June 20, 2016
Dr. Howard J. Wall, director of the Hammond Institute for Free Enterprise at Lindenwood University, has announced that Karl L. Kammerer, MBA, Ph.D. has assumed leadership responsibility for the Duree Center for Entrepreneurship. Dr. Kammerer’s appointment was effective June 1. He replaces David E. Rosenwasser, J.D., who has served in this capacity since 2010. Rosenwasser will continue his faculty affiliation with the Plaster School of Business & Entrepreneurship, where he teaches courses in sports management and marketing.
Kammerer completed a Ph.D. in management in May 2016 from the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kan. During his Ph.D. program, Kammerer was a fellow in the Madison and Lila Self Graduate Fellowship – a distinct honor among Ph.D. students at KU, as students are chosen for the fellowship because they “demonstrate the promise to make significant contributions to their fields of study and society as a whole.” Prior to entering the Ph.D. program, Kammerer co-founded a small family business. The company, Professional Toxicology Services, Inc., provides products and services to organizations to ensure their compliance with state and federal laboratory testing regulations.
“I’m thrilled to be here at Lindenwood University, to serve its students as well as individuals and businesses in the surrounding community,” said Kammerer. “I desire to leverage everything I have learned through my graduate studies, research, and experience starting a successful small business to help others find their stride, reach their goals, and open the deep well of untapped human potential that I see all around me. Through the Duree Center and the Ice House Entrepreneurship Program, I have the opportunity to do just that and I am grateful,” he added.
According to Dr. Wall, the Duree Center for Entrepreneurship has flourished under Rosenwasser’s tutelage and expertise. “We owe him a debt of gratitude for all he’s accomplished over the past five years to launch the entrepreneurship mindset at Lindenwood and integrate the Hammond Institute and the Duree Center into the local business community,” Wall said. “Going forward, we’re fortunate to have Karl on board, as he will no doubt build on the foundation David has established and take our entrepreneurship program to the next level.”
Through the Duree Center, participants in the Ice House Entrepreneurship Program attend a five-week course, one night per week (approximately three hours each). In addition, participants spend some three hours weekly completing online and book assignments associated with the program.
“We will begin our third year of teaching this coursework in the region starting with the 2016 fall semester,” said Wall. “We offer the course at our St. Charles campus, and also offer an off-site location in North St. Louis County. In our Ferguson/Florissant location, we’ve trained over 80 people to date and currently have more than 70 people on a waiting list,” he said.
Whether participants are looking to start a business or grow an existing firm, the Ice House Entrepreneurship Program allows them to learn foundational skills from the firsthand experiences of successful, real-world entrepreneurs in order to directly apply their insights.