Florida Tech public relations students, the Nathan Bisk College of Business and Ingrid Bradley’s public relations class organized a panel discussion Nov. 21 featuring Elaine Larsen, jet dragster driver and co-owner of Larsen Motorsports, Gregory Weido, regional leader of Primerica, and Jean-Marie Van der Elst, CEO of TAS Forensics LLC. The trio shared their experiences on the way to success in a world of entrepreneurship.
Elaine Larsen spoke about how she honed her driving skills to become a multimillion dollar business. She talked about her accident in 2010 and finding what fuels her. “Life is risky,” said Elaine, “It’s time to have the guts to go for the glory.”
Gregory Weido encouraged attendees to “find your why” – what is your passion? – and to seek out mentors. “Be memorable, do what you say you’re going to do, find a mentor that’s going the direction you want to go, and do, not think.”
Jean-Marie Van der Elst brought a different perspective to the table. He insisted that “surprises are opportunities” and that “Being an entrepreneur is about creating an infectious mindset.” He stressed the importance of networking at every opportunity.
Caption: Panelists, from left to right, Elaine Larsen, Gregory Weido and Jean-Marie Van der Elst.