The Edward Jones Center for Entrepreneurship was made possible by the generous contribution of John and Crystal Beuerlein and Edward Jones, Inc. All parties feel passionately about entrepreneurship and believe in the idea of helping people create new businesses. They are also eager to provide employees of existing corporations with tools to continually refresh and reinvent their organizations as markets and business environments change. Their vision for the center is to arm entrepreneurs from many sectors with the acumen to create new, innovative ventures.
There were a number of other individuals who graciously served on the Blue Ribbon Task Force, guiding the center in its infancy. Those individuals were Tom Cray, Tom Dapp, Tom McAlear, Larry O'Reilly, Patti Penny, Robert Plaster, Earl Pool, Lyle Reed, Jack Shewmaker, Jack Stack, Tom Slaight, Tom Stout and Tom Warren.
The Edward Jones Center for Entrepreneurship was officially launched in January 2007. Todd Parnell was named the inaugural Executive Director for the center and momentum has been building ever since its establishment. The EJC will continue to serve as a training ground for entrepreneurs by fostering innovative ideas and providing the resources needed to translate those ideas into results.
Office: Lay Hall 302
Dr. Kelley Still took over as Executive Director of the Edward Jones Center in April 2010 after teaching for 15 years in the Breech School of Business Administration. A graduate of Drury's Master of Business Administration program, Kelley went on to earn her Ph.D. in accounting from the University of Oklahoma. Her teaching areas were primarily in tax, financial statement analysis and management decision analysis. She annually directed the free income tax service for low-income and senior citizen taxpayers provided by Drury accounting majors.
Kelley has a long history in entrepreneurship both in her academic research and in the private sector. She also has considerable experience in social entrepreneurship, both with new programming inside of Drury and with other non-profit agencies in Springfield. Kelley frequently provides mediation services to the legal community through her partnership with retired judge J. Miles Sweeney and the Judicial ADR Group.
Outside of EJC responsibilities, Kelley serves Drury through her participation in the MBA advisory committee for Breech, the Steve Good Memorial Scholarship selection committee, Commercial Street Exploratory task force and the School of Education task force for the Ed.D. in Entrepreneurial Leadership in Education. Currently, Kelley serves on the Board of Directors of Springfield Little Theatre and the Summit Preparatory School, the advisory board of the Springfield Regional Opera, the scholarship fundraising committee of American Society of Women Accountants, Bell Choir at Schweitzer United Methodist and routinely volunteers with the Friends of the Library.
Ph.D., Accounting, University of Oklahoma
M.B.A, Drury University
B.S., Accounting, Missouri State University
Office: Lay Hall 303
Steve Nurnberg is an Executive in Residence for the Edward Jones Center, focusing on teaching and mentoring. Steve is a management executive with 20+ years experience leading successful start-up and turnaround companies. His previous experience includes several department head positions with Verizon Wireless, including International and NC Operations; Chief Operations Officer of Hudson Valley Data Net, Executive Vice President of Operations for Americom, Inc; and President of Superconducting Core Technologies.
Steve earned his degree in business administration from Drury University. He is currently a member of the Breech School of Business Advisory Board. Steve is also a current member of the Developmental Center of the Ozarks and Springfield Public Schools Foundation Boards. Steve owns and operates Bevinco of Southwest Missouri with his son, Cliff. Steve and Cliff are Senior Partners with Bevinco for Missouri and Kansas.
B.A., Business Administration, Drury University