The Cyvia and Melvyn Wolff Center for Entrepreneurship

Speakers and Lecturers

WCE brings in numerous outside speakers for class times as well as important events to give the students varied perspectives of entrepreneurship and the inner workings of running a company. The goal of exposing students to those who have “been there, done that” is to inspire and challenge students as they think about their own future business ventures. The insights from these speakers’ personal experiences combined with the relationships developed are invaluable. We are sincerely grateful to those who are helping WCE shape Houston’s future entrepreneurs.

Class Speakers

Donna ColeCole Chemical
Robert De Los SantosSky High Party Rentals LLC
James EvansUH Small Business Development Center
Blair GarrouMercury Fund
Steve HansenCrestmark
Vibhore JainResearch Periodicals & book sources
David JoekelPrison Entrepreneurship Program
Tim KernWawadoo & Get Promoted
Tom KingForward Marketing
Pankaj MalaniElite Components
Al MasseyPrison Entrepreneurship Program
JK McAndrewsStrategic Financial Group
Monte PendletonSilver Fox Advisors
Charlie RawlZenith Wealth Management
Russ RobinsonGlobal Steel Dust
Miguel RuizUS Small Business Administration
Chris SminkAt the Top Marketing
Clare SullivanSullivan Group
Jacqueline TaylorUH Small Business Development Center
Amy VandeveerUH Bauer College, Marketing Department Lecturer

Event Speakers

Bill  AddingtonEnverva Technologies
J. Downey BridgwaterSterling Bancshares Inc. & Sterling Bank
Geary BroadnaxInsync Internet Services Inc.
Rod  CanionCompaq
Russ CappereRealty.com
Johnny CarrabaCarraba's Italian Grill
Michael M.  CyrusCyrospace, Inc.
Rick  DavidCCG Venture Partners, LLC
David  FerdmanCyrusOne
Tilman  FertittaLandry's Seafood Restaurant
Matthew FlemmingFaro Pharmaceuticals
Roy W.  HaleyWESCO International Inc.
Bernard A. Harris, Jr.Vesalius Ventures, Inc.
Michael  HolthouseSprint-Paranet
Walter KaseHolocaust Survivor and Successful Entrepreneur
Glenn T. LilieCPI Group, Inc.
Michael C.  LinnLINN Energy, LLC
John  McCormackVisible Changes
Jim "Mattress Mac" Mclngvale Gallery Furniture
Bill  Nicholson 
Phil RomanoCEO, Eatzi's
David  SapersteinMetro Networks
John SheptorImperial Sugar Co.
John  Vondrak, DDSApple Orthodontix
Brock WagnerSaint Arnold's Brewery
Melvyn WolffStar Furniture