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2011 Spring Executive Speaker Series

The Jack Morris Executive Speaker Series brings top business leaders from companies throughout the region to the University of Idaho. These seasoned professionals speak about relevant business issues and provide important career inspiration and advice for our students. The executives generally donate their time, expertise and travel to and from the university.

The Chair in Business Enterprise Fund supports the Executive Speaker Series. The fund provides for the coordination of the series, provides for meals with students and executives, and provides for other support needed to deliver the series.

The students, faculty, administrators and staff of the College of Business and Economics are grateful for the Chair in Business Enterprise Fund and for the executives who share with us their valuable time and knowledge.
May 2 - Scott Green
Executive Director, WilmerHale Law Firm
C. Scott Green ’85 is an accountant, author, educator and business executive who has gained international recognition for his accomplishments. Green received his MBA from Harvard Business School in 1989 and began his career in New York City. Green held positions as an auditor and financial analyst before his current position which is the equivalent to a CEO of a large corporation. He has also been an adjunct instructor in finance and banking at Hofstra University. He authored to two professional books on the Sarbanes -Oxley Act and numerous articles in professional journals and magazines. In 2006 he was elected to the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants' (AICPA) and also received the UI Alumni Association's (UIAA) Silver and Gold Award. In 2009 Green was inducted into the University of Idaho (UIAA) Hall of Fame. He remains an active and engaged Vandal as a member of the College of Business and Economics Advisory Board. He and his wife Gabriella have two children, Nicolas and Christina.
April 25 - Jim Gerson
President, Warnaco Swimwear
Jim joined Warnaco from VF Corporation, where he most recently served as President of Reef. Previously, he spent 9 years with The North Face brand, where he held increasingly senior leadership positions in Research, Design, and Development. In addition he spent more than a decade concentrating on Swimwear, beginning his tenure with VF Corp. focused on the Jantzen brand. Gerson is a 1981 marketing graduate and he works at Warnaco’s Southern California headquarters in Los Angeles.
April 18 - John Hale
Managing Partner, KPMG LLC
John is a working Dad, entrepreneur, investor, Idaho enthusiast, civic activist, and a managing partner of KPMG LLC. With an MBA from Idaho, he slaved as a US Treasury bank examiner until forming a boutique consultancy that he sold to KPMG. There he began a career building divisions within KPMG, such as the 17 country Latin America consulting group based in Mexico City. After a stint as bank Chief Risk Officer, John returned to KPMG to meet the challenges of the financial system meltdown. His client list includes such names as JP Morgan Chase, Wells Fargo, Goldman Sachs, the Central Bank of Mexico, and the International Monetary Fund. Currently he assists private equity funds in bank acquisitions and leads KPMG’s National Commercial Credit Risk Group. John is an angel investor in pre-revenue startups, an avid mountain biker, serves his community on various boards and economic development adventures, and is still a threat in grass doubles.
March 7 - Scott Moscrip
Scott is a graduate of Texas A&M University, started his career working for the federal government and in late 1994 he moved his family west. In July 1995 Scott developed Internet Truckstop, an internet business that matches trucks with freight. Scott started the business from an idea he got from an old rusted out Semi-Trailer being used as a billboard in the Nevada desert. His business was in the basement of his home with 3 unpaid employees and by 1996 the business was running the black and he starting hiring employees. Because of the success of Internet Truckstop today, Scott continues to clone his work load and develop new business ventures such as pFreight, D&S Factors and Roady's which is the title sponsor for the annual Roady's Humanitarian Bowl.
February 14 - Scott Howarth
Howarth joined ISSI in February of 2006. From September 2001 to February 2006, Mr. Howarth was the Vice President of Finance and Administration and Chief Financial Officer of Chrontel, Inc., a San Jose, California-based fabless semiconductor company. Prior to joining Chrontel, Mr. Howarth was CFO with Scout Electromedia, and Securecom Networks. From 1984 to 2000, he was employed with Intel Corporation in both finance and operation positions, and held several group controller positions in the company. A graduate of the University of Idaho, Mr. Howarth holds an MBA degree in Finance and a B.S. degree in Mining Engineering.
February 7 - Jim Lemley
Jim Lemley, class of ’88 Marketing, is an independent film producer who for more than fifteen years has worked with leading directors and actors and teamed with other known producers to create critically acclaimed and profitable films. In 1993 Mr. Lemley established his career at Icon Productions, after a stint in music production, with Island Records. He rose to become CEO of Icon Entertainment International, by working on features such as Maverick, Immortal Beloved, Anna Karenina, Payback, 187, and Braveheart. Mr. Lemley capped his decade-long stint at Icon in 2002 as executive producer of We Were Soldiers, which was directed by Randall Wallace and has earned more than $114 million worldwide. He is a member of the Directors Guild of America and the Producers Guild of America and divides his time between Los Angeles and Paris. Other movies Lemley has worked on include: Tristan + Isolde, Red Eye, Wanted, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, and the post-apocalyptic animated feature 9. He is currently filming Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Slayer with Timur Bekmambetov and Tim Burton.
January 31 - Stephen Hanks
CEO, Washington Group International (retired)
A University of Idaho Law graduate, Stephen brings 30 years of service to the engineering and construction industry. In 1978 he became a corporate attorney for Morrison Knudsen Corporation, Boise. Following a stream of promotions he was named senior vice president and general counsel in 1992. Hanks was named president of MK in 2000 the same year it acquired Raytheon Engineers & Constructors. He led the integration of MK, Westinghouse Government Services and Raytheon Engineers & Constructors into a much larger engineering, construction and management company named Washington Group International. In 2001, he became chief executive officer and a member of the Board of Directors of WGI. Steve served as president of Washington Division and a URS director. He also has made a difference through community service on the Boards Boise Public Schools Education Foundation, Discovery Center of Idaho and Boy Scouts of America.
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