Gary Hoover, former entrepreneur-in-residence at McCombs School of Business, is an avid learner and book collector (with a personal library of over 50,000 books). Since childhood, he’s been fascinated by big business and entrepreneurship. He believes you cannot foresee the future or understand the present without knowing where you came from – without knowing history. Hoover's insightful series includes a detailed presentation with numerous historical graphics and statistics on the auto, movie, airline, retail and computer industries.
Hoover's Story of Enterprise
Hoover tells a story of leaders, technologies, and changing times in the movie industry.
While retailing is known as being hard work, low profit and intensely competitive, the industry has spawned some of the world’s largest companies and greatest fortunes.
Mankind has forever been trying to figure out better and faster ways to perform mathematical functions. Hoover begins his review with the abacus and moves through the development of the computer.
Hoover focuses on the history and evolution of the five giants as well as some of the Texas-based carriers, such as Braniff, Continental and the highly successful late-comer Southwest.
Hoover, a business history enthusiast, begins his talk with the first commercially successful cars, then the rise of Ford, General Motors, and Chrysler. He uses over 300 vivid visual images.