Virginia Wesleyan alumnus and President and CEO of Virginia International Terminals, Inc. (VIT) Joe Ruddy ’83 served as a keynote speaker April 22 at a dinner reception held as part of the College’s Spring 2013 Business Conference. Addressing business students, faculty and staff in the Pearce Hospitality Suite in the Jane P. Batten Student Center, Ruddy spoke about his time at VWC and how it shaped his life and career. A graduate of the College’s Recreation & Leisure Services and Physical Education program, Ruddy was named president and CEO of VIT on April 1. The company is responsible for the management, operation, and conduct of the business of the public terminals of Virginia. Ethics was the theme of this semester’s business conference, a bi-annual event organized by students in the MBE 301 course “Principles of Management.” The weeklong event, held April 22-26, featured daily activities shining a spotlight on ethics in small business, supply chain and operations management, media, medicine, politics, law, environment, recreation and sports. The conference implores students to apply lessons from courses outside of business, providing a hands-on learning experience typical of the VWC liberal arts education. Last year’s Spring Business Conference featured another alumni speaker from the shipping industry, President and CEO of Maersk Line, North America, Mike White ’81.