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 email@example.com, 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.
Please check back for the fall Entrepreneur In Residence schedule.
Click on the entrepreneur's name to read a bio.
Ann Benzel, President, Benzel’s Bretzel Bakery, Inc.
Jim Kilmartin, Executive Director, Joshua House
Joel Hollander, President/CEO, Altoona Pipe & Steel Supply Co.
Jeff Fleming, Esquire, Hippo, Fleming and Pertile Law Offices
Neil Port, President, Neil Port & Associates, LLC
Steve Sheetz, Chairman of the Board, Sheetz, Inc.
David P. Andrews, Esquire, Andrews & Beard
Eric Irwin, Certified Public Accountant, CFP and Financial Advisor, Irwin Financial, Inc.
Dan Leri, Director of Innovation Park Office at Penn State
Carolyn Donaldson, News Anchor for WTAJ-TV
Steve Sheetz, Chairman of the Board, Sheetz,Inc.
J. Benjamin Yeager, Esquire, Yeager & Eberhardt Attorneys At Law
Michael Fiore, Executive Vice President of Leonard S. Fiore, Inc.
John Horell — President and Owner of KIZ Resources, LLC
George C. Ferris II — President, Carnegie Equipment, Inc.
Steve Sheetz — Chairman of the Board, Sheetz, Inc.
Amy Seltzer — Principal, Seltzer Financial Strategies, LLC
"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.”