TO GIVE UT STUDENTS A HANDS-ON EXPERIENCE IN BUSINESS AND LEADERSHIP
TAMPA, FL, April 10, 2014 — The opportunity to meet a CEO has been a common request made by University students across the country. It’s a chance to encounter and gain important insight about business practices, which will allow tomorrow’s future CEOs to secure an answer to the ever elusive question of “how did you arrive to where you are today?”
On Tuesday, April 15, at 10 a.m., a dozen students from The University of Tampa will have their questions answered when they meet CHURROMANIA® CEO and founder, Ariel Acosta-Rubio, at the CHURROMANIA® location at 1505 N. Dale Mabry (located within WalMart as part of a U.S. strategic partnership) to discuss the challenges and opportunities of running a business in today’s world. In addition, Acosta-Rubio may even roll up his sleeves and teach the students how to make churros.
Thirty years after graduating from The University of Tampa in 1984 with a bachelor’s degree in business management and a minor in economics, Acosta-Rubio will hold the honor of speaking at the commencement ceremony on the heels of the 138th anniversary on Saturday, May 10. As CEO of more than 140 CHURROMANIA stores in seven countries, including in more than 50 cities around the world, Acosta-Rubio is ready to share his insights with the class of 2014.
Before spearheading the business development of the CHURROMANIA® brand, Acosta-Rubio was an international exchange student filled with BIG dreams and HIGH hopes who roamed the hallways at The University of Tampa in the early 1980s debating his future plans.
Nowadays, Acosta-Rubio is considered one of the most preeminent thought leaders on Hispanic entrepreneurship. Featured on broadcast networks such as CNN, Univision and Telemundo and in newspapers including The Wall Street Journal, The Miami Herald and El Nuevo Herald (among others), Acosta-Rubio’s business insights are candid and highly sought after.
Previous speaking engagements include appearances at the RECON Latin America Convention, Retailer Smarter Conference, The International Council of Shopping Centers in Las Vegas and Madrid; The Pro-Franquicias Franchise Fair, the sixth annual Latin Vision CEO’s summit and the “PepsiCo Adelante” event.
“I am so elated The University of Tampa has facilitated this opportunity,” said Acosta-Rubio. “As much as the students want to hear about my journey, I want to know what the younger generation is thinking. I want to note their questions, proposed ideas and secure their feedback. I believe that you never truly stop learning. “
At this year’s May commencement ceremony, Acosta-Rubio will also be presented with the UT National Alumni Association Alumni Achievement Award.
*** Interview and photo opportunities will be facilitated upon request. Please contact Eric Cardenas, director of public information and publications, to confirm your attendance at (813) 253-6232. ***
CHURROMANIA® is the most successful worldwide franchise specialized in churros since 1997. CHURROMANIA® has more than 140 worldwide stores and is best known for its cross-cultural comfort food and excellent service. As a highly regarded international franchise network provider, CHURROMANIA® provides 360 degree franchisee support to ensure optimal training, P&L optimization, management assistance and efficient brand marketing.
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About The University of Tampa
The University of Tampa is a private, residential university located on 105 acres on the riverfront in downtown Tampa. Known for academic excellence, personal attention and real-world experience in its undergraduate and graduate programs, the University serves 7,200 students from 50 states and 136 countries. Approximately 65 percent of full-time students live on campus, and about half of UT students are from Florida. Visit www.ut.edu.