Bloch Alumni and Entrepreneur of the Year Honoree Named to List of 31 Entrepreneurs to Watch in Kansas City

Two Bloch alumni and a Regional Entrepreneur of the Year were named to Compute Midwest’s list of 31 Entrepreneurs to Watch in Kansas City.

Michael Wilson (MBA ’06)


Michael Wilson is the founder of Niall, a luxury watch company which prides itself on making their timepieces right here in America.

Bill Self, Paul Rudd, John Elway and many more notables wear their watches.

The Shawnee Mission South graduate manufactures most of the parts here in Kansas City, and Niall was recently named the best watch brand in the country.


Gary Fish (2016 Regional Entrepreneur of the Year)


Gary Fish is a serial entrepreneur and investor with many business interests. Mr. Fish currently serves as CEO of Fishtech Labs, a company he founded in 2015.

Since 1996, he has founded, acquired, and sold more than a dozen technology companies. Throughout his career, he has been recognized many times for his achievements; he was named a technology entrepreneur of the year by Ernst and Young, a Security Super Star by CRN magazine, a Kansas City Top 100 Business Leader, a Distinguished Alumni by DeVry University, and was inducted into the Kansas City Business Hall of Fame.


Tim Sylvester (E-Scholar ’11)


Tim is the president, Founder, & CEO of Integrated Roadways

Tim has won numerous awards for his groundbreaking “Smart Pavement” work. He’s been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Kansas City Star, Kansas City Business Journal, and numerous local, regional and online publications.

Tim has more than a decade of experience in construction, including residential, commercial and infrastructure, spanning labor, design, engineering and management, and has performed multiple research projects for the National Science Foundation.

Compute Midwest will host their conference Nov. 2 at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.

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