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Published: September 03, 2008 | Category: Special Events

Southern Utah University’s School of Business will kick off another year of its popular Wells Fargo Business Executive Speaker Series today at 11 a.m. in the Starlight Room of SUU’s Sharwan Smith Student Center. The 2008-09 inaugural speaker will be Dr. Kelly Matthews, executive vice president and economist from Wells Fargo Bank.

The presentation, “Can Utah Survive the Housing and Crude Oil Crisis?” comes to students and community members from Wells Fargo’s local, regional and national economic analyst. As a Bank-appointed government affairs officer for the state of Utah, Matthews’ research and opinions are widely regarded by the financial and business communities.

This event is free and open to the public.

The Wells Fargo Business Executive Speaker Series was designed as a venue to expose SUU students to leading business executives. By sharing their insights and expertise with students, these executives help enrich the educational experience by taking business and economics concepts beyond the books and into the real world. With generally three speaker per semester, the Wells Fargo Business Executive Speaker Series focuses a majority of its presentations on topics concerning entrepreneurship, women in business, and ethics and integrity. Matthews is an ideal candidate to kick things off this year.

Matthews’ past experience includes work as the chief economist for First Security Corporation before its merge with Wells Fargo and serving as chief international forecaster for the Eastman Kodak Company.

Matthews has a bachelor’s and master’s degree in economics from Brigham Young University and a doctorate degree in economics from the University of Colorado.

Following the lecture, SUU will also host a small luncheon to honor Matthews and provide SUU students an opportunity to meet and greet this experienced businessman. Complimentary luncheon tickets are available to a limited number of SUU business students, and may be obtained by calling Candice Houston at 586.5462 within the School of Business.

The speaker series is made possible by a grant from Wells Fargo. In addition to programmatic support, Wells Fargo generally provides one speaker per semester to address SUU’s students.

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