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Murphy Center Leadership Luncheon to feature former Florida governor Jeb Bush as keynote speaker

From a UNT News Service press release


Craig Hall

Craig Hall

Jeb Bush

Jeb Bush

  • What: 2011 Murphy Center for Entrepreneurship's BDO USA, LLP 2011 Leadership Luncheon featuring former Florida governor Jeb Bush as the keynote speaker
  • When: 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Nov. 18
  • Where: Hilton Anatole, 2201 North Stemmons Freeway in Dallas
  • Cost: For ticket sales, sponsor information and online registration, visit the Leadership Luncheon's registration page.

Former Florida governor Jeb Bush will be the keynote speaker at the UNT's 2011 Murphy Center for Entrepreneurship's BDO USA, LLP 2011 Leadership Luncheon.

"We are thrilled to have Jeb Bush as our keynote speaker this year, since he is not only a great political leader but also an advocate for education and entrepreneurship," says Tony Mendes, director of the Murphy Center for Entrepreneurship.

The Leadership Luncheon has been an annual event for the Murphy Center since 2002. Past speakers include H. Ross Perot, George Foreman and Nolan Ryan.

Proceeds from the Leadership Luncheon are used for scholarships, student awards and programs offered through the Murphy Center for Entrepreneurship. Each year at the luncheon, student scholarships are awarded, donors are recognized and winners of the center's New Venture Creation Contest are announced.

Also, businessman and author Craig Hall will be honored with the 2011 Murphy Award for Lifetime Achievement in Entrepreneurship, honoring his lifetime achievement in entrepreneurship. Past Murphy Award winners include Trammell Crow, H. Ross Perot, Ebby Halliday, Herb Kelleher and Sam Wyly.

The Murphy Center for Entrepreneurship, housed in UNT's College of Business, opened its doors in 2000 with a $1 million donation from Ken and the late Shirley Murphy, founders and owners of The Mail Box. The center encourages entrepreneurship by providing students with counseling, mentoring and training opportunities that help them turn ideas into viable business entities.

About Jeb Bush

Jeb Bush was elected the 43rd governor of the state of Florida on Nov. 3, 1998, and was re-elected by a wide margin in 2002. His second term as governor ended in January 2007. Prior to becoming governor, Bush served as Florida's secretary of commerce under Bob Martinez, Florida's 40th governor, who served from 1987-1991. As secretary of commerce, Bush promoted Florida's business climate worldwide.

In 1994, Bush founded the nonprofit Foundation for Florida's Future, which joined forces with the Greater Miami Urban League to establish one of the state's first charter schools. He also co-authored Profiles in Character, a book profiling 14 of Florida's civic heroes -- people making a difference without claiming a single news headline.

He has also been an advocate for reforming education. Under his leadership, Florida students made the greatest gains in achievement and Florida is one of a handful of states that have closed the achievement gap. In addition, Bush cut taxes every year during his tenure as governor, and Florida lead the nation in job growth. Bush put Florida on the forefront of consumer healthcare advances by signing Medicaid reform legislation, "Empowered Care," in June 2006.

Bush is currently the head of his own successful consulting business, Jeb Bush and Associates, where his clients range from small technology startups to well-known Fortune 500 companies. He is also the chairman of Foundation for Excellence in Education, a national foundation focused on education reform.

Bush earned a bachelor's degree in Latin American Affairs from the University of Texas at Austin and moved to Florida in 1981. He is the son of former President George H.W. Bush and Barbara Bush. He lives in Miami with his wife Columba, and they have three children.

About Craig Hall

Craig Hall has lead a distinguished career in business and as an author, civic leader and philanthropist, which reflects the highest qualities of entrepreneurship. At age 18, he formed Hall Financial Group in 1968 with $4,000 saved from small ventures he began at age 10. Today, the company's diversified business interests include real estate ownership, development and management; software application development, principally for the insurance industry; structured finance lending for real estate and other areas; vineyards and wineries; and oil and gas. In addition, Hall Financial Group maintains a portfolio of stocks, bonds and venture capital in a broad range of industries. Hall's other career accomplishments include being a former a part owner of the Dallas Cowboys; forming one of the first stock savings and loans in Michigan; founding one of the first for-profit HMOs in the country; and participating, along with Time, Inc., in growing the nation's largest chain of health and sports clubs. Today, Hall actively supports new entrepreneurs and often speaks publicly about the importance of encouraging entrepreneurship worldwide.

About UNT's Murphy Center for Entrepreneurship

The Murphy Center for Entrepreneurship, housed in UNT's College of Business, opened its doors in 2000 with a $1 million donation from Ken and the late Shirley Murphy, founders and owners of The Mail Box. The center encourages entrepreneurship by providing students with counseling, mentoring and training opportunities that help them turn ideas into viable business entities.

Leslie Wimmer with UNT News Service can be reached at Leslie.Wimmer@unt.edu.

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