There’s that old line, ‘Those who can, do; those who can’t, teach’, but that’s a bit of a fallacy, and Joe’s guest this week is proving that. His name is Jim Hunter, and he’s been teaching entrepreneurs for decades at the Lubar School of Business at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. But over the course of his entrepreneurial career, he’s founded and run multiple companies and held the roles of CFO, vice president, and director, among others. Jim has an interesting idea; he believes that college is the perfect time to start your business, and he’s written Graduate a CEO to explain why.
About Jim Hunter: Jim is the Bostrom Entrepreneur-in-Residence and has taught entrepreneurship courses at the Lubar School of Business since the late 1990s. He is the past president/managing member of three companies, CFO of one company, Executive Vice President of one company, and director of three companies/organizations. Jim has mentored students and others as they have purchased or started a business. His objective has been to help entrepreneurs to create successful businesses. Jim, himself, bought a failing business early in his career and he worked, unsuccessfully, to turn the company around. He lost everything he owned except for a car and a home with a mortgage. Family members went to work as Jim started three activities to make income to support the family (started a distribution company to sell the products previously sold in his failed business; started a management consulting business to help small businesses; started teaching at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.) After starting several businesses, Jim sold two of them for significant profits. He continues teaching, acting as an advisor to individuals starting and running companies, and serving on free-market-oriented non-profit boards.