Erwin Center Speaker Series

photo: John Featherston

SEPTEMBER: 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.

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  • Date: September 27, 2016
  • Time: 6:00 PM
  • Location: 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.

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  • Date: March 31, 2016
  • Time: 6:30 PM
  • Location: 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.

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  • Date: March 8, 2016
  • Time: 6:30 PM
  • Location: 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."

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  • Date: February 9, 2016
  • Time: 6:30 PM
  • Location: 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.

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  • Date: January 20, 2016
  • Time: 6:30 PM
  • Location: 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.

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  • Date: November 17, 2015
  • Time: 6:30 PM
  • Location: 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.

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  • Date: October 27, 2015
  • Time: 6:30 PM
  • Location: 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.

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  • Date: September 30, 2015
  • Time: 6:30 PM
  • Location: The Academic Success Center