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Auto Industry Leader Jimmy Childre Jr. to Present Freeman Lecture on ‘Keys to Entrepreneurial Leadership’

03-30 jimmy childreGeorgia Southern University will welcome a nationally-recognized leader in the auto industry as this year’s speaker in the William A. Freeman Memorial Lecture Series.
Jimmy Childre Jr., president of Childre Ford-Mercury, Inc., will present ‘Keys to Entrepreneurial Leadership: Knowing What Your Product Is and Who Your Customers Are” on Tuesday, April 6 at 5:30 p.m. in the Nessmith-Lane Building Assembly Hall. The event is free and open to the public.

A third-generation auto dealer, Childre was 25 years old when he founded Childre Ford-Mercury, Inc., in Sandersville, Ga, in 1980. Childre’s dealership has won numerous awards, including Ford’s prestigious Chairman’s Award for being ranked in the top two percent of all Ford dealerships nationally for achieving the highest levels of customer satisfaction.

Childre is a director and past chairman of the Atlanta District Ford Dealers Advertising Association and the past vice chairman of Ford’s National Dealer Council, a group that works directly with senior management at Ford Motor Company on behalf of all Ford dealers in the country.

The William A. Freeman Memorial Lecture Series is sponsored by the Center for Entrepreneurial Learning and Leadership in Georgia Southern’s College of Business Administration. The lecture series was established in 2008 in honor of William A. Freeman, a 1957 Georgia Southern graduate and a major benefactor of the University.

Freeman endowed the William A. Freeman Distinguished Chair of Free Enterprise in the College of Business Administration, which brings world-class scholars to campus, and the Freeman Business Scholars Program, which provides full, four-year scholarships for business majors. In addition, he has endowed 10 scholarships for the Georgia Southern University Honors Program.

“The lecture aims to attract a successful entrepreneur to share their experiences and talk about what they have learned during their career. The purpose is to enhance students’ awareness of entrepreneurship and small business as a potential career,” said Luke Pittaway, director of the Center for Entrepreneurial Learning and Leadership.

Georgia Southern University, a Carnegie Doctoral/Research University, offers 115 degree programs serving 19,000 students. Through eight colleges, the University offers bachelors, masters and doctoral degree programs built on more than a century of academic achievement. The University, one of Georgia’s largest, is a top choice of Georgia’s HOPE scholars and is recognized for its student-centered approach to education. Visit:

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