Second International Business Conference Opens

February 18, 2011

The Saint Leo University School of Business wrapped up its second International Business Conference Friday, February 18, at University Campus.

Second International Business Conference Opens The keynote speaker, futurist David Pearce Snyder (pictured, right), discussed the importance of lifelong relationships between alumni of business schools and the faculty at their alma mater as the rapid pace of change creates a greater need for networking between generations. He also predicted the subject matter of management will change so rapidly that texts used in business schools will have to be electronic to stay current.

Jose Valiente (pictured, left), principal with the Tampa office of accounting firm Larson Allen LLP, addressed change in Cuba. The Tampa International Airport stands to benefit when charter flights to the island resume from Tampa after 50 years. Approvals are anticipated to permit this change in the near future.  Further, Valiente predicted old trade barriers will eventually fall and Cuba will need new investment and infrastructure, creating multiple opportunities for American industries.

Other presentations over the course of two days covered diverse topics, ranging from foreign relations policy to accounting standards, sustainable business, and international corporate leadership competencies. The director for the conference this year was Dr. Eric Schwarz, associate professor of sport business.