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Oct. 15, 2003

Founder Of Jacobson Companies To Speak At Tippie College Of Business

Dick Jacobson is the founder of six companies that, together, provide solutions to the complexities of supply chain management to help clients achieve a greater return on their investments. He will speak Friday, Oct. 24 at the Tippie College of Business about leadership and innovation at his companies.

The speech is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. in Room W401 in the Pappajohn Business Building. It is the second presentation in the Tippie Leadership Association's Speaker Series, held in conjunction with the Knapp Leadership Speaker Series.

Jacobson's enterprises include Jacobson Warehouse Company, Jacobson Transportation Company, Jacobson Logistics Company, Jacobson Packaging Company, Jacobson Industrial Services Company and Jacobson Investment Company.

Jacobson Warehouse Company is one of the largest privately owned public warehouse companies in the United States, with operations in 15 states and 27 cities and facilities encompassing more than 10 million square feet. Jacobson Transportation Company, Inc. is a truckload common carrier with 450 tractors and 1300 trailers that operates in 48 states, Canada and Mexico.

Jacobson is on the board of directors of several publicly traded companies. He is involved in nearly two dozen organizations including Junior Achievement, the Des Moines Higher Education Center and the Tippie College Board of Visitors.

The Tippie Leadership Association was started in 2003 by a group of MBA students to foster the development of leadership skills among graduate business students while creating a culture of leadership at in the Tippie School of Management.

This speaker series brings business leaders to campus so that students can hear about the experiences that helped them to develop their leadership skills, said Association president and founder Marc Dorau. It is also a great way for students to understand what it takes to be an influential leader in the business community.

The next installment of the Speaker Series is on Nov. 14, featuring Chris Davis, CEO of McLeod USA.

STORY SOURCE: University News Service, 300 Plaza Centre One, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500

CONTACTS: Media: George McCrory, 319-384-0012,; Program: Marc Dorau, Tippie Leadership Association,; Writer: Becky DeCourcey.