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The Executive Speaker Series brings accomplished individuals from the business community to the College to lecture before a student assembly on current topics and to give insights into career development, business ethics, and life skills.
These events enhance the students’ classroom learning experience and provide executive role models for students to emulate. Two speakers are scheduled per semester; the format is a 45-minute presentation followed by Q&A.
Wilhelmina Cullen Robinson Auditorium
Bill Breetz, President, Southwest Division
Bill Breetz is President of The Kroger Co.’s Southwest Division, based in Houston. He is responsible for more than 200 Kroger supermarkets in Texas and Louisiana that employ more than 26,000 associates.
DAVID S. HERSHEY
A risk manager for over 20 years, David’s perspective brings a different dimension to the risk management field. After working for an insurance carrier and public broker for over 10 years, his experiences in the areas of: pollution liability, ocean marine, construction, munitions manufacturing, aviation, transportation and finite risk, provide a multi-faceted risk perspective.
As the Risk Manager for Lexa International, a diverse and privately held $6B global company specializing in: petroleum wholesale, ocean marine terminal management, residential and commercial water treatment, recycled lumber, medical device manufacturing and student housing, he is a frequent speaker for National and Regional RIMS, a past CPCU Chapter President, and the Massachusetts RIMS president and speaker chairman. In addition he is a member and project manager on National RIMS’ Standard & Practices Committee intended to affect positive change on legislation and industry practices impacting the risk management community. He is also a frequent speaker at business and insurance industry events.
He holds a BS degree from Bentley University and has earned professional designations including Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter, Associate in Risk Management, Certified Risk Manager, Associate in Marine Insurance Management, and is a Management Liability Insurance Specialist and a Construction Risk Insurance Specialist.
He has been frequently interviewed for Business Insurance and RIMS publications and has published numerous articles on contracts, liability and environmental issues. He is an insurance instructor for the Insurance Society of Philadelphia and Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers of New Hampshire.
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Last updated or reviewed on 3/6/14