Sheetz Center for Entrepreneurial Excellence - Penn State Altoona

Entrepreneur in Residence Program

What is the EIR Program?

This program provides students with opportunities to expand their network and get immediate feedback on their ventures or entrepreneurial career goals and aspirations.

A different highly accomplished entrepreneur comes to campus once a month during the academic year. The visiting entrepreneurs come from diverse fields and are chosen based on their success starting and managing successful enterprises.

Advance on-line registration is required. Registration opens two weeks before the EIR arrives on campus. A student must sign up in advance via this Web site for a 20-minute appointment with the EIR.

Students are expected to prepare and submit questions in advance to Donna Bon, Executive Director of the Sheetz Center for Entrepreneurial Excellence at, based on their ideas, opinions, and strategies for potential or actual business ventures. Students are encouraged to choose to meet with entrepreneurs who are active in fields that capture the student's interest.


Click on the entrepreneur's name to read a bio.

Mr. George Sackandy, CEO & Founder of FUSIONMARX
Friday, March 18, 2016, 8 a.m. - 12:05 p.m.
Sheetz Center for Entrepreneurial Excellence, Room 107

Previous EIR's


Carolyn Donaldson Horell Horell Seltzer Seltzer

Click on the entrepreneur's name to read a bio.

Michael DelGrosso, DelGrosso Foods
Friday, February 5, 2016, 9 a.m. - 1:05 p.m.

Steve Gardner, President, The Meadows Franchise Systems, Inc.
Wednesday, January 27, 2016, 8 a.m. - 12:05 p.m.

Steven Richards, President and CEO, Mood Media Corporation
Tuesday, October 20, 2015, 1:30 - 4:20 p.m.

Rep. Jerry Stern - Former State Representative
Wednesday, November 18, 2015, Noon - 4:05 p.m.

Steve Sheetz, Chairman of the Sheetz Family Council and Chairman of CLI Transportation
Friday, October 16, 2014, 1:00 - 5:05 p.m.

Dr. Brett Fye, Altoona Chiropractor
Thursday, April 2, 2015, 8 a.m. - 12:05 p.m.

Christie Jordan, Owner, DiVersity Salon & Spa
Wednesday, March 18, 2015, 9:00 a.m. - 1:05 p.m.

Timothy Sissler, Vice-Chairman & CEO, Reliance Bank
Friday, February 13, 2015, 8:00 a.m. - 12:05 p.m.

Craig D. Laday, Private Wealth Advisor, Ameriprise
Friday, January 23, 2015, 12:00 noon - 4:05 p.m.

Bill Thompson, Owner/President, Thompson Pharmacy
Wednesday, January 21, 2015, 9:00 a.m. - 1:05 p.m.

Marilyn "Mickey" Port, Social Entrepreneur
Thursday, December 4, 2014, 11:00 a.m. - 3:05 p.m.

R. Lee Hite, Chairman, The Hite Company
Wednesday, November 19, 2014, 8 a.m. - 12:05 p.m.

Steve Sheetz, Chairman of the Sheetz Family Council and Chairman of CLI Transportation
Wednesday, October 8, 2014, 1:00 - 5:05 p.m.

Lee Anne Ehredt, Owner/Operator of Green Home Goods, Inc., Altoona, PA
Wednesday, September 17, 2014, 9:00 a.m. - 1:05 p.m.

Ann Benzel, President, Benzel’s Bretzel Bakery, Inc.
Wednesday, April 9, 2014, 1:00 - 5:05 p.m.

Jim Kilmartin, Executive Director, Joshua House
Wednesday, March 26, 2014, 9:00 a.m. - 1:05 p.m.

Joel Hollander, President/CEO, Altoona Pipe & Steel Supply Co.
Thursday, February 20 , 2014, 8:00 a.m. - 12:05 p.m.

Jeff Fleming, Esquire, Hippo, Fleming and Pertile Law Offices
Wednesday, January 22, 2014, 1:00 - 5:05 p.m.

Neil Port, President, Neil Port & Associates, LLC
Wednesday, December 4, 2013, 1:00 - 5:05 p.m.

Steve Sheetz, Chairman of the Board, Sheetz, Inc.
Wednesday, October 23, 2013, 1:00 - 5:05 p.m.

David P. Andrews, Esquire, Andrews & Beard
Wednesday, September 25, 2013, 8:00 a.m. - 12:05 p.m.

Eric Irwin, Certified Public Accountant, CFP and Financial Advisor, Irwin Financial, Inc.
Wednesday, April 17, 2013 from 8:00 a.m. - 12:05 p.m.

Dan Leri, Director of Innovation Park Office at Penn State
Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Carolyn Donaldson, News Anchor for WTAJ-TV
Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Steve Sheetz, Chairman of the Board, Sheetz,Inc.
Wednesday, January 16, 2013

J. Benjamin Yeager, Esquire, Yeager & Eberhardt Attorneys At Law
Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Michael Fiore, Executive Vice President of Leonard S. Fiore, Inc.
Tuesday, November 6, 2012

John Horell — President and Owner of KIZ Resources, LLC
Wednesday, October 10, 2012

George C. Ferris II — President, Carnegie Equipment, Inc.
Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Steve Sheetz — Chairman of the Board, Sheetz, Inc.
Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Amy Seltzer — Principal, Seltzer Financial Strategies, LLC
Wednesday, February 15, 2012


"It is great to be able to meet personally with people who have experience in entrepreneurship. Michael Fiore gave me great advice on time management and finding the right employees."

"Mr. Horell - Brillant entrepreneurial mentality. Completely open-ended conversation with the mind of a successful business owner."

"Mr. Sheetz helped me to really grasp understanding a customer. He taught me to understand and know your 'biggest hitters' because once you know what they want, all the pieces will fall together."

"George Ferris II opened my eyes to how an entrepreneur thinks. His insight made everything I am learning click together."

“Mrs. Seltzer is a huge asset to the community. To be able to sit down and talk to her for a few minutes is extremely valuable. Any advice she gives is good and will come in handy.”