Past Distinguished Entrepreneurial Lectures

Previous Lectures

The Fifteenth Annual Richard M. Clarke Distinguished Entrepreneurial Lecture was held on the evening of April 29, 2013, in Lenfell Hall, Hennessy Hall (the Mansion) on the College at Florham campus, Fairleigh Dickinson University. The evening began with an elegant reception on the portico outside of Lenfell Hall at 6:00 pm, followed by updates featuring successful FDU alumni at 6:45 pm. Finally, Stephen McDonnell, founder and CEO of Applegate, gave a thought-provoking, rousing and inspiring lecture at 7 pm.

Stephen McDonnell

Founder and CEO, Applegate

Stephen McDonnell is the founder and CEO of Applegate, a leading producer of organic and natural meats and cheeses sold in supermarkets and natural Rothman Stephen McD RMC LOGOfood stores throughout the U.S. Since Applegate’s start in 1987, Stephen has been a major proponent of sustainable agricultural practices and the humane treatment of livestock. His primary focus is on the misuse of antibiotics in animal agriculture and its impact on public health. Stephen is one of the founders of Citizens Against Superbugs, a group working to raise public awareness about the overuse of antibiotics.

In recent years, Stephen has used documentary film as a means to raise public awareness about important issues around food. In 2010 he helped fund the marketing and distribution of Lunch Line, a documentary that outlines the history, challenges and possible future for the National School Lunch Program. He is currently funding the creation of Resistance, a documentary about antibiotics and the growing resistance to these drugs linked to animal agriculture.

Outside of Applegate, Stephen fosters entrepreneurial approaches to solving environmental and social problems. Stephen, and his wife, Jill, work with a cooperative of 800 Quechua Indian families in the Ecuadorian rainforest, establishing an organic chocolate business, where 100% of the profits support community development, education and health initiatives. Stephen also works with the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE), a program that inspires young people from low-income communities to stay in school, to recognize opportunities and to plan for successful futures.

Stephen serves on the Board of Directors for Stonyfield, Practically Green, and the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE). Applegate Farms' sales for 2012 were approximately $200 million. Read the Inc. article: Info

Co-sponsored by the Institute for Sustainable Enterprise.

The Fourteenth Annual Richard M. Clarke Distinguished Entrepreneurial Lecture was held on the evening of April 23, 2012, in Lenfell Hall, Hennessy Hall (Mansion) on the College at Florham campus, Fairleigh Dickinson University. The evening began with an elegant reception on the portico outside of Lenfell Hall at 6:00 pm, followed by the awards ceremony for the FDU Innovation Challenge Awards programs at 6:45 pm.

Debbie Hart, President of BioNJ, gave the lecture at 7 pm.

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Founder and President, BioNJ

Debbie Hart is a successful entrepreneur and a tireless advocate for New Jersey and its biotechnology industry. Establishing Association Associates, Inc. in 1992, Hart provides association management services to a variety of clients in the non-profit sector. The firm now serves 10 Clients and has 30 employees.

In 1994, Debbie worked with biotechnology industry CEOs to found BioNJ to advocate for New Jersey’s biotechnology community, which has tripled in size to more than 335 companies during her tenure. BioNJ is a current client of AAI and Debbie serves as the president of both organizations.

As a business advocate, Debbie served on the transition teams of two former New Jersey governors and testifies before legislative committees in Trenton and Washington, D.C. She is a member of the New Jersey Economic Development Authority’s (EDA) Technology Advisory Board, the EDA’s Commercialization Center for Innovative Technologies Advisory Board and the New Jersey Israel Commission. She is a frequent speaker at biotechnology conferences around the world having spoken at conferences in Belgium and Russia in 2011.

Debbie has been honored by the Women’s Fund of New Jersey as a Woman Advancing Science, and Debbie and BioNJ have been recognized by NJIT with a New Jersey Inventors Hall of Fame Award. She was named to the “40 Under 40” by New Jersey Business in 1998, by NJBIZ to The Best 50 Women in Business in 2011 and was named in 2011 and 2012 to the NJBIZ Power 100.

