Linda Muir, Director:
Linda Muir is the Director for the Center for Entrepreneurship at Westminster College. Prior to joining Westminster College, Linda spent most of her career in the private sector and is the president of LA Vocal, Inc., a business development company. Her marketing background encompasses working for large corporations such as FranklinCovey, Bell & Howell, Intel and Symantec as well as creating two start-ups of her own and helping small business ventures go to market. She served as the first director of the Larry H. Miller Business Innovation Center, a business incubator for new business start-ups, and is a founding member of the Women Tech Council, one of the first organizations in Utah to support tech-focused career women. Linda also worked at the state of Utah in the economic development division to support small business start-ups and growth companies throughout Utah. She also sits on the Utah Business Lending Corporation credit committee. Linda holds a BS in marketing and an MBA from Westminster College.
Rex Falkenrath, Entrepreneur-in-Residence:
While a lifelong resident of Salt Lake City, Rex has traveled globally and amassed over 2 million air miles. As an early teen, Rex purchased an eyesore of a car from his neighbor’s daughter and started his first business, Salt Lake Tire Supply, delivering tires to service stations throughout Salt Lake County. Later, he started seven major firms including Hi-Tech Engine Components, a multi-million dollar international firm, of which he was the founder and CEO for 35 years.
Hi-Tech Engine Components supplied virtually every major national account in the automotive aftermarket and prepared the annual marketing strategy plans for many global companies such as AutoZone, NAPA, CARQUEST, Parts Plus, The Alliance and Pep Boys. One of Rex’s seven start ups was the high tech company, Techniphase Industries, Inc., which commercialized patented air/fuel atomization technology and licensed it to the world’s leading high-performance piston manufactures.
Rex attended the University of Utah, Westminster College and graduated from the National Institute of Credit Management, New York City, as a certified business analyst. He has lectured on lean distribution practice at BYU’s Marriott School of Business; Westminster’s Gore College of Business and served on the Dean’s Round Table on Ethics at the U of U’s David Eccles School of Business. He serves on the Utah Small Business Coalition Board, Utah Microenterprise Loan Fund Board and Utah Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Advisory Board which named him the Business Person of the Year for 2011. He recently founded and opened the Park City Business Resource Center to serve all of Summit County.
In 2011, Rex transitioned from the Presidents Advisory Board at Westminster College, to a full time position as the Director of New Ventures at Westminster College and Entrepreneur in Residence. Westminster is a 137 year, old comprehensive liberal arts college that offers a wide range of undergraduate and graduate programs in the US and now offers business degrees in China.
He is a graduate of the Bondurant School of Grand Prix Automotives Racing but his favorite hobby is gourmet cooking and is a Chevalier of La Chaine Des Rotisseure, an international chef’s association dating back to 1200 AD.