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25th Annual

April 16-17, 2008

Keynote Speaker


Al Warnick and J. Bonner Richie, Professors, Utah State University and University of Michigan
Presentation Topic To Be Announced

Alan Warnick is interim department head and executive-in-residence in the Department of Management and Human Resources at Utah State University, joining USU in August, 2000.   Previous experience includes positions as chief human resources officer for Enron Chemical and Great Lakes Chemical Corporations; chief HR strategy and change officer for Enron Operations, Reliant Energy; and consulting positions with Chase Manhattan Bank and American Training.  He received an MA in organizational behavior and a BS in psychology from Brigham Young University. 

 Al is a senior level human resources executive with broad experience in large, multidivisional, and international corporate environments. He has initiated and led many large-scale organizational change projects focused on building organizational capability. He has substantial experience in re-engineering critical HR processes; working with business units to develop high impact people strategies; and realigning the mission, role, and structure of the HR function. He has extensive background in business process re-engineering, mergers and acquisitions, culture change and restructuring of benefit and executive compensation plans, organization development, and learning.

His corporate accomplishments have been widely published and cited in leading professional journals and magazines, and he has been a guest speaker at numerous management meetings and professional conferences.

J. Bonner Richie is professor emeritus of international organizational behavior at the Marriott School of Management at Brigham Young University and a scholar in residence at Utah Valley University.

After completing his BS and PhD at the University of California, Berkeley; Bonner was on the faculty of the University of Michigan from 1967-1973.  He was on the faculty of the Marriott School at Brigham Young University until retirement in 2000.  He also had visiting appointments at Stanford University; the University of California, Berkeley; St. Mary’s College; the University of Southern Europe; BirZeit University (Palestine); the University of Jordan; and the Jordan Institute of Diplomacy.  He was a visiting scholar at the BYU Jerusalem Center for Near Eastern Studies.  During 2001-2002 Bonner served as the interim dean of the Business School at Utah Valley University.

Bonner’s teaching, research, and consulting have been in the areas of leadership development, organizational change, conflict resolution, organizational philosophy, and ethics.  He has conducted management development programs at many universities and public and private organizations.  His recent efforts have focused on conflict resolution, leadership, and change in the Arab world.

Bonner is the co-author of the text Organization and People, as well as many book chapters and over 75 professional articles.

Bonner and his wife, Lois, have four children and eight grandchildren. They reside in Provo, Utah.

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