Square Co-inventor Jim McKelvey to Speak at Inaugural Garrison Entrepreneur Series at McMurry

  Gary Ellison
  Wednesday, March 21, 2018 12:57 PM
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Abilene, TX

Jim McKelvey, internationally known entrepreneur and co-inventor of Square online payment system, is the featured speaker for the inaugural Garrison Entrepreneur Lecture at 11:45 a.m. Monday, April 9, at McMurry University’s Garrison United Methodist Campus Center. 

McKelvey will speak on “Creating Companies That Consumers Embrace” at the luncheon presented by the Walter F. and Virginia Johnson School of Business.

McKelvey is best known as the co-inventor of Square, the device that allows small businesses to use smartphones and tablets to swipe credit cards. In addition to Square he is also involved in several for-profit and not-for-profit business ventures including Cultivation Capital, MoneyOnMobile, Third Degree Glass Factory, and most recently, LaunchCode a non-profit that helps novices become programmers in less than six months to acquire high-paying professional employment. McKelvey is also an independent director of the St. Louis Federal Reserve Bank.

The Garrison family established the Lecture series as part of the $10 million campaign to establish the Walter F. and Virginia Johnson School of Business with the goal to bring outstanding entrepreneurship speakers to McMurry University and the Abilene community.

“This luncheon is designed for local residents and Abilene businesspersons, including established and budding entrepreneurs,” said Dr. Paul Mason, dean of the Johnson School of Business. “We anticipate that this will be the first in a long line of outstanding speakers as part of the Garrison Entrepreneur Lecture series.”

Individual tickets for lunch are $25 or a table for eight can be purchased for $190. Tickets can be purchased online at by March 30, 2018.

For more information contact Caitlin Boyle at 325-793-3851 or


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