Kings of Spring ’17–Business Plan Competition and Graduation

Posted: June 13, 2017 by wamjr60 in About PEP

What do a deer processor, an in-prison magazine publisher, a marine mechanic, and a memory care home owner have in common?  They are all the founders of businesses that were the finalists in the Business Plan Competition for the Kings of Spring ’17 at Cleveland.  These men were selected from a class of 84 who were all winners.

The excitement in the gym at the Cleveland Correctional Center was palpable on Friday afternoon as the class arrived to the strains of Pomp and Circumstance, and were cheered and applauded for their overwhelming achievement.  For many of these men, this was the first time that they had completed or finished anything, and the first time that they had been recognized for an achievement in a public setting.  After 9 months of hard work, they were recognized for completing the Prison Entrepreneurship Program AND received a Certificate of Entrepreneurship from Baylor’s Hankamer School of Business.

These men were recognized by a host of supporters including officials from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, executives from Management and Training Corporation, an aide from Senator John Cornyn’s office, over 300 family members, and the PEP staff, board, and executive volunteers.

After welcoming remarks from Warden Upshaw, and Britanie Olvera, a member of PEP’s Governing Board, Bert Smith and Al Massey began to recognize those men who embodied each of PEP’s 10 Driving Values (listed below), as well as Marcos A., the man that embodied all 10 and was honored as “Mr. PEP.”

Michael H., Valedictorian of the class, shared his thoughts on the class’ experience together and summarized the PEP experience well in a quote from Galileo, “You cannot teach a man anything, you can only help him find it within himself.”

Kings of Spring ’17

KOSS CL 6.2.17

KOSS CL 6.2.17

10 Driving Values Recognition

Accountability Nathan H.
Excellence Michael H.
Execution Andrew W.
Fresh Start Outlook Christopher V.
Fun Morgan P.
Innovation Donald M.
Integrity Andrew W.
Love David L.
Servant Leader Mentality Morgan P.
Wise Stewardship Alexander B.

Business Plan Competition

Winner:                          Memory Care Associates               Hubert R.

Finalists :                       Good Ol’ Boys                                   Chris T.

                                         Texas Clavo Publications               Brian A.

                                         The Yacht Doctor                              Michael M.

KOSS CL 6.2.17

KOSS CL 6.2.17

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