REDI will be hosting two Panels
at the Missouri Technology Expo
on Thursday, October 7, 2010
in Monsanto Auditorium,
Christopher S. Bond Life Sciences Center
University of Missouri
Please register online for the Missouri Technology Expo at:
3:30 P.M. - PANEL #1:
Hear the stories of four entrepreneurs who followed entirely different paths to turn their dreams into companies. Q&A will follow the panel discussion.
Emcee - Vicki Russell, Vice Chair, REDI
§ Jimmy Winkelmann, 19, founded The South Butt before he graduated from high school and was sued by retailing giant Northface before he was a freshman at Mizzou. Since then, Jimmy started his sophomore year at MU, The South Butt continues to grow and Jimmy is launching another enterprise.
§ Kat Cunningham, whose company Moresource has celebrated 16 anniversaries, remembers the day when her accountants told her she couldn't afford to stay in business and would be better off to close the company. That was 7 years ago. Today, she has 13 employees and provides payroll, insurance and bookkeeping for thousands of people in businesses large and small.
§ Brant Bukowsky, 34, and his brother just can't stop themselves. They start a company, sell it and then do it again. These days, the three-time Inc.500-winners are primarily focused on VA Mortgage Center, their successful web-based company, while they continue to nurture new ventures. They currently employ 300 people with offices in 7 states.
Tariq Shah is an experienced commercial director with a track record of success in growing companies within challenging veterinary markets. He joined PetScreen, a UK-based veterinary diagnostic company in 2008, and in December 2009, he moved to Columbia, Missouri to establish PetScreen Inc, the US division of PetScreen Ltd.
4:30 P.M. - PANEL #2:
There is help for people like you.
Learn about the resources available in Columbia and in Missouri for entrepreneurs wanting to turn their ideas into enterprises. Q&A will follow the panel discussion.
Emcee - J. Michael Brooks, President, REDI
§ Raina Knox, president, Excellence in Missouri Foundation provides leadership to the administering of state's premier quality awards programs the Missouri Quality Award and the Governor's Quality Leadership Award. Founded in 1992, the organization supports the management philosophies of the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award program and promotes performance excellence principles by focusing their workshops on how to build, operate, assess and manage effective processes in organizations.
§ Jake Halliday, PhD, CEO, Missouri Innovation Center has a strong interest in innovation-based economic development, and also serves as director of the MU Life Science Business & Technology Incubator at Monsanto Place. With over 32 years experience in the life sciences industry, Dr. Halliday also teaches entrepreneurship at the graduate level at the Trulaske College of Business.
§ ike Crist, Enterprise Development Corporation has been director since 1983 and has participated in the financing of over $500M in projects over the last 20 years. Utilizing commercial financing channels, small business loans and venture capital sources the EDC has been a successful asset to small businesses in mid-Missouri
§ Stan Gerling, Boone County National Bank, is a Vice President in Commercial Relationship Banking and has over 20 years of financial experience including positions with General Electric Capital Corporation and the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. Stan is responsible for managing and developing an existing portfolio of commercial clients and in new business relationships.
Please stay for the reception to follow.
To register and review the entire event's program: