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2011 Keynote - Dr. Gene William Poor


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Dr. Gene Poor is the first Scott Hamilton Endowed Professor of Entrepreneurship in The College of Business at Bowling Green State University and is the Director of the Entrepreneur Program. He also serves as Professor Emeritus in the College of Technology where he conceived and launched the Visual Communication Program.

In addition to his academic roles, Dr. Poor is also the founder of LifeFormations, an innovative animatronic company that designs and builds life-like characters for theme parks, visitor centers, museums, and retail establishments.

Dr. Poor has received numerous awards and citations including Bowling Green State University’s Student Alumni Association Master Teacher Award. This award is considered the highest honor given to the faculty at BGSU. Additionally, he has received the Kent State University Distinguished Alumni Award and the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year. Recently, he was inducted into the Dallas-Hamilton Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame.


Dr. Gene William Poor
Instructor & Hamilton Professor, Department of Marketing, BGSU