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Forbes magazine editor-in-chief to speak at annual Lutgert lecture series

Steven Forbes, chairman and editor-in-chief of Forbes Magazine, will be the featured speaker at the annual W. Thomas Howard Lecture series event hosted by the Lutgert College of Business.

On Thursday, Oct. 27 from 4:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Grandezza Country Club off of Grand Oak Blvd, in Estero, President Wilson Bradshaw will make opening remarks before Forbes’ presentation.

Attendees will partake in a question and answer style discussion after Forbes speaks. The event is not open to the public – attendance is by invitation only.

Forbes, who writes editorials for Forbes magazine under “Fact and Comment” in addition to acting as the chairman and editor-in-chief of the publication, is the only writer that has won the Crystal Owl Award four times.

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Forbes recently published a book coauthored by McGraw-Hill professional Elizabeth Ames titled “Reviving America: How Repealing Obamacare, Replacing the Tax Code and Reforming the Fed will Restore Hope and Prosperity” in December 2015.

Forbes also campaigned for the Republican nomination for presidency in both 1996 and 2000.

Pillars of his platform included implementing a flat tax, medical savings accounts, a new Social Security system for working citizens, term limits and a stronger national defense.

Forbes magazine, which was started in 1917 by Forbes’ grandfather B.C. Forbes, has a circulation of more than 900,000. reaches more than 60 million visitors a month.

The lecture series, which has been held by LCOB since the university opened in 1997, is named after the late Thomas and Mary Howard.

Thomas served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of the First Federal Savings and Loan Association, and was one of the people responsible for bringing both the University of South Florida and FGCU to Fort Myers.

Last year’s featured speaker was Diana Kander, author of the New York Times bestselling book “All in Startup,” a novel outlining a struggling entrepreneur’s journey through the World Series of Poker.

Previous speakers include current US representative Francis Rooney in 2009 and BB&T CEO John Allison in 2008.

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