Division of Business Conference draws business leaders, alumni speakers and ambitious students

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On Feb. 20-21, Pfeiffer University’s Division of Business hosted “The Changing Business Environment,” a conference on the Misenheimer campus featuring business leaders from a variety of fields. Participants included the division’s students and faculty whose majors and areas of expertise spanned business and leadership, accounting, sport management and computer information systems.

“Bringing successful and visible business leaders to campus allows students to explore options for internships and careers that they may be learning about for the first time,” said Dr. Duane Aagaard, assistant professor and chair, department of sport management. “We’re hoping to make this an annual event that only gets better.”

On Monday’s agenda were sessions titled “The Future of Technology and How it is Changing Business Today,” led by Dr. Kenneth Russell ’88, Pfeiffer’s CIO and vice president for digital transformation, and James Harroun, academic consultant, SAS; “So I have this Degree from Pfeiffer University,” presented by Jeff Jones ’93, sales director, Sunbelt Lending; and “From the NFL to Joe Gibbs Racing to Entrepreneur to Prison Ministry,” by Renaldo Wynn, executive director, Game Plan for Life, Joe Gibbs Racing.

Tuesday’s presentations included “Remarkable Experiences that Impact Lives,” Dupre Bingham, independent operator, Chick-fil-a and “College Sports Media Business Deals, Trends and Whatever,” by Dean Jordan, managing executive, Global Sports Properties and Wasserman Media Group.

The lunch hour on both days featured panels offered by Pfeiffer alumni who shared insight about job searching and career planning. Participating were John Anderson ‘12, owner, Lancelot LLC; Leticia Dennis-Boger ’16; Lucas Signor ’12, program manager, Systems Maintenance Services and Patty Hunter ’09, partner relations manager, Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority. (Photo: Lucas Signor and Patty Hunter)

The conference concluded with students participating in a Business Ignite competition, where participants are judged for the ways they manage business-related web-based simulations combined with unpredictable live challenges. First-place winners were Ben LaRue and Stephen Widenhouse, sport management majors; second place went to Brittany Black, Matthew Morrow and Jack Faulkner, computer information systems majors.