12th Annual Clarence E. Harris Entrepreneurial Forum

November 8, 2007

The 2007 Entrepreneurial Forum featured Joe Prebul, CEO and President of Prebul Auto Group as the kick-off speaker. We had record-breaking attendance this year with nearly 500 business students attending the event!


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 entrepreneurs is invited to campus for a half-day program. Participants both interact informally with students and faculty, and conduct a panel discussion.  The breakfast kick-off session is designed to provide one-on-one interaction with the entrepreneur at breakfast. Generally, over 250 students and faculty attend this event.

After the breakfast, entrepreneurs participate in breakout panel discussions, with an overall theme and a moderator. 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.  

This year’s panel discussions focused on Starting a Business in Your 20s (Moderator: Charles Ragland; Panelists: Ted Alling, Access America Transport; Brian Elrod, Educational Outfitters; Gantt Neill, N & S Waterproofing) and The Challenges and Pitfalls in Entrepreneurial Business (Moderator: Dr. Keith Richards; Panelists: Lee Tubbs, Enviroguard; Merri Mai Williamson, Application Researchers; Scott Rix, Medical Technology Sales).