Methodist University Announces Inaugural Reeves School of Business Symposium and Awards Dinner

The Reeves School of Business (RSB) at Methodist University announces the Inaugural Reeves School of Business Symposium and Awards Dinner, which will be held on Thursday, Nov. 12, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Embassy Suites, 4760 Lake Valley Dr., Fayetteville. 

The event’s keynote speaker will be Dan Roselli, who will speak on: “Building a Startup Ecosystem: Fostering Innovation and Entrepreneurship within Communities.”  Roselli is an internationally recognized expert on building startup ecosystems. “Startup ecosystem” is the name given to the organized interaction of people, startup businesses, and other organizations working together to create new startup companies.

Seven awards will also be presented at the event: Alumni Business Person of the Year, Business Person of the Year, Entrepreneur of the Year, Greater Good Award, Outstanding Woman Entrepreneur of the Year, The Silver Spoon Award, and the Small Business Excellence Award.

Dr. Kimberly Scruton, dean of the Reeves School of Business, said this event is the new version of two events previously hosted by the RSB’s Center for Entrepreneurship for more than 40 years.

“The Reeves School of Business and Methodist University continue to evolve and build upon our reputation for excellence,” Scruton said. “In our pursuit of continual quality improvement, we have recently made some organizational changes that more effectively and efficiently align our resources. We have consolidated these two events into one Reeves School of Business Symposium and Awards celebration. This single event will continue with our longstanding tradition of recognizing award winners and also reflects the entirety of the Reeves School of Business.

For more information or to purchase a ticket to this event, contact Pam Biermann at 910.630.7496, or pbiermann@methodist.edu. Tickets can also be purchased online.

About the awards

The Alumni Business Person of the Year is a graduate of Methodist University who has shown promise for a successful career. The Business Person of the Year an executive who makes great contributions, not only to the successful operation of local business and industry, but also to the civic and cultural life of the community. Entrepreneur of the Year is awarded to a risk-taker in the free enterprise system: a person who sees an opportunity and then devises strategies to achieve specific objectives. The Greater Good Award is given to a professional who has shown kindness, charity, humanity, love, and friendship to his/her associates. Outstanding Woman Entrepreneur is a North Carolina resident who owns, has established, or manages a small business. The award committee will also consider the individual's creativity, innovativeness, and personal contributions to and involvement with the community. The Silver Spoon Award is given to a person who, though not born with the proverbial spoon in his/her mouth, has originated and built a successful business recognized for its uniqueness in planning, production, or some other aspect of its operation. The Small-Business Excellence Award goes to a business that employs fewer than 300 persons and generates revenue of less than $15 million per annum. The award committee will also consider the creativity of the business, the uniqueness of the product, the employees' welfare and the contributions of the business to its community.

About the speaker

Roselli, along with his wife, Sara Garcés, co-founded Packard Place, one of the largest entrepreneurial and tech centers in the country outside of New York, Boston, and Silicon Valley. The company is devoted to developing fast-growth entrepreneurial companies and has more than 100 companies in residence under its six different business incubator programs.

Formerly in senior marketing positions with General Mills, Colgate Palmolive, and M&M/MARS, Roselli moved to Charlotte in 2000 to oversee Brand Strategy and Marketing Communications for Bank of America, where he was the youngest person ever to serve on the Operating Committee with the company.

In 2003 Roselli began his entrepreneurial career as an original co-founder of internet marketing firm Red Ventures. He has since co-founded three different companies that have made it to the INC 500 list of fastest growing private companies in America. Roselli has been recognized more times than any other entrepreneur in his city by the Charlotte Business Journal as one of its “Fast 50” companies.

Roselli has a finance degree from Michigan State University, and an MBA in marketing from the University of Minnesota.

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