Business Division Presents Eighth Annual Maastricht Institute of Entrepreneurship

April 28th, 2014 - April 30th, 2014


Media Relations Contacts:

Larry Stockman, MIE Director, (660) 831-4141,

April DeGraff, marketing & media, (660) 831-4172,



Featured speakers provide U.S. and European perspectives at Institute set for April 28-30.


Marshall, Mo. (March 20, 2014)—Committee members of the Maastricht Institute of Entrepreneurship at Missouri Valley College have confirmed the speakers for the ninth annual Institute, which is set for April 28-30 on the MVC campus.

Dr. Benoit Wesley, chairman and C.E.O. of the Xelat Group in Maastricht, Netherlands and noted Dutch international business entrepreneur, will deliver the keynote address. Dr. Benoit Wesly has over 35 years of experience as an entrepreneur in the hotel restaurant and travel industry in Europe and in the US. He is the founder and owner of the Xelat Group with operations in Maastricht, the Netherlands and Herzliya, Israel.

Other speakers include: Bill Bean ‘68, founder of a real estate brokerage company, Santa Clara, Calif.; William Riggins, executive director of the Marshall-Saline Development Corporation, Marshall, Mo.; Brian Hammons, president and CEO, Hammons Products Company, Stockton, Mo.; Nancy Allison,agent, Shelter Insurance Company,Columbia, Mo.; Cheryl Edington, CPA and partner at Baer and Edington, Columbia, Mo.; Boaz Luepe,co-founder and CEO of Nerd Alize, Maastricht, the Netherlands; Dr. Carla Costa,assistant professor at Maastricht University, Maastricht, the Netherlands; and Mathijs de Meijer, co-founder and CTO of Nerd Alize, Maastricht, the Netherlands.

“The Maastricht Institute has grown over the past few years, and I am glad that MVC, the Institute sponsors, and Dr. Wesly are able to provide our students, faculty and staff, and community members with this educational opportunity,” said MIE Director Larry Stockman. “This year we have a number of industries being represented, we’re excited to give our students a group of diverse individuals to learn from.”

The Maastricht Institute is named after the city of Maastricht, Netherlands, and is an outgrowth of experiences and friendships among residents of Maastricht and several cities in the United States.

 The goal of the Maastricht Institute is to foster an atmosphere of receptiveness and creativity toward comparative entrepreneurial processes. The Institute compares and contrasts the entrepreneurial business environment within the United States with that of the other countries highlighting domestic and international philosophies. 

 The Institute’s format includes lectures, seminars and round-table discussions.

 For registration or more information, contact Institute Director Larry Stockman at 660-831-4141 or  Admission to the Institute is $50 for one day or $100 for three days.  With valid college ID, admission is $25 for one day or $50 for three days (MVC students are free).  Admission includes luncheon.




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