Steve Frazier, Vice President of Amazon Business International, will present McPherson College’s Harter Lecture in Business on April 17, 2017, from 12p.m. to 1p.m., at the new Kansas Municipal Utilities Training Center.
Frazier, a McPherson native, will be presenting “Creating a Culture that Drives Growth and Innovation”. His talk includes insight on what makes Amazon work, what separates Amazon from other businesses, and how this information can translate to a smaller business model.
“You can tell Frazier really knows and understands McPherson, it’s clear he has a connection, which is why we’re so excited for him to come and speak with our students and the community,” Roger Brimmerman, Vice President for Advancement at McPherson College, said. “This is also a wonderful opportunity for us to collaborate with the new KMU facilities as a venue.”
Frazier is an integral part of Amazon’s business-to-business programs outside the U.S. He helps manage Amazon’s consumer business in Brazil. Since 1999, he has worked with Amazon as a country manager for Amazon United Kingdom and Amazon China. His work for Amazon in the U.S. helped expand Amazon from a media and book website to an online market place. He led teams in numerous departments and helped develop Amazon.com’s global Category Leader training program.
Previous to Amazon, Frazier served as Vice President for Payless Shoe Source, developing their online presence. He also worked for McKinsey & Co, a management consulting firm and as a reporter for the Wall Street Journal in Mexico City. Frazier holds an MBA from Northwestern University and a B.S. in Journalism from the University of Kansas. He sits on the Board of Trustees for the William Allen White Foundation and the KU honors program advisory board at the University of Kansas.
The Harter Business Lecture is in recognition of the service of Jack Harter, ’54. Harter graduated with a B.S. in mathematics and later served on the board of trustees for 31 years. Harter, a retired chairman, CEO and president of Pacific Greystone Corporation, and his wife Eleanor, class of ’56, have also made generous financial contributions to McPherson College, including the naming gift for Harter Hall.
Frazier will be speaking to several business classes across campus and then at the KMU Training Center, located at 2090 E. Avenue A in McPherson, KS. Lunch is provided, but seating is limited. Reservations are required by April 14. RSVP online at www.mcpherson.edu/harter.