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HSB Hosts the 2012 Business Forum for Young Professionals


Dr. Jim Taylor and J. Hunt Perkins, with the members of the 2012 Business Forum. From left to right: Eric Greer, Dr. Jim Taylor, J. Hunt Perkins, and Arthur “Art” Preston. Back row left to right: Mike Mountjoy and Dr. LaVaughn M. Henry.

Williamsburg, Ky. – On Wednesday, April 18th, University of the Cumberlands (UC) Hutton School of Business (HSB) hosted their 5th annual Business Forum for Young Professionals.

The business forum is designed to prepare young professionals as they enter the business workforce. Industry professionals share their professional experiences and discuss ways in which businesses can thrive, not just survive, in any financial climate. The theme for 2012 was “Opportunities for Success in the Second Decade of the 21st Century.”

Dr. LaVaughn M. Henry, Vice President and Senior Regional Officer for the Cincinnati Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, focused his topic on Federal Reserve Strategy for Economic Growth.

Arthur “Art” Preston, President of Presco, Inc, talked about the value of the dollar and rebuilding the economy.

Mike Mountjoy, co-managing partner at Mountjoy Chilton Medley, LLP, discussed being an accountant and ways to grow your business.

Eric Greer, President and Chief Operating Officer of CIS, Inc, spoke about the challenges and opportunities of being an entrepreneur.

The forum is the brainchild of J. Hunt Perkins, who makes the program possible. Perkins, a geologist, is president of J. Hunt Perkins and Associates, Inc.; a Lexington firm established in 1983 that specializes in oil and gas exploration services, gas well drilling and field exploration services. A current member of Cumberlands Board of Trustees, his strong association with the university extends back to when his mother served more than ten years as the bursar for then Cumberland College.

During the actual Business Forum there are two sessions that allow students the opportunity to listen and learn from two different speakers. Each session lasts 50 minutes and at the end of the forum there is a closing session that allows for questions.

Hosted by Sigma Beta Delta, the Business Department’s Honor Society, the guest speakers were treated to dinner the night before at the Cumberland Inn. Then after the Business Forum took place the guests were treated to a luncheon hosted by the Business Club.

“Getting to meet and talk to business professionals helps me be able to understand what it takes to be successful once I graduate,” said UC student Liz Martin.

What makes this event so unique is the guest speakers that agree to attend the Business Forum for Young Professionals and give a lecture on various topics. All guests that accept the invitation to come to Williamsburg for a few days travel at their own expense. Every speaker the Hutton School of Business has hosted has agreed to do so for “Free” to give back to the students. The Business Department is able to draw in big name presidents, CEOs, etc that are interested in mentoring and promoting young professionals which is why they come.

“I got to experience two great sessions with professionals that know what it takes to get to the top,” said UC student Duncan Kaai-Ebert. “I find it helpful to learn from some of the best business people that the Business Department is able to bring in each year.”

Plans for next year’s Business Forum are already underway and it looks to be another great group of guest speakers that will take to the classrooms at the Hutton School of Business in April of 2013.

Located in Williamsburg, Ky., University of the Cumberlands is an institution of regional distinction, which currently offers four undergraduate degrees in more than 40 major fields of study; nine pre-professional programs; seven graduate degrees, including a doctorate and six master’s degrees; certifications in education; and online programs.