She is a board member of the Rothman Institute of Entrepreneurship at Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Silberman College of Business at, the Science Advisory Board at Rider University and the College of Science and Mathematics at Montclair University. Debbie holds an M.S. from the S. I. Newhouse School at Syracuse University where she graduated cum laude and a B.A. from Trenton State College where she graduated magna cum laude.

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Thirteenth Annual Richard M. Clarke Distinguished Entrepreneurial Lecture Series and Awards Ceremony for the 2011 New Jersey Student (Collegiate) EntrepreneurAwards Cermony

May 2, 2011

Jeff Hoffman
Co-founder, ColorJar

Jeff Hoffman is an accomplished entrepreneur and innovator in the fields of Internet, e-commerce, and entertainment. Having launched his first software Jeff Hoffman LOGO company while still a student at Yale University, Hoffman has founded and grown a series of successful startup companies in his career, guiding his companies to both acquisitions and public offerings.

Jeff is currently a founder and partner in ColorJar, a venture accelerator firm that helps entrepreneurs and small business owners launch and grow new business ventures. In this capacity, Jeff works with startup companies all over the country to help turn great ideas into profitable businesses.

Jeff previously served as the CEO of Enable Holdings, Inc., one of the world’s leading excess inventory solutions companies. Enable Holdings, a publicly traded company, operates online sites uBid.com and RedTag.com, and specializes in the liquidation of excess inventory from major brand name manufacturers and retailers, having sold over $2 billion worth of computers, consumer electronics, jewelry, apparel, collectibles, and other products (in consumer and business sales), since its launch.

Jeff’s first startup was an innovative software company named CTI, a company that quickly became the industry leader in the technology travel and tourism industry, and was later acquired by American Express. For his achievements, Jeff was twice named one of the 25 Most Influential Executives in travel and tourism worldwide. Hoffman was also a founder and CEO of early e-commerce pioneer Virtual Shopping, Inc., which developed patented, proprietary software and hardware for online retailing on the Internet, and was later acquired by Europe’s Wallenberg Group.

Hoffman is perhaps best known as a founder and CEO in the Priceline.com family of companies, where Jeff led the development and launch of Priceline’s consumer company. Hoffman also served as an executive in Walker Digital, the parent company of Priceline and one of the country’s most innovative creators of intellectual property and new business models.

After Priceline, Jeff was a founding partner, Chairman, and CEO of Black Sky Entertainment, an independent production company in the film and music industries. Hoffman’s firm successfully produced such independent films as CABIN FEVER (a horror film made for $1.4 million that has grossed over $100 million worldwide), and is currently in development on several new film and television projects. In the music business, Jeff has produced concerts with Elton John, reality programming with Boyz II Men, concert collaborations with Britney Spears (Jeff’s Artists: Pop Band LMNT), hosted charity events with members of *NSYNC, produced musical events with Ashanti, Fat Joe, Cash Money Millionaires, and more. Jeff’s firm is currently poised to launch several new recording artists in the coming year.

An avid sports fan, Jeff has served on the board of the Evander Holyfield Foundation as well as Chairman of the Major League Baseball Association All Star Game Committee.

Jeff dedicates a significant portion of his time to mentoring other entrepreneurs. In this capacity, Jeff has served as an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Georgia Tech and Rollins College, has judged business plan competitions at MIT, the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business, Pepperdine University, and the University of Illinois at Chicago. Jeff has also served as a coach and mentor in the Kaufman Institute’s FastTrac Entrepreneurs Boot Camp.

On the civic front, Jeff served as Chairman of Adapted Sports, a non-profit agency serving to bring sports and sports leagues to disabled children all across the country, a regional board member for the Make A Wish Foundation, hosted the annual Transplant Foundation fundraiser with Robert Redford, and was previously named an Honorary Commander of the United States Air Force.

