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CHSS Hosts Entrepreneur Panel

Oct. 14, 2019
SHSU Media Contact: Emily Binetti

On Oct. 21, the Sam Houston State University College of Humanities and Social Sciences will host an entrepreneur panel featuring three SHSU alumni - Pam Markham, Jennifer L. Rockett and John Garrett. They will speak about their success in business, followed by a question and answer period. The event takes place at 10 a.m. in the Ron & Linda Mafrige Auditorium (Smith-Hutson Building) and is open to the public.

The panel discussion is presented in partnership with the SHSU Center for Entrepreneurship. Promoting entrepreneurship, free enterprise and a capitalist market economy, the center provides opportunities for students to hear inspiring stories of business success from some of its most notable alumni and friends.

PamMarkhamPam Markham

Co-Founder of Markham Realty Inc.

'70 B.A. Teaching-Speech, Drama & Journalism, Speech Therapy certification

After working in the public school system for 10 years, Pam Markham and her husband, Jeff, returned to Huntsville in 1981 and opened Markham Realty. Proving a woman can successfully own a business, raise a family and be involved in the community, she has been active in the Chamber of Commerce, local Board of Realtors, SHSU President's Circle and involved in many aspects of campus life. Pam is also a professional artist, exhibiting her work in a number of area shows. Markham Realty now includes her sons, Kevin and David (and their wives), and numerous other active agents.


Jennifer L. Rockett, PhD

Clinical and Forensic Psychologist

'05 M.A. Clinical Psychology, '09 Ph.D. Clinical Psychology

Dr. Rockett provides compassionate and comprehensive mental health services. Additionally, she has served as a forensic psychologist in cases of misdemeanor and felony offenses. She provides psycho-legal consultation, expert witness testimony and conducts forensic evaluations within the context of criminal law. Dr. Rockett also serves as adjunct clinical professor at Prairie View A&M University and has taught at the University of Texas, Permian Basin and provided clinical supervision to Texas A&M counseling and educational psychology graduate students.


John Garrett

Founder & CEO, Community Impact

'97 B.F.A. Radio, Television & Film

John Garrett started Community Impact Newspaper from his home with his wife, Jennifer, in 2005. Helping local businesses thrive isn't just part of CI's mission statement-it's in the company's DNA. He aims to set an example by serving on local community boards and nonprofit organizations. John was named Best CEO by the Austin Business Journal and a Distinguished Young Alumnus by SHSU. He is also the recipient of the KPMG Executive Leadership Award from the Austin Chamber of Commerce.

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