Stalarow and Watts boost Bauer’s Collegiate Entrepreneurs’ Organization

Published on September 15, 2007

stalarowBauer alumni Norman Stalarow and Marty Watts have each committed to gift Student Leader Scholarships ($1,000 each semester) to officers of Bauer’s Collegiate Entrepreneurs Organization and will lend their own entrepreneurial experiences to the organization’s student leaders for the next five years.

Watts is President & CEO of V-Kool, whose product is a clear window coating that dramatically reduces energy consumption of buildings without changing the appearance of windows or the visibility through them. Check out www.v-kool-usa.com to learn more. Marty is a 1975 Bauer Alumnus who also played football for the Cougars. Marty is one of Bauer’s alumni leaders in its BuyHouston Initiative – encouraging Cougars to do business with Cougars.

Stalarow is president of Buffalo Specialties, a firm that he started while attending Bauer College in the 1970s. Check out www.buffspec.com. Norman and his wife Gail (Merrill Lynch) are long-time supporters of UH athletics and now Bauer College.

Stalarow depends on college students for part-time sales staff at his company, which generated revenues of more than $5 million in 2006. The company, with offices in Houston, Salt Lake City, Dallas and Louisville, Ky., creates advertising specialty products and does custom screen printing for clients ranging from the Houston Astros to numerous blood banks across the U.S.

But until recently, Buffalo’s staff didn’t include University of Houston students, despite C. T. Bauer College of Business’ reputation for turning out standouts in sales and Stalarow’s history with the school.

Stalarow is determined to add Cougars to his crew. As a board member of the Houston chapter of the global Entrepreneurs Organization, Stalarow is trying to get the word out about opportunities for student business leaders.

EO’s membership is for business owners with $1 million or more in annual gross sales. But the group has an accelerator membership program designed for those 35 and under who lead small businesses and do $250,000 in business or less (or those who have raised that much in capital for a business they hope to launch). Membership for these young business owners is $1,000 a year, much reduced from general membership, but with many of the same benefits.

In addition to having the benefit of hearing speakers at regular meetings, “They’re going to meet people who have gone through all the same things they are going through who will help them, mentor them,” Stalarow says.

Students (who do not have to be a member) can also apply to win a $10,000 prize, the Entrepreneur Award. Even without a win, the application process is a great vehicle for honing pitch skills and making valuable contacts, Stalarow says. Students can find details at EO’s website, www.eonetwork.org, or email Stalarow atnorms@buffspec.com.

By Julie Bonnin

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About the Bauer College of Business

The C.T. Bauer College of Business has been in operation for more than 60 years at the University of Houston main campus. Through its five academic departments, the college offers a full-range of undergraduate, masters and doctoral degrees in business. The Bauer College is fully accredited by the AACSB International – the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. In August 2000, Houston business leader and philanthropist Charles T. (Ted) Bauer endowed the College of Business with a $40 million gift. In recognition of his generosity, the college was renamed the C.T. Bauer College of Business.