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Sara Toliver - CEO of Ogden Visit

Selling Ogden

Sara Toliver, CDME, is President/CEO of Visit Ogden. Sara received her BS and MBA degrees from Utah State University before opening three retail stores on Historic 25th Street. The ensuing redevelopment of this historic district led to Sara’s passion for the Ogden community which continues to drive her in her day to day activities to make Ogden an amazing visitor destination. Sara and her husband Brett have 13 year old twins and love skiing, hiking, biking, and pretty much anything else they can do in their mountains. 

Tuesday, October 30, 2018 | 9:30 AM
Wildcat Theater, Shepherd Union Building

 

Jake Hoffman - Ford Motor Company

Root Causes: The Key to Success at Work and Home

Friday, Septemeber 28, 2018 | 12:00 PM 
WSU Technical Education Building 202D

 

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Brandon Checketts - Founder of RoundSphere

The Man Who Started 23 Businesses (and finally grew one to an Inc 500).
Founder of RoundSphere a tech incubator based in Athens Georgia and home to BookScouter.com and Seller Labs. 

Brandon Checketts calls himself a “Parallel Entrepreneur” meaning that he starts and runs several businesses at the same time. He even started two businesses while a full-time student at Weber State University in the early 2000’s. One of his current businesses, Seller Labs, recently landed on the Inc 500 list of fastest growing private businesses in America. 

Wednesday, October 3, 2018 | 11:30 AM
Wildcat Theater, Shepherd Union Building

 

Dr. C. Daniel Litchford

Professor of Professional Sales at Weber State University

Dr. Charles Daniel Litchford, Jr. is an emeritus Professor of Professional Sales at Weber State University. He came to Weber State in 1970 and is credited as being one of the pioneers of sales education in the Sales and Service Technology Department. He taught courses in sales, sales management, and sales personality profiling. He is a certified instructor for “Managing Interpersonal Relationships,” Wilson Learning Corporation, and was a certified consultant for Performax International. He is also a Certified Master Practitioner of Nero Linguistic Programming. He has served as a consultant in marketing, sales promotion, and customer service for retail businesses throughout the nation. He has been a recognized motivational speaker and performer and serves as an educational consultant. Dr. Litchford has been honored with numerous awards and accolades including the Master Teacher Award, Distinguished Professor Award, the H. Aldous Dixon Award and Professor of the Year Award. Dr. Litchford officially retired ten years ago after years of teaching and inspiring students to be BIONIC! Going on 48 years, he continues to teach online as an emeritus professor with a musical-motivational approach that gives the learning environment a truly unique atmosphere.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018 | 9:30 AM
Wildcat Theater, Shepherd Union Building

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John C. Wolthuis - Vice President of WCC.

John C. Wolthuis graduated from Weber St. University in 2006 with
a B.I.S. degree, focusing on areas of emphasis in Zoology, Chemistry
and Sales & Service Technology. Upon graduation, John and his
wife Brittney moved to Portland, Oregon, where he started at West
Coast Container, Inc. (WCC). John currently serves as Vice President
of WCC., where he runs the day-to-day operations.

Monday, April 9, 2018 | 8:30 AM
Wildcat Theater, Shepherd Union Building

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John Kasson

Professor Emeritus of History and American Studies
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

From the earliest days of the American republic, two central questions concerned the
terms by which the new nation would industrialize. How might emerging technologies
preserve and extend the ideals upon which the nation was founded, and what were the
implications of these technologies for art in a republic? The relation of STEM to art has a
long history, and this lecture will explore some early chapters.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018 | 12:30 PM
Stewart Library, Hetzel-Hoellein Room

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Warren Osborn

Serial Entrepreneur

Warren Osborn is a serial entrepreneur who has founded ten companies. One of Warren’s recent companies, Braven, created a nearly indestructible waterproof speaker allowing speakers to go anywhere you go and became the leading outdoor portable speaker brand. Another of Warren’s companies, Luvaire, created the highest-end essential oil diffusers in the market and coupled home decor into its diffusers. One of his companies created the Blu-ray disc package, which established the worldwide standard for high-definition movie packaging. His companies have sold hundreds of millions of products.

