Executive Forum Sept. 24 to Feature Build-A-Bear Workshop, Inc., Galactic Marketing Incentives, Kor Group Execs

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,

Sept. 10, 2007 – Three Southeast Missouri State University alumni will be on hand to discuss their career paths with current students at this year’s Executive Forum Sept. 24.

The featured panelists at the Executive Forum will be Tina Klocke, a 1982 Southeast graduate and now chief financial bear of Build-A-Bear Workshop, Inc.; Daniel C. Mohorc, a 1977 Southeast graduate and now founder and president of Galactic Marketing Incentives, Inc.; and Thomas Hendrick, a 1968 Southeast graduate and now executive vice president, acquisitions and development of the Kor Group.

The Forum is being held in conjunction with Alumni Monday and will convene at noon in the John and Betty Glenn Auditorium located in Robert A. Dempster Hall. The public is invited.

The Executive Forum series takes place each semester as part of the Harrison College of Business’ efforts to bring experiential learning to the educational process. The Forum attracts more than 250 students and guests each semester. The discussion centers on industry issues and career strategies, followed by a question-and-answer session. 

Bill Holland, director of corporate relations and associate director of development-Harrison College of Business, said this year’s panelists are distinguished alumni.  “These prominent executives will teach the students about the importance of making good decisions,” said Holland. “The panelists will address individual classes in the morning before speaking at the Executive Forum at noon.”

The event is part of Alumni Monday, a new component of the Alumni Association’s program to strengthen the Southeast community by providing students opportunities to learn from and network with successful Southeast graduates. The returning Southeast graduates hold lectures and discussions on campus with students about the direction their careers have taken them.

Tina Klocke Klocke was recently recognized as one of the St. Louis Business Journal’s 25 Most Influential Business Women. She became the chief financial bear for Build-A-Bear Workshop, Inc. in November 1997, the company’s treasurer in 2000 and secretary in 2004. Prior to joining Build-A-Bear Workshop, Inc., she was controller for Clayton Corporation, a manufacturing company, where she supervised accounting and finance functions as well as human resources. Before joining Clayton in 1990, she was controller for Love Real Estate Company, a diversified investment management and development firm. She began her career in 1982 with Ernst & Young LLP.  

Thomas Hendrick Hendrick is presently executive vice president of Acquisitions and Development for The Kor Group, a privately held real estate investment, development and management firm with over $1.5 billion in assets with an additional $1 billion in development.  He oversees hotel/resort acquisitions, development opportunities and third-party management agreements on a worldwide basis. Hendrick has held similar senior development positions with Mandarin Oriental Hotels, Rosewood Hotels and Resorts, Regent Hotels and Mariner Corporation (presently Remington Hotels).  With over 25 years experience in the hospitality industry, he has covered more than 100 projects valued at several billion dollars.

In addition, he was recently elected to the board of directors for FelCor Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT), an approximately $3.7 billion publicly traded company. FelCor is the largest owner of upscale hotels and suites with approximately 100 assets throughout the United States.  Prior to his election to the FelCor Board, he was a director with Caribbean Latin America Action (CLAA), an industry association based in Washington, D.C.

Hendrick is frequently asked to speak and be a panelist for significant industry conferences including NYU Conference, ALIS Conference in Los Angeles, Resort Conference in West Palm, Caribbean Hotel Conference (CHIC) in Jamaica and Curacao, Morris Lackey’s Europe Conference in Monte Carlo and Caribbean Latin American Action (CLAA) in Miami, Fla.  He has been interviewed on CNBC Money Line regarding Cuba resort development.

Hendrick holds a bachelor of science in business administration degree from Southeast Missouri State University and a master’s degree in business administration from University of North Florida.  He served in the military as a naval aviator with VA-66, stationed at Cecil Field, Fla., and on USS Independence.

Daniel C.  Mohorc Mohorc, founder and president of Galactic Marketing Incentives, is known as a visionary. Galactic Marketing Incentives was founded in 1993 and specializes in motivational meetings and events, incentive programs and communications services that create strong relationships between the company and the people driving its success. Mohorc has an extensive background and broad range of experience in sales, marketing, management and the incentive industry. He has assumed responsibilities for planning and implementing sales strategies for the generation of new business, monitored competition to outline opportunities, pinpointed voids and opportunities on a per-chain basis, developed new sales and marketing programs and coordinated efforts that generated sales results beyond planned goals.