Alumni, Parents & Friends
“I’m proud to be a Merrimack alumna because Merrimack exemplifies how a liberal arts education can translate into a variety of successful professional endeavors.”
Johnny Earle was a young man with a creative idea. At age 19, he was working at a record company where he was ordering t-shirts and playfully printed a t-shirt with one of his own silly nicknames, “Johnny Cupcakes.” Soon people started asking how they could purchase their own “Johnny Cupcakes” t-shirt and Johnny saw the possibilities to start his own unique business endeavor. Now, he has evolved “Johnny Cupcakes” into a very successful brand, desired by thousands of people from around the world.
Johnny is coming to Merrimack to present his take on what entrepreneurial skills are needed to develop a creative business with limited start-up finances. He will also highlight the importance and power of small details in becoming successful.
Johnny has been recognized for his business strategies and has been named America’s #1 Young Entrepreneur by BusinessWeek; placed #237 in Inc. Magazine’s top 500 fastest growing independent businesses; and The Boston Globe recently named Johnny as one of the 30 most innovative businessmen in Massachusetts. But even among all of his impressive accomplishments, Johnny has defined true success as being happy doing what you love.