2005 annual Goshen College Business Luncheon

Goshen College senior business major Tom Stahly, from Goshen, is in the first stages of starting his new business called Kipsee, a search engine optimization company. On Feb. 24, during the annual Goshen College Business Luncheon, he was awarded the first $5,000 entrepreneurship grant from the Goshen College Business Department’s Entrepreneurship Learning Center (ELC), and had the opportunity to tell a room full of Northern Indiana businesspeople about his plans and how his services could help their businesses.

In addition to the awarding of the first entrepreneurship grant, the annual Business Luncheon featured keynote speaker David Humphreys, president of the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association, who spoke about why 2004 was the best year in 25 years for his industry. This was his last major address before his successor to the RVIA presidency was to be named. Elkhart County has been called the “RV Capital of the World,” with one of every four jobs tied to the industry.

Humphreys became president of the association in 1979, as the industry was at its lowest point and has helped the industry become “in, hot and hip” today, with sales in 2004 at their all-time high for recreational vehicles with 370,000 new RVs sold and $12 billion in revenues. His predictions for the industry long term were also optimistic, as the national trends are in their favor, he said.

To read the complete press release, go here.


Photos by Jodi H. Beyeler

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