MISSOULA – As part of its Gilkey Executive Lecture Series, the University of Montana School of Business Administration will host a discussion with entrepreneur Bill VanSickle at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 26, in Gallagher Business Building Room 106.
VanSickle will engage in an on-stage conversation about his experiences as an entrepreneur, including his process for building a positive company culture. The event is free and open to the public.
VanSickle is chair of AIM Consulting Group, a Seattle-based technology solutions and services consulting firm he founded in 2006. The company was generating $100 million in annual revenue with 600 employees in six states before VanSickle and his partners sold it in 2016.
A 1985 graduate of the UM business school, VanSickle has successfully founded and invested in more than 70 companies in industries such as telecommunications, extreme sports, real estate, health care, gaming and technology. In the mid-90s, he created US2 Sports Group, one of the first wakeboard companies in the world. Before selling the company, he grew to include distribution channels in 26 countries. In 1998, VanSickle co-created IT consulting firm ConsultNet, which was producing more than $60 million in annual revenue before it sold in 2004. VanSickle began his career as an accountant at Boeing.
University of Montana alumni Harold and Priscilla Gilkey established the Gilkey Executive Lecture Series to enrich business education at UM. Since its founding in 2004, the series has drawn speakers such as BlogHer co-founder Lisa Stone and Potlatch Corporation CEO Michael Covey to address issues across marketing, management, finance, ethics and leadership. In addition to the public lecture, each visiting speaker leads classroom discussions with students and interacts with faculty, staff and leaders both on campus and in the community. For more information about the series and to see a complete list of past speakers, visit www.business.umt.edu/news-and-events/gilkey.php.