The Brown Distinguished Lecture

Fall 2014 Brown Distinguished Lecture

What Harvard Doesn't Teach You About Leadership

Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014

Belin Chapel, Morris Cultural Arts Center
6:00 pm

Christopher W. Kersey
Managing Member, Camden Partners Holdings, LLC

Christopher W. Kersey, Managing Member of Camden Partners Holdings LLC, focuses on private equity investments in the health care and business services industries.  Founded in 1995, Camden Partners is one of the oldest, largest and top-ranked growth equity and investment management funds in the United States with more than $700 million under management.  Previously a Houstonian, Dr. Kersey served as a Managing Director of Cogene Ventures, at the time the largest health care growth equity fund located in the Southern tier of the United States.  A Deacon at Second Baptist Church in Houston, Dr. Kersey served as the President of the Houston Private Equity Association (HPEA) and a member of the board of directors of the Memorial Hermann Health System Foundation, one of the largest health care systems in Texas.

About the Brown Distinguished Lecture Series:

In 1972, the Brown Foundation, Inc. established the Herman Brown Endowed Chair of Business and Economics at HBU to honor the memory of one of Houston’s great pioneers. With his brother, George R. Brown, Herman Brown created Brown & Root, which evolved into one of the largest engineering and construction firms in the world. Generous philanthropists, the brothers together founded the Brown Foundation, which has awarded more than $1.35 billion in grants since its inception. The Herman Brown Endowed Chair, and the activities associated with it including the Brown Distinguished Lecture, have enriched the academic life of the university and the resources of the Houston business community for more than 20 years. The Brown Distinguished Lecture is held annually in the spring on the HBU campus.

Past presenters have included:
Fall 2012
David Weekley
Chairman, David Weekley Homes                 
Spring 2012
T. Paul Bulmahn
Chairman, CEO and Founder, ATP Oil & Gas Corp.
Pete Miller
President and CEO, National Oilwell Varco, Inc.
Larry Kellner
Chairman and CEO, Continental Airlines
Joel V. Staff
Chairman and CEO, Reliant Energy, Inc.
James T. Hackett
Chairman, President and CEO, Anadarko Petroleum Corporation
Bob Beauchamp MS ’87
President and CEO, BMC Software Inc.
Larry Farmer
Halliburton Brown & Root
Walter Johnson
Southwest Bank of Texas
Gordon Bethune
Continental Airlines
Fall 1996
Archie Dunham
Conoco, Inc.
Spring 1996
Gene McDavid
Houston Chronicle
Jack S. Blanton
Eddy Refining Company
Robert C. McNair
Cogen Technologies, Inc.
Linnet F. Deily
First Interstate Bank of Texas
Dan Wilford
Memorial Healthcare System
Dr. Bob Gower
Lyondell Petrochemical Company
John F. Woodhouse
SYSCO Corporation
Harold S. Hook
American General Corporation
Fall 1985
Sam F. Segnar
Spring 1985
Daniel C. Arnold
First City Bancorporation of Texas, Inc.
John Cater