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William A. Freeman Memorial Lecture 2010

The William A. Freeman Memorial Lectures Series is an annual event where Georgia Southern Alumni come and speak about their success as entrepreneurs.

The William A. Freeman Memorial Lecture Series is named in honor of Mr. William A. Freeman, a 1957 graduate of Georgia Southern University. He was the president, director, and chief financial officer of Watkins Associated Industries in Atlanta as well as the president and general managing partner of Wilwat Properties.

Mr. 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.

Jimmy Childre, Jr. delivered his speech, “Keys to Leadership: Knowing what your product is and who your customers are.”

Mr. Childre is President of Childre Ford-Mercury, Inc. and CEO of the Washington County Regional Medical Center.

He received his BBA in accounting from Georgia Southern University in 1976 and has since graduated from several executive graduate programs including, earning a Global Executive MBA and a specialized certification in Health Sector Management from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University. Mr. Childre was 25 when he founded his company in 1980.

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