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Damir Kantardzic Speaks at 2011 Business Forum for Young Professionals


Damir Kantardzic addresses a group of students at the 2011 Business Forum at UC

Williamsburg, Ky. - The Hutton School of Business at University of the Cumberlands (UC) on April 13 hosted its fourth annual Business Forum for Young Professionals.

The business forum has been designed to prepare young professionals as they enter the business workforce. Industry professionals share their professional experiences and discuss ways in which businesses can thrive, not just survive, in any financial climate. The theme for 2011 was “Poise for Recovery: Business Strategies for Moving toward Growth.”

One of this year’s guest speakers was Mr. Damir Kantardzic, President of ASAP Automation, LLC based in Louisville, KY. Mr. Kantardzic delivered a speech on “Breakthrough Automation Technologies.”

ASAP Automation is dedicated to creating advanced information systems for the automation of supply chain logistics. The innovative software products developed help companies throughout the world better compete in their individual markets and achieve their strategic business goals. To learn more about ASAP visit their website at

Kantardzic has 18 years of experience as a software engineer, architect, and manager. He holds degrees in computer science, as well as being a Microsoft Certified Professional Developer in Web, Windows, and Distributed Applications development.

He has been actively involved on numerous multi-million dollar ASAP projects. He also provides direction for R&D efforts on ASAP Automation software products bringing both customer requests and innovative industry ideas into the mix.

“The goal of this event is to bring professionals to campus to share their expertise and for students to have an opportunity to network,” said Dr. Margaret Combs, Head of the Business Department. “The business forum also gives students the experience of being in a true professional conference.”

The forum is the brainchild of J. Hunt Perkins, who makes the program possible. Perkins, a geologist, is president of J. Hunt Perkins and Associates, Inc.; a Lexington, KY firm established in 1983 that specializes in oil and gas exploration services, gas well drilling and field exploration services. A current member of Cumberlands Board of Trustees, his strong association with the university extends back to when his mother served more than ten years as the bursar for Cumberland College.

Located in Williamsburg, Ky., University of the Cumberlands is an institution of regional distinction, which currently offers four undergraduate degrees more than 40 major fields of study; nine pre-professional programs; seven graduate degrees, including a doctorate and six master’s degrees; certifications in education; and online programs.