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Business Guru Jim Collins To Speak At Mcintire Symposium On "Creating And Sustaining Visionary Organizations"

April 12, 2001--

WHO: Jim Collins, nationally acclaimed management guru and best-selling author

WHAT: Keynote speech, "Extending 'Built to Last': Key Findings of 'Good to Great'," at a day-long business management symposium sponsored by the University of Virginia’s McIntire School of Commerce

WHEN: Friday, April 27, 8:45 a.m.

WHERE: Old Cabell Hall

Collins wrote "Built to Last: Successful Habits of Visionary Companies," which examines America’s most admired companies and stayed on Business Week’s bestseller list for more than five years. His forthcoming book, "Good to Great," examines how 11 companies went from mediocrity to greatness.

"Jim is one of the truly visionary thinkers of our time," said Carl Zeithaml, dean of the McIntire School of Commerce. "We are delighted that a researcher, writer and teacher of this outstanding caliber will be joining us."

Following Collins’ talk will be a panel discussion, "Creating and Sustaining Visionary Organizations: The CEO Perspective," at 10:15 a.m. also in Old Cabell Hall, and free and open to the public. Panelists for that discussion include Macon F. Brock, co-founder and chief executive officer, Dollar Tree Stores Inc.; Michael D. Parker, president, The Dow Chemical Company;

James S. Turley, chairman and chief executive officer, Ernst & Young; and Jeffrey C. Walker, managing general partner, J.P. Morgan Partners. The moderator will be George A. Overstreet, the McIntire School’s associate dean for research and center development.

In the afternoon, a program open to McIntire students, faculty and corporate supporters will offer the following 75-minute panel discussions, including two concurrent panels:

1:15 p.m. "The Role of IT in Creating and Sustaining Visionary Organizations: The CIO Perspective" (Monroe Hall, Room 124).-- Panelists include Dennis Bowman, chief information officer, Circuit City Group; Lyn McDermid, chief information officer, Dominion Virginia Power; Dieter Timmerman, chief information officer, The Gillette Co.; and Carl Wilson, chief information officer, Marriott International, Inc. --The moderator will be Professor Ryan Nelson, director of the McIntire School’s Center for the Management of Information Technology.

1:15 p.m. "Creating Visionary Real Estate Firms: An Industry Case Study" (Monroe Hall, Room 130). Panelists include Allen de Olazarra, chief executive officer, America’s Capital Partners; Willard G. Rouse III, chairman, chief executive officer and president, Liberty Property Trust; James W. Todd, president, The Peterson Companies; and David C. Walentas, president, Two Trees Management Company. The moderator will be Scott M. Kelly, managing director, Morgan Stanley Dean Witter & Co.

2:45 p.m. "Challenges to the Visionary Closely Held Firm" (Monroe Hall, Room 130). Panelists include Rick Claes, president, Thornton Oil Corp.; Donald A. King Jr., senior managing partner, RREEF Funds; H. Merritt Lane III, president and chief executive officer, Canal Barge Company Inc.; Nicholas A. Merrick, senior vice president and chief financial officer, Telergy, Inc. The moderator will be John F. Kirtley, managing partner, Florida Capital Partners.

Contact: Charlotte Crystal, (804) 924-6858

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Contact the Office of University Relations at (804) 924-7116. Television reporters should contact the TV News Office at (804) 924-7550.
SOURCE: U.Va. News Services

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