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NGU to Hold 8th Annual Business Symposium on March 18

Posted on: March 1, 2024
By Billy Cannada,

Joe Gibbs Racing President Dave Alpern

Tigerville, SC—North Greenville University’s College of Business and Entrepreneurship will host its 8th annual Faith at Work Business Symposium on March 18 in Turner Chapel. The event will feature lectures from Joe Gibbs Racing President Dave Alpern and former professional baseball players David and Jason Benham.

“I’m thrilled about this year’s speakers,” said Dr. John Duncan, dean of NGU’s College of Business and Entrepreneurship. “All three of these men are engaging speakers who will deliver powerful messages about how to be innovative and create value in order to impact the world for Christ in the marketplace.”

Alpern began his career with Joe Gibbs Racing in 1993 as an unpaid intern. Since then, he has held nearly every position in the front office, including overseeing consumer products, communications, and sponsorships before being named team president in 2015. Joe Gibbs Racing has seen major success during Alpern’s tenure, winning NASCAR championships in 2000, 2002, 2005, 2015, and 2019.

Alpern is also a published author, releasing “Taking the Lead-Winning Business Principles that Fuel Joe Gibbs Racing” in 2022.

“Dave Alpern lives out his dynamic Christian faith every day,” Duncan said. “He leads a team of more than 600 people at Joe Gibbs Racing, one of the most successful teams in NASCAR history.”

David and Jason Benham

David and Jason Benham have found success on and off the baseball diamond.

The brothers’ umbrella company, Benham Companies, was built to provide value in multiple spheres of the marketplace, including real estate management/sales, business consulting, tax planning, technology resource development, social entrepreneur creation, movie production, and global efficiency development.

David and Jason serve as co-chairs and founders of the Benham Foundation and Cities4Life, where their commitment to helping others continues through pro-life ministry, human-trafficking prevention, and caring for widows, orphans, and the poor. They also pioneered a new missions concept called “Missioneering,” which creates self-sustaining revenue models for overseas missions.

“David and Jason Benham have become successful entrepreneurs by applying biblical principles in all their business endeavors,” Duncan said. “They have coached and mentored hundreds of entrepreneurs to help them successfully honor God through their platforms of ministry.” 

The event will be held at 6:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public. It will also serve as a CEVT credit for NGU students.

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