The Chellgren Pathways to Entrepreneurship Speaker Series is designed to bring excellence in entrepreneurship education to the region and is made possible by the generosity of Paul Chellgren. This series provides students from NKU and regional high schools, faculty, and the business community with an opportunity to interact with and learn from nationally-recognized entrepreneurial leaders.
Mr. Chellgren is an Operating Partner of Snow Phipps and currently serves as the Chairman of ArrMaz Custom Chemicals, Inc., and served as Chairman of Excel Mining Systems, LLC and FiberVisions Corporation prior to Snow Phipps’ sale. Mr. Chellgren was formerly Chairman and CEO of Ashland Inc. (NYSE: ASH), a global diversified energy and chemical company, from 1997 until he retired in 2002, and was at the company since 1974. During his tenure as Chairman and CEO, Mr. Chellgren presided over the distribution to shareholders of Ashland’s stake in Arch Coal, Inc., formation of the Marathon Ashland Petroleum refining venture with USX-Marathon (now Marathon Oil Corp.), divestiture of its exploration and production division and acquisition of several businesses which were combined with Ashland’s highway paving and construction and chemical operations. Prior to joining Ashland, Mr. Chellgren was an Associate with McKinsey & Company, Operations Analyst in the Office of Secretary of Defense in Washington, D.C., Executive Assistant and Division General Manager of Boise Cascade, Corp. and General Manager of Universal Capital Corp.
Mr. Chellgren received an M.B.A. from Harvard University, a D.D.E. from Oxford University and a B.S. in Accounting and Economics from the University of Kentucky. In addition to the board memberships with Ashland, Mr. Chellgren is currently a Director of PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. and has previously held Directorships with Arch Coal, Inc., Medtronic, Inc., Ashland Coal, Inc., the American Petroleum Institute and the American Chemistry Council. He has also been a member of the Business Roundtable Policy Committee, National Petroleum Council, National Petroleum Refiners Association and Society of the Chemical Industry. He is currently a Director of numerous public and private organizations including American Friends of University College, Oxford, the Taft Museum of Art, Centre College and the Greater Cincinnati Foundation.
Casey Barach, Senior Vice President
Northern Kentucky Tri-Ed
Brent Cooper, President & CEO
Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce
George Hagan, Founder
Progressive Health Care Systems
Associate Professor of Management
Northern Kentucky University
Nancy Koors, Entrepreneur in Residence & Chair
Candice Matthews, Executive Director
Tim Metzner, Co-Founder
Ray Moncrief, Executive Vice President & COO
Kentucky Highland Investment Corp.
Tarita Preston, Chief Coach
Christopher R. Schaber, Entrepreneur, Angel Investor
Tim Schigel, Partner
David Schneider, President & CEO
Ray Takigiku, President & CEO
Ann Thompson, Co-Founder
The Garage Group
Donald R. Wright, Executive Director
Daniela Yoder, Senior Vice President
Valuation Research Corp.
Brad Zapp, Founder & Managing Partner
David Willbrand, Partner
Thompson Hine, LLP
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The Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship would like to connect with each of our alums to see what you have been up to. Please send us your name, graduation year, major/minor, address, phone number, and email address.
Students benefit immeasurably from individuals who see themselves in others and are willing to mentor and guide them.
How to Get Involved?
For more information on how to get involved, please contact Dr. Rodney D'Souza.