Jeff Hoffman is an accomplished professional and motivational speaker, featuring topics such as entrepreneurship, innovation and business leadership. Hoffman has spoke at several conferences and symposiums in over 40 different countries and been a featured business expert on Fox News, CNN, NBC and more.

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Eleventh Annual Richard M. Clarke Distinguished Entrepreneurial Lecture Series and Awards Ceremony for the 2009 New Jersey Student (Collegiate) Entrepreneur Program and FDU Innovation Challenge

May 5, 2009

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Shau-wai Lam joined Dah Chong Hong Trading Corporation (DCH) in 1967. His initial assignments were in international trade, which included the domestic sales of imported textile and food products.

In 1977 DCH began to venture into automobile retailing with its first dealership, Paramus Honda.

Shau-wai was sent to Los Angeles to launch DCH’s Western Region in 1979.

He was responsible for the start-up of DCH Gardena Honda and DCH Tustin Acura, both of which became the top national ranking dealerships of their respective franchises under his supervision.

After his appointment as President of DCH in 1988, Shau-wai continued to lead the company’s expansion to 25 dealerships in California, New Jersey, New York and Connecticut with annual sales surpassing $1.83 billion in 2008.It is also the largest automobile retailer in New Jersey. Besides winning numerous distinguished awards from its franchisors, the DCH Auto Group is proud to have received more of the prestigious J. D. Power and Associates Dealer of Excellence Awards than any dealer group. This award can be considered as the highest honor in customer satisfaction achievement. Shau-wai was the recipient of the eminent 2006 Ellis Island Medal of Honor, the Ernst & Young 2007 New Jersey Entrepreneur of the Year Award for Retail/Distribution Services.


Tenth Annual Richard M. Clarke Distinguished Entrepreneurial Lecture Series and Awards Ceremony for the 2008 East Coast Student (Collegiate) Entrepreneur Program

May 7, 2008

The Tenth Annual Richard M. Clarke Distinguished Entrepreneurial Lecture was held on the evening of May 7, 2008, in Lenfell Hall, Hennessy Hall (Mansion) on the College at Florham campus, Fairleigh Dickinson University. The evening began with an elegant reception on the portico outside of Lenfell Hall at 6:00 pm, followed by the awards ceremony for the 2008 New Jersey Student (Collegiate) Entrepreneur Awards and the FDU Innovation Challenge Awards programs at 6:45 pm. Finally, Elizabeth G. Christopherson, Executive Director of New Jersey Network (NJN) Public Television and Radio and President of the NJN Foundation for Public Broadcasting, Inc., gave her lecture at 7:15 pm entitled 'The Business of Civic Entrepreneurship: Purpose, Innovation and Partnership.'

Speaker Profile: Elizabeth G. Christopherson

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Introduction by Gabriella E. Morris, Esq., President, The Prudential Foundation

Elizabeth G. Christopherson has led NJN during an historic time for the broadcasting industry. Under her leadership NJN has diversified and increased financial resources, garnering national awards. NJN received two national awards for innovation in the past five years.

Twice-elected a member of the PBS Board, she served as the first Chair of the Diversity Task Force and now as Chair of the national Affinity Group Coalition (AGC) representing public broadcasting stations nationally. Ms. Christopherson, a dedicated volunteer, has helped organizations strengthen their communities and ensured that our children are prepared for success. For more than 20 years she has been an advocate for the arts in New Jersey, including Chair of the State Arts Council.

Ms. Christopherson received the 2007 Women Who Make a Difference Award from the International Women’s Forum (IWF). She was heralded for her vision, commitment and contributions that have improved prospects for women throughout the world. She is a lifelong resident of New Jersey, has added vibrancy to the life of the state through her leadership in serving our diverse communities.


