Business Executive Forum will include (clockwise from top left) Kathryn Gillette, CEO of Bayfront Health System; Jay Kuhns, Vice President for Human Resources at All Children's Hospital Johns Hopkins Medicine; Michael Vivio, President of Valpak Direct Marketing/Cox Target Media; and Mitchell G. Hara, Senior Vice President, Corporate Strategy/Mergers & Acquisitions at HSN.

4th Annual Executive Business Forum to feature business leaders

The Fourth Annual College of Business Executive Forum on Tuesday, Oct. 8 will feature local business leaders discussing their latest ideas to succeed in today’s economy.

This year’s speakers include representatives of non-profit organizations as well as for-profit companies.

Leaders from Valpak, Ashley Furniture Industries, Bayfront Health System, All Children’s Hospital Johns Hopkins Medicine, Southeastern Guide Dogs and Team Red,White and Blue will gather at the University Student Center Ballroom for three separate sessions, at 11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 6 p.m.

All sessions are free and open to the public.

For the first time, each session will end with an Industry Showcase, providing students a chance to meet one on one with local employers.

Blayne Smith, Executive Director of Team Red, White and Blue

John Disa (left) President, Global Retail, Ashley Furniture Industries; Blayne Smith, Executive Director of Team Red, White and Blue.

“We are pleased to gather these business leaders to discuss the forces shaping today’s economy,” said Maling Ebrahimpour, Dean of the USFSP College of Business. “The addition of the Industry Showcase to the Forum underscores our commitment to helping students engage with the business community and meet the workforce needs of local employers.”

For more information and to reserve your space email or call 727-873-4700

Here is the schedule of speakers:

11 a.m.

  • John Disa, President, Global Retail, Ashley Furniture Industries
  • Mitchell G. Hara, Senior Vice President of Corporate Strategy/Mergers & Acquisitions at HSN
  • Mike Jernigan, Community Outreach Coordinator for Southeastern Guide Dogs

2 p.m.

6 p.m.

  • Michael Vivio President of Cox Target Media and Valpak
  • Blayne Smith, Executive Director of Team Red, White and Blue