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Entrepalooza 2004: Expanding the Horizons of Entrepreneurship 
Agenda and Panel Discussions / Presenters
September 24, 2004
University of Michigan Business School, Ann Arbor

Back to Entrepalooza 2004


7:30 a.m.     
Continental Breakfast, Networking and Registration

8:15 a.m.
Welcome and Presentation of the Alumni Entrepreneur of the Year Award
Robert Dolan, Dean, University of Michigan Business School

Keynote Speaker
David A. Brandon, Chairman and CEO, Domino's Pizza, Inc.

Many entrepreneurs envision taking their start-up companies public. Mr. Brandon will share his story of taking Domino's Pizza, Inc. public in July 2004, in what was the largest initial public offering
in Quick Service Restaurant history.

9:00 a.m.
Networking Break and Refreshments

9:20 a.m.
Concurrent Panel Discussions – Session I
- Competing in Asia
- Social Entrepreneurship
- Venture Capital / Private Equity Finance
- Building Successful Ventures

10:20 a.m.
Networking Break and Refreshments

10:40 a.m.
Concurrent Panel Discussions – Session II
(The same panels are repeated for Session II)

11:40 a.m.
Networking Break and Refreshment

12:00 p.m.
Keynote Speaker
Keith Alessi, Chairman and CEO, Lifestyle Improvement Centers, LLC, and former Chairman, President and CEO, Jackson Hewitt

2004 Alumni Entrepreneur of the Year Award Recipient

Mr. Alessi (MBA 1979) has over 20 years of senior executive experience specializing in "turnaround" situations. Hear about how he quickly managed to effect a remarkable turnaround in 1997 at Jackson Hewitt, the nation's second largest tax preparation company. In 1998 his efforts paid off when Cendant Corporation purchased Jackson Hewitt in a deal valued at $480 million.

12:45 p.m.
Symposium Ends

Panel Discussions / Presenters

Entrepreneurial Success in Asia
From India to Japan, the Philippines to the Middle East, there are tremendous business opportunities in Asia. With so many opportunities for growth, how does an entrepreneur access and succeed in these markets? Learn how businesses and investors are overcoming the challenges of competing in Asia.

Vinay Gupta, Founder and CEO, Janeeva, Inc.
Jimmy Hsiao, Founder and CEO, Logic Solutions
Edward Daniel Miller, CEO and Principal, Japanese-American Language Institute
Moderator: Brad Farnsworth, Director of the Center for International Business Education, University of Michigan Business School  

Social Entrepreneurship: Value Beyond Shareholders
There is a tremendous amount of business innovation required for a business to create value in today’s environment. Social entrepreneurs are driven, creative individuals who remake the world for the better through their businesses and organizations. Learn from this panel how to strengthen your social impact in nonprofit management, philanthropy and corporate management. Panel Co-sponsors: U-M Nonprofit & Public Management Center and Net Impact Club.

Mike Hannigan, CEO and Co-founder, Give Something Back
Larry Waddell II, Managing Director, SJF Ventures
Julius Walls Jr., Senior Vice President, Greyston Foundation, and President and CEO, Greyston Bakery
Kathleen Wilkerson, Managing Director, Next Frontier Capital
Moderator: Toria Crichlow (MBA 2005) Co-president, Net Impact Club

Venture Capital / Private Equity: Deriving Maximum Value From Your Investors 
Entrepreneurs often seek investors who can assist beyond capital and simple advice. Find out how these venture capitalists and private equity professionals differentiate the superstars from the merely enthusiastic. Panel members will share their ideas on how to engage your investors and optimize their value for your company.

J. Michael Davis, Sr. Managing Director and Co-head of Investment Banking, National City Corporation, and Adjunct Lecturer of Entrepreneurial Studies, University of Michigan Business School
Mitchell Mondry, Founder and Vice President, M Group
Mina Sooch, Founder and General Partner, Apjohn Ventures Fund
Geoffrey Woolley, Founding Partner, Dominion Ventures, Inc.
Moderator: Tony Pandjiris (MBA 2005) Team Leader, Wolverine Venture Fund

Entrepreneurship: Building a Successful Venture
Successful entrepreneurs are able to identify a problem and come up with a solution before anyone else does. They are focused on their customer, what their customer wants, what their customer needs and what their customer will pay for. These are visionaries who have the uncanny ability to hire the right people to get the job done. These panelists will share their business building adventures with you.  

Charles Fry, CEO and CTO, Aurum Information Technology
Christine Gibbons, CFO, Sensicore, Inc.
Dr. Farnam Jahanian, Founder and Chairman of the Board, Arbor Networks, and Professor of EECS, University of Michigan
Tim Mayleben, Former COO, Esperion Therapeutics, Inc.
Moderator: David Ragones (MBA 2005) Co-president, Entrepreneur and Venture Club  

Questions? Please contact Carolyn Maguire at 734-615-4419 or

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