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Jim joined High Tech Rochester as President in February 2009, and in that capacity serves as "chief catalyst" in achieving HTR's mission of entrepreneurship and innovation-based regional growth. Jim also serves as the Managing Director of the Rochester Angel Network, a group he co-founded in 2005.
Prior to joining HTR, Jim was Managing Director of Business Development at Greater Rochester Enterprise (GRE), where he was responsible for growing the local emerging business sector. Achievements included development of the RENEW NY virtual business incubator, regional business plan contests, clean-tech cluster development and several other initiatives.
Prior to GRE, Jim worked as a consultant to several early-stage technology companies, primarily in business plan development and investor readiness coaching. Previous experience includes Advanced Vision Technologies, a semiconductor/MEMS startup, where he was involved in raising several million dollars in venture funding, and operational and engineering assignments at TYCO Electronics in Pennsylvania and North Carolina.
Jim holds a B.S. in electrical engineering from Rochester Institute of Technology, and an M.B.A. in marketing and entrepreneurship from the William E. Simon Graduate School of Business, University of Rochester.
He currently serves as Chairman of the Business Incubator Association of NY State, is a board member of the New York State Economic Development Council, a board member of Adarza Biosystems, and is on the executive committee of the University of Rochester's Technology Development Fund.