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Barnett Helzberg to speak at Jewell
Contact: Rob Eisele816-415-7574
March 21, 2007

Barnett Helzberg, Jr., former chairman of the board of Helzberg Diamonds, will offer a free public lecture entitled “What I Learned Before (and After) I Sold to Warren Buffett” at 7:30 p.m. April 10 in John Gano Memorial Chapel on the William Jewell College campus in Liberty, Mo. The public is invited to attend, and no tickets or reservations are required. The presentation is a part of the Gary Dickinson Lectureship at William Jewell.

A Kansas City area native, Barnett Helzberg, Jr. is a graduate of Pembroke Country Day School and received his bachelor of business administration from the University of Michigan. He is the former chairman of the board at Helzberg Diamonds, a family-owned business started in 1915. He was at the helm of Helzberg Diamonds beginning in 1962, expanding the company from 15 units into the third largest jewelry retailer, consisting of 143 units in 23 states by the time it was sold in 1995 to Berkshire Hathaway (Warren Buffett). He is the creator of the I Am Loved„¥ theme and co-creator with Dr. Rich Davis of the book titled “I Am Loved”„¥, published in 2001. He is also the author of the book “What I Learned Before I Sold to Warren Buffett,” published in 2003.

In order to pass on what he has learned and what other entrepreneurs have found valuable as business practices, Helzberg founded the Helzberg Entrepreneurial Mentoring Program in 1995. It is a mentoring program by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs, which is sponsored by the University of Missouri-Kansas City and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.

As an adjunct professor at Rockhurst University since 1991, Helzberg has taught “Retailing,” “Achieving Management Excellence” and “Entrepreneurship” to M.B.A. students. He has also taught the Personal Entrepreneurial Strategy course at the Kauffman Foundation. Helzberg lives with his wife, Shirley; they have two adult sons, Barnett III and Bush, and five grandsons.

The Gary Dickinson Lectureship at William Jewell was established with a grant from the Gary Dickinson Family Charitable Foundation of Kansas City, Mo. The lecture series is dedicated to encouraging entrepreneurship and business leadership in the community. It is named for the late Gary Dickinson of Chillicothe, Mo., founder of the Dickinson Financial Corporation and a friend of the College. Bank Midwest, a subsidiary of the Dickinson Financial Corporation, is the co-sponsor for the lecture.

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