A 2007 graduate of Carroll`s business department, Papu is the founder and owner of four0six, a speciality clothing store in downtown Helena. A native of Salt Lake City, Papu enjoyed his experiences in Montana so well that he wanted to find a way to call it home. Papu wanted to combine his business education with his interests in art, music and creative thinking. After earning his business degree, Papu started four0six and has grown and developed his business into a popular business in Helena and the surrounding areas.
The business department interviewed Papu in the fall of 2010 to reflect on his experiences at Carroll:
What have you found to be the most useful things that you learned while at Carroll?
"It`s important to develop your own ideas and go 100% with them, expand on the theories and do every project as if it were your own."
What classes did you find to be the most useful?
How did you get the idea to start four0six?
" I wanted to create a brand that revolves around art, music, and the quality of life in Helena"
What kind of challenges did you have in starting up your business?
"Financing, getting the capital to turn your ideas into reality. It is important to capitalize on everyone`s specialized abilities and to use connections."
Do you have any suggestions to students who may want to start a business right out of college?
"Use your ideas and go 100% with them and capitalize on everyone`s strengths"
The Business Advisory Council is comprised of local business owners and executives. The Business Advisory Council serves as an advisory body to the department of business. The current council members are:
Buck Brown, Vice President of Sales & Marketing , Alpharma USPD Inc.
Teri Calton, Vice President , First Interstate Bank
Jack Haffey, CEO, Intrepid Technology & Resources Inc.
Kevin Kelley, CPA/ Director/ Shareholder, Anderson ZurMuehlen & co.
Ray Kuntz, CEO/Owner, Watkins Shepard Trucking
Nan LeFebvre, Director of Human Resources, New West
Terry Myhre, Executive Director, MT Business Assistance Connection Inc.
Alex Rincon, Jr., Owner, Four-O- Six
Chick Rolling, Retired Sr. Executive, Air Products & Chemical Corp.
Mark Semmens, Vice President, DA Davidson
Terry Myhre, MBAC
Chris Ackerman, Wells Fargo Home Mortgage
Nate Allie,Payne Financial
Bruce Robertson, Morgan Stanley Smith Barney
Bill Shropshire, American Chemet