SOURCE: Arkansas Venture Center

Arkansas Venture Center

October 02, 2014 16:00 ET

Arkansas Venture Center Names 1st Entrepreneur-in-Residence

LITTLE ROCK, AR--(Marketwired - October 02, 2014) - The Arkansas Venture Center announced today Lou McAlister has joined as the organization's first Entrepreneur-in-Residence (EIR). An entrepreneur himself, McAlister has worked extensively within the telecommunications sector in the sales and marketing of data, wireless and technology services.

McAlister founded Navigator Telecommunications and served as President from 1997 until 2012. Next in 2013, he co-founded 7 X 7 Networking, a wireless Internet Service Provider based in San Francisco.

"The willingness of business veterans like Lou to share their extraordinary wisdom, insight and time is inspiring," said Lee Watson, President of the Venture Center. "Lou is representative of the caliber of people we are recruiting to build out our team of experienced experts." Watson said McAlister's background is especially conducive to tech startups who need to commercialize and get to market quickly.

"I'm enthusiastic to be a part of the Venture Center team and to collaborate with so many new enterprises being born in Central Arkansas," said McAlister. "The pipeline of companies here with innovative ideas and the capital resources to grow is substantial. I look forward to helping these future Arkansas success stories a reality." McAlister is a native Arkansan and holds a Master of Science in telecommunications and computing management from NYU's Polytechnic School of Engineering.

About the Arkansas Venture Center

Founded in 2013, the Arkansas Venture Center is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization serving entrepreneurs and the corporate community with nationally-recognized educational, networking and mentorship programs proven to amplify startup success. An annual membership includes access to the weekly speaker series, access to a national mentor network, and discounts to a myriad of entrepreneurship curriculum.

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