Yum! Brands and UofL announce first-of-its-kind center for franchise education

Yum! Center for Global Franchise Excellence to create globally scalable program to educate and support entrepreneurs and advance franchising industry LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Yum! Brands, Inc. (NYSE: YUM) and the University of Louisville today announced the l…

Yum! Center for Global Franchise Excellence to create globally scalable program to educate and support entrepreneurs and advance franchising industry LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Yum! Brands, Inc. (NYSE: YUM) and the University of Louisville today announced the launch of the Yum! Center for Global Franchise Excellence. The Center will feature the first business program of its...

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How the Pandemic Changed our Commute

For those of us who have spent the last year working from home, the pandemic has re-written the book for our typical 9-to-5 existence. Our morning commute is much shorter (perhaps from one end of the house to the other), business casual took on a diffe…

For those of us who have spent the last year working from home, the pandemic has re-written the book for our typical 9-to-5 existence. Our morning commute is much shorter (perhaps from one end of the house to the other), business casual took on a different meaning, and Zoom-fatigue became embedded into our common language....

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Online MBA Student Spotlight: Melany Meador

“Having a school such as the University of Louisville on your resume goes a long way with hiring managers across the country,” shared Melany Meador, Active-Duty Religious Affairs Non-Commissioned Officer for the United States Army. She’s also a m…

“Having a school such as the University of Louisville on your resume goes a long way with hiring managers across the country,” shared Melany Meador, Active-Duty Religious Affairs Non-Commissioned Officer for the United States Army. She’s also a member of the University’s first online MBA graduating class. “UofL is a highly reputable school [and] is AACSB accredited.” When it came...

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May Virtual Lunch: A Tale of Two Exits

Louisville startup Truman’s, a direct-to-consumer cleaning products company, was recently in the news with exciting announcement of its sale. Alex Reed is co-founder of Truman’s and former executive of Lexington, Ky.-based Big Ass Fans. He joined Venture Connectors at our May lunch and shared a look behind the scenes on both of the companies’ exits. He also gave some […]

Louisville startup Truman’s, a direct-to-consumer cleaning products company, was recently in the news with exciting announcement of its sale. Alex Reed is co-founder of Truman’s and former executive of Lexington, Ky.-based Big Ass Fans. He joined Venture Connectors at our May lunch and shared a look behind the scenes on both of the companies’ exits. He also gave some great insights into what he and the other founders learned from those experiences. 

At Big Ass Fans, Reed led an expansive marketing division that helped grow the company’s sales from $30 million annually to more than $250 million. He also helped drive the company’s expansion beyond a business-to-business strategy to business-to-consumer with the 2012 debut of Haiku, the first Big Ass Fan for homes. Within a few years, the product represented nearly a third of total company revenue.

After helping to guide the company’s sale in 2017 for $500 million, Reed co-founded Truman’s, with a mission of moving the cleaning industry in a more sustainable direction. In March 2021, Truman’s technology — which Fast Company magazine recognized as a “World Changing Idea” — was acquired by a global company.

Reed is a sought-after speaker on emerging marketing trends, having offered keynote addresses at national events, including Reuters Events Brand Marketing Summit. Following his exit from Truman’s, he remains active in the startup community, advising and investing in a small number of brands.

Pride Banner Signals Commitment to Being an Ally

A commitment to building an inclusive environment and educating others about being an ally was front and center at last month’s Pride banner raising. The event celebrated the College of Business raising a new Pride banner in front of Frazier Hall. This…

A commitment to building an inclusive environment and educating others about being an ally was front and center at last month’s Pride banner raising. The event celebrated the College of Business raising a new Pride banner in front of Frazier Hall. This new banner replaces a Pride banner torn down by a white supremacist organization...

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