The University of New Orleans Department of Management and Marketing will host its annual Management Week March 11-15. Former New Orleans Saints star wide receiver Marques Colston, who is the founder and managing partner of Dynasty Innovation, a strategy and execution firm focused on marketing, branding, sports and education, will deliver the keynote address.
Management Week features visits by business leaders from across the region to regularly scheduled classes in the College of Business Administration to share their stories and insights with students.
Colston is also partner and director of business development at Main Squeeze Juice Co., a New Orleans-based fast-casual juice and smoothie bar that has several franchise locations spanning from New Orleans to Houston and currently has more than 40 locations in development throughout the country. He also is a partner at Timeless Herbal Care, a Jamaica-based cannabis company focused on all aspects of the international medical cannabis industry.
As a business owner, investor and digital strategist, Colston touts himself as a leading growth entrepreneur “at the intersection of sports, technology and digital media.”
Colston is the managing director for the Center for Innovation at Virtua Health systems, and also serves on the advisory board for the One Team Collective, a sports technology accelerator run by the National Football League Players Association.
During his keynote presentation, "Striking a Balance: Life as a Serial Operator," Colston will talk about coordinating and executing the various roles he plays in a number of independent businesses that are in different industries and are located all over the country.
Colston’s presentation is scheduled for Thursday, March 14 from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Kirschman Hall Room 122.
This year's Management Week will have two other major components:
• Special guest classroom speakers in management and entrepreneurship classes. The speakers will talk about various aspects of management. Some of those featured speakers include:
o Sorensen Kurt, H&E Equipment Services, Inc., Corporate Credit Manager
o Jessica Rareshide, CEO, Rare Insight, LLC
o Mai Nguyen, Owner/Operator, East of Italy Restaurant Group
o Derrick Martin, Algiers Economic Development Foundation
o UNO President John Nicklow
o Arnold Kirschman and Michael Kirschman, Morris Kirschman & Company.
• A panel discussion and Q&A session on “Managing a Start-Up Company.” The guest panelists are executives from Colston’s Main Squeeze Juice Company; they will discuss management challenges in the concept-to-opening-day phase of a new business, as well as the rapid growth that often follows.
This session is scheduled for Tuesday, March 12 from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Kirschman Hall 131, the Executive MBA Auditorium.