Babson College Alumni Entrepreneur Hall of Fame Honors GEO TV Network Co-Founder Mir Ibrahim Rahman & Jiffy Lube Co-Founder Stephen Spinelli Jr.

Oct 14, 2011, 12:22 ET from Babson College

WELLESLEY, Mass., Oct. 14, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Babson College Alumni Entrepreneur Hall of Fame's newest members are:

* Mir Ibrahim Rahman '00, co-founder and CEO of GEO TV Network, and

* Stephen Spinelli Jr. M'92, president of Philadelphia University and co-founder of Jiffy Lube.

Established in 2008, the Hall of Fame welcomes alumni who distinguish themselves in entrepreneurial endeavors in all types of enterprises.

They will be honored during the Hall of Fame Dinner on October 14th. The celebration is part of Babson's Family & Friends Weekend 2011.

Also honored will be 8 alumni "Rising Stars" entrepreneurs:

* Richard B. Bottner '07 * Intern Bridge
* Jill H. Cartwright M'07 * Go Gaga
* Seth D. Ginsberg '03 * Global Healthy Living Foundation
* Jason Jacobs M'05 * RunKeeper
* Christine S. Mosholder M'03 * The Furniture Trust
* Amma Sefa-Dedeh M'09 * One Hen Inc.
* Joseph B. Schneider M'05 * P'kolino, LLC
* Antonio Turco-Rivas M'05 * P'kolino, LLC

Mir Ibrahim Rahman
Co-founder and CEO

GEO TV Network

Mir Ibrahim Rahman is co-founder and CEO of GEO TV Network, Pakistan's  most popular and largest media brand. A former Goldman Sachs investment  banker specializing in media and telecom, Rahman has overseen the launch  and growth of GEO from a five-member operation out of a hotel to a more  than 2,500 strong South Asian content producer and broadcaster with 10  channels globally. GEO's mission is to create an enabling platform for  thinking and questioning in Pakistan. The New York Times has noted that  "GEO has changed the media landscape" of the country.

Rahman graduated summa cum laude with honors from Babson College with  concentrations in economics, finance, and entrepreneurship in 2000, and  co-founded GEO by age 25. While at Babson, he was a John H. Muller Jr.  Business Plan Prize finalist, won The Wall Street Journal Award for  finance, and started the Investment Banking Club.  Recently, Rahman took a sabbatical from GEO to earn his master's degree  in political administration from Harvard University, where he received  the Robert F. Kennedy Award for Excellence in Public Service. The award  recognized his and his team's contribution in the historical lawyers'  movement that brought independent judiciary to Pakistan, a historical  peace campaign between India and Pakistan, and other groundbreaking work  that helps the overcoming of differences in religion, culture, and  ethnicity.

Rahman is a World Economic Forum's Young Global Leaders for 2011, the  youngest member of the Young Presidents Organization in Pakistan, and a  founding director of Mir Khalil ur Rahman Foundation, an NGO that raised  more than $17 million for the devastating flood in the beginning of  2011. In addition to his responsibilities at GEO, Rahman has started  Pakistan's largest record label, as well as GEO Films. GEO Films' second  film project, Bol, launched mid-2011 -- about women and minority  rights -- has broken the country's box-office record. The previous record  was held by GEO's first film, In the Name of God, a film about the  difference between fundamentals and fundamentalism.

Stephen Spinelli Jr.
Philadelphia University

Stephen Spinelli Jr. became president of Philadelphia University on  September 1, 2007, and has many years of leadership experience in  academia and business. Under his leadership, Philadelphia University is  implementing a bold strategic plan to bolster the university's position  as a transformative force in professional higher education through an  innovative curriculum based on transdisciplinary, active- and real-world  learning that is infused with the liberal arts.

Previously, Spinelli held a variety of leadership positions at Babson  College, including vice provost for entrepreneurship and global  management, chair of the entrepreneurship division, and director of The  Arthur M. Blank Center for Entrepreneurship. As vice provost, Spinelli  was instrumental in strengthening and growing important initiatives,  including the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor, the world's largest  collaborative research project studying entrepreneurship.

Spinelli co-founded Jiffy Lube International and was chairman and CEO of  the American Oil Change Corporation, helping to pioneer the quick lube  industry nationwide and turning Jiffy Lube into the nation's dominant  competitor with more than 1,000 service centers. He has consulted for  major corporations such as Fidelity Investments, Intel Corporation, IBM,  and Allied Domecq. He has served in leadership roles for a number of  community, business, and professional associations and, as a dedicated  professor, has provided countless hours of mentoring, coaching, and  support to students through the entrepreneurial process.

The author of many publications, Spinelli's work has appeared in  journals such as the Journal of Business Venturing, the British  Management Journal, and Frontiers of Entrepreneurship. He also has been  featured in The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, The Boston Globe,  and Entrepreneur magazine. He has authored numerous business cases and  co-authored Business Plans That Work, Franchising: Pathway to Wealth  Creation, How to Raise Capital, Never Bet the Farm, Entrepreneurship: The  Engine of Growth, and New Venture Creation for the 21st  Century.

Spinelli earned his Ph.D. in economics from The Management School,  Imperial College, University of London; his MBA from Babson College; and  his BA in economics from McDaniel College.

About Babson

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