UNCW to Bring Executives and Entrepreneurs to Campus For Business Week 2016

Thursday, March 10, 2016

UNCW’s Cameron School of Business will present Business Week 2016 on March 29 and 30, featuring more than 100 executives and UNCW alumni who will share their experiences and advice in the areas of business, entrepreneurship, marketing, information technology and other fields. The 34th annual event is open to CSB students, faculty and staff. Most sessions will be held in Cameron Hall.

“Cameron students get an excellent foundation in business principles and the other skills they will need to compete for jobs after graduation, but it takes more than a quality education to compete for jobs in the global economy,” said Rob Burrus, dean of the Cameron School of Business. “Business Week helps them build networks and gives them a more complete picture of what to expect. Our speakers help prepare our students by bridging the gap between the classroom and the business world.”

Many of the speakers are UNCW alumni and/or represent local companies.

Pierre Naudé, chief executive officer of nCino, will be the keynote speaker at the plenary session at 11 a.m. March 29. Naudé, CEO since 2012, played a key role in founding the company and oversees all aspects of the corporation, including strategy and marketing, sales, customer support, professional services and product engineering.

Jerry Greenfield, co-founder of Ben & Jerry’s, will speak at an 11 a.m. student-oriented session March 30, and again at 7 p.m. at the Burney Center as part of the Leadership Lecture Series. (The 7 p.m. event is open to the public; tickets are free to students, faculty and staff, up to two per person, and $10 for the general public at Sharky’s Box Office or at Greenfield’s appearance is co-sponsored by the Campus Life Arts and Programs and the Cameron School of Business. His student presentation is one of several campus events connected to the university’s celebration of Chancellor Jose V. Sartarelli’s installation.

Other key Business Week presenters and their topics include:

March 29

10 a.m., Cameron Hall 132: Ashley Champion, Bob Dunn and Darion Jeralds, GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy, “The Corporate World: What You Didn’t Learn in College”

1 p.m., Cameron Hall 110: Roy Archambault, CEO, Dry Corp., Dry Case, “The Fun and Stress of a Growing Business”

3 p.m., Cameron Hall 132: Michael Reives, facility operations manager, Victaulic, “Navigating Your Career Inside the Work Culture”

March 30

10 a.m., Todd Nifong, president, Alitzer & Co. Decorative Textiles, “Small Business, Big Opportunity”

2 p.m. Cameron Hall 123: Rocco Quaranto, Kelly Struble and Wells Struble, co-founders of Tama Tea, “From Business School to Real Life: Spotting a Movement and Executing With a Brand”

3 p.m., Cameron Hall 211: Lance Ballou, Brian Cox, Dustin Hocken and Lyndsey Stainback, Northwestern Mutual Financial, “A Look into the Financial Planning Career”

4 p.m., Computer Information Systems Building: Brett Martin, CEO, Castle Branch, “The Challenges of Entrepreneurship”

A complete list of sessions and speakers can be found here.

-- Tricia Vance