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March 26, 2012
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Successful Alumnus to Speak at UMD

Distinguished speaker, Michael Howe, will present “Personal Branding for Market Success”

Highly regarded for Fortune 100 experience, entrepreneurial leadership, his ability to identify consumer needs and build nationally recognized brands, UMD alumnus Michael Howe will present "Personal Branding for Market Success" on Tuesday, March 27, 2012, at 11 am in the Weber Music Hall.

Refreshments will be served in the downstairs lobby of the Weber Music Hall beginning at 10:30 am until the presentation begins.

The event is free and open to the public. Registration is required:

During his presentation, which is part of the Labovitz School of Business and Economics (LSBE) Distinguished Speaker series, Howe will focus on what the concept "personal branding" means, how to choose the best foundation for one's branding, the best communication methodologies, and then delivering on the promise of one's branding efforts.

"Michael is a dynamic speaker," said Kjell R. Knudsen. "He comes with a wealth of knowledge and experience that he is always willing to share with our students."

Howe graduated magna cum laude from LSBE in 1976 with double degrees in Bachelor of Accounting and Bachelor of Business Administration. The determination and drive during Howe's career has generated turnaround and high growth opportunities for nationally known consumer brands. He recently accepted the position of Senior Advisor to Irving Place Capital, a private equity firm currently investing its third fund with $2.7B in committed capital. He is also the head of Howe Associates, a consumer services consulting company based in Minneapolis. He is the former CEO of Minneapolis-based MinuteClinic and the former president and CEO of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida-based Arby's Inc. Howe has also served as an executive with Kentucky Fried Chicken and the Proctor & Gamble Company.

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