Inc. 500 Series to Feature Self-Made Entrepreneur

Published: Apr 10, 2006
Apartment Express partner David Lowrey concludes UT’s Inc. 500 Series on Friday, April 21, 8 a.m.-9:30 a.m. in the Reeves Theater, second floor of the Vaughn Center. Admission is $10.

Leading Florida entrepreneurs have highlighted the series presented by the John H. Sykes College of Business and hosted by Dr. Dianne Welsh, professor of management and the James W. Walter distinguished chair of entrepreneurship. The speakers in the series are 2005 Inc. 500 winners, identifying them as leaders of some of the nation’s fastest-growing privately held firms.

Lowrey is equal partner with Christopher Mercer in Apartment Express Corporate Housing Inc. in Tampa. Starting in 1999, they built the business from scratch to more than $5 million in revenue in 2005. 

He had hoped to be a college history professor, but after reading Anthony Robbins’s book Awaken the Giant Within his senior year of college, Lowrey left school in 1995 to pursue becoming a successful entrepreneur. Profits at the end of 1999 worked out to be about 10 cents an hour, but by 2003, the business had grown into a member of the Inc. 500.

For more information, contact Welsh at (813) 258-7391 or dwelsh@ut.edu