Business Immersion Camp • Summer Camp | CBU

School ofBusiness

Business Immersion Camp

Program Date: July 18-23, 2016

Rising seniors in high school are invited to apply for this challenging and dynamic summer camp. The residency program on CBU's campus is designed to enable academically talented high school students to explore their interests in a business education and career. The participants engage in interactive workshops and activities that introduce the student to specific business disciplines and potential career paths. The participants will also visit local companies in and around Memphis and be guided through the inner workings of the industry.

The theme of this year’s camp is "Entrepreneurism in Memphis" and we have many exciting guest speakers, company tours, activities, and more planned around it. 


Applicants should have a minimum 3.0 GPA (4.0 scale) and a 22 ACT (or SAT equivalent). Applications will be accepted until all slots are filled.

1) Submit an application online HERE

2) Application packets require an unofficial transcript from a high school administrator and letter of recommendation. The Letter of Recommendation must be on school or business letterhead or emailed from the school's email.These can be emailed to or faxed to:

School of Business Dean's Office 

c/o Patricia Papachristou

(901) 321-3566

3) Submit payment for the 2016 Business Immersion Camp HEREThe student cost to attend the Business Immersion Camp is $200. This includes lodging, meals, all programming, travel in Memphis, and leisure activities. Students are also responsible for their travel to/from Memphis if they are arriving from out of town. Please send any questions to us at or call the camp director at (901) 321-3301. 


You can download a copy of the full schedule of activities here and read about the guest speakers below.  

Jimmy Ogle

Shelby County Commissioners selected Jimmy Ogle, chairman of the Shelby County Historical Commission, to serve as the county historian from 2014 to 2020. Ogle is also general manager of Beale Street Landing and the Riverfront Development Corporation.

One of Memphis’ most well-known advocates for local history and culture, Jimmy Ogle has joined the staff of the Riverfront Development Corporation as a Community Engagement Manager. His responsibilities will include the development of new ways for people to connect with one of our city’s greatest assets — the Mississippi River. Mr. Ogle will be involved primarily in program development. The first phase of his efforts will involve launching a new incarnation of his popular walking tour program and establishing a riverfront speakers’ bureau.

Over the last 25 years, Jimmy has served in leadership positions with the Memphis Park Commission, Mud Island River Park, the Memphis Queen Line, Beale Street, the Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum, and the Memphis Convention and Visitors Bureau. He has also played instrumental roles in a long list of community organizations (including the West Tennessee Historical Society, Memphis Heritage, the Center City Commission, Memphis in May and The Cotton Museum), and has emerged as one of the city’s foremost authorities on Memphis’ cultural assets and heritage.

Do you know where November 6th Street gets its name? Or how many manhole covers are in Downtown? Jimmy Ogle can tell you! Nobody in Memphis knows the stories of our streets, sidewalks, buildings, characters, spaces and colorful history better than our affable urban history jock Jimmy Ogle.

With keen fascination he is constantly on the hunt for new facts and clues to our past. Jimmy has spent years capturing and chronicling our city's stories, and what's more, eagerly sharing them with thousands of locals and visitors through walking tours, presentations and educational programs. Never boring, his energetic tours bring life to Downtown's brick and mortar, giving spirit and a connection to the city. By getting citizens to understand and know their neighborhoods, Jimmy is creating an army of ambassadors for Memphis and better citizens.

Eric Mathews

Eric Mathews is CEO and Founder of Start Co. bringing his experience in technology transfer and research and development to lead efforts in building innovative technologies into successful products for going to market. His core efforts are building early stage startup companies, accurately identifying gaps in the ecosystem, and filling those gaps with expert technical assistance, resources, and/or capital.

  • Artificial intelligence post graduate training
  • Formerly with the FedEx Institute of Technology leading corporate research and development
  • Early stage investor in startups for over 7 years

Eric has a B.S. in Chemistry from Rhodes College, and an M.S. in Cognitive Psychology from the University of Memphis where he studied artificial intelligence.

Taylor Strickland

Taylor is the Director of Operations with the Banyan Group.  The Banyan Group consists of leaders from the private sector, the financial and investment sectors, and international development/not-for-profit sector. Banyan’s expertise covers a variety of strategic interests including education, healthcare, agriculture development, water purification, housing, church growth, and economic development in Ecuador, Jordan, Africa, Iraq, Bangladesh, Mexico, Spain, Argentina, Sudan, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Uganda, Djibouti, Cambodia, Laos, Philippines, Costa Rica.

Banyan ensures that borrowers are recruited via existing community relationships established by Banyan representatives over 40 years in over 19 countries. Each local leader provides insight on that community’s needs.

