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Speaker Series

photo: Andrea Riley NOVEMBER: Andrea Riley

Chief Marketing Officer, Ally Financial, Inc.

Andrea Riley was named chief marketing and public relations officer of Ally Financial in 2015. In this role, she is responsible for overseeing the company’s marketing, advertising, public relations, marketing research initiatives, social media and brand management. Andrea joined Ally at the height of the financial crisis when the company faced intense challenges - transitioning from its roots as a captive auto finance company, while also launching the first-ever online-only deposits franchise, Ally Bank. Andrea was charged with standing-up the Ally brand and delivery in the marketplace. Under Andrea’s direction, Ally emerged with a strong reputation as a “different” kind of financial services company, relentlessly focused on solving pain points that traditional institutions set forth.

Thursday, November 9, 2017 6:30 PM ASC 118

photo: John FeatherstonSEPTEMBER: John Featherston

Senior Director, New Ventures, Chick-fil-A, Inc.

Known for quality ingredients, amazing customer service, and the lovable cows, Chick-fil-A is more than a restaurant, but a center for great food, fun, and fellowship. In an era where brand loyalty can become a challenge, learn how Chick-fil-A works to foster new ideas and growth while ensuring your dining experience is always a pleasure. Read more.

September 27, 2016 6:00 PM Watt Center Auditorium

photo: Fabio Tambosi MARCH: Fabio Tambosi

Global Football Brand Marketing Director, Nike

Power. Strength. Endurance. Style. #SwooshLife. How does Nike harness the power of their athletes to connect to their global consumer base? Clemson grad Fabio Tambosi will share how one of the most recognizable athletic brands creatively uses insights from athletes and the game to improve the individual, the sport, and their brand. Read more.

March 31, 2016 6:30 PM ASC Room 118

photo: Andy Thomas MARCH: Andy Thomas

Vice President, Marketing and Communications, McLaren Automotive

Jaguar. Ferrari. Rolls-Royce. BMW. McLaren. Global luxury brands that make your heart race. And what else do they have in common? Clemson grad Andy Thomas, recently-appointed VP of Marketing & Communications for McLaren. Hear from an expert what it’s like to work on branding the greatest cars in the world. Read more.

March 8, 2016 6:30 PM WFIC Room 106

photo: Tom Merritt FEBRUARY: Tom Merritt

Co-Founder & CEO, OOBE, Inc.

Starting in a Clemson dorm, Tom helped create a client-focused apparel brand so strong that 20 years later, its national and international clients including FILA, Disney and Chick-fil-A. Learn how he and his team are teaching the world to "have an oobe day." Read more.

February 9, 2016 6:30 PM WFIC Room 106

photo: Chris Foy & Beth Paul JANUARY: Chris Foy & Beth Paul

President & Owner, Impressions Sports & Entertainment
General Manager, Bon Secours Wellness Arena

What does it take to manage a major sports venue? How do you build and maintain brand relationships in the world of entertainment and sports sponsorships? Join us and learn more about the world of sports entertainment and venue management. Read more.

January 20, 2016 6:30 PM 118 Academic Success Center

photo: Dave Ridley NOVEMBER: Dave Ridley

Senior Advisor to the CEO & Former SVP Chief Marketing Officer, Southwest Airlines

Find out how Southwest Airlines built a world-class brand known for quality service and prioritizing human capital. Ridley will share his years of experience with the next generation of cultural innovators. Read more.

November 17, 2015 6:30 PM 118 Academic Success Center

photo: Susan Credle OCTOBER: Susan Credle

Global Chief Creative Officer, FCB Global

Join us as one of the leading creative talents shares her path to the top and her award-winning work with clients such as Allstate, Visa, M&M, FedEx and McDontald's. Read more.

October 27, 2015 6:30 PM Vickery Hall Auditorium

photo: Lisa Holladay SEPTEMBER: Lisa Holladay

Vice-president, Global Brand Marketing, The Ritz Carlton Hotel Company

Join us as one of the most energetic and innovative hotel marketers challenges Clemson students with issues facing the hotel industry today. Read more.

September 30, 2015 6:30 PM The Academic Success Center