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Entrepreneur Alex Philp to keynote Kalispell tour event on Oct. 5

September 14, 2011 -- MSU News Service


Montana businessman and entrepreneur Alex Philp will be the keynote speaker during a day-long event co-hosted by the Montana Manufacturing Extension Center and Montana Chamber of Commerce. (Image courtesy of University of Montana).    High-Res Available

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BOZEMAN -- How do small companies combine technology, software and manufacturing or other core competencies to get the "Big Bang" of larger firms in Montana?

Montana businessman and entrepreneur Alex Philp, also a former Glacier National Park ranger, will share some strategies on Wednesday, Oct. 5, in Kalispell during "Seeing to Learn," a day of manufacturing plant tours and networking events co-hosted by the Montana Manufacturing Extension Center (MMEC) and Montana Chamber of Commerce.

Philp will deliver the keynote address during a luncheon at Fun Beverage, Inc. Throughout the day, attendees will tour two Applied Materials facilities, Timberline Tool, Nomad Global Communications Solutions, Algae Aqua-Culture Technologies, Glacier Stone Supply and Fun Beverage. Cost to attend the day-long event is $85.

Philp is co-founder of TerraEchos, Inc., a Missoula company he now leads as president and CEO. An innovative small business, TerraEchos was spun-out from Philp's first venture, GCS Research, the commercial result of his graduate research with NASA and other U.S. government research laboratories at the University of Montana. Like many other small businesses, it got its start in his basement.

Twists and turns in his journey resulted in the development and manufacture of TerraEchos' signature product, a leading covert intelligence and surveillance sensor knowledge system that protects high value critical infrastructure, monitoring sensitive perimeters and securing vulnerable borders. It uses advanced, patented digital acoustic fiber-optic technology licensed exclusively from the U.S. Navy.

Philp currently serves on the board of directors of the Rocky Mountain Supercomputing Centers and the Montana Neuroscience Institute at St. Patrick's Hospital. He participates as a private sector gubernatorial appointee to the State of Montana Land Information Council and serves as a liaison between the Governor's Office of Economic Development and the Idaho National Laboratory. He lives with his family in Missoula.

The Montana Department of Commerce Business Resources is sponsoring the keynote portion of the event which also has sponsor support from Unishippers of Montana, NorthWestern Energy, Montana State Fund, Montana Department of Environmental Quality, Port of Montana, JCCS-CPAs, and Kalispell Chamber of Commerce.
MMEC is an outreach center at Montana State University. To learn more about the Kalispell event, click the event link on the MMEC homepage

Evelyn Boswell, (406) 994-5135 or evelynb@montana.edu