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Zell Lurie Institute Appoints First Executive-in-Residence

3/2/2005 --

Tom Porter will serve as mentor and coach to MBA students.

ANN ARBOR, Mich.—Tom Porter, MBA '67 and general partner with Michigan-based Trillium Ventures, was recently appointed the first Executive-in-Residence for the Samuel Zell & Robert H. Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies at the Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan—a position made possible through a $4 million gift from institute co-founder Samuel Zell.

Porter will serve as a mentor and coach for Zell Lurie MBA students who are developing businesses, as well as conduct monthly roundtable sessions among student CEOs through the Entrepreneur and Venture Club.

"My professional career has been focused on founding and building successful companies across many industries in Michigan, from environmental research to health care," said Porter. "Having spent the last few years working for technology growth companies, I know that being an entrepreneur takes a special set of skills—skills that cannot be found in traditional business school programs.

"With its focus on action-based learning and application of entrepreneurial skills, the Zell Lurie Institute is the perfect place for me to help MBA students learn to develop these skills and realize their entrepreneurial dreams."

Zell Lurie Executive Director Tom Kinnear says the addition of Porter will add great depth and insight to the institute. "We are delighted to welcome Tom Porter to the Zell Lurie team. Tom has a deep and rich background in founding companies and in venture capital. This will allow him to provide unique counseling to our student entrepreneurs," he said.

The Zell Lurie Institute was formed in 1999 with a mission to focus the capabilities and resources of the Ross School of Business to provide education, experience and opportunities in entrepreneurship; serve as a catalyst for new venture development; and contribute important research in the field of entrepreneurship.

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For more information, contact:
Heather Thorne
Phone: (734) 936-8421