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Episode 277 finds our hosts Jeff Amerine, Caleb Talley, and Davis McEntire sitting around the table with none other than Dean Matt Waller of the Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas. We discuss topics around the growth and future of Northwest Arkansas, falling in love with entrepreneurship, and leaving a legacy of a life well lived. This is an inspiring episode and we are excited for you guys to get to hear it!
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(0:50) Introducing Matt Waller
(1:45) A Brief History of Walton College of Business
(10:28) Outdoor Recreation Business
(13:03) Upcoming Masters Programs
(18:14) Building Healthy Young Business People
(24:03) From Entrepreneurship to Deanship
(33:23) Venture Capital Firm and Working through Chemo
(44:17) Advice to Waller’s Younger Self
(49:07) Wrap Up
"That's one of the changes, when I first got here 27 years ago, people would come get a job and then leave. There weren't as many jobs in Arkansas. Now there's lots of jobs in Arkansas." (16:44) - Matt Waller
"We want students to come in and leave as E.P.I.C. business people: excellence, professionalism, innovation, collegiality." (18:49) - Matt Waller
"I love business. I don't feel like I'm working most of the time. My whole life I always don't feel like I'm working." (28:35) Matt Waller
I think there have been times in my life where I've tried to do things I'm not good at. And now that I know I'm comfortable enough now, Yeah, that's something I would not do good at. And so I'm not going to do it (45:55) - Matt Waller
"There's two problems people have. They let fear hold them back, I've done that a time or two, or two they let hubris hurt them."
(46:11) - Matt Waller