Ninth Annual Richard M. Clarke Distinguished Entrepreneurial Lecture Series and Awards Ceremony for the 2007 East Coast Student (Collegiate) Entrepreneur Program

Wednesday, May 2, 2007

The Ninth Annual Richard M. Clarke Distinguished Entrepreneurial Lecture was held on the evening of May 2, 2007, in Lenfell Hall, Hennessy Hall (Mansion) on the College at Florham campus, Fairleigh Dickinson University. The evening began with an elegant outside reception at 6:00 pm, followed by the awards ceremony for the 2007 New Jersey Student (Collegiate) Entrepreneur Awards program at 6:45 pm. Finally, John E. Bailye, Founder, Chairman, and CEO, Dendrite International, Inc., gave his lecture at 7:15 pm entitled:

10 Lessons Learned from One Entrepreneur's Adventure

Profile of Speaker: John E. Bailye

In 1986, John E. Bailye established Dendrite International, Inc., to pioneer the development of softwareJBailye2Cropped LOGO applications for pharmaceutical sales force management. Originally based in Bailye’s native Australia, Dendrite’s headquarters were relocated to New Jersey in 1987. During the last 20 years, Dendrite has grown from $175,000 in annual sales to more than $420 million in 2006, with 2,700 employees in 59 countries.

Both Mr. Bailye and Dendrite have won wide industry recognition. In 2006, Mr. Bailye received the John H. Martinson Technology Supporter Award from the New Jersey Technology Council, while Dendrite was inducted into NJTC’s prestigious Hall of Fame. The awards are given each year to recognize and celebrate N.J. technology companies and their leaders for business accomplishments in technological innovation.

Many business publications also have recognized Mr. Bailye and Dendrite. In 2005, Forbes magazine listed Dendrite among the 200 best small companies, and Dendrite ranked No. 61 on Business 2.0’s “100 Fastest Growing Technology Companies.” In January 2003, Mr. Bailye was ranked among the top-20 influential Australians in the United States by Business Review Weekly. And in 2000, Fortune magazine listed Dendrite 44 among the 100 fastest-growing companies in the United States.

Mr. Bailye also has received the Golden Door Award from the New Jersey International Institute, which recognizes those who have come to the United States and achieved commercial success. In 1993, and again in 1998, Mr. Bailye was named New Jersey’s Software and Technology Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst & Young and was a National Finalist in 1998.

Mr. Bailye is a strong supporter of entrepreneurialism and technology growth in New Jersey and, through Dendrite, has served as a founding member and Chairman of the NJTC. He is a member of the Board of Trustees and Task Force Committee at Fairleigh Dickinson University and is on the Board of Visitors at Georgetown School of Medicine.

Among his many current commitments, Mr. Bailye supports and Dendrite sponsors the NJBIZ awards for private companies, is a board member at NJTC, and serves on the boards of several private companies. Mr. Bailye, who is a graduate of the University of New South Wales, resides in New Jersey with his wife and two daughters.


Eighth Annual Richard M. Clarke Distinguished Entrepreneurial Lecture Series and Awards Ceremony for the 2006 East Coast Student (Collegiate) Entrepreneur Program

Wednesday, May 3, 2006

The Eighth Annual Richard M. Clarke Distinguished Entrepreneurial Lecture was held on the evening of MayOlsen1 LOGO 3, 2006 in Lenfell Hall in the Mansion on the College at Florham campus, Fairleigh Dickinson University. The evening began with an elegant reception in Lenfell Hall at 6:00 pm, followed by the awards ceremony for the 2006 East Coast Student (Collegiate) Entrepreneur Awards program at 6:45 pm. Finally, Gregory H. Olsen, Co-Founder of Sensors Unlimited, Inc., gave and inspiring lecture at 7:15 pm entitled: A Personal Adventure: From Serial Entrepreneur to Space Traveler

Profile of Speaker: Gregory H. Olsen
In October 2005, Dr. Gregory Olsen became the third private citizen to orbit the earth on the International Space Station. After an illustrious career as a research scientist and entrepreneur, Olsen, president of GHO Ventures, manages his "angel" investments and speaks to student audiences -especially minorities and females- encouraging them to consider careers in science and engineering.

