(October 7, 2010)

Contact: Rick DelaHaya, Centenary News Services, 318.869.5073

The Container Store Co-Founder to speak at Centenary Nov. 4

SHREVEPORT, La. (Centenary News Service) — Garrett Boone, Co-Founder and Chairman Emeritus of The Container Store, will visit the Centenary College campus November 3—4.

Garrett Boone
Garrett Boone

Sponsored by the Frost School of Business, Boone will speak to Centenary undergraduate students on "An Entrepreneur's Journey," Thursday, Nov. 4 in the Whited Room of Bynum Commons beginning at 11:10 a.m. The convocation is free and open to the Shreveport-Bossier community.

The convocation follows his 8 a.m. discussion on "Entrepreneurial Leadership" at The Executive MBA Breakfast Series. This Breakfast series brings exemplary business leaders to speak to Centenary MBA for Executives students and alumni. Boone is also the featured speaker at Centenary's Center for Family-Owned Business, Famous Founders Forum, discussing ownership decision points.

About Garrett Boone
Garrett Boone is the Co-Chairman and one of the founders of The Container Store, the nation's leader of storage and organization products. With initial cash capital of only $35,000, provided by Boone, his father and architect John Mullen, The Container Store opened its first location in Dallas on July 1, 1978.

Boone has helped drive the company's business since the very beginning, and today, the company has grown to 48 stores and projected sales of $500 million. His commitment to maintaining the company's culture has contributed to The Container Store being selected by FORTUNE magazine as the "Best Company to Work For" for the past 11 years. In 2006, along with Kip Tindell (Chairman and CEO) and Sharon Tindell (Chief Merchandising Officer), Boone was inducted into the Retailing Hall of Fame.

He received a bachelor's degree in European history from Rice University and a master's degree in history from the University of Texas at Austin. Boone and his wife Cecilia have three children. He sits on the board of the Dallas Metropolitan YMCA, the Dallas Museum of Art, the advisory board for JP Morgan Chase and the advisory council for The Dallas Women's Foundation.

About Centenary College of Louisiana

Centenary College is a private, four-year arts and sciences college affiliated with the United Methodist Church. Founded in 1825, it is the oldest chartered liberal arts college west of the Mississippi River and is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Centenary is one of 16 colleges and universities constituting the Associated Colleges of the South and has been recognized as "One of the Best 371 Colleges" by the Princeton Review and one of "America's Best Colleges" and one of "America's Best Private Colleges" by Forbes.com. In 2008 Centenary College celebrated 100 years in Shreveport and Bossier City.