Get the Buzz: Red Bull Executive to Talk About the Energy Drink Industry; Feb. 12

RIT graduate to speak at Dionisios Favatas Endowed Alumni Lecture and Seminar Series

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You’ve probably seen the tagline: “Red Bull Gives You Wiiings”—and no one knows better than college students how the world’s most recognized energy drink is effective in combating mental and physical fatigue.

Rochester Institute of Technology’s E. Philip Saunders College of Business presents Harold Gutierrez, manager of finance for Red Bull North America Inc., as guest speaker for the 2009 Dionisios Favatas Endowed Alumni Lecture and Seminar Series. The event, which includes a lecture, Q&A and reception, will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 12, in room 1225, Lowenthal Building at RIT.

Gutierrez earned a B.S. in international business from RIT in 1999, and was also a Xerox Hispanic College Liaison Program Scholarship recipient. Since joining Red Bull in 2006, Gutierrez has overseen strategic initiatives and planning for the $1 billion California-based subsidiary of Red Bull GmbH, an Austria-based maker of energy drinks.

The lecture series was established by Louise Woerner and Don Kollmorgen, who named the annual event after their godson, Dionisios Favatas, also a contributor to the endowment—which was established to promote a relationship between recent RIT employed graduates who would discuss the real world of business to RIT students. Woerner is founder, chairman and chief executive officer of HCR, Inc., and the 1989 winner of the Herbert W. Vanden Brul Entrepreneurial Award from the Saunders College of Business. Kollmorgen is a long-time consultant to the health insurance industry, and Favatas (finance and international business, 2001), works as interactive consultant for Monster Worldwide.

The event is open to the RIT community and the public; no registration is necessary. For more information, contact Donna Slavin at (585) 475-2199 or