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November 14, 2001 Networking Dinner:

"Hoover's Vision - Original Thinking for Business Success"


The Technology Entrepreneurs Exchange ("Texchange") cordially invites you to its Austin Technology Entrepreneurs’ Dinner and Round-Table Discussion.


6:00 p.m. Cocktails (cash bar) with our Special Guests

6:45 p.m. Dinner and Round-Table Discussion

8:00 p.m. Q&A/Open Discussion



Austin Country Club

4408 Long Champ Drive

Austin, TX 78746



Gary Hoover

Founder, Hoover's Online

Author, 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.

Online registration is now available! Click here to register!

You may also register by phone by calling: Bo Armstrong at 512.341.3705

Reservations 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.

Gary Hoover


While 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

stores in Indianapolis, near his hometown of Anderson, Indiana. He earned a degree in economics from The University of Chicago, studying under Nobel Prize

winners 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

Stores. His last corporate job was as vice president of marketing, planning, and research for May's shopping center development subsidiary.


In 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.


In 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

world's 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 the company. 


Today, 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

Publishing (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

radio programs, in addition to being featured in The Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, and newspaper articles from coast to coast.

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