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2008 'Distinguished Entrepreneur Award' to Mark Roesler '78

February 25, 2008

Mark Roesler 2008.jpgFebruary 25, 2008, Greencastle, Ind. - Mark A. Roesler, chairman and chief executive officer of CMG Worldwide Inc. and 1978 graduate of DePauw University, "is internationally recognized as the world's foremost authority on intellectual property rights involving celebrities," notes Inside Indiana Business. Roesler is among five individuals who will be honored March 4 with the 2008 Distinguished Entrepreneur Award by the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University, where he received his M.B.A. and law degrees in 1982. (photo by Hether Miles; ©Mark Roesler)

"An entrepreneur at heart, Roesler started his own roofing company to put himself through college, first as an undergraduate at DePauw University. Roesler then became a licensed real estate broker while pursuing graduate degrees at Indiana University," states the announcement. "In 1981, Roesler's talents were secured to protect Norman Rockwell's artwork when he signed on with Curtis Elvis Viva LV.jpgPublishing, long-time supplier of the Saturday Evening Post and licensing manager of the painter's artwork after his death in 1978. Through his attentive efforts to protect the artwork, Roesler discovered that families of famous deceased personalities were in need of the same legal defense to safeguard their loved ones' names and likenesses. As Roesler diligently created the groundwork for a company that could take on such a momentous and unheard-of task, he was selected as the business agent for the Elvis Presley estate."

The text states that Roesler is "credited with helping to establish guidelines that delegate the control of a celebrity's image or likeness" and that "CMG is the exclusive business agent for more than 200 of the world's most sought-after and recognizable celebrities, including entertainment giants Marilyn Monroe, James Dean and Sophia Loren; sports legends Babe Ruth, Jackie Robinson and Vince Lombardi; musical entities Chuck Berry and Ella Fitzgerald; and historical figures Amelia Earhart, Rosa Parks and Malcolm X."

Read more at Inside Indiana Business.com.

A 2006 story on this site offers additional information and audio clips of Mark Roesler.

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