LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 21, 2019) — The Institute for the Study of Free Enterprise (ISFE), part of the Gatton College of Business and Economics at the University of Kentucky, is hosting a presentation by Andy Puzder, lawyer, author and former CEO of CKE Restaurants, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 27. The program and discussion, titled "Why Millennials Should Embrace Capitalism and Reject Socialism," will take place in Kincaid Auditorium, Room 111 in the Gatton College Building.
“As CEO of CKE Restaurants, the parent company of Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s, for nearly 17 years, Mr. Puzder was responsible for guiding thousands of restaurants and tens of thousands of workers through good times and rough times. He is uniquely qualified to discuss how free enterprise creates opportunity,” said Aaron Yelowitz, professor of economics and director of ISFE.
Yelowitz added, “As a successful CEO in the restaurant industry, Andrew Puzder understands how important the profit motive is to our country's ultimate prosperity. Furthermore, as the grandson of immigrants, the son of a car salesman, and someone who worked his way up from earning minimum wage to running an international business, he has a firsthand view of how America's exceptional capitalist spirit can lift everyone to success.”
The event is free and open to the public. Pizza will be served following the talk.
The Institute for the Study of Free Enterprise is dedicated to understanding the role that markets play in the economy and in society. The institute’s mission is to generate intellectually rigorous research and an open dialogue to discover and understand how free enterprise affects peoples’ lives and the well-being of society.
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