WMU News

Farmer Jack CEO, Burrell executives to speak at WMU

January 12, 1999

KALAMAZOO -- Executives from the communications and retail food industries will give their perspectives on doing business as a minority-owned company and doing business within minority communities as part of Western Michigan University's observation of Martin Luther King Day.

The presentations, sponsored by WMU's Haworth College of Business, are part of the University's week-long celebration of the life of the slain civil rights leader, which begins Monday, Jan. 18. Both events are free and open to the public.

Craig Sturken, president and chief executive officer of Farmer Jack Supermarkets of Detroit, and Chris Dunn, the company's personnel manager, will speak on "Doing Business in the Inner City" from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 20, in Room 1120 of Schneider Hall.

On Thursday, Jan. 21, executives with Burrell Communications Group, the nation's leading African-American owned marketing communications agency, will discuss "Managing a Professional Services Firm" from 12:30 to 2 p.m. in Brown Auditorium of Schneider Hall. A reception will follow in the dean's conference room. Ronald A. Sampson, executive vice president and director of corporate development, and Van King, vice president and group creative director, will share their experiences in running the advertising, public relations, consumer promotions and direct marketing services agency, which has offices in Chicago, Atlanta and New York.

For more information about either event, persons may call 387-5210.

Media contact: Marie Lee, 616 387-8400, marie.lee@wmich.edu

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