College of Business hosts distinguished speaker

By September 19, 2013College of Business
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Joseph Caruso, founder and principal of Omnifirst Capital Corporation, will be speaking in the Baioni Conference Center in Broom Hall on Sept. 27 at 9 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. Curuso successfully leads the private investment firm focused on opportunities in technology, health care and entertainment industries.

His first discussion is titled “Financial Aspects of Professional Sports,” which will be followed by his second topic, “Developing Partnerships/Relationships in Business.” Both presentations are free and open to the public.

Caruso is a member of the board of trustees for his alma mater, Florida Institute of Technology, Delta State’s opponent during Pig Pickin’ weekend. As a longtime personal friend to President William N. LaForge, Caruso was extended the invitation to speak at Delta State prior to the weekend festivities.

Caruso is presently the managing partner in nine companies and becomes involved in every aspect of a client’s business, including arranging appropriate debt and equity funds, debt restructures, and other consulting and advisory strategies that create solutions. He founded Omnifirst in 1984 following a decade of hands-on financing and growth in the banking industry.

He is also the co-founder/owner of the Trenton Thunder Double-A minor league baseball affiliate of the 27-time World Champion New York Yankees. Additionally, he is the owner of the Lakewood BlueClaws, a Single-A affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies.

Dr. Cooper Johnson, chair of Entrepreneurship in Business Technology in the Delta State College of Business, said he was thrilled to bring Caruso to campus.

“Mr. Caruso’s experiences and knowledge are incredibly valuable to our students, as they will enlighten them on the principles of building successful businesses,” said Johnson. “Through his many small businesses, he can share with our students the lessons he has learned that they can apply to their future plans, thus placing them in a position to achieve their dreams.”

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Headshot of Joe Caruso

Joseph Caruso, founder and principal of Omnifirst Capital Corporation, will be presenting two topics at Delta State on Sept. 27.

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