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Date Posted: Monday, March 31, 2014
Topic: Dworken & Bernstein Management Lecture Series at Lakeland features Cleveland Foundation exec April 8
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Lakeland announces the speakers for the Dworken & Bernstein Management Lecture Series which begins Monday, March 25, from 7:15 - 8:15 p.m. in the Dr. Wayne L. Rodehorst Performing Arts Center on the main campus, 7700 Clocktower Drive, Kirtland, 44094.

For more than three decades, managers who have led many of Northeast Ohio's most prominent businesses and institutions have appeared on this series. They share their success stories, strategies, business outlooks, and career opportunities with Lakeland students and the general public in this forum. The event is free and open to the public.

March 25, 7:15 p.m.
Chuck Fowler, Retired CEO, Fairmount Minerals

Chuck Fowler has been in the mineral production industry for more than four decades. In 1986, he joined Fairmount Minerals, one of North Americaís largest producers of industrial sand.

The Chesterland, Ohio-based company operates a global network of 23 mining, mineral processing, manufacturing, and coating facilities with six administrative and R&D offices. He helped to grow the company to become one of the largest producers of industrial sand products in the United States.

Fairmount Minerals has earned numerous awards and recognition for its sustainable business practices, including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Business Civic Leadership Center 2006 Corporate Stewardship Award, the National Association of Manufacturers Sandy Trowbridge Award for Social Responsibility, and the Ford Motor Company 2005 World Excellence Award for Corporate Social Responsibility.

In addition to his professional accomplishments, Fowler is a 1990 graduate of the Weatherhead School of Managementís Executive Master of Business Administration degree program and serves on the Case Western Reserve University board of trustees.

He currently resides in Cleveland with his wife, Charlotte, who is actively involved in the arts and childrenís programs in the area.

April 8, 7:15 p.m.
Ronn Richard, President and CEO, Cleveland Foundation

Ronn Richard is president and CEO of the Cleveland Foundation. Over the past 30 years, he has held a variety of senior management positions in government, the private sector and the nonprofit sector.

Prior to joining the foundation, Richard was the managing director and chief operating officer of In-Q-Tel, the CIAís venture capital fund. Before joining In-Q-Tel, he spent 13 years at Panasonic in key management positions, including president of the companyís North American research and development operations; president of Panasonic Home & Commercial Products Company, a major sales and marketing division of Panasonic USA; president of Panasonic Strategic Ventures Company, in charge of mergers and acquisitions and strategic alliances; vice president for planning, technology, and public affairs, which included heading up Panasonic's corporate philanthropy; and vice president for Internet business development.

From 1983 to 1988, Richard was a career U.S. Foreign Service officer, serving as the American consulate general in Osaka/Kobe, Japan, and at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C. as a desk officer for North Korean, Greek, and Turkish affairs, respectively.

Richard holds a masterís degree in international relations from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, a bachelorís degree in history from Washington University in St. Louis, and honorary doctorates from Notre Dame College and Baldwin Wallace University.

He is married to Bess Rodriguez, an artist, and has two children, Susanna and Nicholas.

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Photo Caption: Top: Chuck Fowler; bottom: Ronn Richard
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