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The L. Gale Lemerand Center for Entrepreneurship

The entrepreneurial spirit thrives at Daytona State College, thanks in part to an endowment by L. Gale Lemerand, one of the nation’s leading entrepreneurs and philanthropists. Through the Center for Entrepreneurship that bears his name, a valuable resource is available, not only for Daytona State students, but also for anyone in our community who wants to learn what it takes to start a business from the ground up.

The Entrepreneurial Speaker Series

At heart of The L. Gale Lemerand Center for Entrepreneurship is the prestigious Entrepreneurial Speaker Series, which features advice and inspiration from some of the nation’s leading business owners.

Wed., April 11, 9-11 a.m.
Daytona State College, Hosseini Center
1200 W. International Speedway Blvd. Daytona Beach

Free and open to the public To reserve a seat call (386) 506-4723 or email SBDC@DaytonaState.eduDOWNLOAD FLYER

picture of Wes Henderson, owner of Angel's Envy distillery

WES HENDERSON - Co-Founder & Chief Innovation Officer Angel's Envy

Wes Henderson's vision to create a one-of-a-kind distilled spirit with his father introduced the world to Angel's Envy whiskey. His son, Kyle, would later join them, making Angel's Envy the work of three generations of Henderson's. Today, that same vision continues, with Wes shepherding the company's growth and crafting some of the finest, award-winning whiskeys in the world.

Since Angel's Envy's launch, Wes has served as a tireless ambassador for the fledgling brand, forging personal connections with both fans and folks new to whiskey all across the country. While he has many other roles and responsibilities, his ability to share his love for his work over a glass of Angel's Envy can never be understated.

Before co-founding Angel's Envy, Wes was the CEO for Master Distilling Select, as well as the president and CEO of Conecuh Ridge Distillery, the producer of Clyde May's Whiskey.

He also serves his community as a volunteer firefighter, and is a licensed pilot specializing in search and rescue. Wes is a devoted husband and father of six boys. His proudest achievement has been building a distilling legacy for his family. Three generations may have launched Angel's Envy, but Wes is always looking to the future.


Scholarship Criteria: The L. Gale Lemerand Entrepreneurial Speaker Series Scholarship will be awarded to students interested in becoming entrepreneurs. Up to three $1,000 scholarships may be given, based on the following criteria:

  • One to a Volusia or Flagler County high school student who plans to attend DSC
  • One to a DSC college-credit student; and
  • One to a DSC Adult Education student.

The scholarship application window will be open from February 5 through March 28.
Please visit to submit your application by 5 p.m. on March 28.

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