In recognition of UCLA Anderson's role in preparing the next generation of global leaders, the Robertson Lecture Series on Global Business Leadership provides opportunities for students to hear global leaders discuss critical issues that impact global business and the global political economy. Made possible by Chip Robertson (FEMBA '06) and his family and managed by the Center for Global Management, the Robertson Lectures serve to provide more opportunities for UCLA Anderson MBA students to acquire global leadership perspectives and insights on key and emerging regions of the world. The Robertson Family has dedicated these lectures to Leo M. Harvey (1887-1973), a pioneer industrialist and inventor, and founder of Harvey Aluminum, and great grandfather of Chip Robertson.
Leo M. Harvey, born in 1887, in Vilnius, Lithuania, was the son a small factory owner. Threatened with imprisonment for his anti-Czarist activities, he escaped Russia in 1905 and sought refuge in Germany. After spending several years as a toolmaker, he immigrated to the United States in 1910, finding employment at Hot Point Electric Company in Ontario, California. In 1914, Harvey set out on his own, hiring two men and founding Harvey Machine Co. By 1920, the operation had grown to over 300 employees and included clients such as Bendix Company and United States Steel. Harvey took out numerous patents in specialized machinery and equipment, as well as ubiquitous items such as the paper towel dispenser and the pop-top aluminum can.
Following World War II, Harvey Machine acquired a large aluminum plant in Torrance, California. This facility served as the nucleus of Harvey Aluminum Company. The company expanded, opening plants throughout the United States, the Virgin Islands, Europe and Africa. Harvey Aluminum grew into a Fortune 500 company and became the fifth largest integrated aluminum producer in the United States. The company was sold to Martin Marietta in 1972. Today, Leo Harvey's family carries on his entrepreneurial spirit through the continued development and management of the family's real estate holdings throughout Southern California.