Anita Sayed, president and chief executive officer of Colorado Time Systems, will share her advice as Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Colorado State University’s College of Business on April 13 in Room 119 Rockwell Hall on campus.
Sayed also will meet with entrepreneurship students in the College of Business on April 13 for mentoring sessions, providing them with real world experiences on how to start a successful and unique business, and will offer one student a summer internship.
"Ms. Sayed was chosen to be recognized as this year’s Entrepreneur-in-Residence because she is an amazing and diverse entrepreneur, creating successful ventures in a difficult economy," said Elise Milnes, program manager for the Center for Entrepreneurship. "Sharing her real-world expertise and success will be of great benefit to College of Business students and community members interested in starting their own business."
Sayed became president and CEO of Colorado Time Systems in Loveland, Colo., more than two years ago, when the company was on the verge of closing. Colorado Time Systems produces sports timing and scoring equipment and is equipment provider for high-profile events such as the World University Games, the World Championships in Aquatics, the X-Games, the Olympics, U.S. Figure Skating Championships and the International Special Olympics.
Since then, she has worked to turn the company around and established a new division to address new markets. Sayed has established manufacturing plants in Malaysia, Hong Kong and Canada in addition to the original plant in Colorado.
Sayed was a member of the U.S. trade mission to Japan during President Regan’s last two years in office and the first two years of President George Bush’s presidency.
Sayed has created a total of five businesses, one of which was started while she was a graduate student at the University of Michigan and later sold to Borg-Warner, a supplier of motor vehicle parts and systems.
In addition, Sayed is the recipient of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Entrepreneur Award as well as the recipient of the federal government’s small business award for "Excellence in Export."
The Entrepreneur-in-Residence program, developed in 1999, brings exceptional entrepreneurs to campus each year to help aspiring students learn how they can succeed as entrepreneurs. The program is managed by Hunt Lambert, director of the Center for Entrepreneurship at Colorado State, as part of the overall Colorado State Entrepreneurship Program.
"Anita exemplifies what we want our students to learn and believe: You can be an entrepreneur and you can start right now and succeed," Lambert said.
The event is supported by contributions from the city of Fort Collins and First National Bank.
For more information, visit www.biz.colostate.edu/ecenter or call Lambert at (970) 491-6876.