International Brand Innovator to Address Entrepreneurship

Friday, January 30 2009

Jan 30, 2009 Written by Amy Huddleston MOSCOW, Idaho – University of Idaho alumnus and serial entrepreneur John Overby will speak at the University of Idaho's Wells Fargo Entrepreneurship Speaker Series on Thursday, Feb. 12. Overby will discuss “Starting and Growing Successful High-Tech Companies in the Inland Northwest” at 6:30 p.m. in the Idaho Commons Whitewater Room. The event is free and open to the public. “John has far-reaching knowledge and experience in the business world as an entrepreneur,” said Linda Morris, director of the university's Vandal Innovation and Enterprise Works (VIEW) Entrepreneurship Program and professor of business. “A native of northern Idaho, he is a great example of how an innovative thinker can achieve phenomenal success at the national and international level.” Overby has extensive experience in private and public roles with technology companies. Currently, he is the director of client services at SIRTI, a Washington State economic development agency in Spokane, Wash. He co-founded and served nine years as the CEO and director of Advanced Hardware Architectures. He also founded Advanced Input Systems in Coeur d’Alene, now a division of Esterline, and served as the CEO and director for nine years. Before joining SIRTI, Overby served as the regional director of the North Idaho College Small Business Development Center for the five northern Idaho counties and as the director of Marketing at Keytronic, one of the oldest technology companies in the Spokane area. Overby also served on the University of Idaho’s College of Business and Economics Advisory Board. In his presentation, Overby will share some of the lessons he learned while creating two back-to-back INC 500 companies. ASI ranked 13th on the INC 500 and AHA ranked 104 while he was the CEO and director. He also will discuss SIRTI’s assistance for budding tech entrepreneurs to launch and grow their own high tech companies. He received a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from the University of Idaho and now resides in Liberty Lake. The VIEW Entrepreneurship Speaker Series is sponsored by Wells Fargo Bank and is open to the campus and the community. Through the University of Idaho's annual business plan competition, technology-transfer assistance, an E-ship Certificate, community outreach, and other opportunities, students are prepared to take great ideas to the next level and beyond. For more information, visit, e-mail or call (208) 885-0199. # # # About the University of Idaho Founded in 1889, the University of Idaho is the state’s flagship higher-education institution and its principal graduate education and research university, bringing insight and innovation to the state, the nation and the world. University researchers attract nearly $100 million in research grants and contracts each year; the University of Idaho is the only institution in the state to earn the prestigious Carnegie Foundation ranking for high research activity. The university’s student population includes first-generation college students and ethnically diverse scholars. Offering more than 150 degree options in 10 colleges, the university combines the strengths of a large university with the intimacy of small learning communities. For information, visit Media Contact: Joni Kirk, University Communications, (208) 885-7725,

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