Huizenga College of Business Honors Three Outstanding Entrepreneurs
NSU's H. Wayne Huizenga College of Business and Entrepreneurship inducted three South Florida business leaders into its Entrepreneur Hall of Fame on April 30, 2014 at the Signature Grand in Davie, FL. The recognition is the Huizenga College of Business' highest honor.
Joining the distinguished ranks of Hall of Fame members are James Donnelly, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Castle Group; Guy Harvey, Ph.D., Artist, Scientist, Cinematographer, Guy Harvey, Inc., and Guy Harvey Foundation; and Manuel D. Medina, Founding and Managing Partner, Medina Capital.
More than 500 guests attended the "by invitation only," program. The event not only recognized the three honorees but also celebrated its 25th anniversary. The Entrepreneur Hall of Fame was established in 1990 to honor the lifetime achievements of outstanding entrepreneurs who contributed not only to the growth of a phenomenal entrepreneurial business, but have also demonstrated a willingness to contribute time, effort and financial resources to programs and activities that enhance the quality of life in the communities in which we live.
Each of the honorees gave inspirational speeches. Donnelly thanked Hall of Fame members, Charles L. Palmer and Thomas J. Miller for their nomination. He said two things are true of entrepreneurship, "It is a journey with lots of ups and downs, and you don't do it alone." He also stated that knowledge alone was no longer power but that, "Understanding, innovation, and application is the difference today." Having just returned from the Cayman Islands on a six day shark tagging trip, Harvey said, "This relationship with NSU is really blossoming," and thanked President George L. Hanbury II, Chancellor Ray Ferrero Jr., and Dean Richard Dodge. He also encouraged students to pursue studies at NSU and make their parents proud. Sent to this country by boat as a young boy, Medina spoke about the "incredible society," in which we live. His family left long line, seven generations of Cubans to come to a country where they did not speak the language. "This country welcomed us, helped educate us, opened doors and helped make us what we are today. I am very proud to be an American," said Medina.