Camarillo, Calif., Oct. 10, 2011 – The Martin V. Smith School of Business & Economics at CSU Channel Islands (CI) will host as part of their fall speaker series Michael Powers, County Executive Officer (CEO) for the County of Ventura, on Friday, Oct. 28 from 12 to 2 p.m. in Malibu Hall 100 on the CI campus. The event includes lunch and is free and open to the public.

Powers has been CEO for the County of Ventura since April 2011. In this role, Powers oversees a budget of $1.7 billion and over 8,000 employees in 25 agencies and departments. Prior to his appointment as CEO, Powers was the director of the Health Care Agency where he oversaw the operation and management of the County’s health department.

The final speaker for the fall series will be Thomas P. Smith, Chairman of the Board and co-founder of TASER International and will be held on Friday, Dec. 2, from 12 to 2 p.m. in Salon A on the CI campus. As a founder of the world’s leading manufacturer of electronic control devices, Smith is credited with founding a start-up company of seven employees in 1993 to one with more than 350 employees that manufacturers and innovates technology used by more than 16,200 international, federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies and the U.S. military.

The speaker series programs are sponsored by the Business Advisory Council of the MVS School of Business & Economics.

Please RSVP by visiting For additional information contact Merissa Stith, Events Coordinator, at 805-437-8548 or

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