Colorado State University Alumnus, International Businessman to Speak Oct. 28 at Lory Student Center

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Frederick Andresen, founder of DirectNet Telecommunications in Russia and president and chairman of Prioritel, a global IP-based telecom enterprise in Moscow, is scheduled to speak Oct. 28 at Colorado State University.

Andresen will speak to business students and the campus community at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 28 at the Lory Student Center on the Fort Collins campus. Following the lecture, Andresen will sign copies of his most recent book, "Walking on Ice – An American Businessman in Russia."  

As part of his visit, hosted by the College of Business, Andresen also will present lectures to students in the College’s MBA program.

A 1954 Colorado State graduate, Andresen has more than 40 years of international business success in Europe, Russia and Asia. In 1992, Andresen founded and managed DirectNet Telecommunications, which became known as a leading American company in Russia and was recognized as "1997 Company of the Year" by the American Chamber of Commerce in Russia. DirectNet expanded globally in the six years Andresen lived in Russia.

Andresen now is working on his second telecom venture, as co-founder, president and chairman of Prioritel, a next-generation global telecom and Internet carrier focused on the Russian, Central European, Baltics and CIS markets. Founded in 2000, Prioritel provides toll quality international call services for many of the world’s largest carriers.

Andresen’s experience and interest in different cultures and cultural conflict resolution has led him to write historical non-fiction and fiction books. Besides novels, Andresen has had articles and essays published in many business and general interest magazines and journals.

In 2005, Colorado State University awarded Andresen with the William E. Morgan Alumni Achievement Award for his international and national business success.