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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.

Contents

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

NOVEMBER GUEST SPEAKER

Speaker: Fitzgerald Washington

Fitzgerald Washington has served as Secretary of the Alabama Department of Labor since 2014. During his tenure, the Department has launched a statewide marketing campaign, initiated a new job fair initiative that brings available jobs to Alabamians, and has participated in a new alignment of workforce regions that allows for better distribution of state workforce resources.
Washington currently serves on the National Association of State Workforce Agencies (NASWA) Board of Directors as Past Chair after serving as Chair for 2020 – 2021. He is also a member of the National Association of Government Labor Officials (NAGLO).

Wednesday, November 2, 2022 | 7:30 – 9 a.m.

RSA Activity Center, 201 Dexter Ave., Montgomery, AL 36104

Tickets are $35 for general admission. Sponsorships for table of 8 are available.  
Registration is required.  Registration and payment are available online.
Questions?  Connect with us: [email protected]  |  334-244-3018

Fitzgerald Washington has served as Secretary of the Alabama Department of Labor since 2014. During his tenure, the Department has launched a statewide marketing campaign, initiated a new job fair initiative that brings available jobs to Alabamians, and has participated in a new alignment of workforce regions that allows for better distribution of state workforce resources.
Washington currently serves on the National Association of State Workforce Agencies (NASWA) Board of Directors as Past Chair after serving as Chair for 2020 – 2021. He is also a member of the National Association of Government Labor Officials (NAGLO).
Washington is a member of the Alabama Workforce Council, the Alabama Small Business Commission, the State Workforce Development Board, the Alabama Bicentennial 200 Commission, the Alabama Pandemic Response and Preparedness Commission, the Advisory Board for the Governor’s Office of Minority Affairs, and the Buffalo Rock Company Board of Directors.
Prior to his appointment as the Secretary of the Alabama Department of Labor, Washington worked for The Buffalo Rock Company for 15 years, serving as Corporate Marketing and Sales Director handling the company’s multicultural marketing initiatives before being promoted to General Sales Manager in 2002.
Washington has served as a past Chairman of the Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama, where he helped create the Minority Business Council to foster growth and competitiveness of minority-owned businesses in West Alabama. Other community involvement includes the Boy Scouts of America/Black Warrior Council Board, BB&T Bank Advisory Board, Board of Visitors for the University of Alabama College of Continuing Studies, and DCH Health Systems Foundation Board of Directors.
Washington, his wife Peggy, and their children Karla and Fitzgerald reside in Tuscaloosa.

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

Breakfast Event #4 - Montgomery Breakfast

Speaker: Dr. Karen M. Landers

Dr. Karen M. Landers, M.D.,F.A.A.P. Dr. Karen Landers is a 1977 graduate of the UAB School of Medicine. She completed her residency in pediatrics at the University of Tennessee Center for the Health Sciences, LeBonheur Children’s Hospital and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in 1980, where she was recognized as one of the outstanding pediatric residents by Chairman of the Department, Dr. John F. Griffith. Dr. Landers is life-time certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and continues voluntary maintenance of certification in this specialty. Dr. Landers has served many roles within the Alabama Department of Public Health for over forty years. She worked in the COVID 19 Pandemic Response as a co-lead for scientific response and was the Medical Consultant for the ADPH Media Team, providing media interviews at the local, state, national, and International level. Dr. Landers is currently the Chief Medical Officer for Alabama Department of Public Health.

Wednesday, September 21, 2022 | 7:30 – 9 a.m.

RSA Activity Center, 201 Dexter Ave., Montgomery, AL 36104

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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