Stephen Moore, Chief Economist, The Heritage Foundation, was the guest keynote speaker at the College of the Ozarks Free Enterprise Forum in April 2014. He shared with the audience how free enterprise and a capitalist system encourages hard work and ambition.
The forum included three featured plenary speakers: Johnny Morris, founder of Bass Pro; Rebekah Batson, founder of Mrs. B’s Accessories; and Charles O’Reilly, co-founder and vice-chairman of O’Reilly’s Auto Parts, who shared their first-hand experiences with the benefits offered by a capitalist system. Attending the Forum, along with CofO students, were cadets and students from the U.S. Military Academy, the U.S. Naval Academy, the Marine Military Academy, the New Mexico Military Institute, Evangel University, and Southwest Baptist University.
Students and cadets enjoyed a visit to Big Cedar and Top of the Rock, located in Branson, Missouri, to study the entrepreneurial spirit behind plenary speaker Johnny Morris.
Forum participants had the opportunity to join the College of the Ozarks Dairy with early morning milking.
The Forum allowed students and cadets to interact and connect during group discussions after each plenary session.
Stephen Moore shows Bobcat Spirit in his "Hard Work U" sweatshirt presented by President Jerry C. Davis.
As a thank you, students Ellen Petersen and Rebecca Skinner present Mr. Moore with a signature gift basket and stained glass clock.