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Jack Stack Has a

For Immediate Release: April 23

Rebecca Denton
Theme Year Co-Director
Assistant Professor of Education
Office: (417) 873-7377

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., April 23, 2009 — John P. (Jack) Stack will present “A Stake in the Outcome” on Thursday, April 30 at 11 a.m. in Clara Thompson Hall as the featured speaker on Theme Day.

Stack is president and CEO of SRC Holdings Corporation. SRC manufactures gasoline and diesel engines for the automotive and off-highway markets, distributes engine kits, manufactures power units and electrical components and conducts seminars and training programs specializing in all aspects of teaching people how to implement open-book management.

Stack came to SRC in 1979 as the plant manager of International Harvester after 11 years of direct management experience. In 1983, Stack and the SRC employees bought the company from International Harvester and have turned it into what Inc. magazine has proclaimed “one of America's most competitive small companies.” His books, The Great Game of Business and A Stake in the Outcome, have become primers for those who plan on employee-owned ventures.

Other Theme Day Events include:

10 a.m.-6 p.m.: Theme Day Art Sale at the Pool Art Center.

10:45 a.m.: Jack Stack will present the awards for the first annual Drury University/Community Foundation of the Ozarks Student Challenge. Total prize monies: $2,500. This event is co-sponsored by the Edward Jones Center for Entrepreneurship, the Drury Convocation Series and the Community Foundation of the Ozarks. Clara Thompson Hall.

Noon-2 p.m.: Outdoor (weather permitting) picnic and music

2-3 p.m.: Randy Bacon, local photographer, will present, Belly Aches and Heartburn, a presentation focusing on the difficulties and ultimate payoffs we get when we follow our professional passions. Clara Thompson Hall.

4:30-5:30 p.m.: Drury's own chapter of Students in Free Enterprise will present their Social Entrepreneurship program. Clara Thompson Hall.

Drury University's 2008-2009 convocation series Entrepreneurship & Innovation focuses on unique and innovative approaches to business, social and environmental issues. This series features the stories of individuals and organizations who apply energy and ingenuity to improve their world.

Events are free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Rebecca Denton at (417) 873-7377, or by e-mail at , or visit


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