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Entrepreneurship at SUU

The Entrepreneurship Program at SUU promotes transformative educational experiences and financial well-being through new venture creation.

Featured Event

April 24th | 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

ED 104

Robyn Openshaw 

Founder of GreenSmoothieGirl.com and author of  “Vibe: Unlock the Energetic Frequencies of Limitless Health, Love & Success”, “The Green Smoothie Diet”, and 13 other books. Robyn’s a former clinical psychotherapist and university professor. She’s lectured all over the United States.

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April 10

Davis Smith

CEO of Cotopaxi, an outdoor gear brand with a social mission at its core. Davis was named CEO of the Year 2016 by Silicon Valley Community Foundation and is a member of the United Nations Foundation's Global Entrepreneurs Council. He was previously the Co-CEO of Baby.com.br and Dinda.com.br, Brazil’s Startup of the Year in 2012, which raised over $40M in venture capital.

April 17

Julie Castle

Chief Development & Marketing Officer at Best Friends Animal Society. She has led a rebranding effort for the organization and introduced the new call to action, “Save Them All.” Before Best Friends, Julie was the Executive Director of No More Homeless Pets in Utah. She graduated from SUU with a B.S.

April 24

Robyn Openshaw

Founder of GreenSmoothieGirl.com and author of “Vibe: Unlock the Energetic Frequencies of Limitless Health, Love & Success”, “The Green Smoothie Diet”, and 13 other books. Robyn’s a former clinical psychotherapist and university professor. She’s lectured all over the United States.

March 6

Bryan L. Welton Jr.

Chairman and Founder of Namify. Bryan founded and/or served as CEO for 7 successful businesses, including Welton Capital, White Fir Properties, and VeraClean. He has been honored as the Reed Smoot Businessman of the Year and Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Finalist.

March 20

Nancy Singleton

Nancy and her husband started Singleton Systems in 2006 with a focus to have predictable success and reliable, increasing income. They help a variety of medical professionals including Medical Doctors, Physical Therapists, Dentists, Chiropractors and business owners.

March 27

Will Taylor

Will graduated from BYU with an undergrad in Exercise and Wellness and is currently getting his MBA from SUU. Wills entrepreneurial journey started at BYU where he flipped motor scooters to pay rent each month. After graduation, he was the youth development Director at a youth crisis center but after 2 years he left that job to create his own businesses and path in life. He currently owns Crossfit Cedar City, which he purchased 1.5 years ago and in that time doubled its monthly revenue.

February 6

Lance Syrett

Chairman of the Utah State Board of Tourism Development. General Manager of Ruby's Inn, founded by his grandfather Reuben Syrett, which has been in operation for over 100 years in Bryce Canyon City, Utah. Lance graduated from SUU with a bachelor’s degree in Economics and Finance.

February 13

John Pestana

Founded ObservePoint which is a software company providing enterprise-class Data Quality Assurance applications for Digital Marketing Technologies. Prior to ObservePoint he Co-Founded Omniture, a web analytics software company based in Orem, Utah.

February 20

Brett Binford

Founder of Mudshark Studios in 2005 with Chris Lyon. Mudshark Studios offers ceramic design and production services to potters, designers, institutions, galleries, and public artists all over the world.

February 27

Dave Staheli

Founder and President of Staheli West, Dave Staheli created the Hay Steamer which allows farmers to bale hay in a hot and dry climate. Dave graduated from SUU with a degree in engineering.

January 16

Craig J. Pickett

CFO of Imagine Music Festival, and also CFO of JusTours and JusCollege. Craig has experience as an entrepreneur starting and selling businesses while in school, as an auditor for Ernst & Young, and as an associate for Huntington Capital leading business development activities in Nevada and serving as interim CFO for portfolio companies.

January 23

Tayson Whittaker

Tayson graduated from SUU three years ago and started building his dream business. A $500 investment has grown to multi-million dollar Outdoor Vitals, a business making waves in the outdoor community. Tayson has experienced every position in the company by bootstrapping the business from the ground up.

January 30

Wilford Clyde

Mayor of Springville. Chairman & CEO of Clyde Companies, after serving as president for 16 years. Clyde Companies is the parent company of Sunroc, Geneva Rock, and Beehive Insurance. He also serves as a Member of the Board for the Utah State Board of Regents. He previously served as Chairman of the Utah Manufacturers Association, and President of the Utah Chapter of the Associated General Contractors.

