This Leadership Lecture Series was established by Edgar L. Smith, Jr., Founder, Chairman and CEO of World Pac Paper, LLC, a fast-growing Inc. 500, BE 100 and IC100 company and award winning global distributor of high quality printing and packaging papers and packaging solutions. The lecture series brings to campus accomplished CEOs from both the for-profit and nonprofit sectors. These leaders have established an inspiring record of leadership. Through their example, the campus community is able to expand their knowledge of how leadership works in the 21st century. Smith is a graduate of Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA. He also has completed the Advanced Management / Minority Business Executive Education Programs at, both, Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth and the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. As a successful entrepreneur, in June 2014 he was selected as an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year® Finalist. In January 2008 he received the inaugural Innovative Creative Entrepreneur Award (ICE) – Outstanding Alumnus from the Morehouse College Entrepreneurship Center. He received the 2011 Award for Entrepreneurial Excellence from the University of Cincinnati College of Business and the Center for Entrepreneurial Education & Research. Edgar was twice (2011 & 2012) named one of the Tri-State’s most influential leaders, “The Power 100” by Cincy The Magazine for Business Professionals.
The 2016 World Pac Paper Leadership Lecturer
Steven A. Davis - Executive leader within Fortune 250 companies and the Chairman & CEO of a Fortune 1000 company, most recently as Chairman & CEO of Bob Evans Farms, Inc. While at Bob Evans he re-branded and matured the business across finance, legal, human resources, operations, supply chain and marketing. He developed and led a comprehensive strategy to re-engineer both the restaurant and packaged food businesses with people, process and performance metrics to align business strategy, practices and leadership objectives. Davis managed the full P&L of $1.4B and led 10 direct reports and 32,000 employees. His nearly 10 years of board experience within the Fortune 250 and the Fortune 50 for Albertsons Companies (American grocery company), CenturyLink (telecommunications), Walgreens Boots Alliance (health care retail) and Marathon Petroleum Corporation (petroleum refiner and marketer via Speedway, Marathon and Hess Brands) demonstrate his interest and versatility of leadership service to help organizations and teams succeed, as well as serve their communities with economic growth. Davis currently serves on several corporate and community boards. He continues to build leaders through providing insights and teachings to executives and academic institutions in the areas of business and leadership. A sought after speaker, Davis’ interest, passion and commitment to education and contributing to the community through philanthropic endeavors allows his messages to be far reaching.
The 2015 World Pac Paper Leadership Lecturer
Marvin L. Winans - A Grammy Award® winning American gospel singer, organist, pianist, composer, producer, and member of the musical Winans family (inducted into the GMA Gospel Music Hall of Fame in 2007). He is the Chancellor of the Marvin L. Winans Academy of Performing Arts, where children, grades K-12, learn with an emphasis on commitment to excellence and personal achievement. With an enrollment of over 1,100 students, the Winans Academy consists of three schools on two campuses. Each campus provides a safe and positive environment in which students can learn. The Winans Academy houses an award-winning performing arts department, which allows students to express themselves creatively, while giving them exposure to the fine arts. Classes include dance, orchestra, art, vocal, music and drama, all of which have been recognized in competitions and exhibitions locally and nationally. His leadership and engagement within the community touches youth, adults, families and businesses. His impact on others through demonstrative positive activity and captivating engagement make him a valued community leader and national figure.
The 2014 World Pac Paper Leadership Lecturer
William B. Cyr - President and CEO of the Sunny Delight Beverages Company. He led the $400M leveraged buyout of SunnyD and Procter & Gamble’s other juice drinks businesses in 2004 in partnership with the private equity firm JW Childs. Cyr recruited 600 employees and raised more than $250 million in debt financing – all in 90 days. After acquiring the business, Sunny Delight’s management team reversed an eight year volume decline and tripled its profits in their first five years of ownership. Along the way, they also acquired several additional brands and invested more than $150 million in manufacturing improvements. The company has a significant Sustainability Program and has reduced the calories from its beverages by 45% since 2007 and operates all of its plants with Zero Waste to Landfill. Prior to joining SDBC, Cyr spent 19 years at Procter & Gamble rising through the brand management organization to ultimately become the Vice President and General Manager of P&G’s North American Juice Drinks and Global Nutritional Beverages. Along the way, he managed brands such as Crisco, Folgers, Duncan Hines and Jif. Cyr is an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year®2010 Award winner and received the Dealmaker of the Year Award in 2010 from the Association for Corporate Growth. He is a graduate of Princeton University with a degree in History and East Asian Studies.