Ashland University Sets Annual Ford Lecture and Luncheon

Ashland University Sets Annual Ford Lecture and Luncheon

8/11/16 ASHLAND, Ohio – Jeremy Bloom, chief executive officer for the marketing technology company, Integrate, and founder of Wish of a Lifetime, will be the featured speaker for the 14th annual Dr. Lucille F. and L.W. Ford Distinguished Business Lecture and Luncheon at Ashland University. In addition to his professional life, Bloom is an accomplished athlete in both skiing and football. He is a three-time World Champion, two-time Olympian, eleven-time World Cup gold medalist and a member of the United States Skiing Hall of Fame. In 2005, he won a record six straight World Cup events, the most in a single season in the sport’s history.

The luncheon talk by Bloom will be held at 12 noon on Thursday, Sept. 29, in Ashland University’s Myers Convocation Center. For further information or for reservations, contact Dr. Khushwant Pittenger, professor of business administration, at ford-lecture@ashland.edu or call 419-289-5219. Reservations are required by Sept. 1.

The event is sponsored by Ashland University alumni Dr. Peter ’73 and Kathleen ’73 Linneman and is hosted by Ashland University’s Richard E. and Sandra J. Dauch College of Business and Economics. Linneman is the principal of Linneman Associates and also serves as the Albert Sussman emeritus professor of Real Estate, Finance and Business Public Policy at the Wharton School of Business. The Linnemans created and support this lecture series in recognition of the amazing impact Lucille and Larry

Ford had on their lives. Their intention is to enrich business education at Ashland University by bringing extraordinary business leaders such as Jeremy Bloom to campus to discuss their business and life philosophies.

In addition to skiing, Bloom was an All-America football player at the University of Colorado and played professional football as a wide receiver and return specialist in the National Football League for the Philadelphia Eagles and the Pittsburgh Steelers. While playing with the NFL in Philadelphia for the Eagles, he completed a business entrepreneurship program at the Wharton Business School, where he studied real estate and finance.

In 2009, Bloom entered into the business world and launched MDinfo.com, a health portal creating a dialogue between health experts and ordinary people throughout the world. In April 2010, Bloom co-founded the marketing software company Integrate, the first advertising technology provider that empowers media buyers to plan, launch, analyze and optimize marketing campaigns across performance, digital and traditional media.

Through his vision and leadership, Integrate is transforming the global advertising market. The company has raised more than $25M of venture capital from Comcast, Foundry Group and Liberty Global. Integrate was named as the “Best New Company” at the 2011 American Business Awards in New York City.

Also in 2011, Bloom was named by Forbes as 30 under 30, tech executives under the age of 30 making waves in the technology space and, in 2013, he was a finalist for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year. In 2015, he published, “Fueled by Failure: Using Detours and Defeats to Power Progress.” The

Ashland University Book Store will have his book available for purchase and autograph for a short time prior to noon luncheon.

Bloom possesses a driving motivation to give back to those around him which led him in January 2008 to found Wish of a Lifetime, a nonprofit organization which grants lifelong wishes to 80, 90, & 100+ year old people. The non-profit has granted over 1,000 wishes in all 50 states and has plans to expand to Canada and across the U.S.

Outside of business, Bloom has continued to maintain his name within the sports world. He does commentary for college football and is an Olympic sports television analyst and has worked for ESPN, Fox, NBC and The Pac-12 Network.

Ashland University, ranked in the top 200 colleges and universities in U.S. News and World Report’s National Universities category for 2016, is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University (www.ashland.edu) values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students.                                                                                ###