February 28, 2012
Business Speaker Series presents four lectures in support of Career Exploration Month

The Business Administration Student Advisory Council with aid from the Division of Business Administration is hosting a series of business speakers in support of Career Exploration Month at Lees-McRae College.

On February 28 at 2:30 p.m. in Evans Auditorium, Rick Sutton, founder, president and CEO of Plus 3 Network will present a lecture, "Life as an Entrepreneur: Bootstrap to Venture-Backed" addressing the pros and cons of using your money versus other money when launching your own business.

Sutton is also the co-founder of GaleForce Sports Marketing and creator of the Sea Otter Classic, the world's largest cycling festival. While visiting campus, he will also be a guest lecturer in Principles of Cycling, a course designed to introduce students to the foundations of cycling including the history of cycling, cycling industry, cycling law, equipment, and safety.

Then, on March 14 at 2:30 p.m. in Chaffee 101, Jeffrey Yusiewicz, an IT specialist who has worked for companies including AT&T, Sun Microsystems, GSK and Railinc, will discuss trends in the IT industry and provide real life examples of job positions in the industry.

On March 23 at 2 p.m. in Chaffee 102, Rob Hoxton, founder of The Rural Financial Planning Project and senior wealth advisor at Hoxton Financial, Inc., will present a lecture called "The Rural Financial Planning Project" that promotes the importance of personal financial planning.

Finally, on March 26 at 2 p.m. in Evans Auditorium, John and Lory Kirk will present a lecture, "Entrepreneurship and Business Plans", describing their learning experience during the founding of their Charlotte, NC business, Little Otter Swim School, and sharing plans for future growth of their business.

"The Business Division is delighted to support the Business Student Advisory Board in their efforts to bring career-minded and business experts to Lees-McRae for what we hope will be the first of many Career/Business Speaker Series to come," said Star Kepner, Chair of the Business Administration Division. "The Business Division is working to provide experts in all academic disciplines from a business prospectus as we strive to ensure the Lees-McRae graduate is successful in their career paths."

For more information about this series, contact Meghan Wright at or (828) 898-8729.

Lees-McRae College will also host a Career and Internship Fair on March 14 as part of Career Exploration Month. Alumni and friends of the College who are business owners are invited to participate in the fair. For more information, contact Tammy Franklin at or call (828) 898-8712.

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