The Craig School of Business Center for Entrepreneurship presented two individuals with the Entrepreneur of the Year and Emerging Entrepreneur awards at the 2022 Entrepreneurship Week Capstone Business Luncheon on 18 March.
Martial Thevenot was named Entrepreneur of the Year. The Entrepreneur of the Year award honors an individual who has been in business for more than five years for their professional achievements and civic contributions to the community.
Together with his family, Thevenot leads a group of socially responsible companies known as Team Perka. Born in Canada, Thevenot earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Brock University in Ontario and a common law degree from the University of Ottawa. He is Past President of the Rotary Club of South Side St. Joseph and Chairman of the Board of the Performing Arts Association, as well as a past member of the Board of Directors of the St. Joseph Chamber of Commerce and the Museum of Albrecht-Kemper art.
Stephanie Tripp has been named an Emerging Entrepreneur. The Emerging Entrepreneur Award honors an individual who has been in business for five years or less for their professional achievements and civic contributions to the community.
Tripp grew up in Maysville, Missouri. She received a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Missouri Western in 2012 and a master’s degree in educational administration from UMKC in 2015. She returned to Missouri Western to pursue a degree in business management and in 2016 became a franchisee from Auntie Anne’s in St. Joseph through the Applied Entrepreneurship program at the Craig School of Business. It now has four franchise businesses in St. Joseph, Branson, Missouri and Kansas City, Kansas, and will add two more locations next year inside Kansas City International Airport’s new terminal.