Annual Fort Lauderdale Forum Crystal Ball Program
Entrepreneurship: Emerging Trends and Challenges 
for the 21st Century

People, not institutions, create economic wealth. Entrepreneurs are leading corporate America to rediscover business as an enterprise process limited only by the boundaries of each individual's intelligence, imagination, energy, and daring. Meet two men who have walked this walk. Both have the characteristics of seeking opportunities, taking risks beyond security, and having the tenacity to push an idea through to reality. They will look into our Forum crystal ball and discuss how you clearly can see where you choose to be in the future and how you can formulate the necessary steps to get yourself and your organization there.

"Why Florida is the 5th-Best State for Entrepreneurs" 
Published by the South Florida Business Journal on 12/22/14


Senator Jeremy Ring

Prior to his political career, at the age of 25, Mr. Ring moved to New York City and joined with a small group of innovative entrepreneurs who had just formed the pioneer internet company, Yahoo! Mr. Ring was as the first outside sales executive with Yahoo!, his office was his apartment. During his tenure with Yahoo, it rose to global prominence by generating over $1 billion in sales during its first five years of existence. Prior to relocating to Florida in 2001, his responsibility at Yahoo! included worldwide overseeing of the creation of sales programs for all clients during this period. He went on to lead Yahoo's Sales programs group. He helped spin-off the sports division as Collegiate Images, (CI).
We know him best however as a Florida State Senator, living in Parkland, representing District 32, since 2006. Sen. Ring currently serves as the Chairman of the Governmental Accountability and Oversight committee, which oversees the Florida Pension Fund, the State Board of Administrations and other government entities in the State of Florida.  He served as the Co-Chair of the Joint Select Committee on Collective Bargaining.   Sen. Ring was named to the Florida Statewide Passenger Rail commission by former Senate President Jeff Atwater. He has sponsored and passed several major bills over the last few years including a bill that created SunRail, a high speed passenger rail service and legislation which helped to modernize Florida's State Pension System. He serves as Director of Collegiate Images, LLC. He sits on a number of local and national Boards of Directors, including the NJDC (National Jewish Democratic Council), FOSI (Florida Oceans Science Institute). Senator Ring is a graduate of Syracuse University.

Tom Tworoger, D.B.A.

Prior to his career in education, in the mid-70's, Tom became the owner and CEO of Kenworth Truck of South Florida.  It was a small dealership that was established in 1969. He took the company from a single location showroom to four locations and number one in sales for Kenworth Trucks. He was the first dealer in the US to sell medium-duty Japanese trucks. In 1996, after 22 years of business success and growth, he sold the company to Freightliner Corporation, a division of Daimler. The company recorded $130 Million in sales its last fiscal year. The renamed dealership, Freightliner Trucks of South Florida Inc. maintains four locations operating in Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, Riviera Beach and Ft. Pierce.

We know him best however as Dr. Tworoger, a professor and chair of the Entrepreneurship Department at the H. Wayne Huizenga School of Business and Entrepreneurship at Nova Southeastern University. In 2000 NSU asked him to lead a group in the development of a new specialization in entrepreneurship for the MBA Program at the school. Working with Associate Dean Preston Jones, his first action was to assemble an Advisory Board of successful business people who told him what they believed the school should include in an entrepreneurship curriculum. The Entrepreneurship Advisory Board was a who's who in the local world of business and entrepreneurship: Keith Cobb, Steve Halmos, Jim Hilmer, Keith Koenig, Carolyn Lee, Tom Miller, Dave Murray, Paul O'Hara, Steve Shelton, Helen Simon, Scott Smith, and Steve Woods. The first class was taught in April of 2001. Dr. Tworoger currently directs the entrepreneurship concentration in the M.B.A. program and the entrepreneurship minor in the undergraduate program. He was recognized with the Excellence in Teaching Award in 2005 and the Student's Choice Professor of the Year award. He has published in 13 academic journals and presented papers at 15 academic conferences.  A sports enthusiast, Tworoger enjoys surfing, snow and water-skiing, scuba diving, fishing, spinning, and competing in 5K runs and sprint triathlons. Dr. Tworoger received his undergraduate degree from the University of Florida. He received his MBA and DBA from Nova Southeastern University.


Wednesday January 28, 2015

7:30 am: Coffee & Networking
7:45-8:45 am: Presentation/Discussion

FAU/BCC Higher Education Complex, 111 E. Las Olas, Room 1110 

Parking available in the City Garage

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