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Charlie Brown

AWARD OF ACHIEVEMENT

Charlie Brown 
BS business administration, 1971

Current Position
: Owner and vice president, Southern Bells Inc.,
Indianapolis, Indiana

Previous Employment
: Vice president, Brown Collegiate
Manufacturers

Affiliations
• Miller College of Business, 2010 Entrepreneur-in-Residence
• Ball State Bold campaign, Alumni Participation Committee
• Ball State Indianapolis CEO Group
• President, Indianapolis Taco Bell Advertising Association
• Board member, Franchise Management Advisory Council
• Taco Bell Governance Affairs Committee
• Taco Bell Teen Foundation
• Chair, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Indiana

Keys to Success
: “Taking a leadership role at Ball State in
student government, campus events, and Sigma Chi helped
give me skills and confidence to be successful in the business
and civic worlds. This led me to buying two existing Taco Bells
in 1982 and building, buying, and operating an additional
73 restaurants over the past 30 years.”