Dr. Jerry Callahan, innovations and collaborations vice president for the Van Andel Institute (VAI) and director of Hope River Ventures and Hopen Life Science Ventures Fund, presented a talk titled “Reinventing West Michigan’s Economy: A Story of Focus and Collaboration and a Possible Model for West Virginia” as part of the President’s Lecture Series on September 16.
Callahan, who has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in business administration, a master’s degree in information systems management, and a doctorate in organizational leadership, has been involved in commercial development of life science business in west Michigan. He has formed two private equity and venture capital investment firms which have raised more than $60 million, has launched several startup life science companies, and has served in various leadership roles in those companies.
His talk was designed to provide ideas how to adapt economic development techniques used in Michigan to West Virginia and the region.
Rob Hoxton, managing director of United Capital Financial Life Management, presented “Finding Your Money Mind,” a talk about the relationship people have with money as part of the President’s Lecture Series on September 22. Hoxton took the audience members through an interactive exercise based on the bestselling book The Money Code that told them whether they make monetary decisions based on fear, happiness, or commitment. Hoxton has been a financial planner in Shepherdstown for 25 years.