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Lazaridis School of Business & Economics

Entrepreneur Mark Moses (BBA '87) to speak at Laurier on Friday, October 23

Schlegel Centre for Entrepreneurship & Social Innovation

Oct 20/09


Steve Farlow, Executive Director, Schlegel Centre for Entrepreneurship, x2615 or


Victoria Larke, Manager, Schlegel Centre for Entrepreneurship, x2998 or

Laurier alumnus Mark Moses returns to campus on Friday, October 23 to speak to students, faculty, and staff about his business experiences and lessons learned.

Mark's talk, which takes place in the Paul Martin Centre at 10 a.m., is part of the Innovation & Entrepreneurship Speaker Series, organized each year by the Schlegel Centre for Entrepreneurship.

A lifelong entrepreneur, Mark started his first venture - Student Painters - as a student at age 19. He grew the company to 250 branches with 3,000 employees before he sold it in 1992. In 1993, he co-founded Platinum Capital Group, a company that reached heights not seen by many businesses. It reached #10 on the Inc. 500 List of the fastest growing privately-held companies in the U.S., and was recognized by the Los Angeles Business Journal at the #1 fastest growing company in the city.

Mark Moses knows that a CEO does not grow a business, but grows people who grow the business. When he wanted his young company to 'Think Big' he rode into the annual meeting atop an African elephant. The elephant became an instant mascot and 'thinking big' became a permanent part of the corporate culture. For his unconventional approach to motivating his team, Mark garnered media attention and recognition from the business community.

An avid sportsman, Mark was the 1992 U.S. National Squash Champion. He successfully completed the 2006 Ironman Canada, the 2007 Ironman Austria, and the legendary Hawaii World Championship Triathlon, arguably the most difficult sporting event in the world (also in 2007). Mark’s determination and intense focus continue to drive him to compete – he has a personal commitment to complete an Ironman and a marathon on each continent in the next six years.

Please join us in welcoming Mark back to Laurier!

For more information about Mark, visit For more information about the Schlegel Centre for Entrepreneurship, visit

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