Ms. Ginny Wagg
Undergraduate Recruitment Manager
VCU School of Business
301 W. Main Street
Richmond, VA 23284-4000
The CEO Class provides students the unique opportunity to learn about the challenges of leading a company directly from CEOs and senior executives. Founded in 1988.
|Steve Uphoff||President & CEO||Uphoff Ventures|
|Kevin Chidwick||CEO||Elephant Insurance|
|Tom Snead||Retired President & CEO||Well Point Southeast Region|
|Charles Luck, IV||President & CEO||Luck Companies|
|Adnan Bajremliu||Team Leader||Chipotle|
|Tom Silvestri||Publisher||Richmond Times Dispatch|
|Tonya Mallory||Founder & Past CEO||Health Diagnostics Laboratory|
|Edward Barrientos||President & CEO||Brazen Careerist|
|Jane Watkins||President & CEO||Virginia Credit Union|
|Michael Dinkins||Exec. Vice Pres. & CFO||Greatbatch|
|George Holm||President & CEO||Performance Food Group|
|Eric Whittleton||President & CEO||Rigaud LLC|
|Tom Folliard||President & CEO||CarMax|
|Steve Markel||Vice Chairman||Markel|
Students must be highly motivated and academically talented to be part of this special learning opportunity. Students need the recommendation of a member of the business faculty and should receive approval from Dr. Charles Gallagher, Snead Hall, Room B3126, before registering for the course with the Undergraduate Studies Office.
How it works
Students research the speakers, their companies, prepare company profiles and submit a list of in–depth questions before each class. In each class, students meet around a board table with a senior level executive -- chairman, president or CEO -- for a “no holds barred” 2 1/2 hour question and answer session. Discussions focus on the key traits of successful senior executives, the firm’s business strategies and issues related to that executive’s particular industry.
“These are really smart, smart kids who ask all sorts of insightful questions. Much of the stuff (we discussed) is not necessarily covered in the textbook … I try to give them a dose of reality to real problems that they will have to face. Any question is fair game.” Thomas G. Snead, Jr., Class of 1976, Retired President & CEO, Southeast Region, Wellpoint, Inc.
“Experience beyond the classroom is always beneficial for you. To interact with people that are in your field of interest brings a perspective the classroom cannot offer.” Stuart C. Siegel, Chairman of S&K Famous Brands
“The class gave me the confidence to interview and conduct myself as if I were … a CEO. I learned how to research a company and prepare my questions for the interview panel as I would for (the CEO) class. … The insight I gained into the professional world from all of the CEO's helped me understand what they were looking for in a Senior Manager and what I needed to do to succeed. I got the job less than a week after the interview at a starting salary that was very competitive with the industry ….” Terry Nicholas, Student Participant, Class of 2004