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MSU to host April 9 Orser lecture on entrepreneurship and international development

March 30, 2015 -- MSU News Service

Marty McVey, president of a private equity firm, will discuss successful and unsuccessful domestic entrepreneurship and the significant role of U.S. foreign policy in international entrepreneurship in a lecture set for April 9 at MSU. Photo courtesy of Josh Blake.

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Marty McVey, president of McVey & Associates, will present "Entrepreneurship and International Development" on Thursday, April 9, from 3:30–4:30 p.m. in Reid Hall 108 on the Montana State University campus. The lecture is part of the MSU Jake Jabs College of Business and Entrepreneurship’s David Orser Executive Speakers Forum. It is free and open to the public.

At the event, McVey is expected to discuss successful and unsuccessful domestic entrepreneurship, as well as the significant role of U.S. foreign policy in international entrepreneurship.

McVey is an accomplished businessman and public servant with more than 15 years of experience in international development, new business development and issues of social justice. He is president of Houston, Texas-based McVey & Associates, LLC, a private equity firm specializing in energy, healthcare and real estate investments. He is also a candidate for mayor of the city of Houston.

In 2011, President Barack Obama appointed McVey to serve as a director of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Board for International Food and Agricultural Development (BIFAD). MSU President Waded Cruzado also serves on the board. McVey’s work with USAID includes providing guidance to the federal government on investments in training, research and technology transfer to developing countries. He has served as chairman for the BIFAD Haitian Reconstruction Task Force and is chairman of the Budget Committee.

McVey has degrees from American University, Georgetown University and ESADE University. He completed Harvard Business School's "Developing Future Leaders" program.

The MSU Jake Jabs College of Business and Entrepreneurship's David Orser Executive Speakers Forum is named for David B. Orser, a 1966 MSU graduate who started funding the program in 1988 in order to inspire MSU business students to pursue careers as innovative, responsible and ethical business leaders. For more information about the forum, contact Audrey Capp at (406) 994-7026 or

Contact: Audrey Capp, (406) 994-7026 or