The L. Robert Payne Lecture Series
Bringing Outstanding Entrepreneurs to SDSU
JEFF CHURCH APRIL 29, 2013, Athletics Auditorium at 4 pm
The Lavin Entrepreneurship Center is proud to announce the 14th year of the L. Robert Payne Distinguished Entrepreneur Lecture Series. The lecture series brings an outstanding entrepreneur to San Diego State University to speak to and interact with students, faculty, and invited business representatives from the regional entrepreneurial community. The series was established in 1996 with a gift from SDSU alumnus L. Robert Payne, a successful entrepreneur and long-time supporter of the Lavin Entrepreneurship Center
This year we are pleased to present Jeff Church, co-founder of NIKA water company. Church has had an ambitious and successful entrepreneurial career. After graduating top 25 from Michigan State University, he continued to Harvard Business School. Church’s latest company, NIKA water, serves as a supreme example of a social entrepreneur company. 100% of the profits go to improving sanitation conditions in third countries. Though still a young company, NIKA has committed to over $400,000 to water wells, water catchment systems, plumbing, schools, and trees in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Sri Lanka, Brazil, Ethiopia, and Nicaragua.
Church joins a significant line of past lecturers which include:
- Jim Sinegal, Co-Founder and CEO of Costco
- Tina Nova, Co-Founder, President, CEO and Director of Genoptix, Inc
- Norm Brinker, former Chairman of Brinker International
- Jim Sinegal, President & CEO of Costco
- John Moores, Founder of Peregrine Systems & Chairman of the Padres
- John Sarkisian, Co-Founder, Pat & Oscar's Restaurants
- Dr. Irwin Jacobs, Chairman & CEO of QUALCOMM
- Robert J. Nugent, former Chairman & CEO of Jack in the Box
- Russell Lewis, Founder and CEO of Rhino Linings
- Dr. Robert Beyster, Founder of SAIC
- Ron Fowler, Chairman & CEO of Liquid Investments, Inc.
For more information, please contact:
Bernhard Schroeder, Director, Lavin Center Programs at email@example.com.