Rikard Lecture Series

Fall 2017:

William Hammack
President and CEO, C. W. Mathews (Retired)

Wednesday, Sept. 27th, 2017 | 4:30 – 6 PM
Library Atrium, Philip Weltner Library

A 1973 graduate of Oglethorpe will share lessons learned in his 43 year career as well as the traits executives look for in new employees. Founded in 1946, C.W. Matthews started with three employees, one tractor and two dump trucks and most recently was responsible for the repair of the I-85 overpass. Throughout his career, the basis of his leadership was ethics, honor, quality, and commitment to excellence – the same guiding values of the C. W. Matthew Contracting Co.

Past lectures:

derrickanddanielle_instorelg (2)Derrick Case
Chief Executive Officer, Dress Up Corp

Thursday, Feb. 16th, 2017 | 4:30 – 5:30 PM
Trustee Room, Turner Lynch Campus Center

In July 2009, Derrick & Danielle Case decided to enter the speciality retailing industry. Five weeks later they opened the first Dress Up store in Dahlonega. Since then, they have expanded to 17 stores in 4 states, with 250+ employees, and a huge online and social media presence. In 2016, Dress Up was named on the INC 5000 list as one of the fastest growing companies in America.


Joe-LawrenceJoseph Lawrence
Executive Vice President & COO
Porsche Cars North America, Inc.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016 | 4:30 – 5:30 PM
Conant Performing Arts Center Lobby

The COO of Porsche Cars North America will tell “The Porsche Story” which includes the development of Porsche’s brand globally and in America, and why the company came to Atlanta. He will also provide insights on his own career and share career development strategies with students. Read more about this event or watch of video of the panel.

Jason Kelly-0091-1Jason Kelly
New York Bureau Chief, Bloomberg

Tuesday, March 29, 2016 | 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM
Turner Lynch Campus Center Trustee Room

Award-winning journalist, author of The New Tycoons: Inside the Trillion Dollar Private Equity Industry, a regular contributor to Bloomberg Television and Bloomberg Markets magazine will answer questions about the role of private equity in the global economy. He will also discuss Sweat Equity: Inside the New Economy of Mind and Body, and his career as an Atlanta Journal Constitution reporter covering the 1996 Atlanta Olympics.

Chick-fil-AJourney to the C-Suite: An OU Graduate’s Story

With Tim Tassopoulos ’81
Executive Vice President of Operations, Chick-Fil-A

Thursday, November 5, 2015 | 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM
Turner Lynch Campus Center Trustee Room

Explore the career of an Oglethorpe alumnus and Board of Trustee member who began as a Chick-fil-A restaurant team member in 1977, while pursuing a History major at Oglethorpe, and by 1983 was promoted to the corporate office, and eventually became vice president of operations in 1995. He will also share lessons learned from the late Truett Cathy (H) ’97, entrepreneuer and founder of Chick-fil-A.

Ceree.HeadshotThe Road to 2025: Building a ‘Next Gen’ HR Function

With special guest Ceree Eberly, Chair of the Oglethorpe Board of Trustees and Chief People Officer for The Coca- Cola Company.

Thursday, April 16, 2015 | 4:45 PM – 6:00 PM
Oglethorpe University Museum of Art

Join Ceree Eberly as she shares insights gained from her experiences as an HR practitioner around the world. Ceree will discuss how the people function has changed over the years, and look ahead to the Next Gen skillset/capabilities HR practitioners must have, or cultivate, to drive strategic alignment and organizational competencies for tomorrow’s workforce.


Other past speakers have included:

Annie and John Odell, founding partners of Kinko’s
S. Truett Cathy, Founder and Chairman of Chick-fil-A
Terry Chastain, Vice President of Government Affairs for the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce
Ann Cramer, Director of Corporate Community Relations and Public Affairs at IBM
Terrence Fisher, FBI Supervisory Special Agent
William Johnston, Former President and COO of the New York Stock Exchange
Dennis Kelly, President and CEO of Zoo Atlanta
James Satterfield, President and Co-Founder of Firestorm Solutions
Jack Van Fossen, President and CEO of Red Roof Inns

The Rikard Lecture Series, established in 1991, is named after Mack A. Rikard ’37, an Oglethorpe alumnus, honorary degree recipient, Athletic Hall of Fame member and Trustee Emeritus. The program is overseen by a committee of faculty and staff and co-chaired by Barbara Henry and Lynn Guhde. Rikard, who passed away in December 1996, was a former president of Allied Products Company in Birmingham, Alabama, and a supporter of Oglethorpe athletics and student scholarships. The Mack A. Rikard Lecture Series introduces students to current issues in business as presented by business and civic leaders who are recognized leaders in their professions.