Former Charles Schwab CEO to speak |

Former Charles Schwab CEO to speak

Pottruck will talk about his book, other ventures

David Pottruck, the former CEO of brokerage and banking company Charles Schwab, will give a Park City Leadership lecture on Monday.
Courtesy of Red Eagle Ventures

Myles Rademan has a lot of questions for David Pottruck, the former chief executive officer of brokerage and banking company Charles Schwab.

The founder of Park City Leadership wants to know how Pottruck defines an effective boss and how Park City business owners can achieve the same success the former CEO and best-selling author found.

Pottruck will answer Rademan’s questions at a free event set to take place at 7 p.m. Monday, March 20, at the Park City Library, 1255 Park Ave.

“I think it’s always good to hear a philosophy from someone who’s done it,” Rademan said. “Here’s a man who’s been in the trenches of corporate America. He helped take Charles Schwab from a $50 million company to a $5 billion company.”

In addition to his 20-year career at Charles Schwab — which includes his brief stint as the company’s CEO — Pottruck wrote “Stacking the Deck: How to Lead Breakthrough Change Against Any Odds,” a book that describes how to keep a job, and how to get a promotion or a new position.

The book includes snippets of information from Pottruck’s life. For instance, Pottruck writes about the day he was fired from Charles Schwab. Since then, he has become a successful author and the CEO of investment firm Red Eagle Ventures. He also is an instructor at the Wharton School of Business at University of Pennsylvania.

Rademan said Pottruck’s long career offers a large amount of content for a lecture, which will be given in a Q&A format.

“I will be interviewing him,” Rademan said. “I’ll have two chairs up there and I’ll ask him about his book and his philosophy on leadership. I’ll also ask him about some of the pitfalls that he’s run into.”

While Park City Leadership is a program that selects about 30 people each year to attend monthly training sessions geared toward creating effective leaders, it also likes to introduce the larger community to its goal of encouraging residents to take on leadership roles.

Rademan said he hopes Monday’s lecture will inspire people to act on their dreams of creating successful nonprofits or businesses.

He added that the upcoming event is special to him. Though Pottruck owns a house in Deer Valley and spends about 70 days each year in Park City, he has yet to present at a Park City Leadership event.

“I’ve been trying to get him to speak here for about three years,” Rademan said. “Our schedules never worked out.
I think I was relentless enough that he caved in,” Rademan said, adding he’ll have to ask Pottruck an important question.

“I’ll say, ‘was that effective leadership, or was I just a pain?’” Rademan said with a laugh.

David Pottruck will give a free Park City Leadership lecture at 7 p.m. Monday, March 20, at the Park City Library, 1255 Park Ave.

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