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Lunch with Leaders Speaker Series

With generous support from Wells Fargo Bank, the UNM Small Business Institute is launching a series of free quarterly “Lunch With Leaders” panel discussions focusing on topics of interest to the local business community.  The first luncheon, scheduled for Tuesday, April 11, 2017 will feature the “The Entrepreneurial Journey” including industry and subject matter experts sharing their views on:
  • Current trends in the small business sector
  • Opportunities to start a profitable business
  • What you’ll need to do to make your dream a reality

The luncheon will be held in the UNM Student Union Building – Ballroom A, beginning with a Networking session at 11:00 am followed by a Panel Discussion and Luncheon from 11:30-1:15 pm.  Public parking will be available in the Cornell Parking Structure across from Popejoy Hall.  The agenda will include:

Welcome and Introductions:

  • Jennifer Riordan, VP Community Relations, Wells Fargo Bank
  • Shawn Berman, Acting Dean, UNM Anderson School of Management 


Bruce Beebe, Regional Manager, Wells Fargo Bank


  • John M. Garcia, District Director, Small Business Administration, NM District Office
  • Antonio Guitierrez, CEO, Forma Pop, Winner, UNM ASM Business Plan Competition
  • Suleiman “Sul” Kassicieh, PhD, Distinguished Professor, Entrepreneurial Studies
  • Gary Oppedahl, Director, Economic Development Department, City of Albuquerque
  • Joseph Trimble, Vice President, Small Business Segment, Wells Fargo Bank

Attendees will receive a copy of the Albuquerque Entrepreneurial Ecosystem list with links to 300+ local small business organizations.  The Registration Table and check-in will be handled by student volunteers from the UNM CEO Student Entrepreneur Club and the Rotaract Club of UNM.  

To RSVP, please click here!