Video Interviews: Conversations with Champions

2011 Great Lakes Entrepreneurial Bash

About the Video

On November 17, 2011, business leaders and entrepreneurs from around the heartland of America attended the Great Lakes Entrepreneurial Bash, a featured event of the Kauffman Foundation’s Global Entrepreneurship Week.

A panel of world class company founders who started from scratch and blazed a trail to success at, or greater than, $100 million shared key insights and ingredients that made their companies extraordinarily successful — as well as the challenges and failures they faced along the way.


  • Mike Domek, Founder, TicketsNow
  • Ron Galowich, Founder, Initiate Systems Inc. & First Health Group Corp.
  • Jim Gray, Founder, optionsXpress
  • Dane Miller, Founder, Biomet
  • Robert Jordan, Author, How They Did It: Billion Dollar Insights from the Heart of America