University of St. Thomas Opus College of Business Launches 2013 “Intersections” Speaking Series with Top Local Executives

  University of St. Thomas Opus College of Business Launches 2013
  “Intersections” Speaking Series with Top Local Executives

 Executives from the Minnesota Vikings, Sun Country Airlines and UnitedHealth
Group will join academic leaders from St. Thomas for free speaking event that
                examines emerging business ideas and practices

Business Wire

MINNEAPOLIS -- December 20, 2012

The University of St. Thomas Opus College of Business announced today that its
“Intersections” speaking series is returning for a second year. Top executives
representing the Minnesota Vikings, Sun Country Airlines and UnitedHealth
Group will take the stage with leading academics to discuss important and
emerging business issues and related best practices. The events will feature
strategic insights on a range of topics including sports and brand management,
business strategy and health care policy and reform. Each hour-long event,
which is free to the general public, will be held at Opus College’s Schulze
Hall auditorium, 1000 LaSalle Avenue in downtown Minneapolis. Nearby parking
is available.

“After a successful season last year, we’re excited to bring back
‘Intersections.’ We’re fortunate to live in the Twin Cities, where so many
corporations are fostering innovation and leadership in their fields,” said
Christopher Puto, dean and Opus Distinguished Chair for the Opus College of
Business. “By linking top practitioners and academia, we can make a difference
and build upon our local knowledge economy.”

To kick off the series, Professor John Sailors will team up with Steve
LaCroix, vice president of sales and marketing and CMO for the Minnesota
Vikings. In a conversational format, they’ll share their thoughts on
“Intersections in Brand Management” on Wednesday, January 23. The formal
program, which includes time for a Q&A, will take place from 6 – 7 p.m. and a
networking reception will begin at 5p.m.

Individuals who wish to attend the January 23 event or subsequent events must
register at: www.stthomas.edu/business/intersections2013. The schedule is as
follows:

                                                       
                                                         
Date             Organizational           UST Thought           Topic
                 Leader
                                    Leader              
                                                                
January 23,      Steve LaCroix,           John Sailors,         Intersections
2013
                 Chief Marketing          Associate             in Brand
                 Officer                  Professor
                                          Marketing             Management
              Minnesota Vikings                         
                                                                
March 6,         Stan Gadek,              Carmina Cavazos,      Intersections
2013
                 President and CEO        Assistant             in Business
                                          Professor
                                          Marketing             Strategy
              Sun Country Airlines                      
                                                                
May 1, 2013      Simon Stevens,           Dave Durenburger,     Intersections
                 President – Global       Senior Health         in Health Care
                 Health
                                          Policy Fellow         Policy
              UnitedHealth Group     NIHP                
                                                                

About the University of St. Thomas Opus College
With a vision to educate highly principled global business leaders, the
University of St. Thomas Opus College of Business is the only private
university in Minnesota accredited by the AACSB. It offers undergraduate
concentrations in 13 fields and master’s degrees in seven programs, including
day and evening MBA programs. The school enrolls another 4,300 participants
annually in executive-education classes.

Note to Media: Reporters wishing to attend the event and/or arrange an on-site
or pre-event interview may contact Samantha Mehrotra at samantha@kohnstamm.com
or (651) 789-1275.

Contact:

For University of St. Thomas Opus College of Business:
Samantha Mehrotra, 651-789-1275
samantha@kohnstamm.com