Smart Business Network’s Koury to speak at AU’s Heffern Lecture on Christian Ethics in Business series

10/22/2019 ASHLAND, Ohio – Smart Business Network co-founder Fred Koury will be the featured speaker at The Gordon E. Heffern Lecture on Christian Ethics in Business at Ashland University on Wednesday, Nov. 20 at the John C. Myers Convocation Center, 638 Jefferson St.

Doors open at 11:30 a.m. for the event, which is free and open to the public, with lunch served at noon. Parking is available in University lots E and J. Those interested in attending should RSVP by Nov. 8 to au-cobe@ashland.edu.

Ashland University and In His Steps Foundation are sponsoring the event, which is hosted by AU’s Richard and Sandra J. Dauch College of Business and Economics.

The Gordon E. Heffern Lecture on Christian Ethics in Business is an event that invites a guest speaker to share their experience in applying Christian ethics in the business world.  “We are excited to have Fred Koury here for our event this year,” said Dr. Elad Granot, dean of the Dauch College of Business and Economics. “This event reflects Gordon Heffern’s legacy of integrating his strong Christian faith with a successful business career.”

Granot said friends and family of Gordon Heffern have created an endowment with AU, which supports the ongoing lecture series. “In His Steps Foundation, founded by Gordon Heffern, is providing matching financial support and strategic advice to help make this lecture series a success,” Granot said.

Koury co-founded Smart Business Network in 1989 with a single publication in Cleveland. In the years since, the business has expanded into a leading multimedia and content marketing business providing print and digital marketing services to a national client base. Smart Business now includes management journals in four major U.S. markets, more than 30 business-to-business events and www.SBNOnline.com, which features more than 27,000 management and leadership articles on successful chief executives, including Steve Wozniak, Dan Gilbert and Mark Cuban.

In 2010, Koury started Convero, a separate content marketing division focused on delivering compelling content across web, social, video, live and print.

He also serves on a number of boards, including the United Way of Greater Cleveland, The National Conference for Community and Justice and St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church. Koury is a member of The 50 Club of Cleveland, a prestigious group of top business leaders in Greater Cleveland, and also serves on U.S. Bank's Northeast Ohio Advisory Board, which consults with and provides advice and feedback to the bank's president and senior management team.

Ashland University 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. ###