2010 Hall of Fame: George Manlove, CEO and President of Vann’s
You're at the top of your game and well-respected in all corners of the industry. You've built one of the strongest retail brands in your region AND online. Isn't it time to sit back a bit, take it easy and let the solid foundation you've created carry your business along?
Many executives would answer, "Yes." George Manlove, president and CEO of the seven-store Montana-based Vann's and Vanns.com, isn't one of them. Instead of sitting back, he enrolled last September in Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management's Executive MBA Program.
"It didn't surprise me because he sets a high bar for himself," said Walt Stinson, co-owner of A/V specialist ListenUp and vice president of the PRO Group, where Manlove serves as chairman. "As a company becomes more successful, the complexities increase. But it's the rare person who can rise to address those complexities."