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Cottrell Speaker Series

An Interview with Lance Compton, founder and president, Red Clay Interactive (& Gainesville College alum)

Wednesday, September 28, 2016, 12 PM - 1 PM

Martha Nesbitt Building, Room 3110A, Gainesville Campus

Simulcast available in Dahlonega - NOC 019, Cumming - 208, & Oconee - SRC 532 (registration for simulcasts is unnecessary; attendance sheets will be available at each location)

Lance is the President, CEO, Founder, and driving force behind Red Clay Interactive.

He started Red Clay with an idea and the entrepreneurial experience from establishing AccessNorthGa.com with Scott Atkinson and Greg Cruce.

Lance began his communications career as a PR and Government Affairs Specialist for the late Senator Paul Coverdell, later becoming a Legislative Advisor and Press Secretary to Representative (now Governor) Nathan Deal.

Lance left D.C. with Georgia on his mind and became Communications Director for the Georgia Forestry Association – leading communications for the 5,000 people (and millions of trees) represented by the association.

He now oversees another growing Georgia fixture: Red Clay Interactive.

Lance has been named one of the 40 under 40 Best and Brightest byGeorgia Trend magazine.  His alma mater, UGA, recognized Lance and Red Clay as one of the Bulldog 100 – the fastest growing businesses of UGA alumni.  None of this success has been at the cost of doing things the right way, a belief Lance (and all of Red Clay) holds firmly.  In fact, Lance and Red Clay were honored with the Better Business Bureau Torch Award for Marketplace Ethics.

Lance continues to lead Red Clay to success and hopes that never involves clowns, whom he considers to be high-octane nightmare-fuel.




Erik Christensen, President, Hansgrohe

Wednesday, October 19, 2016, 12 PM - 1 PM

President's Banquet Room, Dahlonega Campus

Simulcast available in Dahlonega - NOC 019, Gainesville - MNB 4105, Cumming - 208, & Oconee - SRC 532

Hansgrohe is a German based company, founded in 1901, with annual sales of $1B, manufacturing and marketing shower systems and decorative faucets for residential and commercial applications.  The North American operation is based in Alpharetta, GA, employing 300 people in operations, engineering, marketing, sales, customer service, technical service, and human resources. 

Erik Christensen has been President of Hansgrohe, North America since April 2014.  Prior to joining Hansgrohe, Erik held leadership roles at companies such as Armstrong World Industries, Shaw Industries (Berkshire Hathaway company), Closetmaid (Emerson company), and was a co-founder of a green field manufacturing start up.  With 25 years of experience in the building products and flooring industries, Christensen has had senior leadership roles responsible for logistics, operations and sales, distribution networks in foreign markets as well as strategic planning. 




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