'Big Success in Small Towns' author to speak at USD

VERMILLION, S.D. -- The Beacom School of Business at The University of South Dakota presents the 2010 Burke-Bank West Lecture, “Boomtown USA: The 7½ Keys to Big Success in Small Towns,” by author and CEO Jack Schultz, at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 8 at Farber Hall, Old Main.

Schultz is the founder and CEO of Agracel, Inc., an industrial development firm majoring in rural America. Agracel, which began in 1986, has completed projects in 14 states owning seven million square feet of industrial space. The company also owns 15 business parks and a short line railroad. In 2004, he authored “Boomtown USA: The 7½ Keys to Big Success in Small Towns,” which took more than three years of intense research to write. Since the book was published six years ago, Schultz has spoken in more than 300 communities in 44 states, covering 250,000 miles.  

Schultz was named Ernst & Young’s Illinois Entrepreneur of the Year in 2005. In 2006, he was the recipient of the Beta Gamma Sigma Medallion for Entrepreneurship. Schultz received his M.B.A. from Harvard University and he is married and the father of twin sons.

The Burke-Bank West Lecture Series is endowed by Bank West and the family of Charles H. Burke of Pierre, S.D., to bring noted authorities in the fields of banking, finance and marketing to South Dakota in cooperation with the Beacom School of Business. “Boomtown USA: The 7½ Keys to Big Success in Small Towns,” is free and open to the public. At the conclusion of his presentation, Schultz will be available to sign copies of his book.  A photo of Jack Schultz can be downloaded at www.usd.edu/urelations/images/Jack_Schultz.jpg.

For more information about “Boomtown USA: The 7½ Keys to Big Success in Small Towns,” please contact the Beacom School of Business at (605) 677-5455 or e-mail business@usd.edu.