LU presents Johnny Cupcakes founder in free lecture Jan. 31

LU presents Johnny Cupcakes founder in free lecture Jan. 31

The Michael G. Weinert Entrepreneurial Lecture Series and MobilOil Credit Union presents Johnny Earle, the founder of Johnny Cupcakes, known as "The World's First T-Shirt Bakery," in a public lecture, 12:30 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 31 in the University Theater.  The lecture is free and open to the public.

Why have thousands of customers from around the world chosen to get Johnny Cupcakes' logos tattooed on themselves? And how does Johnny get hundreds of people to camp outside his fake bakeries? Over the past decade Johnny Cupcakes, founded by speaker Johnny Earle, has grown from a "joke" to a multi-million dollar, highly exclusive t-shirt brand driven by a community of worldwide collectors. Johnny shares his story of how he took his t-shirt brand from the trunk of his rusty car at age 19, with a learning disability, to some of the world's most sought after retail locations.

In this session, Johnny will piece together how his success reinforces the power of details, experience and loyalty. Through his inspiring, and certainly unpredictable journey, Johnny exudes the fundamental connection between the person and the brand. Johnny's presentation provides comprehensive blueprints for getting any small business, passion or idea off the ground, while also expanding the way existing creators think.

Johnny has been named Americas No. 1 Young Entrepreneur by BusinessWeek, one of the top innovative people in Massachusetts by The Boston Globe, he has been recognized 4 years in a row for making it into the INC 500/5000 fastest growing independent companies in America, and has been featured on MTV, NPR, Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, and as a case study in several branding and business books.

After the lecture, the College of Fine Arts and Communications will host a pop-up shop where attendees can buy a one-of-a-kind t-shirt commemorating Johnny Cupcake's visit to Lamar University.

The endowment that funds the lecture series was established in 2011 by Michael Weinert, a decorated military officer with more than three decades of service in the U.S. Army and U.S. Coast Guard. Weinert, who holds two graduate degrees from Lamar University, created the endowment to provide funds for dynamic, high profile entrepreneurs to the university for lectures in entrepreneurship.

- Lamar University