Wilkes University

Seymour Holtzman

2015 Spring Commencement John T. Yudichak

Undergraduate Speaker - Seymour Holtzman

Native of Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania; 1957 graduate of Wilkes College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Commerce and Finance; chairman, president and chief executive officer of Jewelcor, Inc.; chairman and chief executive officer of Gruen Marketing Corporation; chairman and chief executive officer of Jewelcor Management, Inc; chairman of the board of Destination XL Group Inc; owner of C.D. Peacock in Chicago, the Rolex Luxury Swiss in Miami and Homeclick. corn; leading investor in the purchase of the General Banking and Trust, LTD, in Budapest, Hungary, the first bank in Eastern Europe to be privatized; real estate investor and developer, both in the Wyoming Valley and nationwide; honored as `Man of theYear' by the Cardinal Cushing School and Training Center in Boston and as 'Man of the Year' by the B'nai B'rith Youth Services; National Finance Co-Chairman of the Reagan-Bush Campaign; and appointed by President Reagan to the United States Department of Commerce's Industry Policy Committee; loving husband to Evie, proud father of Steven, Marc and Allison.

His exemplary business career that has spanned seven decades and propelled him to the key executive and leadership roles in his corporate endeavors; because of his entrepreneurial vision that has led to business successes domestically and abroad; because his first-hand experience has made you an expert at understanding the complexities of mergers and acquisitions; and because his passion for excellence and his hard driving style makes him a model of organizational leadership to be shared and emulated.


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