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Pop Artist Romero Britto Joins School’s New Entrepreneurship Advisory Board

November 17, 2009
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 Dean Barbara Kahn meets with pop artist Romero
 Britto, who  will serve on the School's Entrepreneurship
 Program Advisory Board

Internationally renowned pop artist and entrepreneur Romero Britto has joined the School’s newly formed Entrepreneurship Program Advisory Board. Britto and other members of the board will help the School promote awareness and collaboration between its entrepreneurship program and the local and international entrepreneurship communities, as well as provide entrepreneurship-related strategic advice to the School. The board will also work to build support for new entrepreneurship initiatives including the establishment of an entrepreneurship center.

“We are delighted that Romero Britto has agreed to provide strategic counsel to the School of Business as we explore and develop new initiatives to strengthen our longstanding entrepreneurship education and research program,” said Dean Barbara E. Kahn. “Not only is Romero a great artist, he has built a phenomenally successful business with an international reputation and our students and program will benefit greatly from his expertise,” added Kahn, who announced Britto’s appointment during a Global Entrepreneurship Week event at which Britto spoke on Nov. 17.

Britto is a self-taught pop artist and painter whose work is acclaimed for its vivid colors and elements of pop art and cubism. After moving to Miami from Brazil in the 1980s, Romero gained worldwide fame in 1989 when he was commissioned by Absolut Vodka, along with artists Keith Haring and Andy Warhol, to design a commemorative bottle label for the company. Britto’s work is currently represented in more than 100 galleries on five continents.  His art is in demand by companies worldwide for advertising, product logos, sculptures, murals and other public art.


 Romero Britto speaks to an audience in the School's
 Storer Auditorium as part of Global Entrepreneurship
 Week activities

“I have many friends and collectors in the University of Miami family and I see the role that the School of Business plays in providing the education and resources needed to foster new venture creation, not only among students, but across the wider entrepreneurial community,” said Britto. “I’m honored and excited to work with the School of Business and look forward to helping it build upon its existing entrepreneurship programs while it explores new initiatives and strengthens its relationships with the wider entrepreneurial community.”

The UM School of Business has been committed to fostering student entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial thought leadership for more than 60 years. Through its unique results-driven approach to entrepreneurship education, the School offers a robust entrepreneurship curriculum, supports programs to nurture student-run businesses and provides a research environment where entrepreneurial thinking flourishes. Not only do students learn about entrepreneurship in the classroom, they participate in real-world consulting for small businesses and immersion opportunities which include the School’s long-running annual Business Plan Competition.

In addition to Britto, the School’s Entrepreneurship Program Advisory Board, to date, includes Samuel (Sandy Goldstein), the founder and CEO of Capsicum Group LLC; Gene Gomberg, the founder and CEO of FirstManagement Partners; and Florida state Senator Jeremy Ring.

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