Distinguished Entrepreneur Speaker Series
The Turner School of Entrepreneurship and Innovation believes that experience can often be the best teacher. This series brings nationally known entrepreneurs to campus to share their entrepreneurial journey with students, faculty and staff. Speakers not only will provide their insights in a large audience setting, but will also participate in classes or small student discussions while on campus.
Spring 2017 Speaker:
Gene Landrum, originator of the Chuck E. Cheese concept of family entertainment, will be presented with the Entrepreneur of the Year award on April 24, 2017, at 7:00 p.m., in the Peplow Pavilion (3rd floor of the Hayden-Clark Alumni Center). Mr. Landrum will explain how he originated and grew one of the country's most beloved restaurant concepts.
Spring 2016 Speaker:
Craig Culver, founder of Culver's Restaurants, will address the campus and general public on April 18, 2016, at 7:00 p.m. in the Peplow Pavilion (3rd floor of the Hayden-Clark Alumni Center). Mr. Culver will share his startup story and the obstacles he had to overcome to build the company.
Fall 2015 Speaker:
Dave Alwan, President of Echo Valley Meats, and two-time contestant on ABC's Shark Tank, will address students, faculty, and the general public on November 4, 2015, at 7:00 p.m., in the Peplow Pavilion. Mr. Alwan will present a behind-the-scenes look at what really happens on the Shark Tank, and will explain how he negotiated an investor deal with Mark Cuban.
Fall 2014 Speaker:
Former Ambassador Nancy Brinker, founder of the Komen Foundation, and the Race for the Cure, will address the campus and general public on November 4, 2014, at 7:00 p.m. in the Peplow Pavilion (3rd floor of the Hayden-Clark Alumni Center). Ms. Brinker will share her experiences in launching and growing a social entrepreneurship organization dedicated to curing breast cancer.