FranchiseU! Episode Twenty One: Jerry Akers (Sharpness, Inc.)

This week on FranchiseU! Kathy talks franchising with Jerry Akers, owner of Sharpness, Inc. Jerry Akers is a lifetime entrepreneur, owning a wide variety of businesses in his 40 years of business experience. For the past 16 years, he and his wife have …

This week on FranchiseU! Kathy talks franchising with Jerry Akers, owner of Sharpness, Inc. Jerry Akers is a lifetime entrepreneur, owning a wide variety of businesses in his 40 years of business experience. For the past 16 years, he and his wife have grown their Great Clips group from one salon to 36, and now...

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Consequences of Economic Freedom (draft)

Daniel Bennett, PhD, studies the consequences of economic freedom, or the degree to which a nation or subnational region’s institutions and policies support free enterprise. To achieve a high economic freedom score, the institutional environment must p…

Daniel Bennett, PhD, studies the consequences of economic freedom, or the degree to which a nation or subnational region’s institutions and policies support free enterprise. To achieve a high economic freedom score, the institutional environment must provide secure protection of private property, evenhanded enforcement of contracts, and a stable monetary regime. It should also exhibit...

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Dr. Quinn featured on motivational podcast

Dr. Ryan Quinn, academic director of the Project on Positive Leadership, was a recent guest on the Hope Motivates Action podcast. He discussed purpose and motivation, and how virtue ties into positive leadership. He shared great insights into how we ca…

Dr. Ryan Quinn, academic director of the Project on Positive Leadership, was a recent guest on the Hope Motivates Action podcast. He discussed purpose and motivation, and how virtue ties into positive leadership. He shared great insights into how we can shift our mindset and our goals in order to find intrinsic motivation and stop...

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FranchiseU! Episode 20: Craig Dunaway (Penn Station, Inc.)

On today’s episode, Kathy sits down with Penn Station‘s COO, Craig Dunaway, to discuss his experiences in the franchise industry. Dunaway was president of Penn Station East Coast Subs since August 1999 and a member of the Board of Directors…

On today’s episode, Kathy sits down with Penn Station‘s COO, Craig Dunaway, to discuss his experiences in the franchise industry. Dunaway was president of Penn Station East Coast Subs since August 1999 and a member of the Board of Directors since September 2001, and became chief operating officer in 2022. In addition to being president...

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FranchiseU! Ep. 20: Craig Dunaway (Penn Station, Inc.)

On today’s episode, Kathy sits down with Penn Station‘s COO, Craig Dunaway, to discuss his experiences in the franchise industry. Dunaway was president of Penn Station East Coast Subs since August 1999 and a member of the Board of Directors…

On today’s episode, Kathy sits down with Penn Station‘s COO, Craig Dunaway, to discuss his experiences in the franchise industry. Dunaway was president of Penn Station East Coast Subs since August 1999 and a member of the Board of Directors since September 2001, and became chief operating officer in 2022. In addition to being president...

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June Lunch: Why Your Startup Needs a Chief of Staff

Does your startup need a chief of staff (CoS)? At our June lunch, Cheston Newhall, the recently appointed chief of staff for Bamboo Health, shared why the role is important in startups, how it can take on different forms, and how a CoS can be a strategic growth lever, if used correctly. He noted that […]

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Does your startup need a chief of staff (CoS)? At our June lunch, Cheston Newhall, the recently appointed chief of staff for Bamboo Health, shared why the role is important in startups, how it can take on different forms, and how a CoS can be a strategic growth lever, if used correctly. He noted that many CoS roles are popping up in tech companies, but cautioned against hiring one simply because it’s the trendy thing to do. Read more in this KY INNO article.

Newhall joined Bamboo Health, a national collaborative care network, in 2022. As CoS, he leads special initiatives and projects for the CEO and partners with company leaders to drive the business’ priorities through strategy, development and operations. He also maintains and builds relationships with Bamboo Health’s board of directors, as well as current and future investors, partners and collaborators.

Newhall has a wealth of experience in fast-growing technology companies, with expertise in organizational growth, business development and go-to-market strategies. He previously served as a sales alliance leader for Bamboo Health’s holding company, Appriss, playing a role in the successful acquisition of its Appriss Insights business unit by Equifax in 2021 for $1.8 billion. Prior to Appriss, Newhall held sales and revenue management positions at TEKSystems and ZirMed (Waystar).

Goals Beyond the Pitch

Kaela Dickerman graduated from the College of Business in 2018. Five years later, she landed a role as assistant director of Marketing and Communications for UofL’s Alumni Relations Office. Kaela’s path from graduation to career was anythin…

Kaela Dickerman graduated from the College of Business in 2018. Five years later, she landed a role as assistant director of Marketing and Communications for UofL’s Alumni Relations Office. Kaela’s path from graduation to career was anything but average. She shares her story of how young alumni should never give up. Tell me about your...

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Equine Industry Program honors innovator, architect of modern wagering businesses

The University of Louisville Equine Industry Program has named Tom Aronson the 32nd recipient of the John W. Galbreath Award for Outstanding Entrepreneurship in the Equine Industry. Aronson is an original business architect of two of the most successfu…

The University of Louisville Equine Industry Program has named Tom Aronson the 32nd recipient of the John W. Galbreath Award for Outstanding Entrepreneurship in the Equine Industry. Aronson is an original business architect of two of the most successful companies in the history of horse racing, the Television Games Network (TVG) and Exacta Systems, both...

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