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COB Executive Speaker Series Begins With Plaza Group President

By: Mary Ann Cozza

The College of Business is kicking off its Executive Speaker Series this semester with Randy Velarde, president of The Plaza Group, from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16, in room B113, Shea Street Building.

Velarde is the founder and president of The Plaza Group, an international refining and petrochemical marketing business headquartered in Houston. A 30-year petrochemical industry veteran, Velarde spent 13 years in commercial management and market development at Shell Chemical and Texaco Chemical prior to establishing The Plaza Group in 1994. Click here for Velarde’s complete profile.

For this engagement, Velarde will speak on “From Corporate America to Entrepreneur.”

The next speaking event will feature John Sheptor, president and CEO of Imperial Sugar Company, on March 29.

For more information on the Executive Speaker Series, contact  R. LaCour-Tyler in the College of Business at