Whitworth Communications

For Immediate Release

April 5, 2006

Local Developer Marshall Chesrown to Discuss
Taking Calculated Risks April 17 at Whitworth

Marshall Chesrown, a local entrepreneur and developer of the Kendall Yards mixed-use project along the Spokane River, will give a presentation, "My Life as an Entrepreneur: Taking Calculated Risks," on Monday, April 17, at 8 p.m. in the Robinson Teaching Theatre in Weyerhaeuser Hall at Whitworth College. Admission is free. For more information, please call (509) 777-4585. Chesrown's presentation is co-sponsored by the Entrepreneur Speaker Series at Whitworth and the Dean's Speaker Series at Eastern Washington University.

Chesrown is the former owner of a franchise of car dealerships in Colorado that grossed more than $300 million annually. In 1997, he sold out to Republic Industries' AutoNation, the nation's largest automotive chain, and turned his attention to developing property in the Northwest.

Chesrown, who grew up in Spokane Valley, has transformed waterfront properties in Coeur d'Alene and Spokane. His 77-acre Kendall Yards project seeks to create a residential and commercial neighborhood that connects the West Central area, the Spokane River Gorge and downtown Spokane. Chesrown is also the developer of The Club at Black Rock, in North Idaho. Located in an area that was once home to summer camps and private cabins, the 650-acre development is an exclusive, gated golf community that overlooks Lake Coeur d'Alene.

The Entrepreneur Speaker Series is part of Whitworth's Entrepreneurship and Small Business Studies Program. The program was established with a grant from the Seattle-based Herbert Jones Foundation to support the Whitworth School of Global Commerce & Management as it becomes a regional leader of entrepreneurship education and to strengthen connections between the college and the Spokane business community.

In response to growing demand from alumni, the business community and international partner institutions, Whitworth's School of Global Commerce & Management will offer a Master of Business Administration Degree Program beginning in fall 2006.

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private liberal arts college affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). The college enrolls 2,400 students in more than 50 undergraduate and graduate programs.


Kyle Usrey, dean, School of Global Commerce & Management, Whitworth College, (509) 777-4721 or kusrey@whitworth.edu.

Robert Schwartz, Endowed Professor of Entrepreneurship, Eastern Washington University, (509) 358-2254 or rschwartz@mail.ewu.edu.

Dee Martin, dean, College of Business and Public Administration, Eastern Washington University, (509) 358-2237 or dmartin@mail.ewu.edu.

Paul North, assistant director of marketing, School of Global Commerce & Management, Whitworth College, (509) 777-4606 or pnorth@whitworth.edu.

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

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