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2008 Fall Executive Speaker Series

Sept. 8, 2008 – Michael Richards
Sr. Mergers & Acquisitions Partner, Deloitte & Touche
With more than 17 years of professional accounting and merger and acquisition experience, Michael Richards has extensive experience in business valuation and financial modeling; capital structure analysis; business, strategic, operational and financial due diligence; and negotiating definitive credit and acquisition agreements.
Sept. 29, 2008 – Richard Rock
Founder-Principal, The CAPROCK Group
Prior to founding The CAPROCK Group, Richard spent more than a decade building a Silicon Valley profile that includes entrepreneur, advisor and investor. Most notably, as an early member of eBay management, Richard played a key role in building one of the iconic early internet companies.
Oct. 20, 2008 – Melinda Neely
President, High Dive
Melinda Neely began her marketing career in the Northeast, managing multi-million consumer brands such as Dimetapp Cold & Flu Medicine, Welch’s Grape Juice and Polaroid Instant Film. She moved to Seattle to work for Starbucks then served on the executive teams of two technology companies, one of which she helped take public. Since 2000, has owned and managed a strategic marketing agency called High Dive, Inc., headquartered in Boise, ID.
Oct. 27, 2008 – Brian Rice
Founder, Principal, Rice Dairy
Brian Rice began his career in the futures industry in 1994 as an order clerk for First American Corp. in Chicago. He took a brokerage position in 1996 with Iowa Grain Company, a Futures Commission Merchant at the Chicago Board of Trade. Anticipating a steady growth in the milk market, in 2002 Brian started his own business on the floor of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange.
Nov. 17, 2008 – Clinton Woo
Sr. Production Engineering Manager, Boeing
Clinton Woo joined the Boeing Commercial Airplane Group in 1989 as a manufacturing engineer. Currently has engineering responsibilities for the Skin and Spar business unit, which includes the manufacturing engineering, industrial engineering and quality engineering responsibilities for the organization.
Nov. 17, 2008 – Lauren Hilterbrant
Human Resources Manager, Boeing
Lauren Hilterbrant joined Boeing in 1997 and was named director of Human Resources of Boeing Commercial Airplanes’ Supplier Management organization in March 2008. In this position she is responsible for the daily management of the Human Resources organization that supports 2,800 supplier management employees across the world, including the 787 Dreamliner.
Dec. 1, 2008 – Rhonda Millick
CFO, Franklin Building Supply
Rhonda Millick began her accounting career in 1983 in Ketchum, Idaho, at a local public accounting firm, acquiring her CPA license while there. In 1986, she took a position at Pocatello Regional Medical Center in Pocatello, Idaho, as a staff accountant and was soon named controller. She joined Franklin Building Supply in Boise in 1991 as their controller, was named CFO in 1996, and became one of the four current owners in 1999. In addition to serving on the board of directors, her responsibilities include overseeing the accounting, IT, human resources, and payroll departments.
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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.