Upcoming Events

28
Feb

Entrepreneur Leadership Series: Jon Schmidt

Panel Discussion/Presentation

Jon Schmidt is a contemporary American pianist and composer, celebrated for his versatile musical talent and compositions. Schmidt’s musical interest started at a young age because of his parent's gift of an early education in music. He started teaching piano lessons at 16 and began a successful solo career in his early twenties. His distinctive style blends classical influences with modern elements, creating a unique musical fusion that resonates with audiences worldwide.
 
When going to college, Schmidt was worried about a career in music. He studied English and planned to get an MBA. After continuous pestering from people asking him to play the piano, he finally rented out a concert hall to introduce himself to the public. His audience loved him, and he hasn’t regretted pursuing his music career.
 
Jon Schmidt is a member of The Piano Guys, a musical group known for their innovative arrangements and music videos. The Piano Guys was formed in 2010 and the group has a large online following which has created millions of views on YouTube. Their goal is to inspire those who listen to their music.

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm | Eccles Conference Center Auditorium |
20
Mar

Entrepreneur Leadership Series: Brent Brown

Panel Discussion/Presentation

Brent Brown was born in Newport Beach, California, and moved to Mapleton, Utah when he was six years old. He graduated from Brighton High School in 1977. Though he didn't attend college, Brent has been passionate about supporting education with significant contributions to UVU, Provo School District, and several other educational causes including his service on the Utah State Board of Regents.

Having spent his youth as a lead guitarist in a professional rock band, Brent opened for several large acts including ZZ Top, and doing a record. He then chose to serve a two-year mission in England for his church. Brent began his career in the auto dealership industry in 1984. By 1987, he was managing a group of auto dealerships and in 1992, became part owner of the Toyota dealership in Orem, Utah and ultimately became the sole owner of what is now known as Brent Brown Toyota in 1999.

The dealership was Utah's largest volume new car dealership in 2016, outselling every dealership of every brand. The dealership was also recognized in early 2017 for being the #1 Metro Toyota dealership in the United States in customer retention, Toyota's measure for loyal customers who purchase again and again from the same dealer. The dealership was also an eight-time winner of Toyota's prestigious President's Award, Toyota's highest recognition for a well-run, customer-focused dealership, and was voted "Utah County's Favorite New Car Dealer" in 2017 for the fourth year in a row by readers of Utah Valley Magazine.

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm | Eccles Conference Center Auditorium |
27
Mar

Jill Koziol

Panel Discussion/Presentation

Jill Koziol is the co-founder and CEO of Motherly, a well-being destination empowering mothers to thrive. An Inc. 5000 Fastest Growing Private Company and a Parity.org Best Company for Women to Advance, Motherly is built for mothers, by mothers. Engaging an audience of 40 million+ readers and viewers a month, Motherly offers on-demand parent education classes, Webby-award-winning videos, The Motherly Podcast, essays and articles, and a highly engaged social media community.

Co-author of “The Motherly Guide to Becoming Mama: Redefining the Pregnancy, Birth, and Postpartum Journey” and “This Is Motherhood: A Motherly Collection of Reflections and Practices",Jill Koziol is passionate about serving and empowering women and mothers because when mamas are successful, everyone wins. She is an advocate for families, female founders, and how to thrive with multiple sclerosis. Jill lives in Park City, Utah with her husband and two daughters.

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm | Eccles Conference Center Auditorium |
03
Apr

Entrepreneur Leadership Series: Shark Tank Night

Panel Discussion/Presentation

Shark Tank Night will host several successful entrepreneurs (Gene Spaulding, Amy Rees Anderson, Dan Crane, and Bryant White) to judge a few of our students and their pitch to win start-up money to grow their business.

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm | Eccles Conference Center Auditorium |
10
Apr

Paul Wiebel

Panel Discussion/Presentation

Paul Wiebel's journey is a testament to entrepreneurial vision and community dedication. As the Chairman of the Board of Econo-Pak, situated in Milford, PA, Wiebel has been at the helm of a company specializing in high-volume food packaging for some of the world's largest and rapidly emerging food corporations. Hailing from Parsippany, New Jersey, Paul's roots in entrepreneurship trace back to his youth as a dedicated Boy Scout for 12 years, achieving the esteemed rank of Silver Scout.

After graduating from Utah State, Wiebel founded Econo-Pak in the basement of his parent's home, a humble beginning that would eventually burgeon into a major enterprise. Over the years, he expanded Econo-Pak's operations from East Hanover to Franklin, NJ, finally acquiring a facility in Sussex, NJ, which he transformed into 1 Wiebel Plaza in 1978. Settling in Sussex County in 1979, Paul became an integral part of the community, actively contributing through initiatives like founding the Wiebel Family Foundation, dedicated to supporting local charities. Currently residing in Sparta, NJ, Paul Wiebel remains a prominent figure, not only in the business world but also as a philanthropist and community leader.

In 2014, Paul Wiebel elevated Econo-Pak's operations by moving to a state-of-the-art food packaging facility in Milford, PA, reflecting his commitment to innovation and growth. Beyond his success with Econo-Pak, Paul also manages various industrial properties within Sussex County, showcasing his diverse impact on the local business landscape.

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm | Eccles Conference Center Auditorium |
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