Entrepreneur to discuss economy and its impact on the buyout world

by Pamela Young, Published January 28, 2009

YPSILANTI — Entrepreneur Robert J. Skandalaris will be the next guest speaker at the “Breakfast with the Dean,” series, sponsored by Eastern Michigan University’s College of Business.

The free program is scheduled Friday, Feb. 6, with a continental breakfast at 7:30 a.m., followed by the program at 8 a.m., room 114 of the College of Business, 300 W. Michigan Avenue in Ypsilanti. Free parking is available in the College’s parking structure on Pearl Street.

An author, entrepreneur and philanthropist, Skandalaris will discuss, “The Economy and its Impact on the Buyout World.”

Skandalaris has founded several public and private companies, including Noble International (NASDAQ:NOBL), a technology-based company that has become the world’s largest supplier of laser-welded blanks and structural tube parts to the automotive industry. He also founded Quantum Ventures of Michigan, LLC, a privately-held company specializing in the acquisition and development of middle-market firms, and has completed a successful public offering of Manitex, Inc. (NASDAQ:MNTX).

Skandalaris is the author of the book, “Rebuilding the American Dream,” which looks at the importance of innovation and entrepreneurship, and is currently working on an entrepreneurship series for teenagers.

In addition, he is an active philanthropist and helped to establish the Skandalaris Center for Entrepreneurial Studies at Washington University in St. Louis, as well as a nonprofit organization called the Skandalaris Family Foundation.

Skandalaris earned a bachelor’s degree in finance from Michigan State University and a master’s degree in accounting from Eastern Michigan University.

For more information, call Shirley Wentz at 734.487.4140

Pamela Young

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