By Drew Drohan
Staff writer

Former Army Ranger and decorated war hero Matt Eversmann will visit the University of West Florida’s College of Business at 7 p.m. on Tuesday as a part of the Executive Mentor Program to discuss the importance of leadership, courage and responsibility in the field of business.

With more than 16 years of military service, Eversmann was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for his actions in Somalia in 1993. His heroics were depicted in the 2001 film “Black Hawk Down.” He has since traveled the world, using his own experiences to teach others the importance of values in business and life.  

“We were looking for someone with experience speaking on the topic of leadership for business and for life,” Executive Mentor Program Director Dr. Sherry Hartnett said. “He’s a perfect fit, someone who both students and community leaders would be interested in hearing from.”

Students attending should expect to hear from Eversmann on how his knowledge and experience can help themselves in future careers in business. His lessons learned in the military draw parallel with his lessons from the business world.  

“Expect a powerful and memorable speech from a true American hero who illustrates the importance of leadership, courage and selfless service in extraordinary situations as well as everyday life,” Hartnett said.

The Executive Mentor Program at UWF’s College of Business offers students the chance to partner with business professionals to establish connections in the real world and gain practical experience for future careers. Networking and career development are key benefits of the program. The program maintains ties with the Northwest Florida area.  

Students who are interested in the opportunity to gain communication, leadership and other important real-world skills should consider the program.

The lecture is free and open to the public and will take place in Building 76A, Room 101. Attendees should RSVP at