Olsen co-founded EPITAXX, a fiber-optic detector manufacturer in 1984, and sold it in 1990 for $12 million. In 1991, he co-founded Sensors Unlimited, a near-infrared camera manufacturer, which was sold for $600 million in 2000, repurchased by management two years later for $6 million, and resold in 2005 for $60 million.

Dr. Olsen holds 12 patents and has written over 100 technical papers. He is active in NJTC, the NJ Commission on Science and Technology and was the first recipient of the IEEE Aron Kressel award. Olsen received his BS, BSEE and MS in physics from Fairleigh Dickinson University, and was awarded his Ph.D. in Materials Science from the University of Virginia. He is a Trustee at both universities.


Seventh Annual Richard M. Clarke Distinguished Entrepreneurial Lecture Series and Awards Ceremony for the 2005 East Coast Student (Collegiate) Entrepreneur Program

May 4, 2005

We were pleased to have over 150 friends of the Institute present for the Seventh Annual Richard M. Clarke Distinguished Entrepreneurial Lecture which was held place on the evening of May 4, 2005 in Lenfell Hall in the Mansion on the College at Florham campus, Fairleigh Dickinson University. The evening began with an elegant reception in Lenfell Hall at 6:00 pm, followed by the awards ceremony for the 2005 East Coast Student (Collegiate) Entrepreneur Awards program at 6:45 pm. Finally, Seth Gerzberg, President of Marc Ecko Enterprises, gave the lecture at 7:15 pm.
 
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Seth Gerszberg is president of Marc Ecko Enterprises. He, along with Head Designer Marc Ecko and Executive Vice President Marci Tapper, founded *ecko unltd. in 1993 as a graffiti-inspired T-shirt company. They were honored in 2001 with the E&Y Entrepreneur of the Year Award. With an insatiable appetite for success and a quick ability to learn, Gerszberg has turned a modest T-shirt company into a $1 billion clothing and lifestyle empire.

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Gerszberg is dedicated to supporting a variety of charities, including personally overseeing and providing funding for a Ukrainian orphanage, Tikva Children’s Home.

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Seth Gerszberg, President and Co-Founder of Marc Ecko Enterprises

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Seth Gerszberg was presented a plaque by Dean David Steele

 

Sixth Annual Richard M. Clarke Distinguished Entrepreneurial Lecture Series

 

and Awards Ceremony for the 2004 East Coast Collegiate Entrepreneur Award

May 3, 2004

This evening celebration brought together over one hundred and fifty friends of the Rothman Institute, many of whom were from the regional academic and business communities. We were pleased to have Reggie Best, founder, co-founder, president and CEO of Netilla Networks, Inc. give the Sixth Annual Richard M. Clarke Distinguished Entrepreneurial Lecture following the elegant reception in Lenfell Hall and the awards ceremony for the 2004 East Coast Collegiate Entrepreneur Awards program. Program (Acrobat .pdf format) 

The ceremony and lecture were held in Lenfell Hall in the Mansion on the College at Florham campus, Fairleigh Dickinson University.

Profile of Speaker: Reggie Best

Reggie Best is the co-founder, president and CEO of Netilla Networks, Inc., a technology startup that has become one of the leading global providers of remote access systems. Founded in 1999, Netilla develops and markets networking products that allow a company's employees to securely log into their business networks from anywhere using just a web browser.

Netilla is the third tech startup for Best, a recognized entrepreneur in the networking industry. After beginning his career at AT&T Bell Laboratories, Best formed his first venture, Teleos Communications, a video-networking company that was sold to Madge Networks. He then founded AccessWorks Communications, an Internet/remote access company acquired by 3Com corporation. Best was named one of "40 Under 40" by NJBIZ magazine, earmarking him as one of the state's top young business leaders. He holds a BS in electrical engineering from City College of New York and an MS in electrical engineering from Columbia University.

