News: Newsmakers Breakfast Hosted

CCU Newsmaker Breakfast Promotes Firm Stands in the Market, Plus Sticking to It

Colorado Christian University recently hosted more than 100 local business leaders and CCU students at Glenmoor Country Club in the second of its Newsmakers Breakfast series. The breakfasts, held periodically and hosted by the School of Business and Leadership, are intended to create a debate forum to identify and address pressing issues we face in America today -- professionally, culturally, and morally.

Addressing the crowded room, guest speaker Scot Sellers, CEO of real-estate investment giant Archstone-Smith, gave very clear and succinct advice in urging businesspeople and students alike to take clear stances on their business decisions, stick with them, and be certain to follow through on what they commit to doing.

Archstone-Smith is a $40-billion company that's considered among the most successful in its class, and Sellers' breakfast message spoke unwaveringly about what he believes are the requirements of leaders in public markets. Under his leadership, Archstone-Smith has assembled some of the largest business deals in its industry. When asked to describe his leadership principles, Sellers encouraged the audience to embrace the following:

  • Focus your company on a solid long-term view and stick with it despite pressure from outside sources like stock analysts.
  • Make sure that, as a leader, you act in a very consistent manner.
  • Take good, rational stances and stick with the financial positions that support them.
  • Be willing to face criticism from those focused on the near-term.
  • Think forwardly.

For information on this event and those planned for the future, please contact Dr. Gary Ewen, Dean of the School of Business and Leadership, 303-963-3166.