NWA Entrepreneur to Speak at Latest Installment

Derek Champagne, founder and CEO of The Artist Evolution (TAE), a thriving marketing firm based in Fayetteville, Arkansas, was invited to present as part of the latest installment of the Jack Shewmaker Lecture Series, hosted by the Enactus team of Northwest Arkansas Community College (NWACC). The event will occur from 7 to 8 p.m. on Nov. 19 at the Walmart Auditorium located at the Shewmaker Center for Workforce Technologies.

The event is free and open to NWACC students, faculty and members of the Northwest Arkansas community. The lecture will be preceded by a reception from 6 to 7 p.m. where catering will be provided by the Oasis Coffee Shop. The Shewmaker Center for Workforce Technologies is located at 1000 Southeast Eagle Way in Bentonville.

Champagne is a Northwest Arkansas resident, entrepreneur, marketing consultant and local business owner/CEO of TAE. Champagne’s book, “Don’t Buy A Duck: Stop Wasting Money & Only Do Marketing That Works!,” became an Amazon #1 Bestseller. “Don’t Buy A Duck” centers on everything from small business marketing to more advanced insight on bigger-budget marketing. He also hosts the popular podcast, Business Leadership Series, which airs daily on iHeartRadio.com, iTunes, Amazon Daily Flash Briefing and, weekly, on ESPN 99.5 FM.

Champagne has incorporated more than 15 years of experience to lead TAE to work with local, regional and national brands in an array of fields and industries; from small local businesses to publicly-traded brands. TAE is an aspirational agency helping marketing directors of growing companies to reach their growth objectives through a strategic marketing playbook and three-phase implementation program.

The Enactus team is a community of student, academic and business leaders committed to using the power of entrepreneurial action to transform lives and shape a better, more sustainable world, according to their website. Enactus provides opportunities for students to network with business leaders and gain real-world experience through a variety of projects working with local businesses and nonprofit organizations.

Learn how Enactus is working to provide valuable knowledge and opportunities for Northwest Arkansas students at their website.


Derek Champagne is a frequent guest lecturer at business conventions and college business marketing classes covering marketing and social media subject matter. Champagne is endorsed by the ASDA as a trusted marketing resource and he is an advisory board member and guest contributor for the national publication, Dental Entrepreneur Magazine. Champagne is also a nationally published musician who has made musical contributions to the soundtracks of television shows on ABC, MTV, Bravo, Oxygen and the E! Channel. When he’s not making music or marketing strategy, he enjoys volunteering at Northwest Arkansas nonprofit organizations, spending time with his wife and two children, playing guitar, enjoying the occasional game of golf and staying involved with his church.

Learn more at: www.theartistevolution.com.

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