Centurion Business Development and Professional Skills Camp

Do you have an idea that you want to develop but do not know where to start? How do you effectively communicate and convince others that your idea works? In the Centurion Business Development Camp, you will get a chance to build an idea from scratch and learn methods to deliver the best presentation pitch from two Stetson business faculty members who have had years of experience in various industries. Throughout the camp, our staff members will help you brainstorm a plan to develop your idea through a series of hands-on entrepreneurship topics, communication methods and coaching activities. On the last day, you will be competing with other campers in a simulated Shark Tank with judges from the University to determine your progress throughout the five-day overnight camp. The goal of the camp is for you to have a basic understanding of business and build an effective communication skill-set, not only in a business setting but also for your everyday life interactions with others.

Faculty Bio's

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John Riggs, PhD - Director of the Centurion Sales Excellence Program

John F. Riggs earned a BS degree in health science from the University of Florida, an MBA degree from Kennesaw State University and his Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) in marketing from Kennesaw State University. Prior to teaching, he spent 23 years in the pharmaceutical and biotech industry with stints in sales, sales management, and as the global vice president for a biotech pharmaceutical company. Over the past 10 years, Riggs has demonstrated his ability to bridge the gap between academia and practice by serving as a professional speaker, executive educator and consultant for more than 40 organizations around the country.

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Lou Paris - Assistant Professor of Practice; Management; Director of the Prince Entrepreneurship Program

Lou Paris is an extremely successful entrepreneur that has worked in six countries in varying fields of business.

Tentative Schedule

Monday | June 14, 2021: Day 1 of Camp: Lectures

  • Morning – 11:30 a.m.: Get to Stetson
  • 11:30 a.m.- 1:00 p.m.: Lunch break. Interact with the campers.
  • 1:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. | First Lecture: Persuasion & Influencing & Presentation. This lecture will be provided by Dr. Riggs to talk about relating topics such as personal selling, how to convince others and how to sell your ideas, etc. How the Sales Skills apply to everyday life. Break them into groups after the lecture to discuss, talk ideas and collaborate.
  • 3:00 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. | Second Lecture: Entrepreneurship Lecture. This lecture will be provided by Lou Paris. This will go over the overview of Entrepreneurship and the process of an idea becoming an actual product. Lots of people are confused on how hard it is to move through this process.

Tuesday | June 15, 2021: Day 2 of Camp: Activities

  • 9:30 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. | Students will be divided into teams led by the Delegates. Each team will do team-building activities.
  • 10:15 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. | After that, the team members will work under the Delegate counseling to develop personal/product idea for an elevator pitch based on the skills they have learned on the first day.
  • 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.: Lunch break.
  • 1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.: On the second half of the day, campers will be conducting elevator pitches (potentially to the Delegates of teams that are not theirs) and get feedbacks.

Wednesday | June 16, 2021: Day 3 of Camp: Lecture + Potential Field Trip

  • 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.: The topic of today is Emotional Intelligence (Composure/Patience). This will be about how to deal with conflicts and situations that require coming up with solutions and how to remain calm when you need to. We are planning to make this day emotionally challenging for the campers to push them to think out of their comfort zones through hypothetical scenarios.
  • 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.: If we plan for this to end early, we may have a field trip on the second half of the day for the campers to relax and prepare for their presentation the next day. We also plan for the students to go on an Experiential Trip to our partner facility, NASCAR, to learn more about its business.

Thursday | June 17, 2021: Day 4 of Camp: Shark Tank

  • 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.: Prep
  • 10:30 a.m. -12:00 p.m. | 1:00 p.m.- 4:00 p.m.: Throughout the week, the students would have to spend time to develop the ideas that they gave the elevator pitches about into a 10-15 minutes presentation to the Shark. We will judge their performance and give them feedback on how they have used the skills that were taught throughout the camps. This will also show their progress from the first few days of camp to the last day.

Friday | June 18, 2021: Day 5 of Camp:

  • Graduation Ceremony, Potential top 3 prizes. Debrief, Feedback and Check-Outs in the afternoon.

*Bring your own laptop or tools

*After every day, there will be a debrief and a summary section for everyone to reflect on what they have learned

Registration Information


Canceled For Summer 2021

Overnight Camp Cost (includes room and board):


A $50 non-refundable registration fee is required at the time of registration. Payment is due in full one week prior to the event.  Failure to pay in full by the deadline will result in the cancellation of your registration.

Need-based scholarships are available. Please contact [email protected] to find out more.  

For more information, please contact the Office of Continuing Education and Outreach at
386-822-7500 or [email protected]