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2009 Fall Executive Speaker Series

The 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.

Each speaker presents in the J. A. Albertson Building, room 102 at 1:30 pm and again at 3:30 pm.

September 28 - Mike Overby
Mike Overby is a partner in the Coeur d’ Alene Art Auction. His firm is the third largest fine art auction house in the Country and the leader in early Western American artwork. Mr. Overby is an expert in the field of Western Artwork and has served as an advisor to many top Museums and private collectors. After a brief career in resort marketing, he began a retail art gallery in Coeur d’ Alene which he ran for ten years and then sold to devote his attention full-time to the auction.
October 19 - Bob Urso
Mr. Urso is President & COO of KMS Solutions. As a sought out strategy consultant, Bob is able to help organizations assess and improve their external market focus; identify and successfully pursue compatible verticals; optimally align operations and market development resources; and find internal efficiencies. His experience is in providing clients with technology based solutions, specialty manufacturing & systems integration, and professional services spanning the entire Federal sector as well as the State and Local sectors. Mr. Urso has an M.S. in Management from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) and a B.S. in Accounting, from the University of Idaho in 1980. He is also a graduate of the US Naval War College’s Strategy & Policy Course and is a Captain in the U.S. Navy Reserve Component.
October 19 - Gail Urso
Gail Urso is Chairperson, CEO, and a member of the Board of Managers for KMS Solutions, LLC. Ms. Urso’s career in the federal contracting professional services field has spanned over 24 years in a variety of positions. In all of these programs she worked in multifaceted joint government/contractor environments coordinating timely achievement of program milestones, analyzing the nature and implementation requirements of proposed system engineering changes, and providing technical analyses leadership in resolving system alternation issues. A self-made woman, Ms. Urso has attended Roger Williams University, is a certified DoD Computer-Aided Acquisition & Logistics Support (CALS) logistician, and has also completed technical training courses on government proprietary database systems.
November 9 - Robert Bunting
Robert Bunting is the Chair of Moss Adams' International Services Group which provides tax, accounting, and advisory services to the Firm’s over 1,300 international clients. In November 2006 Bunting became Deputy President of the International Federation of Accountants. He also serves on the IFAC Board, Planning and Finance Committee, and International Liaison with Regulatory Bodies Committee. In November of 2008, he began a two-year term as the current President of IFAC. IFAC serves as the global voice of the accounting profession serving over 2.5 million professional accountants, and acting as the global standards setter for auditing, ethics, education, and public sector financial reporting. On May 16, 2009, Robert was inducted into the University of Idaho Hall of Fame. Robert is a 1968 Accounting graduate from the College of Business and Economics.
November 30 - Ken Edmunds
Kenneth Edmunds was appointed to the State Board of Education in May 2008. Edmunds has worked in development and investments for more than a dozen years. The Brigham Young University graduate with a master’s degree in accounting previously was a senior executive and consultant with Ameristar Casinos, a Certified Public Accountant and manager for the accounting firm Price Waterhouse, and controller of a Twin Falls development and construction company. He currently is president of the Idaho Youth Soccer Association, chairman of the Twin Falls Community Foundation, a member of the Southern Idaho Economic Development Organization’s board of directors, and serves on a special audit committee appointed by the State Board of Education.
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