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Southern Miss Gulf Park College of Business presents Executives On: Entrepreneurship lecture April 19

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The following is a news release from The University of Southern Mississippi

The College of Business at the University of Southern Mississippi will conclude the Executives On: Lecture Series for spring 2016 on Tuesday, April 19 at the Gulf Park campus in Long Beach. 

“Executives On: Entrepreneurship” will be held from 12 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. in Hardy Hall, University Club. Guest speakers will include two successful and continuing entrepreneurs in the Gulf Coast region: Davis Dennis, president of Specialty Contractors & Associates, Inc., and Frank Wilem, writer and entrepreneur.

Sponsored by Gulf Coast businessman Joseph F. Boardman, the lecture series provides a learning opportunity for students and faculty to gain valuable knowledge from some of the Gulf Coast’s business leaders. 

“The primary goal of the Executives On: Lecture Series is to engage our business students and faculty with members of the coast business community and also to engage those executives with the College of Business at USM, our students and faculty,” said Beth LaFleur, associate dean for the of College of Business at Gulf Park and director of the university’s MBA program. “This brings best practice in business into the classroom and is a ‘win-win’ partnership for all involved.”

Dennis moved to the Gulf Coast in 1976 to manage the company’s office in Long Beach. Nine years later, Dennis purchased the company and grew it into one of the most respected and successful subcontractors in the region. With a resume of more than 5,000 projects, Specialty Contractors & Associates, Inc., work includes commercial office buildings, industrial facilities and casinos. 

Recognized as one of Sun Herald’s Top 10 Community Leaders in the Gulf Coast, Dennis has a prolific record of participation in community, civic and industry activities. Some of his titles include chairman of Leadership Mississippi, chairman of the Mississippi Gulf Coast Chamber of Commerce and president of the Gulf Coast Economic Council.

Frank Wilem, author and entrepreneur, is the founder of the $100 million company Triton Systems, Inc., the nation’s largest manufacturer of ATMs.

Offering the most reliable, affordable and highest quality ATMs for more than 30 years, Triton is known for being a major provider of off-premise ATMs and ATM management software made in the U.S.

Since the sale of his company, Wilem spends his time writing and blue-water fishing. His fourth book, "Tears of Coral," was published in the Gulf Coast Writers Association’s literary magazine, The Magnolia Quarterly, summer 2014 edition.

“Executives On: Entrepreneurship” is a free program and open to the campus community and general public. For more information about the Executives On: Lecture Series, contact the College of Business on the Gulf Park campus at 228-214-3447.

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