Event Details

Cornell Athletics Presents
The Inaugural Cornell Varsity Club Speaker Series
in partnership with the Big Red Leadership Institute

Wednesday, October 17, 2018
Robison Hall of Fame Room
7:00 pm

Bob Dutkowsky ’77
Executive Chairman, Former CEO, Tech Data
Cornell Baseball, Pitcher, Captain
Red Key Society, Alpha Epsilon Pi
B.S. Industrial & Labor Relations

Bob will speak about how his experience as a Big Red athlete shaped his 40-year career as a leader, manager, and executive. 

Starting out, Bob had no sales experience when he interviewed with IBM.

“I remember I walked in and sat down with this IBM sales executive, and he asked me, “Why do you like baseball? What do you like about being a pitcher?” Dutkowsky replied, “because the game doesn’t start until I throw the ball.” 

He was hired on the spot.

Tech Data is a Fortune 500 company, and in 2018 it became Florida’s largest company. It helps companies like Apple, HP, Cisco, Sony, Microsoft, and hundreds of others, bring their products to market.


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