My wife Ann and I married in 1978. We have two adult children. Both are graduates of Belmont University.
Our son Russ earned an undergraduate degree in business and an MBA from Belmont. He works at Ingram Content Group here in Nashville. Russ is married to Stacy, who he met on the MBA trip to Denmark. Stacy works in the accounting office at Belmont. They have two children, Ellie and Isaac.
Our daughter Maggie played volleyball for Gardner-Webb University and then for Belmont. She has a Masters degree in Education. Maggie is married to Matt Kuyper. They have one daughter, Lucy. Maggie is Athletic Director and the head volleyball coach at St. Cecilia High School here in Nashville. Matt works for Bradley Coating, a commercial painting company, which has painted most of the new buildings on our growing Belmont campus.
Ann and I enjoy music, golf, travel, long walks with our dogs, and watching Green Bay Packer football games in our rec room, known in the neighborhood as “The Packer Pub.”
My interest in entrepreneurship came early in life. I grew-up with entrepreneurship and small business as topics around the dinner table at night. My family was involved in many ventures. My father left a career in corporate America to pursue an entrepreneurial career in the mid-1970s. Today my father was an active entrepreneur until he passed away at 88 years old. I was fortunate to be able to be involved in many of my father’s entrepreneurial endeavors from an early age. That is where I caught the entrepreneurial bug.
Here at Belmont, I am the inaugural Jack C. Massey Chair in Entrepreneurship. Previously, I was the Sandra Schulze Chair in Entrepreneurship at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota and was on the faculty at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh and the University of Kentucky. I have a Doctorate in Business Administration and an MBA from the University of Kentucky, and received my undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.
In the late 1980′s, I felt the entrepreneurial calling in life and left academics to become the Co-founder and President/CEO of Atlantic Behavioral Health Systems, headquartered in Raleigh, NC. Our company operated a variety of health care facilities and programs and employed over 300 people. After nine years of rapid growth, we negotiating the sale of most of our corporations’ business interests, and I returned to academics.
I advise alumni entrepreneurs on start-up and growth related issues as part of our “life-time warranty” we offer students who go through our programs.
My current research and teaching interests include business modeling, international entrepreneurship, entrepreneurial finance, and entrepreneurial ethics. I authored or co-authored nine books: Organizational Entrepreneurship, Entrepreneurial Financial Management (now in 3rd edition), The Entrepreneurial Educator, From the Ground Up: Entrepreneurial School Leadership, Brining Your Business to Life, Bootstrapping, Entrepreneurship and the Modern University, Effective Small Business Management (now in 11th edition), and Essentials of Entrepreneurship (will be joining as co-author for the 8th edition forthcoming in 2015).
My web log site, The Entrepreneurial Mind, is part of the Forbes blog network and was named by that magazine as a “Best of the Web.” It is also linked to by The Wall Street Journal, Entrepreneur, Inc., and US News and World Report. It is also syndicated by the on-line version of the Christian Science Monitor.
I am also editor of the Entrepreneurship Educator Newsletter.
In 2010 served as President of the United States Associate of Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE), which is the leading academic organization for entrepreneurship educators. I was named a Fellow of this organization in 2008. In 2013 I was honored as the Entrepreneurship Educator of the Year by USASBE.