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Kent Thiry

The former chief executive officer of one the largest kidney dialysis services in the country will share his experiences at an annual event celebrating entrepreneurship.

Kent Thiry, the executive chairman of the DaVita board of directors, is scheduled to deliver the keynote presentation at Colorado Mesa University Entrepreneurship Day events set for April 14 in Grand Junction and Montrose.

The Grand Junction event is set for noon in the Meyer Ballroom of the University Center on the CMU campus. The Montrose event is set for 4 p.m. at the Montrose Pavilion.

Tickets sell for $50 for individuals, $500 for table sponsors and $1,000 for what’s billed as leadership sponsors. The luncheons serve as fund-raisers to provide scholarships to CMU students.

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Thiry previously served as chairman and chief executive officer of DaVita. Through DaVita Kidney Care, the Denver-based company treats patients with chronic kidney failure and kidney disease. The company operates more than 2,700 outpatient dialysis centers in the United States and also has become the largest provider of home dialysis in the country.

At the Entrepreneurship Day events, Thiry plans to discuss how he turned around the company as well as fostered a culture that develops successful leaders.

Along with the keynote speech, the Entrepreneurship Day luncheon in Grand Junction will include the finals of an elevator pitch competition in which CMU students will offer brief presentations about their ideas for new products and services.

The Excellence in Entrepreneurship Award will be presented to a local entrepreneur who’s started or expanded a venture, contributed to economic development in the region and exemplifies the spirit of entrepreneurship.