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Merrick Engages Series

Join Murray Dalziel, dean of the Merrick School of Business as he talks with John Belcher, former CEO of several companies and known for being a "top executive" and building billion dollar businesses from nothing.

Event Details

John BelcherA conversation with John Belcher, top executive and business leader.

"How Entrepreneurship and Leadership Works: Building From the Ground Up"

Date: Apr. 17 2018
Time: 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Location: Student Center 5th Floor
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  • More About the Conversation

    Join Murray Dalziel, dean of the Merrick School of Business, as he engages in a conversation with top business executive and former president and CEO of ARINC, John Belcher. The dean will explore with John Belcher what is means to  "Build From the Ground, Up" businesses.

    They’ll dive deeper into how Belcher and his team successfully leveraged ARINC’s market position, expertise and technology leadership to offer innovative solutions to its customers— and how they ultimately sold the company to the global alternative asset manager, The Carlyle Group. At the time of the sale, the transportation communications and systems engineering company headquartered in Annapolis, had approximately 3,300 employees in 100 offices worldwide, and generated annual sales in excess of a billion dollars. His track record of corporate leadership included two other companies that he led and grew to the billion dollar sales volume as well. In addition the dean will talk with Belcher about his career and how he has been able to build businesses from the ground up with business know-how, innovation, and entrepreneurship.

  • About the Speaker

    John Belcher

    John Belcher became ARINC’s President and Chief Operating Officer in 1997, and was appointed Chief Executive Officer of ARINC Incorporated in 2002. In 2004, he was also named Chairman. John has more than 30 years of experience in the aviation, aerospace, airports, information technology, and defense industries.

    Previous executive positions include President and CEO, Hughes Aircraft of Canada, Ltd.; Vice President, Hughes Aircraft Company; President and CEO, Thompson-Hickling Aviation; Senior Vice President, SPAR/PRIOR Data Sciences; Executive Director, Transport Canada; and Director General, Supply and Services Canada.

    A leading authority in aviation and air transportation, John served as Chairman of the Canadian Advanced Technology Association, President Advisory Board University of Waterloo, and on the Board of Directors for numerous national trade associations and aerospace technology companies.

    In 2005, he was selected as one of Maryland’s top business executives, receiving the annual Maryland International Business Leadership Award, and was named the 2005 Business Leader of the Year for Annapolis and Anne Arundel County. Previous honors included the Canadian National Transportation Award. In 2012 he was named the Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser of the Year in Maryland. In 2013 The Carlyle Group (a global alternative asset manager with $176 Billion of assets under management) named John Belcher the 2013 recipient of the Louis V. Gerstner, Jr. Excellence award for leadership and management excellence.

  • What is the Merrick Engages Series?

    Merrick Engages is a series that takes a close look at contemporary business topics through the lenses of successful business leaders. Each business leader sits down with Murray Dalziel, dean of the Merrick School of Business, and they engage in a conversation that aims to better inform us, and provide a new perspective into the business world. Each dialog delves into topics pertaining to careers, business transformation and life lessons-learned.