Voice - Gary Anderson
Founders Board for the Entrepreneurial Center and member of the National Advisory Board at the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business
Gary Anderson’s involvement at USU is deep and it follows his passion for business, entrepreneurism and athletics. His efforts have raised both awareness and funding for the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business and USU athletics. Programs like Entrepreneur Week and the DeLonne Anderson Memorial Golf Tournament are the result of Mr. Anderson’s vision and dedicated service to bring alumni back to USU in a spirit of service and contribution.
Photo by Ron Adair
YOU HAVE SEEN A LOT OF SUCCESS OVER THE YEARS. WHAT PRINCIPLES DRIVE YOUR EFFORTS?
A willingness to stand back and look at an issue or opportunity from multiple angles, involve smart and energetic people and then really go to work.
WHY ARE YOU INVOLVED WITH THE HUNTSMAN SCHOOL OF BUSINESS?
There are so many opportunities for alumni to get involved, and the atmosphere is very pro-innovation. I wanted to give more than just a financial donation. I wanted to help build something sustainable, a legacy that could help multiple people and would pay back year-after-year. When I approached the school about establishing Entrepreneur Day, the idea was embraced, supported and implemented almost immediately. From its inception in 2006, Entrepreneur Day has grown every year, and we have some exciting plans for E-week in spring 2011. Today, the New Venture Development Group works with students and professionals to identify innovative ideas with commercial potential, form business plans around the ideas and build management teams to take the ideas forward.
WHERE DO YOU SEE THE GREATEST OPPORTUNITY?
Engagement with our alumni. Be involved and share your intellectual capital and experience. For alumni who have fond recollection of being a student at USU, being involved as an alumnus brings back so many great memories. We have a lot of successful alumni out there who, when they take the time to interact with the students, express that they love the experience. Come back to campus. Volunteer to speak at an event. Judge a competition or sponsor a new program. Establish a scholarship or even help a student find a job or internship. At a minimum, get involved and spend a day with the students and experience the connection for yourself.
WHAT DOES ‘DARE MIGHTY THINGS’ MEAN TO YOU?
It means thinking outside of the box, looking at a problem or an opportunity from a different angle. It also means doing your homework and then having the courage to try it out and to bring others in quickly. Entrepreneurs look at life in much the same way, which is why this theme seems to really embody the entrepreneurial spirit at the Huntsman School. To our young alumni, a large financial contribution may not be feasible, but you can be involved by helping a student find a job or help better prepare them for the workforce. Each person can contribute in their own unique way to help our Huntsman students realize their potential as scholars, entrepreneurs and leaders.
- Chairman of the Founder’s Board for the Entrepreneurial Center at The Jon M. Huntsman School of Business
- Member of the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business National Advisory Board
- Member of the USU Athletics Advisory Board
- USU Distinguished Alumni Award 2010