Published: Nov 08, 2012 7:38 PM EST
Updated: Nov 12, 2012 10:31 AM EST

COLLIER COUNTY, Fla - More than 100 students from Gulf Coast High School in Collier County left the classroom behind on Thursday to attend a unique conference.
The students attended the "Sharks Run the World" entrepreneurship conference at Hodges University.  All of the students are part of the Sports and Entertainment Marketing Academy at Gulf Coast High School, the home of the Sharks, and the conference was meant to inspire them in their future careers.

Business owners and other professionals from the community spoke to the students about the importance of having passion and working hard to achieve your dreams in the business world.  Many of the students appreciated hearing it straight from men and women who have experienced success and failure and were willing to share their experiences.

Among the speakers:  Dr. Kamela Patton, Superintendent of Collier County Schools, Judy Bricker, Northern Trust Bank, Bill Daubman, owner of My Shower Door, Lois Thome, WINK News, Gary Brecka, United Drones Inc. and Jason Gunter, an attorney from Fort Myers.

Gunter who owns a successful law practice in Fort Myers, is also a double amputee who competes in Ironman competitions.  He inspired the students to take chances and never let anything keep them from achieving their goals.