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Clarence E. Harris Entrepreneurial Forum

2013 Entrepreneurial Forum - Tuesday, November 5, 2013student speaker at entrepreneurial forum


Welcome by Chancellor Steve R. Angle


Opening remarks from the Dean of the College of Business, Robert Dooley


Introductions by Dr. Richard C. Becherer, Clarence E. Harris Chair of Excellence in Business and Entrepreneurship


Breakfast Kick-off Speaker: Ted Alling, Access America Transport, Lamp Post Group


8:30-9:45 a.m. Breakfast Session, Tennessee Room of University Center

9:45-11:30 a.m. Panel Discussions


  • Entrepreneurship 101, The Lessons I Have Learned, UC Auditorium of University Center
    • Moderated by Michael Bradshaw (CO.LAB) with Ryan Cox (HATponics), Nathan Derrick (Supply Hog), Josh Kapellusch (Mach Fuels), Russel Looper (Manufacturing Repair and Overstock, Inc.) and Justin Wilson (Manufacturing Repair and Overstock, Inc.)


  • Accelerating Women, Chattanooga Room of University Center
    • Moderated by Kristina Montague (The Jump Fund) with Shelley Prevost (Lamp Post Group), Allison Reedy (CO.LAB), Tiffanie Robinson (River City Company), AJ Willis (Natural Beautiful Me)                                                                                                                                             


Featured Speaker: Ted Alling, Access America Transport and Lamp Post Group

Ted founded Access America Transport with his two best friends from college, Barry Large and Allan Davis. The company started in the back office of Barry’s father’s business, Key James Brick, located in Chattanooga, Tenn. Access America Transport is now one of the fastest growing third-party logistics companies in the country, with more than 400 team members, 8,000 customers, and 33,000 carriers.

Since Access America’s inception, it has grown to nine offices, more than $350 million in annual sales, and has doubled in size eight out of the last 10 years.

Access America was founded on principles of empowerment, camaraderie, passion, and positivity. From those guiding principles, Ted and his partners founded Lamp Post Group — a venture capital and small business incubator. LPG believes that entrepreneurship is one of the guiding forces that make America great.

At Lamp Post, Ted is the encourager — the guy who makes everyone else believe — and the

approachable leader you trust to follow into battle. And all of this is happening in Chattanooga, Tenn. — the quaint southern city with big dreams that is now home to the world’s fastest internet speeds and a growing subculture of entrepreneurship that Ted has helped to cultivate.


About The Clarence E. Harris Entrepreneurial Forum 

The Clarence E. Harris Entrepreneurial Forum is conducted every year by the Harris Chair to promote dialogue and interaction between students, faculty and entrepreneurs. Each year since 1996, a group of 9-12 entrepreneurs is invited to campus for a half-day program. Participants both interact informally with students and faculty, and conduct a panel discussion.


This event is scheduled in the Fall semester and draws nearly 500 students annually.


The breakfast kick-off session is designed to provide one-on-one interaction with the entrepreneur at breakfast.  After the breakfast, entrepreneurs participate in panel discussions with varying themes. This aspect of the program promotes a comparison in entrepreneurial perspectives and some lively discussion among the panelists. Students and faculty are welcome to ask questions and participate in the debate.

Students should RSVP through their classes using the sign-in sheet provided to your professors. Non-students should RSVP to