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Orange County Entrepreneur To Receive Award From Chapman University

Written by Ken Gaebler
Published: 4/14/2010

The co-founder of the clothing brand Volcom is to be honored with an entrepreneurship award from Chapman University's business school.

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Chapman University assistant professor of entrepreneurship Richard Sudek announced this week the first-ever Chapman Entrepreneur of the Year Award. It is to be presented by the Leatherby Entrepreneurship Center at the university's Argyros School of Business and Economics.

Richard Woolcott, chairman and CEO of Volcom, a leading action sports brand based in Costa Mesa, California, will receive the award at a dinner on May 19.

The honor, which Sudek said "reflects the dynamic entrepreneurial spirit of Southern California," is meant to recognize the vital role Orange County plays in American business.

Richard Woolcott co-founded Volcom in 1991. He has served as the company's CEO since that time, and took the company public in 2005. In addition to his business credentials, Woolcott is also an athlete and member of the Scholastic Surfing Association Hall of Fame.

"Our region is extremely diverse in culture and ideas and has become well known for inspiring the creation of enduring global business," he said. "I am honored to be selected as the first recipient of this award."

Volcom designs, markets and distributes clothing for young men and women. The company describes itself as a brand "inspired by the energy of youth culture."

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