Wille Deese-Closing Bell Speaker

Closing Bell Speaker Series 2017-2018 Academic Year

The College of Business and Economics sponsors the Closing Bell Speaker Series (CBSS), which began in September 2008. The program brings successful scholarly professionals to the campus to engage with students in topical discussions that reflect the changing global environment. The primary objectives of the CBSS are:


1) To provide insight on the current trends facing businesses today.
2) To inspire students and provide additional encouragement for quality person and career development.
3) To enrich the students’ lives by providing them with role models in the careers for which they are preparing.

Many thanks to Mr. Curt “CT’ Tomlin who initiated The Closing Bell Speaker Series in 2008 as a result of the 2007 opening of the Financial Trading Room in the College of Business and Economics. We appreciate his vision and passion that sprouted into the CBSS.

DateLocation/TimeSpeakerCompanyTopic
September 21, 2017 The Fred and Janie Deese Auditorium, Merrick Hall 125    4:00 p.m. Mr. Alphonso Alexander

Chief Relationship Officer and President of NASBA Center for the Public Trust

October 19, 2017 The Fred and Janie Deese Auditorium, Merrick Hall 125 4:00 p.m. Dr. William Picard

Chairman,  Global Automotive Alliance, Co-Managing Partner, MGM Grand Detroit Casino, CEO, Bearwood Management Company and co-owner of five black-owned newspapers

November 16, 2017 The Fred and Janie Deese Auditorium, Merrick Hall 125 4:00 p.m. Mr. Shawn Taylor

President and CEO Zaxby’s Houston, LLC

February  15, 2018 The Fred and Janie Deese Auditorium, Merrick Hall 125 4:00 p.m.

Mr. Bob Murphy 

Vice President of Supply Chain IBM Transformation and Operations

March 15, 2018 The Fred and Janie Deese Auditorium, Merrick Hall 125 4:00 p.m.

Mr. David L. Howard

Chief Deputy Secretary North Carolina Department of Transportation

April  19, 2018 The Fred and Janie Deese Auditorium, Merrick Hall 125 4:00 p.m.

Ms. Emel Jenkins Lyons

Director, Bilateral Agreements and Enforcement Division Foreign Agricultural Service