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The 2015 VWC Spring Business Conference—branded the Marlin Prestige—will take place April 13-17 at Virginia Wesleyan, inviting students and working professionals from all academic disciplines to embrace the theme, "Preparing for a Diverse Professional World." In its eighth semester, the bi-annual event is the culmination of months of hard work by business students in the course "Principles of Management." Students coordinate all aspects of the event, exercising key management skills like product development, networking, and project and financial planning. "We are learning to manage in a hands-on environment, rather than just learning from a textbook," says Marisa Harris ’15, chief operating officer of the Marlin Prestige. The conference will feature a variety of speakers, among them Lindsey Reynolds ’98, chief operating officer of the Democratic National Committee (by invite only); Jason Barnes, owner of Chick-fil-A at Haygood Shopping Center; Dr. Anna Gibson Holloway, maritime historian for the National Park Service in Washington, DC; David White, vice president of the Virginia Maritime Association; and Maurice Bynum, owner and environmental manager of P. D. & J. Envirocon. Daily activities will also include the popular "Shark Tank" presentations and interactive alumni and faculty panels. The annual Business Speaker Series will serve as an informal kick-off to the conference on Friday, April 10, featuring special guest speaker Tim Bailey ’83 (1:30 p.m., Pearce Hospitality Suite). Bailey is division president for Canteen, the largest vending services company in the United States. Conference activities are open to all VWC students, faculty and staff, as well as the public. More