Kent State University’s College of Business to Host Priceline Co-Founder Jeff Hoffman

Kent State University’s College of Business Administration is excited to announce Jeff Hoffman, co-founder of Priceline, is coming to campus Jan. 23, 2016 to speak with Executive MBA students and alumni.

A successful motivational speaker and entrepreneur in fields of the Internet, eCommerce and entertainment, Hoffman is the founder of multiple startups and has acted as chief executive officer of both public and private companies. Hoffman has also produced movies and musical events, including concerts, tours and charity events with artists Britney Spears and Elton John.

In March of 1997, Hoffman helped found, a website offering customer savings on travel. Priceline is a publically traded company that has been ranked #14 on Fortune’s List of Fastest Growing Companies. Additionally, Hoffman helped found ColorJar, LLC, a technology development and design company based out of Chicago where he is currently a partner.

Hoffman works with President Obama’s National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship, as well as the State Department and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). In addition, he has received the Champion of Entrepreneurship Award from JP Morgan, Chase, Citibank and Rising Tide Capital, and the George Brown Award for International Cooperation.

Featured on, Hoffman is a frequent and highly sought after keynote speaker, having spoken in more than 50 countries on the topics of innovation, entrepreneurship and business leadership. He is also the co-author of the book “SCALE,” which provides guidance on how to grow a business. Jeff regularly works with major corporations and teaches innovation workshops.

“The College of Business Administration is pleased to have such a distinguished businessman speak to our Executive MBA Class about his experiences,” said Deborah F. Spake, dean of the College of Business Administration.  “Jeff can offer invaluable insight and tips to our graduate students that they will carry with them for a lifetime.”

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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 college boasts a satellite office of 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, October 14, 2015 12:00 AM
Updated: Saturday, March 25, 2023 06:15 AM