IRSC remembers Roy Lambert, entrepreneur, visionary and friend

Roy Lambert

Roy Lambert was instrumental in establishing Indian River State College Foundation’s annual Entrepreneur of the Year event. MOLLY BARTELS


More than 25 years ago, Roy Lambert, an entrepreneur from Vero Beach, approached Indian River State College president, Dr. Edwin Massey, about honoring local entrepreneurs. His idea was to recognize established business leaders in hopes of also inspiring budding entrepreneurs.

From those conversations emerged the IRSC Foundation’s annual Entrepreneur of the Year event and a more than two-decades-long celebration of the region’s luminary business founders who exemplify exceptional commitments to the free enterprise system and have had positive impacts in both their personal and professional lives.

Today, the college and the foundation mourn the passing of entrepreneur, philanthropist and friend, Roy Lambert.

Lambert’s commitment to IRSC and the entrepreneurial spirit continued beyond the awards program he helped establish.

He founded the college’s Dan K. Richardson Entrepreneurship Program that encourages entrepreneurship through education and supports student entrepreneurial activities and instructional programs. Each facet of the program reinforces the principles of free enterprise that have made this nation great.

“Mr. Lambert has left a legacy on the college and on me personally because he has encouraged us to think in entrepreneurial ways with our educational endeavors,” said Ann Decker, executive director of the IRSC Foundation. “Mr. Lambert has been a true inspiration to everyone at IRSC.”

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