Thomas Avery Whidden II ’70, president, CEO, and co-owner of North Marine Group, visited Colby Wednesday, February 8th, to give a presentation on entrepreneurship. Tom is one of the most experienced America’s Cup sailors in the modern era. He has sailed in eight America’s Cup challenges and made it to the America’s Cup five times, having won the race three times. North Sails Group is the most successful sail maker in the world.

In his own words… “When I graduated from Colby in 1970, I wanted to try for the 1972 Olympics, I wanted to be in the sailing business, preferable a sail-maker, and I wanted to sail in the America’s Cup. Were these goals too lofty? Perhaps, but I have had a wonderful, productive, and extremely rewarding life, in so many ways, as a result.” –Thomas Avery Widden II

Tom is yet another fine example of a Colby entrepreneur. “When opportunity knocks, catch it.”

Thomas Avery Whidden II: Wikipedia Article

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