e2e Wyoming was fortunate to hear how a UW graduate transformed his degree into a division of one of the most respected work place safety organizations in the world, and how he plans to keep his company's local ties.
Mike Kmetz began his career in 1986, starting IDES while completing a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Wyoming. IDES' membership has since grown to more than 350,000 users globally and has emerged as the premiere search platform in the plastics industry.
In June of 2012, IDES became part of the UL (Underwriter's Laboratories) family of companies to further advance UL's public safety mission. Under the UL umbrella, IDES is poised to scale significantly from its core plastics offering into a wide array of engineered materials and component areas. The business unit is located in Laramie and plans to continue growing its operations here. Kmetz serves as the Managing Director of UL IDES.
Kmetz has participated on numerous plastics industry boards and has also been intimately involved with technology start-up companies in the Rocky Mountain region. He was appointed by Governor Geringer to the inaugural board of the Wyoming Business Council and is also a past advisory board member of the Engineering College and served on the board of the Wyoming Technology Business Center.
Kmetz is also co-founder of CrossFit 7220, a high-growth health and fitness business located in Laramie.
January 21st, 2014
Casper Petroleum Club
1301 Watkins Circle
Casper, WY 82601
March 27th, 2013
Laramie Hilton Garden Inn
2229 Grand Ave.
Laramie, WY 82070
Comments from our event surveys:
"Kmetz gave an EXCELLENT talk. What a great speaker and a great story."
"dynamite story - excellent presentation"
"As a student in an entrepreneurship class and learning the basics through that class, the most important thing that I learned was that as a new business it is wise to stay awake to the importance of not focusing all your attention on your first major customer in regards of losing other customers that are just now getting to know your customers."