Whitworth Communications

For Immediate Release

April 16, 2003

Whitworth's Entrepreneur Speaker Series to Feature Associate Director of SIRTI

The Whitworth College School of Global Commerce and Management's Entrepreneur Speaker Series will feature a presentation by Nigel Davey, associate director of the Spokane Intercollegiate Research and Technology Institute (SIRTI) and former president of Johnson Matthey Electronics' $200-million Assembly Products Group. Davey's presentation will take place on Thursday, May 1, at a noon brown-bag lunch in the Hixson Union Building catering rooms at Whitworth College. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, please call (509) 777-3742.

Davey graduated with an honors degree in chemistry from the University of Hull, England, and also holds two graduate degrees, in management and marketing, from London University. He moved to the United States to help develop the electronics division of Johnson Matthey PLC, and for 10 years he helped the company become an $800-million worldwide business. Davey has also worked extensively in Europe, Asia and North America, specializing in small-business development and turnarounds.

Davey is a founding member of Raven Ventures LLC and recently completed an 18-month turnaround and business-development project with Isothermal Systems Research, where he grew sales from $3.6 million to $12 million and established a $28 million order backlog. After returning the company to profitability and establishing a new facility, with 50 new staff members, in Liberty Lake, Wash., Davey moved to SIRTI as associate director; he oversees the institute's business-development activities.

Davey's presentation is the last of five Entrepreneur Speaker Series presentations at the Whitworth campus this spring. The series is part of Whitworth's new Entrepreneurship and Small Business Studies Program, which was established recently with a grant from the Seattle-based Herbert Jones Foundation to support the Whitworth School of Global Commerce and Management and to strengthen connections between the college and the Spokane business community.

The on-campus series, which is free and open to the public, provides Whitworth students and faculty, and members of the regional business community, with opportunities to learn from and interact with entrepreneurs and small-business professionals from industries throughout the region.

In addition to funding the speaker series, the three-year grant will lay the groundwork for development of a program for entrepreneurship and small business studies by establishing a job shadowing/mentoring and internship program that will link students with Spokane-area entrepreneurs.

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private liberal arts college affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA). The college enrolls about 2,200 students in more than 50 undergraduate and graduate programs.


Elizabeth Peterson, assistant professor of economics and business, Whitworth College, (509) 777-4675 or epeterson@whitworth.edu.

Jo Ann Nielsen, coordinator/administrative services, School of Global Commerce and Management, Whitworth College, (509) 777-3242 or joannnielsen@whitworth.edu.

Julie Riddle, public information specialist, Whitworth College, (509) 777-3729 or jriddle@whitworth.edu.

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