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Dean's Distinguished Speaker Series

The Dean’s Distinguished Speakers Series is a signature program where nationally-renowned executives share their expertise and knowledge about the business world.

The Dean’s Distinguished Speakers Series was established in 2011 as the Dean’s Distinguished Lecture Series. The annual event, which was renewed in 2014 as the Dean’s Distinguished Speakers Series, showcases a C-Suite executive who has had significant regional or national impact on the business world.

Guests have included Bill Nuti, Chairman & CEO, NCR Corporation; E. Jenner Wood III, Chairman, President and CEO of SunTrust Bank, Atlanta Division; Ed Baker, Publisher, Atlanta Business Chronicle; Tom Darrow, Founder and Principal, Talent Connections, LLC and Career Spa, LLC; Matt Friedman, Founder and Chief Executive officer, Wing Zone; Rhett Rayburn, Southeast Regional Vice President, GEICO; Herman Cain, CEO, Entrepreneur, Broadcaster, and Presidential Candidate; and Sam Zamarripa, CEO of Intent Solutions, Inc.

Upcoming Speaker Series Lecture

Dadan Irawan - DDSS

October 24, 2022 | 6:00 p.m. | In Person Arbor Hall Auditorium or Virtually Via MS Teams 

Mr. Dadan Irawan Sarpingi, is the Chairman and CEO of 4848 Group of companies with operations in Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and the United States.

Dadan completed his undergraduate and graduate degrees in business in San Diego California and returned to Jakarta to assume leadership of 4848 Group of companies from his father. Under Dadan’s leadership the company has grown in scope and scale. Today the 4848 Group pf companies include transportation, cargo, tourism, business consultancy, dredging and reclamation services, real estate investments, IT and airline maintenance services and marine related projects with an annual sales of over $200 million. Dadan and his wife Nina live in Jakarta, Indonesia and have three daughters and grand children.

Mr. Irawan believes in the World of Entrepreneurial Leadership, leaders seize opportunities and turn problems into possibilities to gain advantage through creativity and to create an economic value. Fundamentally these leaders need to have knowledge of the business and surrounding environments. Entrepreneurial leaders solve problems, value action, and implement strategies to make a true impact on the business's success. Any strategy to be implemented must be analyzed and studied very carefully to make sure the company's life cycle will be well accomplished. Mr Irawan's lecture will discuss the above concepts in detail in addition to the key words in successful business: Network, Capital, and Power. Join us for this engaging discussion, an opportunity you won't want to miss!