Robert A. Hovee, RAH Consulting Group, Inc. on Entrepreneurship
Winter Quarter 2009 Entrepreneurship Seminar Series
Featuring Robert A. Hovee
RAH Consulting Group, Inc.
Location: McDonnell Douglas Engineering Auditorium
Free and open to the public
The Entrepreneurship Seminar Series provides a real-world introduction to the theory and practice of entrepreneurship. Through a series of presentations by prestigious entrepreneurs and industry leaders, participants will explore the various organizational, strategic and financial challenges facing successful and unsuccessful entrepreneurs. Topics include start-up strategies, business idea evaluation, business plan writing, and introduction to venture capital.
For a complete listing of Entrepreneurship Seminar Series guest speakers, please visit http://www.eng.uci.edu/events/entseminars.
About the Speaker:
Robert A. Hovee is a private investor and a business consultant to CEOs and Boards of Directors. He has been active on several public and private corporate boards. As a consultant, Hovee's assignments have focused on corporate and strategic planning, organizational issues, marketing and new product development. His board assignments included Advanced Spine Fixation Systems, Cmed Corp., E-Funds Corp., Infrasonics, Inc., Insmed Corporation, Metagenics, Inc., Pro Dex. Inc., and SMS. Inc.. as well as fifteen other boards.
Hovee was chairman of the board and CEO of Life Support Products, Inc., a start-up medical device venture he successfully led for more than 10 years. With 38 patents and another 20 in development, Life Support Products held dominant positions in the emergency medical field. Hovee's company averaged a 36 percent increase per year in audited, after-tax profit over the last four years of his management, and operated in over 40 countries. In December 1993, Hovee sold Life Support Product, Inc., to a public health care company.
Prior to starting Life Support Products in 1983, Hovee was vice president of marketing and sales for Atari, director of marketing for Allergan Pharmaceuticals, director of U.S. sales for Spalding Sports Worldwide, and spent five years on the Fast Track team at Boise Cascade Corp. On a volunteer basis, Hovee served as chairman of LINC (Life Science Council), was a memeber of the board and executive committee of American Red Cross, served as chairman of the UC Irvine Graduate School of Management ACCELERATE Program, was the chairman of the UC Irvine Hospital Board, and served on the board of the Orange County Venture Group.
Hovee holds four university degrees from the University of Washington and the American Graduate School of International Mangement, where he was honored with the Barton Kyle Yount Academic Scholarship.