Fasttrack Entrepreneurs to Be Honored at Dec. 10 Reception

Dec. 4, 1996

by Alan Hunt

More than 40 local entrepreneurs who have completed the inaugural Premier FastTrac Program in Central Texas will be recognized during a reception scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 10, at the McLennan Room of the Waco Convention Center.

State Sen. David Sibley will be the keynote speaker for the 6 p.m. program. Sibley, who represents Senate District 22, received undergraduate and law degrees from Baylor and is an honor graduate of the Baylor College of Dentistry. He recently was named to the Baylor Board of Regents.

Also speaking during the evening will be Baylor President Robert B. Sloan Jr.; Dr. Nancy Upton, director of the John F. Baugh Center for Entrepreneurship at Baylor; and Jack Stewart, president of the Greater Waco Chamber of Commerce.

Honoraries will be:

FastTrac I, Beginning Entrepreneurs - Royce and Bob Simon, Brazos Running; Mac Templeton, Cadillac Jack's; Leilani Snell, D's Dazzlers; James Dickson, The Dickson Company; Ida Pinkard, Ida's Etc.; Jerry Stokes, Keystone Diversified Funding; Kimberly McClinton, Loco Motion; James Berryhill, The Reunion Connection; Joe Calao, Spaghetti's; Stacy Lee, Stacy Lee's; Gregg Strasburger, Strasburger Aerospace; Richard Olson, Superior Solutions Landscape Construction & Design; Loretta Floyd, TX Valuation Unit; DeAnna Sandoval, Ten Talents; Christina and Rey Medrano, Texas Lead Inspectors & Environment Services; and Linda Weaver, Time Out Travel & Tours.

FastTrac II, Growth Oriented Entrepreneurs - Nancy Roche, Audiology Center for Communication; Frank Bull, Bullseye Electric Company; Dorothy Smith, D & S Services Inc.; Virginia, Carr and Cary DuPuy, DuPuy Oxygen, Temple Welding Supply & Killeen Welding Supply; Wray Felton, Felton's Trading House Realty; Kyle Nielsen, K-Wash Inc.; Lisa Torgersen, Lawns Ltd Inc.; Thelma Evans, Lobban Evans Beauty Supply & Salons; Darrell Rollins, Norwest Bank; MaryAnn Plumlee, Plumlee Place Custom Window Treatments; Richard Salome, Regal Tire & Retreading Inc.; Terry Williams, Reimer Pump Sales & Service; Pat and

Mike Magid, Studio Gallery; Sherri McDonald, Telecommunications; Ronita and David Miller, Triple "D" Pump Company Inc.; David Wolfe, Waco Bolt & Nut Inc.; Richard Frederick, Waco Eagle Inc.; Janette Rothe, Texserve Teacher Placement Service Inc.; and Bart Venable, Touch of Santa Fe.

A national program geared toward aspiring and current entrepreneurs, Premier FastTrac is co-sponsored by the Baugh Center for Entrepreneurship, the City of Waco and the Greater Waco Chamber of Commerce in partnership with Texas State Technical College, Small Business Development Center/Business Resource Center, McLennan Community College, Cen-Tex Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the Heart of Texas Black Chamber of Commerce. The Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership Inc. at the Ewing Marion Foundation and the Waco Foundation are special benefactors to the FastTrac program. Forty-four volunteers worked on 10 committees to facilitate the Premier FastTrac program. In addition, there were two instructors, six business counselors and 18 Baylor students involved with the fall classes.

The spring FastTrac classes will begin Feb. 4 and 6, 1997. For more information about enrolling in the program or about the Dec. 10 graduation, contact the Baugh Center, (817) 755-2265, extension 3.

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