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Wichita Business For Breakfast Series (Dreiling, Huynh and Heivly)

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Central Region  |  Wichita, Kansas

Please join us for the entire series of Wichita Business for Breakfast events during the fall of 2017.
Dave Dreiling, October 19
Tien Huynh, November 2
Chris Heivly, November 14
To purchase tickets for the series, please see Event Registration below.

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Thursday, October 19, 2017

Wichita, Kansas


 Chris Heivly  
Co-founder, MapQuest

  Chris Heivly  




Chris Heivly is one of the nation’s leading experts in how to turn startups into multimillion-dollar companies. At a time when the nation’s economy is shifting from a reliance on large corporations to smaller, more innovative organizations, he has been dubbed the “The Startup Whisperer.”
For over 30 years, Heivly has worked at the highest levels for some of the world’s most recognized brands, including MapQuest, which was sold to AOL for $1.2 billion; Rand McNally, the worlds largest map publisher; and Accenture, the largest multinational management consulting, technology services, and outsourcing company on the planet. He has also personally directed over $75 million in investment capital on behalf of these and other companies.
Heivly currently serves as one of two managing directors of The Startup Factory, the largest seed investment firm in the Southeast. Under his leadership, the firm has made 35 investments in just three years in emerging technology companies. More than 60 percent of TSF’s portfolio has gone on to raise follow-on capital, more than double the industry average for similar investment programs.

Chris recently joined Techstars, the world’s largest ecosystem that helps entrepreneurs build great businesses, to develop a new set of products and services focused on helping startup communities grow. This role leverages Heivly’s experience in building the Raleigh/Durham ecosystem with the expertise of Brad Feld (Foundry Group & Startup Communities) and the Techstars staff.

Heivly has become a sought-after speaker and go-to source for media. He has been quoted in major national and international outlets such as Forbes, Inc., the Washington Post, TechCrunch, Crain’s Business Journal, Huffington Post, Tech Cocktail, the Financial Post and the Montreal Gazette, and has appeared in major-market TV stations across the U.S. Because of his stature in the startup world, he was heavily featured in the documentary Startupland, which showcased the world’s most renowned entrepreneurs and startup experts.  He is a contributing writer for Inc.com, the nation’s leading entrepreneurial magazine for entrepreneurs and business owners, and has a significant following for Heivly.com, his own highly respected blog that offers brutally authentic commentary on startups and the startup community. 
He just released Build the Fort, his much-anticipated book about how to take the lessons you learned as a 10-year old and on applying those lessons to starting anything.  His book was inspired from a widely acclaimed TEDx talk in 2014. The book focuses on the months leading up to the decision to start a company and those first three critical months of getting your idea off the ground. His insights are being applied in multiple realms, from any individual with a dream, to startups and companies that aspire to be more innovative, to emerging entrepreneurial communities.

 Tien Huynh  
founder, Huynh Investments

  Tien Huynh  


Huynh Investments


If Tien Huynh were to become his own brand, “fueled by challenge” would be an appropriate tagline. This smart and tenacious serial entrepreneur, whose successful businesses span from automotive and investments to fashion and fitness, knows how to turn adversity into opportunity.


Tien’s strong work ethic was instilled by his parents, who in 1980, narrowly escaped Vietnam to build a better life for their family. Yet, throughout elementary school and into high school, Tien was faced with great adversity and loss. He consciously decided that he would not let his suffering define his life. Around this time, Tien enrolled in YE, and the class provided the knowledge and skills to funnel his pain into purpose.  


YE sparked a passion for entrepreneurship, unveiling possibilities Tien had never thought of. That passion, combined with his work ethic, propelled him through college, into his first business startup, and that momentum keeps on rolling. Today, Tien is determined to inspire others to the kind of success he has achieved. The Wichita State University graduate, husband and father gives back by sharing his knowledge and inspiration with students, up and coming entrepreneurs and his local business community.

