The Thunderbird Global Speaker Series is proud to invite Mr. Jon Kailey '76, Director, International Business Development (Ret.), Owens Corning Building Materials and Mr. Howard Strong '80, National Oilwell Varco (Ret.) to discuss global corruption cases and the impact they have had on companies involved.
While Jon was in Mexico, Walmart was discovered to have paid over $25 million in "expediting payments" to accelerate approval for building sites for their stores. The financial cost to the corporation when this became public was in the billions of dollars in addition to damaging their reputation.
Howard will share the importance of compliance by all global employees and how this can directly impact the company and the employees' careers.
This presentation is free and open to the public. Parking is complimentary (please do not pay at the meters as refunds cannot be given.) Light beverages will be offered.
About the Speakers:
Jon Kailey, a Thunderbird graduate, who has participated in previous Thunderbird Global Speakers Series, will return to open the 2016/2017 series on October 4th. He retired as Director, International Business Development from Owens Corning, where he spent 34 years. Jon and his wife Kristin lived overseas for 20 years, including three years in Saudi Arabia, eight years in Chile, seven years in Mexico, and his final year in Brasil. His travels with Owens Corning included all seven continents, and he has visited over 70 countries.
Jon dedicated his career to promoting sustainable residential construction and introduced insulation and roofing solutions focusing on low-income housing. Jon has hosted T-Birds during their visits to Chile and Mexico. Currently, Jon and Kristin spend half the year in S. Chile and then base in the US from their home in New Mexico. In October, last year they were featured in an article in the Wall Street Journal on expats living outside the US.
Howard Strong graduated from Thunderbird in 198O after 8 years serving in the U.S Navy, where he completed the Naval Nuclear Power training program, conducted intelligence work while cruising the western Pacific for several years, and finished with a tour in Washington DC at the Defense Intelligence Agency.
Howard worked at National Oilwell Varco based out of Houston for 28 years, with one responsibility for compliance under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. He also worked on teams that reengineered the supply chain, implemented a continuous business planning process and developed the company’s first global intranet focused on process improvement.
Following retirement, Howard lives in Houston with his wife Jamie, hikes the summers with low income high schoolers in several National Parks, helped establish and participates in a Farmers Market in Houston emphasizing good nutrition, and just completed years of Endowment work granting funds to worthy efforts.
Howard, like Yogi Berra, believes that if there is a fork in the road, take it.
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Please follow directional signs to the west parking lot (adjacent to #105 on this map - http://www.thunderbird.edu/sites/default/files/files/campus_map.pdf.) Parking is complimetary and refunds cannot be issued for guests who pay at the meter.
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