On November 13, 2018, Southern Utah University welcomed Gunther Branham, information technology executive from a Fortune 100 Company, as a speaker for the Entrepreneurship Speaker Series. The Entrepreneurship Speaker Series is a course on campus that invites various successful business owners to present to the class each week. Speakers present on their accomplishments, challenges, and wisdom they’ve gained from their path to success.
During Branham’s presentation he encouraged SUU students to always look for opportunities to innovate and discussed the importance of continually learning.
Branham earned his bachelor’s in physics at The Citadel in Charleston, North Carolina and later earned his MBA at the University of Northern Colorado. He has extensive experience in information technology and served as an IT executive with the Fortune 100 company, Abbott Laboratories. He has delivered IT services for a variety of tasks including manufacturing, distribution, R&D, medical affairs, sales and marketing, finance and HR.
Branham has been the leader of many innovative IT efforts during his career. In fact, he helped establish the first global, offshore IT delivery partnership using an internal SaaS model. Currently, he works as an adjunct faculty member at Northwestern University and University of Utah, teaching graduate level information technology strategy courses. He also mentors and invests in start up companies and emerging technologies.
“I enjoyed Gunther Branham’s presentation because he talked about a common misconception for entrepreneurs,” said Jake Duncan, senior finance major. “Most entrepreneurs think they have to start out with a unique idea, then only work on that idea to be successful. When really, it’s more realistic to work a regular job, then find an opportunity for innovation within that industry to start a business.”
The Entrepreneurship Speaker Series is a one credit upper division class, designed to give students the opportunity to learn from successful business owners. There are no prerequisites and the class is open to any majors. All students are welcome to attend, even if they are not enrolled in the course. The class is held Tuesdays from 11:30-12:20 in the Dixie L. Leavitt Business Building in room 126.