"Growing Your Business"
Danny O’Neill -- “Bean Baron”
Danny O’Neill is the “Bean Baron” of The Roasterie, Inc., a specialty coffee roasting company which services espresso bars and coffee houses, fine restaurants, high-end grocers, offices and retail accounts. Danny started The Roasterie in the basement of his Brookside home in November 1993, but his passion for coffee began in high school when he spent a year in Costa Rica as an exchange student. He spent several weeks picking coffee. Since then, Danny has made hundreds of trips to origin,
touring different segments of the coffee industry and locating the best coffees in the world.
Since The Roasterie’s inception, Danny has become a sought-after expert in the ever growing coffee industry. He has judged cupping and barista competitions all around the globe since 1995. Danny’s business experience includes 10 years in varied sales and marketing positions, spending the last seven of those years with a large multinational corporation. In his final position, Danny was responsible for an entire industry segment, with sales in
excess of $80 million.
Danny was born and raised in Denison, Iowa, and is the middle of 10 children. He received a B.A. in International Studies and Political Science from Iowa State University in 1983. In 1993, he received his MBA from the Rockhurst University Executive Fellows Program in Kansas City. In 2005, he opened The Roasterie Café in Brookside, which to this day is one of the most successful coffee shops in the country.
This month, the second Roasterie Café is scheduled to open in Leawood, Kansas.
8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Dr. Philip Nitse, New Dean of the Craig School of Business
“Business Education at the Crossroad: Where Do We Go Now?”
Dr. Philip S. Nitse was named dean of the Steven L. Craig School of Business at Missouri Western State University, effective July 1. Dr. Nitse is the first permanent dean of the Craig School of Business.
Before joining Western, Dr. Nitse had been at Idaho State University since 1993, where he chaired the university’s marketing department. His academic achievements are grounded in sales and sales management and he has experience in retail, service and industrial organizations, having served in those roles for United Technology Carrier, Mass Merchandisers, Inc., Georgia Pacific Corp. and Value Fair Discount Stores prior to pursuing his advanced degrees. Dr. Nitse’s research interests
are in competitive intelligence, health care marketing, knowledge management, e-commerce, environmental scanning and marketing management.
Dr. Nitse received his doctorate and master’s degrees from the University of Memphis and his bachelor’s degree from Arizona State University.