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Poorman to speak at inaugural Scholar-in-Residence Lecture

PoormanStephen Poorman, principal of Poorman and Group (, will speak at the inaugural Scholar-in-Residence Lecture at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, November 16 in the Parsons Union Building, Multi-Purpose Room, Lock Haven University.

Poorman will share insights gained from experiences as a CEO and Chairman of the Board of several major companies, certified management consultant and author.

WHAT: Scholar-in-Residence Lecture on “Navigating the Business Swamp”

WHEN: 12:30 p.m. Thursday, November 16

WHERE: Parsons Union Building, Multi-Purpose Room, Lock Haven University

WHO: Dr. Cori Myers, 570-484-2274,

From his beginnings as the founder of the ninth largest chain of music stores in the United States to forming multi-million dollar real estate syndicates in Pennsylvania, Texas and Florida, Poorman will address such issues as starting, operating and rejuvenating a business. He will focus on the reality of being a business owner and draw on his background in owning and operating golf courses, restaurants, surgery centers, real estate agencies and other business investments.

Poorman will talk about entrepreneurial education and how it helps graduates face the realities of entering the business world. He will discuss the dangers to avoid when launching a business and offer ideas on non-traditional ways to finance a business and resolve business problems. Some of this information comes from his upcoming book, “Navigating the Business Swamp,” and gives crucial advice to both new and seasoned entrepreneurs.

“We are excited to have Stephen Poorman as our inaugural speaker for the Scholar-in-Residence Lecture Series at Lock Haven University. Mr. Poorman brings a wealth of business experience to share with our students and the local business community regarding creating and financing new business ventures. Such information will be invaluable to our students and anyone in the surrounding community who is contemplating starting a new business venture,” said Dr. Stephen Neun, Dean of the Stephen Poorman College of Business, Information Systems and Human Services.

The Scholar-in-Residence program was funded in 2016 by Steve and Pamela Poorman and will provide for featured business speakers in the Stephen Poorman College in future years.

The program is free and open to the public.

For more information on Lock Haven University, visit, email, or call (570) 484.2011.

Lock Haven University is a member of Pennsylvania’s State System, the largest provider of higher education in the Commonwealth. Its 14 universities offer more than 2,300 degree and certificate programs in more than 530 academic areas of study. Nearly 520,000 system alumni live and work in Pennsylvania.

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