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Florida Southern College Hosts CEO 100 Lecture Series

Entrepreneur Richard Thompson To Speak

Apr 5, 2022

The Florida Southern College CEO 100 Lecture Series resumes on Thursday, April 7, as Richard Thompson, the Managing Partner of Factory, LLC, will offer his recollections, wisdom, and experience. The event will take place at noon in the George Jenkins Field House. The series is sponsored by The Barney Barnett School of Business and Free Enterprise.

Thompson has been a serial entrepreneur his entire life, founding, owning, and operating successful businesses across several industries. As CEO of American Italian Pasta Company, The Meow Mix Company, and Freshpet, he helped create over $3 billion in enterprise value.

With his wealth of experience, and as founder and managing partner at Factory LLC, Thompson leads a one-of-a-kind investment company that, in addition to capital, provides strategic guidance to food, beverage, and pet entrepreneurs in areas like marketing, supply chain, new product development, and sales.

At the conclusion of the lecture, FSC President Dr. Anne B. Kerr will confer a Doctor of Business degree, honoris causa, upon Thompson.

Previous speakers for the CEO 100 Lecture Series have included Todd Jones, Sr., Chief Executive Officer of Publix Super Markets, Inc.; John Ferriola, the Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, and President of Nucor Corporation; Richard Smucker, Executive Chairman of The J.M. Smucker Company; Craig Menear, Chairman, CEO and President of The Home Depot; and Ken Powell, Chairman of the Board of General Mills.

Event parking will be in Lot C, located on Frank Lloyd Wright Way, adjacent to the Barnett Athletic Complex.