THE SAVVY ENTREPRENEUR-An Insiders's Secrets to Entrepreneurial Success

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"Pryor brings exceptional knowledge and understanding of the entrepreneurial world ... He is an unusual storyteller. This book is obligatory for those interested in succeeding." -- Steve Millard, Board of Directors, Northwestern Kellogg Business School, Evanston, IL Serial entrepreneur Lee Pryor thinks starting a new business and successfully managing its growth is one of the most important and satisfying things a person can do. From company culture through long-term strategy, this hands-on guide for start-up managers covers leadership, raising money, hiring, and communication. Pryor's straightforward managing techniques, culled from real-life experiences, apply equally to technology-oriented and low-tech businesses. Pryor, a veteran of Time Warner and IBM (and frequent CEO), writes in a breezy, anecdotal, humorous style that encourages consumption in small, delicious bites between phone calls that will leave the reader laughing. And savvy.

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Lee Pryor has many years of experience as a founder and Chief Executive for startup and late stage entrepreneurial companies. He began his career with Time Warner. He then moved to IBM in mainframe sales. He left to found a computer supply company that grew to 55 salespeople, five manufacturing plants with over 300 employees, and $48 million in sales.    Subsequently he ran five companies, both private and public. These emerging and late stage companies were in a variety of industries including e-commerce, Internet database publishing and marketing, online on-demand printing, computer supplies distribution, and technology contract manufacturing.    He attended Johns Hopkins University and the US Naval Academy before graduating from Northwestern University, after which he spent two years with the Counter Intelligence Corps in Japan and China.    Lee is a former member of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO), and has been on the Boards of The National Defense University in Washington DC and Kent School, as well as the Board of the Louisiana Technology Council where he was Director of the Katrina LTC Recovery/Incubator Center.    He has been an Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship at Tulane University's A.B. Freeman School of Business, and the director of the University of New Orleans' Global Entrepreneurship Initiative.    He is a business executive advisor for emerging enterprises and a speaker on the topic of entrepreneurship at venture capital conferences, association meetings, and business schools.

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LeRoy J. Pryor is professor of accounting and management information systems at California State University, Chico. He teaches courses in accounting information systems, financial accounting, and managerial accounting. He has served as chair of the Department of Accounting and Management Information Systems and is a member of the Accounting Education Advisory Committee and the Corporate Accounting Policy Committee of the American Accounting Association. In 1998, he served as Director of Continuing Professional Education for the American Accounting Association. Lee is a Certified Public Accountant and holds a Doctorate in Business Administration from the University of Southern California and an MBA with distinction from DePaul University. His undergraduate degree was awarded by the University of Illinois. Prior to entering academe, he worked in public accounting as an auditor for an international firm. He has consulted in many types of businesses, principally in the design of their accounting systems. Dr. Pryor has published articles in the Journal of Accountancy, Management Accounting, Issues in Accounting Education, and in several other journals. Dr. Pryor received the joint American Accounting Association/Institute of Management Accountants 1997 James Bulloch Award for Innovations In Management Accounting Education. The Bulloch Award was for a unique pedagogical approach called the California Car Company case. He has received his college s Outstanding Faculty Member Award. Lee is married to Cathy Sweet. He has a son, Steven, daughter, Ashlee, and three grand- children, Cooper, Berlyn, and Perris. His hobby is competitive sailing.

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