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Published February 21, 2019
The chief operating officer of the University of Wyoming’s new Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship (IIE) is scheduled to be in Gillette Thursday, Feb. 28, to speak to local service clubs.
Jack Mason, a successful businessman who has personally founded multiple companies and helped establish many more, will discuss how the IIE aims to create a more robust entrepreneurial ecosystem across the university and the state.
He will speak at the Gillette Energy Rotary Club meeting at noon at the Prime Rib Restaurant, 1205 S. Douglas Highway. UW College of Business Dean David Sprott also is scheduled to attend.
Mason then will speak at the Kiwanis Club of Gillette’s meeting at 6 p.m., also at the Prime Rib Restaurant. Sprott and College of Engineering and Applied Science Dean Michael Pishko also are scheduled to attend.
Mason earned his bachelor’s degree from the U.S. Naval Academy and went on to earn a master’s degree in management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Sloan School of Management, and a master’s degree and Ph.D. in engineering from MIT. At Duquesne University in Pennsylvania, he redesigned and repositioned the entrepreneurial studies program over the past five years. Before that, he taught at the University of Colorado.
Mason has founded eight businesses, including a firm in Boulder, Colo., that provided an electronic commerce platform and services to support energy procurement. Mason led the acquisition of more than 30 Fortune 1000 clients and fundraising of $1.1 million in venture capital.
He served as principal of the energy and management consulting firm Mason Energy and Management; vice president of E Source LLC; chief executive and founder of Energy Window Inc.; senior vice president of Indus International; and principal of PRISM Consulting Inc.
The IIE calls on innovators from throughout the state as it works to instill entrepreneurial thinking to empower the leaders of tomorrow. Adding needed programs and curriculum that draw together all UW colleges, business services and entrepreneurship competitions, the IIE serves as the university’s front door for the state’s entrepreneurs.