Marriott Alumni Magazine

Summer 2021

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School News to helping BYU students start and grow their own businesses. The center provides a variety of resources, including mentorship, class courses, competitions, conferences, and workshops, which are all designed to help students find success in entrepreneurship. Chris Crittenden New Director of Rollins Center BYU Marriott recently announced Chris Crittenden as the new director of the Rollins Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology. The Rollins Center is an on-campus resource dedicated Crittenden has taught at BYU Marriott since 2018 as an adjunct professor of management. During this time, he created three new courses and the product development track within the strategy major. Now he looks forward to heading new projects that encourage e businesses created by BYU students are as unique and versatile as the student entrepreneurs themselves and span every category, from thrift store clothing to digital marketing to real estate. Each year, the BYU Entrepreneurship Club and the Rollins Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology recognize dedicated student entrepreneurs with revenue-gen- erating businesses through the Student Entrepreneur of the Year (SEOY) awards and recognition program. is year's Student Entrepreneur of the Year, Isaac Dushku, founded his company, Lord of Maps, in spring 2020 and sells hand-drawn maps of various states and countries. In addition to awarding the SEOY title and ranking the top revenue- generating businesses, the SEOY program introduced three new awards this year: the Women in Entrepreneurship award, the Job Creator award, and the Emerging Elite award. "e Rollins Center is excited to include three additional categories of recognition this year," says Mike Hendron, an associate teaching professor of entrepreneurship and the academic director of the Rollins Center. "First, we added a special award to highlight one of our success- ful student female founders, in partnership with the Rollins Center's Women in Entrepreneurship (WE) program. e WE program provides encouragement and support for female students here at BYU who start and run their own businesses." e Women in Entrepreneurship award was given to strategic management senior Marissa Barlow for her swimsuit com- pany, Nani Swimwear. e second new category highlights one of the most important economic benefits of entrepreneurship: creating employment opportuni- ties. "e Job Creator award recognizes the company with the largest employee workforce, with an emphasis on providing full-time positions," explains Hendron. is year's Job Creator award was given to Ben Webber for Big Red Jelly, a company that has fifteen full-time employees and five part-time employees and focuses on building digital solutions for brands. e final new category, the Emerging Elite award, spotlights compa- nies that are not yet large in terms of revenue but which are poised for rapid growth and future success. is award was given to three differ- ent students: Lex Maynez for his vintage and modern clothing store, Sad Boi rift; Keaton Wall for his real estate company, Wall Global LLC; and Tayla Chapa for her handmade clay earring company, Femi- niscence. All three students experienced notable growth and increased revenue in their companies throughout the previous calendar year. e SEOY program is a great opportunity to recognize the amazing success of BYU student entrepreneurs, notes Hendron: "BYU has so many students with the passion, skills, and ability to build rapidly growing companies. e SEOY program also highlights the diversity of student businesses—from those building fashion brands and consumer products to retail businesses, technology services businesses, and more." Rollins Center Announces seoy Winners, Introduces Three New Awards Isaac Dushku Marissa Barlow Ben Webber 37 summer 2021

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