CONTACT: GEORGE MCCRORY
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Iowa City IA 52242
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Release: April 6, 2001
Entrepreneurial leaders speak April 17 at Hughes Lecture Series
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Four entrepreneurs will share their business experiences
as part of the John R. Hughes Lecture Series in Entrepreneurship April 17
at the Pappajohn Business Building.
The University of Iowa John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center and Hills Bank
and Trust Company are sponsoring the program, which is free and open to the
public. It features speakers Marianne Fons, Liz Porter, Rachel Stauffer Windsor
and Ben Freuh, who will discuss their unique experiences and successes and
the future for fellow Iowans as entrepreneurs in today's economy.
Co-authors of dozens of quilting books, Marianne Fons and Liz Porter are
co-owners of a profitable quilt supply company in Winterset, Iowa. Marianne
and Liz have co-hosted over 100 public TV episodes, including a five series
program "Sew Many Quilts," and two 13-part series of "Quilting
With Fons and Porter." Their programs have been broadcast on more than
250 public television stations across the nation.
In 1996, Fons and Porter launched a bimonthly quilting magazine called "Sew
Many Quilts," which is now titled "Fons and Porter's For The Love
Of Quilting." As executive editors of the magazine, they bring their
relaxed, fun-loving approach to the projects and feature articles that reach
over 100,000 readers.
They promote their business extensively on the Internet and provide extensive
resources to quilters world-wide through their web sites. The team also teaches
workshops and lectures across the country and abroad. They will share their
experiences in a presentation entitled "Move Over Martha Stewart -- Stitching
Together a Business."
The second presentation at the Hughes Lecture will be "Linking Private
Institutional Capital to Entrepreneurs in Food and Agriculture," by Rachel
Stauffer Windsor, a partner at Cybus Capital Markets in Des Moines. As a partner
in Cybus, Rachel was a member of the team that bought the company and undertook
management of a venture capital fund based here in Iowa.
Her presentation will describe her company's role in working with growing,
entrepreneurial Iowa companies and her position in the company as deal execution
and client management partner.
Rachel works with investment banking and private equity clients in deal
structuring and assessment, pricing and valuation negotiations, due diligence,
legal documentation and portfolio management. She is a board member of Rudi's
Bankery, Inc., a portfolio company of tecTerra Food Capital Fund.
Before joining Cybus, she performed marketing and underwriting for the leveraged
buyout finance group of Whirlpool Financial Corporation and account origination
and portfolio management at both AT Commercial Corporation and Connecticut
After graduation from Iowa State University with a degree in Industrial
Engineering, Ben Frueh a 29-year-old Dubuque native, was the seventh person
to join Minneapolis-based start-up, Allaire Corporation. The company quickly
grew to fifteen employees and moved to Cambridge, Mass. He will share the
story of his involvement in the entrepreneurial growth of Allaire Corporation
and the development of its web page design application, Cold Fusion, from
inception to the years after the company went public. In his presentation,
"Decisions and Consequences: Lessons Learned from the Internet Gold Rush,"
he will discuss the development of the Internet from an insider's point of
While at Allaire, he was responsible for developing classroom and web-based
training courses. Since leaving Allaire in March 2000, he has pursued a career
as a web consultant and commercial pilot. He and his wife, Celine, also formerly
with Allaire, now live in Maine.
Doors open for the program at 6 p.m. April 17 in the Buchanan Auditorium,
Room W10 in the Pappajohn Business Building, followed by the presentations
at 6:30 p.m. and a reception at 8:30 p.m.
To register or for more information, contact the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial
Center at (319) 335-1022 or email email@example.com.