Entrepreneurship Institute Conference

Keynote Speaker


Chris Speicher, PhD
Director of Entrepreneurship
Executive Director of School of Business and Global Innovation
Marywood University

Early Bird Special
Where do Ideas Come From – The Disney Challenge

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Ever wonder how Pixar is so good at telling a story? It’s all in the process they develop to tell you why the story is so important. Join Professor Chris Speichcer in this creative storytelling presentation using the story of Nemo, the little fish who gets lost. 

Chris Speicher is the Executive Director of School of Business and Global Innovation at Marywood University in Scranton, Pennsylvania.  In addition, he directs their Entrepreneurship Program and is actively engaged in the University’s efforts to recruit students internationally. A 3x graduate of Temple University, Speicher is a continuous learner and recently attended the MIT Design Thinking Program.  He has lectured all over the world most recently in India and Bangladesh.

Outside of the Classroom, Speicher has been involved with over 30 start-ups ranging from health care to real estate. His most famous start-up is DartDrones, the nation’s largest drone education company which he started with his daughter and CEO, Abby Speicher. In addition, his family operated a 5,000 bush blueberry farm in Wayne County, PA.

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Chris Hackett
Managing Partner
OneSource Family Office

Opening Keynote
Startups, Investors and Being All In

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Don says “someone please ask Chris a question about the last part of his bio….” 


Board Activities Current

  • Silberline – International pigment manufacturer – Board Member
  • Gentex – Defense Contractor – Board Member
  • H A Berkheimer – Tax Collection and Data Management Services – Board Member
  • A Rifkin – Contract Manufacturer – Board Member
  • Furmano Foods – Food Processing – Board Member
  • Times Printing – Commercial Printer – Board Member
  • Landmark Bank, NA – Board Member, Chair Audit Committee
  • Pennsylvania Workforce Development Board – Governor Appointment – Board Member

Past

  •  Cornell Iron Works – Board Member, Chair Audit Committee and Chair Compensation Committee
  • Wyoming Seminary Trustee, Chair of Human Resource committee, Member of Executive Committee, Finance Committee and the Investments Committee
  • Wilkes University Vice Chair, Board of Trustees
  • Misericordia University Trustee and Member of Finance and Tenure Committees
  • Leadership WB Executive Director Search Committee
  • Wyoming Seminary President Search Committee
  • WB Chamber of Business and Industry Chair President Search Committee
  • WB Chamber of Business and Industry Vice Chair, and Chair of Personnel Committee
  • United Way Alexis Tocqueville Society Co-Chair (Ramah)
  • Wyoming Valley Montessori School Annual Campaign Co-Chair (Ramah)
  • Shavertown United Methodist Church – Treasurer
  • Young President’s Organization – Treasurer
  • Candidate for US Congress

Business

  • Ownership of private businesses
    • i2M – Polymer Manufacturing – President and CEO – 2009-Present
    • OneSource Staffing Solutions – Temporary Staffing – President – 1992 – Present
    • OneSource Benefit Solutions – Insurance Brokerage – President – 2004 to Present
    • OneSource HR Solutions – Human Resource & Administrative Management Services – President – 1999 to Present
    • SHS TechStaffing – Professional and Executive Recruiting – President – 1990 to Present
    • Powerhouse Communications – Fiber Optics – Director – 2019 – Present
      After graduation in 1985, worked 5 years for a large public accounting firm in Washington, DC; initially doing audit and tax work, then moving into the management and systems consulting area.

Education

  • Bachelors – Wittenberg University 1985
  • Graduated with 12 varsity letters – Cross Country, Wrestling and Track & Field
  • Member of Beta Theta Pi
  • Certified Public Accountant (CPA) 1986 – Certified Management Accountant (CMA) 1987

Hobbies

  • Triathlete and Mountain Bike Racer
  • Business Culture Development
  • PIAA Wrestling Official

Non-Career Work History:

  • 7 to 13 – Philadelphia Bulletin newspaper – afternoon daily and Sunday delivery 14 to 15 – Covered Wagon Restaurant – Dish and Pot Washer
  • 15 to 16 – Covered Wagon Restaurant – Short Order Cook
  • 16 to 18 – Kmart – Automotive and Sporting Goods Departments
  • 18 to 21 – Various Jobs at Wittenberg University: Resident Advisor, Field House ID Checker, Book Store Staff, Prospect Tour Guide 18 to 21 – Summer work – Radnor Township – Sanitation Engineer (i.e. Trash collection)

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