January 11, 2008

CONTAINER STORE CEO KIP TINDELL TO SPEAK JANUARY 23, 2008


Kip Tindell, Chairman and CEO of The Container Store, will be the featured speaker at the Tandy Executive Speaker Series on Wednesday, January 23, 2008, hosted by Dan Short, Dean of the Neeley School of Business at TCU.

The Tandy Executive Speaker Series brings distinguished business leaders to campus to share ideas and best practices with Metroplex business professionals. The breakfast event takes place 7:30-9:00 a.m. at the Dee J. Kelly Alumni & Visitors Center, 2820 Stadium Drive, on the TCU campus. Open-seating tickets are $20 each. Reserved tables for 8 are $250. Register atwww.tess.tcu.edu  by January 18, 2008 .

"Fill the other guy's basket to the brim, then making money becomes an easy proposition." Tindell began shaping his business philosophy and flair for retail while in high school. Working at Montgomery Ward, he forged a friendship with Garrett Boone, his future business partner. Tindell then worked his way through college at Storehouse, where Boone was a regional manager.

The Container Store's first location opened in Dallas in 1978. More than 29 years later, there are 40 stores across the country and 2007 fiscal year sales are projected at an excess of $600 million. In 2006, Tindell, wife Sharon (Chief Merchandising Officer) and Boone (Chairman Emeritus) were inducted into the Retailing Hall of Fame.

Tindell's goal never has been growth for growth's sake. He adheres to corporate values centered around strict merchandising, superior customer service and intense employee commitment. Growth and success have been the natural result.  He continues to embody the unique corporate culture he created, which empowers employees to use their own intuition and creativity to solve problems. The Container Store has made FORTUNE magazine's list of "100 Best Companies to Work For" eight years in a row.

The nationally ranked Neeley School of Business at TCU focuses on personal development, vital connections and real experiences. High functioning classrooms and calculated career development give students the platform to succeed. Renowned faculty, major corporations and leading executives connect to share winning business practices. Students work for real clients to solve critical challenges. Neeley is consistently recognized among the best business schools in the country by The Wall Street Journal, BusinessWeek, Forbes, Fortune, US News & World Report and The Princeton Review. From skills and strategies to team dynamics and global expeditions, we make sure Neeley graduates are trailblazing business leaders - each in their own individual way.

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Elaine Cole
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Neeley School of Business at TCU
817-257-5724
e.cole@tcu.edu