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Keynote Address: Jim Sinegal, Co-founder, Director and Company Advisor of Costco Wholesale Corporation

Weidner Center for the Performing Arts
Thursday, March 27, 2014
Networking Reception 4:30pm - 5:45pm
Dinner/Keynote 5:45pm - 8:00pm

This event is an opportunity for our top students to professionally network with top business leaders, and for the business community to learn more about the Austin E. Cofrin School of Business.

Attendance at the dinner and keynote speaker is by invitation only.

About Jim Sinegal

Jim Sinegal is the Co-Founder and Director of Costco Wholesale Corp. He retired December 31, 2012 and is currently serving as a Company Advisor. Jim served as the Chief Executive Officer of Costco Wholesale Corp. for 27 years and has been a Director of Costco Wholesale Corp. since its inception.

Jim began his career in retail business in 1954. As an 18 year old college student, he went to work for the legendary retail icon Sol Price at the discount store FedMart in San Diego. He remained working for Price for almost 30 years before striking out on his own to start Costco.

Costco today has revenues in excess of $100 billion and operates 649 warehouse/stores in 42 states, Puerto Rico and 9 countries. The company employs over 194,000 people worldwide and has earned the reputation as a fair and progressive employer.

Jim was named one of Business Week’s "Best Managers" in 2003. He was named to Time Magazine's 2006 list of the 100 most influential people and for the past 6 years has been selected as one of the 30 most respected CEO’s by Barron’s Magazine. Additionally in 2011, he was selected by Morningstar Investments as the “Outstanding CEO of the Year.”

Jim serves as Trustee for Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. He is a Senior Executive in Residence at Seattle University's Albers School and serves in a similar capacity at his alma mater San Diego State University. He also serves as an advisory at the Mendoza School of Business for Notre Dame.