In the five years since he graduated from Vanguard University with a degree in marketing and communications, he’s honed an entrepreneurial spirit that he will continue to nurture at the Merage School.
“I was tired of backing ideas I didn’t believe in, and I finally left on a Friday. That weekend I started chatting with a neighbor and bouncing ideas around with him. That’s how QuixSupply was born,” says Freeman.
At QuixSupply, Freeman is looking to help build “the Amazon of the construction industry” by bringing accountability to a system that remains largely cash-based—delivering everything from duct tape to pallets of Quikrete.
This is just one of the ideas Freeman has stored away in his shared holding company—a repository full of business ventures he one day hopes to pursue.
As a budding entrepreneur in his own right, Freeman considered studying finance instead. Ultimately, it was the extra-curricular benefits of the MIE program that swayed his decision.
“Each professor has been hand-selected for the program,” he continued. “Each has had successful companies and had successful exits from those companies.”
The 41 students in the program have formed a tight-knit community. Freeman explains that their individual successes do not diminish the achievements of others, leading to a supportive environment.
“We are together all day, every day, at every single event. We want to help one another and see each other succeed. My classmate’s successes are my successes.”
米氏作为计划的一部分，每个学生被鼓励在学校的参与 新的合资公司的竞争，由每年颁发 北奥中心的创新创业. The competition is open to all UCI students and staff; teams compete for $100,000 in cash prizes. Participants develop a business plan and pitch their idea to a panel of judges.
Freeman explains that culture should be tailored to the people that make up a company and take into consideration their different needs and desires.