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Founder and Chairman of Handel Information Technologies
UW degrees: Bachelor’s in business administration (1991), MBA (1993)
Even is a Former Laramie Downtown Development Authority Board member, Laramie Economic Development Corp. Board member, Wyoming Information Technology Policy Council member, Wyoming Digital Privacy Task Force member, and United Way of Albany County campaign co-chair. He is also a Leadership Wyoming alumnus, on several UW advisory boards and a lecturer in the College of Business.
How did your experience at UW prepare you for your career and role in your community?
“Everything I have become today can be traced back UW. When I came over from Norway in 1988, I did not know a single individual in the U.S. UW welcomed me with open arms and, within a short amount of time, I had a network of friends, teachers and mentors who helped shape who I am today. Besides the learning experience and extracurricular activities, there were two individuals who were instrumental in my life. First, my wife Anne Brande, who I met while we were both students at UW. Second, my mentor, Brooks Mitchell, who was my entrepreneurship professor and who later hired me for my first ‘career’ job. I could write paragraphs about how both shaped my life and led me down the path two who I am today.”
Why should Wyoming students attend their state’s university?
“As a businessman, I often think in terms of return on investment. Today, students have more choices than ever before. However, I would be hard-pressed to find a university that offers better return on investment than UW. I can’t think of many schools in this country that offer a better education for a better price, and I should know, since I am on both sides of that equation. My oldest daughter, Emily, is a UW student, and I teach there. Add in the high-quality lifestyle that Wyoming offers, combined with the high integrity you find in our people, and I think we don’t need to say much more.”
What does it mean to you to be a UW Cowboy?
“To be authentic. Be who you are. You are going to be a lot more successful if you figure out how you can be the best you rather than trying to be somebody you are not. I found it easier to discover that at UW, where we value honesty, authenticity and candor (just to name a few core values) than I have other places where I have lived.”
Even Brande WAS a featured speaker at THE EVENT ON NOVEMBER 5, 2021.
Laramie | Marian H. Rochelle Gateway Center | 5-7 p.m.