Clothing Brand Entrepreneur Johnny Cupcakes Visits Full Sail University

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On March 18, 2010, Full Sail University (http://www.fullsail.edu), an entertainment media institution located near Orlando, FL, welcomed clothing brand entrepreneur, John Earle, creator of Johnny Cupcakes (http://www.johnnycupcakes.com), to its campus where he provided a lecture to more than 300 students, staff, and faculty.

“Throughout their education, Full Sail University provides our students with a wealth of knowledge based on real world experiences, which includes professional industry speakers,” said Robin Anderson.

On March 18, 2010, Full Sail University (fullsail.edu), an entertainment media institution located near Orlando, FL, welcomed clothing brand entrepreneur, John Earle, creator of Johnny Cupcakes (http://www.johnnycupcakes.com), to its campus where he provided a lecture to more than 300 students, staff, and faculty.

During his visit to Full Sail, Earle toured the campus facilities, met with Entertainment Business students, and completed his visit with a lecture focusing on several areas of business including: entrepreneurship, employee management, effective use of web and retail space, word of mouth advertising, customer relations and the importance of art, graphic design, and packaging.

In 2008, Earle was voted America’s #1 Young Entrepreneur by BusinessWeek, which discussed his customer loyalty gained through imaginative promotion and the company’s ability to provide quality merchandise featuring cupcakes as the prominent design motif. Johnny Cupcakes was also listed on the Inc. 500 list of fastest growing private companies in 2009.

Since childhood, Earle took an immediate interest in business and by 2001, while screen-printing shirts for his band, he included a design with one of the nicknames he had received, Johnny Cupcakes. The design lead to numerous requests for the items and with increased popularity, Earle chose to keep his merchandise out of chain stores and to sell it exclusively through his own website and store locations. In 2005, the first Johnny Cupcakes shop opened in Hull Massachusetts, and was modeled after an actual bakery to provide customers with a unique shopping experience. Later, several other Johnny Cupcakes retail store locations would open in areas such as Boston’s Newberry Street and Los Angeles.

“Throughout their education, Full Sail University provides our students with a wealth of knowledge based on real world experiences, which includes professional industry speakers,” said Robin Anderson, Program Director, Entertainment Business Bachelor of Science Degree Program. “The story behind Johnny Cupcakes is so powerful and inspirational, we were honored to have Johnny visit our campus to share valuable insight into the ever-changing world of business and offer tremendous first-hand knowledge to our students, while preparing them for their future careers in the business world.”

About Full Sail University:

Since 1979, Full Sail University, located outside of Orlando, FL, has been an innovative educational leader for those pursuing careers in the entertainment industry. With over 34,500 alumni, graduate credits include work on OSCAR®, Emmy® and GRAMMY®-winning projects, best-selling video games, and #1 grossing U.S. concert tours. Full Sail's 191-acre campus and online education platform proudly welcomes over 8,800 students from 50 states and 57 countries.

Full Sail currently offers a total of 28 degree programs including: Associate of Science Degrees in Graphic Design and Recording Engineering; Bachelor of Science Degrees offered in: Computer Animation, Digital Arts & Design, Entertainment Business, Film, Game Art, Game Design, Game Development, Graphic Design, Internet Marketing, Music Business, Music Production, Recording Arts, Show Production, and Web Design & Development; Master of Science Degrees in Education Media Design & Technology, Game Design, Entertainment Business, and Internet Marketing; and Master of Fine Arts Degrees in Creative Writing and Media Design.

Full Sail was most recently named the 2009 IT Florida “Leader of the Year” as well as “Best Company” in the 2009 Orlando Business Journal’s Reader’s Choice Awards. In addition, Full Sail University has been recognized as the 2008 “School/College of the Year” by the Florida Association of Postsecondary Schools and Colleges and has also been previously named: The Harvard of Game Schools by Tips & Tricks Magazine; one of the top three New Media Schools by Shift Magazine (alongside the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and New York University); one of the Top Five Game Degree Programs in the world by Electronic Gaming Monthly; one of the Best Music Programs in the country by Rolling Stone Magazine; one of the Best Music Business Departments in the Schools That Rock: The Rolling Stone College Guide; and one of the Best Film Programs in the country by UNleashed Magazine.

For more information about Full Sail, please visit http://www.fullsail.edu.

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