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Fall 2013 Jack Morris 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.
September 23 - Charley Jones
Charley D. Jones, ’74, is the president and owner of Stinker Stores, Inc., a thriving Idaho business that employs over 525 people in 65 retail outlets throughout the state. Charley is a CPA who started his career in Boise at the public accounting firm now known as Deloitte. Charley grew up in Boise and earned his B.S. with honors in business/accounting from the University of Idaho. After graduation, he was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army Reserve where he completed his ROTC service commitment as a citizen soldier over the next six years. Charley’s work experience includes finance, accounting, and leadership roles in the construction, high-tech manufacturing and wholesale distribution industries. Prior to purchasing Stinker Stores, he was president of Idaho’s largest Anheuser-Busch beer distributorship.
September 30 - Christian Ofsthus
Cris Ofsthus is the Lean Management System Leader for the 737 operations team in Renton and General Manager for Flow Days 6/7 of 737 Final Assembly. He is skilled in change management and large-scale planning. Cris started his career at the Boeing Company as an Industrial Engineer, methods analyst. He worked in small parts assembly through final assembly of 737/757 aircraft. Early on, Cris moved into management and served as a staff person in Continuous Quality Improvement for the Renton and 777 Divisions. For two years, Cris worked as a factory supervisor on the 777 where he attended the Shingijutsu Kaizen Seminar in Japan. Then he was hired as Lean Focal for the Renton Division, where he witnessed Lean Implementation in many areas of Boeing. He also became a certified AIW team leader.
October 21 - G.Rey Reinhardt
G.Rey Reinhardt, ’97, ’00, is Senior Director of EHS&S for Agrium, a major retail supplier of agricultural products and services in North America, South America and Australia. G.Rey reports regularly to Agrium’s Board of Directors on EHS&S goals, risks and performance metrics.G.Rey began working with Agrium in 2001 as outside litigation counsel. Six years later, he accepted the senior in-house legal counsel position for industrial and agricultural sales, purchasing and marketing divisions of Agrium’s global wholesale business unit. G.Rey served as the Director of Wholesale Business Development from 2010 to 2012 to help drive Agrium’s aggressive global growth strategy. He has gained extensive international work experience with Agrium, including assignments in Europe, Australia, Mexico and Canada. G.Rey graduated first in his class from the University of Idaho College of Law and served as a law clerk to the Honorable Stephen S. Trott of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
November 4 - Terry Robinson
Terry L. Robinson serves as chief executive officer of Manhattan Bancorp and subsidiary Bank of Manhattan, based in El Segundo, California. Under his leadership, the company has seen growth to approximately $500 million in assets. Previously, Robinson served as chief executive officer at Plaza Bank based in Irvine, California. He was also president and chief executive officer of Vintage Bank and parent North Bay Bancorp based in Napa. Robinson started his career with American Bank of Commerce in Boise, Idaho, where he was executive vice president and director. He also served as a consultant in the San Francisco office of Arthur Anderson Admin Services (now Accenture) and was a staff accountant for Boise Cascade Corporation. He’s held C.P.A. licenses in Idaho and California. Robinson earned a B.S. in accounting from the University of Idaho and an M.B.A. in finance from UC Berkeley.
November 18 - Travis Wambeke
Travis Wambeke, ’93,’97, and ’10, serves as chief executive officer and president of STRATA, a professional services corporation that provides environmental engineering, geotechnical engineering, construction engineering, construction inspection, and construction materials testing services for a variety of clients. Travis is a professional geologist and registered engineer who has a master’s degree in geological engineering and an MBA. His 20-plus year career with geotechnical engineering projects throughout the northwest sustains a network of professional alliances. Travis provides principal oversight and supports technical and administration project teams to ensure that STRATA’s work exceeds client expectations.
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