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Tom Ledbetter

Residence: Lexington, SC

Organization: Midlands Technical College, West Columbia, SC

Occupation: Associate Vice President for Entrepreneurship

First job: Soda Jerk

Philosophy: Helping students, business owners, family, friends, and others to be successful is my highest calling. Never pass up the chance to do so.

Favorite music: Classical, bluegrass, and beach music

Favorite movie: True Grit (John Wayne edition), The Great Santini

Favorite book: Fiction: "The Lord of the Rings Trilogy" Non-fiction: "When the Boomers Bail"

What got me interested in my work: The opportunity to combine 30+years in private sector manufacturing with my own business ownership (12+ years) for an organization like MTC, (13 years) that is driven to provide sustainable community/business/student impact.

Greatest accomplishment: The launch of the Enterprise Campus at MTC and the community collaboration that has led to over 500 graduates of the Kauffman Foundation FastTrac® entrepreneur training program over the past 12 years.

Success is... Helping people or organizations see opportunities that they have not or may not be able to see.

Favorite Quote: “There is nothing more difficult to take in hand, more perilous to conduct, or more uncertain in its success, than to take the lead in the introduction of a new order of things.” -Niccolo Machiavelli.

Current Project(s): Launching the Center for Entrepreneurial Success at MTC.

How has NACCE impacted your work? As a charter member of NACCE, MTC has sought to be in the forefront of entrepreneurial activities for this sector of higher education. Through NACCE, we have had the opportunity to share our successes and learn from other successes around the country. Professionally, I have had the opportunity to network with like-minded, forward-thinking educators and entrepreneurs to the great benefit of both MTC and my personal career.

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