The MSU JJCBE’s David Orser Executive Speakers Forum is named for David B. Orser, a 1966 MSU graduate who started funding the program in 1988 in order to inspire MSU business students to pursue careers as innovative, responsible, and ethical business leaders.

These events are FREE and open to the public!

Upcoming Orser Executive Speakers Forum:


Past Speakers:

Arthur Peterson                            

David Oreck

Joseph Wells

Gerald Searfoss

John Goodrich

J. Luther King

Sam McDonald

James Alderson

Martin White

Paul Stewart

Christopher Disher

Dana Lasher

Jonathan Howlett

Mary Perry

Delmar Jones

Lyle Knight

Investment Panel (4 speakers)

Andrew Field

Alan Rypinski

Ian B. Davidson

Jeff Sundheim

Stu Bohart

Richard Broome

Richard "Bob" Chickering

M.H. Elovitz

Ashley Jablow

Kristy Young

Marty McVey

Gerald Grinstein

Tim Solso

Lachlan Perks

Nicole Jones







Photo of Rich Barton, Spring 2018 Orser Speaker

Rich Barton


Thursday, February 22

Informal Networking: 6:15 pm
Public Presentation: 6:45 pm
Location: Jabs Hall 111

MSU Calendar:


About the Presentation

Rich Barton, a former Microsoft executive and a founder of the online companies Expedia, Zillow, and Glassdoor, will discuss his experience building several successful companies. This is an extraordinary opportunity to learn from one of the internet's true innovators and thought leaders. Rich Barton disrupted the travel, real estate and recruiting markets and will provide the audience rare insights into how to build defining companies that scale.

About the Orser Speaker:

Barton joined Microsoft in 1991 and then founded Expedia – a website that transformed the way individuals plan and purchase travel – in 1996. Barton served as Expedia’s president, CEO and board director until 2003. (The company spun-off from Microsoft in 1999 in an initial public offering.) In 2005, Barton co-founded Zillow, which creates an accessible site for information about local real estate markets that was previously hidden. He is executive chairman and served as Zillow’s CEO until it went public in 2010.

Barton also co-founded and serves as non-executive chairman of Glassdoor, a leading employment site in which users contribute information about their employers and the job market. Barton is also a venture partner at Benchmark and is on the boards of directors at Netflix, Avvo, RealSelf, Artsy and Liberty Interactive. He has a bachelor’s degree in engineering from Stanford University.

For more information about the forum, contact Anna Reardon at 406-994-6195 or