Entrepreneur of the Year

2023 Entrepreneur of the Year Recipient: 

Brian Neiswender 

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Thank you to our past Entrepreneur of the Year Sponsors

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About the Entrepreneur of the Year Program

The Parkland College Foundation awards the V. Dale Cozad Entrepreneur of the Year annually to an individual who demonstrates the best traits of entrepreneurship including being a leader, a self-starter, willingness to take risks, drive perseverance, discipline, confidence, a strong worth ethic and passion.  

Award recipients are celebrated each year in partnership with the Founding members of the Parkland College Entrepreneurial Program, the result of a partnership between the college and community members, committed to developing strong, educated leaders for today’s workforce. 

The Entrepreneurial Program provides scholarships to students demonstrating potential for growth as future managers, leaders, and innovators, for immediate entry into District 505 industries and companies. Ultimately, the program aims to increase the number of graduates with a strong work ethic and commitment to excellence that supports existing industry, creating a more attractive community to future employers.

Founding Members

Cozad Asset Management

David Eades

Donald C. Dodds, Jr. 

Meyer Charitable Foundation

Peter Fox

Chuck Keeling

Roy Lambert

TSM Ventures, Inc. - Stewart Family 

Westchester Group, Inc. 

V. Dale Cozad Entrepreneur of the Year Award Recipients

2010 Clinton Atkins

2011 Rick Stephens

2012 Dwight Miller

2013 Rudy Frasca

2014 Murray Wise

2015 Steve Hillard

2016 Lori Gold Patterson

2017 Jeff Hartman 

2018 Robert J. Libman Family

2019 David J. Downey

Lifetime of Entrepreneurship Award

2014 Roy Lambert

2015 George Shapland

2019 John and Marge Albin 

Student Entrepreneurial Opportunities

Parkland College provides students with several entrepreneurial opportunities including: