The College’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:


Karen Rose

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Thursday, March 21

Public Presentation: 5:30-6:30 pm
Location: Jabs Hall 111

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About the Presentation

As a lifelong New Yorker, Rose will share lessons she has learned in business and in life. She will also discuss New York’s office market and the ever-present “Flight to Quality” — when companies shift their focus from traditionally more economic real estate solutions to a more holistic-based approach in times of economic uncertainty. She will also discuss the health of commercial markets, the importance of adding amenities to properties and the ripple effect of these trends on commercial markets nationwide.

About the Speaker:

Karen Rose is responsible for negotiations, leasing, marketing and maintaining tenancy of the Western Hemisphere’s tallest building. Karen, who joined the company in 2002, worked with the midtown office leasing team for 10 years prior to focusing her efforts solely on The Durst Organization’s downtown 3 million square foot asset. Throughout her tenure, she has worked to secure leases with such tenants as Bank of America, the Big East Conference, MGM, National Life Insurance and Olam Group International.

Karen has earned certificates in both Real Estate Finance and Property Management at New York University. A graduate of the University of Maryland, Karen holds a Bachelor of Arts in Hearing and Speech Science. She is a member of the Young Men’s/Women’s Real Estate Association, the Real Estate Board of New York and sits on the event committee of the UJA Real Estate Executives.

Past Speakers (listed chronologically, oldest to newest):

Arthur Peterson                            
David Oreck, chairman of Oreck Corporation
Joseph T. Wells, chairman and founder of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners
Gerald Searfoss
John Goodrich
J. Luther King
Sam McDonald
James Alderson
Martin White
Paul A. Stewart, manager of global business development for a division of Eli Lilly
Christopher Disher, vice president for Booz Allen Hamilton
Dana Lasher, owner of Get Ready Girls, Inc.
Jonathan Howlett, worldwide director of advertising for BBC Global Channels
Mary Perry, president of the promotion agency division of Ryan Partnership
Delmar Jones, president of Cindel Group, Inc. and owner of Jonesy's Classic Cleaners
Lyle Knight, president and CEO of First Interstate BancSystem, Inc.
Investment Panel (4 speakers)
Andrew Fieldfounder and president of
Alan Rypinski, serial entrepreneur and the founder of ArmorAll
Ian B. Davidsonchairman of Davidson Companies and Davidson & Co.
Jeff Sundheim, account director at Google
Stu Bohart, President of Liquid Markets at Fortress Investment Group
Richard Broome, former member of the White House crisis management team
Richard "Bob" Chickering, serial entrepreneur and business executive
M.H. Elovitz, director of the Centre for Strategic Geopolitics
Ashley Jablow, challenge and client lead for OpenIDEO
Kristy Young, digital product management executive and managing partner for blaZe interactive, LLC
Marty McVey, president of McVey & Associates, LLC
Gerald Grinstein, strategic director of Madrona Venture Group and past CEO of Delta Air Lines
Tim Solso, General Motors' board director and past chairman and CEO of Cummins Inc.
Lachlan Perks, past chief operating officer of Eclipse, Inc.
Nicole Jones, senior law enforcement and security counsel at Google
Rich Barton, former Microsoft executive and a founder of the online companies Expedia, Zillow, and Glassdoor
David B. Orser, a former president of Occidental International Oil and the founder of this event series
Vu Le, a writer, speaker, blogger and executive director of Rainier Valley Corps
Behrooz Abdi, a technology entrepreneur and investor
Ben Deuling, owner of SporeAttic and Zariah Tolman, founder & executive director of Positivity Outward
Dave Stephenson, CFO and head of Employee Experience at Airbnb
Ray Sedey, Chairman & CEO of McCarthy Holdings, Inc.