Entrepreneurship Day
Entrepreneurship Day


Wednesday, April 23, 2014

2006 Ankeny Boulevard, Ankeny, Iowa

This is a Free Event

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The Tenth Annual Entrepreneurship Day offers a blend of speakers and panelists on current topics and issues.




Entrepreneurship Day

9:00 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.
Welcome, Rob Denson, President DMACC

9:15 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Overview of Entrepreneurship Day & Introduction of Keynote Speaker & Panelists
Vada Grantham, Chair, Entrepreneurship Program

9:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Keynote Speaker, Rich Willis, Entrepreneur and Owner of some of the world’s Top Automotive Luxury Brands

10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. (10:30 a.m. INTERMISSION)
(Business Executives, Innovation, Social Network, Technology, and Industry Trends)

11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Questions & Answers Session Panelists

Overview & Closing Remarks, Vada Grantham, Moderator

 Keynote Speaker

Rich Willis 

Rich Willis, President, Willis Auto Campus

Rich comes from humble beginnings in the automotive industry to owning some of the top automotive luxury brands in the world.  The Willis Auto Campus houses the following brands; Cadillac, Lexus, Volvo, Jaguar, Land Rover, Infiniti and Mini Coopers.

Today , Rich is seizing the opportunity to share his tips on how to succeed in business and in life as an accomplished entrepreneur that will educate, motivate and inspire our audience. 


Erin Rolenhagen

Erin Rollenhagen, Founder, Entrepreneurial Technologies

In 2007, Erin founded Entrepreneurial Technologies, a web and mobile app development firm. The company has grown into a leader in space, developing award-winning websites and mobile apps for organizations large and small.

Erin serves on the Board of Directors of the Technology Association of Iowa.  She will share with us the techniques for communicating in a technology savvy world!

Desmund Adams

Desmund Adams, Founder, DesmundAdams

Desmund Adams was described in 2013 by US Congressman Tom Latham as the "epitome of an American success story.  Once a high school dropout and later a graduate of Drake University Law School, Desmund has gone on to live his life as an example of what is possible through hard work and dedication".  

Desmund is a professional speaker, trainer and consultant. As an award winning entrepreneur, he is an authority on "Competitive Advantage". He founded the Seminar series titled "DROPOUT TO DOCTORATE: Breakthrough To Your Competitive Advantage".  Persistence, hard work, and visionary leadership has made Desmund Adams repeatedly achieve business success.

Tracy Fuller

Tracy Fuller, President, InnovatEvents

When it comes to putting together an event like weddings, corporate events, concerts and entertainment related activities, look no further than Tracy Fuller.  Her company InnovatEvents has provided event décor, back stage management, and overall coordination and management of all kinds of entertainment  productions.

She produced dozens of corporate events from intimate events to crowds as large as 3,000.  She has worked with Elton John, Bon Jovi,and Keith Urban and companies like Google, Oracle, and Allstate Insurance. You will learn how Tracy brings all the elements together; lights, entertainment, and production.

Zachary Mannheimer

Zachary Mannheimer, Executive Director, Des Moines Social Club

After a road-trip from New York City to 22 cities around the country, Zachary chose and settled in Des Moines in the fall of 2007 to found the Des Moines Social Club.

Zachary has raised over 12 Million dollars in his short time in Des Moines towards the downtown project.  Zach’s entrepreneurial vision for the Des Moines Social Club is like no other.  The Des Moines Social Club is opening soon.  You do not want to miss his creative ideas for the club. Without a doubt, The Des Moines Social Club will put Des Moines on the national stage as it relates to having; arts, entertainment, restaurants and theatre  under one roof!



Vada GranthamWe look forward to seeing all of you at this informative, entertaining, and educational Entrepreneurship Day Conference. If you have questions, please contact the conference facilitator:

Vada Grantham
Conference Facilitator/Chair, Entrepreneurship Program

Des Moines Area Community College
Buidling 8, Room 19A
2006 South Ankeny Boulevard, Ankeny, Iowa 50023
Phone: 515-964-6348
Email: vgrantham@dmacc.edu

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