Guest Speakers

ETSU student Entrepreneurs’ Club to host Joaquin Raventos

The East Tennessee State University student Entrepreneurs’ Club will welcome Joaquin Raventos to speak Monday, April 6, at 5 p.m. in room 322 of Sam Wilson Hall.

Raventos, who will speak about “Innovation for Small Business and Emerging Firms: A Challenge in a Constantly Changing World,” has been in the electronics and electro-optics industry for over 25 years. He also spent five years growing a management consulting practice specializing in “kaizen,” a Japanese term meaning “change for the better” and also “lean” manufacturing technologies, a method for eliminating waste in manufacturing..

When he arrived in the United States, he founded a marketing company to promote innovative products and services. His main areas of experience include strategic marketing, new product development, ISO 9001 quality management systems and project management.

Fluent in Spanish, English and Catalan, Raventos has global experience bridging the language gap across three continents, dealing with diverse cultures, navigating the complexities of differing business traditions and overcoming the difficulties arising from multiple time zones with customers in the private and public sectors in Europe, Asia and Latin America.

During his career, Raventos has held engineering and management positions with Philip Electronics, and Nightline, Inc.’s Night Vision Systems, where he served as senior vice president of sales.

Raventos graduated from the Universitat Politécnica de Catalunya in Spain and holds a master’s degree in engineering technology from ETSU, as well as a Certificate in Entrepreneurial Leadership.

The public is invited to this free program. Directions to Sam Wilson Hall can be found by visiting For additional information, contact Mitzi Brookshear at or 423-439-7444. For disability accommodations, call the ETSU Office of Disability Services at 423-439-8346. 

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