Spring 2024 Lecture Series

Every semester we bring in entrepreneurs and executives to speak to our students, giving you the chance to learn directly from and network with those who are leading their own businesses.

Join us in WB 144 to hear from each of these entrepreneurs!

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Meet Our Speakers

  

Thad Hymas, January 25 at 11 a.m.

Thad Hymas is the owner, along with his wife, of White River Chem-Dry, a carpet cleaning company. Thad has a background in construction management and has been in business with White River Chem-Dry for over two years. White River’s innovative process of using less water than traditional steam cleaning through hot carbonating extraction. Thad loves to clean and being involved in the process of seeing something from start to finish. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his wife and five children.

 

Nate Miller, January 25 at 11 a.m.

Nate Miller is a graduate of Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. He started working for Express Employment Professionals after graduation as a temporary employee in Lafayette. After 4 years, a series of promotions, and obtaining his PHR and SHRM-CP certifications, he decided to franchise Express Employment in Muncie, IN. He has been operating the current franchise for the past 9 years, providing employment opportunities to the Delaware and Madison County communities.

  

Dr. Huseyin Ergin, February 8 at 11 a.m.

Huseyin Ergin is an Assistant Professor in the Computer Science Department at Ball State University. His research interests include computer science education, software engineering, and model-driven engineering. He earned his Ph.D. and M.Sc. degrees from the University of Alabama, as well as an additional M.Sc. from Sabanci University in Turkey, and a B.Sc. from Yeditepe University in Turkey, all in computer science or engineering. With extensive industry experience, Dr. Ergin has worked as a software developer in R&D departments, IT departments, startups, and manufacturing companies, giving him a comprehensive understanding of software development practices in various settings. He has also participated in programming, science, robotics, idea, startup, and entrepreneurship competitions/events. Currently, he is actively collaborating with industry partners to research software engineering techniques and practices. Dr. Ergin has secured over $150,000 in grant money for software engineering research from industry partners. In addition to his research work, he teaches software engineering classes and supervises software projects for local community partners, including startups, non-profit organizations, university branches, and local companies. He also founded the Capstone Connector, a program under the Innovation Connector of Muncie, which connects industry partners with student Capstone teams.

Bill Bussick, March 12 at 11 a.m.

Bill Bussick is the President & CEO of DuraMark Technologies, Inc an industry leading manufacturer of durable decals and labels.  Bill co-founded DuraMark in 2007 and it has become one of the largest digital label printers in the US.  In 2013, DuraMark launched a technology Division that was spun off and operates today as Lumavate, an innovative Product Experience Platform allowing marketers to centralize product data, manage digital assets and create digital product experiences.   In 2021, Bill led the acquisition of DuraMark to a Midwest based Private Equity firm.  Prior to DuraMark, Bill spent twenty-two years leading sales organizations for Fortune 1000 companies in the printing industry.  Bill is a 1983 graduate of Ball State University with a B.S. in Marketing.  He met his wife of 38 years at BSU and they have 4 children.  Bill also sits on the board of The O’Connor House, a home for pregnant and homeless women, his wife founded in 2005 located in Hamilton County.

 
 

Karen Mangia, March 19 at 11 a.m.

Karen Mangia is President & Chief Strategy Officer of The Engineered Innovation Group, a high growth B2B SAAS startup.  She also serves on the Board of Advisors for Podopolo, a VC backed startup revolutionizing podcasting with AI.   Karen previously served as Vice President of Customer and Market Insights at Salesforce (NYSE: CRM), where she regularly consulted with senior leadership at Fortune 1000 companies as well as privately-funded high-growth businesses to accelerate transformation and growth. She previously held roles at AT&T and Cisco. Karen is the Wall Street Journal best selling author of five books and the host of the Success From Anywhere podcast.

 

Cindy Dunston Quirk, April 16 at 11 a.m.

Dogs have always been a part of Cindy’s life. Cindy was successful in sales and marketing after completing her Bachelor’s in Marketing from Georgia State University. It was gratifying, but her creative side was itching to get out and run. Cindy turned heavily to writing as a professional wordsmith and editor, forming her own creative firm in Anderson, IN. In 2009, she made another pivot that combined her business, marketing, and creative skills. She was inspired by her German Shepard’s allergies and founded her own pet treat company, Scout & Zoe’s. Her products, naturally shed elk antler treats and chews, are now available in over 10,000 pet stores across the globe. It’s a dog’s life and Cindy wouldn’t have it any other way.

 

Marc Lore, April 18 at 6:30 p.m.

Marc Lore is a serial entrepreneur with an impressive track record. He is the Founder, Chairman, and CEO of Wonder Group, a company that’s reinventing the at-home dining experience. Wonder is led by a team of proven entrepreneurs, some of the world’s greatest chefs and culinary experts, talented innovators from every area of the business, and backed by top-tier venture capitalists.

Lore is also the newest NBA owner having purchased the Minnesota Timberwolves and Minnesota Lynx in Spring 2021 with his friend and business partner, Alex Rodriguez.

Additionally, Lore is the lead and largest investor in Archer, an aerospace company, Co-Founder and investor of Wizard, a company transforming e-commerce with conversational AI, and Mojo, a sports stock market, where fans can use their knowledge to invest in sports like never before. Lore has started and sold several companies in the e-commerce sector, including Quidsi, the parent company of Diapers.com, which he sold to Amazon in 2011 for $550 million. Telosa is Lore’s legacy project – a city he is building from scratch to test a new model for society, called Equitism.

He graduated from Bucknell University, receiving a Bachelor of Arts in business management and economics.