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Hutton School of Business hosts 2013 Business Forum


Left to Right: Larry Gray, President of Baptist Health Corbin; George "Boog" Potter, Entrepreneur, Kim Knopf, Founder, President & Chief Officer of Innovative Mattress Solutions; Mike Martinez, Entrepreneur; Paul Perkins, President & Chief Executive Officer of Amatrol, Inc.; J. Hunt Perkins, University of the Cumberlands Trustee.

Williamsburg, Ky. – On Wednesday, April 17, University of the Cumberlands (UC) Hutton School of Business hosted the 6th 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 2013 was “How to Achieve Business Growth in a Recovering Economy.”

This year’s guest speakers were Mr. Larry W. Gray, President of Baptist Health Corbin, Ms. Kim Knopf, founder, President and CEO of Innovative Mattress Solutions, Mr. Paul Perkins, President of Amatrol Inc., George Potter, entrepreneur, and Alexander Martinez, entrepreneur.

The forum was founded by Mr. J. Hunt Perkins. 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.

The Forum consists of two sessions that allow students the opportunity to listen and learn from two different speakers. Each session lasts 50 minutes with a closing session at the end 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.

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.

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 2014.

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; twelve graduate degrees, including two doctorate, two specialist and eight master’s degrees; certifications in education; and online programs.