Seton Hall University's Distinguished Entrepreneur Lecture Series is proud to present “Entrepreneurial Leadership: From Start-Up Venture to Public Company,” a panel discussion featuring Robert Carr, Heartland Payment Systems; Michael Kempner, MWW Group; and Stephen Waldis, Synchronoss Technologies, Inc.
Hosted by the Stillman School of Business Center for Entrepreneurial Studies, the lecture is the biggest distinguished entrepreneur lecture event to date. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to learn from and network with these top New Jersey entrepreneurs!
Date: Tuesday, November 27
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: Jubilee Hall Atrium (4th Floor)
ABOUT THE PANELISTS
Robert O. Carr
Founder, Chairman and CEO of Heartland Payment Systems
Heartland Payment Systems, ranked 15th in the global market, processes more than one billion payment transactions annually. In its ten years, Heartland has climbed from # 61 to #6 in industry rankings, grown from 25 to 2,250 employees, and increased its portfolio from $0.4 billion to almost $55 billion of bankcard volume.
Carr has published numerous articles regarding the inner workings of the acquiring industry and recently spearheaded a revolutionary initiative called, “The Merchant Bill of Rights” to promote fair credit and debit card processing practices on behalf of all small and mid-sized business owners. In 2003, he was awarded the bankcard industry’s first Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2004 and 2007, Ernst & Young named him Entrepreneur of the Year. Carr and his wife, Jill, also formed the Give Something Back Foundation, which funds college scholarships, recognizes teaching excellence and donates to various charitable organizations.
Michael W. Kempner
Founder, President and CEO of MWW Group
MWW Group is one of the 10 largest public relations firms in the United States, and was recently named public relations “Agency of the Year” by the prestigious Holmes Report, one of the public relations industry’s premier trade publications. MWW Group has also been recognized as one of the best places to work and as having one of the PR industry’s top community service programs.
In 2005 Kempner was named Public Relations Professional of the Year by the Public Relations Society of America, New Jersey Chapter. Most recently, he was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award by PR News. The Business Journal of New Jersey named him as one of the Top 50 N.J. Business People and Business News New Jersey named him one of the Top 100 Business People in New Jersey. Kempner, a two time winner of the “New Jersey’s Finest” award and a four-time finalist of Inc. magazines’ Entrepreneur of the Year Award, is currently leading MWW Group’s corporate philanthropy efforts, including its $1 million commitment to provide public relations services to help solve some of the world’s most pressing problems in global poverty, global health and climate change.
Stephen G. Waldis
Founder, Chairman and CEO of Synchronoss Technologies, Inc.
A 1989 graduate of Seton Hall University, Waldis has more than 15 years experience in executive management for high technology and telecommunication companies in both operations and sales positions. He began his career at AT&T and later joined Vertek Corporation as a partner and chief operating officer. During his five years at Vertek, sales grew from less than $2 million to more than $32 million, and the company became highly profitable and carried no debt.
In 2001 Waldis founded and became chairman and CEO of Synchronoss Technologies, Inc., the leading provider of on-demand transaction management solutions to communication service providers. The company has since grown to more than $50 million in sales, and in 2007 Synchronoss received a great deal of publicity for creating the technology that activates the iPhone. Waldis' success has not gone unnoticed. He has won the prestigious Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year regional award three times; twice at the helm of Synchronoss and once for Vertek.
Keith Brownlie, director of Ernst &Young New Jersey Entrepreneur of the Year Program, will serve as moderator.
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