The Griggs Center’s Collegiate Entrepreneurs’ Organization hosted Alan Brown, Senior Vice President, General Counsel, Business Development, and Director of FireWheel Energy LLC this week to meet and speak to ACU students as a part of the Entrepreneur Speaker Series. Mr. Brown spoke with students at lunch and in the classroom about the many different tasks and rewards involved with being an entrepreneur, as well as gave advice to students who aspire to become future entrepreneurs themselves.
Rudy Garza, CEO Vice-President of PR was among the students who had the opportunity to visit with Mr. Brown at lunch. “Alan is vibrant and excited about his business,” Garza said. “It is clear that FireWheel has been incredibly successful and fulfilling to Alan’s entrepreneurial spirit.”
Mr. Brown has played an integral role in the Midland independent oil and gas company since it was founded in August 2011. FireWheel is currently pursuing acquire-and-exploit opportunities and new resource plays focusing on the Permian Basin and East Texas, and has found and leased over 150,000 acres in the Cline Shale play on the eastern shelf of the Midland Basin.
“One thing he said that really stuck with me was that no one can run a business alone,” Chantal Mwiza said. “There’s always someone who leads it, someone who handles the sales, and someone else who does the financials.”
Before working at FireWheel, Mr. Brown practiced law as a partner at Lynch, Chappell & Alsup in Midland from 1998-2011, focusing his expertise on oil and gas transactions and estate planning. Mr. Brown earned a BBA in Accounting from Abilene Christian University in 1992, and a JD from Pepperdine University School of Law in 1995.
The next guest speaker in the series will be Paul Vinyard, the owner and founder of Babe’s Chicken Dinner House, Bubba’s, and Sweetie Pies’s Ribeyes. The lunch will take place in COBA room 318 from 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m., and will include free lunch for all CEO members.