Business leaders address "hot topics" at first annual Chapman Alumni Conference.

The Business Alumni Chapter. together with the Chapman Graduate School of Business, held an exclusive conference for Chapman School alumni on Friday, February 10th at FIU’s Downtown Center.

Chapman Graduate School alumni joined leading South Florida business experts for a day of executive briefings on today’s hottest business topics, which included “Making Your Stand: An Entrepreneurial Discussion,” lead by Dennis Custage, founder, Global Boardroom Solutions; Craig Frank, founder, Tudog Creative Consulting, and Isidro Almirall, founder and CEO, Seven Star Holdings; and “Marketing to the Hispanic Consumer,” lead by Michael Rodriguez, vice president and general manager, Telemundo 51; Betsy Henao, group account director, ZUBI Advertising, and Cecilia Alvarez, college assistant professor, marketing.

Other sessions were “Trends in National and Local Real Estate Markets,” lead by Tere Blanca, managing partner, Cushman and Wakefield, and AnthonyTony” Villamil, CEO, The Washington Economics Group; “Growing the Best: Strategies for Managing Talent Recruitment and Retention,” lead by Gabriel Sanchez-Zinny, partner, Egon Zehnder International and a member of the college’s Dean’s Counci; Robert Garcia, senior vice president, Global Accounts, Latin America, Lee Hecht Harrison, and Colin D’Arcy, president, South Florida Commercial Division, Humana; and “The Business Climate in Latin America: Prospects for 2006,” lead by Paulo Leme, managing director, Latin America, Goldman Sachs, and Donna Hrinak, principal, Kissinger and McClarty and former U.S. Ambassador to Brazil, Venezuela, and the Dominican Republic.

“This event, which we hope to organize annually, offers our Chapman School alumni an opportunity to continue their professional development by hearing from and interacting with business leaders in our community, some of whom are our alumni,” said Monique Catoggio (EMBA ’03), director of the college’s Alumni and Partner Relations Office. “We are happy to be able to bring them learning and high-level networking events such as this one.”

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