The Center for Entrepreneurship at Saint Louis University has selected five inductees for the 2011-2012 Smurfit-Stone Entrepreneurial Alumni Hall of Fame.
Now in its fifth year, the award recognizes SLU graduates who have contributed to society through entrepreneurial leadership and service to the community.
Ellen Harshman, Ph.D., J.D., dean of SLU's John Cook School of Business, said the alumni honorees exemplify the University's commitment to educational excellence, strong business leadership and service to the community.
"In both their professional and personal lives each of the nominees exhibits the spirit of collaboration that helps develop strong individuals, businesses and communities," Harshman said.
For more than two decades, the Center for Entrepreneurship has served as a bridge between academia and the business community to provide resources and support for enterprising entrepreneurs.
Tim Hayden, director of the Center for Entrepreneurship and an entrepreneur in his own right, said the Hall of Fame not only honors alumni for their achievements but also serves as an inspiration to students following in their footsteps.
"The path for each of the honorees began with an idea that was developed, nurtured and took shape to become successful," Hayden said. "Their accomplishments provide knowledge and encouragement to students who will become the next generation of entrepreneurs."
Doug Brown (BSBA '66), a member of the inaugural Alumni Hall of Fame class, spent 30 years as a highly-successful executive at Enterprise Rent-a-Car before retiring and going on to use his experiences to help budding small business owners develop their ideas through consulting and as founder of Habitat for Neighborhood Business.
"Entrepreneurship not only builds businesses but also strengthens the communities where those businesses are located," Brown said.
The 2011-2012 Smurfit-Stone Entrepreneurial Alumni Hall of Fame inductees include:
Small Independent Entrepreneurship
Harvey Hartman (BSBA '71),
Founder, Chairman and CEO, The Hartman Group
Large Independent Entrepreneurship
Patrick Lee (BSAE '59)
Founder and Chairman, International Motion Control
Tiffany Denyer, (BSN '96)
Founder and President, Wilderwood Service Dogs
Robert Fox (MBA '76)
Chairman, Casa de Salud
James Haglund, (MSR '75)
Vice President of Rehabilitation, War Memorial Hospital
In addition, three SLU students who best embody the University's spirit of entrepreneurship will be recognized.
The induction ceremony will be held from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, May 15, at the John Cook School of Business, 3674 Lindell Blvd. Tickets are $50 per person. The event is open to the public however reservations are requested.
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