The Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation will present the second installment of the 2013-14 Visionary Entrepreneurship Speaker Series at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19, in Sticht Lecture Hall of the Hall of Arts and Letters on campus.
Will Knecht will deliver the lecture, “Beyond Circumstances … How to Keep Positive, Determined and Together!”
Knecht is the president of Wendell August, a family-owned company located in Grove City that has produced ornamental and elegant metal giftware and home accents since 1923.
On March 4, 2010, Wendell August received the largest order in its history from the Pittsburgh Penguins. They were asked to make one of a kind, commemorative tickets honoring the final Penguins’ hockey game in Mellon Arena. Two days later, a fire destroyed the company’s workshop, offices and flagship store in Grove City. The historic building they had operated out of since 1932 was gone.
Knecht will share a story of history, tradition and the fire that could have destroyed a business and its people but instead became a catalyst for new opportunities for this almost 90-year-young company that was forced to become a start-up once more.
"Will Knecht is a dynamic speaker whose entrepreneurial story is both compelling and inspirational,” Interim Executive Director for the Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation Yvonne English ’97 said. “We are excited to bring him to the Grove City College campus to share his wisdom with our students and the local community. It should be a wonderful event."