News Coverage: 2007
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The Central New York Business Journal
Fiorina Talks Change, Reflects on Time at Hewlett-Packard
January 26, 2007

The Central New York (CNY) Business Journal reports on former Hewlett-Packard (HP) Chairwoman and Chief Executive Officer Carly Fiorina's speech during the first season of The Famous Entrepreneurs Series, Inc. (FES), a lecture series aimed at inspiring top business leaders in CNY. During her keynote, Fiorina reflected on her nearly six years at HP and the lessons learned following her dismissal by the company's board of directors in 2005. She spoke of the necessity for leadership to inspire change and innovation in business, the consequences of HP's acquisition of Compaq, the importance of diversity in business, ethics and values in business and globalization.

 

The Syracuse Post-Standard
"Vindicated" - Former HP CEO Says Company's Success Has Proven That Her Decisions Were Wise
January 18, 2007

The Syracuse Post-Standard reports on a speech by Former Hewlett-Packard (HP) Chairwomen and Chief Executive Officer Carly Fiorina, one of the most powerful women in corporate America in recent years, at the first season of The Famous Entrepreneurs Series, Inc. (FES). Fiorina said she felt, "vindicated" by the success HP has enjoyed following its controversial merger with Compaq Computer Corp. and her subsequent dismissal from the company in 2005. Despite the criticism she received over the merger with Compaq, she said she was certain it was the right move for HP because she and her management team had studied it and all alternatives.

 

The Central New York Business Journal
Michael Treacy Preaches Good Growth Practices
March 16, 2007

The Central New York (CNY) Business Journal reports on Michael Treacy's speech at the third lecture in the inaugural season of The Famous Entrepreneurs Series, Inc., which aims at inspiring area business leaders. During his lecture, Treacy expressed his belief that almost any company can achieve double-digit growth every year. Treacy promoted his structured, disciplined and planned approach to stimulating business growth, including the role that management plays in fostering growth and the importance of hiring good talent. Treacy is the co-founder and chief strategist of GEN3 Partners, a product-development firm based in Boston and St. Petersburg, Russia.

 

The Central New York Business Journal
Former CEO Helped Harley-Davidson Get Turned Around
March 11, 2007

This article discusses Richard Teerlink's speech at The Famous Entrepreneurs Series, Inc., the latest in a lecture series designed to inspire area business leaders to do their best work. Teerlink cited the importance of leadership, learning and branding in the wake of the Harley's dire financial situation in 1981 and how he used those tools to rejuvenate the company. Harley made $1.6 billion and its market share recovered to 49 percent in 2006, making it one of the great business turnaround stories in recent history. Teerlink was with the company for 18 years, eventually serving as chairman, president, and CEO.

 

The Syracuse Post-Standard
It's How Harley Turned Around its Business, Ex-CEO Says
May 5, 2007

The Syracuse Post-Standard reports on Richard Teerlink's speech as part of The Famous Entrepreneurs Series, Inc., a lecture series designed to reinvigorate the entrepreneurial spirit in Central New York. Teerlink, the company's former CEO and the man who helped to save a now thriving Harley-Davidson motorcycle company, said "Businesses that want to survive should keep one thing in mind their customers." Additionally, he said the key to saving the company was improving the quality of its motorcycles. To further build customer loyalty, the company also created the Harley Owners Group, or HOG, as it has long been referred. The group immediately become the largest factory-sponsored motorcycle club in the world and now has more than 500,000 members.

 

The Syracuse Post-Standard
Xerox, Dunkin' Donuts CEOs to Speak at Series
October 25, 2007

The Syracuse Post-Standard reports that the second season of The Famous Entrepreneurs Series, Inc., a speaker series that fosters entrepreneurship in Central New York, will kick off Nov. 8, 2007 with a lecture by Chief Executive Officer of Dunkin' Donuts John Luther. Subsequent speakers include Rod Beckstrom, venture capitalist and co-author of "The Starfish and the Spider: The Unstoppable Power of Leaderless Organizations," Mark Thompson, co-author of "Success Built to Last" and Xerox Corp. Chief Executive Officer Anne Mulcahy. Each keynote address will be followed by a question-and-answer session. This year's series is for members only (memberships range from $2,500 to $10,000). Companies purchasing memberships receive five to 25 tickets to each of the lectures.

 

The Syracuse Post-Standard
How CEO got Dunkin' Donuts' Percolating
November 9, 2007

This article details the evolution of the Dunkin' Donuts' brand from sleepy, regional donut shop to an international coffee leader, according to Chief Executive Officer of the parent company Jon L. Luther, who spoke at the latest installment of The Famous Entrepreneurs Lecture Series, Inc. Thursday. Luther spoke of how he and his team introduced a "three linchpin strategy" of taking Dunkin' Donuts national, transforming the tired format in its Baskin-Robbins ice cream shops and eventually taking the company worldwide. The understanding of core values, which he believes are honesty, integrity, responsibility, humility, fairness, transparency and respectfulness, was a driving force in Dunkin's success and have contributed to the company's aggressive rise, while laser-focusing the customers' understanding of the brand, Luther said.