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Herrington Lecture

2011 Lecturer

Dr. Vincent OrzaDr. Vincent Orza
President and CEO of KSBI Television

In November 2010, Orza was appointed President and CEO of KSBI Television in Oklahoma City with the purpose of reprogramming the station. Orza has created several new daily and weekly programs including two live talk shows, a sports magazine, seasonal specials, and several other offerings. In addition, he added a new slate of syndicated programs and formatted the station to achieve a dominant presence in the marketplace.

Prior to accepting the position as president of KSBI, Orza spent more than five years as Dean of the Meinders School of Business at Oklahoma City University. His business career included 22 years as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Eateries Inc., a company he founded and developed into a national restaurant chain, operating coast to coast under the names of Garfield's Restaurant and Pub, Garcia’s Mexican Restaurants, and Pepperoni Grill Italian Bistros. During his tenure at Eateries, Orza grew the company from an idea to more than $100 million in annual sales.

Orza began his television career as a guest on a local talk show which led to a full-time position as business and economics editor and news anchor for KOCO-TV in Oklahoma City. In 1984, he left television to create Eateries Inc. Twenty-two years later, he sold the company to return to television, providing KWTV-TV with regular business and economic commentary and analysis during his tenure as Dean of the Meinders School of Business.

Orza is the author of the book “When I Want Your Opinion I’ll Tell It to You,” a light-hearted, nostalgic look at growing up as a second generation Italian-American.

In addition, Orza has been a keynote and motivational speaker at meetings and conventions across the U.S.