Andy Cates

Andy is CEO and President of Brokerage Services with Collier International. Andy’s primary focus is in representing corporations, landlords, and investors in the Memphis area. He has completed approximately 450 transactions involving more than 45 million square feet. Andy represents a multitude of clients, ranging from local business owners to large national corporations/owners. Cates' comprehensive knowledge of the Memphis industrial market has provided him with solid relationships with local and national owners resulting in successful transactions for his clients. Andy has served as a consultant for several large national owners including EastGroup Properties, Hillwood, Hollingsworth Capital Partners, Loeb Properties, Robert Pattillo Properties, ProLogis, and Panattoni.

Andy serves as the President and Chief Executive Officer at RVC Outdoor Destinations. Mr. Cates founded RVC USA, LP. He founded Value Acquisition Fund and serves as its Managing Member. He has acquired and asset managed commercial real estate throughout the southeastern United States within various entities. In 2000, he helped initiate the pursuit and relocation of the Memphis Grizzlies NBA basketball franchise of which he is a minority owner. In 1999, Mr. Cates relocated to his hometown of Memphis, Tennessee, to develop the Soulsville Revitalization Project as its Project Developer. In 1993, he began his real estate career as an Analyst at Trammell Crow Company Capital Markets Group and he served as an Associate at Crow Family Holdings since 1995. In 1996, he left Crow and served as a Founding Partner in Dallas based Viceroy Investments, LLC. He serves as founding Board Chairman of Soulsville Revitalization Project. Mr. Cates has been a Director of PICO Holdings Inc. since March 18, 2016. He has been a Director of Pioneer Natural Resources Co. since June 2009. He is a Board Member of the Soulsville Foundation, Grizzlies Academy, Soulsville Charter School, Myelin Repair Foundation, and Grizzlies Foundation. Mr. Cates serves on numerous civic and charitable boards. He served as a Director of Pioneer Southwest Energy Partners L.P. He was inducted into the Order of Omega National Honor Society and the Omicron Delta Kappa Leadership Society. He earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance at the University of Texas at Austin. 

Dr. Todd Richardson

Todd Richardson is Co-Leader of Crosstown Concourse. Since 2010, he has helped to lead the effort to transform the historic, 1.5 million-square-foot Sears Crosstown building into a vertical urban village anchored in arts, education and healthcare. Due to open in 2017, the project recently received an Innovation Award from Memphis Business Journal and the 2015 John S. Wilder Rebuild Tennessee Award. An art historian by training, Richardson is an associate professor of European Renaissance Art at the University of Memphis and co-founder of Crosstown Arts. He has lectured and published internationally on topics ranging from art and architecture to religion and politics.

Jay Myers

Jay B. Myers is founder and CEO of Interactive Solutions Inc. (ISI), a Memphis-based firm that specializes in video conferencing, distance learning, telemedicine, and audio-visual sales and support. Jay started ISI in 1996 and has built it into a $25-million company with 51 employees and offices in Memphis, Nashville, Chattanooga and Knoxville, as well as Birmingham, AL, Oxford, MS, and Little Rock, AR. Prior to starting ISI, Jay earned numerous sales awards while working for international corporations such as Eastman Kodak and Hewlett Packard.

In 2007, Jay published his first book, Keep Swinging: An Entrepreneur’s Story of Overcoming Adversity and Achieving Small Business Success and subsequently received the 2010 Ethan Award for success as an entrepreneurial author. Jay’s message as detailed in his second book, Hitting the Curveballs: How Crisis Can Strengthen and Grow Your Business, reveals creative, practical strategies to achieve business success in difficult times.

Jay is active in numerous Memphis area community organizations and serves on the board of the Chickasaw Council (Boy Scouts of America) and Bancorp South (advisory board), and is chairman of the Mid-South Better Business Bureau.

Phil Dunavant

Mr. Philip L. Dunavant serves as President of dotLogix. Mr. Dunavant also serves as President of RE Trans, Inc. and served as its Executive Vice President. Dunavant has extensive freight transportation and logistics operations experience, as well as a public finance background. He served as Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer and Assistant Secretary of Exel Transportation Services Inc. until May 28, 1999. Prior to being a founding member of dotLogix, he served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Mark VII, Inc., one of the largest Third Party Logistics Providers (3PLs) in North America. During his 10-year career with Mark VII, he served in various key management positions. Prior to Mark VII, Mr. Dunavant worked for Arthur Andersen in Dallas, Texas providing professional and consulting services for clients in the Regulated Industries Group. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Christian Brothers University.

Taylor Berger

Berger is a graduate of Rhodes College, the University of Memphis’ Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, and the University of Washington School of Law. He earned his real estate license this past summer and worked as an affiliate broker with Henry Turley Co. prior to joining Newmark Grubb Memphis as vice president.

As a restaurateur, Berger has founded and/or developed: YoLo, Chiwawa, Tamp & Tap, Tennessee Brewery "Untapped," Truck Stop, Bounty on Broad and Maui Brick Oven. Berger is also the founder of Memphis Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic, Memphis Food Truck Association, and Make Memphis.


If you would like to inquire about remaining space in the camp or have additional questions, please email the camp director, Patricia Papachristou, at


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