Former Vice Chairman and Coo of the Coca-Cola Company is Capstone Speaker at Colorado State’s 26th Annual Business Day

The former vice chairman and chief operating officer of The Coca-Cola Company and current president of Chatham International Corporation will be the capstone speaker at Colorado State University College of Business’ 26th annual Business Day March 2.

Brian Dyson, the current president of Chatham International Corporation, a private international business consulting and investment firm with emphasis in South America, will speak at 2:30 p.m. in the Lory Student Center Middle and East Ballrooms on campus. The event is free and open to the public. Dyson will present "A Personal Business Challenge."

Prior to founding CIC, Dyson worked for The Coca-Cola Company for 35 years, joining them in Venezuela in 1959. He worked for many years in South America, the Caribbean and Mexico. Dyson was then transferred to Atlanta where he became President of Coca-Cola USA in 1978, the President of Coca-Cola North America and finally the President and CEO of Coca-Cola Enterprises in 1986.

Dyson retired from the Coca-Cola Company in 1994 but continued as a consultant to the company. He later returned to the company as vice-chairman and COO for two years during 2001 and 2003.

Dyson was born in Argentina and graduated from the Facultad de Ciencias Economicas in Buenos Aires. He later attended the Harvard Business School.

Other speakers at the event include Art Rancis, who will be a part of the "Entrepreneurship Today" panel. Rancis has held such positions as chief executive officer, president, and general manager at Racom Systems, Sony Electronics, Ball Aerospace and Samsung Electronics.  

Another headline speaker, Jim Bartlett, will present "Leave your Mark: Making a Brand Sizzle." Prior to becoming the current president and CEO of Pinnacle Management Associates, Bartlett was the former vice president for consumer relations at IBM and vice president of marketing for Aptiva.

Bob Young, former president of Lockheed Martin World Class Leadership Advantage, will discuss "Unleashing the Power in the New Leadership Paradigm." Young is credited for leading the Lockheed win of the $15 billion Space Shuttle Contract. He has received many management and public service awards, has been recognized by two U.S. Presidents and is widely known for his quality and productivity contributions.

Matt Bortz, president of BORTZ Sports GBSM, who has performed numerous projects of issues for major professional sports leagues including the NBA, MLB, NHL and the PGA tour will address "Succeeding after College."

Business Day was developed in 1979 by the Business College Council and the College of Business in cooperation with the Associated Students of Colorado State University. The first speaker who helped kick off the tradition of Business Day was Ronald Reagan, who then was the former governor of California. Malcolm Forbes followed the next year.

Colorado State’s 2005 Business Day will begin at 10 a.m. March 2. The day-long event is open to the public and is free.

A full roster of events follows. All events take place in the Lory Student Center on the Colorado State campus.

–     10 a.m. – Room 220-222:  Jim Bartlett, CEO Pinnicle Management Assoc. & Former Vice President at IBM, "Leave Your Mark:  Make a Brand Sizzle – How to Create a Compelling Promise of Value for Your Product or Service"

–     10 a.m. – Room 224-226:  Andy Neely, Chief Technology Officer, Front Range Internet, "Conquering the Known Universes:  A Young Businessperson’s Guide"

–     11 a.m. – Room 220-222:  Bob Young, Former President, Lockheed Martin World Class Leadership Advantage, "Unleashing the Power in the New Leadership Paradigm"     

–     11 a.m. – Room 224-226:  Alma Vigo Morales, Director, Global Diversity, Agilent Technologies, "Global Diversity:  A 21st Century Business Reality"

–     Noon – North Ballroom: Panel Discussion:  "Entrepreneurship Today"

o     Art Rancis, Former President and CEO with Executive Management Experience Racom Systems, Sony Electronics, Ball Aerospace, Samsung Electronics, and Tektronix

o     Wynne Odell, Co-Owner/Founder of Odell Brewing Company

o     Gordon (Don) Hutchins, Jr., Executive Director of GH Associates, Inc

o     Moderator: Mary Lou Kramer-Bickner, Hewlett Packard, ASA – Scanner NPI Solutions Manager       

–     Noon – Room 228: Panel Discussion:  Succeeding after College

o     Bob Burnett, President, Burnett and Associates

o     Matt Bortz, President, Bortz Sports

o     Arnold (Andy) Anderson, Vice President of Investments, UBS Inc.

o     Moderator: Tracy Schroth, Hewlett-Packard, Implementation Project Management

–     2:30 p.m. – Middle/East Ballrooms: Capstone Lecture, Brian Dyson, President of Chatham International Corporation and former vice chairman and COO of The Coca-Cola Company, "A Personal Business Challenge."