Impressive Entrepreneur and Investor Headlines Bolin Innovation Forum April 19  

You are invited to hear compelling speaker and successful entrepreneur Sunny Vanderbeck at the Jane and Pat Bolin Innovation Forum, Friday, April 19, 5-6 pm, in the Brown-Lupton University Union auditorium. Free admission. Open seating, Reservations not required.

The Neeley Entrepreneurship Center is bringing Vanderbeck to TCU as part of the Richards Barrentine Values and VenturesTM Business Plan Competition as the keynote speaker for the Jane and Pat Bolin Innovation Forum. The Bolin Innovation Forum was founded in 2011 to bring transformational thought-leaders to Fort Worth to benefit Neeley School students, faculty, staff and the DFW community.

Sunny VanderbeckSunny Vanderbeck is managing partner of Satori Capital, which champions companies that build significant long-term value through sustainability.

A sought-after speaker at sustainability and financial conferences, Vanderbeck has a track record of high achievement in all of his endeavors, including as an entrepreneur, CEO, investor, board member and military leader.

Vanderbeck co-founded Satori Capital in 2010 and previously co-founded and served as CEO of Data Return, a leading provider of managed services and utility computing. Vanderbeck led the company for 11 years through all phases of growth and transformation as it sustained 40 percent quarter-over-quarter growth and reached $50 million in revenue after three years.

With such rapid growth, an impressive customer base and an innovative and capital-efficient business model, Data Return attracted strategic investments from Compaq, Level 3 and Microsoft. After a successful IPO, Data Return achieved a market capitalization in excess of $3 billion, and Vanderbeck became one of the youngest CEOs to lead a NASDAQ company. In recognition of Data Return's industry leadership, Microsoft named the company Global Hosting Partner of the Year, and Vanderbeck was named a Top 25 Technology Executives and Entrepreneur of the Year finalist by Ernst and Young.

Prior to co-founding Data Return, Vanderbeck served as a team leader at Microsoft, where he focused on supporting Microsoft’s largest clients and partners. While there, he identified a compelling market opportunity that served as the springboard for the launch of Data Return.

Prior to joining Microsoft, Vanderbeck served as a section leader of the 2nd Ranger Battalion (U.S. Special Operations Command), where he learned how to succeed under challenging circumstances while leading others to new levels of performance.

Leveraging his expertise in strategy, operations and capital allocation, Vanderbeck is actively engaged with several private businesses as an investor, advisor and board member. He is a member of Young Presidents' Organization, where he serves as the North American co-chair of the Corporate Social Responsibility Network. In this role, his charter is to develop awareness and support for more sustainable business models among YPO companies.

Click here for more information on the Bolin Innovation Forum.