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Homecoming For Successful Northwest Indiana Son

HAMMOND & WESTVILLE – One of Northwest Indiana’s successful sons returns home Thursday, Sept. 22 to discuss his world of success—from athletics to finance—as the featured presenter of Purdue University Northwest’s premiere Success Forum.

In what is intended to be an engaging and enlightening question and answer format, Napoleon Brandford III will share perspectives, advice and lessons he has learned during his meteoric career.

He will deliver his free presentation, “Build Your Brand, Live Your Mission,” at:

– 10:50 a.m. at PNW’s Westville Campus in the Dworkin Student Services and Activities Complex, Room 1113 and
– 3:30 p.m. at PNW’s Hammond Campus in Alumni Hall of the Student Union & Library.

A reception of light refreshments will follow each presentation.

Brandford III also will address student groups at both PNW campuses. The Success Forum is sponsored by the PNW College of Business.

From basketball court to board room

An East Chicago native, Brandford III first attracted Northwest Indiana attention on the basketball court as a valuable, unselfish contributor to former Roosevelt High School’s unbeaten run to the 1970 Indiana high school state championship.

He went on to graduate from the former Purdue University Calumet before carving an impressive niche as a partner with Siebert Brandford Shank, Inc., the only small, national investment company to be ranked among the top 10 firms on Wall Street in 2010.

“While everyone wants to be successful, not everyone understands the process of what it takes,” PNW Dean of the College of Business Jane Mutchler said. “Through valuable insights shared by Mr. Brandford and others in this forum series, students and area residents alike will gain priceless perspectives from individuals who have walked the walk.”

PNW student moderators

PNW students David Haddad and DeJon Gonzalez will co-facilitate the Hammond Campus forum. Another student, Haley Miller, will facilitate the forum at the Westville Campus.

Both Haddad and Gonzalez are majoring in accounting and finance. Miller is double majoring in leadership and nursing.

“Napoleon Brandford’s story of success is one of hard work, commitment, determination, discipline and a willingness to learn,” Purdue Northwest Vice Chancellor for Institutional Advancement Regina Biddings-Muro said. “His insatiable motivation to do all it takes to be successful is a lesson in persistence that makes him a most appropriate first speaker of our Purdue Northwest Success Forum.”

Planning for success

The Success Forum is being introduced to encourage students and Northwest Indiana residents to strategically explore opportunities to maximize success in their lives.

Other information is available by contacting PNW’s College of Business at 219-989-2595.

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