Online community expert named 2008 Anheuser-Busch Entrepreneur-in-Residence
Lithium Technologies CEO Lyle Fong will inspire future entrepreneurs during UA visit
TUCSON, Ariz. – February 6, 2008 – Online community and gaming expert Lyle Fong has been named the 2008 Anheuser-Busch Entrepreneur-in-Residence by the Christopher and Carol McGuire Center for Entrepreneurship at the Eller College of Management. For two days in February, Fong will work one-on-one with student new venture teams and deliver a public talk about his career and the burgeoning industry of online communities.
Fong is co-founder and CEO of Lithium Technologies. A provider of on-demand community solutions, the company powers some of the largest communities in the world for some of the largest companies in the world, including Dell, AT&T, Sony, Comcast, and Symantec. Prior to founding Lithium Technologies, Fong co-founded GX Media, where he was the chief technology officer. There, he drove the development of Gamers.com, which was rated the #1 independent gaming portal by Nielson NetRatings. He has been the driving force behind the creation of technologies for professional gaming.
“The Anheuser-Busch Entrepreneur-in-Residence program provides students an exciting opportunity to explore and energize their concepts by working with accomplished professionals,” said Sherry Hoskinson, director of the McGuire Center. “We chose Lyle because his career and his company, Lithium Technologies, embody a crucial transformation which we've seen over the past ten years. Ideas like online communities that were once the province of gamers and technologists have become vital to businesses of all kinds."
Fong will present a public talk on Thursday, Feb. 21 at 5:00 p.m. at the Center for Creative Photography on The University of Arizona campus, 1020 N. Olive Rd. The presentation is free and open to the public. A reception will follow the lecture. Please RSVP for the lecture and reception via email at firstname.lastname@example.org by Feb.15.
About the Anheuser-Busch Entrepreneur-in-Residence
The Christopher and Carol McGuire Center for Entrepreneurship annually recognizes an accomplished entrepreneur as the Anheuser-Busch Entrepreneur-in-Residence. Criteria for selection include:
- Entrepreneurial success: growth of an enterprise
- Innovation: creativity and success in entrepreneurial activities
- Enthusiasm: interest in and commitment to work with one of the country’s foremost entrepreneurship education programs
The Anheuser-Busch Foundation endowed this position to support entrepreneurship education and recognize extraordinary entrepreneurial success and innovation. Entrepreneurs-in-Residence work with students to provide in-depth review and advice about the problems and challenges they face in creating their venture plans.
Past Anheuser-Busch Entrepreneurs-in-Residence include Herb Kelleher, chairman of Southwest Airlines; Bruce Halle, CEO of Discount Tire Company; Paul Orfalea, founder of Kinko’s, Inc.; and Jerry Colangelo, former president of the Phoenix Suns and Arizona Diamondbacks.
The McGuire Center for Entrepreneurship is a National Model Program of the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship and is home to the McGuire Entrepreneurship Program, ranked the #2 public undergraduate and #1 public graduate program in the nation by Entrepreneur magazine and The Princeton Review. Established in 1984, it was one of the first university-based entrepreneurship centers in the country. Today, the Center offers entrepreneurship education for any graduate program at the University of Arizona and reaches more than 1,000 undergraduate students every semester. With courses in business, law, science, engineering, health, medicine, arts, and humanities, the McGuire Center advances the state and regional economy, advances entrepreneurship education nationwide, and teaches life-long problem solving for economic, social, scientific, and environmental progress.
The Eller College of Management at the University of Arizona is internationally recognized for pioneering research, innovative curriculum, distinguished faculty, excellence in management information systems, entrepreneurship, and social responsibility. U.S. News & World Report ranks the Eller undergraduate program No. 11 among public business schools and two of its programs are among the top 20 — Entrepreneurship and MIS. U.S. News & World Report ranks the Eller MBA Full-Time program No. 48 in the U.S. In addition to a Full-Time MBA program, the Eller College offers the No. 25-ranked Evening MBA program, the Eller Executive MBA and the Online MBA. The Eller College of Management supports more than 5,800 undergraduate and 800 graduate students on the UA campus in beautiful Tucson, Arizona, and on its satellite campus in downtown Phoenix.
Liz Warren-Pederson, Eller College of Management
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