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HCC's Business Management & Entrepreneurship Program hosts forums every Spring and Fall at the Shears Technology Center Justice Theater.  Successful business owners and operators share insights, experiences, tips and suggestions and they candidly answer questions.  Past featured speakers: Fran Jabara - Venture Capitalist, Mert Sellers - Luminous Neon, Bob Brown - Mega Mfg, Kevin Bowen - Airport Steak House, Matt Lowen - Lowen Corp, Ben Miller - Stutzman's Greenhouse, Ron Oberg - Freddy's Frozen Custard, Russ Reinert and Darrel Miller - Central Bank & Trust, Chuck Vecchiarelli - McDonald's, Karen Maness and Mitzi Alexander - Absolutely Flowers, Bob Bush - City Beverage, Scott Mann - Mann Law Offices, Jeanette Richardson - Prairie Bank of Kansas, Tyler Davis - Bogey's, Bob Brower - Boras Corp, Denny Stoecklein - Hutch CC and Kansas State Fair.
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Next Forum: March 3, 2016 - Featuring: DAVID DILLON - CEO, The Kroger Co. (retired)

Previous Forum: Nov. 5, 2015

The 24th Forum presented by the Hutch CC Business Management & Entrepreneurship Program featured DENNY STOECKLEIN - former GM of the Kansas State Fair and current Director of Marketing & Public Information.

Denny Stoecklein was one of the youngest State Fair General Managers in the country when he was promoted to the job in 2003. During Denny's 21 years of dedicated service and leadership, he and his staff grew State Fair revenues to over $5 million per year and consistently attracted over 350,000 visitors annually.  He decided to make a career change this year when Hutchinson Community College recruited him to fill the position of Director of Marketing and Public Information.

Program Coordinator Dan "Coach Nac" Naccarato is delighted Stoecklein is now working his magic for the college.  "We are thrilled with the energy, experience, and enthusiasm Denny brings to campus every day," Coach Nac expressed. 

Stoecklein attracted 150 people to the Fall 2015 Entrepreneurs Forum.  His presentation was knowledgeable, encouraging and inspiring. Denny advised:

 - Hire people who already have positive attitudes and then train them for the skills they need to be successful.
 - Be willing to get outside your comfort zone to make good things happen.
 - Expect to make mistakes from time to time and learn from them.


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