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Reception introduces new College of Business dean to business community.

“This reception was a night to remember and reminded us that Miami is a very friendly and kind community.”

With those words, David R. Klock, the new dean of the College of Business at Florida International University (FIU) captured the feeling he has had since joining the college on October 1, 2012.

Held on November 29th, the event brought together approximately 50 guests, including top business leaders and members of the college’s advisory boards as well as members of the FIU community.

“Dr. Klock brings FIU a rich background of business experience as CEO, corporate board member and as an academician at highly respected institutions of higher learning, which will serve students and faculty well in the challenging years ahead,” said long-time college supporter and Dean’s Council member, Tony Argiz (BBA ’74), chairman and CEO of Morrison, Brown, Argiz & Farra, the firm that sponsored the event.

John Bussel, principal, regional director, Hewins Financial Advisors, LLC; event host Tony Argiz; Dean Klock and Howard Lipman, senior vice president for University Advancement and president and CEO of the FIU Foundation

Meeting generates mutual enthusiasm.

“I was very impressed not only with Dean Klock’s credentials—both in academia and the business world—but also by his vision for the college’s future,” said Carlos Duart (MST ’99, BACC ’94), president and CEO, Metric Engineering, Inc. “The fact that FIU was able to attract and hire a person of his stature speaks volumes not only of FIU’s commitment to being ‘Worlds Ahead’ in education and affordability, but also that we are a top national school and can attract the very brightest and best faculty and students.”

Dean Klock has been getting to know the constituencies within the college since his arrival, along with his wife, Phyllis. His strong focus on undergraduates prompted a forum for students on November 13th. Each event has reinforced his positive reaction to his new home.

“In our short two months as part of the FIU family, we have been blessed by kind hospitality from many great folks,” he said. “The latest gathering provided a wonderful welcome to this dynamic city and community of business leaders who are truly committed to FIU. We enjoyed the opportunity to meet many very special friends of FIU and the College of Business.”


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