Entrepreneurs embrace new ways of thinking. Where some see challenges; they see opportunities. Some are destined to start businesses; others infuse passion and creativity into the workplace.
The Haller Enterprise Institute at Thiel College aims to cultivate entrepreneurial-minded students by providing an intensive, high-quality educational experience to a select cohort of undergraduate students, regardless of major.
Members of the Haller Enterprise Institute actively engage with like-minded students, as well as network with respected business leaders from across the region -- many of whom are influencers within their fields. Haller Institute members are also encouraged to become involved in our Region’s economic development efforts and to gain valuable connections and experience as they begin to apply principles of entrepreneurship in real-world settings. Other benefits include:
The Haller Enterprise Institute celebrated its 25h anniversary in 2020. The Institute is named after Henry E. and Grace Mary Haller, major benefactors to the College with a keen interest in entrepreneurship.
Each year, the Institute honors an influential member of the business community who epitomizes the spirit of the Institute. Previous recipients include, Michael G. Zawoysky ’79, retired CEO for Shoe Sensation Inc and Carol A. (Yeager) '71 and Barry D. Stamm, M.D. '70, co-founders of Stamm Cataract and Laser Surgery.
Also honored is an undergraduate student who best implements a new business venture or who otherwise best exemplifies the spirit of entrepreneurship. Recent recipients and their current employer include Justin Pearce ’20, Massive Gains Apparel; Greg Galbo ‘19, Automotive Parts and Athletic Shoe Reseller; Randy Santarelli, ’18, RS Outfitters.
Haller Enterprise Institute Executive Director - Gary J. Witosky, CPA '79
Professor Witosky has served as Executive Director of the Haller Enterprise Institute since 2020. He is a professor of Economics and Business Administration and the David M. Miller Endowed Chair of Accounting. He has extensive experience working with and advising entrepreneurs and entrepreneurial companies.
Haller Enterprise Institute Executive Director Emeritus - David M. Miller, '61, H ‘20
Dr. Miller is the founding Executive Director of the Haller Enterprise Institute, as well as an emeritus professor of Economics and Business Administration. He is also the former Norman P. Mortensen Chair of Economics and Department Chair of the Arthur McGonigal Dept. of Business Administration and Accounting. Miller has a long-time interest in entrepreneurship and has started and operated several businesses during his career.
The Institute’s Advisory Board is comprised of local business leaders and Thiel faculty and administration. Current members are:
* Thiel College employees
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