Burton D. Morgan Center for Entrepreneurship

Leadership Luncheon featuring coaches Matt Painter and Gene Keady

April 14 @ 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM - Burton D. Morgan Center for Entrepreneurship

Purdue men's basketball coach Matt Painter and coaching legend Gene Keady will headline a leadership luncheon to recognize current students in the university's entrepreneurship program from 12:30-2 p.m. April 14 in Burton D. Morgan Center for Entrepreneurship's Venture Café.

The event is sponsored by Purdue's Certificate in Entrepreneurship and Innovation Program, which has exposed more than 2,000 undergraduate students to entrepreneurship since it was launched by Discovery Park in 2005. Tickets are $20 each for the luncheon, but space is limited. To register, go to http://www.conf.purdue.edu/LeadershipLunch.

Indianapolis-area insurance broker David Rocchio, owner of The Rocchio Agency and a 1984 Purdue graduate, will provide opening remarks before introducing Coach Keady, who will begin talking about 12:45 p.m., followed by Coach Painter. A Q&A session will follow the coaches' talks.

"Coaches Keady and Painter will discuss their views on leadership both on and off the court. They also will discuss personality traits they look for in players and what people should do to develop their own leadership skills," said Nathalie Duval-Couetil, director of Purdue's entrepreneurship and innovation program. "David will outline how perseverance, inspiration, knowledge, communication, and leadership abilities are essential to paving your own path in the business world."

Keady became the winningest coach in Purdue school history with 512 victories and was the Big Ten Coach of the Year seven times. He was also National Coach of the Year six times from 1984 to 2000. He retired from coaching Purdue following the 2004-05 season after leading Purdue to 18 NCAA Tournament appearances, two Elite Eight appearances and five Sweet Sixteens.

Mackey Arena's basketball court was named "Keady Court" in dedication to him. In October 2006, Keady received the 2007 John R. Wooden "Legends of Coaching" Award. Keady hired Painter, a former Purdue guard, as associate head coach in 2004-05 before becoming head coach.

In his first five years at Purdue, Painter has a 112-56 record, a 67 percent winning percentage, leading the Boilermakers to a Big Ten regular-season co-championship this season, back-to-back Sweet Sixteen berths in 2009 and 2010, and four NCAA Tournament appearances.

Last week, Painter signed a new contract that will keep him leading the Boilermakers through the 2016-17 season.

Rocchio is president of The Rocchio Agency, an insurance brokerage firm specializing in risk management for the construction, manufacturing and wholesale industries. He also served as an account executive both Marsh & McLennan Inc., and Liberty Mutual Insurance Group.

He received his bachelor's degree from Purdue in 1984 and his MBA from the University of Indianapolis in 1991. He lives in Noblesville with his wife Sheila and 14-year-old son, Joseph. Their oldest son, Mike, is a 2006 graduate of Purdue.

The Discovery Park event is organized by the Certificate in Entrepreneurship and Innovation Program, the Burton D. Morgan Center for Entrepreneurship, Purdue Office of the Provost and the Krannert School and Management. Sgt. Preston's in downtown Lafayette is catering the luncheon.

The Certificate in Entrepreneurship and Innovation Program is available to Purdue undergraduates in all majors with a goal to make entrepreneurship an accessible career option by providing students with the skills and knowledge required to launch new business ventures.


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