I was president and chief operating officer of Verizon Communications until my retirement on December 31, 2009. Before that I served as president and chief executive officer of Verizon Wireless and its processor companies dating back to 1984 with Ameritech Mobile, the first company in the U.S. to offer commercial cellphone service. I own a small consulting company and have spoken to numerous groups on management leadership. I've also been a frequent guest on the FOX News Channel, FOX Business, CNBC and MSNBC.

What will students be able to take away from your class?

The Leadership Development for Business course (EGR 494) deals with the strategic, organizational and leadership challenges faced by entrepreneurial companies as well as global corporations. The course provides students with a unique perspective on leadership vision, and how leaders recognize and capitalize on opportunities. The course focuses on how leaders achieve results and make things happen working with and through others. Innovative, practical and field-tested methods used by successful business leaders to achieve sustained results are presented.

What are your responsibilities at the Keller Center?

I'm a lecturer and student advisor. I enjoy helping students get a successful start in their careers whether in startups or corporations.

What attracted you to the Keller Center?

What attracted me initially and motivates me every day is our students. They are not only extremely bright, but also extraordinarily motivated. The Keller Center is a place where students can interact with other students passionate about entrepreneurship and with professors who have themselves had successful business careers.