SBU Launches Entrepreneur Interview Series – IMAX CEO Booked As First Guest

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New Series of Lectures Is Part of the Provost Lecture Series

STONY BROOK, N.Y., November 4, 2014 – Stony Brook University (SBU) College of Business today announced the launch of a new series of interviews with highly successful entrepreneurs who hail from Long Island as part of he Provost Lecture Series. Richard Gelfond, CEO of IMAX Corporation – the billion-dollar movie technology company – will be the series first guest interview on November 11, 2014 at 6 p.m. in SBU’s Wang Center.
Gelfond, a graduate of SBU, will talk about his journey from shoeshine entrepreneur to one of America’s top CEOs. Joseph Campolo, Chairman of Mergers and Acquisitions advisory firm Protegrity Advisors LLC, and SBU alum, will interview Gelfond. The Gelfond interview will be the first in the College of Business Entrepreneurs Edge series, which will showcase successful innovators from Long Island, describing their sometimes roundabout and always individual career journeys.
“The Entrepreneurs Edge series promises to be both a learning and inspirational experience for our students and the outside business community,” said Dr. Manuel London, Dean, College of Business at Stony Brook University. “The one-on-one format provides a unique firsthand account of what it’s like to become a successful entrepreneur, including the many challenges and even failures along the way.”
Protegrity Advisors and the Brookhaven Industrial Development Agency are founding sponsors of the Entrepreneurs Edge series.
“We are thrilled to be launching the Entrepreneurs Edge series with the College of Business,” said Bruce Newman, Committee Chair of the series, and President of Protegrity Advisors LLC. “Interview guests are proof that success in business doesn’t always necessitate moving to other parts of the country. We also see the event serving as a meet-up opportunity for entrepreneurs and local business executives, which can help foster the budding and potentially significant startup ecosystem …

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