Business Summit

February 27 – 28, 2020

Every spring semester, Nebraska Wesleyan hosts a Business Summit that provides students an opportunity to learn from prominent business leaders’ wisdom and experience through series of in-classroom panels.

Company presidents and CEOs from across the country provide panel discussions and an opportunity for networking.

Business Summit presentations – Friday, February 28

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9 a.m. Innovation/

Jared Carlson (MBA '16)
Ben Pankonin ('02)
Mason Perry ('16)
Scott Miller ('89)
Phillip Abbey ('15) 
Griffin Perry ('13)
10 a.m. Marketing
Jack Chatelain ('13)
Mitchel Memming ('08)
Vance Allison
Sharon Fenn ('95)
Ryan Cook
Jonathon Patent
11 a.m. Innovation/

Ryan Funke ('03)
Joel Friesen
Carly Carlson ('09)
Michaela Young ('04, MBA '16)
Jess Loseke ('15)
Brian Willet ('08)
Clark Bellin ('96)
Greg Harris ('97) Sterling Miller ('85)


Quick Pitch Contest

Students also compete in the annual Quick Pitch contest where students have an opportunity to “pitch” an innovative idea for a Nebraska Wesleyan campus before a panel of judges.

Pitch Contest winners win $1,000 for first place, $275 for second place and $225 for third place. Remaining students finishing in the top ten (places 4-10) will each receive $100.

Thursday, February 27, 2020

Prelims: 6:00 p.m. in Acklie rooms 109, 111, 207, 211
Judges: Joseph Young, Charlie Colon ('91), Dan Hoffman, Ben Williamson, Matt Foley

Friday, February 28, 2020

Semi-Finals: 7:30 a.m. in Callen
Judges: Jared Carlson (MBA '16), Ben Pankonin ('02), Mason Perry ('16), Scott Miller ('89) and Griffin Perry ('13)

Finals and lunch: 12 noon in Callen
Judges: Ryan Funke ('03), James Bowen, Sterling Miller ('85), Carly Carlson ('09), Michaela Young ('04, MBA '16) and Jess Loseke ('15)

For more information about judges, see:

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Jonathan Curti