Ceo of Leading Recruitment Firm Opens Colorado State College of Business’ Entrepreneurial Speaker Series Sept. 3

The co-founder and CEO of TerranSoft, a leading technical search firm, will share his insights for achieving business success during difficult economic times during the Great Entrepreneurial Speaker Series at Colorado State University’s College of Business.

Patrick Ross, who directs the California-based firm specializing in the recruitment of software and hardware engineers for high-tech companies, will speak from 4-5:30 p.m. Sept. 3 in the courtyard of Rockwell Hall on the Colorado State campus.

Ross co-founded TerranSoft in January of 1997, and the following year he acquired the entire company. His career in headhunting began eight years earlier in 1990, when he honed his expertise at two separate Los Angeles-based search firms until he started his own business. Ross earned his bachelor of science degree in marketing from Colorado State University in 1989.

Ross will be the opening presentation of the speaker series, which is designed to provide current and future entrepreneurs with sound advice on establishing and managing businesses. The series is sponsored by the Center for Entrepreneurial and Family Enterprises at Colorado State. The College of Business recently announced a new director for the center, Huntington Lambert.

"Patrick Ross will provide a real world model of what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur and talk about how his education at Colorado State provided a springboard for his achievements," said Lambert. "Students and interested members of the business community will have a great opportunity to learn more about starting and managing a business and, more importantly, they’ll have personal access to ask questions of a proven business leader."

As the new director of the CEFE, Lambert’s previous entrepreneurial activities will provide a solid base for the center’s direction. His experience in the business community includes working in the venture capital industry, where he started a small-scale hydropower business. Lambert opened and closed a software company, built two consulting businesses and is the founder of Horse Sports World. Other business activities include helping to expand US West’s cellular telephone business, starting the company’s international headquarters in London, supporting the implementation of over a dozen international operations and converting the US West’s strategic marketing organization into a 50-person P&L consulting group and developing the marketing and technology plans for the company that became Nextel Communications.

"Hunt Lambert brings a lifelong passion for entrepreneurial activities and a devotion to teaching and learning to the College of Business at Colorado State," said Willie Hopkins, interim associate dean of the College of Business.

Lambert is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Colorado College and holds a masters of science in management from the Sloan School at MIT. He has been a guest lecturer and public speaker around the world on subjects ranging from starting businesses to customer loyalty to international expansion and growth.

For more information about the Great Entrepreneurial Speaker Series, contact Lambert at (970) 491-6876.