Kenneth Brailsford serves as a general partner with KEB Enterprises, a venture capital and private equity firm that he founded. Kenneth Brailsford comes to his work leading companies like Nature’s Sunshine and Zija International after having completed a degree in economics from Brigham Young University (BYU) in Utah.
The Brigham Young Academy was founded by Karl G. Maeser, overseen by Brigham Young, in 1875. The first economics course was implemented in 1895, and the school’s first official department of economics came together in 1921.
In the 1950s and 1960s, school enrollment boomed with the end of World War II, and the department grew. However, certain problems arose that destabilized the school environment. Because of the sudden need for more classes and faculty hours to respond to demand, economics professors were spending much more time teaching than researching, which prevented them from advancing in their careers. Another issue was presented in the form of Ernest L. Wilkinson, a staunch conservative who feared that teaching standard economics topics would lead the students away from church principles. Several bright economics professors left in this uncomfortable environment where their research was not being supported.
In the 1970s, however, J. Fish Smith made a major donation to the department that allowed professors to teach less and research more. It also brought in renowned scholars like Nobel laureates Robert Fogel and James Buchanan. Since that time the department has continued to grow, with over 700 students majoring in economics at BYU today.
Kenneth Brailsford has more than four decades of experience in the nutritional-supplement industry, having founded such companies as Nature’s Sunshine and Zija International. Also a former missionary with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Kenneth Brailsford earned a bachelor of science in economics from Brigham Young University (BYU), which has announced that Kristin Chenoweth will perform at the school’s next Homecoming event.
BYU is planning a special 2017 Homecoming, featuring award-winning actress Kristin Chenoweth, who has performed in Glee and Wicked. Sponsored by Liberty Mutual Insurance and Deseret First Credit Union, the show will take place on October 7, 2017, at BYU’s Marriott Center, and will include two 90-minute performances, at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
In addition to Kristin Chenoweth, the events will feature GENTRI: The Gentlemen Trio and several BYU groups, including the Men’s Chorus, Young Ambassadors, Vocal Point, and Contemporary Dance Theatre. For tickets, visit BYUtickets.com.