MSU Engineering, Biz Schools To Host Amazon Exec, MSU Alum

EAST LANSING — What’s trending for online retailing giant as it expands its reach in a global marketplace of products and sellers?

Hear the answer directly from Peter Faricy, vice president and general manager of Amazon Marketplace, at the Oct. 23 Broad Executive Forum of Detroit, co-hosted this year by the Michigan State University College of Engineering and MSU’s Eli Broad College of Business.

Faricy will provide the keynote address and joins a long list of senior executives and business leaders who have provided insights and networking opportunities during the annual Broad Executive Forum of Detroit. Faricy earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing from MSU in 1988 and an MBA from the University of Michigan in 1995. He joined Amazon in 2006 and became vice president and general manager of Amazon Marketplace in 2009.

Also at the event, Leo Kempel, new dean of the MSU College of Engineering, will update participants on progress in the college, including the 2015 opening of the $60 million MSU Bio Engineering Facility; the growth of research spending in automotive, energy, health, materials, computational science and engineering, and data science and engineering; and an enrollment update on the largest entering freshman class since 1986. (MSU has just welcomed almost 1,400 freshmen engineering students, including 260 women. MSU Engineering now has 4,800 undergraduates and more than 800 graduate students.)

The 49th annual event is Thursday, Oct. 23, at the Detroit Athletic Club, 241 Madison Ave. in Detroit. Registration begins at 4:30 p.m. with an MSU Special Topic at 5 p.m. The networking reception begins at 6 p.m. and the keynote address is at 7:30 p.m.

Registration is $50 per person; $40 for young MSU Alumni (5 years or less); MSU Alumni Association members, and DAC members. Registration includes afternoon and evening programs, reception with hosted bar, and hors d’oeuvres. Register online at:

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