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Karl Holz, '73; President of Disney Cruise & Vacations

Karl Holz, '73In his Commencement address to the SUNY Fredonia Class of 2011 on May 14,  1973 graduate Karl Holz reflected on his time at Fredonia, his years with Disney in a variety of positions, and shared a few personal stories, including lessons he learned along the way which have proved invaluable. He noted, “Hindsight is 20-20, and it’s clear to me today that college is a time when we learn about ourselves, our relationships, the real world and so much more,” adding that Fredonia was also where he met his wife, Wendy.

In addition to quoting wordsmith Walt Disney, Holz noted that, “as a leader, you have to inspire people in all the right ways,” with encouragement, trust, and by “walking in their shoes” and “challenging them and holding them to high expectations."  Holz left the graduates with “three nuggets of wisdom” including: “always conduct yourself with integrity,” “use common sense in everything you do,” and “stay optimistic.” Read Commencement News Release>>

posted @ Tuesday, May 24, 2011 12:33 PM by Christine Davis Mantai

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