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The Cook Institute for Entrepreneurship was launched to bring students, area entrepreneurs and community members together to provide a forum to share the vision for the Cook Center and hear from leaders in our entrepreneurship community about the importance of supporting innovation and free enterprise. 


Previous Institutes:

2018 COOK INSTITUTE FOR ENTREPRENEURSHIP

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Stephen Huse, Entrepreneur, CEO of Huse Culinary, Inc.

Huse is an entrepreneur whose first restaurant investment was as an operating partner in an Arby’s located in Bloomington, Ind. in 1967. He ventured into the pizza business in 1969, which became known as Noble Roman’s Pizza. It grew from a single unit to more than 120 restaurants in 10 states. He took the business public in 1986 and sold his shares in 1987. Before selling Noble Roman’s, Huse bought the historic St. Elmo Steakhouse in downtown Indianapolis, which currently seats about 500 guests. St. Elmo’s volume of nearly $20,000,000 puts it in the top 20 independent restaurants in the United States. His other ventures included becoming the “turn around” president of Steak ‘N Shake, where he accomplished the turn-around in less than three years and sold his interests at a substantial gain in 1992. In 2006, Huse and his son started a successful upscale restaurant called Harry & Izzy’s. In 2016, St. Elmo went into the business of selling spices and sauces on Amazon and at other suppliers. By 2017, Huse and his associates owned 34 Arby’s outlets. He sold the shops and retired from Arby’s after 50 years in the business. His company, Huse Culinary Incorporated, most recently opened the upscale Burger Study in downtown Indianapolis. Huse graduated from Indiana University’s School of Business in 1965 and began pursuit of his MBA in 1968. VIDEO


2017 COOK INSTITUTE FOR ENTREPRENEURSHIP

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Tony Moravec, Owner, Zaharakos Ice Cream Parlor and President of Blairex Laboratories, Inc.

Tony Moravec is the president and chief executive officer of Blairex Laboratories, Inc. in Columbus, Ind.  He is also the president and co-founder of Applied Laboratories, Inc. In addition, Mr. Moravec is the owner of Zaharakos Ice Cream Parlor and Museum, and a principal in the Upland Brewing Company of Bloomington, Ind. Mr. Moravec earned his Bachelor’s degree from Southern Illinois University and received an honorary degree from Ivy Tech Community College in 2012. In 2009, he received the Company of the Year award from the Columbus Chamber of Commerce for his renovation and restoration of Zaharakos. In 2011, Tony received the Indiana University Bloomington Provost’s Medal. In 2016, Tony was honored by receiving the Presidents Circle Laurel Pin and the Partners in Philanthropy Cornerstone Award from Indiana University. Tony has established scholarships at the Heritage Fund of Bartholomew County, Inc., Indiana University and Ivy Tech Community College.  He is a board member of the National Advisory Board of the IU Eskenazi Art Museum and the Ivy Tech Foundation. VIDEO


2016 COOK INSTITUTE FOR ENTREPRENEURSHIP

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Angie Hicks, Co-Founder and CMO of Angie's List

Angie Hicks is the namesake and co-founder of Angie's List. She has served as the company's Chief Marketing Officer since 2000 and served as the company's President and as a director from 1995 until 1998, when she took a leave of absence to obtain a Master of Business Administration from Harvard University. Angie's List has transformed from a small, private, newsletter-inspired enterprise into the leading e-commerce platform in the $400 billion home services marketplace. Ms. Hicks has received multiple accolades for her accomplishments, including being named Distinguished Alumni for Management and Entrepreneurship by DePauw University, where she holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics.


2015 COOK INSTITUTE FOR ENTREPRENEURSHIP

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Scott Dorsey, Managing Partner at High Alpha, Co-Founder and Former CEO of ExactTarget

Scott serves as Managing Partner of High Alpha, a venture studio. High Alpha conceives, launches and scales enterprise cloud companies. Scott also co founded ExactTarget and led the company from start up to global marketing software leader. ExactTarget went public on the New York Exchange in March of 2012 and sold to Salesforce.com in July of 2013 for $2.7 Billion.

Scott is an acclaimed business and civic leader who has earned numerous accolades for his business and civic leadership, including Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year, American Business Awards Executive of the Year, TechPoint Trailblazer in Technology, BtoB Magazine‘s Who’s Who List, MS Society Hope Award, two time recipient of the Indiana Sagamore of the Wabash, Central Indiana Junior Achievement Business Hall of Fame, Indiana Chamber of Commerce Business Leader of the Year, Indianapolis Business Journal’s Forty Under 40, Junior Achievement’s Best and Brightest and Indiana University’s Distinguished Entrepreneur Award through the Kelley School of Business. Scott serves on a number of non profit boards including Chairman of the Indiana Sports Corp., Chairman of Nextech.org (former ExactTarget Foundation), Board and Executive Committee member of Techpoint, Dean’s Advisory Board at Indiana University School of Informatics and Computing, Global Advisory Board at Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and Emeritus Board member at Central Indiana Corporate Partnership.


2014 COOK INSTITUTE FOR ENTREPRENEURSHIP

Matt Ferguson

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Matt Ferguson, CEO, CareerBuilder

Matt Ferguson is the CEO of CareerBuilder and co-author of The Talent Equation. Ferguson took CareerBuilder to the No. 1 position in the online recruitment industry within five years. Working with the nation's top employers on a daily basis, Ferguson is often called upon to provide insights on emerging labor trends, the impact of the economy on the job outlook, and advice for job seekers. He has appeared on CNBC Squawk Box, ABC World News, CBS Evening News, Bloomberg TV, the TODAY Show, and many others. He was named to Crain's Chicago Business "40 Under 40" and ranked in the top ten list of Glassdoor.com's "Highest Rated CEOs."


2013 COOK INSTITUTE FOR ENTREPRENEURSHIP

Jeff Smulyan

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Jeff Smulyan, CEO, Emmis Communications 

Widely recognized as one of the most visionary leaders in the radio industry, Jeffrey H. Smulyan, serves as Founder and Chairman of the Board of Emmis Communications Corporation, an Indianapolis-based radio and magazine publishing company with operations in eight U.S. markets. In 1994, Smulyan was named by The White House to head the U.S. Delegation to the Plenipotentiary Conference of the International Telecommunications Union. Smulyan earned a Juris Doctor degree from USC School of Law, and resides in Indianapolis with his family.


2012 COOK INSTITUTE FOR ENTREPRENEURSHIP

PMiller

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Patricia R. Miller, Co-Founder, Vera Bradley, Fort Wayne, IN

Indiana entrepreneur Patricia R. Miller, co-founder of Vera Bradley served as the luncheon keynote speaker with her presentation "Be colorful:  unleashing your entrepreneurial spirit."  Patricia discussed Vera Bradley's history as well as some of her advice and lessons learned on business, entrepreneurship, and philanthropy.

 


2011 COOK INSTITUTE FOR ENTREPRENEURSHIP

MMaurer

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Mickey Maurer, Chairman of the Board of the National Bank of Indianapolis

Michael S. ("Mickey") Maurer's career as an attorney and entrepreneur has included cable television, film production, radio broadcasting, newspaper publishing, real estate and banking.