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March 6, 2013

Bill Rancic, winner of the First Apprentice, will deliver the 2013 Stump Entrepreneurship Lecture at BSC

Bill RancicBill Rancic, Donald Trump’s first Apprentice, will present the 2013 Stump Entrepreneurship Lecture at Birmingham-Southern College on Monday, April 1, at 7 p.m. in the Bruno Great Hall of the Norton Campus Center.

The lecture is free and open to the public.

Rancic will share his views on how to succeed in business and in life. He will also share his experiences on NBC’s primetime show “The Apprentice,” of which he regularly appears in its board room.

Several years after his introduction to America on the show, Rancic continues his commitment to entrepreneurship throughout the country. Currently, he is developing real estate in Chicago, producing and appearing in several television programs, and speaking to businesses and organizations on motivational and business topics.

He produces and stars in the A&E series “We Mean Business,” Style Network’s reality series “Giuliana and Bill” and is the executive producer of “Repo Man,” airing in January on Discovery Channel. He makes regular appearances on numerous daytime broadcast and cable television programs such as Today, The Tonight Show, The View, and various CNBC programs to talk to viewers about business and entrepreneurship. He also regularly appears in many major national, regional, and local print outlets throughout the country.

A published author, he wrote Beyond The Lemonade Stand to help educate and motivate young people worldwide about the value of money and how to leverage skills, talents, and abilities at an early age. Rancic got his first taste of success by founding Cigars Around the World in a 400 square-foot studio apartment in Chicago. And today, it is a multimillion dollar operation now owned by Synergy Brands, where he sits on the board of directors.

Highly engaged in charitable activities, Rancic was recently named national spokesperson for Gradiant Gives Back, a program awarding financial makeovers to deserving families during today’s challenging economic climate. He is also an active board member for the Mercy Home for Boys and Girls.

The Stump Entrepreneurship Lecture is part of the Birmingham-Southern College Entrepreneurship Programs, endowed by Jane and Kevin Stump of Birmingham, both graduates of BSC, with support from an existing endowed fund created by Joseph S. Bruno. Kevin Stump is founder, chairman, and CEO of Interconn Resources, Inc.

About Birmingham-Southern College:

Birmingham-Southern College is a four-year, private liberal arts institution in Birmingham, Ala., founded in 1856 and affiliated with the United Methodist Church. It enrolls about 1,200 students from more than 30 states and 16 foreign countries. Learn more online at www.bsc.edu.