November 7

Dick & Marcia Hynes

Founder of HyneCo, dedicated to Executive Coaching, Team Building, Consulting, and Board Service. Previous to this, Dick was President International for Alberto Culver
prior to the sale to Unilever. Dick managed companies based in the Europe, Latin
America, Asia-Pacific, Africa and Canada. He had previously had positions with Alberto Culver, Frito-Lay, Kraft, ConAgra, Union Carbide and a mid-career LBO.

November 14

Ritch Wood

CEO of Nu Skin. Previously, Ritch served in various capacities at Nu Skin including Chief Financial Officer, Vice President of Finance, Vice President of New Market Development, Director of Finance of New Market Development and Controller of the Pharmanex division. He also played a key role in opening many European countries for Nu Skin.

November 28

Jerry Hill

Former VP of Customer Innovation at Teradata Manufacturing. Jerry has over 25 years of industry experience in failure analysis, quality/reliability processes and operations management. He served in numerous senior level positions at Western Digital including as Vice President of Operations for their semiconductor operations. Prior to joining Teradata he founded a supply chain and quality
analysis software company acquired by Teradata in 2002.

December 5

Desi Ward

Creator & CEO of Unconventional Kitchen. Over the past 5 years, Desi has grown her community of
Moms to over 83,000. She created the Real Foods Made Easy Program in 2011, offering a guide to feeding families healthy, unprocessed, real food. UK has hosted the Annual Mom Conference the past two years, bringing 44,000 Moms together.

October 3

Bob Despain

After 25 years of practicing law, Bob developed and became CEO of a water treatment business that grew to be the largest coal bed methane water treatment company in the world. He was also engaged in several technical ventures involving energy and natural resources, and has since encouraged and invested in other entrepreneurs.

October 10

Amy Rees Anderson

Founder and Managing Partner of REES Capital. Amy is a weekly contributor to Forbes and the
Huffington Post. She is currently serving on 15 Boards. Prior to founding REES Capital, Amy was CEO of MediConnect Global, a company she grew and sold in 2012 for over $377 million. After selling MediConnect, she founded the IPOP Foundation, a charity focused on promoting entrepreneurship as a pathway to self-reliance.

October 17

Wilford Clyde

Mayor of Springville. Chairman & CEO of Clyde Companies, after serving as president for 16 years.
Clyde Companies is the parent company of Sunroc, Geneva Rock, and Beehive Insurance. He also serves as a Member of the Board for the Utah State Board of Regents. He previously served as Chairman of the Utah Manufacturers Association, and President of the Utah Chapter of the Associated General Contractors.

October 31

Dean Cardinale

Founder of World Wide Trekking and President and Founder of Human Outreach Project. Climbed and led expeditions to North America, Central America, Africa, Europe, South America, and the Himalayas, including summiting Mt. Everest in 2005. Dean is an avalanche instructor and forecaster as well as a level-III certified U.S Sailing Captain. He recently authored Inspired — Lessons Learned from a Life of Adventure.

September 5

Dale Gunther

Director and Vice Chairman of People’s Utah Bancorp. Previously, Dale served for 16 years as CEO. He was also previously president and chairman, and has been a board member and chairman of
the Utah Banker’s Association. Before his banking career, Dale was president and board member of Alpine First Thrift and Gunther’s Comfort Air. Dale is a former American Fork City councilman.

September 12

Martin Frey

Successful business leader, active angel investor, and an accomplished mountaineer and sailor.
Martin was the first person to climb the world’s Seven Summits (the highest peaks
on each continent) and to sail the Seven Seas. Former senior director for Cisco and former managing director of the Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development.

September 19

Brandon Allen

Business coach, speaker, and strategist. Founder of New Work Revolution, training others in leadership, marketing, speaking, and management. Created Business FastTrack program. Author of Total Experience Design: How to Stand Out in a Crowded Market, and The Management Playbook: Be the Common Denominator of Success.

September 26

Rich Christiansen

Thought leader, parallel entrepreneur, and humanitarian. Rich has created 49 businesses of which 16
have become multimillion-dollar successes. Each were started with $10K or less of capital. These businesses have ranged from technology, import/export, SEO, lead generation, innovative products, and real estate. He authored national bestseller The Zigzag Principle and co-authored Bootstrap
Business. 

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Program Director

Tyler Stillman

Tyler Stillman
Phone: 111-865-8286
Email: [email protected]
Office: BU 308E

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