Morningside College schedules “Entrepreneur in the Classroom” events

Mar 31, 2016 • Business

San Diego, Calif., business consultant Gene McNaughton, a graduate of Sioux City’s East High School and Morningside College, will participate in two “Entrepreneur in the Classroom” events April 7 and 8 at Morningside.

McNaughton, president of Elite Concepts Consulting, will lead Morningside alumni in a panel discussion “The Power to Shape Your Destiny” at 7 p.m. April 7. McNaughton also will present “Story of an Entrepreneur” at 10:30 a.m. April 8. Both events, which are open to the public, will take place in UPS Auditorium in Morningside College’s Lincoln Center, 3609 Peters Ave.

Morningside alumni who will take part in the April 7 panel discussion are Chad Benson, Chris Benson, Tom Betz, Tracie Mohr Franko, Stan Lupkes, Tim McCabe and Doyle Turner. The panelists have held leadership positions in organizations including IBP, Gateway, Heelan, MCI, Wells, Sterling Computers, Jimmy Johns, Firstar Bank and local farm operations.

The events are part of the Entrepreneur in the Classroom program sponsored by Morningside’s business administration department and the Morningside student Entrepreneurship Group.

For over a decade, McNaughton held multiple sales leadership roles at Gateway Computers. After Gateway, he joined the sales force for motivational speaker Tony Robbins. McNaughton became president of Elite Concepts Consulting in 2007.

Dr. Pam Mickelson, professor and chair of Morningside’s business administration department and faculty adviser to the Entrepreneur Group, said, “Gene’s return to Morningside and Sioux City will provide students and the community special insights into the business growth process.”