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Reese Gives Keynote Address at Luther College Entrepreneurial Showcase

NORTHFIELD, MINN. — Rebound Enterprises’ Managing Principal Brett Reese was recently honored as the keynote speaker at Luther College’s 2010 Entrepreneurial Showcase. The annual event, which features the presentation of entrepreneurial and business-related scholarships and awards to current Luther College students, took place at the Hotel Winneshiek in downtown Decorah, Iowa.

Reese, a 1981 graduate of Luther College, titled his address, “Defining Moments of an Entrepreneur.” Throughout his presentation he emphasized to attendees the importance of building a network of people and associates that will challenge and support them in their ventures.

After the event, Reese said, “What an honor to speak to a group of fellow Norse. These students are passionate entrepreneurs and future business leaders. They have an abundant wealth of energy and enthusiasm, qualities that will surely carry them for many years to come.”

He continued, “My hope was to pass on to these students the importance of surrounding oneself with the right kind of people, with the right kind of team. I’ve been so fortunate to have associates who challenge me to look at a situation or consider an issue from a variety of angles. We’re able to determine the best way to proceed because we ask each other the hard questions and communicate effectively.”

“Students need to learn how to recognize an opportunity amidst all the noise in the marketplace. Once they’ve identified and defined the opportunity, they need to calculate the risks associated with it. From there they can build the right team to help them make the most of the opportunity,” he said.

Reese and Rebound have strong ties to the Luther and Decorah, Iowa, communities. Rebound recently completed its acquisition of the Hotel Winneshiek – a longtime Decorah landmark – to complement its portfolio of hospitality properties. And both Reese and Rebound Principal Craig Ibsen – a 1984 Luther grad – have been active in alumni and leadership roles at Luther College.

In addition to its existing portfolio of companies, Rebound Enterprises provides investment and strategic advisory services to a range of clients with focuses in the hospitality, real estate, manufacturing and financial services industries. The company and its management team seek to acquire and assist companies with their growth or turnaround strategies where there is a synergy of philosophy and operations.