Thiel College recognizes top entrepreneurs at annual Haller Enterprise Institute event
The Haller Enterprise Institute at Thiel College encourages motivated students to begin their own business while they pursue their education.
By: Thiel College
Zawoysky—the retired chief executive officer for Shoe Sensation Inc., a growing 198-plus store, 19-state, family footwear chain based in Jeffersonville, Ind.—is the Haller Enterprise Institute's Entrepreneur of the Year. Pearce '20, who started Massive Gains Apparel as a high school sophomore, is the Haller Enterprise Institute's Student Entrepreneur of the Year.
"We are proud of the accomplishments of these individuals,"
Zawoysky is an in-demand consultant based on his experience as a retail executive, and has worked around the globe. He had been with Shoe Sensation since 2009 and previously at Moore Arts and Crafts as the Chief Financial Officer and prior with Foot Locker Inc. Zawoysky has been involved with many national and local charities including United Way, Toys for Tots, Goldheart Golden Retriever Rescue and the Two-Ten Footwear Foundation.
Zawoysky was recently approved for his third term as a member of the Thiel College (https://www.thiel.edu/
Pearce began by drawing fitness-related graphic designs for t-shirts.
From the start, Pearce wanted to support dogs and pets in some fashion, so he began to contribute 15 percent of the profits from every order to Hope for Paws, a non-profit organization that rescues abused and unwanted pets.
Pearce, of Leechburg, Pa., is a public relations, advertising, and integrated marketing major and philosophy minor and a 2016 graduate of The Kiski School.
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