POSTPONED: Concordia University Irvine's Faith & Business Forum to Feature Bill Pollard, Nationally Recognized Executive and Author, As Keynote

12th Annual Event Will Spotlight Local Business Leaders, Celebrate Faith-Driven Management and Honor Kelly Keithly with the Faithfulness & Excellence Award.

Contact: Lizz Mishreki, Concordia University Irvine
(949) 214-3146
lizz.mishreki@cui.edu

Sabrina Suarez, Echo Media Group
(714) 573-0899 ext. 227

Updated 6/25/2015

Postponed Until Further Notice

We are saddened to inform you that our keynote speaker for tonight's Faith and Business Forum is ill and was not able to fly to California to be with us for tonight's event. Please keep Bill Pollard in your prayers. Due to this unforeseen circumstance, we have cancelled tonight's Forum and will reschedule at a future date. The price that you paid for your ticket will be refunded.

The annual Faith and Business Forum supports Christian leaders of excellence and integrity, encouraging Christ-centered leadership.

Concordia University Irvine today announced details for the 12th Annual Faith & Business Forum, which will take place Thursday, June 25 and will feature a keynote presentation from prominent business executive and author, Bill Pollard. More than 500 members of the business community, as well as church and community leaders are expected to attend the evening event, held on campus at the Concordia University CU Center.

Established to honor, celebrate and foster actionable faith in business leadership and the values of excellence and integrity, the Faith & Business Forum will include the awarding of the Faithfulness & Excellence Award to honoree Kelly Keithly, founder and owner of Keithly-Williams Seeds. New to this year’s forum, a panel discussion with Orange County entrepreneurs Charles Zhang, founder of Pick Up Stix, and Tina Aldatz, founder of Foot Petals, will showcase the unique stories of how faith has guided them through life and business.

As event keynote, Pollard will speak from his impressive experience in business leadership and as a devout Christian. Pollard is currently chairman of Fairwyn Investment Company, a private investment firm, and previously served as chief executive officer of ServiceMaster, a public Fortune 1000 company that provides residential and commercial services under the brands Terminix, American Home Shield, Furniture Medic, AmeriSpec, ServiceMaster Clean, and Merry Maids. Under Pollards’ leadership at ServiceMaster, the company was named by Fortune magazine as one of the most admired companies, and the Financial Times identified it as one of the most respected companies in the world. Pollard has also served on the Board of Directors for several public companies and charitable, religious, and educational organizations including Cadence Healthcare System, Wheaton College, Bright China Social Fund and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. He is the author of Serving Two Masters? Reflections on God and Profit, the best-seller The Soul of the Firm, and his newest book The Tides of Life.

Honoring Servant Leadership

The Faithfulness and Excellence Award recognizes an individual who demonstrates visionary leadership, steadfast Christian standards and exemplary business success. Kelly Keithly and business partner Walt Williams founded Keithly-Williams Seeds in 1981 and today the company is recognized as the largest supplier of vegetable seeds in the Southwest. Through his career, Keithly has shown his dedication to serving God and is known to devote time to pray for the company, its customers and his employees.

“Over the past twelve years, Concordia University’s Faith & Business forum has helped establish and foster a community of business leaders who value faith, integrity and excellence by showcasing real stories and honoring those who integrate faith into their business practices,” said Dean of the School of Business for Concordia University Irvine Stephen Christensen. “This year’s forum brings news elements, such as the local entrepreneur panel discussion, and continues the treasured tradition of learning from life examples exceptional Christian business leaders like Bill Pollard and Kelly Keithly.”

Ticket proceeds go towards Concordia University Irvine’s student scholarship fund; sponsorship, underwriting and advertising opportunities are available. Complete event details:

Thursday, June 25, 2015
Reception: 5:30 p.m.
Keynote and Panel Discussion: 6:30 p.m.
Concordia University Irvine CU Center: 1530 Concordia West, Irvine, CA 92612
Presenting Sponsor: Phil Liberatore, CPA from IRS Problem Solvers
Additional Sponsors:

Tickets: $30/individual; $50/couples or pair; $20/person group rate for groups of 10 or more people at www.cui.edu/forum by June 19, 2015.

For information and sponsorship opportunities, contact Eron Jacobson at eron.jacobson@cui.edu or (949) 214-3177.

About Concordia University Irvine

Concordia University Irvine prepares students for their vocations—their calling in life. CUI offers undergraduate, graduate, doctoral, and adult degree programs in a beautiful Southern California location in the City of Irvine, with online and regional cohort options. Concordia’s undergraduate program is distinctive among universities in California because of its nationally recognized Core Curriculum, and its Lutheran heritage that provides a thoughtful and caring Christian community that lives out the theology of "Grace Alone. Faith Alone." Concordia is a U.S. News Top Tier Regional University and has been named by The Chronicle of Higher Education as one of the fastest growing private nonprofit master's institutions. CUI enrolls over 4,000 students.

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