Chancellor’s Business Breakfast Series

Chancellor’s Business Breakfast Series

The Auburn University at Montgomery’s (AUM) Chancellor’s Business Breakfast Series provides a platform for national, state, and local speakers to present on cutting-edge topics relevant to the Montgomery and Prattville area business communities. Established over 30 years ago to bring together River Region businesses, industry, government, academia and military leaders, the series is a venue for valuable conversations and networking opportunities for movers and shakers in the River Region to gain new business clients and enhance their organization’s business operations. The series also serves as a pathway to bring new educational opportunities to AUM students, as well as area businesses and their employees.


  • Upcoming Events and Speakers 
  • Sponsorship Information
  • Individual Ticket Information
  • Past Speakers
  • Our Corporate Sponsors

Previous Events and Speakers

Breakfast Event #1 - Joint Business Breakfast (Montgomery/Prattville)

Speaker: Kevin Harrington
“Business Trends that will Drive Success”

The Chancellor’s Business Breakfast Series will welcome Kevin Harrington, creator of the infomercial, pioneer of the As Seen on TV brand, and the original “shark” on the hit TV show “Shark Tank,” as the keynote speaker for the first 2020 breakfast event. Learn from the master himself regarding the “Business Trends that will Drive Success”.

Watch Kevin’s video on entrepreneurship.

Thursday, January 30, 2020 | 7:30 – 9:00 a.m.

Wynlakes Golf and Country Club, 7900 Wynlakes Blvd., Montgomery, AL 

Breakfast Event #2 - Montgomery Breakfast

Speaker: Montgomery Mayor Steven Reed

The Chancellor’s Business Breakfast Series welcomes Montgomery Mayor Steven Reed, the city’s first African-American mayor, as the keynote speaker for March. Hear about Mayor Reed’s vision to move Montgomery into the future and new direction building “One Montgomery,” spanning across race, gender and economic lines.

Tuesday, March 3, 2020 | 7:15 – 8:45 a.m.

RSA Activity Center, 201 Dexter Ave., Montgomery, AL

Breakfast Event #3 - Montgomery Breakfast

Speaker: Robert Burns, Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer

Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama

Robert Burns is currently vice president and chief administrative officer for Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama in Montgomery, Alabama. He is responsible for human resources, team relations, public relations, general affairs, and environment, health and safety at the facility that employee more than 3,000 team members.

Before joining Hyundai in 2007, Robert spent 9 years working for Georgia-Pacific (GP) in Atlanta, Georgia. He was senior manager of communications for GP’s North American Commercial Tissue Business and Communication Papers. His experience at GP included directing public relations for five consumer products manufacturing locations, human resources and labor relations issues. Prior to joining Georgia-Pacific, Robert served in public relations and communications roles for International Paper and the State of Mississippi.

Robert graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi with a bachelor’s degree in broadcasting and a minor in communications.

He resides in Prattville, Alabama with his wife, Nancy.

Tuesday, November 2, 2021 | 7:30-9 a.m. | RSA Activity Center- Montgomery, AL

Chancellor Breakfast Speaker Robert Burns

Sponsorship Information

As an AUM Chancellor’s Business Breakfast Series sponsor, you have the opportunity to raise your exposure within the River Region business community, network with leaders in the community, provide professional development to your staff and clients, and explore pathways to bring new opportunities to our students.

Sponsorships are available for the 2020 AUM Chancellor’s Business Breakfast Series.

Each sponsorship includes a table for eight and can range from supporting a single breakfast event up through all the annual breakfast events.

River Region Corporate Sponsor:

  • Table for eight at each breakfast (Includes two breakfasts in Montgomery, two in Prattville and one joint breakfast) (5 breakfasts total)
  • Listed in the program for each breakfast
  • Recognized verbally at each breakfast
  • Exclusive Sponsorship Rights (includes premier venue seating)
  • Business logo will appear on all marketing products for the AUM Chancellor’s Business Breakfast Series
  • Opportunity to distribute materials about your business at all breakfasts

River Region Sponsor:

  • Table for eight at each breakfast (Includes two breakfasts in Montgomery, two in Prattville and one Joint breakfast) (5 breakfasts total)
  • Listed in the program for each breakfast
  • Recognized verbally at each breakfast

Community Sponsor:

  • Table for eight at either the Montgomery or Prattville Breakfast Series and 1 joint breakfast (3 breakfasts total)
  • Listed in the program for each breakfast
  • Recognized verbally at each breakfast

Table Sponsor:

  • Table for eight at 1 breakfast of your choice
  • Listed in the program for each breakfast
  • Recognized verbally at each breakfast

For more information or if you have questions, email Lorina Schrauger.

Individual Ticket Information

Registration and payment are required for attendance.

Individual tickets to each breakfast are $35 for general admission and $30 for AUM students and employees.

Past Speakers

Our speakers are well known on local, state, and national levels.  Some of our past speakers include:

  • David Wasserman – Election Analyst
  • Johnny “Cupcakes” Earle – Apparel Designer & Charismatic Entrepreneur
  • Martin L. King III – American Human Rights Advocate and Community Activist (eldest son of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.)
  • Liz Huntley – Child Advocate and Litigation Attorney
  • Andy Andrews – Author
  • Mark Eaton – Former NBA All-Star
  • Bill Rancic – Winner of Donald Trump’s The Apprentice
  • Leigh Anne Tuohy – Inspirational Subject of “The Blind Side” and Best-selling Author of “Making it Happen”
  • Mr. Patrick Kennedy – Former Member of the U.S. House of Representatives

Our Corporate Sponsors


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