Moderated by Cameron Nagle, Host of Starting Small

On his podcast, Nagle interviews CEOs, founders and entrepreneurs, discussing how their organizations and businesses were created from the ground up.

 
 

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Date: April 20, 2023
Time: 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (EST)
Location: Everest-Rohrer Auditorium on the Bethel University campus
Tickets available in February 2023

 

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Kodiak Cakes started in 1995 when the Clark brothers made their mother’s dream of selling her family flapjack recipe as a mix come true.

Joel (Clark) knew he needed help when he committed to Kodiak Cakes again in 2008. He needed someone who could bring new life and energy to the company to help him reach his goals. At the young age of 24, Cameron Smith was the perfect fit for the job.

Cameron had just graduated from the University of Utah when he joined Kodiak Cakes as Joel’s partner and COO in 2009. He quickly became a leader focused on execution and vision, and his optimistic attitude has kept Kodiak Cakes moving forward, even in the face of adversity.

The pancake category was not one people talked or cared about. As Cameron puts it, there was “no noise in pancakes.” The challenge was, retailers felt Kodiak Cakes were a commodity that people didn’t care about. But risk and persistence helped Joel and Cameron create noise in a sleeping category, landing Kodiak Cakes in stores like Costco and Target, and on ABC’s Shark Tank.


 

Sweetwater Sound Founder and Chairman of the Board Chuck Surack’s entrepreneurial success has been driven by a passion for music and a dedication to “always do the right thing” in service of others. In 1979, music began to take over Chuck’s entrepreneurial talents when he founded Sweetwater Sound as a 4-track recording studio in the back of his VW bus. Fast forward to today and Sweetwater is now the No. 1 online retailer of music instruments and pro-audio equipment in the United States – employing over 1800 team members focused on serving over one million customers each year.

In addition to Sweetwater, Chuck has translated his commitment to “always do the right thing” into ownership of more than 10 other businesses including SweetCars, Sweet Aviation, Sweet Helicopters and Longe Optical in Fort Wayne, Indiana under the Surack Enterprises umbrella. Beyond business, Chuck and his wife Lisa are passionate about serving their community. It was this passion that lead them to start the Surack Family Foundation to continue making a difference and even greater impact in Northeast Indiana giving to over 600 organizations annually.

Chuck still makes time to regularly play saxophone in small venues around Fort Wayne. He also has a love for aviation and is an avid helicopter pilot. He and Lisa have two sons, a daughter, and two granddaughters and can often be found enjoying time together at their regular Sunday family dinner.


 

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Get Tickets Online
(Coming Soon!)

Date: April 20, 2023
Time: 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (EST)
Location: Everest-Rohrer Auditorium on the Bethel University campus
Tickets available in February 2023

Sharing insight on:

  • The entrepreneurial journey
  • Discovering your passion and purpose
  • Building the right team
  • Accelerating growth through delegation
  • Owning your niche
  • Innovation in a moving society