Syracuse University‘s Martin J. Whitman School of Management held its annual Whitman Day on Friday, April 21, at the school. This marks the 14th year of the event, which was inaugurated in 2003 as an annual celebration of Martin J. Whitman, founder and chairman of the High Conviction Fund, and his wife, Lois, for their tremendous generosity and commitment to business education and Syracuse University.
The day highlighted Whitman’s contributions to the business world, provided a forum by innovators in finance, and showcased exceptional Whitman students. This year’s event featured a keynote address by Ronnie C. Chan, chairman of Hang Lung Group Limited and 2017 Martin and Phyllis Berman Distinguished Lecturer. The topic of Chan’s presentation was “China in Transition: What It Will Mean for China and the World Economy.”
Chan’s companies deal in real estate development, investment and management. Founded in 1960, Hang Lung Group has been expanding into mainland China since 1992. Hang Lung has been investing $11 billion, building a number of world-class commercial complexes in major Chinese cities, including Tianjin, Shenyang, Jinan, Wuxi, Dalian, Kunming and Wuhan.
Whitman Day also included the unveiling of a tribute video to Martin and Lois Whitman. Only through the generous support of the Whitman family has the Whitman School been able to become the success it is today.