November 14, 2001 Networking Dinner:
Vision - Original Thinking for Business Success"
Technology Entrepreneurs Exchange ("Texchange") cordially
invites you to its Austin Technology Entrepreneurs’ Dinner and
p.m. Cocktails (cash bar) with our Special Guests
p.m. Dinner and Round-Table Discussion
p.m. Q&A/Open Discussion
Long Champ Drive
Hoover's Vision - Original Thinking for Business Success
Dinner fee is $55.00
for members, $65.00 for non-members.
— Fixed menu, dinner, dessert included. Cash Bar available.
registration is now available! Click
here to register!
may also register by phone by calling: Bo Armstrong at 512.341.3705
require payment by credit card. Cancellations greater than
three business days from the event will be honored
and a credit towards the next Texchange
dinner will be issued. Cancellations less than three business
days from the event will be honored; however, no credits or refunds
will be issued. Replacements will always be honored.
the other kids were watching cartoons, 12-year-old Gary Hoover
was thinking of starting a retail chain
-- so he began studying the world of commerce
by subscribing to FORTUNE magazine and hanging around retail
in Indianapolis, near his hometown of Anderson,
Indiana. He earned a degree in
economics from The University of Chicago, studying under Nobel
George Stigler and Milton Friedman. He then became a retail
stock analyst for Citibank
on Wall Street, a buyer for Federated Department Stores,
and eventually manager of strategic planning for May Department
His last corporate job was as vice president of marketing,
planning, and research for
May's shopping center development subsidiary.
1982 he finally fulfilled his boyhood dream and founded BOOKSTOP,Inc.,
in Austin, Texas, with $350,000 in capital raised
from 35 private investors. He
and his management team built BOOKSTOP, the nation's first book
superstore chain (large selection, low prices),
into the fourth-largest book retailer.
In 1989 Barnes & Noble purchased the company for $41.5 million
cash, and it became a cornerstone of Barnes &
Noble Superstores. The superstores division
of Barnes & Noble today exceeds $3 billion in sales.
1990 Hoover founded The Reference Press, Inc., to make business
information more widely available and affordable.
The company was renamed Hoover's,
Inc., in 1996, and today operates Hoover's Online, one of the
leading electronic distributors of information on companies,
industries, and the people who lead them. In July
of 1999 Hoover's went public, trading on
Nasdaq under the ticker symbol HOOV. Major investor partners
include AOL Time Warner and Media General. Hoover serves as a
member of the board of directors of Hoover's, having
turned management of the
company over in 1992 to fellow University of Chicago alum Patrick
J. Spain, currently executive chairman of
Hoover's energies are devoted to speaking around the world to
corporate and entrepreneurial audiences on strategic
thinking and the lessons and principles
of entrepreneurship; his book Hoover's Vision:Think Different
for Business Success is due out in late 2001 from Texere
(www.etexere.com). He assists entrepreneurs and continues to
support the enterprises he believes in, such as
The University of Chicago. When
he is not traveling the world, Hoover lives in Austin, Texas,
working in his computer graphics
and music laboratory and studying his library of
more than 40,000 books. He has been interviewed
on CNN and on various
programs, in addition to being featured in The
Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, and newspaper
articles from coast to coast.