Join us as we learn from the best voices in the region and inspire a greater St. Louis in our Voices of the Region speaker series.
In “Entrepreneurship In The St. Louis Region,” hear from St. Louis entrepreneurs on how they launched and continue to grow their business. They will share their journey, lessons learned, and best practices to succeed.
Date: March 5, 2020
Time: 7:30 – 9:00 a.m.
Location: One Metropolitan Square, Suite 1300, St. Louis, MO 63102
Cedric Cobb, President, Best Wardrobe Solutions
Cedric Cobb, a dynamic gentleman who lives a life of passion for fashion, business, and technology, is one of the best-kept secrets in the fashion and technology industry. He has brought true attention to detail in the wardrobes of men all around the world. His background in retail and growing up the son of a professional seamstress and entrepreneur has led him to own and operate an international men’s fashion technology company named “Best Wardrobe Solutions.” Cedric, representing Wardrobe Solutions, landed a deal on Shark Tank earlier this year. As a motivational speaker, Cedric shares incredible personal stories of success, failure, persistence, hard work and events that impacted his life which contributes to his delivering a thrilling keynote address. Furthermore, being raised by a single mother and overcoming a learning disability have made his story extremely impactful to audiences across the US.
Jim Eberlin, CEO, TopOPPS
Jim Eberlin is the 2015 Mo Governor’s award recipient for Entrepreneur of the Year and founder and CEO TopOPPS, AI for Revenue Operations and Sales Forecasting. Prior to TopOPPS, Jim founded two Silicon Valley tech companies, Gainsight, the leading solution for customer success and Planful (formerly called Host Analytics) a leading financial analytics SaaS platform. Jim’s companies have raised hundreds of millions of dollars in venture capital and have a combined employment of over 1,000.
Christopher Swenson, Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary, Varsity Tutors
Christopher C. Swenson began working with Varsity Tutors LLC as its outside counsel shortly after the company started in 2007. He became Vice President and General Counsel and a member of the company’s executive team in 2015 after 19 years in private practice specializing in employment law and became its Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary in 2019. In addition to starting the company’s legal department when he joined in 2015, with his assistance, the company closed a Series B funding round of more than $50 million from a group of investors, including Technology Crossover Ventures and musician Adam Levine, as well as a Series C funding round of more than $50 million from Learn Capital and the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative. Chris was also highly involved in Company financings and lines of credit, securing more than $100 million in debt financing. Chris has likewise been instrumental in Varsity Tutors’ acquisitions, including Veritas Prep and UK-based First Tutors, the largest tutoring marketplace in Europe. Chris received the Innovation Award as part of the Corporate Counsel Awards by the Association of Corporate Counsel and the St. Louis Business Journal for his work and achievements at Varsity Tutors. Before joining Varsity Tutors, Chris was a partner at the national law firm of Polsinelli PC, an 800-attorney full-service firm, where he led the Startup Ventures Group of the St. Louis office and became immersed in the St. Louis area’s startup community. Chris received his law degree from University of Missouri – Kansas City School of Law in 1996 with distinction/Order of the Bench and Robe and received his BSBA with distinction and BA from Washington University in St. Louis in 1993. Chris, who resides in St. Louis, has a wife and three children; he serves on the board of Angels’ Arms, a nonprofit dedicated to helping sibling groups stay together during foster care before finding permanent homes; is President of the Board of Forest Hills Country Club; and is a part-owner of Carl’s Drive-In (after having been a customer throughout his life).