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A large group of McMurry University business students attended a presentation by Robert Briley, president of Briley Investments, Inc., in the Furr Welcome Center on Sept. 26. The Shareholders Business Club sponsored Mr. Briley’s appearance on campus.

Briley Investments, Inc., owns Aaron’s rental stores in a number of West Texas locations, and Mr. Briley spoke to the students about issues related to franchise businesses. He also discussed the importance of brand identity to a business.

A native of Abilene, Briley has received numerous awards and honors for his business operations, and he has been an active volunteer in both the city and his church. He is currently a member of the Abilene City Council, and was the speaker at McMurry’s Spring 2013 Commencement.

During his remarks Thursday, Briley stressed the importance of building relationships in life and in business, and encouraged students to give back through service to their communities, churches and other organizations.

Megan Rausch, President of the Shareholders, introduced Briley to those in attendance.