The Leadership Luncheon has been an annual occurrence for the Murphy Center for
Entrepreneurship since 2002 when General Norman Schwarzkopf was the Keynote Speaker. Our luncheon has featured high-profile speakers, including George Foreman, Nolan Ryan, and H. Ross
Perot, celebrating the entrepreneurial spirit with the business leaders of Dallas/Fort Worth. Proceeds from the Leadership Luncheon are used for scholarships, student awards, and programs
offered through the Murphy Center for Entrepreneurship.
UNT's premier off-campus event, the Leadership Luncheon is a celebration of entrepreneurship. Student scholarships are awarded, donors are recognized, and winners of the New Venture Creation Contest are announced. We invite a well-known leader to give a Keynote Speech and recognize the recipient of the Murphy Award which honors Lifetime Achievement in Entrepreneurship; past recipients include Trammell Crow, H. Ross Perot, Ebby Halliday, and Sam Wyly.
The Murphy Award recipient for 2012 was Jerry Jones, owner of the Dallas Cowboys.
2013 Leadership Luncheon Keynote speaker:
Founder of the Fashion brand FUBU
Cast Member of ABC’s “Shark Tank”
John founded the fashion brand FUBU, which stands for “For Us By Us,” after making tie-top hats and selling them on the streets of Queens. Buoyed by the success of his hats, John and his partners began offering other types of apparel with the FUBU logo, eventually gaining national exposure for the brand and hitting $350 million in annual sales.
In 2009, John joined the ABC reality show “Shark Tank,” in which he serves as one of the “sharks” listening to entrepreneurial business plans and choosing ideas in which to invest. He is also the author of “Display of Power: How FUBU Changed a World of Fashion, Branding and Lifestyle” and “The Brand Within: How We Brand Ourselves, From Birth to the Boardroom.” He has received the Brandweek Marketer of the Year award, the Advertising Age Marketing 1000 Award for Outstanding Ad Campaign, Crain’s Business of New York Forty Under Forty Award and Ernst & Young’s New York Entrepreneur of the Year Award.
2013 Leadership Luncheon Murphy Award Winner:
UNT Alumnus Norm Miller
Chairman of Interstate Battery System of America
Miller, who began his career as a salesman at Interstate Batteries and eventually became the head of the company, will be presented with this year’s Murphy Award, given to an entrepreneur for a lifetime of achievement in business.
After graduating from UNT in 1962, he began working as a salesman for Interstate at a distributor in Tennessee, where his father worked. He later returned to the North Texas area to work for Interstate’s founder, John Searcy. In 1978, he became CEO and chairman of Interstate and expanded the company to more than 200,000 dealers across North America.
Miller stepped down as CEO in 1990 and now serves as chairman of Interstate, which is known as the No. 1 replacement brand battery in North America.