 am - 12:15 pm

Description: In a globally interdependent economy, collaboration, influence, and negotiation are more important than ever for business to business and business to consumer sales. A panel of executive-level sales professionals will share their experiences of selling in a fast-moving and dynamic, global environment.

Panel Member(s):

  • Greg Childs: Territory Manager at Heartland Payment Systems (Fortune 1000 U.S.-based payment processing and technology provider)
  • Tann Tueller: Senior Vice President at ICON Health & Fitness (World's largest manufacturer and marketer of fitness equipment.)
  • Riley Miles: Director of Product Management at Journal Technologies (Provides web-based case management systems for justice agencies.)
  • Blake Hunsaker: Vice President, Public Sector at Pluralsight (Largest online tech and creative training library.)
  • Dave Curtis: Manager at Consolidated Electric Distributors (CED) (Industry leading consolidator of electrical distributors.)
  • Keith Titus: COO at MarketStar (A global sales and marketing outsourcing company.)

February 10, 2017 - Retail Sales

HH 226 | 11:15 am – 12:15 pm

Description: Consumer retail has been upended by e-commerce. In an Amazon world, how do retails businesses succeed, and what are the characteristics for successful careers in retail?

Panel Member(s): 

  • Matt Novak: Sales Representative, The North Face
  • Lance Leithead: District Team Leader of Target Stores
  • Danielle Nielsen: Co-Founder of Diamond Wireless
  • Mike Douglas: VP of Sales, Malouf

Industry panels take place every Friday through the Huntsman School Focused Fridays initiative. The purpose of the panels is to bring together business professionals in various industries to discuss trends and careers, and to provide for students a snapshot of those industries.

Feburary 24, 2017 - International Business

HH 226 | 11:15 am – 12:15 pm

Description: What is a career in international business when everything from a small Etsy shop to Fortune 100 companies count producers, employees, or consumers across national borders. What do you need to study? How do you prepare for a career in international business?

Panel Members:

  • Todd Crandall, SVP, Head of Digital Business Services, North America at SAP (Multinational software corporation that makes enterprise software to manage business operations and customer relations)

March 17, 2017 - Big Data

HH 226 | 11:15 am – 12:15 pm

Description: Ever notice that when you “like” something on Facebook, ads for similar things start appearing on your feed? When you buy something online, your social media profiles become inundated with ads for similar items? With almost everything we do tracked digitally in some way, lots of organizations are compiling terabytes of data on every one of us. How do businesses make use of all this data? What exactly does data analytics, business intelligence, and big data really mean, and how can you fashion a career by understanding those terms?

Panel Member(s):

  • Blake Brientz, Associate Director Data Management at Health Equity
  • Melisse Grey, Director of Enterprise Retail Strategy at Zions Bancorporation
  • Carter Shaw, Petroleum Operations Manager at Maverik
  • Colby Shepherd, SQL/SSRS Developer at Conservice

March 24, 2017 - Working in Utah Tech Industry

HH 226 | 11:15 am -12:15 pm

Description: Utah’s technology sector, termed Silicon Slopes, is booming, with 5 “unicorns,” defined as companies with valuations exceeding $1 billion, and deal flow continues unabated. What are the opportunities for students who want to participate, either by working for one of the Silicon Slopes companies, or by creating a new venture?

Panel Member(s):

  • Jeff Platt, Director of Talent Acquisition at Vivint Smart Home (Vivint Smart Home is the leading provider of smart home services in North America)
  • Jenn Smith, Talent Acquisition Specialist at Lucid Software (Creatingpowerful cloud-based tools that anyone can use. Driving a new way of working)
  • Mike Tolman, Senior Product Manager at TaskEasy (TaskEasy makes ordering and scheduling yard maintenance simple and convenient)
  • Thomas Valletta, Software Engineer at Kuali (Organization dedicated to providing software to higher education that allows institutions to lower costs and achieve operational control)
  • Andrea Ibanez, Director of Academic Engagement at InsideSales (offers the sales industry's first comprehensive sales acceleration platform that creates high-performance sales teams with breakthrough technology.)

March 31, 2017 - Branding

HH 226 | 11:15 am – 12:15 pm

Description: The panel will discuss why is branding important, what they represent to consumers, and how they can be effectively managed to add value.

Panel Members:

  • Michael McHenry - President, Even Stevens Sandwiches (CAUSE. For every sandwich sold, we donate a sandwich to a local non-profit. Learn more about how we are taking the food industry by altruistic storm.)
  • Mark Ellsworth - Owner, Metaphora
  • Brenda Anderson - Brand Manager, Marketstar (global sales and marketing outsourcing company providing flexible channel and direct sales solutions for the world’s leading and emerging companies.)
  • Brett Palmer - President, BWP Communications (Utah Based Marketing Firm and Creative Agency specializing in Brand Management, Advertising Qualitative Research, Content Marketing and Creative Design)

April 7, 2017 - Real Estate

HH 226 | 11:15 am – 12:15 pm

Description: Land never loses value, and with a steadily increasing population and a strong economy, what are the career opportunities in commercial or residential real estate?

Panel Member(s):

  • Bill Murray - Retired Partner and Chair of the Real Estate Practice Group, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe(Orrick is a global law firm focused on serving the Technology, Energy & Infrastructure and Finance sectors. Leading companies, and new entrants, call on our teams in 25 markets worldwide for forward-looking, pragmatic advice on transactions, litigation and compliance matters.)
  • Blake Dursteler - Principal, BDKA Development
  • Andrea Low - Associate Broker at Coldwell Banker Gold Key Realty (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage can help you find Utah real estate, homes for sale, rentals, condos and Realtors.)
  • Kenny Parcell - Director of Communications and Business Development, Equity Real Estate (Equity is one of the fastest-growing Real Estate Brokerages in the nation and is the largest brokerage in the state of its origin, Utah, maintaining approximately a 25% share of all real estate transactions within the state) 

April 21, 2017 - Asset Management

HH 226 | 11:15 am – 12:15 pm

Description: Asset management, broadly defined, refers to any system that monitors and maintains things of value to an entity or group or ethnic groups. It may apply to both tangible assets such as buildings and to intangible assets such as human capital, or humans in general intellectual property, and goodwill and financial assets. Asset management is a systematic process of deploying, operating, maintaining, upgrading, and disposing of assets cost-effectively or ineffectively.

Panel Member(s):

  • Darren Benson - Managing Member at Strata Fund Solutions (Strata Fund Solutions provides in-depth knowledge and experience in the areas of financial accounting and reporting, investor servicing, tax compliance services, consulting and audit coordination.)
  • Dave Kuwada -  Associate at Goldman Sachs (American multinational finance company that engages in global investment banking, investment management, securities, and other financial services, primarily with institutional clients.)
  • Stephen Koch - Client Relations Director at Wells Capital Management (brings together a strategic balance of investment capabilities to serve the investment needs of our clients worldwide: institutions, financial advisors, and individuals)