Friday, January 26, 2018 | 9:45 AM
Wildcat Theater, Shepherd Union Building

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BRIAN MCCULLOUGH - Author of “How The Internet Happened” 

Practically everyone is familiar with Google. But not so many people know how Google evolved from a small search engine on the Stanford University campus in the early 1990’s to a billion dollar company. In this presentation Brian McCullough recounts the history of Google – how the founders met, the evolution of the Google search algorithm, the financial and philosophical challenges Google faced as it sought to commercialize its services during the bursting of the dot com bubble, the development of AdWords, and Google’s eventual IPO. Brian McCullough is host of the Internet History Podcast (http://www.internethistory- podcast.com). A book loosely based on these podcasts will be coming out in Spring 2018. It is currently titled How The Internet Happened, and will be published by Liveright, a subsidiary of W.W. Norton. Brian is also the founder of various dot com enterprises and in 2016 was selected as a TED Resident.

MONDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2017 | 7:00 PM
Dumke Hall, The Hurst Learning Center
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2017 | 10:30 AM
Elizabeth Hall 229


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CRAIG PETERSON - PRESIDENT OF CRAIG A. PETERSON CONSULTING LLC

When it comes to receiving your first job offer, selling yourself is half the battle. In this presentation Craig Peterson explains how to make your name stand out in a crowd, and secure that elusive job. Peterson has a wealth of hiring experience and understands what makes a success- ful job applicant. In 1998, Peterson started his own consulting firm specializing in inter-governmental relations related to infrastructure development. Prior to estab- lishing his own company, he served in a variety of leadership roles including: Senior Manager at Parsons Brinckerhoff Quade & Douglas, and Corporate Vice-President of Versar Incorporated. Peterson also served in the Utah State Legislature for 12 years, two years in the Utah House of Representatives, and ten years in the Utah senate including four years as the majority leader and two years as Senate Majority Whip. Peterson graduated from WSU in 1972 with a degree in Manufacturing Engineering Technology. His father, Lorenzo Peterson served as the chairman of the WSU Technical Education Division.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017 | 10:30 AM
Wildcat Theater, Shepherd Union Building

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Dr. Lee Vinsel

Professor of Science and Technology
Studies at Virginia Tech.

When it comes to receiving your first job offer, selling yourself is half the battle. In this presentation Craig Peterson explains how to make your name stand out in a crowd, and secure that elusive job. Peterson has a wealth of hiring experience and understands what makes a success- ful job applicant. In 1998, Peterson started his own consulting firm specializing in inter-governmental relations related to infrastructure development. Prior to estab- lishing his own company, he served in a variety of leadership roles including: Senior Manager at Parsons Brinckerhoff Quade & Douglas, and Corporate Vice-President of Versar Incorporated. Peterson also served in the Utah State Legislature for 12 years, two years in the Utah House of Representatives, and ten years in the Utah senate including four years as the majority leader and two years as Senate Majority Whip. Peterson graduated from WSU in 1972 with a degree in Manufacturing Engineering Technology. His father, Lorenzo Peterson served as the chairman of the WSU Technical Education Division.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017 | 10:30 AM
Library Hetzel-Hoellein Room 321

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Brett Frischmann

Professor in Law, Business, and Economics at Villanova University

Brett Frischmann is the Charles Widger Endowed University Profes- sor in Law, Business and Economics at Villanova University, and an affiliated scholar of the Center for Internet and Society at Stanford Law School. He teaches courses in intellectual property, Internet law, and technology policy and has written a number of books including Infrastructure: The Social Value of Shared Resources (with Oxford University Press) and Governing Medical Knowledge Commons (with Cambridge University Press). His next book, Re-Engineering Humanity, which he is co-authoring with RIT philosopher Evan Selinger, will be published this April by Cambridge University Press.

Friday, January 26, 2017 | 9:45 AM
Wildcat Theater, Shepherd Union Building

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