John Schnoebelen

Drury University Names Interim Director of Edward Jones Center

For Immediate Release: October 7

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Oct. 7, 2009 — John Schnoebelen has been named the interim Director of the Edward Jones Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (EJC) at Drury University. Schnoebelen takes over for Dawn Hiles who recently accepted the Dean of Admissions position at Drury.

A St. Louis native, Schnoebelen (pronounced Schnow-blen) has lived in Springfield for ten years and has most recently worked as a commercial real estate broker, but he’s an entrepreneur at heart. “Entrepreneurship is my passion, my profession and my hobby,” Schnoebelen says.

Schnoebelen’s entrepreneurial spirit began at a young age. During his college days at Washington University in St. Louis in the 1980s, Schnoebelen conceived and developed the first large-scale skateboarding camp in the Midwest. In addition, Schnoebelen has founded companies and invented products during his career including QuickCorners painter’s tape, which is sold at major retailers.

Schnoebelen begins his new position at the Edward Jones Center on Oct. 12. During his interim stint, Schnoebelen will continue to expand existing programs, promote college entrepreneurship, help local businesses through consultations or education, and identify innovative, national niches for the EJC.

The Edward Jones Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation was founded in January 2007 through contributions from Chairman of the Drury Board of Trustees, John Beuerlein, his wife Crystal, and Edward Jones, Inc. Drury President Todd Parnell served as the inaugural Executive Director for the center. The vision of the center is to arm entrepreneurs with the skills and knowledge necessary to create new, innovative ventures.


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