Virtual Cottrell Speaker Series a Success

The Mike Cottrell College of Business recently hosted a virtual installment of its Cottrell Speaker Series featuring Principal Software Engineer at Oracle Cloud Infrastructure and Gainesville State College (GSC) Alum Juan Llanes. The Zoom event welcomed over 100 attendees from all five University of North Georgia (UNG) campuses including UNG President Dr. Bonita Jacobs, as well as former GSC President Dr. Martha Nesbitt. The event included an inspiring 30-minute presentation delivered by Llanes and was followed by a lively Q&A session which included many inquiries from students and faculty members alike.

Llanes currently works as a principal software engineer at Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, which is based in Seattle, Wash. His prior experience includes working at Microsoft Azure where he helped build a core component of their cloud. During the webinar, Llanes shared his personal and professional journey to where he is today.

Coming from a multi-generational family who immigrated from Cuba to Spain, and then ultimately to the United States, Llanes attributes much of his success to being afforded the opportunity to pursue higher education across multiple states in the U.S and pairing his innate curiosity with hard work to drive his ambition and bring his dreams to fruition.

Llanes earned his Master’s degree in Computer Science with a concentration in Machine Learning from the Georgia Institute of Technology, as well as two Bachelors of Science degrees in Business Administration and Computer Science. He earned two Associates of Science degrees at Gainesville State College in Business Administration and Computer Science.

The Cottrell Speaker Series welcomes prominent business leaders and professionals to the Mike Cottrell College of Business to share and discuss leadership topics and practices with students, faculty, staff and local members of the business community. Upcoming speakers for the series will be announced at a later date.