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Ambassador Ron Weiser Will Discuss Business Opportunities in Central Europe

9/22/2003 --

ANN ARBOR, Mich.---United States Ambassador to the Slovak Republic Ronald N. Weiser will deliver the University of Michigan Business School's 37th Annual William K. McInally Memorial Lecture at 4:30 p.m. Oct. 21 at the Business School's Hale Auditorium.

The topic of the free, public talk is "Central European Transition: Opportunity for American Diplomacy and Business." Weiser, who earned a BBA in 1966 from the Business School, founded McKinley Associates, a national real estate investment company, in 1968 and served as its chairman of the board and CEO until he was appointed ambassador in November 2001. McKinley Associates owns or manages real estate valued in excess of $1 billion. The ambassador is a member of the board of directors and past chairman of Quantumshift, a California internet-based telephone company that he helped found.

As ambassador, Weiser has visited 100 cities within the Slovak Republic. He also worked with the U.S. embassy there to organize an international investment conference that attracted 250 participants and investors representing 62 foreign companies.

Weiser has served on the boards of numerous nonprofit organizations, including as treasurer and chairman of Arttrain USA, as a member of the University of Michigan's President's Advisory Board and the Michigan Business School's National Development Board, and as chairman of the Michigan Theater Board of Trustees.

The McInally Lecture began in 1966 in memory of William K. McInally, who served on the University of Michigan Board of Regents from 1960 until 1964. Past speakers include Madeleine Albright, Andrew Young, Martha Seger, William Rukeyser, F. Lee Bailey and B. Joseph White.

For more information, contact:
Mary Jo Frank
Phone: 734.647.4626