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2012 Fall 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.
November 28 - Stan Hilbert
EXECUTIVE VP & CFO AT TELECT, INC.
He is responsible for Telect’s manufacturing and operations divisions. Telect’s headquarters are in Liberty Lake, Wash., and the company designs and manufactures network equipment. This summer, he joined Telect’s president in celebrating their company’s 30th anniversary by riding their Harley motorcycles 12,000 miles and connecting with customers in 30 cities. He is a 1982 graduate with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a major in accounting. He also is a CPA. Hilbert has served on the advisory board for the College of Business and Economics. Hilbert and his wife Barb have three sons and one daughter.
November 5 - Ken Thomas
QUALILTY LEADER OF ADVANCED DEVELOPMENTAL COMPOSITES, BOEING FABRICATION
Previously, Thomas was FAA designee and Core Quality Metrics manager for Quality Assurance, Boeing Fabrication. He also served as a first-line quality manager in Composite Fabrication and Assembly in Boeing Integrated Defense Systems and had been part of the Management Advancement Plan and Leadership Experiences Program within the Integrated Defense. He started working at Boeing in 1980 as a model shop mechanic. He has a bachelor of science in business management from the University of Phoenix and certificates in Capability Maturity Model Integration and Configuration Management from The Institute of Configuration Management at the University of Arizona.
October 8 - Melanie Canto
FINANCE DIRECTOR FOR GLOBAL STORE DEVELOPMENT, CREATIVE STUDIOS, RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT & QUALITY ASSURANCE STARBUCKS CORPORATION
Melanie graduated in 1989 from the University of Idaho with a bachelor of arts in French and Business and went on to earn a master’s degree in International Business from Seattle University. Melanie, originally from Burley, Idaho, joined Starbucks in 2007 as the director of Treasury Capital Markets. She was responsible for enterprise risk control strategies to manage market-based risk including currency, commodity and interstate rate risk. Before working for Starbucks, Canto served as treasurer and investor relations director for Captaris, Inc., which is a provider of Business Information Delivery Solutions that integrate, process and automate the flow of data and documents. She also has worked in various corporate finance and treasury roles with Microsoft Corporation, Visio and Wells Fargo Bank. Canto served on the board of directors and finance committee with WestSide Baby, a nonprofit organization that provides essential items to Seattle-area children in need by collection and distribution of diapers, clothing, toys and equipment.
September 24 - Richard "Rick" C. Hundrup
VP OF FINANCE & GENERAL MANAGER USIBELLI VINEYARDS, INC.
Rick was raised in Lewiston and graduated from the University of Idaho in accounting in 1974. He worked for Deloitte Touche and Price Waterhouse, before becoming controller for Usibelli Coal Mine, Inc. in Healy, Alaska. He retired as vice president of finance and chief financial officer in March after 35 years. During Hundrup’s time with Usibelli, it grew from producing 700,000 tons of coal for its domestic customers to 2.2 million tons a year, which includes 1 million tons of export. The company’s other interests include a utility, real estate, an energy company and vineyards in California’s Napa Valley. He currently serves as vice president of finance and general manager of the Usibelli Vineyards, Inc. Rick served on a school board for 18 years and volunteers with other community organizations. Additionally, he served 10 years on the Alaska Baptist Foundation and eight years on the Board of Lifeway Christian Resources. In 2012, Hundrup was honored by U-Idaho with the Silver and Gold Award. Rick has been married to his wife Judy for 34 years and they have four children — three who graduated from U-Idaho.
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