Each year, we are honored to present Commencement speakers who embody the mission and values of Rollins and impart inspiring and pragmatic advice for graduates.
Janis Hirsch worked in New York on the National Lampoon show Lemmings, starring John Belushi, Christopher Guest, and Chevy Chase, before relocating to Los Angeles to write for Square Pegs, starring a 16-year-old Sarah Jessica Parker. Janis wrote her first television pilot under the tutelage of Norman Lear, and then moved to the iconic It’s Garry Shandling’s Show. She went on to write and produce for Anything But Love, LA Law, The Nanny, Frasier, Bette, My Wife and Kids, Will & Grace, ’Til Death, and Brothers. She has contributed to theatrical presentations, including Hairspray and David Lee’s production of Can-Can, as well as Bette Midler’s tours and shows.
Scott Maxwell writes the "Taking Names" column for the Orlando Sentinel. Three times a week, his column focuses on hot topics and people who make a difference in Central Florida—for better and worse. He particularly enjoys telling readers what the politicians do not. He started his column in 2002, and his work has received awards from the Society of Professional Journalists, the Society of American Business Writers and Editors, and others. He has also been voted "Best Columnist" by readers of Orlando Magazine, Orlando Weekly, and the Sentinel.
Sam Hocking is the founder and CEO of iMatchative Inc., a San Francisco–based technology company whose groundbreaking AltX platform harnesses deep data, behavioral science, and proprietary algorithms to seamlessly match investors and hedge funds. Sam's vision for iMatchative was inspired by industries ranging from book selling to movie rentals to online dating—all of which have been transformed by data analytics. Along with iMatchative's team of top-ranking academics and finance experts, Sam is leading a revolution in the hedge fund market, bringing Silicon Valley–style creativity and innovation to the venerable institutions of Wall Street.