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Merrick Engages Series

Join Murray Dalziel, dean of the Merrick School of Business as he talks with Bob Luddy, founder of CaptiveAire—a leading manufacturer of commercial kitchen ventilation—as he brings insights into innovations and entrepreneurship in manufacturing.

Event Details

Bob LuddyA conversation with Robert "Bob" Luddy, founder of  CaptiveAire Systems about “Making Entrepreneurship and Innovation Work in the Manufacturing Sector.”

Date: Nov. 16, 2017
Time: 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Location: Angelos Law Center, 12th Fl
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  • More About the Conversation

    Murray Dalziel, dean of the Merrick School of Business, will explore the 40-year history of how Bob Luddy has used entrepreneurship and innovation to build his manufacturing business and his lessons learned.

  • About the Speaker

    Robert 'Bob" Luddy, Founder of CaptiveAire Systems

    Recognizing the demand for a quality manufacturer of commercial kitchen ventilation equipment, Bob Luddy purchased a sheet metal shop in 1981 and transformed it into CaptiveAire Systems. Today, CaptiveAire employs over 1,100 employees, with 90 sales offices and six manufacturing facilities nationwide, and sales over $400 million in 2016.

    A strong advocate of excellent education, Bob establishes schools which help youth develop good character and reasoning skills. In 1998, Bob established Franklin Academy, a public charter school in Wake Forest, which now serves over 1,600 K-12 students. In 2001, Bob founded St. Thomas More Academy, a classical, college preparatory high school in Raleigh. In 2007, Bob opened Thales Academy, a network of private schools offering a high quality Pre-K-12 education at an affordable tuition. The Luddy Schools are quickly growing, with 4,000 students enrolled throughout the Raleigh area. Bob is an avid supporter of entrepreneurs and the free market system.


  • 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.