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Lecture 1998

Business and Technology for the Information Age

November 4, 1998
Hunters Ridge Country Club, Bonita Springs

Guest Speakers

A. William (Bill) Wiggenhorn
Senior Vice President of Training and Education
and President, Motorola University

Motorola University began in 1981 as the Motorola Training and Education Center (MTEC). Created as a result of an Analysis of Motorola's training needs, the University was established as a corporate department in the Human Resources function. As a result of Bill Wiggenhorn's direction and highly-talented staff, the university has evolved into a world-class corporate training organization which offers a broad range of products and services to Motorola operations, as well as its key suppliers and customers, around the world. Through training and education, Motorola University has contributed to Motorola's productivity achievements and quality improvement. Today, Motorola University is based at 40 sites in 21 countries and has over 80 full-time associates and approximately 800 contractors.

Bill Wiggenhorn is a graduate of the University of Dayton, Dayton, Ohio, receiving his B.A. in History in 1966 and his M.P.A. (Masters in Public Administration) in 1968. Mr. Wiggenhorn has done post graduate work at the Indiana University, Ohio State, George Washington University, and Penn State in the area of human resource management.

Mr. Wiggenhorn was a participant at the following governmental conferences:

  • The White House Conference on Productivity.
  • The White House Conference on Aging.
  • The Head-Start Program of Advisors of Earlham College, Richmond, Indiana, and the University of Dayton, Dayton, Ohio.
  • Testified before the Senate Subcommittee on Employment and Productivity on "America's Training Needs" and at a hearing before the United States Congress, Joint Economic Committee's Subcommittee on Education and Health on "Retraining the Work Force."
  • Keynote speaker and panel moderator at the Pacific Basin Economic Council meetings in 1996 and 1998.
  • Co-Chair of the Global Forum on Management Education in June of 1998.

Has served or is serving as:

  • Board of Governors, American Society for Training and Development
  • Member of the Management Development Board of United Technologies
  • Member of the Board of Trustees of the Society of Actuaries Foundation
  • Chair of National Issues Committee of the American Society of Training and Develop­ment (ASTD)
  • Member of the National Alliance of Business Board of Directors (1995-1999)
  • Member of the Board of Trustees of the Educational Testing Service (1996-1999)
  • Member of the National Nuclear Accrediting Board
  • Member of the Board of Regents for the Providian Learning Institute of Providian Financial Corporation

He currently is a member of the following associations:

  • American Society for Training and Development (ASTD)
  • Technical Education Consortium
  • Executive Development Associates, San Diego, California
  • Human Resource Planning Society International Society for Performance and Instruction (ISPI)


  • Winner of 1990 McKinsey Award for best article, Motorola U: When Training Becomes an Education, in the July-August 1990 edition of Harvard Business Review.
  • Recipient of the Penang State Award (Honorary 'Darjah Johan Negeri') for service to the State in conjunction with the Birthday celebration of the Head of State of Penang, 9th July 1994.


Brent Gregory
President, Enterprise Florida Technology Development Corp.

Brent Gregory is President of Enterprise Florida Technology Development Corp., the affiliate of Enterprise Florida charged with promoting technology-related economic development within the state of Florida.

Service areas and programs under Mr. Gregory's responsibility include the state's network of Innovation & Commercialization Centers, providing consulting assistance to entrepreneurs and emerging technology companies on a statewide basis; Enterprise Florida's manufacturing extension program, serving the state's established manufacturing community with engineering and technical services; and Enterprise Florida's technology-related investment activities.

Through Mr. Gregory's efforts, along with the corporation's staff and board of directors, Enterprise Florida has established a network of programs designed to foster technology development in Florida, commercialization and technology application activities that increase industry competitiveness, and add value to the state's economy by increasing company sales, profits and employment opportunities.

Prior to joining Enterprise Florida in 1995, Mr. Gregory was Planning & Research Economist for the Florida Department of Commerce where he specialized in technology and defense­related industries. His public sector employment began in 1990 at the Florida High Technology & Industry Council, located in the Executive Office of the Governor in Tallahassee.


Rob Durst
Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of NeoMedia

Rob Durst is Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of NeoMedia Technologies, a new company specializing in linking print and electronic document media especially using Intelligent Document solutions incorporating high capacity symbologies such as Xerox DataGlyph, PDF417 and Maxicode.

NeoMedia Technologies was formerly known as DevTech Associates.

Prior to joining NeoMedia, Rob was Vice President of 2D Systems at Symbol Technologies in Holtsville, New York, where for the past four years he was responsible for developing the technology, products, market and standards for high capacity symbologies, most notably PDF417, the most widely adopted industry standard.

Rob has over 17 years experience in the electronic data processing and systems integration business including pioneering work in digital image processing, analysis and synthesis at Hughes Aircraft, videotex publishing at AT&T Bell Labs and IBM and, and printing, mailing and logistics systems at Pitney Bowes and Symbol Technologies.


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