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Reggie Best was presented with a plaque from 
Rothman Institute Director James Barrood 

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Reception held in Lenfell Hall


Fifth Annual Richard M. Clarke Distinguished Entrepreneurial Lecture Series

and Awards Ceremony for the 2003 East Coast Collegiate Entrepreneur Award

May 5, 2003

This evening celebration brought together over one hundred and fifty friends of the Rothman Institute, many of whom were from the regional academic and business communities. We were pleased to have Maxine Ballen, founder, president and CEO of the New Jersey Technology Council, give the Fifth Annual Richard M. Clarke Distinguished Entrepreneurial Lecture following the elegant reception in Lenfell Hall and the awards ceremony for the 2003 East Coast Collegiate Entrepreneur Awards program.

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The ceremony and lecture were held in Lenfell Hall in the Mansion on the Florham-Madison Campus, Fairleigh Dickinson University 

Profile of Speaker: Maxine Ballen

Maxine Ballen is the founder, president and CEO of the New Jersey Technology Council (NJTC), a private, nonprofit member organization composed of technology-intensive and associated companies. Founded in 1996, the Technology Council represents approximately 1,160 members who constitute the dominant technology sectors in the state.

NJTC is Ms. Ballen’s third nonprofit start-up in support of entrepreneurship. She was a pioneer in creating the highly successful Business Development and Training Center in Pennsylvania and the South Jersey Entrepreneurs Network. She received the Entrepreneur of the Year Award in Pennsylvania in 1991 and in New Jersey in 1996. In 2002, the Women’s Fund of New Jersey presented Ms. Ballen with its “Women Advancing Technology” award. Also in 2002, NJBIZ designated her as a “Superstar” and among its “Women of Influence.” South Jersey Magazine listed her among its “22 People to Watch in 2002.” She received a BS from the University of Pittsburgh and an MS from Suffolk University.

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Maxine Ballen giving lecture in Lenfell Hall


Fourth Annual Richard M. Clarke Distinguished Entrepreneurial Lecture Series

and Awards Ceremony for the 2002 East Coast Collegiate Entrepreneur Award

May 1, 2002

This evening celebration brought together over one hundred and fifty friends of  the Rothman Institute, many of whom are from the regional academic and business communities. We were pleased to have Leonardo LoCascio, CEO and president of Winebow, Inc. give the Fourth Annual Richard M. Clarke Distinguished Entrepreneurial Lecture following the elegant reception on the Mansion portico and awards ceremony for the 2002 East Coast Collegiate Awards program. Program (Acrobat .pdf format)

The ceremony and lecture were held in Lenfell Hall in the Mansion on the College at Florham Campus, Fairleigh Dickinson University 

Profile of Speaker: Leonardo LoCascio

Leonardo LoCascio is CEO and president of Winebow, Inc., a wine importing and distributing company he began in 1980 after leaving Citibank. Today, Winebow’s portfolio contains 3,000+ wines from all over the world, which are distributed in New York and New Jersey and has recently expanded into Pennsylvania and Washington, DC. The company also acts as an importer of Italian wines, with a portfolio of wines from 75 Italian producers, distributed nationally. Winebow has earned a reputation in the industry for representing high quality wines of good value, tenets that form the basis of Mr. LoCascio’s criteria for selecting wines to import.

Mr. LoCascio has an extensive background in business and finance, including three years in corporate finance at Rockwell International; working as a management consultant for McKinsey & Company; and culminating with four years as a vice president at Citibank. He was born in Italy and has spent most of his adult life in the United States. He graduated cum laude from New York University with a BS in International Business and earned an MBA from University of Chicago.

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Leonardo LoCascio giving lecture in Lenfell Hall


Third Annual Richard M. Clarke Distinguished Entrepreneurial Lecture Series

and Awards Ceremony for the 2001 East Coast Collegiate Entrepreneur Award

May 9, 2001

This evening celebration brought together over one hundred and fifty friends of  the Rothman Institute, many of  whom are from the business, technology and venture capital communities. We were pleased to have John H. Martinson, Founder and Managing Partner of the Edison Venture Fund give the Third Annual Richard M. Clarke Distinguished Entrepreneurial Lecture following the elegant reception on the Mansion portico and awards ceremony for the 2001 East Coast Collegiate Awards program.

