Notable Alumnus Kills Sacred Cows on Campus

Published: October 29, 2013 | Read Time: 3 minutes

Southern Utah University’s affluential alumnus Garrett B. Gunderson will be speaking Friday, November 1 at 11:30 a.m. in the Gilbert Great Hall located within the Hunter Conference Center, don’t worry, no actual cows will be harmed in this presentation.

Gunderson, who became a self-made millionaire by the age of 26, graduated with a finance degree from SUU in 2002, and is now the owner of five successful companies and author of "Killing Sacred Cows," a New York Times Bestseller.

Addressing business leaders, entrepreneurs, professionals and students alike on the valuable topic of wealth management, Gunderson will engage the entire crowd by challenging financial myths, or sacred cows, that rule the business world, according to Carl Templin, dean of the School of Business.

He is also the acclaimed author of investment guidance for the masses with another book, “Curriculum for Wealth.” Both of his books challenges the social myths, fallacies, and misguided traditions about the world of personal finance, presenting a revolutionary perspective on prosperity.

“I’m passionate about finances because I’m passionate about the human spirit, about our ability to create, to innovate, and to experience joy and fulfillment,” Gunderson stated in his biography. “Unfortunately, there are many amazing people with powerful and important gifts but they may be limited by myths in their financial lives.”

“Gunderson doesn’t just come with an extremely deep knowledge of effective wealth management but he also delivers his proven ideas in a very provocative way that will entertain and delight all in attendance,” said Templin. 

And on this topic of entertaining the crowd, Templin went on to state that those in attendance will leave knowing that they can be more than a consumer but can become a producer.

He added, “It won’t be your typical lecture. Gunderson will challenge your preconceived theories, leaving you completely invigorated.” 

Along with enriching your mind the afternoon lecture will not lighten your pockets. Typically costing $495 per person to attend an afternoon session for one of his speeches, Gunderson has waived all fees for his alma mater, allowing the School of Business to only charge $15 in advance and $20 at the door to attend and receive a catered meal. 

All proceeds from Gunderson’s speech will go toward scholarships for students within the School of Business. 

50 chairs will be placed in the back for those just wanting to just listen to Gunderson’s speech, but it will be a first come first served basis. Templin and lecture administrators recommend attending the presentation as it’s an “excellent way to rub shoulders with area business leaders and to network with those in similar fields.”

Since his graduation, Gunderson has been an ardent supporter of his alma mater and was selected as SUU’s outstanding alumnus spring 2007. Gunderson has contributed both time and money to impact SUU, he and his company Freedom Fast Track funded the Goo Goo Dolls concert as part of the Inauguration celebration for President Michael T. Benson. Most notably was Gunderson’s generous donation to SUU to help fund the Investment and Service Learning Laboratory, which opened September 2006. 

Gunderson’s insight into financial management and entrepreneurship drive many toward both personal and professional success and Friday’s speech will prove to be most advantageous for all.

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