The COB is formally launching an Entrepreneur-in-Residence program this semester, with support coming from the newly named Jake Jabs Center for Entrepreneurship for the New West. The C0B plans to offer one entrepreneur-in-residence per semester for an intensive week of interactions with CoB students.
Gary Gannon, a self-described serial entrepreneur with significant experience in the technology/software arena, will serve as the college’s first entrepreneur-in-residence from February 28 through March 4. Gannon will work with students — helping them better learn the art and science of envisioning, building and growing their own company – and faculty.
Gannon is the principal and founding member of Visual Life Web, LLC, a technology company dedicated to transforming the relationship between science and environmental decision-making. He has life-long experience envisioning, forming, managing, and growing U.S. and international companies and organizations in diverse fields. He has a solid track record and leadership experience in anticipating global trends, and has built numerous businesses that both leveraged and added value to these emerging trends, including UBMatrix, a worldwide leader in business reporting software based on the digital XML language named XBRL. The company was recently acquired by Edgar Online Inc., a publicly traded corporation.
Gannon is also heavily involved in many other business and philanthropic activities. He is an advisor for the Western Sustainability Exchange; an advisory board member for Gaia-Metrics, Inc.; on the City of Bozeman Mayor’s Community Climate Change Taskforce Workgroup; and serves as an international advisory board member for the United National Global Compact Cities Programme.
The Montana State University (MSU) Alumni Association and the Bozeman Chamber of Commerce recognized the top forty MSU seniors and their faculty or staff mentors at the 29th annual Awards for Excellence banquet. The awards ceremony took place on Tuesday, February 22 in the Strand Union Building Ballrooms.
Student winners were nominated by faculty in their college or department and chosen by an award selection committee. Honorees maintained a minimum 3.5 grade point average on a 4.0 scale and demonstrated campus leadership and community service.
The College of Business students and their mentors who were honored at the banquet were:
Meghan Doyle, business marketing/management and psychology/Mike Gold
Aimee Hokanson, business finance/Steve Ault
James McGuiness, business management/Gary Bishop
Sophie Mumford, business accounting and economics/Bonita Peterson Kramer
Finance Club will be hosting Frank-Paul King, managing partner for King/Strategic Finance at their meeting tonight (Thursday, February 24) at 6:00 pm in Reid Hall (4th Floor).
Frank-Paul’s background includes over twenty years of investment banking and private equity industry experience. He has been actively involved in transactions valued in excess of $10 billion involving public and private parties. His career includes positions with the Chase Manhattan Bank in New York, as well as Hoak Breedlove Wesneski & Co., Windrock Capital and KingStrategic, Ltd. in Dallas. Frank-Paul serves on the Board of Directors of Republic Energy, Inc.; Primexx Energy Partners, Ltd.; TFO Holdings, LLC; 2D2C, Inc.; Paseo de la Resaca; the Property and Environmental Research Center; The Dallas Assembly; North Texas Business for Culture and the Arts; and he is the Chairman of the Board of the Museum of Nature and Science in Dallas.
He has a BS in Economics, a BS in Management from Montana State University and an MBA in Finance from Duke University where he graduated as a Fuqua scholar, a Connally Scholar and a Fuqua Fellow.
Pizza will be provided at the meeting.