Alpha wins in TWC/Jaysec Partnership

Posted on: January 24, 2011

Students in TWC's entrepreneurship class received hands-on experience Apprentice style through a partnership between the College and Jaysec Technologies, Inc., a software solution company headquartered in Athens.

Students in TWC’s entrepreneurship class received hands-on experience Apprentice style through a partnership between the College and Jaysec Technologies, Inc., a software solution company that targets the durable medical equipment industry and is headquartered in Athens, Tenn.

According to Dr. Martha Maddox, associate dean of business administration, and Dan Dillon, president of Jaysec Technologies, Inc., the venture brought together members of the business community, including venture capitalists and entrepreneurs, TWC students and TWC faculty.

L-R:  Matt Dannel, Jaysec Client Representative, Team Alpha Members and Dr. Dan FisherMembers of the entrepreneurship class (BA 425) were divided into two teams – Alpha and Beta. Jaysec Technologies is viewing expansion of its nationwide marketing effort for the year 2011 and each team devised a complete, formal business plan and presented it to the company at the end of the fall term. Students worked with Jaysec’s chief operating officer, John Slautterback, as well as other employees of the company. Dan Fisher, adjunct professor of business administration, is the instructor of the class and supervised the project.

Each team presented their business plans on November 23. Judged by Dillon, Slautterback and additional local business leaders, each member of the winning team was awarded a $200 cash prize. Members of Team Alpha - Laura Swallows, Ransom Coslett and Thomas Harris – were chosen as having the best plan. Team Beta members - Lauren Brown, Chelsey Bain, Amy Jo Castor and Tyler Letner – presented an excellent plan, according to Jaysec executives, but Alpha’s was a little more thorough.