Karl Eller

Karl Eller
  • Language: eng
  • Episodes: 1
  • Last: 7 Jul 1984
From over 30 years, beginning in the 1960s, Karl Eller was the dominant figure in the outdoor advertising industry. In less than ten years, he built a small billboard company into Combined Communications Corporation, one of the largest mass media enterprises in the nation, with seven television stations, 12 radio stations and two daily newspapers, the Cincinnati Enquirer and the Oakland Tribune. In 1979 he sold Combined Communication to Gannett, becoming he largest individual shareholder in that communications giant. In the 1980s he ventured into the motion picture industry, serving as President of Columbia Pictures Corporation. In 1983 he acquired the Circle K chain of stores, merging it with a smaller chain of convenience stores to form the largest publicly held company in the grocery convenience sector, with 4,641 stores in 32 states and an additional 1,386 licensed or joint venture stores in 13 foreign countries. During his tenure as CEO of Circle K (1983-1990) the company grew from annual sales of $747 million to $3.4 billion. Eller returned to the outdoor advertising industry in 1995 by acquiring the 100-year-old Patrick Media, which he renamed Eller Media Company. In 1997, Eller media merged with Clear Channel Communications. Karl Eller continued as Chairman and CEO of Clear Channel Outdoor until his retirement in 2002. The Eller College of Management at his alma mater, the University of Arizona, is named in his honor. Karl Eller addressed the Academy of Achievement in Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1984, shortly after his acquisition of Circle K. In this audio podcast, recorded on that occasion, he shares some of his core beliefs with the student delegates. He extols the free enterprise system, accepting failure and learning from your mistakes. He recalls how his high school football coach taught him the self-confidence he needed to take big risks in his business career.

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    Published: 7 Jul 1984 Duration: 12:05
    From over 30 years, beginning in the 1960s, Karl Eller was the dominant figure in the outdoor advertising industry. In less than ten years, he built a small billboard company into Combined Communications Corporation, one of the largest mass... Read more →
    From over 30 years, beginning in the 1960s, Karl Eller was the dominant figure in the outdoor advertising industry. In less than ten years, he built a small billboard company into Combined Communications Corporation, one of the largest mass... Read more →

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