 Dave Dreiling  
Owner and Founder, HCI Hospitality and GTM Sportswear

  Dave Dreiling  

Owner and Founder

HCI Hospitality and GTM Sportswear


Described as a “hard core” entrepreneur since the age of six, Dave Dreiling grew up in the small towns of Smith Center and Concordia KS, where he spent every spare moment learning how business works in his parents’ family clothing stores.
Upon completion of his degree in marketing from Kansas State in 1989, Dave and a partner launched “It’s Greek To Me” by selling decorated sportswear out of their van to fraternities and sororities from Indiana to California. The business averaged a 25% annual growth rate for 27 years and became known as GTM Sportswear, which is now the largest private employer in Manhattan with over 600 team members.  Its growth culminated in the sale of the business to Hanes Brands in September of 2016, and Dave remains the managing director. 
Along the way, Dave’s boredom/A.D.D. led to dabbling in the restaurant business with a Quizno’s franchise in 2001. The six Quizno’s are now gone, but in their place is a restaurant holding company, HCI, that owns and/or manages 24 Freddy’s Steakburgers and Frozen custard covering five states, along with local Manhattan eateries such as Coco Bolo’s, Cox Bros BBQ, Powercat Sports Grill, and Hibachi Hut. HCI is currently building six to eight new locations per year and has over 1400 employees.
Other business ventures included the creation of a patented vinyl chair back for stadium bench seating (known as the Cat Cushion to K-Staters).  Dave formed this into a company that sold and serviced chair back programs to over 40 Division One collegiate athletic programs throughout the US, before selling the company to IMG in 2011. 
In addition to serving on numerous nonprofit local, regional, and national entities, Dave’s primary passion centers around Kansas State University and mentoring students. In 2008 he instigated the development of the Entrepreneurship Center at KSU, which was recently recognized as the number one emerging entrepreneurship program nationally. He carves out time in the classroom and with students on a weekly basis.  
As a recovering alcoholic, Dave spends a lot of time helping others with the diseases of any type of addiction.  He helps them to understand that there is a solution if they want one, and how they can attain that solution. Out of everything that he is involved with, he would tell you that this is by far the most important work that he has or ever will do.


 Lou Heldman  
Vice President of Strategic Communications, Wichita State University

  Lou Heldman  

Vice President of Strategic Communications

Wichita State University


Lou Heldman is responsible for university communications and marketing. He serves as a member of the President’s Executive Team and the board of directors of the Wichita State Innovation Alliance.

Lou’s previous at the university have included interim director of the Center for Entrepreneurship and of the Elliott School of Communication.

As the university’s Distinguished Senior Fellow in Media Management and Journalism, he taught communication courses and business seminars centered on the impact of the Internet on media, business and society. He also created and taught a seminar on media innovation and entrepreneurship in the Dorothy and Bill Cohen Honors College.

Prior to joining the university in 2007, he had a career in newspapers and websites, including as President and Publisher of the Wichita Eagle and Kansas.com.

He is a graduate of Ohio State University and of the Program for Management Development at Harvard Business School.

 Scott Redler  
Co-Founder & COO, Freddy's Frozen Custard

  Scott Redler  

Co-Founder & COO

Freddy's Frozen Custard


A restaurant operator to the core, Scott loves the sights, sounds and smells of a well-run restaurant. Growing up in St. Louis, he got his start in the restaurant business at age 15 catering events for groups of two to 6000. Paying his way through college by managing a steakhouse, he earned a degree in restaurant and hotel management. Redler moved to Minneapolis and then Washington, DC, to manage a 5-star restaurant. Back in St. Louis, he launched his first restaurant as a sole proprietor—a quick-service Chinese food concept called Shanghai Charlie’s. After selling that, he moved back to DC to serve as Executive Vice-President for the American Café. Scott eventually moved to Wichita, KS, accepting the position of Executive Vice President of a local restaurant group. In 1997, Scott together with Bill Simon opened Timberline Steakhouse. In 2002, Redler again partnered with Bill Simon and his brother Randy to launch Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers. After franchising in 2004, Freddy’s has grown to over 250 locations across the United States.


Scott Redler’s vast knowledge of restaurant ownership and operations has made him a sought-out professional in the industry. He currently serves on the Board of the National Restaurant Association, advocating for and representing restaurant industry interests with policymakers at the national level. In Kansas, he sits on the board of the Kansas State University Hospitality Management program and the Butler Community College Hospitality Board, as well as serving multiple years for the Kansas Restaurant and Hospitality Association. Scott is also a member of the Wichita State University President’s Council. Known for his philanthropy, he has served on the boards of and continues to support the Wichita Children’s Home and the Sedgwick County Zoo. Scott is married to Betsy, and they have two daughters, Katie and Kelly.


 Cassandra Bryan  
Creative Designer | Owner, cb{d}

  Cassandra Bryan  

Creative Designer | Owner



Cassandra Bryan is responsible for business development and creative direction at her namesake creative firm, Cassandra Bryan Design, which is also known as cb{d}. Specializing in branding, website design and development, and digital marketing services, the firm serves small to large businesses both locally and nationally.
Passionate about design, functionality and website customization, Cassandra and her team are constantly pushing forward to try new programming techniques and design styles. They have built a website that helps cancer patients apply for support, created a custom database of delicious bakery items that is used for ordering the perfect indulgence for your special day, and recently, designed a unique online process to book motorcycle tours in the beautiful area of Park City, Utah.
The firm has been honored with the Innovations in Business Award from Young Professionals of Wichita and has been nominated for the Wichita Chamber of Commerce Small Business Award. Cassandra has been invited to be a keynote speaker at the Wichita Chamber of Commerce Small Business Awards Luncheon, has been featured as an “ICT Girl Boss” in VIP Wichita Magazine, in one of Fidelity Bank’s Bravely Onward commercials, in a Wichita Chamber of Commerce video about the
Wichita flag, and by various local news outlets.
Cassandra is a graduate of Friends University and proud to be a Wichita native. She remains committed to the local creative community, regularly hosting school tours, volunteering with YE, providing shadowing opportunities and judging student portfolios.

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