HAYS, KS -- David Rolph, president and CEO of SASNAK Inc., will kick off the Leadership Studies Speaker's Series at Fort Hays State University.
Rolph will speak to three classes on Oct. 23 in the first of three events in the new series being presented by the university's Department of Leadership Studies.
He will speak on leadership and management issues to two classes, from 10:30-11:30 a.m. in Davis Hall, room 204, and again from noon to 1 p.m. in Rarick Hall, room 308. From 2-2:45 he will speak on "Teaming in Corporate America" to a class in the Prairie Room of the Memorial Union.
Members of the public are welcome to sit in on the presentations.
The series is a program designed to connect organizational and community leaders with college students. Corporate and civic leaders are invited to speak directly to students as part of the students' leadership studies coursework.
"We will link successful leaders with our students," said Dr. Curt Brungardt, director of leadership studies. "We all hope to learn from it."
This speaker series allows students, and the public, the opportunity to learn leadership concepts and skills from individuals who have served successfully in corporate and community leadership positions.
Rolph began his work in the restaurant business as a part-time employee for Pizza Hut while he earned his bachelor of art in history and political science. He began this degree at FHSU and ultimately obtained it from the University of Iowa in 1970.
From 1972-73 he was the area general manager for Pizza Hut in San Francisco. From 1973-94 he was a Pizza Hut franchisee for units in Florida, Virginia and West Virginia. He operated 24 Pizza Huts before they were sold.
In 1998, he was a principal of Apple Corps, L.P. and its general partner, Corps Concepts Inc., which acquired 16 Applebee's restaurants from Apple South in 1998 and currently operates 19 units in Iowa and Illinois.
Rolph is also the co-founder, president and CEO of Carlos O'Kelly's Mexican Café. He currently operates 45 of these restaurants in 10 states.