MapQuest founder to deliver keynote address at entrepreneur summit on Nov. 11

Chris Heivly, the co-founder of MapQuest, will deliver the keynote address during the 12th annual Carole Moore McLeod Entrepreneur Summit on Nov. 11 at Appalachian State University.

Heivly will share his journey from the inception of MapQuest to his work with corporations, startup incubators, and venture funds across the Southeast. He will be one of sixteen successful entrepreneurs offering tips and tricks to students and community members during the 2016 Summit, which will be held in the Plemmons Student Union at Appalachian.

Warren Bare, who founded while in college at the University of South Florida and sold it less than 10 years later to CareerBuilder, will deliver comments at the Summit luncheon. Bare will share his perspective on what it takes to launch a successful business as a student and provide his insight on turning ideas into action

“When you think of presidential awards, Silicon Valley startups, and world changing ventures, you may not immediately think of Boone, North Carolina,” said Transportation Insight Center for Entrepreneurship Managing Director Erich Schlenker. “However, the High Country is a vibrant place full of passionate, ambitious individuals taking the steps to pursue their dreams.” 

Appalachian alumna Sarah Green Freed will lead one of three focus sessions exploring socially responsible, sustainable change around the globe. Freed is an international entrepreneurial leader who is dedicated to addressing systemic global sustainability challenges and has been recognized twice by President Obama for her work. In a concurrent focus session, Appalachian alumnus Steve Norwood, Co-Founder, Consolidated Asset Recovery Systems, will share the trajectory of his business including his recent exit event, which inspired the creation of the Center for Entrepreneurship Student Venture Fund. The third focus session will be delivered by Bobby Martin, serial entrepreneur and App State alumnus, who will share the compilation of his entrepreneurial experience which he documented in his recent book The Hockey Stick Principles.

Participants can also choose one of ten breakout workshops led by entrepreneurs from a variety of industries including photography, supply chain management, social media, small business loans, online boutiques, web design, craft brewing, and law.

“Entrepreneurship is the engine that drives economic development,” said Schlenker. “We are excited to bring together this remarkable and inspiring group of entrepreneurs who are generous with their knowledge and their time. We hope the Summit will help our students and community members pursue their dreams and make the high country a more vibrant community for everyone.”

The Carole Moore McLeod Entrepreneur Summit is open to the public with no charge to attend, but registration is required. For a full list of speakers, session details, or to register online, please visit:

MapQuest founder to deliver keynote address at entrepreneur summit on Nov. 11
Published: Nov 1, 2016 10:17pm