Bonanno kicks off Lawrence Tech lecture series Sept. 20

Release Date: September 15, 2011

SOUTHFIELD, Mich. – Eminent engineer Salvatore J. Bonanno, a former Chrysler executive now involved in multiple business enterprises, will be the first speaker in the Entrepreneurial  Lecture Series at Lawrence Technological University on Tuesday, Sept. 20, at 5:45 p.m. He earned a degree in mechanical engineering at Lawrence Tech in 1969.

Coffee and Krispy Kreme doughnuts will be served immediately after the presentation, expected to run to 6:30 p.m. The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held in Lear Auditorium (T429) of the University Technology and Learning Center at Lawrence Tech, 21000 West Ten Mile Road, Southfield.

Bonanno held many executive-level positions during a 30-year career at Chrysler Corporation, including setting up the Chrysler/Maserati Q-Coupe Operations, in Milan, Italy, and managing divisions with more than 10,000 employees.

He was chairman and CEO of Grove Worldwide LLC, a $1 billion industrial equipment manufacturer, and chairman of the board of Xymox Technologies, a manufacturing company that has recovered dramatically after being on the verge of bankruptcy. Since 2009 he has been a board member of American Axle & Manufacturing Co.

In 2000, he formed Bonanno Enterprises, LLC, an acquisition and consulting organization specializing in manufacturing companies. Board members and participants include former CEOs, presidents, CFOs, and manufacturing executives. The company provides discretionary capital, interim or transition management, and executive consulting services for industrial operations.

In 2003 Bonanno joined the Horizon Capital Fund and is a Horizon Fund III partner and an investor in four PS Capital acquisitions.

The next speaker in the Entrepreneurial Lecture Series will be Alan Hasse, BSEE’82, president of AGC Aero Space and Defense, on Oct. 18. For the complete schedule, go to this link.

Lawrence Technological University,, offers more than 100 undergraduate, master’s and doctoral degree programs in the Colleges of Architecture and Design, Arts and Sciences, Engineering and Management. Founded in 1932, the 4,500-student, private university pioneered evening classes and today has a growing number of weekend and online programs. Lawrence Tech’s 102-acre campus is in Southfield, and programs are also offered in Detroit, Lansing, Petoskey and Traverse City. Lawrence Tech also offers programs with partner universities in Canada, Mexico, Europe, the Middle East and Asia.