Engler Conversation Series

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Will Rogers once said that "there are two routes to learning -  one is by reading and the other by association with smarter people. "

The Engler Conversation series is founded on the premise that aspiring entrepreneurs can gain significant value from associating with successful entrepreneurs and learning from their experiences; the good, the bad and the ugly. These conversations, which are presented twice a year, offer Engler students the opportunity to hear the story of how a company was created. They also get the opportunity for one-on-one discussions with our invited guests. And through these conversations they will gain deeper insight into the world of entrepreneurship—while developing professional relationships of lasting value.

The series is made possible through the gift from the Paul F. and Virginia Engler Foundation as part of the Paul F. Engler Agribusiness Entrepreneurship Program at the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources.

Next Lecture: Verne Holoubek March 30th, 7:30 p.m. at Champions Club
Free parking and dessert reception following

Verne is the founder of Holoubek Studios, beginning his business as a street artist, earning money for college. As a college senior, he created an iron-on heat transfer and became an industry legend, with many of his T-shirts considered collectibles. His enterprise became a full-scale garment production plant in Pewaukee, WI, with Holoubek as CEO until the sale of Holoubek, Inc. in 2005. Today, the environmentalist and his spouse Terri operate a 400 acre farm, 90% powered by Solar energy. He’s a 1967 grad of UNL and was a 2015 Masters Week honoree.

Verne Holoubek
Verne Holoubek

Video Recordings:  Engler Conversations

Engler 2016 Fall Conversation Featuring Cassie Lapaseotes  Lapaseotes Ltd. in bridgeport, ne

October 2016

Her journey with family and entrepreneurship.


Engler 2016 Spring Conversation Featuring Seth DernerVivayic in Lincoln, Neb.

April 13, 2016

Engler 2015 Fall Conversation Featuring Roric PaulmanPaulman Farms of Sutherland, NE

October 1, 2015

Roric shares his entrepreneurial story.

Engler 2015 Spring Conversation Featuring John Miller and Dave StockOxbow Animal Health and Stock Seed Farms

April 2, 2015

A unique conversation between 2 men who built their businesses side by side on a country road in Murdock, NE.

Engler 2014 Fall Conversation Featuring John EastinKamterter Products, LLC of Waverly, NE

October 30, 2014

John discusses the good, the bad and the ugly of a lifelong entrepreneurial journey.

Engler 2014 Spring Conversation Featuring Jason TatgeFarmobile LLC in overland park, KS

February 27, 2014

A driving force behind many leading internet Ag-Tech companies over the last 15 years.

Engler 2013 Fall Conversation Opportunities for Entrepreneurship in AgricultureFeaturing Joe StoneCargill Feed & Nutrition, Business Unit Leader

November 14, 2013

Joe is an Alumni of UNL and current Engler Advisory Board Member.

Engler 2013 Spring Conversation "Building Business"
Featuring John and Leann Saunders
Where Food Comes From, Inc.

April 10, 2013

This husband-and-wife team talk about their entrepreneurial experiences, and share valuable insights on how to build a business.

Engler 2012 ConversationCreating Value through EntrepreneurshipFeaturing Kenneth GreenAgra Holdings LP

November 8, 2012

Ken served on the Engler Advisory Board from its inception until Spring 2017.

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