7th Annual Kellogg Alumni Entrepreneur Conference
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
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Kellogg Alumni Rising Entrepreneur of the Year


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Kenneth Williams '98
The Shred Authority, Inc.
Owner and CEO

Ken Williams is the CEO and owner of The Shred Authority, a company founded in 2002, which he bought and re-positioned in 2005. The company provides document destruction, storage and other services to assist its customers in meeting Privacy Rule requirements. The Shred Authority is an independently minority owned and operated document Destruction Company that is AAA NAID Certified (National Association for Information Destruction) for onsite, offsite, micro-media and computer hard-drive destruction. It utilizes technologically advanced tools and cost effective and rigorous methodology to recycle waste in accordance with federal statutes and its customers’ commitment to environmental conservation. The core competency of The Shred Authority is the shredding of sensitive documents for corporate customers.

Since acquiring The Shred Authority, Ken has grown both revenues and profits while consistently improving financial and operating metrics in what is a highly competitive industry. The company's personalized service and high attention to detail are known throughout the industry with 100% of TSA's customers serving as references for the company and nearly 90% rating it service as "excellent" or "best in class. Ken’s success in the secure destruction business has also been recognized by his peers as they elected him to serve as board treasurer of National Association of Information Destruction. NAID is the shredding industry’s international organization and represents over 1,000 members across the globe.

Prior to purchasing The Shred Authority, Ken’s career placed him in a number of high-level positions in business operations, systems analysis and financial controls at Citigroup, Morgan Stanley, and Dean Witter Discover. Ken received his MMA from Kellogg School of Management in 1998.

Kellogg Alumni Entrepreneur Supporter of the Year



EMP Class 67 (Miami)
Kellogg School of Management

EMP-67, Miami’s inaugural Executive MBA class, pledged their class gift to support case studies through the Larry and Carol Levy Institute for Entrepreneurial Practice.


Kellogg Alumni Social Entrepreneur of the Year

Jumping Off the Cliff - Insight for Entrepreneurs, by David Weinstein, CEC President


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Donnita Travis '95 (EMP 31)
By The Hand Club For Kids
Founder and Executive Director

After serving as a volunteer to children in Cabrini-Green for five years, Travis stepped down as co-founder and president of Arian, Lowe & Travis Advertising in 2001 to start By The Hand Club For Kids.

By The Hand is an after-school program with an emphasis on academics and a commitment to nurturing the whole child—mind, body and soul. Located strategically throughout some of Chicago's most impoverished inner-city communities, where overcrowded and under-funded schools abound, By The Hand Club is serving more than 700 children today and plans to serve 1,000 by 2012. Travis serves as a full-time volunteer at By The Hand Club For Kids where she uses her management, leadership and problem-solving skills daily.

Travis studied on scholarship at the University of London in London, England, has been recognized by Today’s Chicago Woman as“100 Women Making a Difference,” received the Caritas Medal, the highest award presented to an alumna/alumnus from Spalding University and is the 2010 recipient of the Chicago Bible Society’s Gutenberg Award, presented in recognition of an American who has made conspicuous contributions to the cause of the Bible.

Travis earned her MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and her BA in English and communications from Spalding University, Louisville, Kentucky.


Kellogg Alumni Master Entrepreneur of the Year



Bill Angrick '95


Jaime Mateus-Tique '95






William Angrick '95 and Jaime Mateus-Tique '95
Liquidity Services, Inc. (NASDAQ:LQDT)

William T. Angrick III is a co-founder of Liquidity Services, Inc. (LSI) and has served as the Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer since January 2000. Mr. Angrick served as Vice President of Deutsche Banc Alex. Brown's Consumer and Business Services Investment Banking Group from 1995 to 1999. Mr. Angrick holds an M.B.A. from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University and a B.B.A. with honors from the University of Notre Dame. Mr. Angrick earned his CPA certificate in 1990.

Jaime Mateus-Tique is a co-founder of LSI and served as President, Chief Operating Officer and Director from April 2000 to September 2009. Following his retirement as President and COO, Mr. Mateus-Tique remains a Director on the Company's Board. Mr. Mateus-Tique served as a senior engagement manager at McKinsey & Co., a management consulting firm, from September 1995 to March 2000. Mr. Mateus-Tique holds an M.B.A. from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University and a master's degree from Ecole Des Hautes Etudes Commerciales in Paris

Liquidity Services, Inc. (LSI) is a leading online auction marketplace for surplus and salvage assets. LSI enables its corporate and government sellers to enhance their financial return on excess assets by providing a liquid marketplace and value-added services that integrate sales and marketing, logistics and transaction settlement into a single offering. Through our seller relationships, LSI’s marketplaces provide over one million registered professional buyers access to a global, organized supply of surplus and salvage assets in over 500 product categories. Since 2002, LSI has conducted over 1.9 million online transactions generating over $1.5 billion in gross merchandise value. LSI has developed and deployed highly successful online sales programs on a significant scale for clients — including large corporations and government agencies–to maximize the market reach and recovery value of surplus assets in a timely manner.

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