By Josiah Stegner –Mr. Matt Urbanek, Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of ViraCor-IBT Laboratories, Inc. will deliver the 2011 Everett P. Truex Lecture in Economics & Finance on Tuesday, October 18, at 7:30 p.m. in the Yates-Gill College Union. The title of his lecture is, “An Insider’s View of Private Equity”.
ViraCor-IBT Laboratories, Inc. is a leading specialty diagnostics laboratory providing specialized infectious disease, immunology and esoteric allergy testing. Mr. Urbanek is responsible for the company’s financial reporting, treasury planning and business analytic functions. Prior to joining ViraCor-IBT in 2007, Mr. Urbanek was Vice President at George K. Baum Advisors, LLC, an investment-banking firm that specializes in mergers and acquisitions, raising private capital and financial advisory services for middle-market companies. In this capacity, he initiated and executed mergers, acquisitions, divestitures and financings, as well as business valuations, fairness opinions and board advisory services for clients in the business services sector.
Mr. Urbanek holds degrees in finance and economics from Kansas State University, and is a member of the Finance Advisory Board for the university’s College of Business Administration.
The Everett P. Truex Economic and Financial Forum held annually at William Jewell College is made possible through the generosity of the Everett Truex Trust.
The endowed lecture series focuses on finance and economics, bringing one or more nationally recognized economists or financial experts to William Jewell College each year. At the inaugural Forum on September 26, 2008, Thomas Hoenig, president and chief executive officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, served as the keynote speaker. Dr. Hoenig discussed the challenges of the current economic crisis before an audience of William Jewell students, faculty and administrators and members of the local financial and business communities.
The 2010 distinguished speaker was Mr. Peter deSilva, President and Chief Operating Officer of UMB Financial Corporation, whose topic, “After the Financial Crisis: Embracing Responsibility and Accountability”, was enthusiastically received by nearly 500 in attendance.
The Forum is a fitting way to honor Dr. Truex, who proudly served William Jewell College and the Liberty community. A 1938 Liberty High School graduate, Dr. Truex also was a 1942 William Jewell alumnus and charter member of Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity. He served many years as an economics and statistics professor at several colleges including William Jewell, Oklahoma University and North Carolina. He retired as head of the business department at Louisiana College in 1984 and returned to Liberty where he was active with the Liberty Symphony and his fraternity. He broadcast music from Jewell’s radio station, KWJC, until the age of 80, and remained active in his church as a deacon emeritus until his death in September 2001.