Vice President Robert Isaman '85 Speaks at Smith
350 New Business Leaders Graduate From Smith -
Watch Lindsay Morris' speech.
Watch Noah Kaufman's speech.
Watch Robert Isaman's speech.
Isaman '85, vice president, integration at UTC
Fire & Security (UTCFS), a division of United
Technologies Corporation, addressed a lively audience of
Smith School graduates, family members, friends, and
Smith faculty and administrators at the Smith School's
winter commencement ceremony on Thursday, December 22.
Nearly 350 candidates were eligible to attend the
graduation ceremony, which was held at the Comcast
Center: eight doctoral, 25 executive MBA, 100 MBA/MS,
and 210 undergraduate business degrees were awarded.
who is responsible for the worldwide integration of
acquisitions into the new UTCFS business division,
shared four common attributes for success with
graduates. "First, successful leaders are
ambitions and have formulated a career roadmap that they
follow with great vigor; second, they are curious
by nature and pursue a continuous learning posture
throughout their careers by investing in their
third, they are proactive, personable, approachable,
and optimistic; and fourth, they have a great
support structure from their faith, their families, and
joined United Technologies through the Otis Elevator
Company in their North American operations in 1985. In
1993, after a series of sales and management positions
at Otis, he was named deputy general manager and Russia
program manager for UTCs Norden Systems division in St.
In January 2002, he was named president of Otis
Elevator (China) Investment Co. and China Area Director,
where he was responsible for the business performance of
over 140 business and manufacturing locations across
2004, Isaman was among the recipients of
the People's Republic of China's
Friendship Award. Presented by the
Premier of China, the award is the
supreme prize the Chinese government
confers to foreign experts who have made
outstanding contributions to China's
economic and social progress.
leaders have an ability to laugh at
themselves, to listen to advice from
those that they love, and to include
those that they love in their
successes," said Isaman. "When I was
awarded the Friendship Award by the
Premier of China, Wen Jiabao, my largest
satisfaction was that my wife, Linda,
was at my side, and that my family was
as proud of me as I always have been of
all of them ... Successful leaders know
that no one does it alone"
has a BS in marketing from the Smith School and serves
on the school's Board of Visitors.
Students participating in the
ceremony were Erin Jordan, who performed
the National Anthem, and speakers
Lindsay Morris, graduating summa cum
laude and majoring in marketing, and
Noah Kaufman, MBA candidate spring
Transcript of Robert Isaman's speech.
Transcript of Lindsay Morris' speech.
Transcript of Noah Kaufman's speech.
The commencement will be available on
DVD from Kitay Productions.