Richard M. Adams, chairman of the board and CEO of United Bankshares Inc. and United Bank Inc., will talk about theFundamentals of Successat 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 5, in Room 459 of the West Virginia University Business and Economics Building.

Adamsspeech is part of the Acordia/Royal&SunAlliance Distinguished Lecture Series within the WVU College of Business and Economics. The lecture is free and open to the public.

After receiving degrees from WVU and Rutgers, Adams began his banking career as president and chairman of the board of the Parkersburg National Bank. During the next 26 years, he helped transform this bank into United Bankshares Inc., the largest bank holding company headquartered in West Virginia. United Bankshares has $6.4 billion in assets and 90 full-service offices in West Virginia, Virginia, Maryland, Ohio and Washington, D.C.

Adams has been involved in many banking and community organizations. He serves on the boards of directors of the West Virginia Bankers Association, West Virginia State Chamber of Commerce and West Virginia Business Roundtable. He is also a member of the International Financial Conference and the Financial Services Roundtable.

He was inducted into the 2002 West Virginia Business Hall of Fame and named the 2002 West Virginia Bankers AssociationBanker of the Year.He was also included in The State JournalsWhos Who in West Virginia Business.

The College of Business and Economics has offered this lecture series since 1984. For more information, call 304-293-7804.