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Entrepreneurial Expertise: Learn About Starting a Successful Business During Conference

The Meinders School of Business at Oklahoma City University will host the 2013 Entrepreneurship Day conference from 8 a.m. to noon Feb. 27. The event is free to the public and advanced registration is encouraged.

Guest speakers are David Woods, Mike Moradi, Steve Mason and Marsh Pitman. They will share their entrepreneurial experiences and talk about the lessons they learned while starting and running successful businesses.

The presentations will be held in the Kerr McGee Auditorium in the business school at N.W. 27th Street and McKinley Avenue. Registration is available online at www.okcu.edu/business.

For more information, e-mail Bob Greve at rgreve@okcu.edu or call (405) 208-5437.

David Woods

Woods is CEO of GiANT Partners and former CEO of Ditch Witch Construction Equipment, the world’s largest manufacturer of underground construction equipment. He is an expert in strategic thinking and advisory coaching with more than 30 years of building high-growth companies. Woods has recently completed a book titled “The Art of Networking: Beyond the Handshake.”  This soon-to-be-released book focuses on building life-long business relationships. Woods is an advisor to numerous companies and speaks nationwide on the topics of growth strategies, leadership and networking.

Mike Moradi

Moradi is a successful serial entrepreneur, having founded or been a principal in several nanotechnology and biomedical startups. In 2003, he was awarded a community service commendation from the U.S. Congress for his voluntary efforts in technology-based economic development. Moradi recently founded Century Venture Partners, a firm that starts new technology companies and advises early-stage technology companies, venture capital and private equity funds, and major research and development centers around the United States. He was co-founder and CEO of a pharmaceutical research and development company, which was ranked 264 on the Inc. 500 list of fastest growing privately-held companies in the U.S. in 2009. Moradi was previously vice president of business development for NanoSource Technologies, where he led the company’s acquisition by DuPont. This is widely considered to be the first major liquidity event in nanotechnology.

Steve Mason

Mason has been the president of Cardinal Engineering, Inc., since 1989.  He has worked full time in the waste management and environmental industry for more than 25 years. He was a member of the Solid Waste Advisory Council at the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality. Mason was awarded the 2010 Distinguished Leadership Award by Leadership Oklahoma City for his extensive community service, success of Cardinal Engineering and his redevelopment efforts in the Automobile Alley district.  He was awarded the 2010 Urban Pioneer Award by the OKC Plaza District Association for his work in Automobile Alley. He has redeveloped 10 buildings including Coffee Slingers, the Womb gallery, Rawhide store and the Iguana Mexican Grill restaurant. He has served as president of the Boy Scouts Last Frontier Council and president of the Oklahoma City Community Foundation.  He is currently a member of the MAPs Streetcar Committee, vice chairman of the Automobile Alley Association and chairman of the OKC Business Improvement District (BID). Mason was named to the OCU Hall of Honor last year.

Marsh Pitman

Pitman is a real estate developer in Oklahoma City. He serves as vice chairman of A Chance to Change Foundation. He previously served as chairman of the Bricktown Urban Design Committee and the Values Committee of Putnam City Schools, and on the boards of International Students Inc., the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, and the Trinity School in Chicago. He is a past member of the Oklahoma Judicial Nominating Committee.

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