Clarence E. Harris Entrepreneurial Forum

2014 Entrepreneurial Forum - Tuesday, November 18

beginning at 8 a.m. in the University Center Tennessee Room


Welcome and 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: Kim White of the River City Company


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

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


Panel Discussion 1

The Pivot: Start-Up Lessons Learned, Chattanooga Room of the University Center

Moderated by Dr. Philip Roundy of the UTC College of Business


  • Tyler Jenks, Jonathan Bragdon, Benjamin Wald and Sheldon Grizzle of Spartan Ventures
  • Travis Truett and Jared Houghton of Ambition

Panel Discussion 2
Managing and Growing Your Start-Up, University Center Auditorium

Moderated by Dr. Hunter Holzhauer of the UTC College of Business


  • Cameron Doody of Bellhops
  • Max Poppel, Dan Rose and John Ying of The Crash Pad


Kim White, River City CompanyFeatured Speaker: Kim White of the River City Company

For over 28 years, River City Company has played an integral role in the revitalization of Downtown Chattanooga. Through its work to cultivate and advocate for a vibrant and healthy downtown, River City Company stimulates the community’s economic, social and cultural growth.

As president and CEO of River City Company, Kim White guides this private nonprofit’s focus not only on Downtown development but also on attracting jobs, growing the residential population and cultivating retail investment. In short, her role is to make Downtown more accessible and enjoyable for everyone.

Prior to joining River City, Kim served as president and CEO of Corker Group and later Luken Holdings, Inc where she oversaw lease negotiations, property management and maintenance of over 2 million square feet of commercial real estate.

Serving since 2009, Kim has also participated on the boards of Erlanger Hospital, Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce, UC Foundation, UT Foundation, The Enterprise Center and is a past president of the UTC Alumni Board. In 2008, White was recognized by the American Lung Association as a Woman of Distinction.

A consummate cheerleader for Chattanooga, Kim walks the talk by living, working and playing in the heart of our city.

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