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Neeley Entrepreneurship Center Announces New Director for the Values and Ventures Program

Becky Gann, former executive director of the U.S. Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship, will lead the program and oversee the Richards Barrentine Values and Ventures® Business Plan Competition.  

September 30,  2014

By Elaine Cole

Becky Gann is joining the Neeley School of Business at TCU as director of the Values and Ventures program, to manage the Richards Barrentine Values and Ventures® Business Plan Competition, a global student competition, now in its fifth year, that focuses on new ventures with strong business viability while creating value and meaning for the organization and/or significantly improving quality of life.

From 2009-2013, Gann served as executive director of the U.S. Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship, the largest association in the world dedicated to advancing the discipline of entrepreneurship, with more than 1,000 members. She partnered with the board of directors to develop and implement strategic goals and objectives, and identify strategic alliances and funding sources to support the organization’s mission. She also managed the annual national conference.  

From 2003 to 2009 she was program coordinator for the Center for Entrepreneurship at Belmont University, where she managed co-curricular programs for entrepreneurship majors and coordinated events. She managed operations for two hatcheries and four student-run businesses, and served as an advisor to Belmont’s chapter of Collegiate DECA. 

“I’ve spent much of my career mentoring and working with students, entrepreneurs, and community and business leaders, and developing and maintaining strategic partnerships, so I am excited to join the stellar team at TCU, one of the top entrepreneurship programs in the nation,” Gann said. “I look forward to pursuing innovations to help the Neeley School continue to shape future generations of entrepreneurs.”

In 2014, Gann was inducted as a Justin G. Longenecker Fellow of the U.S. Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship. She holds a BBA and MBA from Belmont University.