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Howard Levitt, Who Grew Tourneau Into One Of The World's Largest Watch Retailers, To Speak at Free Business Forum

--Former CEO Will Discuss His Role in Success of the 110-Year-Old Company

WHAT: Queens College Business Forum
WHO: Howard Levitt is the former CEO of Tourneau, a leading American watchmaker and one of the largest watch retailers in the world. In his 18 years with the 110-year-old company, headquartered in New York City, Levitt was instrumental in expanding Tourneau’s international presence as a manufacturer of fine timepieces and a retailer of luxury watch brands such as Rolex, Patek Philippe, Cartier, Omega, Breitling, and Tag Heuer.

QC President James Muyskens will offer greetings.
WHEN: Informal breakfast begins at 8 am
Formal program 8:30–10 am
Event is free and open to the public. However, seating is limited and registration
is required: Call 718-997-5210 (Lillian Lindroth) or email
WHERE: Queens College, 65-30 Kissena Boulevard, Flushing
Student Union, 4th Floor ballroom. Complimentary parking is available.
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Howard Levitt, who holds a BA in accounting and economics from Queens College, joined Tourneau in 1991 as vice president of finance. In 2006, accounting firm Ernst & Young named him the New York area’s Entrepreneur of the Year in the retail consumer products category. The prestigious award honors outstanding executives who build and lead dynamic, growing businesses. Previously Levitt had been employed at Seaman’s Furniture Co., Inc., where he held a series of financial management positions including vice president/comptroller. Today, Levitt is vice president of the Retail Marketing Society and a member of the National Retail Foundation.

The Queens College Business Forum was launched in the fall of 2005. Sponsored by the Queens Borough President’s Office, Queens Chamber of Commerce, Queens Courier, Farrell Fritz, P.C., PricewaterhouseCoopers, and TD Bank, the forum acts as a catalyst within the diverse areas of Queens, bringing together the business community, local government, academia, and students to provide an opportunity for town and gown to interact. Influential leaders in a number of fields serve as keynote speakers at a series of breakfast lectures, touching on issues vital to the Queens business community. The forum’s theme, entrepreneurship, is reflected in the subject matter of the seminars. Each forum fosters discussions that provide insight on how local businesses are seizing opportunities and profitably adapting to changes in business and regulatory conditions.


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