Entrepreneur Direct series to feature professionals in shipping, IT consulting


HAYS, Kan. – The Entrepreneur Direct Speaker Series at Fort Hays State University will host Jim Brull and John Tavlarios from 10:30-11:45 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 22, in the Eagle Communication Hall of the FHSU Robbins Center.

The event is free and open to the public.

Jim Brull is a managing partner and co-founder of Centroid, a company providing information technology consulting, managed services and cloud services for mid-market to enterprise accounts across the country. The company has won numerous awards and is distinguished as one of Oracle’s top 25 partners across North America. Brull is a native of Stockton and graduated from FHSU with a Bachelor of Business Administration in marketing in 1989.

John Tavlarios is the chief operating officer of Gener8 Maritime, Inc., which engages in transportation of international seaborne crude oil and petroleum products across the globe. Tavlarios previously worked as president and founder of Halcyon Trading Company, a consulting firm specializing in international business development with an emphasis on the international oil industry. Tavlarios’ wife, Linda Murphy Tavlarios, is a Hays native and a 1981 FHSU graduate.

Entrepreneur Direct, a speaker series presented by FHSU’s W.R. and Yvonne Robbins College of Business and Entrepreneurship, features successful entrepreneurs in an informal setting accessible to students, faculty and the public. Since its creation in 2010, the program has featured a wide variety of entrepreneurs ranging from leaders at the end of their careers to young entrepreneurs just entering the business world.

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