Attendance of College of Business Administration Michael Solomon Speaker Series Exceeds 250

Kent State’s College of Business Administration experienced record attendance at the 2015 Michael D. Solomon Speaker Series held April 22, which featured keynote speaker Matthew E. Likens, president and CEO of Ulthera, Inc. More than 260 people attended the keynote presentation and Student Entrepreneurship Expo.

Likens’ presentation, “From Zero to $600M and Lessons Learned Along the Way” was well received by the attendees. He introduced his presentation by referencing his roots as a Kent State Alumnus and a Northeast Ohio native. He went on to discuss how his education helped to launch his career. He shared a variety of lessons he learned as he climbed up the corporate ladder.  Likens ended his presentation with the keys to Ulthera, Inc.’s success and how it became worth $600M. He then opened the floor to questions from attendees.

Likens graduated from Kent State’s College of Business Administration with a Bachelors of Business Administration degree with a major in marketing in 1975.

Prior to Likens’ presentation, the Center for Entrepreneurship and Business Innovation (CEBI) presented a Student Entrepreneur Expo featuring six College of Business Administration entrepreneurship majors

The student entrepreneurs presented information on the business they created and launched with the help of CEBI. They include:

  • Brian Bowles, senior entrepreneurship major: Blackwolf Tactical.
  • Adrian Largent, senior integrated health studies major with a minor in entrpreneurship: Eyesense, LLC.
  • Brock Bernholtz, senior entrepreneurship major: InCheck Service, LLC.
  • Stosh Slater, senior entrepreneurship major:  See-U-Green, LLC.
  • Krista Jordan, sophomore entrepreneurship major: Flight 4 the Cure
  • Gavin Ursich senior entrepreneurship major: Level Devil

Kent State Alumnus Michael D. Solomon began his support of CEBI with the inception of the Speakers’ Series in 2005. His goal was to expose students, faculty and the community to successful entrepreneurs.  Each semester, the series brings experienced entrepreneurs and educators to the College of Business Administration to share their insights and wisdom.

CEBI’s mission is to provide cutting edge collaborative research, advance current understanding of entrepreneurship to guide and engage students, community members, academic researchers and policy makers to make a positive difference in the entrepreneurial eco-system in Northeast Ohio and the world beyond.

To learn more about CEBI and the Michael D. Solomon Speaker Series, visit


Kent State University’s College of Business Administration is one of only 180 colleges or schools of business worldwide to achieve dual accreditation in both business and accounting from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International, the global accrediting body providing specialized accreditation at the bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral levels. The College of Business Administration is home to 4,502 students; the second largest college of business in Ohio. The college boasts a satellite office at Kent State University’s Career Services Center dedicated to business students, and operates the Global Management Center, the Center for Information Systems and the Center for Entrepreneurship and Business Innovation all propelling scholarly research, establishing innovative industry partnerships and providing outreach to Northeast Ohio and beyond.            


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POSTED: Wednesday, April 29, 2015 12:00 AM
Updated: Tuesday, August 9, 2016 08:25 AM