The ceremony and lecture were held in Lenfell Hall in the Mansion on the Florham-Madison Campus, Fairleigh Dickinson University 

Profile of Speaker: John H. Martinson

John H. Martinson is the founder and managing partner of the Edison Venture Fund, and a founder and past chairman of the New Jersey Technology Council. He has been a successful and innovative venture capitalist for twenty-five years and has been recognized as the prime mover in building New Jersey’s high technology and venture capital sector. The Edison Venture Fund has invested nearly $300 million in over 100 companies, and the New Jersey Technology Council has become the focal point and catalyst for increasing technology-related venture activity in New Jersey.

Mr. Martinson is a director of the American Council for Capital Formation, past chairman of the National Venture Capital Association and of the Greater Philadelphia Venture Group. An active angel investor as well, he held management and marketing positions at American Cyanamid and Exxon during the 1970’s. He earned a BS in Aeronautical Engineering from the U.S. Air Force Academy, an MS in Astronautics from Purdue University, and an MBA from Southern Illinois University.

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John H. Martinson giving lecture - 'More than Money' -  in Lenfell Hall

 


Second Annual Richard M. Clarke Distinguished Entrepreneurial Lecture Series

and Awards Ceremony for the 2000 East Coast Collegiate Entrepreneur Award

March 30, 2000

This evening celebration brought together over one hundred and fifty friends of  the Rothman Institute, many of  whom are from the business, technology and venture capital communities. We were pleased to have Dr. Kenneth J. Burkhardt, Jr., a co-founder of Dialogic Corporation, an Intel company, give the Second Annual Richard M. Clarke Distinguished Entrepreneurial Lecture following the elegant reception on the Mansion portico and awards ceremony for the 2000 East Coast Collegiate Entrepreneur Award.

The ceremony and lecture were held in Lenfell Hall in the Mansion on the College at Florham campus, Fairleigh Dickinson University.

Profile of Speaker: Kenneth J. Burkhardt

Dr. Kenneth J. Burkhardt, Jr. is a co-founder of Dialogic Corporation, an Intel company. From the founding of Dialogic in 1983 to 1992, Dr. Burkhardt was Executive Vice President of Operations. From 1992 to the acquisition of Dialogic by Intel Corporation in July of 1999, he was Executive Vice President of New Business Development. From July until last month, he was a member of Intel Capital, Intel Corporation’s investment arm.

Currently, Dr. Burkhardt is Chairman and CEO of Aloha Networks, a San Francisco company involved in technology for high-speed bi-directional Internet access via satellite. He is a Director for Voice Control Systems, Inc. a public speech recognition company, and Inno Media Logic, a private ATM company. He is also President of Verbier Ventures, LLC, a consulting and investment management firm.

Dr. Burkhardt has an A.B. degree in Physics from Cornell University (’67), an M.S. in Computer Science from Rutgers University (’70) and Ph.C. (’72) and Ph.D. (’75) degrees in Computer Science from the University of Washington.

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Ken Burkhardt giving lecture in Lenfell Hall


Inaugural Richard M. Clarke Distinguished Entrepreneurial Lecture

and 1999 New Jersey Collegiate Entrepreneur Awards Ceremony
 
May 10, 1999

Profile of Speaker: Russ Berrie

Russ Berrie, founder, Chairman and CEO of Russ Berrie and Company, delivered the First Annual Richard M. Clarke Distinguished Entrepreneurial Lecture. It was followed by the Awards Ceremony for the winners of the 1999 New Jersey Collegiate Entrepreneur Program.


About the Lecture Series

The Richard M. Clarke Distinguished Entrepreneurial Lecture Series is made possible through a generous endowment by Richard M. Clarke, President of CE Partners, LLC. He is past Chairman of Yankelovich Partners, Inc. and past CEO of Nash Engineering Company.

With an international career in the chemical, plastics and man-made fiber industry that spans almost three decades, Mr. Clarke has become the embodiment of the global entrepreneur.