University of California, Riverside


Dean's Speaker Series

Leading Thinkers Leading Growth

The School of Business Administration Dean’s Speaker Series

The Dean's Speaker Series brings successful leaders in the business community to share their stories and expertise. Designed to foster critical discussions about business issues, it also provides networking opportunities between corporate executives and students and the UCR community. Dean's Speakers have achieved national and international prominence in their respective fields and represent a diversity of cultural, political and economic perspectives.

Event Information for All Upcoming Speakers

Admission Free
Location Alumni Visitor Center
3701 Canyon Crest Dr, Riverside CA 92521

Current Speakers 2015 - 2016

October 21, 2015. 10:30am


Bob Stapleton

Bob Stapleton BA '80, M.B.A. '82

Entrepreneur and manager
Mr. Bob Stapleton is an entrepreneur and general manager with 25 years of experience in building high performance organizations. He is a management adviser and investor in portfolio companies of leading private equity firms. Mr. Stapleton co-founded two highly successful public companies, Western Wireless Corporation and VoiceStream Wireless (now-T-Mobile). Both companies were subsequently acquired for a total value in excess of $30 billion. In 2005, he founded High Road Sports Inc., a sports management company that owned and operated Team HTC-Highroad, the winningest professional cycling team in the world from 2007-2011. Currently, Bob is the director of World Triathlon Corporation, which owns and operates the Ironman brand and events, as well as USA Cycling, the National Governing Body of the sport in the United States. He earned his bachelor's degree in business administration and M.B.A. from UCR School of Business Administration.

November 20, 2015. 10:30am


Tobin Sloan

Tobin Sloane BA '94, MBA '96

CFO of Ware Malcomb
Mr. Sloane is CFO of Ware Malcomb, a leading national design firm, providing planning, architectural, interior design, graphic design and civil engineering services to commercial real estate and corporate clients throughout the world. Established in 1972, the firm has 17 offices throughout the United States and Toronto, Panama City, and Mexico City. As the CFO since 2004, Mr. Sloane is an accomplished financial professional and business-savvy leader, bringing over 21 years of experience in financial analytics, accounting, management and operational leadership. He is well known for his strategic and innovative approach to the company's financial management and growth, with a strong commitment to> fiscal discipline to ensure the overall health of the firm. He holds a Master of Business Administration with an emphasis in Finance and Accounting and a Bachelor of Science with an emphasis in Business Administration, both from the University of California, Riverside.

January 20, 2016. 11:00am


Craig Blunden

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Craig Blunden MA '72

Chairman & CEO, Provident Bank

Mr. Craig G. Blunden has been the Chief Executive Officer of Provident Savings Bank since 1991. Mr. Blunden has been the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Provident Financial Holdings, Inc. since its formation in 1996. Mr. Blunden has more than 29 years of experience in the financial services industry. He serves as a Treasurer of the Greater Riverside Chamber of Commerce. He has been a Director of Provident Savings Bank, F.S.B ('The Bank'), a subsidiary of Provident Financial Holdings Inc., since 1975. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Inland Empire Economic Partnership and the Greater Riverside Chambers of Commerce and serves as a director of American Bankers Association. He serves as the Director of The Riverside Economic Development Corporation and ABA Business Solutions Inc. Mr. Blunden has been the Director of Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco, a subsidiary of Provident Financial Holdings Inc. since 2003.

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