by Pam Zubeck
Ross Perot is the keynote speaker at the Air Force Academy's National Character and Leadership Symposium planned for Feb. 22-24.
A Naval Academy graduate, Perot, 81, worked for IBM from 1957 to 1962 and later formed his own company, Electronic Data Systems. He sold it to General Motors in 1984 for $2.5 billion, according to biography.com. In 1992 he ran as an independent candidate for president, winning 19% of the popular vote. He ran again in 1996. The Reform Party, which he founded in 1995, gradually established its autonomy from him.
Others who will speak include several sports figures, such as tennis coach Nick Bollettieri, former NFL player and leadership guru Joe Ehrmann and major league baseball CEO Derrick Hal.
Other speakers include: Colorado Lt. Gov. Joseph Garcia, Chief Defense Counsel in the Defense Department's Office of Military Commission Will Gunn, Medal of Honor winner Leroy Petry and Sherron Watkins, former Enron Corp. VP who alerted then-CEO Ken Lay in August 2001 to accounting irregularities within the company and later testified before Congress about Enron's demise.
The sessions aren't open to the general public but is open to undergraduate students, visiting faculty members, USAFA Association of Graduates, USAFA staff and faculty, local military/ DoD ID Card Holders, and federal, state, county, and city government employees.