Global Entrepreneurship Week

2014 Global Entrepreneurship Week
Thursday, November 20
Lenhart Grand Ballroom, Bowen-Thompson Student Union

The College of Business at BGSU is celebrating Global Entrepreneurship Week, an International initiative to inspire people throughout the world to unleash their ideas and take the next step in their entrepreneurial journey.

Please join us on Thursday, November 20, for the following free events!


Global Entrepreneurship Week in Review


Gasoline and Ethanol Supply Chain Integration - 8:30 - 11 a.m.

A panel of local experts will discuss supply chain and logistics focusing on gasoline and ethanol. Enjoy breakfast and learn how these companies are connected throughout the world.


Charlie Carr, Manager, Business and Product Development, The Andersons, Inc.


Chris Gulgin ‘10, Director of Finance, Ethanol Group, Andersons, Inc.
Rod Harris
, Manager, Business Development, The Andersons, Inc.
Neil McKinstray, President, Ethanol Group, The Andersons, Inc.
Dave Whikehart, Director, Product Supply and Optimization, Marathon Petroleum Company
Laurie George, Manager, Biofuels Trading & Scheduling, Marathon Petroleum Company

Agribusiness Advisory Panel - 2:30 - 5 p.m.

Hot topics in agriculture will be the focus of this event with featured speakers and a keynote presenter discussing current issues facing agribusiness.

Featured Presentations:

  • Succession - Paul Croy, Attorney at Law, Robison, Curphey, and O'Connell
  • GAP - Good Agricultural Practices  - Ed Sharek, Product Development and Sourcing Manager of CMC Group 

Keynote Presentation:  Genetically Modified Organisms

Greg Jaffe, Director of Biotechnology, Center for Science in the Public Interest

Gregory Jaffe is the director of the Project on Biotechnology for the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), a non-profit consumer organization located in the United States.  

Mr. Jaffe came to CSPI in 2001 after a distinguished career in government service as a trial attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice’s Environmental and Natural Resources Division and as senior counsel with the U.S. EPA, Air Enforcement Division.  He is a recognized international expert on agricultural biotechnology and biosafety and has published numerous articles and reports on those topics. 

He has worked on biosafety regulatory issues in the United States and throughout the world, including the countries of Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Ghana, Malawi, South Africa, Indonesia, Vietnam, and Nigeria.

He was a member of the Secretary of Agriculture’s Advisory Committee on Agricultural Biotechnology and 21st Century Agriculture from 2003-2008 and was reappointed for a new term in 2011.

He was also a member of FDA’s Veterinary Medicine Advisory Committee from 2004-2008.  Gregory Jaffe earned his BA with High Honors from Wesleyan University in biology and government and then received a law degree from Harvard Law School. 

Case Studies in Agribusiness - 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Local businesses discuss the importance that Northwest Ohio plays in the agricultural industry and the impact our area has throughout the world. Learn how these local business began and where they are now as well as the ups and downs they've experienced throughout their entrepreneurial journey. Enjoy food samplings and case studies from Mom Wilson's Country Mart, Monteleone Peppers, The Cookie Jar, Willy's Inc. Entertainment will be provided by The Pinup Project.