Executive in Residence

The George Fox College of Business hosted Bob Dethlefs, CEO and founder of Evanta, for a special Executive in Residence Day lecture in November of 2015. The topic of Dethlefs' presentation was "You Matter."

About Bob Dethlefs

Evanta facilitates market-leading, executive-level conferences and social networks for the leaders of America's most prominent organizations as well as sports teams, serving the needs of pro and collegiate team owners, CEOs, general managers, athletic directors and other leaders.

The company's network starts with face-to-face gatherings and leadership conferences and extends into professional development programs as well as its mobile social networking platform, Evanta365.

In his role as CEO and founder, Bob is responsible for the strategic direction and transformative growth of Evanta and its 200-plus executive leadership conferences across North America. His commitment to executive communities has resulted in a global network of leadership conferences that support executives within 862 of the Fortune 1000 organizations - representing more than $12 trillion in combined annualized revenue.

Bob prides himself on his commitment to culture and community. In 2007 and 2009, Evanta was recognized as one of the Best 100 Large Companies to Work for in Oregon, No. 6 and No. 9 respectively, and as the No. 8 Fastest Growing 100 Large Companies in Oregon.

Executive in Residence Day

The College of Business' Executive in Residence Day is designed to bring business executives to campus to engage students and faculty in the critical business issues of the day. The purpose is to better prepare our business students for the professional world as well as help our business faculty be more effective in the classroom.

Executives attend and participate in actual business classes, informally network with students, and give a public lecture at the end of the day.

Learning Objectives

  • Students become inspired and learn from hearing the stories of successful business people.
  • Students learn to network with business executives in informal gatherings.
  • Students become better acquainted with the realities of the professional business world.

Past Executives in Residence

  • Tom Mears, CEO, Holland Group (parent company to Burgerville)
  • Martin Daum, president and CEO, Daimler Trucks North America
  • Marshall Stevens, developed Oil Can Henry’s, a chain of 30 quick lube stores in the Northwest
  • Greg Goodwin, president and CEO of Kuni Enterprises
  • Richard Reiten, retired president and CEO of Northwest Gas
  • John Dannemiller, retired president and CEO of Applied Industrial Technologies
  • Mohan Nair, chief innovation officer, Regence
  • Bob Moore, founder, president and CEO of Bob’s Red Mill Natural Foods Inc.
  • Peggy Fowler, former president and CEO, PGE