The 2017 Missouri Young Professionals Summit is in Columbia again and going to be the biggest yet. In the 5th annual summit, EPIC and the Jefferson City Young Professionals are hosting this one-day conference for young professionals from around the state of Missouri. When you attend this event you will learn how to make bold decisions, be able to identify opportunities and know what employers are looking for in their employees and potential employees.
What you can get with pricey conferences you can get with this one-day cost-effective summit that is geared to what young professionals need in their careers.
This all-day event will include breakfast, lunch and will transition into a social mixer for all attendees at the end of the program. Don't miss this opportunity to meet people that can help you out with your everyday job and possibly your career.
Thank you to our sponsors: EPIC Presenting Sponsor Veterans United Home Loans; Program Sponsors Fechtel Beverages & Sales, Inc. and Mizzou Online; Summit Supporters The Evoke Group and Missouri Orthopaedic Institute; Location Sponsor The Crossing; Breakfast Sponsor Central Bank of Boone County; Breakout Food Sponsor Culver's of Columbia, MO; Door Prize Sponsors Serenity Valley Winery, Viamedia, TownePlace Suites and Buchroeder's Jewelers; Summit Mixer Location, Food and Beverage Sponsor Room 38 Restaurant & Lounge
Bryan Curtis is Director of eSports as well as the Assistant Athletic Director – Event Operations and Facilities. He oversees outside sporting events, including men’s and women’s soccer, softball, baseball, and lacrosse. In 2015 he was chosen to lead the development of eSports at Columbia College as the Director of eSports. In 2016 eSports was launched. Columbia College became one of the first in the country to offer scholarships to talented student gamers. The innovative, well-funded and student-centric program was a success from the beginning. In their first full season, the Cougars went undefeated and finished the season in the top 16 in the country.
Curtis has also spent time as the Chairman of the Wellness Committee at Columbia College. During his time as Chairman, he started the campus-wide “Biggest Loser” and “Walk Your Way to Wellness” competitions. Prior to joining the Columbia College athletic department, Curtis attended Clearwater Christian College in Clearwater, Fla. At Clearwater Christian College he served as the Intramural Director for two years while completing his undergraduate degree in business administration. In 2010, he received his Master of Science in Sports Management from Missouri Baptist University.
Teresa Rouse Maledy is the Chairman and CEO of Commerce Bank, Central Missouri Region. She has worked for Commerce Bank for over 35 years and was the first female bank president in the Commerce Bancshares organization, a $25 billion bank holding company with branches in five states. Maledy is responsible for leading all facets of the bank’s retail and commercial operations in Central Missouri including Boone, Audrain, Moniteau, Randolph and Marion counties.
Maledy is involved in several community organizations. She currently serves on the University of Missouri Health System Advisory Board and Board of Curators Health Affairs Committee, the MU Venture Mentoring Service, the Stephens College Board of Trustees, the Stephens College Endowment Foundation Board, the REDI Board and the Columbia Insurance Group Board of Directors. She is also affiliated with the Alliance for Childhood Education and is a member of the Cradle to Career Alliance. On top of that, Maledy has served on many other boards around Mid-Missouri.
Maledy has been recognized many times for her accomplishments. Some of her awards have included the StephensCollegeAlumna Achievement Award, the Columbia Public School Foundation Distinguished Alumna Award, the Columbia of Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year Award, the Athena Award from the Columbia Chamber of Commerce, the NAACP Roy Wilkins Award for Community Service, the Stephens College Alumna Service Award and the 2014 Greater Missouri Leadership Woman of the Year Award.
On January 1, 2017, one of the most respected and innovative minds in the business field came to Mid-Missouri to lead the next generation of leaders. Ajay Vinzé joined the University of Missouri as Dean of the Robert J. Trulaske, Sr. College of Business. In his first year at Mizzou, Dean Vinzé is already implementing innovative ways that enhance the student experience and building critical capacities in high demand areas like analytics, entrepreneurship, innovation and experiential learning.
Vinzé fosters a cross-disciplinary approach to academics that ensures the Trulaske College of Business is partnering with the top talent on campus. Under his leadership, the college is leading the way with innovation in business education. Dean Vinzé’s research is recognized for technology innovation and organizational relevance, including data analytics, emergency preparedness and response, disruptive innovation, the economic value of ICT investments, and collaborative computing. Vinzé has nearly two decades of elevating academic and administrative roles at Arizona State University, Texas A&M University and as a business technology consultant in the Philippines.
Cori Busby has a passion to take a road less traveled and create something of her own. A marketing job led her to create a start-up staffing business called Nannies United. This business connected families to thoroughly vetted, qualified nannies. It proved to be a major success in the Columbia area. However, her husband’s job and her own career change then took them to Jefferson City where Busby became a loan officer. She always knew there was more in her future. She continued to pursue her real passion for health and nutrition. This passion, along with her prior entrepreneur experience, led her to see a void of available healthy food in Jefferson City. Busby began toying with the art of producing cold-pressed juices from organic fruits and vegetables. Her efforts produced a successful 7-day-a-week storefront in downtown called Mo Juice. This store has been a major success and a huge asset to the community.
Tyson Hunt is the CEO and co-founder of Logboat Brewing Company. Logboat is taking Missouri by storm and expanding. From starting up their operations less than five years ago, their product is now located in 25 counties around the state. During that time, Hunt and his team have accomplished some amazing feats that include 2016 Columbia Chamber of Commerce Small Business of the Year Award Winner, 2016 Columbia Business Times 20 Under 40 recipient, Columbia Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors member, Advisory Board member for Hawthorn Bank and Young Business Leaders Council member for Hawthorn Bank.
Adam Weber is the president and co-founder of the multi-media company, The Evoke Group. Weber describes himself as a multi-purpose media production addict. He specializes in copywriting, video production, audio production, front-end web development, digital advertising, media planning, and any other role you can think of in regards to making intangible things using software. He also likes to be creative by writing songs with his band Integrow and making delectable craft home brews in his free time.
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