Join us at Junto on Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. to hear Gary Hoover speak on Hoover's Eight Principles Of Successful Enterprise at the General Society Library located at 20 West 44th Street (between 5th & 6th Avenues) in Manhattan.
Admission is FREE. No reservations required. If you are coming, e-mail me at [masked] so we can meet up.
Junto socializes from 7:00pm to 7:30pm
* 7:30pm moderator, Gene Epstein calls first for announcements of things happening before the next Junto. Then other announcements and for people introducing themselves.
* The speaker will begin promptly at 8:00 pm.
* Most speakers will present their thoughts in several sections. Each section will have audience questions, discussions and rebuttal of the speaker's points.
* Discussions are intense but polite.
* The meeting will continue to 10:00pm or later.
In the[masked] school year, he served as the first entrepreneur-in-residence at the Herb Kelleher Center for Entrepreneurship at the McCombs School of Business at U. of Texas at Austin. He teaches entrepreneurial thinking and other courses at his "Hoover Academy." Watch his videos at: http://tiny.cc/HooverVideo and http://tiny.cc/HooverVid
He began his entrepreneurial journey early. Growing up in Anderson, Indiana, a General Motors factory town, he asked questions about business. Convinced the way to make the world better was to lead or create enterprises, he started subscribing to Fortune Magazine at 12. While other kids played ball, he memorized the Fortune 500. He visited 100s of Corporate HQs and offices before he was 18. He studied the stock market in depth. His question was always, "What separates the losers from the winners?"
He researched all types of enterprises from empires to unions, from General Motors to the U.S.A. He studied economics at U. Chicago under Milton Friedman and 2 other Nobel Prize winners, was securities analyst for CitiBank Wall Street, buyer for Federated Dept. Stores & headed acquisitions and strategic planning for the Mays Dept. Stores. At 30, he created superstore BOOKSTOP, which helped change the nature of book shopping. It won kudos for preservation and restoration of historic buildings. He and partners sold it to Barnes & Noble for $41.5 million cash when it was 7 years old. In 1990, he began a business information publisher, the Reference Press. It evolved into Hoover's, the world's largest internet-based provider of information about enterprises. Hoover's Online, at www.hoovers.com, covers 1,000s of companies around the world, private, public and non-profit. July 1999 Hoover's went public. March 2003 it was sold to Dun & Bradstreet for $117 million. It has over 600 employees.
He knows failure, having started travel superstore TravelFest 1993, closing it[masked] as airlines slashed commissions to travel agents. 2003 through 2008, he did an in-depth study of the museum industry and their business opportunities. He and colleagues, Story Stores, planned a chain of for-profit museums, starting with the concept RoadStoryUSA. The economic environment made raising capital difficult, it's on the back-burner for now.
Now Gary travels the world speaking to Fortune 500 execs., trade associations, entrepreneurs, and college and high school students about how enterprises are built & stand the test of time. His speeches and workshops have ranged from the Hong Kong and Jakarta to Mid-Atlantic Venture Capital Conference, from Microsoft and Oracle client conferences to strategic planning meetings of major law firms. From his experiences and lessons of the 1,000s of companies, he draws real-life examples of the things that matter. He talks of history, geography, demography, curiosity and other key things that aren't discussed in the newspaper or classroom. In Austin, he develops entrepreneurial thinking among local young people, helping create students who meet monthly to learn the keys to entrepreneurial success.
Gary maintains a list of new business ideas, containing over 100 concepts.
PDF of his book $10: http://tiny.cc/HooverBook
He says, "Success is based not on thinking like today's winner, but on thinking differently, thinking in original and creative ways."
His site: http://hooversWorld.com