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The Meadows Center for Entrepreneurial Studies promotes and encourages entrepreneurial thought, business and activities locally, regionally and nationally.

The purpose of the Forum on Entrepreneurship Breakfast Series is to offer the larger San Antonio community and students of St. Mary’s University a forum to hear from some of the most talented individuals in industry and government. Funds generated from the series support student scholarships and encourage entrepreneurial activities in San Antonio and the region.

The Forum on Entrepreneurship Breakfast Series attracts two to three hundred attendees to its bi-monthly breakfast meetings.

Past Speakers

Great leaders who have served as speakers include:

  • Kellie Fischer, executive vice president and chief financial officer of the Texas Rangers Baseball Club
  • Robert Kaplan, president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas
  • Lynda Ellis, owner, president and CEO of Capital Concierge
  • James Garvin, Ph.D., CEO, president and director of CytoBioScience, Inc.
  • Dennis Noll, CEO of San Antonio Area Foundation
  • Bryant Ambelang, president and CEO of NatureSweet Brands LTD
  • Mike Howard, chairman and CEO of Howard Midstream Energy Partners, LLC
  • Shannon Schuyler, principal, chief purpose officer and corporate responsibility leader of PwC, and president of PwC Charitable Foundation
  • Robert Kaplan, president and CEO of Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas
  • Adam L. Hamilton, P.E., president of Southwest Research Institute
  • Stuart Parker (M.B.A. ’95), CEO of USAA
  • Daymond John, founder and CEO of FUBU apparel, author, and marketing and branding judge for ABC’s Shark Tank
  • Paula Gold-Williams (B.B.A. ’84), CEO of CPS Energy
  • Tom Kartsotis, founder of Fossil and Shinola
  • Bill Greehey, chairman of NuStar Energy, L.P.
Paula Gold-Williams speaking at Forum Breakfast at the Pearll
2019-2020 Speaker Lineup

Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019
Chad McNair
CEO, McNair Java Partners, LLC

Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019
Lanham Napier
Co-Founder and CEO, BuildGroup

Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020
Jim Sinegal
Co-Founder, Costco Wholesale

Thursday, April 9, 2020
Kelly King

Next Forum Breakfast

The next Forum Breakfast will take place on Thursday, February 13. The guest speaker is James Sinegal, Co-Founder and former CEO of Costco Wholesale Corporation.

Guest Speaker

Jim Sinegal
Co-Founder, Costco Wholesale

Jim Sinegal is Co-Founder and former CEO of Costco Wholesale. He retired from the executive position in 2012 and remained on the Board of Directors until January 2018.

Jim Senegal, Co-Founder of Costco

Sinegal began his career in retail business in 1954. As an 18 year-old-college student, he went to work for the legendary retail icon Sol Price at the discount store FedMart in San Diego. Sinegal remained working for Price for almost 30 years before striking out on his own to start Costco with his business partner, Jeff Brotman.

Costco today has revenues of more than $149 billion and operates 783 warehouses in 44 states, Puerto Rico, and 13 countries. The company employs more than 254,000 people worldwide and has earned the reputation as a fair and progressive employer.

Sinegal serves as trustee for Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. He was until recently a Senior Executive in Residence at Seattle University’s Albers School, and serves in a similar capacity at his alma mater, San Diego State University. Senegal also serves as an adviser at the Mendoza School of Business for Notre Dame.

Event will be held at the Pearl Stable. Registration begins at 7 a.m., followed by the program from 8-9 a.m.

Sponsorship Opportunities

To renew your sponsorship, become a new Forum on Entrepreneurship Sponsor, or for additional information about attending, contact or 210-436-3124.

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Past Events

Feb. 2, 2017

Forum Breakfast featuring Shannon Schuyler, principal, chief purpose officer and corporate responsibility leader of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

April 7, 2016

Forum Breakfast featuring Stuart Parker (M.B.A. ’95), CEO of USAA

Board of Directors


Chris C. Edelen, St. Mary’s University and Sterling Home Technologies and Safe Showers

Paul Hensley, Holt CAT

Vice President-Speakers
Hector Hernandez, Hernandez Financial Strategies L.L.C.

Vice President-Sponsors
Beth Hair, Aventine Hill Partners

Julia Hamon, Wells Fargo

Pamela A. Luna, CAP-OM, St. Mary’s University


John Bruce, BKD, LLP – CPAs & Advisors
Rhonda Calvert, Comerica Bank
Jon D. Crumley, PwC
Tres Doran, KPMG LLP
Tom Madison, Ph.D., St. Mary’s University
Gary McDaniel, Norton Rose Fulbright
David G. Pope, Texas Capital Bank
Tanuja Singh, D.B.A., St. Mary’s University

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