Hisaoka Speakers Series Event Sees Smith EMBA Alumni Share Successes

Five Executive MBA alumni from the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business returned to Van Munching Hall to offer their insights from their entrepreneurial journeys.

Hisaoka Speaker Series: Sometimes finding the wrong idea first leads to the right future business

In the most recent Hisaoka Speaker Series, Robert G. Hisaoka, ’79 Maryland alum, interviewed three fellow Terps who have successfully founded their own businesses.

Honest Tea Co-Founder Shares Two Food Trends at Hisaoka Speaker Series

Food production will move in two directions to keep pace with consumer demand in the 21st century, Honest Tea co-founder Seth Goldman told faculty, staff and students on Oct. 30, 2019, at the University of Maryland.

Do Something Hard, EVERFI Founder Tells Hisaoka Audience

Entrepreneur Tom Davidson Shares Keys to Great Workplace Culture Glassdoor and The Washington Post recognize EVERFI as one of the best places to work. Founder Tom Davidson said his Washington, D.C.-based education technology company is also one of the hardest places to work.

Raul Fernandez Shares Journey at Hisaoka Speaker Series

Success came fast for Raul Fernandez ’90 at the University of Maryland. He turned a part-time job on Capitol Hill into something more after graduation, and soon he was running a growing partnership with NeXT, a high-tech startup founded by Steve Jobs. “We grew a very little team — a lot of Maryland guys — into a decent team,” Fernandez said on April 18, 2018, during the Robert G. Hisaoka Speaker Series at the Robert H. Smith School of Business.

Speaker Ted Leonsis Discusses Sports Business Impact

Washington has monuments, museums and power centers for three branches of government. But the region’s most important real estate for residents might be Capital One Arena, sports business leader Ted Leonsis said Sept. 19, 2017, at the University of Maryland. “Sports plays now this outsized role in your community and in media,” said Leonsis, the inaugural featured guest in the Robert G. Hisaoka Speaker Series, made possible through a gift from Robert G.

How Wizards, Caps Use Big Data to Win

Teams worried about player safety used to count just minutes played. They now use 20 different inputs to monitor athletes, Raul Fernandez of Monumental Sports & Entertainment said at the Smith School.

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